Heat, molecular vibrations, and adiabatic driving in non-equilibrium transport through interacting quantum dots

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In this article we review aspects of charge and heat transport in interacting quantum dots and molecular junctions under stationary and time-dependent non-equilibrium conditions due to finite electrical and thermal bias. In particular, we discuss how a discrete level spectrum can be beneficial for thermoelectric applications, and investigate the detrimental effects of molecular vibrations on the efficiency of a molecular quantum dot as an energy converter. In addition, we consider the effects of a slow time-dependent modulation of applied voltages on the transport properties of a quantum dot and show how this can be used as a spectroscopic tool complementary to standard dc-measurements. Finally, we combine time-dependent driving with thermoelectrics in a double-quantum dot system -a nanoscale analog of a cyclic heat engine -and discuss its operation and the main limitations to its performance.


  • F. Haupt
  • Martin Leijnse
  • H. L. Calvo
  • L. Classen
  • J. Splettstoesser
  • M. R. Wegewijs
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Sidor (från-till)2315-2329
TidskriftPhysica Status Solidi. B: Basic Research
StatusPublished - 2013
Peer review utfördJa