Anisotropic small-polaron hopping in W:BiVO4 single crystals

by Alexander J.E. Rettie, William D. Chemelewski, Jeffrey Lindemuth, John S. McCloy, Luke G. Marshall, Jianshi Zhou, David Emin, and C. Buddie Mullins

Applied Physics Letters 2015 106 

DC electrical conductivity, Seebeck and Hall coefficients are measured between 300 and 450 K on single crystals of monoclinic bismuth vanadate that are doped -type with 0.3% tungsten donors (W:BiVO). Strongly activated small-polaron hopping is implied by the activation energies of the Arrhenius conductivities (about 300 meV) greatly exceeding the energiescharacterizing the falls of the Seebeck coefficients’ magnitudes with increasing temperature (about 50 meV). Small-polaron hopping is further evidenced by the measured Hall mobility in the -plane (10−1 cm2 V−1 s−1 at 300 K) being larger and much less strongly activated than the deduced drift mobility (about 5 × 10−5 cm2 V−1 s−1 at 300 K). The conductivity and -type Seebeck coefficient is found to be anisotropic with the conductivity larger and the Seebeck coefficient’s magnitude smaller and less temperature dependent for motion within the -plane than that in the -direction. These anisotropies are addressed by considering highly anisotropicnext-nearest-neighbor (≈5 Å) transfers in addition to the somewhat shorter (≈4 Å), nearly isotropic nearest-neighbor transfers.

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