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Title: Optical properties and electrical transport of thin films of terbium(III) bis(phthalocyanine) on cobalt
Authors: Robaschik, PeterSiles, Pablo F.Bülz, DanielRichter, PeterMonecke, ManuelFronk, MichaelKlyatskaya, SvetlanaGrimm, DanielSchmidt, Oliver G.Ruben, MarioZahn, Dietrich R. T.Salvan, Georgeta
Publishers Version: https://doi.org/10.3762/bjnano.5.215
Issue Date: 2014
Published in: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology , Volume 5, Issue 1, Page 2070-2078
Publisher: Frankfurt, M. : Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften
Abstract: The optical and electrical properties of terbium(III) bis(phthalocyanine) (TbPc2) films on cobalt substrates were studied using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) and current sensing atomic force microscopy (cs-AFM). Thin films of TbPc2 with a thickness between 18 nm and 87 nm were prepared by organic molecular beam deposition onto a cobalt layer grown by electron beam evaporation. The molecular orientation of the molecules on the metallic film was estimated from the analysis of the spectroscopic ellipsometry data. A detailed analysis of the AFM topography shows that the TbPc2 films consist of islands which increase in size with the thickness of the organic film. Furthermore, the cs-AFM technique allows local variations of the organic film topography to be correlated with electrical transport properties. Local current mapping as well as local I–V spectroscopy shows that despite the granular structure of the films, the electrical transport is uniform through the organic films on the microscale. The AFMbased electrical measurements allow the local charge carrier mobility of the TbPc2 thin films to be quantified with nanoscale resolution.
Keywords: Current sensing AFM; ellipsometry; spintronics; TbPc2; transport properties
DDC: 620
License: CC BY 2.0 Unported
Link to License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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