Heat conduction in molecular transport junctions

Michael Galperin*, Abraham Nitzan, Mark A. Ratner

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Heating and heat conduction in molecular junctions are considered within a general nonequilibrium Green's function formalism. We obtain a unified description of heating in current-carrying molecular junctions as well as the electron and phonon contributions to the thermal flux, including their mutual influence. Ways to calculate these contributions, their relative importance, and ambiguities in their definitions are discussed. A general expression for the phonon thermal flux is derived and used in a different "measuring technique" to define and quantify "local temperature" in nonequilibrium systems. Superiority of this measuring technique over the usual approach that defines effective temperature using the equilibrium phonon distribution is demonstrated. Simple bridge models are used to illustrate the general approach, with numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155312
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 10 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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