C60 molecules coupled to metals form hybrid systems exploited in a broad range of emerging fields, such as nanoelectronics, spintronics, and photovoltaic solar cells. The electronic coupling at the C60/metal interface plays a crucial role in determining the charge and spin transport in C60-based devices; therefore, a detailed understanding of the interface electronic structure is a prerequisite to engineering the device functionalities. Here, we compare the electronic and structural properties of C60 monolayers interfaced with Fe(001) and oxygen-passivated Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O substrates. By combining scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, photoemission and inverse photoemission spectroscopies, we are able to elucidate the striking effect of oxygen on the interaction between Fe(001) and C60. Upon C60 deposition on the oxygen-passivated surface, the oxygen layer remains buried at the C60/Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O interface, efficiently decoupling the fullerene film from the metallic substrate. Tunneling and photoemission spectroscopies reveal the presence of well-defined molecular resonances for the C60/Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O system, with a large HOMO-LUMO gap of about 3.4 eV. On the other hand, for the C60/Fe(001) interface, a strong hybridization between the substrate states and the C60 orbitals occurs, resulting in broader molecular resonances.

Controlling the Electronic and Structural Coupling of C60 Nano Films on Fe(001) through Oxygen Adsorption at the Interface

PICONE, ANDREA;GIANNOTTI, DARIO;RIVA, MICHELE;CALLONI, ALBERTO;BUSSETTI, GIANLORENZO;BERTI, GIULIA;DUO', LAMBERTO;CICCACCI, FRANCO;FINAZZI, MARCO;BRAMBILLA, ALBERTO
2016

Abstract

C60 molecules coupled to metals form hybrid systems exploited in a broad range of emerging fields, such as nanoelectronics, spintronics, and photovoltaic solar cells. The electronic coupling at the C60/metal interface plays a crucial role in determining the charge and spin transport in C60-based devices; therefore, a detailed understanding of the interface electronic structure is a prerequisite to engineering the device functionalities. Here, we compare the electronic and structural properties of C60 monolayers interfaced with Fe(001) and oxygen-passivated Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O substrates. By combining scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, photoemission and inverse photoemission spectroscopies, we are able to elucidate the striking effect of oxygen on the interaction between Fe(001) and C60. Upon C60 deposition on the oxygen-passivated surface, the oxygen layer remains buried at the C60/Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O interface, efficiently decoupling the fullerene film from the metallic substrate. Tunneling and photoemission spectroscopies reveal the presence of well-defined molecular resonances for the C60/Fe(001)-p(1 × 1)O system, with a large HOMO-LUMO gap of about 3.4 eV. On the other hand, for the C60/Fe(001) interface, a strong hybridization between the substrate states and the C60 orbitals occurs, resulting in broader molecular resonances.
Auger electron spectroscopy; C60; diffusion; fullerenes; iron; oxide; scanning tunneling microscopy; scanning tunneling spectroscopy
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