Thomas Greber

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A highly regular mesh of hexagonal boron nitride with a 3-nanometer periodicity and a 2-nanometer hole size was formed by self-assembly on a Rh(111) single crystalline surface. Two layers of mesh cover the surface uniformly after high-temperature exposure of the clean rhodium surface to borazine (HBNH)3. The two layers are offset in such a way as to expose(More)
The trapping of single molecules on surfaces without the formation of strong covalent bonds is a prerequisite for molecular recognition and the exploitation of molecular function. On nanopatterned surfaces, molecules may be selectively trapped and addressed. In a boron nitride nanomesh formed on Rh(111), the pattern consisted of holes 2 nanometers in(More)
The structure of the commensurate (23x23) phase of graphene on Ru(0001) has been analyzed by quantitative low-energy electron diffraction (LEED)-I(V) analysis and density-functional theory calculations. The I(V) analysis uses Fourier components as fitting parameters to determine the vertical corrugation and the lateral relaxation of graphene and the top Ru(More)
An important challenge in nanoscience and nanotechnology is the immobilization of small entities in regular two-dimensional arrays on surfaces. Visionary concepts such as molecular electronics, molecular or ultrasmall magnetic memory cells, and quantum computers, but also highly selective catalysts and functional surfaces, are based on this approach. The(More)
The character of the surface state wave function on regularly stepped Cu(111) is reinvestigated. It is shown that the qualitative change at terrace lengths around 17 A observed previously by Ortega et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 6110 (2000)]] must necessarily be described as a change from a propagating superlattice state to a terrace-confined(More)
The interaction between the endohedral unit in the single-molecule magnet Dy_{2}ScN@C_{80} and a rhodium (111) substrate leads to alignment of the Dy 4f orbitals. The resulting orientation of the Dy_{2}ScN plane parallel to the surface is inferred from comparison of the angular anisotropy of x-ray absorption spectra and multiplet calculations in the(More)
We report the main characteristics of the advanced photoelectric effect experiments beamline, operational at Elettra storage ring, featuring a fully independent double branch scheme obtained by the use of chicane undulators and able to keep polarization control in both linear and circular mode. The paper describes the novel technical solutions adopted,(More)
The interaction of the Shockley surface state with the step lattice of vicinal Cu(111) leads to the formation of an electronic superlattice state. On Cu(443), where the average terrace length forms a "shape resonance" with the Fermi wavelength, we find a step-lattice-induced band-gap opening at the Fermi level. A gap magnitude >200 meV is inferred from high(More)
When a gecko moves on a ceiling it makes use of adhesion and stiction. Stiction--static friction--is experienced on microscopic and macroscopic scales and is related to adhesion and sliding friction. Although important for most locomotive processes, the concepts of adhesion, stiction and sliding friction are often only empirically correlated. A more(More)