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13.05.2021

Very weak bonds to artificial atoms formed by quantum corrals


F. Stilp, A. Bereczuk, J. Berwanger, N. Mundigl, K. Richter, F. J. Giessibl

Science

We explored the bonding properties of the quantum corral (a circle of 48 iron atoms placed on a copper surface) reported by Crommie, Lutz and Eigler in 1993, along with variants, as an artificial atom using an atomic force microscope (AFM). The original corral geometry confines 102 electrons to 28 discrete energy states, and we find that these states can form a bond to the front atom of the AFM with an energy of about 5 millielectron volts. The measured forces are about 1/1000 of typical forces in atomically resolved AFM. The confined electrons showed covalent attraction to metal tips and Pauli repulsion to CO-terminated tips. The repulsion at close distance was evident from the response of corral states created by deliberately placing single iron atoms inside the corral. The forces scaled appropriately with a 24-atom corral.

 

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2021/05/17/science.abe2600
https://www.uni-regensburg.de/pressearchiv/pressemitteilung/1106607.html

The work is also feautured in ChemistryWorld:
https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/bond-between-artificial-and-natural-atom-measured-for-the-first-time/4013773.article

 

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