The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 465–469 | Cite as

Silver oligomer and single fullerene electronic properties revealed by a scanning tunnelling microscope

  • H. Jensen
  • J. KrögerEmail author
  • N. Néel
  • R. Berndt
Electronic and Optical Properties, Chemistry


Clusters on surfaces have been investigated with low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy. Constant current spectra acquired on Ag oligomers and one-dimensional chains on a Ag(111) reveal a single resonance peak whose energy shifts towards the Fermi level with increasing cluster size. Next, controlled and reproducible contact between a STM tip and a C60 molecule adsorbed on Cu(100) is reported. The transition from tunnelling to contact is discussed in terms of local heating of the tip-molecule junction.


73.22.-f Electronic structure of nanoscale materials: clusters, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanocrystals 61.48.+c Fullerenes and fullerene-related materials 68.37.-d Microscopy of surfaces, interfaces, and thin films 68.37.Ef Scanning tunneling microscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielKielGermany

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