24 September 2013 Coherent control of photocurrent in molecular nanojunctions with graphene contacts
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Graphene electrodes provide a suitable alternative to metal contacts in molecular conduction nanojunctions. Here, we propose to use graphene electrodes as a platform for effective photon assisted tunneling through molecular conduction nanojunctions. We predict dramatic increasing currents evaluated at side-band energies ~ nħω (n is a whole number) related to the modification of graphene gapless spectrum under the action of external electromagnetic field of frequency ω. A side benifit of using doped graphene electrodes is the polarization control of photocurrent related to the processes occurring either in the graphene electrodes or in the molecular bridge. The latter processes are accompanied by surface plasmon excitation in the graphene sheet that makes them more efficient. Our results illustrate the potential of graphene contacts in coherent control of photocurrent in molecular electronics, supporting the possibility of single-molecule devices.
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Boris D. Fainberg, Boris D. Fainberg, "Coherent control of photocurrent in molecular nanojunctions with graphene contacts", Proc. SPIE 8814, Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, and Associated Devices VI, 88140U (24 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023607; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023607

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