Inducing desorption of organic molecules with a scanning tunneling microscope: theory and experiments

Saman Alavi, Roger Rousseau, S. N. Patitsas, Gregory P. Lopinski, Robert A. Wolkow, Tamar Seideman

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The STM-induced desorption of benzene from Si(100) was experimentally and theoretically studied. A striking threshold in the bias dependence and relatively high yields under mild conditions was observed. A theoretical model rationalized the observations in terms of transient ionization of a π state of the molecule and generaized the findings to predict the behavior of different classes of organic adsorbates under similar conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5372-5375
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Dec 18 2000


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