Light emission spectra of the monolayer-island of C60 molecules on Au(1 1 1) induced by scanning tunneling microscope

K. Sakamoto, K. Meguro, R. Arafune, M. Satoh, Y. Uehara, S. Ushioda

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We have measured the light emission (LE) spectra of the ordered C60 monolayer-island on the Au(1 1 1) surface and the bare Au surface, induced by the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The optical measurements were performed at 78 K using electrochemically etched W-tips at a constant tunneling current of 2.0 nA for a sample bias voltage with respect to the tip of 2.3 V. For the bare Au surface, we observed an asymmetric peak at ∼2.01 eV, which is the typical STM-LE spectrum for the Au sample-W tip system. For the C60 monolayer-island, we observed a broad peak centered at ∼1.7 eV, which consists of the red-shifted emission from the underlying Au substrate (∼1.93 eV) and a new emission peak around 1.65 eV. The energy range of the new emission is consistent with that of the photoluminescence of the isolated molecules and a 100 nm-thick film of C60. Thus we conclude that the new emission peak is the fluorescence from the C60 molecules in the monolayer-island.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalSurface Science
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Apr 10


  • Fullerenes
  • Gold
  • Luminescence
  • Photon emission
  • Scanning tunneling microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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