C59N monomers: Stabilization through immobilization

M. J. Butcher, F. H. Jones, P. H. Beton, P. Moriarty, B. N. Cotier, M. D. Upward, K. Prassides, K. Kordatos, N. Tagmatarchis, F. Wudl, V. Dhanak, T. K. Johal, C. Crotti, C. Comicioli, C. Ottaviani

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C59N is found to sublime in monomer free radical form rather than the more stable dimers which are normally observed. Using a scanning tunneling microscope operating in ultrahigh vacuum we have found that the monomer form may be immobilized and therefore stabilized on clean Si surfaces. On the less reactive H-terminated Si(100) surface C59N diffuses and forms disordered islands, and a lower limit for the interaction energy between two monomers may be estimated at 0.8 eV. Synchrotron based photoemission experiments have also been performed and show diffusion and redimerization occur for multilayer deposition of C59N.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3478-3481
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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