Nanoscale patterning by manipulation of single C60 molecules with a scanning tunneling microscope

Satoshi Fujiki, Kosuke Masunari, Ryo Nouchi, Hiroyuki Sugiyama, Yoshihiro Kubozono, Akihiko Fujiwara

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Abstract

We report a new technique for inscribing characters, pictures and patterns on a nanometer scale by pin-point shooting at single C60 molecules. An exact and sharp electron/hole injection precisely removes a single target C60 molecule in the close-packed C60 layer. This leaves a small dark void on the scanning tunneling microscope image. Furthermore, a pin-point shooting at a C60 molecule adjacent to a void can cause the molecule to slide and fill up the void. Such a movement of a single C 60 molecule provides a new way for precisely recording characters, pictures and patterns on a nanometer scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume420
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 10 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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