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Local Probe Investigation of the Electronic Structure of Molecule–Based and Transition–Metal–Based Low Dimensional Systems Using Cryogenic Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy


Of the many fascinating topics in condensed matter physics, this dissertation aims to

cover three subtopics in some detail: 1) Functionalization of surfaces – using single molecules

and/or atoms to change the behavior of a surface. 2) Low dimensional systems – 0D, 1D,

or 2D materials whose behavior is often drastically different from the 3D world. 3) 3D to

2D crossover – studying what happens to materials as they are thinned down from a bulk

3D morphology to a single 2D layer. In addition to these areas of research, there will also

be a focus on the modifications I made to the Toucan STM, and the rationale behind those

changes. This portion, in combination with Niv Levy’s dissertation, should serve as a user’s

manual for that microscope.

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