Theory of tunneling transport in periodic chains

Emil Prodan, Roberto Car

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This is a self-contained discussion of a recently proposed theoretical approach for off-resonance tunneling transport. The final result is an analytic formula for the asymptotic tunneling conductance involving the overlap of three well-defined physical quantities that can be easily evaluated with the standard electronic structure codes. We argue that the formula can be used to gain fresh insight into the tunneling transport characteristics of various systems. The formalism is applied to molecular devices consisting of planar phenyl chains connected to gold electrodes via amine linkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035124
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 6 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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