STM STUDIES OF ISOLATED Mn 12 -Ph SINGLE-MOLECULE MAGNETS
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We study Mn12O12(C6H5COO)16(H2O)4 (Mn12-Ph) single-molecule magnets on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) experiments. We report Mn12-Ph in isolation, resembling single molecules with metallic core atoms and organic outer ligands. The local tunneling current observed within the molecular structure shows a strong bias voltage dependency, which is distinct from that of the HOPG surface. Further, evidence of internal inhomogeneity in the local density of states has been observed with high spatial resolution, and this inhomogeneity appears to be due to localized metallic behavior. These results facilitate magneto-metric studies of single molecule magnets in isolation. As compared to bulk crystal studies, our experiments allow the specific investigation of atomic sites in the molecule.
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REAVES, K., KIM, K., IWAYA, K., HITOSUGI, T., KATZGRABER, H. G., ZHAO, H., DUNBAR, K. R., & TEIZER, W.