We have calculated the I-V characteristics of short chains of C-20 molecular cages between Al and Au leads with an ab initio formalism. The results indicate that a linear chain of such molecules acts primarily as metallic nanowires. The transmission, however, depends sensitively both on the orientation and distance between the individual C-20 molecules. Transport through the molecular chains is accompanied by a significant amount of charge transfer, which remains localized at the electrode/molecular interface.
Bibliographical noteCopyright (2002) American Physical Society
- CARBON-ATOM WIRES
- NEGATIVE DIFFERENTIAL RESISTANCE