dc.contributor.advisor Halas, Naomi J. Kelly, Kevin Francis 2009-06-04T00:33:56Z 2009-06-04T00:33:56Z 1996 http://hdl.handle.net/1911/14066 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. 52 p. application/pdf eng ElectronicsElectrical engineeringCondensed matter physics Functionalization of scanning tunneling microscope probes with buckminsterfullerenes Thesis Text Physics Natural Sciences Rice University Masters Master of Science 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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