Phonon-assisted tunnelling in interacting suspended single-wall carbon nanotubes

Wataru Izumida, Milena Grifoni

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Transport in suspended metallic single-wall carbon nanotubes in the presence of strong electron-electron interaction is investigated. We consider a tube of finite length and discuss the effects of the coupling of the electrons to the deformation potential associated to the acoustic stretching and breathing modes. Treating the interacting electrons within the framework of the Luttinger liquid model, the low-energy spectrum of the coupled electron-phonon system is evaluated. The discreteness of the spectrum is reflected in the differential conductance which, as a function of the applied bias voltage, exhibits three distinct families of peaks. The height of the phonon-assisted peaks is very sensitive to the parameters. The phonon peaks are best observed when the system is close to the Wentzel-Bardeen singularity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number244
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Nov 29


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