Nanomechanical electron shuttle consisting of a gold nanoparticle embedded within the gap between two gold electrodes

Andriy V Moskalenko, Sergey N Gordeev, Olivia F Koentjoro, Paul R Raithby, Robert W French, Frank Marken, Sergey E Savel’ev

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Abstract

Nanomechanical shuttles transferring electrons from one electrode to another, in groups or individually, offer a solution to the problem of controlled charge transport. We report the fabrication of shuttle junctions consisting of a gold nanoparticle embedded within the gap between two gold electrodes and attached to them through a monolayer of molecular “springs.” When a voltage bias is applied, the nanoparticle starts to oscillate, transferring electrons from one electrode to the other. Measured I-V characteristics have been compared with the results of computer simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number241403
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume79
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2009

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