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Inelastic spectroscopy identification of STM-induced benzene dehydrogenation

Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) performed with the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been deemed as the ultimate tool for identifying chemicals on the atomic scale. However, IETS-based chemical analysis is error-prone due to the numerous degrees of freedom of chemisorbed molecular systems. First-principles simulations of IETS are presented that, by quantitative comparison with the experimental spectra, permit one to determine the final products of an STM-induced reaction on chemisorbed benzene. Our simulations reveal that IETS possesses an enhanced sensitivity to atomic structure as compared to topographic imaging due to both its energy and space resolution.

Voir en ligne : Physical Review Letters 96, 096101, (2006)