Breathers in polyacetylene and their optical absorption

S. R. Phillpot, B. Horovitz, A. R. Bishop

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A semiclassical formalism for the optical absorption in a coupled electron-phonon system is derived and applied to breather modes in trans-polyacetylene. We show that such breathers can account for both the photoinduced absorption peak observed at 1.35eV and the groundstate intragap absorption tail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D419-D425
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number3
StatePublished - 20 Feb 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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