Atomic manipulation in the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) is the ultimate limit of nanotechnology. We are exploring novel methods for single molecule manipulation based on electron injection from the STM tip into molecular resonance states, directly or via lateral electronic transport through surface states (“remote control”). A major challenge is to demonstrate the quantum coherent nature of "non-local" manipulation by the creation of standing waves in electron corrals whose nodal structure can be imprinted onto the molecular reaction probability. This project unites the precision growth of semiconducture nanostructures with atomic manipulation experiments on probe molecules at room and cryogenic temperatures.
For details please contact:
Professor Richard E Palmer Head, Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory School of Physics and Astronomy University of Birmingham Birmingham B15 2TT, UK