Electronic and vibrational excitation of single molecules with a scanning tunneling microscope

L. J. Lauhon*, W. Ho

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Abstract

The electronic and vibrational excitations of single acetylene, pyridine, and benzene molecules on Cu(001) were studied by scanning tunneling microscopy at 9 K. Electrons of 0-5 eV were used to induce dissociation, desorption, diffusion, rotation, and vibrational excitation of these molecules. The dissociation products were characterized by imaging, single molecule vibrational spectroscopy, and rotational excitation. The STM is shown to be a very versatile tool for inducing a molecule to explore its excited state potential energy surface and describing the possible results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalSurface Science
Volume451
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2000
EventDIET-8: 8th International Workshop on Desorption Induced by Electronic Transitions - Long Beach, NJ, USA
Duration: Sep 27 1999Oct 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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