Particle current rectification in a quasi-periodic double-stranded ladder

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Research Article

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Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics


We report transport properties and particle current rectification operation in a double-stranded tight-binding ladder network within non-equilibrium Green's function formalism that can easily be generalized in multi-stranded systems. First, we explore the rectification operation considering the model of an artificial double-stranded DNA molecular system with Fibonacci type substitutional sequence. Substitutional sequences form quasi-periodic potentials. This analysis may shed new light in designing efficient nanoscale rectifier. It can also be directly implemented to different biomolecular systems like nucleic acids and most proteins as they follow quasi-periodic orders. Motivated with this fact, we consider different configurations depending on the choices of on-site energies and/or inter or intra strand nearest-neighbor hopping integrals in the form of Aubry-André-Harper (AAH) model (that also obeys quasi-periodic order), and in all the cases we find almost current rectification even at very low bias region. Along with this, we observe that the phase (positive or negative) of rectification can suitably be engineered by tuning the Fermi energy and AAH phase. The effects of electron-electron (e-e) interaction and temperature are also studied, which show that a reasonably large rectification can be observed even for moderate temperature range and e-e interaction strength.



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