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Environment-assisted quantum transport through single-molecule junctions

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Abstract

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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Submitted
12 Sep 2017
Accepted
18 Oct 2017
First published
20 Oct 2017

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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