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Environment-assisted quantum transport through single-molecule junctions

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Single-molecule electronics has been envisioned as the ultimate goal in the miniaturisation of electronic circuits. While the aim of incorporating single-molecule junctions into modern technology still proves elusive, recent developments in this field have begun to enable experimental investigation of fundamental concepts within the area of chemical physics. One such phenomenon is the concept of environment-assisted quantum transport which has emerged from the investigation of exciton transport in photosynthetic complexes. Here, we study charge transport through a two-site molecular junction coupled to a vibrational environment. We demonstrate that vibrational interactions can significantly enhance the current through specific molecular orbitals. Our study offers a clear pathway towards finding and identifying environment-assisted transport phenomena in charge transport settings.

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2017, accepted on 18 Oct 2017 and first published on 20 Oct 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06237K
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 29534-29539

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    Environment-assisted quantum transport through single-molecule junctions

    J. K. Sowa, J. A. Mol, G. A. D. Briggs and E. M. Gauger, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 29534
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06237K

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