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Title: Optically induced transport through semiconductor-based molecular electronics

A tight binding model is used to investigate photoinduced tunneling current through a molecular bridge coupled to two semiconductor electrodes. A quantum master equation is developed within a non-Markovian theory based on second-order perturbation theory with respect to the molecule-semiconductor electrode coupling. The spectral functions are generated using a one dimensional alternating bond model, and the coupling between the molecule and the electrodes is expressed through a corresponding correlation function. Since the molecular bridge orbitals are inside the bandgap between the conduction and valence bands, charge carrier tunneling is inhibited in the dark. Subject to the dipole interaction with the laser field, virtual molecular states are generated via the absorption and emission of photons, and new tunneling channels open. Interesting phenomena arising from memory are noted. Such a phenomenon could serve as a switch.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States)
  2. Faculty of Science, Holon Institute of Technology, 58102 Holon (Israel)
  3. (Israel)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22415662
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 142; Journal Issue: 15; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; CHARGE CARRIERS; CORRELATION FUNCTIONS; COUPLING; DIPOLES; ELECTRODES; ENERGY GAP; LASER RADIATION; MARKOV PROCESS; MOLECULES; PERTURBATION THEORY; PHOTONS; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; SPECTRAL FUNCTIONS; TUNNEL EFFECT; VALENCE