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Quantum interference in off-resonant transport through single molecules

Pedersen, Kim G. L.; Strange, Mikkel; Leijnse, Martin LU ; Hedegard, Per; Solomon, Gemma C. and Paaske, Jens (2014) In Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics) 90(12).
Abstract
We provide a simple set of rules for predicting interference effects in off-resonant transport through single molecule junctions. These effects fall into two classes, showing, respectively, an odd or an even number of nodes in the linear conductance within a given molecular charge state, and we demonstrate how to decide the interference class directly from the contacting geometry. For neutral alternant hydrocarbons, we employ the Coulson-Rushbrooke-McLachlan pairing theorem to show that the interference class is decided simply by tunneling on and off the molecule from same or different sublattices. More generally, we investigate a range of smaller molecules by means of exact diagonalization combined with a perturbative treatment of the... (More)
We provide a simple set of rules for predicting interference effects in off-resonant transport through single molecule junctions. These effects fall into two classes, showing, respectively, an odd or an even number of nodes in the linear conductance within a given molecular charge state, and we demonstrate how to decide the interference class directly from the contacting geometry. For neutral alternant hydrocarbons, we employ the Coulson-Rushbrooke-McLachlan pairing theorem to show that the interference class is decided simply by tunneling on and off the molecule from same or different sublattices. More generally, we investigate a range of smaller molecules by means of exact diagonalization combined with a perturbative treatment of the molecule-lead tunnel coupling. While these results generally agree well with GW calculations, they are shown to be at odds with simpler mean-field treatments. For molecules with spin-degenerate ground states, we show that for most junctions interference causes no transmission nodes, but we argue that it may lead to a nonstandard gate dependence of the zero-bias Kondo resonance. (Less)
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  articleno    = {125413},
  author       = {Pedersen, Kim G. L. and Strange, Mikkel and Leijnse, Martin and Hedegard, Per and Solomon, Gemma C. and Paaske, Jens},
  issn         = {1098-0121},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {American Physical Society},
  series       = {Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)},
  title        = {Quantum interference in off-resonant transport through single molecules},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.90.125413},
  volume       = {90},
  year         = {2014},
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