Light-induced current in molecular junctions: Local field and non-Markov effects

Boris D. Fainberg, Maxim Sukharev, Tae Ho Park, Michael Galperin

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    We consider a two-level system coupled to contacts as a model for a charge pump under external laser pulse. The model represents a charge-transfer molecule in a junction and is a generalization of previously published results. Effects of local field for realistic junction geometries and non-Markov response of the molecule are taken into account within finite-difference time-domain and on-the-contour equation-of-motion formulations, respectively. We find that contrary to the symmetric behavior of the pump relative to the chirp sign, the duration of the corresponding local-field pulse does depend on the chirp sign, which results in an asymmetric charge pumping. The most effective charge-pump regime is found at positive bias, contrary to Markov consideration of the previous study.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number205425
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number20
    StatePublished - May 23 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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