Waiting time distribution for electron transport in a molecular junction with electron-vibration interaction

Kosov, Daniel S. (2017) Waiting time distribution for electron transport in a molecular junction with electron-vibration interaction. Journal of Chemical Physics, 146. pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

On the elementary level, electronic current consists of individual electron tunnelling events that are separated by random time intervals. The waiting time distribution is a probability to observe the electron transfer in the detector electrode at time t +tau given that an electron was detected in the same electrode at an earlier time t. We study waiting time distribution for quantum transport in a vibrating molecular junction. By treating the electron-vibration interaction exactly and molecule- electrode coupling perturbatively, we obtain the master equation and compute the distribution of waiting times for electron transport. The details of waiting time distributions are used to elucidate microscopic mechanism of electron transport and the role of electron-vibration interactions. We find that as nonequilibrium develops in the molecular junction, the skewness and dispersion of the waiting time distribution experience stepwise drops with the increase of the electric current. These steps are associated with the excitations of vibrational states by tunnelling electrons. In the strong electron- vibration coupling regime, the dispersion decrease dominates over all other changes in the waiting time distribution as the molecular junction departs far away from the equilibrium.

Item ID: 47445
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1089-7690
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 05:02
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics > 020201 Atomic and Molecular Physics @ 100%
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