Norton D Lang

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Recent years have shown steady progress towards molecular electronics, in which molecules form basic components such as switches, diodes and electronic mixers. Often, a scanning tunnelling microscope is used to address an individual molecule, although this arrangement does not provide long-term stability. Therefore, metal-molecule-metal links using(More)
Recent experiments found an unusual temperature-induced large shift in the resonant-tunneling voltage of certain molecules. We report first-principles calculations showing that such behavior can be caused by the excitation of rotational modes of ligands. These modes have classical characteristics, i.e., the maximum excursion is dominant, while at the same(More)
The technique used to align liquid crystals-rubbing the surface of a substrate on which a liquid crystal is subsequently deposited-has been perfected by the multibillion-dollar liquid-crystal display industry. However, it is widely recognized that a non-contact alignment technique would be highly desirable for future generations of large, high-resolution(More)
This paper gives an overview of recent work by the authors in first-principles, parameter-free calculations of electronic transport in molecules in the context of experimental measurements of current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of several molecules by Reed et al. The results show that the shape of I-V characteristics is determined by the electronic(More)
We report first-principles calculations of current-induced forces in molecular wires for which experiments are available. We investigate, as an example, the effect of current-induced forces on a benzene molecule connected to two bulk electrodes via sulfur end groups. We find that the molecule twists around an axis perpendicular to its plane and undergoes a(More)
We study charge control in a gated 4,4'-biphenyl diradical molecular transistor using ab initio density functional theory calculations. I-V curves and intrinsic gate capacitances were derived. We find charge control in this transistor to be strongly affected by polarization of the sigma-states of the molecule, leading to strong electrostatic coupling of the(More)
We study the use of a simple three-leg molecule, triphenylene, as a transistor. This configuration allows increased voltage gain to be achieved. We analyze control of the transport between electrodes attached to two of the legs by a gate closely coupled electrostatically to the third leg, using self-consistent density functional calculations. In spite of(More)
Density-functional calculations show that biaryl dithiolates compared with analogues having dicarbene and diisocyanide alligator clips have a lower conductance arising from a lower density of electronic states at the metal electrode Fermi energy. The differences in state density originate from shifts in the energies of molecular orbitals that extend across(More)
Electronics has been the driving force behind the technical growth for the second half of twentieth century. The evolution of computational techniques and communication technologies has been result of rapidly developing silicon integrated circuit industry. Reduction of size of transistor leading to denser and faster IC's has been governed by the famous(More)
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