Emin, David Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Weak-coupling polaron
- Strong coupling: self-trapping
- Large (self-trapped) polaron
- Small (self-trapped) polaron
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A quasiparticle that forms from an electronic charge carrier interacting with a solid's vibrating displaceable atoms. In particular, a polaron comprises an electronic charge carrier together with the carrier-induced altered motions of surrounding atoms. Different classes of material have distinct types of polarons. Polarons may be divided into weak-coupling polarons and strong-coupling polarons. Strong-coupling polarons comprise large self-trapped polarons and small self-trapped polarons.
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