Valle, M. and Gutiérrez, Rafael and Tejedor, C. and Cuniberti, Gianaurelio (2007) Tuning the conductance of a molecular switch. Nature Nanotechnology 2, p. 176.
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The ability to control the conductance of single molecules will have a major impact in nanoscale electronics. Azobenzene, a molecule that changes conformation as a result of a trans/cis transition when exposed to radiation, could form the basis of a light-driven molecular switch. It is therefore crucial to clarify the electrical transport characteristics of this molecule. Here, we investigate, theoretically, charge transport in a system in which a single azobenzene molecule is attached to two carbon nanotubes. In clear contrast to gold electrodes, the nanotubes can act as true nanoscale electrodes and we show that the low energy conduction properties of the junction may be dramatically modified by changing the topology of the contacts between the nanotubes and the molecules, and/or the chirality of the nanotubes (that is, zigzag or armchair). We propose experiments to demonstrate controlled electrical switching with nanotube electrodes.
|Institutions:||Physics > Institute of Theroretical Physics > Retired Professors > Group Gianaurelio Cuniberti|
|Projects:||EU Grant: Carbon nanotube devices at the quantum limit, Volkswagen Stiftung: Molecular Computing|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 530 Physics|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Deposited On:||15 Nov 2007|
|Last Modified:||05 Aug 2009 13:40|