One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A quasiparticle in a crystal consisting of a free electron together with an associated distortion of the crystal lattice, the distortion resulting from the interaction of the electron with the constituent ions or atoms of the lattice.
1940s. From polar- + -on, after Russian poljaron from poljar- (in poljarnyj polar) + -on.
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