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Functionality in single-molecule devices: Model calculations and applications of the inelastic electron tunneling signal in molecular junctions
Dash, Louise K [ > > ]
Ness, Hervé [ > > ]
Verstraete, Matthieu mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département de physique > Physique des matériaux et nanostructures >]
Godby, Rex W [ > > ]
Journal of Chemical Physics
American Institute of Physics
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New York
[en] ab initio calculations ; Green's function methods ; molecular electronics
[en] We analyze how functionality could be obtained within single-molecule devices by using a combination of non-equilibrium Green's functions and ab initio calculations to study the inelastic transport properties of single-molecule junctions. First, we apply a full non-equilibrium Green's function technique to a model system with electron-vibration coupling. We show that the features in the inelastic electron tunneling spectra (IETS) of the molecular junctions are virtually independent of the nature of the molecule-lead contacts. Since the contacts are not easily reproducible from one device to another, this is a very useful property. The IETS signal is much more robust versus modifications at the contacts and hence can be used to build functional nanodevices. Second, we consider a realistic model of a organic conjugated molecule. We use ab initio calculations to study how the vibronic properties of the molecule can be controlled by an external electric field which acts as a gate voltage. The control, through the gate voltage, of the vibron frequencies and (more importantly) of the electron-vibron coupling enables the construction of functionality: nonlinear amplification and/or switching is obtained from the IETS signal within a single-molecule device.
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