Conformational molecular switch of the azobenzene molecule: A scanning tunneling microscopy study

Byoung Young Choi, Se-Jong Kahng, Seungchul Kim, Hajin Kim, Hyo Won Kim, Young Jae Song, Jisoon Ihm, Young Kuk

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Abstract

We propose to utilize azobenzene as a nanomolecular switch which can be triggered by transmitting electrons above threshold biases. The effect is explained by an electron impact trans-cis conformational change of the isolated azobenzene molecules. The molecular electronic states of both isomers have been measured with spatially resolved scanning tunneling microscopy or spectroscopy, leading to suggested transition pathways of the electron-induced isomerization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number156106
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume96
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May 12

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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