American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Applied Physics Letters
80 (2002), S. 1264-1266
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We report on the observation of the Coulomb blockade with Coulomb staircases at room temperature in cobalt nanoparticles, with sizes ranging between 1 and 4 nm. A monolayer of these particles is supported by a thin 1–2 nm thick Al2O3 film, deposited on a smooth Au(111) surface. The local electrical transport on isolated Co clusters was investigated with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The tunnel contact of the STM tip allowed us to observe single-electron tunneling in the double barrier system STM-tip/Co/Al2O3/Au. Very high values of the Coulomb blockade of up to 1.0 V were reproducibly measured at room temperature on different particles with this setup. The current–voltage characteristics fit well by simulations based on the orthodox theory of single-electron tunneling. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.
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