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Vibrations of a single adsorbed organic molecule: anharmonicity matters!

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Abstract

Vibrational spectroscopy is a powerful tool to identify molecules and to characterise their chemical state. Inelastic electron tunnelling spectroscopy (IETS) combined with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) allows the application of vibrational analysis to a single molecule. Up to now, IETS was restricted to small species due to the complexity of vibration spectra for larger molecules. We extend the horizon of IETS for both experiment and theory by measuring the STM-IETS spectra of mercaptopyridine adsorbed on the (111) surface of gold and comparing it to theoretical spectra. Such complex spectra with more than 20 lines can be reliably determined and computed leading to completely new insights. Experimentally, the vibrational spectra exhibit a dependence on the specific adsorption site of the molecules. Theoretically, this dependence is only accessible if anharmonic contributions to the interaction potentials are included. These joint experimental and theoretical advances open new perspectives for structure determination of organic adlayers.

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The article was received on 23 Jul 2010, accepted on 01 Oct 2010 and first published on 29 Oct 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01289K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 612-618
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    Vibrations of a single adsorbed organic molecule: anharmonicity matters!

    I. S. Ulusoy, Y. Scribano, D. M. Benoit, A. Tschetschetkin, N. Maurer, B. Koslowski and P. Ziemann, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 612
    DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01289K

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