Spiral growth of C60

J. Fujita, S. Kuroshima, T. Satoh, J. S. Tsai, T. W. Ebbesen, K. Tanigaki

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We have observed the spiral growth of C60 grown on cleaved graphite using atomic force microscopy. Triangular terraces in the spirals consist of a monolayer of C60 having a 10 Å step height which agrees well with (111) lattice constant of fcc-C60. One of the characteristic features of the C60 spiral is the presence of a line defect running from the spiral core and crossing the spiral terraces. As a result, the original helicoid plane transforms into a stack of terraces. We think the C60 spiral growth is terminated by the introduction of a line defect at the early stages of the film growth, resulting from the weak van der Waals forces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1008-1010
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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