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The role of quantum interference in determining transport properties of molecular bridges



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An analytical approach to the electron transport phenomena in molecular devices is presented. The analyzed devices are composed of various molecular bridges attached to two semi-infinite electrodes. Molecular system is described within the tight-binding model, while the coupling to the electrodes is analyzed through the use of Newns-Anderson chemisorption theory. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics are calculated through the integration of transmission function in the standard Landauer formulation. The essential question of quantum interference effect of electron waves is diseussed in three aspects: (i) the geometry of a molecular bridge, (ii) the presence of an external magnetic field and (iii) the location of chemical substituent.










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1 - 9 - 2004
1 - 9 - 2004


  • Insitute of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614, Poznań, Poland


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