Three-terminal thermoelectric transport through a molecular junction

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The thermoelectric transport through a molecular bridge is discussed with an emphasis on the effects of inelastic processes of the transport electrons caused by the coupling to the vibrational modes of the molecule. In particular, it is found that when the molecule is strongly coupled to a thermal bath of its own, which may be at a temperature different from those of the electronic reservoirs, a heat current between the molecule and the electrons can be converted into an electric current. Expressions for the transport coefficients governing this conversion and similar ones are derived, and a possible scenario for increasing their magnitudes is outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115314
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 20 Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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