Mapping the electronic structures of a metalloporphyrin molecule on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

Howon Kim, Won Joon Son, Won Jun Jang, Jong Keon Yoon, Seungwu Han, Se-Jong Kahng

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The intramolecular structure of a Co-porphyrin molecule adsorbed on Au(111) is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. As the energy is swept from -2 to +2eV across Fermi level, the shape of the molecular image dramatically evolves from a two-lobed object to a shape with a bright center and, finally, to a four-lobed object. With the help of first-principles calculations, we explain these distinctive features in terms of the integrated molecular orbitals of a saddle conformation and the contribution of a Kondo state. Based on the molecular structure and the orbitals, we explain why the modification in the electronic states of the molecules by the presence of the substrate is relatively modest.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245402
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 3


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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