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.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry