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Quantum Interference in Coherent Molecular Conductance

Rincon, Julian and Hallberg, K and Aligia, AA and Ramasesha, S (2009) Quantum Interference in Coherent Molecular Conductance. In: Physical review letters, 103 (26).

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Official URL: http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v103/i26/e266807

Abstract

Coherent electronic transport through individual molecules is crucially sensitive to quantum interference. We investigate the zero-bias and zero-temperature conductance through pi-conjugated annulene molecules weakly coupled to two leads for different source-drain configurations, finding an important reduction for certain transmission channels and for particular geometries as a consequence of destructive quantum interference between states with definite momenta. When translational symmetry is broken by an external perturbation we find an abrupt increase of the conductance through those channels. Previous studies concentrated on the effect at the Fermi energy, where this effect is very small. By analyzing the effect of symmetry breaking on the main transmission channels we find a much larger response thus leading to the possibility of a larger switching of the conductance through single molecules.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American physical society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2010 09:01
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/25424

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