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Title: Evidence of the charge-density wave state in polypyrrole nanotubes

Here, we present a detailed investigation of the low-frequency dielectric and conductivity properties of conducting polymer nanowires. Our results, obtained by connecting ~10 7 nanowires in parallel, show that these polypyrrole nanowires behave like conventional charge-density wave (CDW) materials, in their nonlinear and dynamic response, together with scaling of relaxation time and conductivity. The observed Arrhenius law for both these quantities gives a CDW gap of 3.5 meV in the regime of temperature (~40 K) in which the CDW state survives. We find good agreement with a theory of weakly pinned CDW, screened by thermally excited carriers across the CDW gap. The identification of polymer nanowires as CDW provides us a model system to investigate charge ordering owing to electrostatic interaction, relevant to a variety of systems from dusty plasma to molecular biology.
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  1. Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (India)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Lemont, IL (United States)
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Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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OSTI ID: 1180806