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Functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope probes with buckminsterfullerenes

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Title: Functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope probes with buckminsterfullerenes
Author: Kelly, Kevin Francis
Advisor: Halas, Naomi J.
Degree: Master of Science thesis
Abstract: This dissertation analyzes the feasibility and advantages of molecular functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope (STM) probes with buckminsterfullerenes. The C$\sb{60}$ molecules are adsorbed onto the tunneling region of a STM tip by rastering the tip in a thin film of C$\sb{60}$ vacuum deposited on graphite. The individual tip-adsorbed molecules are subsequently imaged in situ by scanning the fullerene-adsorbed tip over a defect covered graphite surface. These nanometer-size defects serve as a surface tip array which images the molecules adsorbed to the tip when the surface is scanned. It is then demonstrated that the fullerene-adsorbed STM tips can be used to observe electron scattering from point defects and steps on graphite. This cannot be observed using bare metal tips. Molecular functionalization adds a new dimension to scanning tunneling microscopy by allowing greater control of the electronic interactions between the tip and sample.
Citation: Kelly, Kevin Francis. (1996) "Functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope probes with buckminsterfullerenes." Masters Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/14066.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1911/14066
Date: 1996

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