Variable-Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy Study on Copper Phthalocyanine Ultrathin Films on a Au(111) Surface

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Variable-temperature high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images reveal that well-ordered copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) strips can be self-assembled by depositing CuPc molecules on a Au(111) surface. The self-assembled strips are supposed to result from the balance of the intermolecular interaction and the interaction between the molecules and substrate during annealing. The energy band (approximately 1.9–2.1 eV) of CuPc, measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), is comparable to the optical band gap (approximately 1.7 eV). Spectroscopic measurements confirm that a dipole layer and/or an effect of image force exist at the CuPc/Au(111) interface.


Document Type: Communications


Affiliations: Department of Electronic Engineering, Materials Science and Technology Research Center, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

Publication date: April 1, 2002

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