Magic numbers of atoms in surface-supported planar clusters

Ya Ping Chiu*, Li Wei Huang, Ching Ming Wei, Chia Seng Chang, Tien Tzou Tsong

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Surface-supported planar clusters can sprout active research and create numerous applications in the realm of nanotechnology. Exploitation of these clusters will be more extended if their properties on a supported substrate are thoroughly apprehended, and if they can be fabricated in a controllable way. Here we report finding the magic numbers in two-dimensional Ag clusters grown on Pb quantum islands. We demonstrate, with the images and energy spectra of atomic precision, the transition from electronic origin to a geometric one within the same system. Applying the magic nature, we can also produce a large array of planar clusters with well-defined sizes and shapes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number165504
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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