Molecular Manipulation Lab

Novel devices created in the MoMaLab

Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy (SQDM)
An outstanding device created with the help of controlled molecular manipulation is the scanning quantum dot microscope. This microscope is a non-contact AFM to the tip of which a molecular quantum dot is attached. The molecule is placed on the tip by controlled lifting from the surface. Remarkably, the molecule stays in a configuration vertical to the tip surface where its frontier orbitals are electronically decoupled from the metal tip. In this configuration the molecule has the properties of a quantum dot. It can be gated by applying a bias voltage to the surface and charged with a single electron. The principle of scanning quantum dot microscopy is that this gating can also be the result of electrostatic potentials of nanostructures on the surface. Depending on the sign and magnitude of the nanostructure’s electric potential more or less bias voltage is required to change the charge state of the molecular quantum dot. The abrupt change of the charge state can be detected in the non-contact AFM frequency signal. SQDM is a very sensitive method to image electrostatic surface potential with unparalleled lateral resolution and/or speed.

SQDM principle

Read the original publications:
[1] C. Wagner et al. Scanning Quantum Dot Microscopy, PRL (2015)
[2] M. F. B. Green et al. Scanning quantum dot microscopy: A quantitative method to measure local electrostatic potential near surfaces, Jap. J. Appl. Phys. (2016)

February 4th, 2019

Hand-controlled STM-based atomic manipulation with real-time visual feedback from an MD simulation Read at Beilstein..

October 25th, 2018

We have been granted 2 Mio core‑h on JURECA for our simulation work on molecular adsorption and manipulation.

September 6th, 2018

We are happy that MSc Michael Maiworm joins us till January to work on molecular control algorithms.

August 16th, 2018

Paper on fast SQDM controller online Read at IEEE..

August 1st, 2018

We welcome our new group member MSc Rustem Bolat.

June 27th, 2018

Single molecule finally stands on its own two feet! Read at Nature..

June 1st, 2018

We welcome our new group members Dr. Hadi Arefi and MSc Marvin Knol. Scientists..

May 18th, 2018

New article on the physics of molecular quantum dots online now. Get pdf.. View at PRL..

September 5th, 2017

ERC starting grant for controlled molecular manipulation. more..