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The calculation of the conductance and electron tunneling characteristic time from metal-molecule contact in a molecular wire

By S. A. Ketabi and N. Shahtahmasebi

Abstract

  In this paper, on the basis of tight-binding model and a generalized Green- function method as well as Lanczos algorithm procedure, the effects of the metal-molecule coupling(MMC) strength on the electronic transmission through a metal-single molecule-metal(MMM) system is investigated. Using the Landauer formalism we study some of the significant conductance properties of this system as a molecular wire. Our results show that with the increase of the length of the molecule, the conductance of the molecular wire decreases exponentially. With trans-polyacetylene (trans-PA) as the molecule, we calculate a characteristic time for electron transmission through the MMM system. This time scale measures the delay caused by tunneling through the MMC. Our calculations show that the conductance is sensitive to the MMC strength. The focus is on the significant relationship between this time scale and the strength of the metal-molecule(trans-PA) coupling

Topics: molecular wire, tunneling characteristic time, tight-binding model, Landauer formalism, Lanczos algorithm, Physics, QC1-999, Science, Q, DOAJ:Physics (General), DOAJ:Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Isfahan University of Technology
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:3bfb5f465dfd4244a0e2c742d73b1932
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