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Probing nanoscale domains of J-aggregates deposited on a mica surface
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J-aggregates of 1,1′,3,3′-tetraethyl-5,5′,6,6′- tetrachlorobenzimidazolocarbocyanine (TTBC) were deposited on a mica surface and probed by atomic force microscopy operated at tapping mode in air. Optical spectra showed that J-aggregates were formed in aqueous solutions. Atomic force microscopy images revealed that J-aggregates deposited on mica surfaces mainly present single domains with a mean height of 2.00 ± 0.25 nm and an average diameter of 100 ± 20 nm. Quantitative analysis of the morphology of images indicated that the single domain of J-aggregates exhibits very uniform height and diameter distributions with polydispersity indices of 1.02 and 1.04, respectively. Based on the results, we propose a two-dimensional nanostructure in which TTBC J-aggregates could be arranged in a monolayer.