Anomalous length dependence of the conductance of graphene nanoribbons with zigzag edges

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Title:
Anomalous length dependence of the conductance of graphene nanoribbons with zigzag edges
Authors:
Bilić, Ante; Sanvito, Stefano
Abstract:
Charge transport through two sets of symmetric graphene nanoribbons with zigzag shaped edges in a two-terminal device has been investigated, using density functional theory combined with the non-equilibrium Green's function method. The conductance has been explored as a function of nanoribbon length, bias voltage, and the strength of terminal coupling. The set of narrower nanoribbons, in the form of thiolated linear acenes, shows an anomalous length dependence of the conductance, which at first exhibits a drop and a minimum, followed by an evident rise. The length trend is shown to arise because of a gradual transformation in the transport mechanism, which changes from being governed by a continuum of out-of-plane π type and in-plane state channels to being fully controlled by a single, increasingly more resonant, occupied π state channel. For the set of nanoribbons with a wider profile, a steady increase is observed across the whole length range, owing to the absence of the former transport mechanism. The predicted trends are confirmed by the inclusion of self-interaction correction in the calculations. For both sets of nanoribbons the replacement of the strongly coupling thiol groups by weakly bonding phenathroline has been found to cause a strong attenuation with the length and a generally low conductance. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.
Citation:
Bilić A, Sanvito S (2013) Anomalous length dependence of the conductance of graphene nanoribbons with zigzag edges. J Chem Phys 138: 014704. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4773020.
Publisher:
AIP Publishing
Journal:
The Journal of Chemical Physics
KAUST Grant Number:
FIC/2010/08
Issue Date:
2013
DOI:
10.1063/1.4773020
PubMed ID:
23298054
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0021-9606
Sponsors:
This work was supported by the Flexible Electronics Theme of the CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship. A. B. thanks the CSIRO for support through the Julius Career Award. The use of the NCI National Facility supercomputers at the ANU is gratefully acknowledged. The SMEAGOL project is sponsored by Science Foundation of Ireland (Grant No. 07/IN/I945), by KAUST (FIC/2010/08) and by CRANN.
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dc.contributor.authorBilić, Anteen
dc.contributor.authorSanvito, Stefanoen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T12:42:29Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T12:42:29Zen
dc.date.issued2013en
dc.identifier.citationBilić A, Sanvito S (2013) Anomalous length dependence of the conductance of graphene nanoribbons with zigzag edges. J Chem Phys 138: 014704. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4773020.en
dc.identifier.issn0021-9606en
dc.identifier.pmid23298054en
dc.identifier.doi10.1063/1.4773020en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/597582en
dc.description.abstractCharge transport through two sets of symmetric graphene nanoribbons with zigzag shaped edges in a two-terminal device has been investigated, using density functional theory combined with the non-equilibrium Green's function method. The conductance has been explored as a function of nanoribbon length, bias voltage, and the strength of terminal coupling. The set of narrower nanoribbons, in the form of thiolated linear acenes, shows an anomalous length dependence of the conductance, which at first exhibits a drop and a minimum, followed by an evident rise. The length trend is shown to arise because of a gradual transformation in the transport mechanism, which changes from being governed by a continuum of out-of-plane π type and in-plane state channels to being fully controlled by a single, increasingly more resonant, occupied π state channel. For the set of nanoribbons with a wider profile, a steady increase is observed across the whole length range, owing to the absence of the former transport mechanism. The predicted trends are confirmed by the inclusion of self-interaction correction in the calculations. For both sets of nanoribbons the replacement of the strongly coupling thiol groups by weakly bonding phenathroline has been found to cause a strong attenuation with the length and a generally low conductance. © 2013 American Institute of Physics.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the Flexible Electronics Theme of the CSIRO Future Manufacturing Flagship. A. B. thanks the CSIRO for support through the Julius Career Award. The use of the NCI National Facility supercomputers at the ANU is gratefully acknowledged. The SMEAGOL project is sponsored by Science Foundation of Ireland (Grant No. 07/IN/I945), by KAUST (FIC/2010/08) and by CRANN.en
dc.publisherAIP Publishingen
dc.titleAnomalous length dependence of the conductance of graphene nanoribbons with zigzag edgesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Journal of Chemical Physicsen
dc.contributor.institutionCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Melbourne, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionTrinity College Dublin, Dublin, Irelanden
kaust.grant.numberFIC/2010/08en
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