Real-Space Measurement of the Potential Distribution Inside Organic Semiconductors

COBRA Inter-University Research Institute, Department of Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.51). 04/2002; 88(9):096803. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.88.096803
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We demonstrate that the soft nature of organic semiconductors can be exploited to directly measure the potential distribution inside such an organic layer by scanning-tunneling microscope (STM) based spectroscopy. Keeping the STM feedback system active while reducing the tip-sample bias forces the tip to penetrate the organic layer. From an analysis of the injection and bulk transport processes it follows that the tip height versus bias trace obtained in this way directly reflects the potential distribution in the organic layer.

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