Site dependence of the apparent shape of a molecule in scanning tunneling micoscope images: Benzene on Pt{111}

P. S. Weiss and D. M. Eigler
Phys. Rev. Lett. 71, 3139 – Published 8 November 1993
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We present scanning tunneling microscope images of benzene adsorbed on the Pt{111} surface. We find three distinct types of images for isolated benzene molecules, depending upon the benzene adsorption site. This site dependence is in agreement with recent theoretical calculations, and may limit the usefulness of the scanning tunneling microscope in elucidating the structures of adsorpted molecules.

  • Received 13 July 1993


©1993 American Physical Society

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P. S. Weiss and D. M. Eigler

  • IBM Research Divison, Almaden Research Center, 650 Harry Road, San Jose, California 95120
  • Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

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Vol. 71, Iss. 19 — 8 November 1993

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