This paper presents a comparison of the theoretical and experimental current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of a self-assembled monolayer of dithiol molecules on a gold substrate measured with a scanning tunneling microscope probe. Good quantitative agreement is obtained with the tip-molecule distance as the only “fitting parameter.” Several other thiol-coupled molecules that we have studied also show similar agreement. The conceptual picture presented in this paper could be useful for the interpretation of I-V measurements on molecular monolayers in general.
- Received 9 June 1997
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