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Physics: Prof. dr. J.M. van Ruitenbeek, University of Leiden: Current transport across single-molecule wires


24 April 2008 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Physics: Prof. dr. J.M. van Ruitenbeek
Affiliation: University of Leiden
Title: Current transport across single-molecule wires
Date: 24-04-2008
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


STM and break junction techniques at low temperatures allow manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. By such methods one can form wires connecting the two electrodes, formed by a single (organic) molecule. The current transport properties of these nanowires show deviations from the well know ohmic current-voltage relation at specific characteristic energies, corresponding to the vibration modes of the molecular junctions. These vibration modes, on the one hand, are exploited for characterization of the molecular wire configurations. On the other hand, the physical mechanisms involved in electron-phonon interaction at the single-molecule level can be investigated in detail. I will present an overview of our studies of simple molecules contacted individually between Pt leads, including H2, H2O, CO, CO2, and C6H6 (benzene).

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