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Acc Chem Res. 2003 May;36(5):291-9.

Electron transmission through organized organic thin films.

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Department of Chemical Physics, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel.


Low-energy electron photoemission spectroscopy (LEPS) allows the study of the electronic properties of organized organic thin films (OOTF) adsorbed on conducting surfaces by monitoring the energy and angular distribution of electrons emitted from the substrate and transmitted through the film. The transmission properties are explained by electronic band structure in the organic film. This band is an example of an electron resonance that is delocalized in the layer. It results from the two-dimensional nature of the layer. Other resonances in the transmission spectra are also discussed, as well as their experimental manifestation. The temperature dependence of the electron transmission efficiency is explained in terms of dependence of the transmission probability on the initial momentum of the electron and on the relative orientation of the electron velocity and the molecules in the film. Hence, despite the fact that the molecules in the OOTF are weakly interacting, when not charged, the electron transmission through the film is governed by cooperative effects. These effects must be taken into account when considering electronic properties of adsorbed layers.

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