Turning charge transfer on and off in a molecular interferometer with vibronic pathways.


Journal Article

Inelastic electron-transfer kinetics in molecules with electron donor and acceptor units connected by a bridge is expected to be sensitive to bridge-localized vibronic interactions. Here, we show how inelastic electron transfer may be turned on and off in a double-slit style experiment that uses the molecule as an interferometer. We describe donor-acceptor interactions in terms of interfering vibronic coupling pathways that can be actively selected ("labeled") when pathway-specific vibrations are excited by infrared radiation. Thus, inelastic tunneling may be actively controlled, and we suggest strategies for building molecular scale quantum interferometers and switches based on this phenomenon.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Xiao, D; Skourtis, SS; Rubtsov, IV; Beratan, DN

Published Date

  • May 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1818 - 1823

PubMed ID

  • 19435376

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19435376

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-6992

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1530-6992

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/nl8037695


  • eng