Electron transport through a single molecule is determined not only by the intrinsic properties of the molecule but also by the configuration of the molecule with respect to the lead electrodes. Here, we show how electron transport through a single molecule is modulated by changes in the configuration. The Coulomb stability diagram of a single molecule transistor exhibited a few different patterns in different measurement scans. Furthermore, the sample exhibited negative differential resistance, the magnitude of which changed with the pattern in the Coulomb stability diagram. Such behavior can be explained by the rotation of the molecule with anisotropic molecular orbitals in the gap electrodes induced by electrical stress. Moreover, we find that the energy separations between molecular orbitals are also affected by the rotation, confirming that the metal-molecule interface configuration renormalizes the electronic levels in the molecule.
- Received 23 September 2013
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