Probing potential-tuned resonant tunneling through redox molecules with scanning tunneling microscopy

N. J. Tao

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Abstract

We have studied electron transfer through redox molecules adsorbed on a conductive substrate with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in aqueous solution. By adjusting the substrate potential, the Fermi levels of the substrate and tip can be easily shifted relative to the energy levels of the molecules. Aligning the Fermi levels to an energy level, a nearly tenfold increase in the tunneling current that flows between the substrate and the STM tip via the molecules, due to resonant tunneling is observed. This experiment also shows that structurally similar molecules may be identified with STM based on their different redox properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4066-4069
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume76
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - May 20 1996
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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