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Nonequilibrium inelastic electronic transport: Polarization effects and vertex corrections to the self-consistent Born approximation

TitleNonequilibrium inelastic electronic transport: Polarization effects and vertex corrections to the self-consistent Born approximation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDash, L. K., Ness H., & Godby R. W.
Keywordselectron-phonon interactions; Green's function methods; tunnelling
Abstract

We study the effect of electron-vibron interactions on the inelastic transport properties of single-molecule nanojunctions. We use the nonequilibrium Green's functions technique and a model Hamiltonian to calculate the effects of second-order diagrams [double-exchange (DX) and dressed-phonon (DPH) diagrams] on the electron-vibration interaction and consider their effects across the full range of parameter space. The DX diagram, corresponding to a vertex correction, introduces an effective dynamical renormalization of the electron-vibron coupling in both the purely inelastic and the inelastic-resonant features of the inelastic electron tunneling spectrum. The purely inelastic features correspond to an applied bias around the energy of a vibron, while the inelastic-resonant features correspond to peaks (resonance) in the conductance. The DPH diagram affects only the inelastic resonant features. We also discuss the circumstances in which the second-order diagrams may be approximated in the study of more complex model systems.

JournalPhysical Review B
Volume84
Pagination085433
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.84.085433
Date Published2011/08
Citation Key1344