Enhanced infrared absorption of C60 on thin evaporated Pd Island films

Toshimasa Wadayama, Takaaki Ohta, Aritada Hatta

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Infrared transmission spectra of C60 multilayers on thin Pd films deposited onto surface-oxidized Si(100) and hydrogen-terminated Si(111) substrates are reported. In both cases, the spectra in the 1300-1100 cm -1 region exhibited bands at 1444, 1429, and 1182 cm-1 due, respectively, to the Ag (2), Tlu (4), and T lu (3) modes. The appearance of the Ag (2) mode, which is originally infrared inactive (Raman active), reveals electron transfer from the metal to chemisorbed C60. Indeed, increasing the thickness of C 60, the Ag (2) mode intensity saturated more rapidly than the Tlu (4) and Tlu (3) modes. The originally infrared active Tlu (4) and Tlu (3) modes were enhanced in intensity depending upon the Pd thickness. Actually, while both substrates gave nearly the same magnitude of enhancement, the optimum Pd thickness was smaller on the hydrogen-terminated surface than on the surface-oxidized surface. On the other hand, the Ag (2) mode was less intense on the hydrogen-terminated surface than on the oxidized surface, suggestive of a shortage of chemisorbed C60 and thus pointing out the importance of the metal film morphology. Indeed, Pd films deposited on the two substrates gave rise to quite different AFM images. We also show that, regardless of the substrate, the Ag (2) mode is an order of magnitude smaller than for Ag deposition, though no remarkable intensity differences were observed with respect to the Tlu (4) and Tlu (3) modes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Journal of Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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