Electronic pinball

A team of Ohio University and Brazilian physicists have discovered what happens when two molecules are held between electrodes. Molecular vibrations and strong electronic interactions, it seems, produce unexpected "transport channels" through which electrons can move. Electrons rattle through the molecules like a pinball, leaving all bells ringing (atoms moving). The team has found they can trap the electronic pinball momentarily in the molecule. This finding could take science another small step towards the realm of molecular electronics by allowing researchers to make transmission through molecular "wires" more efficient.