Scanning probe microscopy of organic thin films : Phase transitions of liquid crystal monolayers

  title={Scanning probe microscopy of organic thin films : Phase transitions of liquid crystal monolayers},
  author={Masahiko Hara},
Since its conception, the scanning probe microscopy (SPM) has attracted increasing attention as a novel method that provides an outstanding capability for direct visualization of topological features and characterization of the local properties of organic thin films. While imaging mechanisms for organic molecules are still being debated, careful and credible studies have been performed enabling the SPM to be used for organized molecular films. In this review, our historical background and “the… CONTINUE READING
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