We developed an accurate model accounting for electron-phonon interaction in colloidal quantum dot supercrystals that allowed us to identify the nature of charge carriers and the electrical transport regime. We find that in experimentally analyzed CdSe nanocrystal solids, the electron-phonon interaction is sufficiently strong that small polarons localized to single dots are formed. Charge-carrier transport occurs by small polaron hopping between the dots, with mobility that decreases with increasing temperature. While such a temperature dependence of mobility is usually considered as a proof of band transport, we show that the same type of dependence occurs in the system where transport is dominated by small polaron hopping.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Apr 2014|
- BAND-LIKE TRANSPORT
- NANOCRYSTAL SOLIDS
- COLLOIDAL NANOCRYSTALS
- PHONON INTERACTION