Publications [#231937] of David N. Beratan

Journal Articles
  1. Xiao, D; Skourtis, SS; Rubtsov, IV; Beratan, DN, Turning charge transfer on and off in a molecular interferometer with vibronic pathways., Nano Letters, vol. 9 no. 5 (May, 2009), pp. 1818-1823 [19435376], [doi] .

    Inelastic electron-transfer kinetics in molecules with electron donor and acceptor units connected by a bridge is expected to be sensitive to bridge-localized vibronic interactions. Here, we show how inelastic electron transfer may be turned on and off in a double-slit style experiment that uses the molecule as an interferometer. We describe donor-acceptor interactions in terms of interfering vibronic coupling pathways that can be actively selected ("labeled") when pathway-specific vibrations are excited by infrared radiation. Thus, inelastic tunneling may be actively controlled, and we suggest strategies for building molecular scale quantum interferometers and switches based on this phenomenon.