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Title: Probing the atomic structure of metallic nanoclusters with the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope
Authors: Schouteden, Koen ×
Lauwaet, Koen
Janssens, Ewald
Barcaro, Giovanni
Fortunelli, Alessandro
Van Haesendonck, Chris
Lievens, Peter #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: RSC Publishing
Series Title: Nanoscale vol:6 issue:4 pages:2170-2176
Abstract: Preformed Co clusters with an average diameter of 2.5 nm are produced in the gas phase and are deposited under controlled ultra-high vacuum conditions onto a thin insulating NaCl film on Au(111). Relying on a combined experimental and theoretical investigation, we demonstrate visualization of the threedimensional atomic structure of the Co clusters by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) using a Cl functionalized STM tip that can be obtained on the NaCl surface. More generally, use of a functionalized STM tip may allow for systematic atomic structure determination with STM of nanoparticles that are deposited on metal surfaces.
ISSN: 2040-3364
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Solid State Physics and Magnetism Section
× corresponding author
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