Mechanically Adjustable Single-Molecule Transistors and Stencil Mask Nanofabrication of High-Resolution Scanning Probes
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This dissertation presents the development of two original experimental techniques to probe nanoscale objects. The first one studies electronic transport in single organic molecule transistors in which the source-drain electrode spacing is mechanically adjustable. The second involves the fabrication of high-resolution scanning probe microscopy sensors using a stencil mask lithography technique.
We describe the fabrication of transistors in which a single organic molecule can be incorporated. The source and drain leads of these transistors are freely suspended above a flexible substrate, and their spacing can be adjusted by bending the substrate. We detail the technology developed to carry out measurements on these samples.
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