The results of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) investigation of controllable growth of C60 adsorption on a Bi(0001)/Si(111) surface are reported. With the use of UHV STM, it has been shown that the most favorable sites for the initial stage of C60 adsorption are the double steps and domain boundaries. At ∼ 1 monolayer C60 coverage, the modulation pattern caused by the epitaxial relation between C60 and Bi unit cells has been observed. An increase in the C60 coverage up to several monolayers results in the formation of a highly crystalline molecular film.
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