Electrical Conduction through Molecules

By Ferdows Zahid1, Magnus Paulsson1, Supriyo Datta1

1. Purdue University



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In recent years, several experimental groups have reported measurements of the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of individual or small numbers of molecules. Even three-terminal measurements showing evidence of transistor action has been reported using carbon nanotubes as well as self-assembled monolayers of conjugated polymers. These developments have attracted much attention from the semiconductor industry who are actively looking for ways to progress from gigabit to terabit integration by complementing or even replacing presentday CMOS circuitry.

Chapter published in "Advanced Semiconductors and Organic Nano-Techniques", edited by H. Morkoc, Academic Press, 2003, ISBN: 0-12-507060-8.

  1. Introduction
  2. Molecular Conduction: Qualitative Picture
  3. Toy Models
  4. A Realistic Multilevel Model
  5. Application of the NEGF Formalism
  6. Summary and Conclusions
  7. NEGF in Non-Orthogonal Basis
  8. Surface Green's Function

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  • Ferdows Zahid, Magnus Paulsson, Supriyo Datta (2003), "Electrical Conduction through Molecules," https://nanohub.org/resources/124.

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