Theoretical interpretation of intrinsic line widths observed in inelastic electron tunneling scattering experiments Academic Article uri icon


  • We report ab initio calculations of the frequency spectrum of an alkanedithiol molecule to explain an intrinsic line width found in an electron scattering tunneling spectroscopy experiment. It is found that the so-called intrinsic line width found in the experiment is because the fine structure nature of the vibrational spectrum. As nanoscale dimensions are approached, the fine structure of the vibrational spectrum becomes an important factor for the characterization of molecular electronics systems.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Seminario, J. M., & Cordova, L. E.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Seminario, JM||Cordova, LE

publication date

  • June 2004