Scanning tunneling microscope imaging of (CH3S)2 on Cu(111).
ABSTRACT Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of isolated molecules of dimethyl disulfide, (CH(3)S)(2), adsorbed on the Cu(111) surface were successfully obtained at a sample temperature of 4.7 K. A (CH(3)S)(2) molecule appears as an elliptic protrusion in the STM images. From density functional theory calculation, it was suggested that the bright part in the protrusion corresponds to the molecular orbital which is widely spread around H atoms in each CH(3) group in the (CH(3)S)(2) molecule. The STM images revealed that the molecules have a total of six equivalent adsorption orientations on Cu(111), which are given by the combination of three equivalent adsorption sites and two conformational isomers for each adsorption site.
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ABSTRACT: Inelastically tunneled electrons from the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope were used to induce S-S bond dissociation of a (CH(3)S)(2) and lateral hopping of a CH(3)S on Cu(111) at 4.7 K. Both experimental results and theoretical calculations confirm that the excitation mechanism of the vibrationally induced chemistry reflects the projected density of states of molecular orbitals that appear near the Fermi level as a result of the rehybridization of the orbitals between the adsorbed molecules and the substrate metal atoms.Physical Review Letters 04/2008; 100(13):136104. · 7.94 Impact Factor