The role of solitons in transport, dielectric, and magnetic properties has been revealed for the quasi-one-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt, TTF-QBrCl3 [tetrathiafulvalene (TTF)-2-bromo-3,5,6-trichloro-p-benzoquinone (QBrCl3)]. The material was found to be ferroelectric and hence the solitons should be located at the boundary of the segments with opposite electric polarization. This feature enabled the electric-field control of soliton density and hence the clear-cut detection of soliton contributions. The gigantic dielectric response in the ferroelectric phase is ascribed to the dynamical bound and creeping motions of spinless solitons.
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