Nanometer scale patterning of a monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett film with a scanning tunneling microscope in air

H. C. Day, David Allee, R. George, Veronica Burrows

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Nanometer scale patterns have been fabricated on a Langmuir-Blodgett deposited monolayer film of stearic acid using a scanning tunneling microscope in air. Carbon deposits build up underneath the tip for tip voltages with absolute value greater than 4 V. Using an atomic force microscope for image, lines 25 nm wide on a 60 nm period have been written. As confirmed with Auger electron spectroscopy, the unexposed film can be removed with a chloroform soak without affecting the existing carbon patterns, and no additional patterns could then be written because of the removal of the monolayer film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1629-1631
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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