Electrochemically Fabricated
Nanometer -sized Molecular Junctions

By Yann-Vai Kervennic
December 2004
Delft University Press
ISBN: 9040725136
174 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$75.00 Paper Original


This is a Ph.D. dissertation. This thesis describes the results of experimental work atomic contacts and on transport spectroscopy of atomic clusters and molecules. The motivation for this work was to get an experimental grip on the world of infinitely small objects made of a few atoms.

This microscopic world has already been spatially mapped using powerful electron microscopes and scanning probes, which see beyond what can be discretized by visible light. Most of these imaging methods use electrons, either of high energy constrained in a narrow beam (electron microscopes), or of low energy when confined at the end of a solid probe (scanning tunneling microscopy).

These electrons locally 'sense' the electronic cloud of the imaged atomic structures and the measurement of this interaction, point after point, is used to produce images with an atomic resolution.

Electronics; Physics

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