Scanning tunneling microscopy of graphite adsorbed metal species and sliding charge-density wave systems

J. W. Lyding, J. S. Hubacek, G. Gammie, S. Skala, R. Brockenbrough, J. R. Shapley, M. P. Keyes

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Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to study phosphotungstic acid and rhenium carbonyl cluster complexes adsorbed on graphite. For phosphotungstic acid, cluster formation is observed as well as short-range (4-A period) and long-range (110-A period) hexagonal ordering. Acetone spun films of [Et4N]3[Re7C(CO)2J on graphite exhibit two distinct nongraphitic periodicities. One of these is rowlike and associated with an adsorbed acetone monolayer (4-A period), and the other, which is hexagonal (10-A period), represents an array of individual metal cluster molecules. In a separate effort, STM has been used to study the sliding charge-density wave (CDW) material NbSe3in its room-temperature non-CDW state in order to obtain structural information which can be correlated with low-temperature, CDW-state studies. The unit-cell features and quasi-one-dimensional chainlike structure are readily observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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