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dc.contributor.advisor Halas, Naomi J.
dc.creatorKelly, Kevin Francis
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:33:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:33:56Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/14066
dc.description.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.
dc.format.extent 52 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectElectronics
Electrical engineering
Condensed matter physics
dc.title Functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope probes with buckminsterfullerenes
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Physics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Kelly, Kevin Francis. "Functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope probes with buckminsterfullerenes." (1996) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/14066.


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