Photo-Conductance from Exciton Binding in Molecular Junctions Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on a theoretical analysis and experimental verifica-tion of a mechanism for photo- conductance–the change in conductance upon illumination–in symmetric single-molecule junctions. We demonstrate that photo-conductance at resonant illumination arises due to the Coulomb interaction between the electrons and holes in the molecular bridge, so-called exciton-binding. Using a scanning tunneling microscopy break junction technique, we measure the conductance histograms of perylene tetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) …

publication date

  • December 20, 2017