Chiral control of current transfer in molecules

Vered Ben-Moshe*, David N. Beratan, Abraham Nitzan, Spiros S. Skourtis

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Electron transmission through chiral molecules induced by circularly polarized light can be very different for mirror image structures. This behavior is described in terms of current transfer: the transfer of both charge and momentum. We review recent theoretical developments on the theory of current transfer and discuss related experimental studies of electron transmission through chiral molecular structures adsorbed on surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Molecules and Supramolecular Architectures
EditorsRon Naaman, David H. Waldeck, David N. Beratan
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783642181030
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameTopics in Current Chemistry
ISSN (Print)0340-1022


  • Chiral control
  • Current transfer
  • Dephasing
  • Junctions
  • Molecules
  • Polarized laser pulses
  • Quantum model simulations


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