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STM-induced light emission from thin films of perylene derivatives on the HOPG and Au substrates

Aya Fujiki1*, Yusuke Miyake1, Yasushi Oshikane1, Megumi Akai-Kasaya1, Akira Saito12 and Yuji Kuwahara1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Precision Science & Technology, Graduate school of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamada-oka, Suita 565-0871, Japan

2 PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012, Japan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:347  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-347

Published: 19 April 2011


We have investigated the emission properties of N,N'-diheptyl-3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic diimide thin films by the tunneling-electron-induced light emission technique. A fluorescence peak with vibronic progressions with large Stokes shifts was observed on both highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and Au substrates, indicating that the emission was derived from the isolated-molecule-like film condition with sufficient π-π interaction of the perylene rings of perylenetetracarboxylic diimide molecules. The upconversion emission mechanism of the tunneling-electron-induced emission was discussed in terms of inelastic tunneling including multiexcitation processes. The wavelength-selective enhanced emission due to a localized tip-induced surface plasmon on the Au substrate was also obtained.