Molecular Junctions: Can Pulling Influence Optical Controllability?
journal contributionposted on 13.08.2014, 00:00 by Shane M. Parker, Manuel Smeu, Ignacio Franco, Mark A. Ratner, Tamar Seideman
We suggest the combination of single molecule pulling and optical control as a way to enhance control over the electron transport characteristics of a molecular junction. We demonstrate using a model junction consisting of biphenyl-dithiol coupled to gold contacts. The junction is pulled while optically manipulating the dihedral angle between the two rings. Quantum dynamics simulations show that molecular pulling enhances the degree of control over the dihedral angle and hence over the transport properties.