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Vibrationally Mediated Control of Single Electron Transmission in Weakly Coupled Molecule-Metal Junctions

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.115443
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We propose a mechanism which allows one to control the transmission of single electrons through a molecular junction. The principle utilizes the emergence of transmission sidebands when molecular vibrational modes are coupled to the electronic state mediating the transmission. We will show that if a molecule-metal junction is biased just below a molecular resonance one may induce the transmission of a single electron by externally exciting a vibrational mode of the molecule. The analysis is quite general but requires that the molecular orbital does not hybridize strongly with the metallic states. As an example we perform a density functional theory (DFT) analysis of a benzene molecule between two Au(111) contacts and show that exciting a particular vibrational mode can give rise to transmission of a single electron

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