Molecule-interface coupling effects on electronic transport in molecular wires

Sophia N. Yaliraki, Mark A. Ratner

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Transport studies of molecular wire circuits require a description of the molecule and the leads. Here we focus on the molecule-lead interaction. We extend a time-independent scattering formalism to include a more realistic description of the interface. This allows us to obtain the conductance as a function of dimensionality of contact and of electrode, number of contacts, and geometry between molecule and interface. We study conductance in adlayers of molecules by considering transport through two identical wires. Implications for experiments are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5036-5043
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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