Single perylene bisimide molecules deposited onto Al2 O 3 (0001) and investigated under controlled ultrahigh vacuum conditions display fluorescence intermittency behavior characteristic of an interfacial charge transfer process. Remarkably, even though the molecules are deposited on a crystalline surface with reduced disorder, power-law-distributed bright and dark periods are observed. These data can be understood based on activated formation of localized small polaron states in Al2 O 3 (0001). We present a kinetic scheme capable of explaining the occurrence of power-law distributions for both "on" and "off" periods for single molecules on the sapphire substrate. These findings represent a first step toward understanding interfacial charge transfer processes under controlled conditions on crystalline surfaces and at the single molecule level.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry