The synthesis and electrical transport of ligand-protected Au13 clusters

  • Zhongxia Wei
  • Wanrun Jiang
  • Zhanbin Bai
  • Zhen Lian
  • Zhigang Wang
  • Fengqi Song
Regular Article

Abstract

The ligand-protected Au13 clusters have been synthesized by using meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid as the reducing and stabilizing agent. Transmission electron microscopic analysis shows a size distribution of 1.4 ± 0.6 nm. Optical spectrum shows an absorbance peak at 390 nm. The electrical transport measurement devices are fabricated using the electro-migration method. Coulomb blockade is observed at the temperature of 1.6 K, revealing the formation of the tunneling junction. The Coulomb oscillation’s on/off ratio is nearly 5. Three peaks are extracted in the dI/dV data and attributed to the energy levels of Au13 clusters, gapped by about 60 meV. First principle calculations are carried out to interpret the energy diagram.

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Keywords

Clusters and Nanostructures 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, and College of Physics, Nanjing UniversityNanjingP.R. China
  2. 2.Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics and Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy, Jilin UniversityChangchunP.R. China

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