Scanning probe surface modification


  • We gratefully acknowledge the Office of Naval Research for support of this work. J. K. S. acknowledges an IBM Manufacturing Research Fellowship. We also acknowledge Professor Li Sun (University of Minnesota) for providing important technical and theoretical insights.


Nanometer-scale manipulation of surfaces by scanning probe devices has expanded amazingly since the first reports in the mid-1980s. General approaches to scanning probe microscope induced surface patterning are discussed. The Figure shows a scanning electron micrograph of an STM-defined pattern of a HS(CH2)17CH3 monolayer resist on a Au(111) substrate.

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