Time-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy for molecular science

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Abstract

Time-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and its application in molecular science are reviewed. STM can image individual atoms and molecules and thus is able to observe the results of molecular processes such as diffusion, desorption, configuration switching, bond-breaking and chemistry, on the atomic scale. This review will introduce time-resolved STM, its experimental limitations and implementations with particular emphasis on thermally activated and tunnelling current induced molecular processes. It will briefly examine the push towards ultrafast imaging. In general, results achieved by time-resolved STM demonstrate the necessity of both space and time resolution for fully characterizing molecular processes on the atomic scale.
LanguageEnglish
Article number264001
JournalJournal of Physics-Condensed Matter
Volume22
Issue number26
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2010

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Scanning tunneling microscopy
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