Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.155443
Title: Thermoelectric transport with electron-phonon coupling and electron-electron interaction in molecular junctions
Authors: Ren, J.
Zhu, J.-X.
Gubernatis, J.E.
Wang, C. 
Li, B. 
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Ren, J., Zhu, J.-X., Gubernatis, J.E., Wang, C., Li, B. (2012). Thermoelectric transport with electron-phonon coupling and electron-electron interaction in molecular junctions. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 85 (15). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.155443
Abstract: Within the framework of nonequilibrium Green's functions, we investigate the thermoelectric transport in a single molecular junction with electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions. By transforming into a displaced phonon basis, we are able to deal with these interactions nonperturbatively. Then, by invoking the weak tunneling limit, we are able to calculate the thermoelectricity. Results show that at low temperatures, resonances of the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, occur around the sides of resonances of electronic conductance but drop dramatically to zero at exactly these resonant points. We find ZT can be enhanced by increasing electron-phonon coupling and Coulomb repulsion, and an optimal enhancement is obtained when these two interactions are competing. Our results indicate a great potential for single molecular junctions as good thermoelectric devices over a wide range of temperatures. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Source Title: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/43126
ISSN: 10980121
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.155443
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