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Coherent (photon) vs incoherent (current) detection of multidimensional optical signals from single molecules in open junctions.

  • Author(s): Agarwalla, Bijay Kumar
  • Harbola, Upendra
  • Hua, Weijie
  • Zhang, Yu
  • Mukamel, Shaul
  • et al.

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The nonlinear optical response of a current-carrying single molecule coupled to two metal leads and driven by a sequence of impulsive optical pulses with controllable phases and time delays is calculated. Coherent (stimulated, heterodyne) detection of photons and incoherent detection of the optically induced current are compared. Using a diagrammatic Liouville space superoperator formalism, the signals are recast in terms of molecular correlation functions which are then expanded in the many-body molecular states. Two dimensional signals in benzene-1,4-dithiol molecule show cross peaks involving charged states. The correlation between optical and charge current signal is also observed.

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