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Controlled single atom and single molecule contacts

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Abstract

The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) may be used to prepare contacts to single atoms or molecules on surfaces and to investigate the transport of electrons through these junctions. The imaging capabilities of STM along with spectroscopic modes of measurement enable a rather detailed characterisation of the geometric and electronic properties of the contacts. This perspective presents recent investigations into the quantum transport through magnetic atoms and C60 molecules.

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2009, accepted on 05 Nov 2009 and first published on 10 Dec 2009


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B908672M
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 1022-1032

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    Controlled single atom and single molecule contacts

    R. Berndt, J. Kröger, N. Néel and G. Schull, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 1022
    DOI: 10.1039/B908672M

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