We study the electronic transport through a single-molecule transistor (SMT) by considering the phonon-associated tunneling rate. We find that the electronphonon interaction (EPI) changes the constant conductivities of the leads into a multi-channel structure of single vibration frequency. This interference of the multi-channel tunneling process results in a bias-dependent tunneling rate and obscures the conductance peaks at large bias voltage. The bias-dependent tunneling rate further causes a remarkable conductivity gap between the chemical potential of the leads (n=0) and the first phonon sideband (n=1). These anomalies are consistent with the experimental observations in transport experiments.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Solid State Communications|
|State||Published - Jan 2011|
- C. Electronic transport
- C. Electronphonon interactions
- C. Phonon-assisted tunneling