Wednesday, June 26, 2013

1306.6051 (L. Rosales et al.)

Molecular sensor based on graphene nanoribbons    [PDF]

L. Rosales, C. D. Nunez, M. Pacheco, A. Latge, P. A. Orellana
In this work we study thermoelectric properties of graphene nanoribbons with side-attached organic molecules. By adopting a single-band tight binding Hamiltonian and the Green's function formalism, we calculated the transmission and Seebeck coefficients for different hybrid systems. The corresponding thermopower profiles exhibit a series of sharp peaks at the eigenenergies of the isolated molecule. We study the effects of the temperature on the thermoelectric response, and we consider random configurations of molecule distributions, in different disorder regimes. The main characteristics of the thermopower are not destroyed under temperature and disorder, indicating the robustness of the system as a proposed molecular thermo-sensor device.
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