Submonolayers of buckyball molecules (C60) on a gold substrate, deposited under ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) conditions, have been imaged in air using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). STM images show intramolecular contrasts within most individual C60 molecules. AFM images of the C60 molecules, often grouped in a hexagonal arrangement, show no atomic-scale features. A possible explanation for the presence or absence of the intramolecular contrasts in the images obtained with the STM and AFM, respectively, is given by a molecular orbital calculation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics