Atomlike, hollow-core-bound molecular orbitals of C60.

  title={Atomlike, hollow-core-bound molecular orbitals of C60.},
  author={Min Feng and Jin Zhao and Hrvoje Petek},
  volume={320 5874},
The atomic electron orbitals that underlie molecular bonding originate from the central Coulomb potential of the atomic core. We used scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory to explore the relation between the nearly spherical shape and unoccupied electronic structure of buckminsterfullerene (C60) molecules adsorbed on copper surfaces. Besides the known pi* antibonding molecular orbitals of the carbon-atom framework, above 3.5 electron volts we found atomlike orbitals bound… CONTINUE READING
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