Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 26, 2012
Previous Article Next Article

Molecular optoelectronics: the interaction of molecular conduction junctions with light

Author affiliations

Abstract

The interaction of light with molecular conduction junctions is attracting growing interest as a challenging experimental and theoretical problem on one hand, and because of its potential application as a characterization and control tool on the other. It stands at the interface between two important fields, molecular electronics and molecular plasmonics and has attracted attention as a challenging scientific problem with potentially important technological consequences. Here we review the present state of the art of this field, focusing on several key phenomena and applications: using light as a switching device, using light to control junction transport in the adiabatic and non-adiabatic regimes, light generation in biased junctions and Raman scattering from such systems. This field has seen remarkable progress in the past decade, and the growing availability of scanning tip configurations that can combine optical and electrical probes suggests that further progress towards the goal of realizing molecular optoelectronics on the nanoscale is imminent.

Graphical abstract: Molecular optoelectronics: the interaction of molecular conduction junctions with light

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 29 Feb 2012, accepted on 17 Apr 2012 and first published on 18 Apr 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40636E
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 9421-9438

  •   Request permissions

    Molecular optoelectronics: the interaction of molecular conduction junctions with light

    M. Galperin and A. Nitzan, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 9421
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40636E

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements