Molecular fluorescence from H2TBP porphyrin film on Ag substrate excited by tunneling electrons

Hongwen Liu, Ryusuke Nishitani, Yutaka Ie, Koichi Sudoh, Marek Nowicki, Tatsuo Yoshinobu, Yoshio Aso, Hiroshi Iwasaki

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Molecular fluorescence from H2TBP porphyrin (H2TBPP) films on Ag substrate is excited by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at ambient conditions. The molecular films are prepared by spin-casting method. The thickness of films can be controlled by the times of dropping H2TBPP solution. Molecular fluorescence of as-above prepared H2TBPP films with 4-14 nm thickness at both polarities of applied bias voltage are well defined in good matching with its photoluminescence spectrum, which suggests the same decay channel associated with the HOMO-LUMO radiative transitions similar to H2TBPP/Au. The thickness dependence of light emission intensity of molecular fluorescence has been studied. The results show that for thicker film, molecular fluoresceence tends to be much stronger due to the effective decoupling of the emitter from the metal substrate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-788
Number of pages4
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • HTBP porphyrin
  • Molecular fluorescence
  • Scanning tunneling microscope
  • Silver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation


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