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  1. Unconventional scanning tunneling conductance spectra for graphene

    Saha, K.; Paul, I.; Sengupta, K.

    2009-01-01

    We compute the tunneling conductance of graphene as measured by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with a normal/superconducting tip. We demonstrate that for undoped graphene with zero Fermi energy, the first derivative of the tunneling conductance with respect to the applied voltage is proportional to the density of states of the STM tip. We also show that the shape of the STM spectra for graphene doped with impurities depends qualitatively on the position of the impurity atom in the grap...

  2. Importance of quantum correction for the quantitative simulation of photoexcited scanning tunneling spectra of semiconductor surfaces

    Schnedler, M.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Ebert, Ph.

    2016-05-01

    Photoexcited scanning tunneling spectroscopy is a promising technique for the determination of carrier concentrations, surface photovoltages, and potentials of semiconductors with atomic spatial resolution. However, extraction of the desired quantities requires computation of the electrostatic potential induced by the proximity of the tip and the tunnel current. This calculation is based on an accurate solution of the Poisson as well as the continuity equations for the tip-vacuum-semiconductor system. For this purpose, the carrier current densities are modeled by classical drift and diffusion equations. However, for small tip radii and highly doped materials, the drift and diffusion transport model significantly overestimates a semiconductor's carrier concentration near the surface, making the quantification of physical properties impossible. In this paper, we apply quantum correction to the drift and diffusion model, in order to account for the so-called quantum compressibility, i.e., reduced compressibility of the carrier gas due to the Pauli principle, in the region of the tip-induced band bending. We compare carrier concentrations, potentials, and tunnel currents derived with and without quantum correction for GaN (10 1 ¯0 ) and GaAs(110) surfaces to demonstrate its necessity.

  3. Tunneling spectra and superconducting gaps observed by scanning tunneling microscopy near the grain boundaries of FeSe0.3Te0.7 films

    Highlights: •We prepared FeSe0.3Te0.7 films with two orientations on the same MgO substrate by the pulsed laser deposition technique. •The STM tunneling spectra in the grains with two orientations and boundary between them. •Different superconducting gaps were observed in different orientations and their boundary. -- Abstract: We used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study the tunneling spectra of FeSe0.3Te0.7 films with two orientations of the ab-planes and a connection ramp between them. We discovered that by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method, the a- and b-axis of the FeSe0.3Te0.7 film deposited on an Ar-ion-milled magnesium oxide (MgO) substrate were rotated 45° with respect to those of MgO, whereas the a- and b-axis of the film grown on a pristine MgO substrate were parallel to those of MgO. With photolithography and this technique, we can prepare FeSe0.3Te0.7 films with two orientations on the same MgO substrate so that the connection between them forms a ramp at an angle of about 25° to the substrate plane. In the planar region, for either the 0° or 45° orientation, we observed tunneling spectra with a superconducting gap of about 5 meV and 1.78 meV, respectively. However, a much larger gap at about 18 meV was observed in the ramp region. Furthermore, we observed a small zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) inside the large gap at T = 4.3 K. The ZBCP becomes smaller with increasing temperature and disappeared at temperature above 7 K

  4. Tip induced doping effects in local tunnel spectra of graphene

    Choudhury, Shyam K.; Gupta, Anjan K.

    2010-01-01

    We report on tip induced doping in local tunnel spectra of single layer graphene (SLG) with tunable back-gate using room temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S). The SLG samples, prepared on silicon dioxide surface by exfoliation method and verified by Raman spectra, show atomically resolved honeycomb lattice. Local tunnel spectra show two minima with a clear evolution in the position of both with doping by the back gate. A similar variation in spectra is also obser...

  5. Introduction to scanning tunneling microscopy

    Chen, C Julian

    2008-01-01

    The scanning tunneling and the atomic force microscope, both capable of imaging individual atoms, were crowned with the Physics Nobel Prize in 1986, and are the cornerstones of nanotechnology today. This is a thoroughly updated version of this 'bible' in the field.

  6. Scanning Tunneling Optical Resonance Microscopy

    Bailey, Sheila; Wilt, Dave; Raffaelle, Ryne; Gennett, Tom; Tin, Padetha; Lau, Janice; Castro, Stephanie; Jenkins, Philip; Scheiman, Dave

    2003-01-01

    Scanning tunneling optical resonance microscopy (STORM) is a method, now undergoing development, for measuring optoelectronic properties of materials and devices on the nanoscale by means of a combination of (1) traditional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with (2) tunable laser spectroscopy. In STORM, an STM tip probing a semiconductor is illuminated with modulated light at a wavelength in the visible-to-near-infrared range and the resulting photoenhancement of the tunneling current is measured as a function of the illuminating wavelength. The photoenhancement of tunneling current occurs when the laser photon energy is sufficient to excite charge carriers into the conduction band of the semiconductor. Figure 1 schematically depicts a proposed STORM apparatus. The light for illuminating the semiconductor specimen at the STM would be generated by a ring laser that would be tunable across the wavelength range of interest. The laser beam would be chopped by an achromatic liquid-crystal modulator. A polarization-maintaining optical fiber would couple the light to the tip/sample junction of a commercial STM. An STM can be operated in one of two modes: constant height or constant current. A STORM apparatus would be operated in the constant-current mode, in which the height of the tip relative to the specimen would be varied in order to keep the tunneling current constant. In this mode, a feedback control circuit adjusts the voltage applied to a piezoelectric actuator in the STM that adjusts the height of the STM tip to keep the tunneling current constant. The exponential relationship between the tunneling current and tip-to-sample distance makes it relatively easy to implement this mode of operation. The choice of method by which the photoenhanced portion of the tunneling current would be measured depends on choice of the frequency at which the input illumination would be modulated (chopped). If the frequency of modulation were low enough (typically < 10 Hz) that the

  7. Seismic scanning tunneling macroscope - Theory

    Schuster, Gerard T.

    2012-09-01

    We propose a seismic scanning tunneling macroscope (SSTM) that can detect the presence of sub-wavelength scatterers in the near-field of either the source or the receivers. Analytic formulas for the time reverse mirror (TRM) profile associated with a single scatterer model show that the spatial resolution limit to be, unlike the Abbe limit of λ/2, independent of wavelength and linearly proportional to the source-scatterer separation as long as the point scatterer is in the near-field region; if the sub-wavelength scatterer is a spherical impedance discontinuity then the resolution will also be limited by the radius of the sphere. Therefore, superresolution imaging can be achieved as the scatterer approaches the source. This is analogous to an optical scanning tunneling microscope that has sub-wavelength resolution. Scaled to seismic frequencies, it is theoretically possible to extract 100 Hz information from 20 Hz data by imaging of near-field seismic energy.

  8. Role of Inelastic Tunneling through the Barrier in Scanning Tunneling Microscope Experiments on Cuprates

    Pilgram, S.; T. M. Rice; Sigrist, M.

    2006-01-01

    The tunneling path between the CuO2-layers in cuprate superconductors and a scanning tunneling microscope tip passes through a barrier made from other oxide layers. This opens up the possibility that inelastic processes in the barrier contribute to the tunneling spectra. Such processes cause one or possibly more peaks in the second derivative current-voltage spectra displaced by phonon energies from the density of states singularity associated with superconductivity. Calculations of inelastic...

  9. Low-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was designed and built to operate at liquid helium temperature and was used to measure highly localized electron tunneling spectroscopy. Several instruments were built, all capable of operating in many different environments: air, vacuum, liquid helium and in a transfer gas. An adaptation of one particular design was made into an atomic force microscope capable of operating at low temperatures. Using a low temperature STM, three adsorbed molecular species (liquid crystals, sorbic acid, and carbon monoxide), deposited on a graphite substrate, have been imaged at 4.2K. The inelastic tunneling spectra of these adsorbates show strong peaks in dI/dV vs V curves at energies that correspond to known vibrational modes. The increase in conductance at the onset of inelastic tunneling was measured to be as high as 100 times. The spatial variation of the spectra was measured and was seen to change dramatically on the scale of angstroms, suggesting that individual molecular bonds could be measured. A theoretical model is presented to explain the contrast seen in the STM images of adsorbed molecules, thereby explaining why adsorbed molecules appear to be more conductive than the background. The microscope proved very useful for measuring the energy gap of high temperature superconductors. These materials often have submicron grain sizes. For LaSrCuO, YBaCuO, and BiCaSrCuO, the conductance curves showed a large energy gap suggesting a strongly coupled superconductor. The conductance curves also indicated that intergrain tunneling may occur and that the background conductance varied linearly with the applied voltage. The crystalline structure of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ was imaged by an STM operating in air and in ultra-high vacuum

  10. Fiber coupled ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1997-01-01

    We report on a scanning tunneling microscope with a photoconductive gate in the tunneling current circuit. The tunneling tip is attached to a coplanar transmission line with an integrated photoconductive switch. The switch is illuminated through a fiber which is rigidly attached to the switch...

  11. Fiber coupled ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1997-01-01

    We report on a scanning tunneling microscope with a photoconductive gate in the tunneling current circuit. The tunneling tip is attached to a coplanar transmission line with an integrated photoconductive switch. The switch is illuminated through a fiber which is rigidly attached to the switch substrate. By using a firmly attached fiber we achieve an excellent reproducibility and unconstrained positioning of the tip. We observe a transient signal with 2.9 ps pulse width in tunneling mode and 5...

  12. Scanning tunneling microscopy of dye thin films

    The Rhodamine 6G films on a metal and a semiconductor substrates were studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectral ellipsometry techniques. Scanning tunneling microscopy of dye on a metal substrate allowed obtaining interlayer surface profile with atomic spatial resolution 0.08 nm

  13. Radio-frequency scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Kemiktarak, U.; Ndukum, T.; Schwab, K. C.; Ekinci, K. L.

    2007-01-01

    The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) relies on localized electron tunnelling between a sharp probe tip and a conducting sample to attain atomic-scale spatial resolution. In the 25-year period since its invention, the STM has helped uncover a wealth of phenomena in diverse physical systems -— ranging from semiconductors to superconductors to atomic and molecular nanosystems. A severe limitation in scanning tunnelling microscopy is the low temporal resolution, originating from the diminishe...

  14. Scanning Tunneling Microscope For Use In Vacuum

    Abel, Phillip B.

    1993-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscope with subangstrom resolution developed to study surface structures. Although instrument used in air, designed especially for use in vacuum. Scanning head is assembly of small, mostly rigid components made of low-outgassing materials. Includes coarse-positioning mechanical-translation stage, on which specimen mounted by use of standard mounting stub. Tunneling tip mounted on piezoelectric fine-positioning tube. Application of suitable voltages to electrodes on piezoelectric tube controls scan of tunneling tip across surface of specimen. Electronic subsystem generates scanning voltages and collects data.

  15. Investigation into scanning tunnelling luminescence microscopy

    Manson-Smith, S K

    2001-01-01

    This work reports on the development of a scanning tunnelling luminescence (STL) microscope and its application to the study of Ill-nitride semiconductor materials used in the production of light emitting devices. STL microscopy is a technique which uses the high resolution topographic imaging capabilities of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) to generate high resolution luminescence images. The STM tunnelling current acts as a highly localised source of electrons (or holes) which generates luminescence in certain materials. Light generated at the STM tunnelling junction is collected concurrently with the height variation of the tunnelling probe as it is scanned across a sample surface, producing simultaneous topographic and luminescence images. Due to the very localised excitation source, high resolution luminescence images can be obtained. Spectroscopic resolution can be obtained by using filters. Additionally, the variation of luminescence intensity with tunnel current and with bias voltage can provi...

  16. Fluctuation Dominated Josephson Tunneling with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Naaman, O.; Teizer, W.; Dynes, R. C.

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate Josephson tunneling in vacuum tunnel junctions formed between a superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tip and a Pb film, for junction resistances in the range 50-300 k$\\Omega$. We show that the superconducting phase dynamics is dominated by thermal fluctuations, and that the Josephson current appears as a peak centered at small finite voltages. In the presence of microwave fields (f=15.0 GHz) the peak decreases in magnitude and shifts to higher voltages with increasing ...

  17. Thermovoltages in vacuum tunneling investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Hoffmann, D. H.; Rettenberger, Armin; Grand, Jean Yves; Läuger, K.; Leiderer, Paul; Dransfeld, Klaus; Möller, Rolf

    1995-01-01

    By heating the tunneling tip of a scanning tunneling microscope the thermoelectric properties of a variable vacuum barrier have been investigated. The lateral variation of the observed thermovoltage will be discussed for polycrystalline gold, stepped surfaces of silver, as well as for copper islands on silver.

  18. Investigation into scanning tunnelling luminescence microscopy

    This work reports on the development of a scanning tunnelling luminescence (STL) microscope and its application to the study of Ill-nitride semiconductor materials used in the production of light emitting devices. STL microscopy is a technique which uses the high resolution topographic imaging capabilities of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) to generate high resolution luminescence images. The STM tunnelling current acts as a highly localised source of electrons (or holes) which generates luminescence in certain materials. Light generated at the STM tunnelling junction is collected concurrently with the height variation of the tunnelling probe as it is scanned across a sample surface, producing simultaneous topographic and luminescence images. Due to the very localised excitation source, high resolution luminescence images can be obtained. Spectroscopic resolution can be obtained by using filters. Additionally, the variation of luminescence intensity with tunnel current and with bias voltage can provide information on recombination processes and material properties. The design and construction of a scanning tunnelling luminescence microscope is described in detail. Operating under ambient conditions, the microscope has several novel features, including a new type of miniature inertial slider-based approach motor, large solid-angle light collection optical arrangement and a tip-height regulation system which requires the minimum of operator input. (author)

  19. A Student-Built Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Ekkens, Tom

    2015-01-01

    Many introductory and nanotechnology textbooks discuss the operation of various microscopes including atomic force (AFM), scanning tunneling (STM), and scanning electron microscopes (SEM). In a nanotechnology laboratory class, students frequently utilize microscopes to obtain data without a thought about the detailed operation of the tool itself.…

  20. Towards high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy

    Tabak, Femke Chantal

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis, two routes towards high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) are described. The first possibility for high-speed scanning that is discussed is the use of MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) devices as high-speed add-ons in STM microscopes. The functionality of these devices

  1. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of Pb thin films

    Becker, Michael

    2010-12-13

    The present thesis deals with the electronic structure, work function and single-atom contact conductance of Pb thin films, investigated with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope. The electronic structure of Pb(111) thin films on Ag(111) surfaces is investigated using scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). Quantum size effects, in particular, quantum well states (QWSs), play a crucial role in the electronic and physical properties of these films. Quantitative analysis of the spectra yields the QWS energies as a function of film thickness, the Pb bulk-band dispersion in {gamma}-L direction, scattering phase shifts at the Pb/Ag interface and vacuum barrier as well as the lifetime broadening at anti {gamma}. The work function {phi} is an important property of surfaces, which influences catalytic reactivity and charge injection at interfaces. It controls the availability of charge carriers in front of a surface. Modifying {phi} has been achieved by deposition of metals and molecules. For investigating {phi} at the atomic scale, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has become a widely used technique. STM measures an apparent barrier height {phi}{sub a}, which is commonly related to the sample work function {phi}{sub s} by: {phi}{sub a}=({phi}{sub s}+{phi}{sub t}- vertical stroke eV vertical stroke)/2, with {phi}{sub t} the work function of the tunneling tip, V the applied tunneling bias voltage, and -e the electron charge. Hence, the effect of the finite voltage in STM on {phi}{sub a} is assumed to be linear and the comparison of {phi}{sub a} measured at different surface sites is assumed to yield quantitative information about work function differences. Here, the dependence of {phi}{sub a} on the Pb film thickness and applied bias voltage V is investigated. {phi}{sub a} is found to vary significantly with V. This bias dependence leads to drastic changes and even inversion of contrast in spatial maps of {phi}{sub a}, which are related to the QWSs in the Pb

  2. Tunneling spectra of graphene on copper unraveled

    Zhang, Xin; Stradi, Daniele; Liu, Lei;

    2016-01-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy is often employed to study two-dimensional (2D) materials on conductive growth substrates, in order to gain information on the electronic structures of the 2D material-substrate systems, which can lead to insight into 2D material-substrate interactions, growth mech...

  3. Scanning tunneling microscope assembly, reactor, and system

    Tao, Feng; Salmeron, Miquel; Somorjai, Gabor A

    2014-11-18

    An embodiment of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) reactor includes a pressure vessel, an STM assembly, and three spring coupling objects. The pressure vessel includes a sealable port, an interior, and an exterior. An embodiment of an STM system includes a vacuum chamber, an STM reactor, and three springs. The three springs couple the STM reactor to the vacuum chamber and are operable to suspend the scanning tunneling microscope reactor within the interior of the vacuum chamber during operation of the STM reactor. An embodiment of an STM assembly includes a coarse displacement arrangement, a piezoelectric fine displacement scanning tube coupled to the coarse displacement arrangement, and a receiver. The piezoelectric fine displacement scanning tube is coupled to the coarse displacement arrangement. The receiver is coupled to the piezoelectric scanning tube and is operable to receive a tip holder, and the tip holder is operable to receive a tip.

  4. Ultraviolet light emission from Si in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Schmidt, Patrick; Berndt, Richard; Vexler, Mikhail I.

    2007-01-01

    Ultraviolet and visible radiation is observed from the contacts of a scanning tunneling microscope with Si(100) and (111) wafers. This luminescence relies on the presence of hot electrons in silicon, which are supplied, at positive bias on n- and p-type samples, through the injection from the tip, or, at negative bias on p-samples, by Zener tunneling. Measured spectra reveal a contribution of direct optical transitions in Si bulk. The necessary holes well below the valence band edge are injec...

  5. Radio-frequency scanning tunnelling microscopy.

    Kemiktarak, U; Ndukum, T; Schwab, K C; Ekinci, K L

    2007-11-01

    The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) relies on localized electron tunnelling between a sharp probe tip and a conducting sample to attain atomic-scale spatial resolution. In the 25-year period since its invention, the STM has helped uncover a wealth of phenomena in diverse physical systems--ranging from semiconductors to superconductors to atomic and molecular nanosystems. A severe limitation in scanning tunnelling microscopy is the low temporal resolution, originating from the diminished high-frequency response of the tunnel current readout circuitry. Here we overcome this limitation by measuring the reflection from a resonant inductor-capacitor circuit in which the tunnel junction is embedded, and demonstrate electronic bandwidths as high as 10 MHz. This approximately 100-fold bandwidth improvement on the state of the art translates into fast surface topography as well as delicate measurements in mesoscopic electronics and mechanics. Broadband noise measurements across the tunnel junction using this radio-frequency STM have allowed us to perform thermometry at the nanometre scale. Furthermore, we have detected high-frequency mechanical motion with a sensitivity approaching approximately 15 fm Hz(-1/2). This sensitivity is on par with the highest available from nanoscale optical and electrical displacement detection techniques, and the radio-frequency STM is expected to be capable of quantum-limited position measurements. PMID:17972882

  6. Towards high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy

    Tabak, Femke Chantal

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis, two routes towards high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) are described. The first possibility for high-speed scanning that is discussed is the use of MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) devices as high-speed add-ons in STM microscopes. The functionality of these devices is shown using finite-element simulations, combined with measurements of their resonance frequency and actuation range. Tip deposition was done using EBID (Electron-Beam Induced Deposition) which a...

  7. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscope Use in Electrocatalysis Testing

    Turid Knutsen

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between the electrocatalytic properties of an electrode and its ability to transfer electrons between the electrode and a metallic tip in a scanning tunneling microscope (STM is investigated. The alkaline oxygen evolution reaction (OER was used as a test reaction with four different metallic glasses, Ni78Si8B14, Ni70Mo20Si5B5, Ni58Co20Si10B12, and Ni25Co50Si15B10, as electrodes. The electrocatalytic properties of the electrodes were determined. The electrode surfaces were then investigated with an STM. A clear relationship between the catalytic activity of an electrode toward the OER and its tunneling characteristics was found. The use of a scanning tunneling spectroscope (STS in electrocatalytic testing may increase the efficiency of the optimization of electrochemical processes.

  8. Spectroscopy of Light Emission from a Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Air

    Péchou, R.; Coratger, R.; Girardin, C.; Ajustron, F.; Beauvillain, J.

    1996-01-01

    Light emission has been detected at the tip-sample junction of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (S.T.M.) in air on noble metallic surfaces. A spectroscopic study of emitted photons for Au-Au and PtIr-Au tunneling junctions is presented. The general aspect of the spectra depends on the materials used in the junctions; a study of the spectra as a function of tunneling current and surface bias voltage reveals similar and reproducible characteristics.

  9. Observation of negative differential resistance in tunneling spectroscopy of MoS2 with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Youngquist, M. G.; Baldeschwieler, J D

    1991-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope has been used for imaging and tunneling spectroscopy of 2Hb–MoS2 in ultrahigh vacuum. Atom-resolved images obtained in three distinct imaging modes–measuring z at constant current, barrier height at constant current, and current at constant z–are presented. Current–voltage (I–V) tunneling spectra reveal the occasional presence of negative differential resistance. Possible origins of the effect are discussed. Convolution of the sample energy density of states (D...

  10. Traceable long range scanning tunneling microscopy

    2008-01-01

    Dimensionally correct and directly traceable measurement is not feasible with conventional scanning tunneling microscopy (STMs) due to severe hysteresis and non-linearity of the commonly applied piezo tube scanners and the very short range.By integrating a custom made probing system based on tunneling current measurement into a commercially available and laser-interferometrically position controlled positioning system, an STM with a principal measuring range of 25 mm×25 mm×5 mm and traceable position measurement has been set-up and tested.

  11. Scanning tunneling microscopy II further applications and related scanning techniques

    Güntherodt, Hans-Joachim

    1995-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy II, like its predecessor, presents detailed and comprehensive accounts of the basic principles and broad range of applications of STM and related scanning probe techniques. The applications discussed in this volume come predominantly from the fields of electrochemistry and biology. In contrast to those described in STM I, these studies may be performed in air and in liquids. The extensions of the basic technique to map other interactions are described in chapters on scanning force microscopy, magnetic force microscopy, and scanning near-field optical microscopy, together with a survey of other related techniques. Also described here is the use of a scanning proximal probe for surface modification. Together, the two volumes give a comprehensive account of experimental aspects of STM. They provide essential reading and reference material for all students and researchers involved in this field. In this second edition the text has been updated and new methods are discussed.

  12. Scanning tunneling microscopy II further applications and related scanning techniques

    Güntherodt, Hans-Joachim

    1992-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy II, like its predecessor, presents detailed and comprehensive accounts of the basic principles and broad range of applications of STM and related scanning probe techniques. The applications discussed in this volume come predominantly from the fields of electrochemistry and biology. In contrast to those described in Vol. I, these sudies may be performed in air and in liquids. The extensions of the basic technique to map other interactions are described inchapters on scanning force microscopy, magnetic force microscopy, scanning near-field optical microscopy, together with a survey of other related techniques. Also described here is the use of a scanning proximal probe for surface modification. Togehter, the two volumes give a comprehensive account of experimental aspcets of STM. They provide essentialreading and reference material for all students and researchers involvedin this field.

  13. Spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy

    The recent experimental progress in spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy (SP-STM) - a magnetically sensitive imaging technique with ultra-high resolution - is reviewed. The basics of spin-polarized electron tunnelling are introduced as they have been investigated in planar tunnel junctions for different electrode materials, i.e. superconductors, optically excited GaAs, and ferromagnets. It is shown that ferromagnets and antiferromagnets are suitable tip materials for the realization of SP-STM. Possible tip designs and modes of operations are discussed for both classes of materials. The results of recent spatially resolved measurements as performed with different magnetic probe tips and using different modes of operation are reviewed and discussed in terms of applicability to surfaces, thin films, and nanoparticles. The limits of spatial resolution, and the impact of an external magnetic field on the imaging process

  14. Vibration Compensation for Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    LI Meng-chao; FU Xing; WEI Xiao-lei; HU Xiao-tang

    2003-01-01

    The influence of vibration is already one of main obstacles for improving the nano measuring accuracy.The techniques of anti-vibration,vibration isolation and vibration compensation become an important branch in nano measuring field.Starting with the research of sensitivity to vibration of scanning tunneling microscope(STM),the theory,techniques and realization methods of nano vibration sensor based on tunnel effect are initially investigated,followed by developing the experimental devices.The experiments of the vibration detection and vibration compensation are carried out.The experimental results show that vibration sensor based on tunnel effect is characterized by high sensitivity,good frequency characteristic and the same vibratory response characteristic consistent with STM.

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy of biological molecules

    Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) has been used to image a number of biological molecules including thrombospondin and glycoprotein 88 (GP88). In this paper, STM images which clearly resolve the morphology of these molecules are presented. Ultimately, it is hoped that STM will provide information about the interaction between these molecules after overcoming problems associated with sample preparation and reproducibility of results which are discussed. 4 refs., 2 figs

  16. Imaging Pauli Repulsion in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Weiss, C; Wagner, C.; Kleimann, C.; Rohlfing, M.; Tautz, F. S.; Temirov, R.

    2010-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been equipped with a nanoscale force sensor and signal transducer composed of a single D2 molecule that is confined in the STM junction. The uncalibrated sensor is used to obtain ultrahigh geometric image resolution of a complex organic molecule adsorbed on a noble metal surface. By means of conductance-distance spectroscopy and corresponding density functional calculations the mechanism of the sensor and transducer is identified. It probes the short-...

  17. A SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE FOR SURFACE MODIFICATION

    M. McCord; Pease, R

    1986-01-01

    With the recent success for the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has come question of whether the instrument might be used for material modifications lithography. We embarked on the design of an STM with this application in mind. Its features include a wide x-y piezoelectric scan range of 10 or more microns, plus coarse mechanical motion in the x direction to a new region on the sample while in vacuum. Coarse motion in the z direction is accomplished with a micrometer drive, while fine mov...

  18. Topography Structure and Scanning Tunneling Spectrum of Nickel(Ⅱ)-tetraphenylporphyrin Molecules on Au(111)

    2006-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) were performed on monolayer film of NiTPP supported on Au(111) under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. The constant current STM images show remarkable bias dependence. High resolution STM data clearly show the individual NiTPP molecules and allow easy differentiation between NiTPP and CoTPP reported before. Scanning tunneling spectra, as a function of molecule-tip separation, were acquired over a range of tip motion of 0.42 nm. Spectra do not show the variation in band splitting with tip distance. It appears for molecules such as NiTPP that the average potential at the molecule is essentially the same at the same metal substrate. For molecules of the height of NiTPP, the scanning tunneling spectra should give reliable occupied and unoccupied orbital energies over a wide range of tip-molecule distances.

  19. Conductivity map from scanning tunneling potentiometry

    Zhang, Hao; Li, Xianqi; Chen, Yunmei; Durand, Corentin; Li, An-Ping; Zhang, X.-G.

    2016-08-01

    We present a novel method for extracting two-dimensional (2D) conductivity profiles from large electrochemical potential datasets acquired by scanning tunneling potentiometry of a 2D conductor. The method consists of a data preprocessing procedure to reduce/eliminate noise and a numerical conductivity reconstruction. The preprocessing procedure employs an inverse consistent image registration method to align the forward and backward scans of the same line for each image line followed by a total variation (TV) based image restoration method to obtain a (nearly) noise-free potential from the aligned scans. The preprocessed potential is then used for numerical conductivity reconstruction, based on a TV model solved by accelerated alternating direction method of multiplier. The method is demonstrated on a measurement of the grain boundary of a monolayer graphene, yielding a nearly 10:1 ratio for the grain boundary resistivity over bulk resistivity.

  20. Superconducting phonon spectroscopy using a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope

    Leduc, H. G.; Kaiser, W. J.; Hunt, B. D.; Bell, L. D.; Jaklevic, R. C.

    1989-01-01

    The low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) system described by LeDuc et al. (1987) was used to observe the phonon density of states effects in a superconductor. Using techniques based on those employed in macroscopic tunneling spectroscopy, electron tunneling current-voltage (I-V) spectra were measured for NbN and Pb, and dI/dV vs V spectra were measured using standard analog derivative techniques. I-V measurements on NbN and Pb samples under typical STM conditions showed no evidence for multiparticle tunneling effects.

  1. A compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope

    We describe the design and fabrication of a compact Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope (LT-STM) together with a dipper cryostat for cooling the STM down to liquid helium temperatures. The STM, based on the piezo-tube walker as coarse approach mechanism, is suspended inside a cryostat vacuum can using three soft helical springs. The can is dipped into a liquid helium storage container for cooling the STM. Its compact size makes it less susceptible to mechanical vibrations and so the STM works with atomic resolution with a simple spring suspension. We demonstrate the performance of this STM for atomic resolution imaging and tunneling spectroscopy by observing the 3 x3 charge modulation and the energy gap in the Charge Density Wave (CDW) phase of 2H-NbSe2 at liquid helium temperatures.

  2. Simulation of scanning tunneling spectroscopy of supported carbon nanotubes

    The angle and energy dependent transmission of wave packets was calculated through a jellium potential model of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) junction containing different arrangements of carbon nanotubes. The total tunnel current as a function of STM bias was calculated by statistical averaging over a distribution of wave packets in the allowed energy window. Three tunneling situations were studied: (i) a STM tunnel junction with no nanotube present, (ii) one single wall nanotube in the STM junction, and (iii) a nanotube 'raft'. The effects of point contacts at the STM tip/nanotube, at the nanotube/substrate, and at both interfaces were also investigated. The theory allowed us to identify components of pure geometrical origin responsible for the asymmetry in the scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) spectrum of the carbon nanotubes with respect to bias voltage polarity. The calculations show that for tip negative bias the angular dependence of the transmission is determined by the tip shape. The particular tip shape introduces an asymmetry on the negative side of the STS spectrum. For tip positive bias the angular dependence of the transmission depends strongly on the nature of the nanosystem in the STM gap. While the transmission of the STM tunnel junction with no nanotube present can be well represented by a one dimensional model, all other geometries cause a large normal-transverse momentum mixing of the wave packet. A diffraction-grating-like behavior is seen in the angular dependence of the transmission of the nanotube raft. Point contacts between the nanotube and the substrate cause an asymmetry in the positive side of the STS spectrum. Calculated STS spectra are compared to experimental ones

  3. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscope Use in Electrocatalysis Testing

    Turid Knutsen

    2010-01-01

    The relationship between the electrocatalytic properties of an electrode and its ability to transfer electrons between the electrode and a metallic tip in a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is investigated. The alkaline oxygen evolution reaction (OER) was used as a test reaction with four different metallic glasses, Ni78Si8B14, Ni70Mo20Si5B5, Ni58Co20Si10B12, and Ni25Co50Si15B10, as electrodes. The electrocatalytic properties of the electrodes were determined. The electrode surfaces were t...

  4. COMBINED FIELD ION AND SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE

    Sakurai, T; Hashizurne, T.; Kamiya, I.; Hasegawa, Y.; Sakai, A; Kobayashi, A.; Matsui, J.; Takahashi, S; Kono, E.; Watanabe, H.

    1987-01-01

    Realizing the importance of characterizing a STM probe tip on an atomic scale, we have constructed a new instrument which combines a field ion microscope and scanning tunneling microscope. A complete STM set-up, which is similar to the one developed by Demuth, is mounted on an 8" O.D. flange and a FIM set-up is mounted on a 10" O.D. flange. FI images of the STM probe tip are observed using a 2" O.D. chevron channelplate-image intensifier screen assembly with liquid nitrogen cooling. A field n...

  5. Measuring voltage transients with an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1997-01-01

    We use an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope to resolve propagating voltage transients in space and time. We demonstrate that the previously observed dependence of the transient signal amplitude on the tunneling resistance was only caused by the electrical sampling circuit. With a modified circuit, where the tunneling tip is directly connected to the current amplifier of the scanning tunneling microscope, this dependence is eliminated. Ail results can be explained with coupling through t...

  6. DIRECT TIP STRUCTURES DETERMINATION BY SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPY

    GarcÍa CantÚ, R.; Huerta Garnica, M.

    1989-01-01

    An electrochemical etched scanning tunneling microscope tip is studied, using a long scan tunneling microscope and scanning electron microscopy, in order to characterize the neighborhood of the tip apex. Observed microstructure and protrusions are discussed in relation to chemical etching and mechanical resistance.

  7. Atomic and Molecular Manipulation with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Sperl, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis structural, electronic, chemical properties and dynamic processes of adsorbed nanostructures on metal surfaces are investigated with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM).

  8. Scanning tunnel microscopy of semiconductor nanostructures

    In this work a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is utilized as a surface sensitive tool for local characterization of internal potential profiles of GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures. The STM is operated at variable temperatures under ambient conditions, i.e. either in air or in the variable temperature insert of a cryostat. Distinct local differences between current-voltage curves taken on inverted heterostructures, which were patterned by wet chemically etching, are found. The spectroscopic differences can be ascribed to the internal potential profile in the subsurface regions of the sample. Current imaging tunneling spectroscopy (CITS) is applied to study quantum wire regions. It is found that the magnitude of the CITS-current is an indirect measure of edge depletion zones, which are much larger at 4.2 K. Direct measurements of relevant energy levels in quantum structures were obtained by ballistic electron emission microscopy (BEEM). It is shown that this 3-terminal technique is an excellent tool for transport characterization of minibands formed in semiconductor superlattices. Furthermore, low dimensional electron gases are shown to act as very efficient collector electrodes at low temperatures. For the first time, BEEM experiments were performed at 4.2 K. The enhanced thermal resolution at 4.2 K allows an analysis of the relevant scattering processes. It is found that the collector current is strongly influenced by diffusive scattering at the metal/semiconductor interface. (author)

  9. Scanning tunneling microscope study of cadmium telluride

    Layered samples of cadmium telluride grown epitaxially on gallium arsenide substrates have been investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The surface geometric and electronic structures are both of interest. Techniques were developed to remove the native oxide by etching, or to create a fresh surface by cleaving, and to protect them from oxidation by employing mineral or paraffin oil media. STM studies were conducted within the protective medium. These techniques were adapted and tested for both etched and cleaved samples of Si, CdTe and HgTe. The current-voltage characteristics of the CdTe surface were investigated during dynamic changes of the tunnel current and barrier height while the probe-to-sample separation (gap) was static. Recorded values are shown for current versus bias for several constant gap values. A range of bias values has been employed to test a possible solution for the problem of interference between the contributions from geometric and electronic structure factors

  10. Energy gaps measured by scanning tunneling microscopy

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been used to measure energy gaps in the charge-density-wave (CDW) phases of the layer-structure dichalcogenides and in the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8. Measured values of ΔCDW at 4.2 K for 2H-TaSe2, 2H-TaS2, and 2H-NbSe2 are 80, 50, and 34 meV giving values of 2ΔCDW/kBTc equal to 15.2, 15.4, and 23.9, indicating strong coupling in these CDW systems. Measured values of ΔCDW at 4.2 K in 1T-TaSe2 and 1T-TaS2 are ∼150 meV for both materials giving 2ΔCDW/kBTc∼5.8. STM scans of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 at 4.2 K resolve atoms on the BiOx layer and show possible variations in electronic structure. The energy gap determined from I versus V and dI/dV versus V curves is in the range 30--35 meV giving values of 2Δ/kBTc∼8. Spectroscopy measurements with the STM can exhibit large zero-bias anomalies which complicate the analysis of the energy-gap structure, but adequate separation has been accomplished

  11. Direct, coherent and incoherent intermediate state tunneling and scanning tunnel microscopy (STM)

    Theory and experiment in tunneling are still qualitative in nature, which hold true also for the latest developments in direct-, resonant-, coherent- and incoherent-tunneling. Those tunnel processes have recently branched out of the field of ''solid state tunnel junctions'' into the fields of scanning tunnel microscopy (STM), single electron tunneling (SET) and semiconducting resonant tunnel structures (RTS). All these fields have promoted the understanding of tunneling in different ways reaching from the effect of coherence, of incoherence and of charging in tunneling, to spin flip or inelastic effects. STM allows not only the accurate measurements of the tunnel current and its voltage dependence but, more importantly, the easy quantification via the (quantum) tunnel channel conductance and the distance dependence. This new degree of freedom entering exponentially the tunnel current allows an unique identification of individual tunnel channels and their quantification. In STM measurements large tunnel currents are observed for large distances d > 1 nm explainable by intermediate state tunneling. Direct tunneling with its reduced tunnel time and reduced off-site Coulomb charging bridges distances below 1 nm, only. The effective charge transfer process with its larger off-site and on-site charging at intermediate states dominates tunnel transfer in STM, biology and chemistry over distances in the nm-range. Intermediates state tunneling becomes variable range hopping conduction for distances larger than d > 2 nm, for larger densities of intermediate states n1(ε) and for larger temperatures T or voltages U, still allowing high resolution imaging

  12. Measuring voltage transients with an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1997-01-01

    We use an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope to resolve propagating voltage transients in space and time. We demonstrate that the previously observed dependence of the transient signal amplitude on the tunneling resistance was only caused by the electrical sampling circuit. With a modified...... circuit, where the tunneling tip is directly connected to the current amplifier of the scanning tunneling microscope, this dependence is eliminated. Ail results can be explained with coupling through the geometrical capacitance of the tip-electrode junction. By illuminating the current...

  13. Scanning tunneling microscopy, orbital-mediated tunneling spectroscopy, and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy of metal(II) tetraphenylporphyrins deposited from vapor.

    Scudiero, L; Barlow, D E; Mazur, U; Hipps, K W

    2001-05-01

    Thin films of vapor-deposited Ni(II) and Co(II) complexes of tetraphenylporphyrin (NiTPP and CoTPP) were studied supported on gold and embedded in Al-Al(2)O(3)-MTPP-Pb tunnel diodes, where M = Ni or Co. Thin films deposited onto polycrystalline gold were analyzed by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) using He I radiation. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and orbital-mediated tunneling spectroscopy (STM-OMTS) were performed on submonolayer films of CoTPP and NiTPP supported on Au(111). Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) and OMTS were measured in conventional tunnel diode structures. The highest occupied pi molecular orbital of the porphyrin ring was seen in both STM-OMTS and UPS at about 6.4 eV below the vacuum level. The lowest unoccupied pi molecular orbital of the porphyrin ring was observed by STM-OMTS and by IETS-OMTS to be located near 3.4 eV below the vacuum level. The OMTS spectra of CoTPP had a band near 5.2 eV (below the vacuum level) that was attributed to transient oxidation of the central Co(II) ion. That is, it is due to electron OMT via the half-filled d(z)(2) orbital present in Co(II) of CoTPP. The NiTPP OMTS spectra show no such band, consistent with the known difficulty of oxidation of the Ni(II) ion. The STM-based OMTS allowed these two porphyrin complexes to be easily distinguished. The present work is the first report of the observation of STM-OMTS, tunnel junction OMTS, and UPS of the same compounds. Scanning tunneling microscope-based orbital-mediated tunneling provides more information than UPS or tunnel junction-based OMTS and does so with molecular-scale resolution. PMID:11457159

  14. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Layered Materials

    Qin, Xiaorong

    This dissertation describes studies of the surfaces of layered materials, including graphite intercalation compounds, transition-metal-dichalcogenides, and single layers of MoS_2. with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In order to understand how tunneling images reflect the atomic nature of sample surfaces, the electronic and structural properties of intercalated graphite surfaces imaged with STM have been investigated theoretically. The corrugation amplitude (CA) and carbon site asymmetry (CSA) are sensitive to the number of graphite layers covering the first intercalate layer, to the amount and distribution of the charge transferred from intercalate to host and to the surface subband structure. The CA and CSA can be used to map the stage domains across a freshly cleaved surface. The STM images of the surfaces of both donor and acceptor graphite intercalation compounds are discussed. The theory successfully explained the available experimental results, and yielded some predictions which have been verified in recent experiments. A STM system for operation in air was assembled. The crystalline surfaces of graphite and three transition-metal -dichalcogenides (2H-MoS_2, WTe _2 and ReSe_2) have been studied with the STM system. Single layers of MoS_2 can be obtained by the exfoliation of lithium-intercalated MoS_2 powder in water and in several alcohols. In the STM observations, the samples were prepared by depositing either an aqueous or butanol suspension of single-layer MoS_2 on graphite substrates to form restacked films with two monolayers of solvent molecules included between the layers of MoS_2 . The real-space images obtained from the films all showed the existence of an approximate 2 x 1 superstructure on the surfaces, although the 2 x 1 pattern can be modulated by the interface interaction between the MoS_2 layer and the solvent molecules. These results, in conjunction with existing x-ray diffraction and Raman results, imply that the single layers of MoS_2

  15. Measurement of turbulence spectra using scanning pulsed wind lidars

    Sathe, Ameya; Mann, Jakob

    2012-01-01

    Turbulent velocity spectra, as measured by a scanning pulsed wind lidar (WindCube), are analyzed. The relationship between ordinary velocity spectra and lidar derived spectra is mathematically very complex, and deployment of the three-dimensional spectral velocity tensor is necessary. The resulting...... theoretical understanding of the shape of turbulent velocity spectra measured by scanning pulsed wind lidar is given a firm foundation....

  16. Bulk Cr tips for scanning tunneling microscopy and spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

    Bassi, A. Li; Casari, C. S.; D. Cattaneo; Donati, F.; Foglio, S.; M. Passoni; Bottani, C. E.; Biagioni, P.; Brambilla, A.; Finazzi, M.; F. Ciccacci; Duo', L.

    2007-01-01

    A simple, reliable method for preparation of bulk Cr tips for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) is proposed and its potentialities in performing high-quality and high-resolution STM and Spin Polarized-STM (SP-STM) are investigated. Cr tips show atomic resolution on ordered surfaces. Contrary to what happens with conventional W tips, rest atoms of the Si(111)-7x7 reconstruction can be routinely observed, probably due to a different electronic structure of the tip apex. SP-STM measurements of...

  17. Scanning tunneling microscopy and inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy studies of methyl isocyanide adsorbed on Pt(111)

    A low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was used to investigate the adsorption state of a single methyl isocyanide (MeNC) molecule on the Pt(111) surface at 4.7 K. We found that MeNC was resolved as a round-shaped protrusion in the STM image. The STM image of paired MeNC is highly protruded in comparison with that of isolated MeNC due to the charge transfer from Pt to MeNC. Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy with the STM system (STM-IETS) was also employed in order to reveal the adsorption state of individual MeNC molecules on Pt(111). The STM-IETS spectrum of MeNC exhibits peaks at 8, 48 and 375 mV. Referring to the vibrational spectra reported previously, we assigned these peaks to the frustrated translation mode, PtC stretching mode and CH3 stretching mode, respectively. The absence of other vibrational modes could be due to a reduction of the elastic tunneling current.

  18. The fabrication of reproducible superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tips

    Naaman, O.; Teizer, W.; Dynes, R. C.

    2000-01-01

    Superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tips have been fabricated with a high degree of reproducibility. The fabrication process relies on sequential deposition of superconducting Pb and a proximity-coupled Ag capping layer onto a Pt/Ir tip. The tips were characterized by tunneling into both normal-metal and superconducting films. The simplicity of the fabrication process, along with the stability and reproducibility of the tips, clear the way for tunneling studies with a well-character...

  19. Spectral Measurement of Photon Emission from Individual Gold Nanoparticles Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    S.A. Nepijko

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The light emission spectra of individual Au nanoparticles induced by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM have been investigated. Two-dimensional ensembles of tunnel-coupled Au particles were prepared by thermal evaporation onto a native oxide silicon wafer in ultrahigh vacuum (10 – 9 mbar. Our STM measurements show a single peak at photon energy 1.6 eV in the tunneling mode and two peaks at 2.2 eV (connected with the Mie plasmon and 1.45 eV (a new peak which was not discussed in literature before in the field emission mode.

  20. Investigation of local tunneling current noise spectra on the silicon crystal surfaces by means of STM/STS

    We report on a careful analysis of the local tunneling conductivity by means of ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) technique in the vicinity of low-dimensional structures on the Si(111)–(7 × 7) and Si(110)–(16 × 2) surfaces. The power-law exponent α of low-frequency tunneling current noise spectra is investigated for different values of the tunneling contact parameters: relaxation rates, the localized state coupling, and the tunneling barrier width and height

  1. Investigation of local tunneling current noise spectra on the silicon crystal surfaces by means of STM/STS

    Mantsevich, V. N., E-mail: vmantsev@spmlab.phys.msu.su; Maslova, N. S. [Moscow State University, Department of Physics (Russian Federation); Cao, G. Y. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics (China)

    2015-08-15

    We report on a careful analysis of the local tunneling conductivity by means of ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) technique in the vicinity of low-dimensional structures on the Si(111)–(7 × 7) and Si(110)–(16 × 2) surfaces. The power-law exponent α of low-frequency tunneling current noise spectra is investigated for different values of the tunneling contact parameters: relaxation rates, the localized state coupling, and the tunneling barrier width and height.

  2. Observation of spin-polarized tunneling by scanning tunneling microscopy

    The tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) in ferromagnet-vacuum-ferromagnet junction was studied by using an STM setup. After in situ cleaning of both of two ferromagnetic electrodes, up to 20% of TMR was observed. Such a signal was not observed for air gap nor nonmagnetic electrode. This technique is suitable for basic research of the TMR effect

  3. Optical characterication of probes for photon scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Vohnsen, Brian; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    The photon scanning tunnelling microscope is a well-established member of the family of scanning near-field optical microscopes used for optical imaging at the sub-wavelength scale. The quality of the probes, typically pointed uncoated optical fibres, used is however difficult to evaluate in a...

  4. Compact, single-tube scanning tunneling microscope with thermoelectric cooling

    Jobbins, Matthew M.; Agostino, Christopher J.; Michel, Jolai D.; Gans, Ashley R.; Kandel, S. Alex

    2013-10-01

    We have designed and built a scanning tunneling microscope with a compact inertial-approach mechanism that fits inside the piezoelectric scanner tube. Rigid construction allows the microscope to be operated without the use of external vibration isolators or acoustic enclosures. Thermoelectric cooling and a water-ice bath are used to increase temperature stability when scanning under ambient conditions.

  5. Applications of terrestrial laser scanning for tunnels: a review

    Weixing Wang

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the use of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS technique in engineering surveys is gaining an increasing interest due to the advantages of non-contact, rapidity, high accuracy, and large scale. Millions of accurate 3D points (mm level accuracy can be delivered by this technique with a high point density in a short time (up to 1 million points per second, which makes it a potential technique for large scale applications in engineering environments such as tunnels, bridges, and heritage buildings. Tunnels, in particular those with long lengths, create great challenges for surveyors to obtain the satisfactory scanned data. This paper presents a short history of TLS techniques used for tunnels. A general overview of TLS techniques is given, followed by a review of several applications of TLS for tunnels. These applications are classified as: detecting geological features of drilling tunnels, monitoring the geometry of tunnels during excavation, making deformation measurements, and extracting features. The review emphasizes how TLS techniques can be used to measure various aspects of tunnels. It is clear that TLS techniques are not yet a common tool for tunnel investigations, but there is still a huge potential to excavate.

  6. A cryogen-free variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope capable for inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy

    Zhang, Shuai; Huang, Di; Wu, Shiwei

    While low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has become an indispensable research tool in surface science, its versatility is yet limited by the shortage or high cost of liquid helium. The makeshifts include the use of alternative cryogen (such as liquid nitrogen) at higher temperature or the development of helium liquefier system usually at departmental or campus wide. The ultimate solution would be the direct integration of a cryogen-free cryocooler based on GM or pulse tube closed cycle in the STM itself. However, the nasty mechanical vibration at low frequency intrinsic to cryocoolers has set the biggest obstacle because of the known challenges in vibration isolation required to high performance of STM. In this talk, we will present the design and performance of our home-built cryogen-free variable temperature STM at Fudan University. This system can obtain atomically sharp STM images and high resolution dI/dV spectra comparable to state-of-the-art low temperature STMs, but with no limitation on running hours. Moreover, we demonstrated the inelastic tunneling spectroscopy (STM-IETS) on a single CO molecule with a cryogen-free STM for the first time.

  7. A cryogen-free low temperature scanning tunneling microscope capable of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy.

    Zhang, Shuai; Huang, Di; Wu, Shiwei

    2016-06-01

    The design and performance of a cryogen-free low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) housed in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) are reported. The cryogen-free design was done by directly integrating a Gifford-McMahon cycle cryocooler to a Besocke-type STM, and the vibration isolation was achieved by using a two-stage rubber bellow between the cryocooler and a UHV-STM interface with helium exchange gas cooling. A base temperature of 15 K at the STM was achieved, with a possibility to further decrease by using a cryocooler with higher cooling power and adding additional low temperature stage under the exchange gas interface. Atomically sharp STM images and high resolution dI/dV spectra on various samples were demonstrated. Furthermore, we reported the inelastic tunneling spectroscopy on a single carbon monoxide molecule adsorbed on Ag(110) surface with a cryogen-free STM for the first time. Being totally cryogen-free, the system not only saves the running cost significantly but also enables uninterrupted data acquisitions and variable temperature measurements with much ease. In addition, the system is capable of coupling light to the STM junction by a pair of lens inside the UHV chamber. We expect that these enhanced capabilities could further broaden our views to the atomic-scale world. PMID:27370453

  8. Structural monitoring of tunnels using terrestrial laser scanning

    R. C. Lindenbergh; Uchanski, L.; Bucksch, A.; Van Gosliga, R.

    2009-01-01

    In recent years terrestrial laser scanning is rapidly evolving as a surveying technique for the monitoring of engineering objects like roof constructions, mines, dams, viaducts and tunnels. The advantage of laser scanning above traditional surveying methods is that it allows for the rapid acquisition of millions of scan points representing the whole surface of the object considered. Still it is a big challenge to obtain accuracies and precisions in the millimeter level when quantifying deform...

  9. Design of a scanning tunneling microscope for electrochemical applications

    Dovek, Moris M.; Heben, Michael J.; Lang, Christop A.; Lewis, Nathan S.; Quate, Calvin F.

    1988-01-01

    A design for a scanning tunneling microscope that is well suited for electrochemical investigations is presented. The construction of the microscope ensures that only the tunneling tip and the sample participate in electrochemical reactions. The design also allows rapid replacement of the tip or sample, and enables facile introduction of auxiliary electrodes for use in electrochemical experiments. The microscope utilizes stepper motor driven approach mechanics in order to achieve fully remote...

  10. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy on Electron-Boson Interactions in Superconductors

    Schackert, Michael Peter

    2014-01-01

    This thesis describes the experimental study of electron-boson interactions in superconductors by means of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy performed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at temperatures below 1 K. This new approach allows the direct measurement of the Eliashberg function of conventional superconductors as demonstrated on lead (Pb) and niobium (Nb). Preparative experiments on unconventional iron-pnictides are presented in the end.

  11. Towards magnetic resonance in scanning tunneling microscopy using heterodyne detection

    Peter, Moritz

    2015-01-01

    The present work introduces a new concept for magnetic resonance measurements in the GHz regime inside a scanning tunneling microscope. It is based on heterodyne detection in a spin-polarized tunneling barrier. The experimental requirements, including a new method to suppress transmission effects, are explained. Measurements on three model systems which were studied to validate the new technique are presented and compared to simulations.

  12. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on electron-boson interactions in superconductors

    Schackert, Michael Peter

    2015-01-01

    This work describes the experimental study of electron-boson interactions in superconductors by means of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy performed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at temperatures below 1 K. This new approach allows the direct measurement of the Eliashberg function of conventional superconductors as demonstrated on lead (Pb) and niobium (Nb). Preparative experiments on unconventional iron-pnictides are presented in the end.

  13. Scanning Tunneling Luminescence of Pentacene Nanocrystals

    Kabakchiev, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    Organic semiconductors are promising materials for future electronic and electroluminescence applications. A detailed understanding of organic layers and nano-sized crystals down to single molecules can address fundamental questions of contacting organic semiconductors at the nanometer limit and obtaining luminescence from them. In this thesis, electroluminescence spectra from pentacene, a policyclic hydrocarbon (acene), are discussed. The luminescenc...

  14. Measurement of turbulence spectra using scanning pulsed wind lidars

    Sathe, A.; Mann, J.

    2012-01-01

    Turbulent velocity spectra, as measured by a scanning pulsed wind lidar (WindCube), are analyzed. The relationship between ordinary velocity spectra and lidar derived spectra is mathematically very complex, and deployment of the three-dimensional spectral velocity tensor is necessary. The resulting

  15. Probing the Inelastic Interactions in Molecular Junctions by Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Xu, Chen

    With a sub-Kelvin scanning tunneling microscope, the energy resolution of spectroscopy is improved dramatically. Detailed studies of finer features of spectrum become possible. The asymmetry in the line shape of carbon monoxide vibrational spectra is observed to correlate with the couplings of the molecule to the tip and substrates. The spin-vibronic coupling in the molecular junctions is revisited with two metal phthalocyanine molecules, unveiling sharp spin-vibronic peaks. Finally, thanks to the improved spectrum resolution, the bonding structure of the acyclic compounds molecules is surveyed with STM inelastic tunneling probe, expanding the capability of the innovative high resolution imaging technique.

  16. A nanoscale gigahertz source realized with Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy

    Jäck, Berthold, E-mail: b.jaeck@fkf.mpg.de; Eltschka, Matthias; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R. [Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Hardock, Andreas [Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, 21079 Hamburg (Germany); Kern, Klaus [Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Institut de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2015-01-05

    Using the AC Josephson effect in the superconductor-vacuum-superconductor tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), we demonstrate the generation of GHz radiation. With the macroscopic STM tip acting as a λ/4-monopole antenna, we first show that the atomic scale Josephson junction in the STM is sensitive to its frequency-dependent environmental impedance in the GHz regime. Further, enhancing Cooper pair tunneling via excitations of the tip eigenmodes, we are able to generate high-frequency radiation. We find that for vanadium junctions, the enhanced photon emission can be tuned from about 25 GHz to 200 GHz and that large photon flux in excess of 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −2} s{sup −1} is reached in the tunnel junction. These findings demonstrate that the atomic scale Josephson junction in an STM can be employed as a full spectroscopic tool for GHz frequencies on the atomic scale.

  17. A nanoscale gigahertz source realized with Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy

    Using the AC Josephson effect in the superconductor-vacuum-superconductor tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), we demonstrate the generation of GHz radiation. With the macroscopic STM tip acting as a λ/4-monopole antenna, we first show that the atomic scale Josephson junction in the STM is sensitive to its frequency-dependent environmental impedance in the GHz regime. Further, enhancing Cooper pair tunneling via excitations of the tip eigenmodes, we are able to generate high-frequency radiation. We find that for vanadium junctions, the enhanced photon emission can be tuned from about 25 GHz to 200 GHz and that large photon flux in excess of 1020 cm−2 s−1 is reached in the tunnel junction. These findings demonstrate that the atomic scale Josephson junction in an STM can be employed as a full spectroscopic tool for GHz frequencies on the atomic scale

  18. Atomic and molecular manipulation with the scanning tunneling microscope.

    Stroscio, J A; Eigler, D M

    1991-11-29

    The prospect of manipulating matter on the atomic scale has fascinated scientists for decades. This fascination may be motivated by scientific and technological opportunities, or from a curiosity about the consequences of being able to place atoms in a particular location. Advances in scanning tunneling microscopy have made this prospect a reality; single atoms can be placed at selected positions and structures can be built to a particular design atom-by-atom. Atoms and molecules may be manipulated in a variety of ways by using the interactions present in the tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope. Some of these recent developments and some of the possible uses of atomic and molecular manipulation as a tool for science are discussed. PMID:17773601

  19. Size dependence in tunneling spectra of PbSe quantum-dot arrays

    Interdot Coulomb interactions and collective Coulomb blockade were theoretically argued to be a newly important topic, and experimentally identified in semiconductor quantum dots, formed in the gate confined two-dimensional electron gas system. Developments of cluster science and colloidal synthesis accelerated the studies of electron transport in colloidal nanocrystal or quantum-dot solids. To study the interdot coupling, various sizes of two-dimensional arrays of colloidal PbSe quantum dots are self-assembled on flat gold surfaces for scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements at both room and liquid-nitrogen temperatures. The tip-to-array, array-to-substrate, and interdot capacitances are evaluated and the tunneling spectra of quantum-dot arrays are analyzed by the theory of collective Coulomb blockade. The current-voltage of PbSe quantum-dot arrays conforms properly to a scaling power law function. In this study, the dependence of tunneling spectra on the sizes (numbers of quantum dots) of arrays is reported and the capacitive coupling between quantum dots in the arrays is explored.

  20. Design and calibration of a vacuum compatible scanning tunneling microscope

    Abel, Phillip B.

    1990-01-01

    A vacuum compatible scanning tunneling microscope was designed and built, capable of imaging solid surfaces with atomic resolution. The single piezoelectric tube design is compact, and makes use of sample mounting stubs standard to a commercially available surface analysis system. Image collection and display is computer controlled, allowing storage of images for further analysis. Calibration results from atomic scale images are presented.

  1. Tunneling rates in electron transport through double-barrier molecular junctions in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Nazin, G. V.; S. W. Wu; Ho, W.

    2005-01-01

    The scanning tunneling microscope enables atomic-scale measurements of electron transport through individual molecules. Copper phthalocyanine and magnesium porphine molecules adsorbed on a thin oxide film grown on the NiAl(110) surface were probed. The single-molecule junctions contained two tunneling barriers, vacuum gap, and oxide film. Differential conductance spectroscopy shows that electron transport occurs via vibronic states of the molecules. The intensity of spectral peaks correspondi...

  2. Scanning tunneling microscopy III theory of STM and related scanning probe methods

    Güntherodt, Hans-Joachim

    1996-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy III provides a unique introduction to the theoretical foundations of scanning tunneling microscopy and related scanning probe methods. The different theoretical concepts developed in the past are outlined, and the implications of the theoretical results for the interpretation of experimental data are discussed in detail. Therefore, this book serves as a most useful guide for experimentalists as well as for theoreticians working in the filed of local probe methods. In this second edition the text has been updated and new methods are discussed.

  3. Holders for in situ treatments of scanning tunneling microscopy tips

    We have developed holders for scanning tunneling microscopy tips that can be used for in situ treatments of the tips, such as electron bombardment (EB) heating, ion sputtering, and the coating of magnetic materials. The holders can be readily installed into the transfer paths and do not require any special type of base stages. Scanning electron microscopy is used to characterize the tip apex after EB heating. Also, spin-polarized scanning tunneling spectroscopy using an Fe coated W tip on the Cr(001) single crystal surface is performed in order to confirm both the capability of heating a tip up to about 2200 K and the spin sensitivity of the magnetically coated tip.

  4. Time-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy for molecular science

    Time-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and its application in molecular science are reviewed. STM can image individual atoms and molecules and thus is able to observe the results of molecular processes such as diffusion, desorption, configuration switching, bond-breaking and chemistry, on the atomic scale. This review will introduce time-resolved STM, its experimental limitations and implementations with particular emphasis on thermally activated and tunnelling current induced molecular processes. It will briefly examine the push towards ultrafast imaging. In general, results achieved by time-resolved STM demonstrate the necessity of both space and time resolution for fully characterizing molecular processes on the atomic scale.

  5. Seismic scanning tunneling macroscope - Elastic simulations and Arizona mine test

    Hanafy, Sherif M.

    2012-01-01

    Elastic seismic simulations and field data tests are used to validate the theory of a seismic scanning tunneling macroscope (SSTM). For nearfield elastic simulation, the SSTM results show superresolution to be better than λ/8 if the only scattered data are used as input data. If the direct P and S waves are muted then the resolution of the scatterer locations are within about λ/5. Seismic data collected in an Arizona tunnel showed a superresolution limit of at least λ/19. These test results are consistent with the theory of the SSTM and suggest that the SSTM can be a tool used by geophysicists as a probe for near-field scatterers.

  6. Luminescence from 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride on Ag(111) surface excited by tunneling electrons in scanning tunneling microscopy.

    Ino, Daisuke; Yamada, Taro; Kawai, Maki

    2008-07-01

    The electronic excitations induced with tunneling electrons into adlayers of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111) have been investigated by in situ fluorescence spectroscopy in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A minute area of the surface is excited by an electron tunneling process in STM. Fluorescence spectra strongly depend on the coverage of PTCDA on Ag(111). The adsorption of the first PTCDA layer quenches the intrinsic surface plasmon originated from the clean Ag(111). When the second layer is formed, fluorescence spectra are dominated by the signals from PTCDA, which are interpreted as the radiative decay from the manifold of first singlet excited state (S(1)) of adsorbed PTCDA. The fluorescence of PTCDA is independent of the bias polarity. In addition, the fluorescence excitation spectrum agrees with that by optical excitation. Both results indicate that S(1) is directly excited by the inelastic impact scattering of electrons tunneling within the PTCDA adlayer. PMID:18624490

  7. Scanning tunneling microscopy of carbon nanotubes: simulation and interpretation

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) are powerful techniques to investigate electronic and topographical properties of carbon nanotubes. The growing availability of experimental data enables us to study perfect tubules and to probe particular features of nanotubes such as topological (twists) or non-topological (pentagonal and heptagonal rings) modification of the hexagonal lattice and ending caps structures. We have recently proposed a general approach to interpret and predict STM and STS observations. Our formalism, which is based on a tight-binding framework, is sufficiently precise to be used routinely for various carbon sp2 geometries. Confronted with experimental results, our approach reveals to be a useful tool to help in the interpretation and prediction of STM and STS measurements

  8. Scanning tunnelling microscopy: application to field electron emission studies

    The principles of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) are extended to the study of field electron emission from metal, semiconducting and semi-insulating materials. A specially designed, high-vacuum STM device called a scanning tunnelling field emission microscope (STFEM) is constructed, and new measuring procedures are developed to examine complex physical properties of emission centres. Providing high bias voltages and fast mapping of large squares, the STFEM allows one to obtain reliable statistical data on surface properties, namely topography, emission intensity, surface potential distribution and local electroconductivity. Results from a study of low-field electron emission from CVD diamond films are described to illustrate the functional capabilities of the new STM device. It was found that the diamond films studied are composed of nanograined phases distinguished by their physical properties. It has also been noted that the low-field electron emission from the studied samples is associated with the interfaces of these phases. (author)

  9. Plasma etching of superconducting Niobium tips for scanning tunneling microscopy

    We have developed a reproducible technique for the fabrication of sharp superconducting Nb tips for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. Sections of Nb wire with 250 μm diameter are dry etched in an SF6 plasma in a Reactive Ion Etcher. The gas pressure, etching time, and applied power are chosen to control the ratio of isotropic to anisotropic etch rates and produce the desired tip shape. The resulting tips are atomically sharp, with radii of less than 100 nm, mechanically stable, and superconducting. They generate good STM images and spectroscopy on single crystal samples of Au(111), Au(100), and Nb(100), as well as a doped topological insulator Bi2Se3 at temperatures ranging from 30 mK to 9 K.

  10. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy studies of graphite edges

    Niimi, Y; Kambara, H; Tagami, K; Tsukada, M; Fukuyama, H; Fukuyama, Hiroshi

    2004-01-01

    We studied experimentally and theoretically the electronic local density of states (LDOS) near single step edges at the surface of exfoliated graphite. In scanning tunneling microscopy measurements, we observed the $(\\sqrt{3} \\times \\sqrt{3}) R 30^{\\circ}$ and honeycomb superstructures both extending over 3$-$4 nm either from the zigzag or armchair edge. Calculations based on a density-functional derived non-orthogonal tight-binding model show that these superstructures can coexist if the two types of edge admix each other in real graphite step edges. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements near the zigzag edge reveal a clear peak in the LDOS at an energy below the Fermi energy by 20 meV. No such a peak was observed near the armchair edge. We concluded that this peak corresponds to the "edge state" theoretically predicted for graphene ribbons, since a similar prominent LDOS peak due to the edge state is obtained by the first principles calculations.

  11. Construction of silicon nanocolumns with the scanning tunneling microscope

    Ostrom, R. M.; Tanenbaum, D. M.; Gallagher, Alan

    1992-08-01

    Voltage pulses to a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) are used to construct silicon columns of 30-100 Å diameter and up to 200 Å height on a silicon surface and on the end of a tungsten probe. These nanocolumns have excellent conductivity and longevity, and they provide an exceptional new ability to measure the shapes of nanostructures with a STM. This construction methodology and these slender yet robust columns provide a basis for nanoscale physics, lithography, and technology.

  12. Sub-Kelvin scanning tunneling microscopy on magnetic molecules

    Zhang, Lei

    2012-01-01

    Magnetic molecules have attracted lots interest. In this work, an ultra-stable and low noise scanning tunneling microscopy operating at 400 mK using He-3 (930 mK using He-4) has been developed. The magnetic behavior of different magnetic molecules on substrates, especially the exchange interaction between the magnetic ions, the magnetic anisotropy on the surface, the magnetic excitations as well as the Kondo effect, were studied by using STM.

  13. Imaging atoms and molecules on surfaces by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    This review discusses nearly 30 years of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) work on high resolution imaging of numerous materials systems, giving a historical perspective on the field through the author's work. After a brief discussion of early STM and atomic force microscope (AFM) instrumentation development, the review discusses high resolution STM imaging on semiconductors, metals on semiconductors, Au(1 1 1), metal on metals including surface alloys, oxygen on metals, molecules adsorbed on metals, and AFM measurements of friction on graphite and mica.

  14. The electroluminescence and scanning tunneling microscopy of single molecules

    Buker, John William

    2009-01-01

    The scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of single molecules has become a prominent experimental method in the field of molecular electronics. It has been found that in STM experiments, when an electric current flows through a single molecule, the molecule may luminesce. This electroluminescence, in conjunction with traditional STM data, provides a potentially important additional degree of freedom for understanding nanoscale systems. This thesis describes exploratory theoretical work on the n...

  15. Distinction of Nuclear Spin States with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Natterer, Fabian Donat; Patthey, François; Brune, Harald

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate rotational excitation spectroscopy with the scanning tunneling microscope for physisorbed hydrogen and its isotopes hydrogen-deuterid and deuterium. The observed excitation energies are very close to the gas phase values and show the expected scaling with moment of inertia. Since these energies are characteristic for the molecular nuclear spin states we are able to identify the para and ortho species of hydrogen and deuterium, respectively. We thereby demonstrate nuclear spin s...

  16. Photon scanning tunneling microscope in combination with a force microscope

    Moers, M.H.P.; Tack, R.G.; Hulst, van, N.F.; Bölger, B.

    1994-01-01

    The simultaneous operation of a photon scanning tunneling microscope with an atomic force microscope is presented. The use of standard atomic force silicon nitride cantilevers as near-field optical probes offers the possibility to combine the two methods. Vertical forces and torsion are detected simultaneously with the optical near field, which allows a comparison between topography and the optical signal. Images of an optical thin film (indium tin oxide) and a Langmuir-Blodgett layer (pentac...

  17. Applications of terrestrial laser scanning for tunnels: a review

    Weixing Wang; Weisen Zhao; Lingxiao Huang; Vivian Vimarlund; Zhiwei Wang

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, the use of terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) technique in engineering surveys is gaining an increasing interest due to the advantages of non-contact, rapidity, high accuracy, and large scale. Millions of accurate 3D points (mm level accuracy) can be delivered by this technique with a high point density in a short time (up to 1 million points per second), which makes it a potential technique for large scale applications in engineering environments such as tunnels, bridges, and ...

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy on rough surfaces: quantitative image analysis

    Reiss, Günter; Bruckl, Hubert; Vancea, Johann; Lecheler, R.; Hastreiter, E.

    1991-01-01

    In this communication, the application of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) for a quantitative evaluation of roughnesses and mean island sizes of polycrystalline thin films is discussed. Provided strong conditions concerning the resolution are satisfied, the results are in good agreement with standard techniques as, for example, transmission electron microscopy. Owing to its high resolution, STM can supply a better characterization of surfaces than established methods, especially concerning...

  19. Molecular Structure of DNA by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Cricenti, A.; Selci, S.; Felici, A. C.; Generosi, R.; Gori, E.; Djaczenko, W.; Chiarotti, G.

    1989-09-01

    Uncoated DNA molecules marked with an activated tris(1-aziridinyl) phosphine oxide (TAPO) solution were deposited on gold substrates and imaged in air with the use of a high-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Constant-current and gap-modulated STM images show clear evidence of the helicity of the DNA structure: pitch periodicity ranges from 25 and 35 angstroms, whereas the average diameter is 20 angstroms. Molecular structure within a single helix turn was also observed.

  20. Tip preparation for usage in an ultra-low temperature UHV scanning tunneling microscope

    S. Ernst, S. Wirth, M. Rams, V. Dolocan and F. Steglich

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the preparation and characterization of tungsten tips for the use in UHV low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM and STS, respectively. These specific environments require in situ facilities for tip conditioning, for further sharpening of the tips, as well as for reliable tip characterization. The implemented conditioning methods include direct resistive annealing, annealing by electron bombardment, and self-sputtering with noble gas ions. Moreover, results from in situ tip characterization by field emission and STM experiments were compared to ex situ scanning electron microscopy. Using the so-prepared tips, high resolution STM images and tunneling spectra were obtained in a temperature range from ambient down to 350 mK, partially with applied magnetic field, on a variety of materials.

  1. Optical characterication of probes for photon scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Vohnsen, Brian; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.

    1999-01-01

    The photon scanning tunnelling microscope is a well-established member of the family of scanning near-field optical microscopes used for optical imaging at the sub-wavelength scale. The quality of the probes, typically pointed uncoated optical fibres, used is however difficult to evaluate in a...... technique. Here we present experimental results obtained for optical characterization of two different probes by imaging of a well-specified near-field intensity distribution at various spatial frequencies. In particular, we observe that a sharply pointed dielectric probe can be highly suitable for imaging...

  2. A scanning tunneling microscope for a dilution refrigerator.

    Marz, M; Goll, G; Löhneysen, H v

    2010-04-01

    We present the main features of a home-built scanning tunneling microscope that has been attached to the mixing chamber of a dilution refrigerator. It allows scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy measurements down to the base temperature of the cryostat, T approximately 30 mK, and in applied magnetic fields up to 13 T. The topography of both highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and the dichalcogenide superconductor NbSe(2) has been imaged with atomic resolution down to T approximately 50 mK as determined from a resistance thermometer adjacent to the sample. As a test for a successful operation in magnetic fields, the flux-line lattice of superconducting NbSe(2) in low magnetic fields has been studied. The lattice constant of the Abrikosov lattice shows the expected field dependence proportional to 1/square root of B and measurements in the scanning tunneling spectroscopy mode clearly show the superconductive density of states with Andreev bound states in the vortex core. PMID:20441363

  3. A study of surfaces using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM

    Alba Graciela Ávila Bernal

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Sweeping/scanning microscopes have become an experimental scientist’s hands and eyes in this century; they have become a powerful and necessary tool for nanoscale characterisation in education and research laboratories all around the world. This arti- cle presents the modifications made in the mechanical (isolation or designing an anti-vibration system and electrical (piezoelec- tric and scanning system characterisation implementation of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM, thereby allowing nanosca- le surfaces to be visualised and modified. A methodology for visualising and characterising surfaces using the aforementioned instrument is described, bidimensional quantification of up to 1,300 nm2, with ~15 nm resolution being reached. This experi- mental methodology took critical parameters for tunnelling current stability into account, such as scanning speed and microscope tip geometry and dimensions. This microscope’s versatility allowed defects in highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG samples to be modified and visualised by applying a voltage between the tip and the sample. The concepts of topography scanning and lithography can be easily understood by using the instrument implemented here.

  4. Low-current Scanning Tunneling Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging

    R.K. Kale

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Advances in the nanotechnology, which is still in its infancy, will depend on our ability todesign, build, replicate, and mass-produce usable nanoscale systems. At sub-nanometer lengthscales, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM and the related techniques, collectively calledscanning probe microscopies, replace the optical microscopy for real-space imaging andmanipulation of materials. STM operation is based on measurement of current due to tunnelingof electrons across a finite potential barrier between the probe and the sample. In conventionalSTM, tunneling current of tens of nA and probe-sample distance of a few Å are maintained.These conditions, while necessary for atomic-scale imaging under ultra high vacuum environment,are not suited to handle nanostructures. Quantum structures deposited on a flat substrate usuallypresent a non-metallic sample, and the roughness levels involved are much too high forconventional STM. STM operation with low tunneling current (few pA and larger tunneling gap(several nm is preferred to overcome these difficulties. This paper presents experimental workand theoretical considerations for developing an atmospheric low-current STM (LC-STM.Researchers from diverse fields can build their own LC-STM for routine imaging and spectroscopy.Several design details are included keeping this aspect in mind.

  5. SPATIAL REPARTITION OF CURRENT FLUCTUATIONS IN A SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE

    Jerome Lagoute

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM is a technique where the surface topography of a conducting sample is probed by a scanning metallic tip. The tip-to-surface distance is controlled by monitoring the electronic tunneling current between the two metals. The aim of this work is to extend the temporal range of this instrument by characterising the time fluctuations of this current on different surfaces. The current noise power spectral density is dominated by a characteristic 1/f component, the physical origin of which is not yet clearly identified, despite a number of investigations. A new I-V preamplifier was developed in order to characterise these fluctuations of the tunnelling current and to obtain images of their spatial repartition. It is observed that their intensity is correlated with some topographical features. This information can be used to get insights on the physical phenomena involved that are not accessible by the usual STM set-up, which is limited to low frequencies.

  6. Theory and feasibility tests for a seismic scanning tunnelling macroscope

    Schuster, Gerard T.

    2012-09-01

    We propose a seismic scanning tunnelling macroscope (SSTM) that can detect subwavelength scatterers in the near-field of either the source or the receivers. Analytic formulas for the time reverse mirror (TRM) profile associated with a single scatterer model show that the spatial resolution limit to be, unlike the Abbe limit of λ/2, independent of wavelength and linearly proportional to the source-scatterer separation as long as the scatterer is in the near-field region. This means that, as the scatterer approaches the source, imaging of the scatterer with super-resolution can be achieved. Acoustic and elastic simulations support this concept, and a seismic experiment in an Arizona tunnel shows a TRM profile with super-resolution adjacent to the fault location. The SSTM is analogous to the optical scanning tunnelling microscopes having subwavelength resolution. Scaled to seismic frequencies, it is theoretically possible to extract 100 Hz information from 20 Hz data by the imaging of near-field seismic energy.

  7. Bases for time-resolved probing of transient carrier dynamics by optical pump-probe scanning tunneling microscopy

    Yokota, Munenori; Yoshida, Shoji; Mera, Yutaka; Takeuchi, Osamu; Oigawa, Haruhiro; Shigekawa, Hidemi

    2013-09-01

    The tangled mechanism that produces optical pump-probe scanning tunneling microscopy spectra from semiconductors was analyzed by comparing model simulation data with experimental data. The nonlinearities reflected in the spectra, namely, the excitations generated by paired laser pulses with a delay time, the logarithmic relationship between carrier density and surface photovoltage (SPV), and the effect of the change in tunneling barrier height depending on SPV, were examined along with the delay-time-dependent integration process used in measurement. The optimum conditions required to realize reliable measurement, as well as the validity of the microscopy technique, were demonstrated for the first time.

  8. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Superconductor Proximity Systems

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy are employed in order to investigate with nanometer spatial resolution the superconductor proximity effect. The samples are novel superconducting wires consisting of ordered arrays of sub-micron diameter normal metal (N) filaments, either Cu or Ni, embedded in a superconducting (S) NbTi matrix. Two main issues are addressed: 1) The evolution of the superconductor gap as a function of distance from the N/S boundary. We focus on the extent of penetration of superconductivity into N and on the recovery of the gap in S, which is found to occur on a scale much larger than expected. 2) Effects resulting from multiple Andreev reflections at the boundaries between the different constituents, namely, quasi-particle bound states and Tomasch oscillations. Such effects have not been previously studied in a geometry where tunneling takes place in parallel to the N/S interfaces

  9. Scanning Tunneling Electron Transport into a Kondo Lattice

    Yang, Fu-Bin; Wu, Hua

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically present the results for a scanning tunneling transport between a metallic tip and a Kondo lattice. We calculate the density of states (DOS) and the tunneling current and differential conductance (DC) under different conduction-fermion band hybridization and temperature in the Kondo lattice. It is found that the hybridization strength and temperature give asymmetric coherent peaks in the DOS separated by the Fermi energy. The corresponding current and DC intensity depend on the temperature and quantum interference effect among the c-electron and f-electron states in the Kondo lattice. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 11547203, and the Research Project of Education Department in Sichuan Province of China under Grant No. 15ZB0457

  10. Optical and Electrical Characterization at the Nanoscale by a Transparent Tip of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Sychugov, Ilya; Omi, Hiroo; Murashita, Toru; KOBAYASHI, Yoshihiro

    2009-01-01

    A new type of scanning probe microscope, combining features of the scanning tunnelling microscope, the scanning tunnelling luminescence microscope with a transparent probe and the aperture scanning near-field optical microscope, is described. Proof-of-concept experiments were performed under ultrahigh vacuum conditions at varying temperature on GaAs/AlAs heterostructures.

  11. Challenges in cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy on semiconductors

    Cross sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (X-STM) has now become a well established method for the investigation of the structural and electronic properties of semiconductor nano-structures down to the scale of individual impurity atoms. Nevertheless, some aspects still remain challenging, for example in the sample preparation by cleavage as well as in the quantitative interpretation of the results. We present a brief overview of the techniques and geometries employed to cleave different semiconductors such as the lll-V materials, mainly GaAs, and the elementary semiconductors Si and Ge. Furthermore, we discuss the inevitable impact of the surface on the properties of the addressed impurities. This is mainly an issue when the surface reconstruction creates electronic surface states in the band gap. But also the unreconstructed GaAs(110) surface significantly modifies the symmetry of acceptor wave functions and the binding energy of donors and acceptors in the first few atomic layers. The impact of the tip will be addressed as a third quite important challenge, which is frequently neglected in the analysis of X-STM data. On surfaces with an unpinned Fermi level, the presence of the STM tip and the voltage applied to the tunneling contact significantly modifies the spectral positions of the observed electronic states and bands. Furthermore, different band bending situations open up qualitatively different tunneling paths to address individual electronic states in the sample. Detailed knowledge of the tunneling mechanism and of the tip properties, mainly apex radius and work function, is required in order to correctly extract the energetic levels from the tunneling spectroscopy data

  12. STM beyond vacuum tunneling : scanning tunneling hydrogen microscopy as a route to ultra-high resolution

    Weiss, Christian

    2012-01-01

    Direct imaging is a fast and reliable method for the characterization of surfaces. When it comes to small surface structures in the size of the features e.g. in todays computer processors, classical optical imaging methods fail in resolving these structures. With the invention of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) for the first time it became possible to image the structure of surfaces with atomic precision. However, the STM fails in resolving complex chemical structures ...

  13. Electric field effects in scanning tunneling microscope imaging

    Stokbro, Kurt; Quaade, Ulrich; Grey, Francois

    1998-01-01

    We present a high-voltage extension of the Tersoff-Hamann theory of scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images, which includes the effect of the electric field between the tip and the sample. The theoretical model is based on first-principles electronic structure calculations and has no adjustable...... parameters. We use the method to calculate theoretical STM images of the monohydrate Si(100)-H(2x1) surface with missing hydrogen defects at -2V and find an enhanced corrugation due to the electric field, in good agreement with experimental images....

  14. Scanning tunneling microscopy on rough surfaces-quantitative image analysis

    Reiss, G.; Brückl, H.; Vancea, J.; Lecheler, R.; Hastreiter, E.

    1991-07-01

    In this communication, the application of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) for a quantitative evaluation of roughnesses and mean island sizes of polycrystalline thin films is discussed. Provided strong conditions concerning the resolution are satisfied, the results are in good agreement with standard techniques as, for example, transmission electron microscopy. Owing to its high resolution, STM can supply a better characterization of surfaces than established methods, especially concerning the roughness. Microscopic interpretations of surface dependent physical properties thus can be considerably improved by a quantitative analysis of STM images.

  15. Reinterpretation of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy on an Adsorbed Magnetic Atom

    Hong, Jongbae

    2009-01-01

    The observation of the Kondo effect in mesoscopic systems under bias$^{1,2}$ has opened a new chapter in the physics of the Kondo phenomenon. Various types of $dI/dV$, where $I$ and $V$ denote current and source-drain (s-d) bias, respectively, line shapes have been measured by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)$^{1,3-11}$. However, explanation by single Fano line shape$^{1,12-16}$ is not relevant and even misleading. Here, we provide consistent explanations for various asymmetric and symmetr...

  16. Synchrotron X-ray Enhanced Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Rose, Volker; Freeland, John

    2011-03-01

    Proper understanding of complex phenomena occurring in nanostructures requires tools with both the ability to resolve the nanometer scale as well as provide detailed information about chemical, electronic, and magnetic structure. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) achieves the requisite high spatial resolution; however, direct elemental determination is not easily accomplished. X-ray microscopies, on the other hand, provide elemental selectivity, but currently have spatial resolution only of tens of nanometers. We present a novel and radically different concept that employs detection of local synchrotron x-ray interactions utilizing a STM that provides spatial resolution, and x-ray absorption directly yields chemical, electronic, and magnetic sensitivity. If during tunneling the sample is simultaneously illuminated with monochromatic x-rays, characteristic absorption will arise. Electrons that are excited into unoccupied levels close to the Fermi level modulate the tunneling current giving rise to elemental contrast. This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under contract DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  17. From Graphite to Graphene via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Qi, Dejun

    The primary objective of this dissertation is to study both graphene on graphite and pristine freestanding grapheme using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) simulation technique. In the experiment part, good quality tungsten metalic tips for experiment were fabricated using our newly developed tip making setup. Then a series of measurements using a technique called electrostatic-manipulation scanning tunneling microscopy (EM-STM) of our own development were performed on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface. The electrostatic interaction between the STM tip and the sample can be tuned to produce both reversible and irreversible large-scale movement of the graphite surface. Under this influence, atomic-resolution STM images reveal that a continuous electronic transition between two distinct patterns can be systematically controlled. DFT calculations reveal that this transition can be related to vertical displacements of the top layer of graphite relative to the bulk. Evidence for horizontal shifts in the top layer of graphite is also presented. Excellent agreement is found between experimental STM images and those simulated using DFT. In addition, the EM-STM technique was also used to controllably and reversibly pull freestanding graphene membranes up to 35 nm from their equilibrium height. Atomic-scale corrugation amplitudes 20 times larger than the STM electronic corrugation for graphene on a substrate were observed. The freestanding graphene membrane responds to a local attractive force created at the STM tip as a highly conductive yet flexible grounding plane with an elastic restoring force.

  18. Scanning electron and tunneling microscopy of palladium-barium emitters

    The results of study of metal-alloyed palladium-barium emitters' of modern very high frequency high-powered electronic vacuum tubes by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) are presented. Since the Pd/Ba foil surface is fairly smooth and is not oxidized in air STM/STS investigations are carried out in air in normal laboratory environment. SEM and STM images show that the emitter surface has a complex porous structure. The cathode surface study by STS in tunneling gap modulation mode allowed to take a map of phase distribution with various work function values and high lateral resolution. Obtained images demonstrate the presence of three phases on the Pd/Ba emitter surface, viz. barium-oxygen compounds, intermetallic, and palladium. As it is seen from presented STS image the phase with a low work function value (barium oxides) is concentrated along boundaries of the substance inclusions with work function corresponding to the intemetallic compound Pd5Ba. This supports the model of low work function areas obtained via Ba segregation from the intermetallic compound and oxidation. The presented methods may be used in the Pd/Ba cathode manufacturing process for increasing the yield of electronic devices in microwave tube production and optimize the emitters' characteristics

  19. Piezoresistive cantilevers utilized for scanning tunneling and scanning force microscope in ultrahigh vacuum

    Giessibl, Franz J.; Trafas, B. M.

    1994-01-01

    Piezoresistive cantilevers have been utilized in a novel ultrahigh vacuum scanning probe microscope which allows in situscanning tunneling microscopy(STM), contact atomic force microscopy(AFM), and noncontact atomic force microscopy. The instrument uses interchangeable tungsten tips (for STM imaging) and piezoresistive cantilevers (for AFM or STM imaging) and is capable of atomic resolution in both STM and AFM modes of operation. In situ tip exchange under vacuum conditions is performed quick...

  20. Measurement of shear strength for HOPG with scanning tunneling microscopy by thermal excitation method

    An experimental observation of force interactions in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is presented. A technique for measuring force interactions between a conventional STM probe and a sample by spectra analysis of its thermal fluctuations from tunneling current in STM is developed theoretically and experimentally. Thermally excited fluctuation of the STM probe is exactly discerned in air and then force gradient is determined from its corresponding eigen-frequency with a formula similar to that for a small-amplitude atomic force microscopy (AFM). The observed force interactions are consistent with forces in dynamic AFM. Shear strength of 7 GPa for highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) under compressive stress is obtained from the experiment and using the elastic theory. We believe that this technique is of scientific significance as it enables accurate measurement of short-range force interactions at atomic scale under true STM conditions. -- Research highlights: ► An experimental observation of force interactions in conventional STM. ► Thermally excited vibration mode in an STM tip used as a shear force sensor. ► Spectra analysis of the thermal fluctuations of the probe from tunneling current. ► Shear strength of 7 Gpa for HOPG is obtained under compressive stress. ► Stimulating ideas for the measurement of short-range forces at atomic scale.

  1. Scanning tunneling microscopy of atomically precise graphene nanoribbons exfoliated onto H:Si(100)

    Radocea, Adrian; Mehdi Pour, Mohammad; Vo, Timothy; Shekhirev, Mikhail; Sinitskii, Alexander; Lyding, Joseph

    Atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are promising materials for next generation transistors due to their well-controlled bandgaps and the high thermal conductivity of graphene. The solution synthesis of graphene nanoribbons offers a pathway towards scalable manufacturing. While scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can access size scales required for characterization, solvent residue increases experimental difficulty and precludes band-gap determination via scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). Our work addresses this challenge through a dry contact transfer method that cleanly transfers solution-synthesized GNRs onto H:Si(100) under UHV using a fiberglass applicator. The semiconducting silicon surface avoids problems with image charge screening enabling intrinsic bandgap measurements. We characterize the nanoribbons using STM and STS. For chevron GNRs, we find a 1.6 eV bandgap, in agreement with computational modeling, and map the electronic structure spatially with detailed spectra lines and current imaging tunneling spectroscopy. Mapping the electronic structure of graphene nanoribbons is an important step towards taking advantage of the ability to form atomically precise nanoribbons and finely tune their properties.

  2. Design and performance of a beetle-type double-tip scanning tunneling microscope

    Jaschinsky, P.; Coenen, P.; Pirug, G.; Voigtländer, B.

    2006-01-01

    A combination of a double-tip scanning tunneling microscope with a scanning electron microscope in ultrahigh vacuum environment is presented. The compact beetle-type design made it possible to integrate two independently driven scanning tunneling microscopes in a small space. Moreover, an additional level for coarse movement allows the decoupling of the translation and approach of the tunneling tip. The position of the two tips can be controlled from the millimeter scale down to 50 nm with th...

  3. Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy with a dilution refrigerator based scanning tunneling microscope

    This paper presents the design and operations of a compact cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope system combined with a dilution refrigerator. We obtained a minimum temperature of 260 mK at the sample position. Taking advantage of low-temperature measurement for the spectroscopy, inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) at 4.4 K was demonstrated for the octanethiol molecules in a self-assembled monolayer. The spectrum showed many vibrational features as in the case of a high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. We discuss the resolution of the IET signals focusing on its changes with the modulation voltage and the sample temperature. IETS at 260 mK is also presented with similar quality as in the case of 4.4 K, indicating that the vibration-dumping methods for the operation of the dilution refrigerator described in this paper are adequate

  4. Fully low voltage and large area searching scanning tunneling microscope

    We present a novel scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which allows the tip to travel a large distance (millimeters) on the sample and take images (to find microscopic targets) anywhere it reaches without losing atomic resolution. This broad range searching capability, together with the coarse approach and scan motion, is all done with only one single piezoelectric tube scanner as well as with only low voltages (<15 V). Simple structure, low interference and high precision are thus achieved. To this end, a pillar and a tube scanner are mounted in parallel on a base with one ball glued on the pillar top and two balls glued on the scanner top. These three balls form a narrow triangle, which supports a triangular slider piece. By inertial stepping, the scanner can move the slider toward the pillar (coarse approach) or rotate the slider about the pillar (travel along sample surface). Since all the stepping motions are driven by the scanner's lateral bending which is large per unit voltage, high voltages are unnecessary. The technology is also applicable to scanning force microscopes (SFM) such as atomic force microscopes (AFM), etc

  5. Molecular tips for scanning tunneling microscopy: intermolecular electron tunneling for single-molecule recognition and electronics.

    Nishino, Tomoaki

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews the development of molecular tips for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Molecular tips offer many advantages: first is their ability to perform chemically selective imaging because of chemical interactions between the sample and the molecular tip, thus improving a major drawback of conventional STM. Rational design of the molecular tip allows sophisticated chemical recognition; e.g., chiral recognition and selective visualization of atomic defects in carbon nanotubes. Another advantage is that they provide a unique method to quantify electron transfer between single molecules. Understanding such electron transfer is mandatory for the realization of molecular electronics. PMID:24420248

  6. Infrared emission from tunneling electrons: The end of the rainbow in scanning tunneling microscopy

    Boyle, Michael; Mitra, Joy; Dawson, Paul

    2009-01-01

    Electromagnetic radiation originating with localized surface plasmons in the metal-tip/metal-sample nanocavity of a scanning tunneling microscope is demonstrated to extend to a wavelength lambda of at least 1.7 mu m. Progressive spectral extension beyond lambda similar to 1.0 mu m occurs for increasing tip radius above similar to 15 nm, reaching lambda similar to 1.7 mu m for tip radius similar to 100 nm; these observations are corroborated by use of a simple physical model that relates the d...

  7. Spin excitations and correlations in scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Ternes, Markus

    2015-06-01

    In recent years inelastic spin-flip spectroscopy using a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope has been a very successful tool for studying not only individual spins but also complex coupled systems. When these systems interact with the electrons of the supporting substrate correlated many-particle states can emerge, making them ideal prototypical quantum systems. The spin systems, which can be constructed by arranging individual atoms on appropriate surfaces or embedded in synthesized molecular structures, can reveal very rich spectral features. Up to now the spectral complexity has only been partly described. This manuscript shows that perturbation theory enables one to describe the tunneling transport, reproducing the differential conductance with surprisingly high accuracy. Well established scattering models, which include Kondo-like spin-spin and potential interactions, are expanded to enable calculation of arbitrary complex spin systems in reasonable time scale and the extraction of important physical properties. The emergence of correlations between spins and, in particular, between the localized spins and the supporting bath electrons are discussed and related to experimentally tunable parameters. These results might stimulate new experiments by providing experimentalists with an easily applicable modeling tool.

  8. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy for molecules

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can detect individual molecular configuration with its high spatial resolution ability, but some intrinsical and extrinsic factors result in the complexities of STM imaging of single molecules. By combining STM experimental work and theoretical simulation with the local density approximation based on Bardeen perturbation method, we have explored the atomic-scale configuration of the following molecular systems: C60 molecules adsorbed on Si(1 1 1)-(7x7); alkanethiol self-assembly monolayers on Au(1 1 1); C60 molecule imaged by STM tip adsorbed with another C60 molecule; O2 molecule adsorbed on Ag(1 1 0) and CO molecule adsorbed on Cu(1 1 1) imaged by CO chemically modified STM tip. Some related problems including: molecule-substrate interactions, STM imaging mechanism, chemically modified STM tip, etc., are discussed

  9. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy at very low temperatures

    During past decades, an increasing number of laboratories is using cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S) to probe different kinds of electronic systems. Measurements in a dilution refrigerator are particularly useful to study superconductors, because temperatures of order of 100 mK are well below most critical temperatures and effectively reduce thermally excited quasiparticles. The local electronic density of states is then obtained at atomic level with a resolution in energy of some tens of μeV. Visualizing spatial variations of the local density of states allows characterizing vortex cores and the vortex lattice. Vortex core electronic features provide the anisotropy of the superconducting properties, and help understanding the influence of competing orders such as charge density waves. Here we will review results in dichalcogenide superconductors, in the magnetic borocarbide TmNi2B2C and in thin films, discussing in some detail a few relevant aspects of thermal depinning and melting in thin films

  10. A high stability and repeatability electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope

    Xia, Zhigang; Wang, Jihao; Lu, Qingyou, E-mail: qxl@ustc.edu.cn [High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Hou, Yubin [High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences and University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2014-12-15

    We present a home built electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope (ECSTM) with very high stability and repeatability. Its coarse approach is driven by a closely stacked piezo motor of GeckoDrive type with four rigid clamping points, which enhances the rigidity, compactness, and stability greatly. It can give high clarity atomic resolution images without sound and vibration isolations. Its drifting rates in XY and Z directions in solution are as low as 84 pm/min and 59 pm/min, respectively. In addition, repeatable coarse approaches in solution within 2 mm travel distance show a lateral deviation less than 50 nm. The gas environment can be well controlled to lower the evaporation rate of the cell, thus reducing the contamination and elongating the measurement time. Atomically resolved SO{sub 4}{sup 2−} image on Au (111) work electrode is demonstrated to show the performance of the ECSTM.

  11. A high stability and repeatability electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope

    We present a home built electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope (ECSTM) with very high stability and repeatability. Its coarse approach is driven by a closely stacked piezo motor of GeckoDrive type with four rigid clamping points, which enhances the rigidity, compactness, and stability greatly. It can give high clarity atomic resolution images without sound and vibration isolations. Its drifting rates in XY and Z directions in solution are as low as 84 pm/min and 59 pm/min, respectively. In addition, repeatable coarse approaches in solution within 2 mm travel distance show a lateral deviation less than 50 nm. The gas environment can be well controlled to lower the evaporation rate of the cell, thus reducing the contamination and elongating the measurement time. Atomically resolved SO42− image on Au (111) work electrode is demonstrated to show the performance of the ECSTM

  12. Extracting the Rashba splitting from scanning tunneling microscopy measurements

    The Rashba-type spin-splitting found in many two-dimensional electron systems at surfaces is a band splitting in momentum, which is most easily extracted from angular resolved photoemission data. Scanning tunneling microscopy as a real-space resolving technique relies on quasiparticle interference to extract momentum information about the experimental electronic structure. However, the lifted spin degeneracy in the Rashba split bands imposes a selection rule that makes it impossible to extract the Rashba splitting from single scattering events, e.g. scattering from a point defect in STM data. Nevertheless, going beyond single scattering events, the Rashba-type spin splitting can be extracted from STM data, which will be discussed in this review

  13. Fault detection by surface seismic scanning tunneling macroscope: Field test

    Hanafy, Sherif M.

    2014-08-05

    The seismic scanning tunneling macroscope (SSTM) is proposed for detecting the presence of near-surface impedance anomalies and faults. Results with synthetic data are consistent with theory in that scatterers closer to the surface provide brighter SSTM profiles than those that are deeper. The SSTM profiles show superresolution detection if the scatterers are in the near-field region of the recording line. The field data tests near Gulf of Aqaba, Haql, KSA clearly show the presence of the observable fault scarp, and identify the subsurface presence of the hidden faults indicated in the tomograms. Superresolution detection of the fault is achieved, even when the 35 Hz data are lowpass filtered to the 5-10 Hz band.

  14. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on low- and high-Tc superconductors

    Using some sophisticated modes of scanning tunneling spectroscopy the local density of states on two superconducting compounds in the superconductive state at 4.2 K were analyzed. On NbSe2 which is a type-II low-Tc material, the Abrikosov flux line lattice was imaged for various external magnetic fields up to BC2. The field-induced decrease of the vortex core radius for increasing magnetic field, which was recently predicted by a microscopic theory, could be clearly verified. On sputtered YBa2Cu3O7-δ films the measurements yielded some distinct types of the surface density of states involving gaps, being in accordance to the Bardeen endash Cooper endash Schrieffer theory, unexpectedly large gaps, Coulomb staircases, and zero-bias peaks. copyright 1996 American Vacuum Society

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy of the cleavage surface of bismuth crystals

    The results of in situ studies of the surface structure of the cleavages of bismuth crystals by the method of scanning tunneling microscopy are presented. It is established that cleavage 'opens' the (111) surface with atomically smooth terraces of diatomic steps whose heights are equal to 0.4 nm or a multiple of this value. If the cleavage is made at room temperature, the boundaries of the terraces are usually curved and diffuse owing to the thermal motion with the activation energy of ∼700 K. The cleavage at liquid nitrogen or helium temperatures provides the formation of straight boundaries along the atomic rows on the surface. Twin interlayers of the quantized width of ∼7 nm are revealed. This width value indicates that the atomic planes on both sides of such interlayers intergrow with the interlayer planes inclined to them at a small angle

  16. Electrical characterization of ZnO ceramics by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and beam-induced current in the scanning tunneling microscope

    Díaz-Guerra Viejo, Carlos; Piqueras de Noriega, Javier

    1999-01-01

    A correlative study of the electrically active grain boundary structure of ZnO polycrystals has been carried out using a scanning electron microscope/scanning tunneling microscope (SEM/STM) combined instrument. Current imaging tunneling spectroscopy (CITS) measurements reveal reduced surface band gaps, as compared with grain interiors, at the charged boundaries imaged by SEM-based remote electron beam induced current (REBIC). ZnO grain boundaries were also imaged in the STM-REBIC mode with a ...

  17. Josephson Effect in Pb/I/NbSe2 Scanning Tunneling Microscope Junctions

    Naaman, O.; Dynes, R. C.; Bucher, E.

    2003-01-01

    We have developed a method for the reproducible fabrication of superconducting scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tips. We use these tips to form superconductor/insulator/superconductor tunnel junctions with the STM tip as one of the electrodes. We show that such junctions exhibit fluctuation dominated Josephson effects, and describe how the Josephson product IcRn can be inferred from the junctions' tunneling characteristics in this regime. This is first demonstrated for tunneling into Pb fi...

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of sidewall functionalized singlewalled carbon nanotubes

    Vencelova, Andrea

    2007-01-01

    The structural and electronic properties of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were investigated in this thesis via scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). Study and estimation of the intrinsic properties of SWCNTs was the most important task. Further, the impact of different purification methods as well as functionalization by Li-organic compounds on carbon nanotubes was analyzed.

  19. Imaging of buried phosphorus nanostructures in silicon using scanning tunneling microscopy

    Oberbeck, L.; Reusch, T. C. G.; Hallam, T.; Schofield, S.R.; Curson, N. J.; Simmons, M. Y.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the locating and imaging of single phosphorus atoms and phosphorus dopant nanostructures, buried beneath the Si(001) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy. The buried dopant nanostructures have been fabricated in a bottom-up approach using scanning tunneling microscope lithography on Si(001). We find that current imaging tunneling spectroscopy is suited to locate and image buried nanostructures at room temperature and with residual surface roughness present. From these st...

  20. Combined scanning force microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy of an electronic nano-circuit at very low temperature

    Senzier, Julien; Luo, Pengshun; Courtois, Hervé

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate the combination of scanning force microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy in a local probe microscope operating at very low temperature (60 mK). This local probe uses a quartz tuning fork ensuring high tunnel junction stability. We performed the spatially-resolved spectroscopic study of a superconducting nano-circuit patterned on an insulating substrate. Significant deviations from the BCS prediction are observed.

  1. Advances in Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Albrecht, Thomas Robert

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and the more recently developed atomic force microscope (AFM) are high resolution scanning probe microscopes capable of three dimensional atomic-scale surface profiling. In the AFM, minute forces acting between the tip of a flexible cantilever stylus and the surface of the sample cause deflections of the cantilever which are detected by a tunneling or optical sensor with subangstrom sensitivity. The AFM work presented here involves surface profiling via repulsive contact forces between 10^{-6} and 10^{-9} N in magnitude. In this contact profiling (repulsive) mode the AFM is capable of atomic resolution on both electrically conducting and insulating surfaces (unlike the STM). AFM instrumentation for room temperature and low temperature operation is discussed. The critical component of the AFM is the cantilever stylus assembly, which should have a small mass. Several microfabrication processes have been developed to produce thin film SiO_2 and Si_3N_4 microcantilevers with integrated sharp tips. Atomic resolution has been achieved with the AFM in air on a number of samples, including graphite, MoS _2, TaSe_2, WTe_2, TaS_2, and BN (the first insulator imaged with atomic resolution by any means). Various organic and molecular samples have been imaged with nanometer resolution. The difference between STM and AFM response is shown in images of TaS _2 (a charge density wave material), and in simultaneous STM/AFM images of lattice defects and adsorbates on graphite and MoS_2. A number of artifacts make STM and AFM image interpretation subtle, such as tip shape effects, frictional effects, and tracking in atomic grooves. STM images of moire patterns near grain boundaries confirm the importance of tip shape effects. Various surface modification and lithography techniques have been demonstrated with the STM and AFM, including an STM voltage pulse technique which reproducibly creates 40 A diameter holes on the surface of graphite, and a

  2. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy on InAs-GaSb Esaki Diode Nanowire Devices during Operation.

    Persson, Olof; Webb, James L; Dick, Kimberly A; Thelander, Claes; Mikkelsen, Anders; Timm, Rainer

    2015-06-10

    Using a scanning tunneling and atomic force microscope combined with in-vacuum atomic hydrogen cleaning we demonstrate stable scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) with nanoscale resolution on electrically active nanowire devices in the common lateral configuration. We use this method to map out the surface density of states on both the GaSb and InAs segments of GaSb-InAs Esaki diodes as well as the transition region between the two segments. Generally the surface shows small bandgaps centered around the Fermi level, which is attributed to a thin multielement surface layer, except in the diode transition region where we observe a sudden broadening of the bandgap. By applying a bias to the nanowire we find that the STS spectra shift according to the local nanoscale potential drop inside the wire. Importantly, this shows that we have a nanoscale probe with which we can infer both surface electronic structure and the local potential inside the nanowire and we can connect this information directly to the performance of the imaged device. PMID:25927249

  3. Cross-section scanning tunneling spectroscopy on a resonant-tunneling diode structure

    Teichmann, Karen; Wenderoth, Martin; Burbach, Sergej; Ulbrich, Rainer G. [IV. Physikalisches Institut, Georg-August Universitaet Goettingen (Germany); Pierz, Klaus; Schumacher, Hans W. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    We investigated a resonant-tunneling diode structure by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy. The diode structure was grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on a n{sup +}-doped GaAs (100) substrate and consists of self-assembled InAs quantum dots embedded in AlAs barriers (both 4 nm) each followed by undoped GaAs prelayers (15 nm). We use a low temperature STM working under UHV conditions at 5 K. The samples are cleaved in UHV to obtain a clean and atomically flat surface perpendicular to the diode-structure. Atomically resolved constant current topography images taken simultaneously at different bias voltages, (both positive and negative voltage) show the high quality of the heterostructure. Local I(V)-spectroscopy resolves the band edge alignment across the heterostructure. On negative bias voltage several peaks in the differential conductivity are observed. The voltage position of these peaks varies with distance from the interface. We attribute the origin of the enhanced differential conductivity peak to an interaction between the potential induced by the tip and the quantum dot layer.

  4. Interpretation of scanning tunneling quasiparticle interference and impurity states

    Kreisel, Andreas; Choubey, P.; Berlijn, T.; Andersen, B. M.; Hirschfeld, P. J.

    2015-03-01

    We use a simple method of calculating inhomogeneous, atomic-scale phenomena in superconductors to obtain real-space conductance maps as measured in scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STM). Our approach makes use of first principles Wannier functions in conjunction with self-consistent solutions of the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations on a lattice to image superconducting phenomena. This method is a powerful tool since it captures correctly local symmetries on the surface that can be lower than the global lattice symmetry; it improves the spatial resolution from one pixel per lattice point to the sub-atomic scale; and simplifies the interpretation of STM data. As an example, we show how the pattern observed around a Zn impurity in BSCCO-2212, can be understood by accounting for the tails of the Cu Wannier functions, and thus compare perfectly to experimental findings. Further applications of this method include the investigation of impurity states in multiorbital systems as well as the study of quasi particle interference phenomena to enable a better understanding of novel phenomena in high temperature superconductors. P.C., A.K., and P.J.H. were supported by DOE DE-FG02-05ER46236, T.B. as a Wigner Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and B.M.A. and A.K. by Lundbeckfond fellowship (Grant A9318).

  5. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of DNA-Carbon Nanotube Hybrids

    Yarotski, Dzmitry; Kilina, Svetlana; Talin, Alec; Balatsky, Alexander; Tretiak, Sergei; Taylor, Antoinette

    2009-03-01

    Production of carbon nanotube-based (CNT) devices holds a great promise for bringing the size of electronic circuits down to molecular scales. Recently, yet another step has been made towards achieving this goal by developing a new method for metal-semiconductor CNT separation, which relies on wrapping the CNT with ssDNA molecule[1]. Though it was shown that the outcome of the separation process strongly depends on the DNA sequence, further investigations have to be conducted to determine detailed structure of the hybrids and their electronic properties. Here, we use STM to characterize structural and electronic properties of the CNT-DNA hybrids and compare experimental results to theoretical calculations. STM images reveal 3.3 nm DNA coiling period, which agrees very well with the theoretical predictions. Additional width modulations with characteristic lengths of 1.9 and 2.6 nm are observed along the molecule itself. Although scanning tunneling microscopy confirms the presence of DNA in the hybrid and visualizes its structure, further experimental work is required to reveal the dependence of electronic properties of hybrids on their internal structure. [1] M. Zheng et al., Science 302, 1545 (2004).

  6. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Diamond Films and Optoelectronic Materials

    Perez, Jose M.

    1996-01-01

    We present a summary of the research, citations of publications resulting from the research and abstracts of such publications. We have made no inventions in the performance of the work in this project. The main goals of the project were to set up a Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) diamond growth system attached to an UltraHigh Vacuum (UHV) atomic resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) system and carry out experiments aimed at studying the properties and growth of diamond films using atomic resolution UHV STM. We successfully achieved these goals. We observed, for the first time, the atomic structure of the surface of CVD grown epitaxial diamond (100) films using UHV STM. We studied the effects of atomic hydrogen on the CVD diamond growth process. We studied the electronic properties of the diamond (100) (2x1) surface, and the effect of alkali metal adsorbates such as Cs on the work function of this surface using UHV STM spectroscopy techniques. We also studied, using STM, new electronic materials such as carbon nanotubes and gold nanostructures. This work resulted in four publications in refereed scientific journals and five publications in refereed conference proceedings.

  7. Scanning tunneling microscope with long range lateral motion

    We present our work on a recently built scanning tunneling microscope (STM), with coarse motion in two-dimensions. The tip of this STM can be translated a few millimeters in directions both parallel and perpendicular to the tip. This feature allows sampling of a larger area for experiments such as the study of how the electrical properties of charge density waves evolve between contacts, the proximity effect near a normal metal–superconducting interface, charge transport near the contact of a semiconductor interface, and for finding microscopically small samples like graphene. This STM is based on one of our previous one-dimensional designs. It utilizes orchestrated motion of six piezoelectric tubes in a slip–stick configuration in order to produce long range motion for the walker. This device is a single unit with a compact design making it very stable. It is stable enough to obtain atomic resolution on HOPG. It can operate in either a horizontal or vertical configuration and at cryogenic temperatures. It was designed entirely from non-magnetic materials for potential work in a magnetic field.

  8. As-rich GaAs(001) surfaces observed during As4-irradition by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Tsukamoto, S; Orr, B G; Ohtake, A; Bell, G R; Koguchi, N; Tsukamoto, Shiro; Pristovsek, Markus; Orr, Bradford G.; Ohtake, Akihiro; Bell, Gavin R.; Koguchi, Nobuyuki

    2002-01-01

    As-rich GaAs (001) surfaces are successfully observed during As4-irradition by a system in which scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and molecular beam epitaxy can be performed simultaneously. With a substrate temperature of 440 C and an As4 partial pressure of 2x10-6 torr, reflection high energy electron diffraction patterns and reflectance anisotropy spectra confirm a c(4x4) As-stabilized surface. STM images clearly show alteration of the surface reconstructions while scanning. It is postulated that continual attachment / detachment of As molecules to and from the surface produces the observed dynamic behavior.

  9. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy study of erbium doped GaSb crystals

    Hidalgo Alcalde, Pedro; Méndez Martín, Bianchi; Piqueras de Noriega, Javier; Plaza, J.L.; Dieguez, E.

    1999-01-01

    Er doped GaSb single crystals have been studied by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and cathodoluminescence (CL) in a combined scanning electron microscope-scanning tunnelling microscope system. The surface band gap in doped samples has been found to be about 0.5 eV while in undoped crystals the gap is close to the bulk value. Inhomogeneities in the local electronic properties of the doped crystals are studied by a correlation of the CL images and STS data.

  10. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of transition-metal-doped GaSb

    Hidalgo Alcalde, Pedro; Méndez Martín, Bianchi; Piqueras de Noriega, Javier; Dutta, P: S.; Dieguez, E.

    1999-01-01

    V- and Ru-doped GaSb crystals have been investigated by scanning tunneling spectroscopy in a combined scanning electron microscope-scanning tunneling microscope system. Local variations of surface band gap have been measured with high spatial resolution. Precipitates in both kinds of doped samples show a nearly metallic behavior. The surface band gaps in the GaSb matrix have been found to depend on the dopant. [S0163-1829(99)06439-5].

  11. Long-range Scanning Tunneling Microscope for the study of nanostructures on insulating substrates

    Molina-Mendoza, Aday; Rodrigo, José Gabriel; Island, Joshua; Burzuri, Enrique; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino; van der Zant, Herre S J; Agraït, Nicolás

    2013-01-01

    The Scanning Tunneling Microscope is a powerful tool for studying the electronic properties at the atomic level, however it's relatively small scanning range and the fact that it can only operate on conducting samples prevents its application to study heterogeneous samples consisting on conducting and insulating regions. Here we present a long-range scanning tunneling microscope capable of detecting conducting micro and nanostructures on insulating substrates using a technique based on the ca...

  12. Effects of plasmon energetics on light emission induced by scanning tunneling microscopy

    A theoretical model of plasmon and molecular luminescence induced by scanning tunneling microscopy using a molecule-covered tip on clean metal surfaces is developed. The effects of coupling between molecular exciton and interface plasmon on the luminescence spectra are investigated for variable energy of plasmon modes by means of the nonequilibrium Green's function method. It is found that spectral features arising from interference between the processes of energy absorption by the molecule and interface plasmons appear near the energy of the excitonic mode. For the energy of plasmon above (below) the energy of excitonic mode, an additional peak structure appears in the energy range slightly below (above) the energy of the excitonic mode. Prominent peak and dip structures observed in recent luminescence experiments are interpreted by the developed theory whereby its utility in the fields of plasmonics and nanophotonics is demonstrated. (fast track communication)

  13. Electronic Single Molecule Measurements with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Im, Jong One

    Richard Feynman said "There's plenty of room at the bottom". This inspired the techniques to improve the single molecule measurements. Since the first single molecule study was in 1961, it has been developed in various field and evolved into powerful tools to understand chemical and biological property of molecules. This thesis demonstrates electronic single molecule measurement with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and two of applications of STM; Break Junction (BJ) and Recognition Tunneling (RT). First, the two series of carotenoid molecules with four different substituents were investigated to show how substituents relate to the conductance and molecular structure. The measured conductance by STM-BJ shows that Nitrogen induces molecular twist of phenyl distal substituents and conductivity increasing rather than Carbon. Also, the conductivity is adjustable by replacing the sort of residues at phenyl substituents. Next, amino acids and peptides were identified through STM-RT. The distribution of the intuitive features (such as amplitude or width) are mostly overlapped and gives only a little bit higher separation probability than random separation. By generating some features in frequency and cepstrum domain, the classification accuracy was dramatically increased. Because of large data size and many features, supporting vector machine (machine learning algorithm for big data) was used to identify the analyte from a data pool of all analytes RT data. The STM-RT opens a possibility of molecular sequencing in single molecule level. Similarly, carbohydrates were studied by STM-RT. Carbohydrates are difficult to read the sequence, due to their huge number of possible isomeric configurations. This study shows that STM-RT can identify not only isomers of mono-saccharides and disaccharides, but also various mono-saccharides from a data pool of eleven analytes. In addition, the binding affinity between recognition molecule and analyte was investigated by comparing with

  14. The atomic force (AFM), scanning tunneling (STM) and scanning force (SFM) microscopies

    This work deals with the atomic force (AFM), scanning tunneling (STM) and scanning force (SFM) microscopies. These analysis methods are based on different physical principles. Nevertheless, in all of them, a probe is situated at a few angstroms or at the direct contact of the studied sample and carries out a controlled scanning of the sample surface. Their physical principles and their running ways are described. Their potentialities and limits are given too. With these analysis methods, and more particularly with the AFM can be observed the crystal structure of isolated biological molecules and the tri dimensional structure of biological molecules which are inserted in artificial membranes. One of the future prospect of the AFM in biology is the direct observation of living cells. Indeed, it will offer the opportunity to follow, with time and in space, the individual cells behaviour and their morphological modifications. Others uses and developments of the AFM concerns the in situ analysis of mechanisms which govern the crystal growth or the direct viewing of a protein enzymatic activity. (O.M.). 37 refs., 7 figs

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of glucose oxidase on gold surface

    Full text: Three immobilization methods have been used for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies of glucose oxidase (GOD) on gold. They are based on a) physical adsorption from solution, b) microcontact printing and c) covalent bonding onto self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). The STM images are used to provide information about the organization of individual GOD molecules and more densely packed monolayers of GOD on electrode surfaces, thus providing information of the role of interfacial structure on biosensor performance. The use of atomically flat gold substrates enables easy distinction of deposited enzyme features from the flat gold substrate. Microcontact printing is found to be a more reliable method than adsorption from solution for preparing individual GOD molecules on the gold surface STM images of printed samples reveal two different shapes of native GOD molecules. One is a butterfly shape with dimensions of 10 ± 1 nm x 6 ± 1 nm, assigned to the lying position of molecule while the second is an approximately spherical shape with dimensions of 6.5 ± 1 nm x 5 ± 1nm assigned to a standing position. Isolated clusters of 5 to 6 GOD molecules are also observed. With monolayer coverage, GOD molecules exhibit a tendency to organize themselves into a two dimensional array with adequate sample stability to obtain high-resolution STM images. Within these two-dimensional arrays are clearly seen repeating clusters of five to six enzyme molecules in a unit STM imaging of GOD monolayers covalently immobilized onto SAM (MPA) are considerably more difficult than when the enzyme is adsorbed directly onto the metal. Cluster structures are observed both high and low coverage despite the fact that native GOD is a negatively charged molecule. Copyright (2002) Australian Society for Electron Microscopy Inc

  16. Scanning tunnelling microscopy studies of cluster-surface interactions

    The experimental results presented in this thesis explore the interaction of clusters with the graphite surface over three energy regimes of cluster deposition: low (thermal), intermediate and high energy. Thermal evaporation of C60 onto graphite initially results in the nucleation of islands, which subsequently grow to form thin films on the surface. It is demonstrated that the growth of such films is highly dependent upon the cleanliness of the surface and the temperature of the substrate during deposition. It is further suggested that the energetically favoured growth mode is that of an initial bi-layer in preference to a monolayer. Energetic deposition of Ag7- onto graphite is shown to result in the pinning of the cluster to the surface at intermediate energies (∼ 300 eV) and implantation at high energies (> 1000 eV). An oxidative etching technique was used to transform the defects formed through cluster implantation into pits in the surface. Due to the anisotropic reactivity of graphite, these pits grow laterally, yet are known to remain of the same depth as the implanted cluster. Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) was used to characterise the depth of the pits and hence allowed the cluster implantation depth to be investigated as a function of the deposition energy. The results demonstrate that, for the case of Ag7-, the implantation depth scales with the velocity of the cluster and not its energy. Additional annealing experiments revealed that the localised damage formed by cluster implantation can be significantly reversed at temperatures substantially lower (923 K) than the melting temperature of graphite (4450 K). (author)

  17. Light amplification by stimulated emission from an optically pumped molecular junction in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Braun, K; Kern, A. M.; X. Wang; Adler, H.; Peisert, H.; Chasse, T.; Zhang, D.(Department of Physics, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America); Meixner, A.J.

    2013-01-01

    Here, we introduce and experimentally demonstrate optical amplification and stimulated emission from a single optically pumped molecular tunneling junction of a scanning tunneling microscope. The gap between a sharp gold tip and a flat gold substrate covered with a self-assembled monolayer of 5-chloro-2-mercaptobenzothiazole molecules forms an extremely small optical gain medium. When electrons tunnel from the molecules highest occupied molecular orbital to the tip, holes are left behind. The...

  18. Two-photon Induced Hot Electron Transfer to a Single Molecule in a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Wu, Shiwei; Ho, Wilson

    2010-01-01

    The junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating in the tunneling regime was irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. A photo-excited hot electron in the STM tip resonantly tunnels into an excited state of a single molecule on the surface, converting it from the neutral to the anion. The electron transfer rate depends quadratically on the incident laser power, suggesting a two-photon excitation process. This nonlinear optical process is further confirmed by the polarization me...

  19. Surface Relaxations, Current Enhancements, and Absolute Distances in High Resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Hofer, W. A.; Fisher, A. J.; Wolkow, R. A.; Gruetter, P.

    2001-01-01

    We have performed the most realistic simulation to date of the operation of a scanning tunneling microscope. Probe-sample distances from beyond tunneling to actual surface contact are covered. We simultaneously calculate forces, atomic displacements, and tunneling currents, allowing quantitative comparison with experimental values. A distance regime below which the probe becomes unstable is identified. It is shown that the real distance differs substantially from previous estimates because of...

  20. The readout of the fullerene-based quantum computing by a scanning tunneling microscope

    Feng, M.; Dong, G. J.; Hu, B.

    2006-01-01

    We consider to detect the electron spin of a doped atom, i.e., a nitrogen or a phosphorus, caged in a fullerene by currently available technique of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which actually corresponds to the readout of a qubit in the fullerene-based quantum computing. Under the conditions of polarized STM current and Coulomb blockade, we investigate the tunneling matrix elements involving the exchange coupling between the tunneling polarized electrons and the encapsulated polar...

  1. Field-Induced Deformation as a Mechanism for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Based Nanofabrication

    Hansen, Ole; Ravnkilde, Jan Tue; Quaade, Ulrich; Stokbro, Kurt; Grey, Francois

    1998-01-01

    The voltage between tip and sample in a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) results in a large electric field localized near the tip apex. The mechanical stress due to this field can cause appreciable deformation of both tip and sample on the scale of the tunnel gap. We derive an approximate...

  2. Superconducting phonon spectroscopy using a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope

    LeDuc, H. G.; Kaiser, W J; Hunt, B. D.; Bell, L. D.; Jaklevic, R. C.; Youngquist, M. G.

    1989-01-01

    We report the first observation of phonon density of states effects in a superconductor using a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The phonon effects were observed using a STM spectroscopy method to measure dItunneling /dV vs V for the tunnel junction formed by the Au STM probe and a superconducting Pb sample.

  3. Spectroscopy of surface adsorbed molecules (scanning tunneling microscopy). Progress report, May 1, 1985-April 30, 1986

    A review of the scanning tunneling microscopy program is given. This article contains a description of the design and fabrication of the microscope in addition to description of studies which use the microscope: studies of charge-density waves and studies of tunnel junctions doped with metals and semiconductors. 48 refs., 26 figs

  4. Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopic Studies of Dirac Fermions in Graphene and Topological Insulators

    wang K.-L.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available We report novel properties derived from scanning tunnelling spectroscopic (STS studies of Dirac fermions in graphene and the surface state (SS of a strong topological insulator (STI, Bi2Se3. For mono-layer graphene grown on Cu by chemical vapour deposition (CVD, strain-induced scalar and gauge potentials are manifested by the charging effects and the tunnelling conductance peaks at quantized energies, respectively. Additionally, spontaneous time-reversal symmetry breaking is evidenced by the alternating anti-localization and localization spectra associated with the zero-mode of two sublattices while global time-reversal symmetry is preserved under the presence of pseudo-magnetic fields. For Bi2Se3 epitaxial films grown on Si(111 by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE, spatially localized unitary impurity resonances with sensitive dependence on the energy difference between the Fermi level and the Dirac point are observed for samples thicker than 6 quintuple layers (QL. These findings are characteristic of the SS of a STI and are direct manifestation of strong topological protection against impurities. For samples thinner than 6-QL, STS studies reveal the openup of an energy gap in the SS due to overlaps of wave functions between the surface and interface layers. Additionally, spin-preserving quasiparticle interference wave-vectors are observed, which are consistent with the Rashba-like spin-orbit splitting.

  5. Scanning tunneling microscopy III theory of STM and related scanning probe methods

    Güntherodt, Hans-Joachim

    1993-01-01

    While the first two volumes on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and its related scanning probe (SXM) methods have mainly concentrated on intro­ ducing the experimental techniques, as well as their various applications in different research fields, this third volume is exclusively devoted to the theory of STM and related SXM methods. As the experimental techniques including the reproducibility of the experimental results have advanced, more and more theorists have become attracted to focus on issues related to STM and SXM. The increasing effort in the development of theoretical concepts for STM/SXM has led to considerable improvements in understanding the contrast mechanism as well as the experimental conditions necessary to obtain reliable data. Therefore, this third volume on STM/SXM is not written by theorists for theorists, but rather for every scientist who is not satisfied by just obtaining real­ space images of surface structures by STM/SXM. After a brief introduction (Chap. 1), N. D. Lang first co...

  6. Observation of a Ag protrusion on a Ag2S island using a scanning tunneling microscope

    Takeo Ohno; Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

    2015-01-01

    A silver sulfide (Ag2S) island as an ionic conductor in resistive switching memories was formed and a protrusion of silver from the Ag2S formed by an electrochemical reaction was observed using a scanning tunneling microscope.

  7. Spatio-temporal imaging of voltage pulses with an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope

    Jensen, Jacob Riis; Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1997-01-01

    Measurements on an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope with simultaneous spatial and temporal resolution are presented. We show images of picosecond pulses propagating on a coplanar waveguide and resolve their mode structures. The influence of transmission line discontinuities on the mode...

  8. Scanning tunneling microscopy of silver containing salt of bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene

    Bai, C.; Dai, C.; Zhu, C. (Changbin); Z. Chen; G Huang; Wu, X; Zhu, D.; Baldeschwieler, John D.

    1990-01-01

    The surface of silver containing salt of bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene (BEDT-TTF) was studied with the computer-controlled scanning tunneling microscope developed in our laboratory. The crystal surface of the charge-transfer complex is well ordered and a regular array of corrugations is clearly visible. The prominent feature of the experimental scanning tunneling microscopy images is in agreement with the bulk crystal structure obtained by x-ray diffraction method.

  9. The readout of the fullerene-based quantum computing by a scanning tunneling microscope

    Feng, M; Hu, B

    2006-01-01

    We consider to detect the electron spin of a doped atom, i.e., a nitrogen or a phosphorus, caged in a fullerene by currently available technique of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which actually corresponds to the readout of a qubit in the fullerene-based quantum computing. Under the conditions of polarized STM current and Coulomb blockade, we investigate the tunneling matrix elements involving the exchange coupling between the tunneling polarized electrons and the encapsulated polarized electron, and calculate the variation of the tunneling current with respect to different orientations of the encapsulated electron spin. The experimental feasibility of our scheme is discussed under the consideration of some imperfect factors.

  10. First-principles theory of inelastic currents in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Stokbro, Kurt; Hu, Ben Yu-Kuang; Thirstrup, C.; Xie, X.C.

    1998-01-01

    the addition of the adsorbate. We use the theory to investigate the vibrational heating of an adsorbate below a scanning tunneling microscopy tip. We calculate the desorption rate of PI from Si(100)-H(2 X 1) as a function of the sample bias and tunnel current, and find excellent a,agreement with......A first-principles theory of inelastic tunneling between a model probe tip and an atom adsorbed on a surface is presented, extending the elastic tunneling theory of Tersoff and Hamann. The inelastic current is proportional to the change in the local density of states at the center of the tip due to...

  11. New approach towards imaging -DNA using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS)

    Shirshendu Dey; Sushama Pethkar; Suguna D Adyanthaya; Murali Sastry; C V Dharmadhikari

    2008-06-01

    A new methodology to anchor -DNA to silanized -Si(111) surface using Langmuir Blodget trough was developed. The -Si (111) was silanized by treating it with low molecular weight octyltrichlorosilane in toluene. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) image of -DNA on octyltrichlorosilane deposited Si substrate shows areas exhibiting arrayed structures of 700 nm length and 40 nm spacing. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) at different stages depict a broad distribution of defect states in the bandgap region of -Si(111) which presumably facilitates tunneling through otherwise insulating DNA layer.

  12. Imaging of buried phosphorus nanostructures in silicon using scanning tunneling microscopy

    Oberbeck, Lars [Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052 (Australia); TOTAL Marketing Services, New Energies, La Défense 10, 92069 Paris La Défense Cedex (France); Reusch, Thilo C. G.; Hallam, Toby; Simmons, Michelle Y., E-mail: n.curson@ucl.ac.uk, E-mail: michelle.simmons@unsw.edu.au [Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052 (Australia); Schofield, Steven R. [Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052 (Australia); London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, London WC1H 0AH (United Kingdom); Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Curson, Neil J., E-mail: n.curson@ucl.ac.uk, E-mail: michelle.simmons@unsw.edu.au [Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052 (Australia); London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL, London WC1H 0AH (United Kingdom); Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL, London WC1E 7JE (United Kingdom)

    2014-06-23

    We demonstrate the locating and imaging of single phosphorus atoms and phosphorus dopant nanostructures, buried beneath the Si(001) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy. The buried dopant nanostructures have been fabricated in a bottom-up approach using scanning tunneling microscope lithography on Si(001). We find that current imaging tunneling spectroscopy is suited to locate and image buried nanostructures at room temperature and with residual surface roughness present. From these studies, we can place an upper limit on the lateral diffusion during encapsulation with low-temperature Si molecular beam epitaxy.

  13. Imaging of buried phosphorus nanostructures in silicon using scanning tunneling microscopy

    We demonstrate the locating and imaging of single phosphorus atoms and phosphorus dopant nanostructures, buried beneath the Si(001) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy. The buried dopant nanostructures have been fabricated in a bottom-up approach using scanning tunneling microscope lithography on Si(001). We find that current imaging tunneling spectroscopy is suited to locate and image buried nanostructures at room temperature and with residual surface roughness present. From these studies, we can place an upper limit on the lateral diffusion during encapsulation with low-temperature Si molecular beam epitaxy.

  14. Relationship between the electric performance and the photoluminescence spectra of resonant tunnelling diodes

    Zhang Xiao-Xin; Zeng Yi-Ping; Wang Xiao-Guang; Wang Bao-Qiang; Zhu Zhan-Ping

    2004-01-01

    Resonant tunnelling diodes with different structures were grown. Their photoluminescence spectra were investigated. By contrast, the luminescence in the quantum well is separated from that of other epilayers. The result is obtained that the exciton of the luminescence in the quantum well is partly come from the cap layer in the experiment.So the photoluminescence spectrum is closely related to the electron transport in the resonant tunnelling diode structure.This offers a method by which the important performance of resonant tunnelling diode could be forecast by analysing the integrated photoluminescence intensities.

  15. Apparent Barrier Height in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Revisited

    Olesen, L.; Brandbyge, Mads; Sørensen, Mads Reinholdt;

    1996-01-01

    reached rather than decreasing at small tunneling gap distances, as previously reported. The findings for phi(ap) can be accounted for theoretically by including the relaxations of the tip-surface junction in an STM due to the strong adhesive forces at close proximity. These relaxation effects are shown...... also to be generally relevant under imaging conditions at metal surfaces....

  16. Note: Long-range scanning tunneling microscope for the study of nanostructures on insulating substrates

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is a powerful tool for studying the electronic properties at the atomic level, however, it is of relatively small scanning range and the fact that it can only operate on conducting samples prevents its application to study heterogeneous samples consisting of conducting and insulating regions. Here we present a long-range scanning tunneling microscope capable of detecting conducting micro and nanostructures on insulating substrates using a technique based on the capacitance between the tip and the sample and performing STM studies

  17. Note: Long-range scanning tunneling microscope for the study of nanostructures on insulating substrates

    Molina-Mendoza, Aday J., E-mail: aday.molina@uam.es [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Rodrigo, José G.; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) and Instituto Universitario de Ciencia de Materiales “Nicolás Cabrera,” Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Island, Joshua; Burzuri, Enrique; Zant, Herre S. J. van der [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5046, 2600 GA Delft (Netherlands); Agraït, Nicolás [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) and Instituto Universitario de Ciencia de Materiales “Nicolás Cabrera,” Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Campus de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia IMDEA-Nanociencia, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-02-15

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is a powerful tool for studying the electronic properties at the atomic level, however, it is of relatively small scanning range and the fact that it can only operate on conducting samples prevents its application to study heterogeneous samples consisting of conducting and insulating regions. Here we present a long-range scanning tunneling microscope capable of detecting conducting micro and nanostructures on insulating substrates using a technique based on the capacitance between the tip and the sample and performing STM studies.

  18. Development of micro-four-point probe in a scanning tunneling microscope for in situ electrical transport measurement

    Ge, Jian-Feng; Liu, Zhi-Long; Gao, Chun-Lei; Qian, Dong; Liu, Canhua, E-mail: canhualiu@sjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: jfjia@sjtu.edu.cn; Jia, Jin-Feng, E-mail: canhualiu@sjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: jfjia@sjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Electrons at surface may behave differently from those in bulk of a material. Multi-functional tools are essential in comprehensive studies on a crystal surface. Here, we developed an in situ microscopic four-point probe (4PP) transport measurement system on the basis of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). In particular, convenient replacement between STM tips and micro-4PPs enables systematic investigations of surface morphology, electronic structure, and electrical transport property of a same sample surface. Performances of the instrument are demonstrated with high-quality STM images, tunneling spectra, and low-noise electrical I-V characteristic curves of a single-layer FeSe film grown on a conductive SrTiO{sub 3} surface.

  19. Development of micro-four-point probe in a scanning tunneling microscope for in situ electrical transport measurement.

    Ge, Jian-Feng; Liu, Zhi-Long; Gao, Chun-Lei; Qian, Dong; Liu, Canhua; Jia, Jin-Feng

    2015-05-01

    Electrons at surface may behave differently from those in bulk of a material. Multi-functional tools are essential in comprehensive studies on a crystal surface. Here, we developed an in situ microscopic four-point probe (4PP) transport measurement system on the basis of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). In particular, convenient replacement between STM tips and micro-4PPs enables systematic investigations of surface morphology, electronic structure, and electrical transport property of a same sample surface. Performances of the instrument are demonstrated with high-quality STM images, tunneling spectra, and low-noise electrical I-V characteristic curves of a single-layer FeSe film grown on a conductive SrTiO3 surface. PMID:26026532

  20. Development of micro-four-point probe in a scanning tunneling microscope for in situ electrical transport measurement

    Electrons at surface may behave differently from those in bulk of a material. Multi-functional tools are essential in comprehensive studies on a crystal surface. Here, we developed an in situ microscopic four-point probe (4PP) transport measurement system on the basis of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). In particular, convenient replacement between STM tips and micro-4PPs enables systematic investigations of surface morphology, electronic structure, and electrical transport property of a same sample surface. Performances of the instrument are demonstrated with high-quality STM images, tunneling spectra, and low-noise electrical I-V characteristic curves of a single-layer FeSe film grown on a conductive SrTiO3 surface

  1. Local imaging of high mobility two-dimensional electron systems with virtual scanning tunneling microscopy

    Correlated electron states in high mobility two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs), including charge density waves and microemulsion phases intermediate between a Fermi liquid and Wigner crystal, are predicted to exhibit complex local charge order. Existing experimental studies, however, have mainly probed these systems at micron to millimeter scales rather than directly mapping spatial organization. Scanning probes should be well-suited to study the spatial structure of these states, but high mobility 2DESs are found at buried semiconductor interfaces, beyond the reach of conventional scanning tunneling microscopy. Scanning techniques based on electrostatic coupling to the 2DES deliver important insights, but generally with resolution limited by the depth of the 2DES. In this letter, we present our progress in developing a technique called “virtual scanning tunneling microscopy” that allows local tunneling into a high mobility 2DES. Using a specially designed bilayer GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure where the tunnel coupling between two separate 2DESs is tunable via electrostatic gating, combined with a scanning gate, we show that the local tunneling can be controlled with sub-250 nm resolution

  2. Local imaging of high mobility two-dimensional electron systems with virtual scanning tunneling microscopy

    Pelliccione, M. [Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, 348 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Bartel, J.; Goldhaber-Gordon, D. [Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Department of Physics, Stanford University, 382 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Sciambi, A. [Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, 348 Via Pueblo Mall, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 (United States); Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States)

    2014-11-03

    Correlated electron states in high mobility two-dimensional electron systems (2DESs), including charge density waves and microemulsion phases intermediate between a Fermi liquid and Wigner crystal, are predicted to exhibit complex local charge order. Existing experimental studies, however, have mainly probed these systems at micron to millimeter scales rather than directly mapping spatial organization. Scanning probes should be well-suited to study the spatial structure of these states, but high mobility 2DESs are found at buried semiconductor interfaces, beyond the reach of conventional scanning tunneling microscopy. Scanning techniques based on electrostatic coupling to the 2DES deliver important insights, but generally with resolution limited by the depth of the 2DES. In this letter, we present our progress in developing a technique called “virtual scanning tunneling microscopy” that allows local tunneling into a high mobility 2DES. Using a specially designed bilayer GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure where the tunnel coupling between two separate 2DESs is tunable via electrostatic gating, combined with a scanning gate, we show that the local tunneling can be controlled with sub-250 nm resolution.

  3. Action spectroscopy for single-molecule motion induced by vibrational excitation with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Ueba, H.; Persson, B.N.J.

    2007-01-01

    We propose an action spectroscopy for single-molecule motion induced by vibrational excitation with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Calculations of the inelastic tunneling current for excitation of the C-O stretch mode of the CO molecule on metal surfaces are combined with a theory which describes how the energy in the vibrational mode is transferred to a reaction coordinate mode to overcome the activation barrier. The calculated rate for CO hopping on Pd (110) as a function of the bia...

  4. Theory of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope with a Two-Protrusion Tip

    Flatte, Michael E.; Byers, Jeff M.

    1995-01-01

    We consider a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) such that tunneling occurs through two atomically sharp protrusions on its tip. When the two protrusions are separated by at least several atomic spacings, the differential conductance of this STM depends on the electronic transport in the sample between the protrusions. Furthermore two-protrusion tips commonly occur during STM tip preparation. We explore possible applications to probing dynamical impurity potentials on a metallic surface and ...

  5. Screening of a Luttinger liquid wire by a scanning tunneling microscope tip: II. Transport properties

    Guigou, Marine; Martin, Thierry; Crépieux, Adeline

    2009-01-01

    We study the effect of an electrostatic coupling between a scanning tunneling microscope tip and a Luttinger liquid wire on the tunneling current and noise between the two. Solving the Dyson equations non perturbatively for a local interaction potential, we derive the Green's functions associated to the wire and to the tip. Interestingly, the electrostatic coupling leads to the existence of new correlators, which we call mixed Green's functions, which are correlators between the bosonic field...

  6. Scanning Tunneling Microscope Nanolithography on SrRuO3 Thin Film Surfaces

    Liu, Yun; Zhang, Jia

    2009-01-01

    Nanoscale lithography on SrRuO3 (SRO) thin film surfaces has been performed by scanning tunneling microscopy under ambient conditions. The depth of etched lines increases with increasing bias voltage but it does not change significantly by increasing the tunneling current. The dependence of line width on bias voltage from experimental data is in agreement with theoretical calculation based on field-induced evaporation. Moreover, a three-square nanostructure was successfully created, showing t...

  7. Oxidation of a Single Carbon Monoxide Molecule Manipulated and Induced with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    A carbon monoxide molecule (CO) was positioned with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at various distances from an oxygen atom (O) on the Ag(110) surface at 13K. At the closest separation, carbon dioxide (CO2) production was induced by tunneling electrons. Direct reaction of a CO desorbed from the STM tip with an O atom on Ag(110) illustrates another catalytic oxidation mechanism. Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy with the STM was used to monitor the vibrations of CO in its different environment

  8. First-principles theory of inelastic currents in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Stokbro, Kurt; Hu, Ben Yu-Kuang; Thirstrup, C.; Xie, X. C.

    1998-01-01

    A first-principles theory of inelastic tunneling between a model probe tip and an atom adsorbed on a surface is presented, extending the elastic tunneling theory of Tersoff and Hamann. The inelastic current is proportional to the change in the local density of states at the center of the tip due to the addition of the adsorbate. We use the theory to investigate the vibrational heating of an adsorbate below a scanning tunneling microscopy tip. We calculate the desorption rate of PI from Si(100...

  9. Probing Nanoscale Electronic and Magnetic Interaction with Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy

    Bork, Jakob

    tunneling microscope (STM). Especially at low temperatures the Kondo resonance is used to probe magnetic interaction with ferromagnetic islands and between two atoms. The latter showing a crossover between Kondo screened atoms and antiferromagnetically coupled atoms close to the quantum critical point. This...... is related to research in correlated electron materials such as studies of phase transitions in heavy fermion compounds and magnetic interaction in spintronic research. The capping of cobalt islands on Cu(111) with silver is investigated with STM and photoemission spectroscopy. It is shown that at...

  10. Imaging by Electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Deconvolution Resolving More Details of Surfaces Nanomorphology

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov

    Upon imaging, electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ESTM), scanning electrochemical micro-scopy (SECM) and in situ STM resolve information on electronic structures and on surface topography. At very high resolution, imaging processing is required, as to obtain information that relates to...... crystallographic-surface structures. Within the wide range of new technologies, those images surface features, the electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope (ESTM) provides means of atomic resolution where the tip participates actively in the process of imaging. Two metallic surfaces influence ions trapped in...... smooth features observed in high-resolution images of metallic nanocrystallites may be effectively deconvoluted, as to resolve more details of the crystalline morphology (see figure). Images of surface-crystalline metals indicate that more than a single atomic layer is involved in mediating the tunneling...

  11. Imaging of subbands in InAs/GaSb double quantum wells by low-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Suzuki, K.; Kanisawa, K.; Perraud, S.; Ueki, M.; Takashina, K.; Hirayama, Y.

    2007-04-01

    The spatial distribution of the electron local density of states (LDOS) in InAs/GaSb double quantum wells (DQWs) was investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy on cleaved surfaces. For DQW with a thick central barrier, clear standing wave patterns corresponding to subbands confined to each InAs single quantum well appeared in the spatial variation of LDOS spectra. In contrast, for the DQW with a thin central barrier, the standing wave patterns extended over both quantum wells. The deviation of the pattern arising from the asymmetry due to a slight difference of the well thickness appeared clearly. The observed spectra are well explained by the calculated LDOS taken to be the sum of LDOS contributed from all energetically accessible subbands.

  12. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy study of the electronic structure of Fe3O4 surfaces

    Jordan, K.; Cazacu, A.; Manai, G.; Ceballos, S. F.; Murphy, S.; Shvets, I. V.

    2006-08-01

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) experiments were performed on the (001) and (111) surfaces of single crystalline magnetite. Room temperature spectra exhibit a ˜0.2eV gap around Ef . The importance of perfect surface order to the existence of this gap is illustrated. STS is also carried out on the (111) surface, at 140 and 95K , just above and below the Verwey transition temperature (TV˜120K) , respectively. It is confirmed that above TV a ˜0.2eV gap exists in the surface density of states (DOS) around Ef . Furthermore, broad bands are resolved on both sides of Ef , with peaks centered on ˜+0.5eV and ˜-0.45eV . Below TV it is shown that the value of the gap in the surface DOS remains similar, however, the peaks resolved in the conduction and valence bands shift markedly away from Ef . The similarity of the gap value before and after the transition points away from an ionic charge ordering occurring at the magnetite surface below TV . However, the shifting of the bands points to a certain degree of electronic ordering or charge disproportionation playing an integral part in the Verwey transition, at the magnetite surface.

  13. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Crystalline Hydrogenation of Graphene Grown on Cu(111)

    Tjung, Steven J.; Gambrel, Grady A.; Hollen, Shawna M.; Gupta, Jay A.

    Because of the sensitivity of 2D material surfaces, chemical functionalization can be exploited to tune the electronic structure of these materials. For example, hydrogen bonding to carbon atoms in graphene tunes the material from a semi-metal to a wide-gap insulator. We developed a method for a reproducible epitaxial growth of graphene on Cu(111) in the ultra-high vacuum chamber of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). We find that hydrogen atoms can be bonded to the graphene in a nanoscale region using a novel field-emission process, whereby physisorbed H2 is cracked in situ using the STM tip. This method produced crystalline surfaces of hydrogen-terminated graphene with 4.2Å lattice, which has proven difficult to produce using conventional atomic beam methods which typically produced disordered hydrogenation. Additionally, this hydrogenation process is reversible and we are able to recover the pristine graphene by H desorption during STM imaging at a high bias. STM images after the dehydrogenation process showed the same atomic lattice and Moiré pattern as the pristine graphene, with the exception of additional point defects. STM spectra show the suppression of the Cu surface state on the hydrogenated graphene, but the opening of a wide-gap was not observed. Funded by the Center for Emergent Materials at the Ohio State University, an NSF MRSEC (Grant No. DMR-1420451 and DMR-0820414).

  14. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of CdSe nanocrystals covalently bound to GaAs

    Walzer, K.; Marx, E.; Greenham, N.C.; Stokbro, Kurt

    2003-01-01

    We present scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements of CdSe nanocrystals covalently attached to doped GaAs substrates using monolayers of 1,6-hexanedithiol. STM measurements showed the formation of stable, densely packed, homogeneous monolayers of...... nanocrystals. STS measurements showed rectifying behaviour, with high currents at the opposite sample bias to that previously observed for CdSe nanocrystals adsorbed on Si substrates. We explain the rectifying behaviour by considering the interaction between the electronic states of the nanocrystals and the...

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy I general principles and applications to clean and adsorbate-covered surfaces

    Wiesendanger, Roland

    1992-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy I provides a unique introduction to a novel and fascinating technique that produces beautiful images of nature on an atomic scale. It is the first of three volumes that together offer a comprehensive treatment of scanning tunneling microscopy, its diverse applications, and its theoretical treatment. In this volume the reader will find a detailed description of the technique itself and of its applications to metals, semiconductors, layered materials, adsorbed molecules and superconductors. In addition to the many representative results reviewed, extensive references to original work will help to make accessible the vast body of knowledge already accumulated in this field.

  16. Tip-Dependent Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Imaging of Ultrathin FeO Films on Pt(111)

    Merte, Lindsay Richard; Grabow, Lars C.; Peng, Guowen;

    2011-01-01

    High-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of moiré-structured FeO films on Pt(111) were obtained in a number of different tip-dependent imaging modes. For the first time, the STM images are distinguished and interpreted unambiguously with the help of distinct oxygen-vacancy dislo......High-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of moiré-structured FeO films on Pt(111) were obtained in a number of different tip-dependent imaging modes. For the first time, the STM images are distinguished and interpreted unambiguously with the help of distinct oxygen...

  17. Scanning tunneling microscopy of initial nitridation processes on oxidized Si(100) surface with radical nitrogen

    We have investigated the initial nitridation processes on oxidized Si(100) with radical nitrogen at a substrate temperature of 850degC using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). It is found that the thin oxide layer suppresses the changes of original Si step structures during nitridation, and this effect critically depends on the growth conditions of the oxide layer. Comparison of the nitride island morphology to the case of the clean surface suggests that the migration of the precursor during nitridation is suppressed by the oxygen in the layer. (author)

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy of initial nitridation processes on oxidized Si(100) surface with radical nitrogen

    Takahashi, R; Ikeda, H; Sakashita, M; Sakai, A; Yasuda, Y; Nakatsuka, O; Zaima, S

    2003-01-01

    We have investigated the initial nitridation processes on oxidized Si(100) with radical nitrogen at a substrate temperature of 850degC using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). It is found that the thin oxide layer suppresses the changes of original Si step structures during nitridation, and this effect critically depends on the growth conditions of the oxide layer. Comparison of the nitride island morphology to the case of the clean surface suggests that the migration of the precursor during nitridation is suppressed by the oxygen in the layer. (author)

  19. ZnO(0001) surfaces probed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy: Evidence for an inhomogeneous electronic structure

    Dumont, J.; Hackens, B.; Faniel, S.; Mouthuy, P.-O.; Sporken, R.; Melinte, S.

    2009-09-01

    The stability of the polar Zn-terminated ZnO surface is probed by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). Surface states in the bandgap of ZnO are evidenced by STS and their presence is correlated with the local surface corrugation. Very defective surface regions are characterized by a bulk electronic structure showing a wide bandgap while nanometer-scale defect free regions exhibit a narrower bandgap and surface states. We also image atomically resolved (√3 ×√3 )R30° reconstructions on the defect-free areas.

  20. Thin films of metal oxides on metal single crystals: Structure and growth by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Detailed studies of the growth and structure of thin films of metal oxides grown on metal single crystal surfaces using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) are presented. The oxide overlayer systems studied are iron oxide and titanium oxide on the Pt(III) surface. The complexity of the metal oxides and large lattice mismatches often lead to surface structures with large unit cells. These are particularly suited to a local real space technique such as scanning tunneling microscopy. In particular, the symmetry that is directly observed with the STM elucidates the relationship of the oxide overlayers to the substrate as well as distinguishing, the structures of different oxides

  1. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of methyl- and ethyl-terminated Si(111) surfaces

    Yu, Hongbin; Webb, Lauren J.; Heath, James R.; Lewis, Nathan S.

    2006-01-01

    Methyl- and ethyl-terminated Si(111) surfaces prepared by a two-step chlorination/alkylation method were characterized by low temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). The STS data showed remarkably low levels of midgap states on the CH3- and C2H5-terminated Si surfaces. A large conductance gap relative to the Si band gap was observed for both surfaces as well as for the hydrogen-terminated Si(111) surface. This large gap is ascribed to scanning tunneling microscope tip-induced band ...

  2. Three-Dimensional Laser Scanning for Geometry Documentation and Construction Management of Highway Tunnels during Excavation

    Vassilis Gikas

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Driven by progress in sensor technology, computer software and data processing capabilities, terrestrial laser scanning has recently proved a revolutionary technique for high accuracy, 3D mapping and documentation of physical scenarios and man-made structures. Particularly, this is of great importance in the underground space and tunnel construction environment as surveying engineering operations have a great impact on both technical and economic aspects of a project. This paper discusses the use and explores the potential of laser scanning technology to accurately track excavation and construction activities of highway tunnels. It provides a detailed overview of the static laser scanning method, its principles of operation and applications for tunnel construction operations. Also, it discusses the planning, execution, data processing and analysis phases of laser scanning activities, with emphasis given on geo-referencing, mesh model generation and cross-section extraction. Specific case studies are considered based on two construction sites in Greece. Particularly, the potential of the method is examined for checking the tunnel profile, producing volume computations and validating the smoothness/thickness of shotcrete layers at an excavation stage and during the completion of excavation support and primary lining. An additional example of the use of the method in the geometric documentation of the concrete lining formwork is examined and comparisons against dimensional tolerances are examined. Experimental comparisons and analyses of the laser scanning method against conventional surveying techniques are also considered.

  3. Three-dimensional laser scanning for geometry documentation and construction management of highway tunnels during excavation.

    Gikas, Vassilis

    2012-01-01

    Driven by progress in sensor technology, computer software and data processing capabilities, terrestrial laser scanning has recently proved a revolutionary technique for high accuracy, 3D mapping and documentation of physical scenarios and man-made structures. Particularly, this is of great importance in the underground space and tunnel construction environment as surveying engineering operations have a great impact on both technical and economic aspects of a project. This paper discusses the use and explores the potential of laser scanning technology to accurately track excavation and construction activities of highway tunnels. It provides a detailed overview of the static laser scanning method, its principles of operation and applications for tunnel construction operations. Also, it discusses the planning, execution, data processing and analysis phases of laser scanning activities, with emphasis given on geo-referencing, mesh model generation and cross-section extraction. Specific case studies are considered based on two construction sites in Greece. Particularly, the potential of the method is examined for checking the tunnel profile, producing volume computations and validating the smoothness/thickness of shotcrete layers at an excavation stage and during the completion of excavation support and primary lining. An additional example of the use of the method in the geometric documentation of the concrete lining formwork is examined and comparisons against dimensional tolerances are examined. Experimental comparisons and analyses of the laser scanning method against conventional surveying techniques are also considered. PMID:23112655

  4. Scanning-tunneling and atomic-force microscopy

    (STM and AFM) are allowing for in situ (in air and under water) imaging of mineral surfaces at previously unattainable nanometer to atomic scales. The four images, which represent a range of STM/AFM applications, were all taken on [001] surfaces of hematite. Counterclockwise from bottom left, these micrographs are described as follows: (1) An STM image of oxygen sites on terraces separated by steps—imaged under oil at -300-mV sample bias. The difference in tunneling current between terrace (blue) and step-edge (pink) sites can be related to differences in local electronic structure that may affect the reactivity of the different sites Terraces step downward toward the lower left. A kink site is apparent along one step. (2) An AFM image in air showing the molecular-scale structure of the hematite surface.

  5. Local crystallography analysis for atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy images

    Scanning probe microscopy has emerged as a powerful and flexible tool for atomically resolved imaging of surface structures. However, due to the amount of information extracted, in many cases the interpretation of such data is limited to being qualitative and semi-quantitative in nature. At the same time, much can be learned from local atom parameters, such as distances and angles, that can be analyzed and interpreted as variations of local chemical bonding, or order parameter fields. Here, we demonstrate an iterative algorithm for indexing and determining atomic positions that allows the analysis of inhomogeneous surfaces. This approach is further illustrated by local crystallographic analysis of several real surfaces, including highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and an Fe-based superconductor FeTe0.55Se0.45. This study provides a new pathway to extract and quantify local properties for scanning probe microscopy images. (paper)

  6. Light amplification by stimulated emission from an optically pumped molecular junction in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Braun, K; Wang, X; Adler, H; Peisert, H; Chasse, T; Zhang, D; Meixner, A J

    2013-01-01

    Here, we introduce and experimentally demonstrate optical amplification and stimulated emission from a single optically pumped molecular tunneling junction of a scanning tunneling microscope. The gap between a sharp gold tip and a flat gold substrate covered with a self-assembled monolayer of 5-chloro-2-mercaptobenzothiazole molecules forms an extremely small optical gain medium. When electrons tunnel from the molecules highest occupied molecular orbital to the tip, holes are left behind. These can be repopulated by hot electrons induced by the laser-driven plasmon oscillation on the metal surfaces enclosing the cavity. Solving the laser-rate equations for this system shows that the repopulation process can be efficiently stimulated by the gap modes near field, TERS scattering from neighboring molecules acting as an optical seed. Our results demonstrate how optical enhancement inside the plasmonic cavity can be further increased by a stronger localization via tunneling through molecules. We anticipate that st...

  7. Note: A simple, convenient, and reliable method to prepare gold scanning tunneling microscope tips

    A simple method to prepare gold tips for scanning tunneling microscopy has been introduced. In this method, electrochemical etching without a hazardous electrolyte was employed. The setup uses basic laboratory instrumentation to control the etching process. This avoids purchasing complicated, expensive, and dedicated equipment for tip preparation. A procedure to optimize the etching parameters by setting the current limit is described. Etched tips were checked with both optical and scanning electron microscopy.

  8. New design of a variable-temperature ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope

    Mugele, F.; Rettenberger, A.; Boneberg, J.; Leiderer, P.

    1998-01-01

    We present the design of a variable-temperature ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscope which can be operated between 20 and 400 K. The microscope is mounted directly onto the heat exchanger of a He continuous flow cryostat without vibration isolation inside the UHV chamber. The coarse approach is performed with an inertial slider driven by the same piezo tube that is also used for scanning. The performance of the instrument is demonstrated by two different kinds of measurements:...

  9. A NEW APPROACH FOR SUBWAY TUNNEL DEFORMATION MONITORING: HIGH-RESOLUTION TERRESTRIAL LASER SCANNING

    Li, J.; Wan, Y.; Gao, X.

    2012-01-01

    With the improvement of the accuracy and efficiency of laser scanning technology, high-resolution terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) technology can obtain high precise points-cloud and density distribution and can be applied to high-precision deformation monitoring of subway tunnels and high-speed railway bridges and other fields. In this paper, a new approach using a points-cloud segmentation method based on vectors of neighbor points and surface fitting method based on moving leas...

  10. Correlation of scanning-tunneling-microscope image profiles and charge-density-wave amplitudes

    Scanning-tunneling-microscope (STM) studies of 4Hb-TaS2 and 4Hb-TaSe2 at 4.2 K show systematic correlation between the charge-density-wave (CDW) amplitude and the STM deflection. The 4Hb phases have both weak and strong CDW's in the trigonal prismatic and octahedral sandwiches, respectively. Scans on opposite faces of the same cleave allow a comparison of the STM response to the two types of CDW

  11. Covalently Immobilised Cytochrome C Imaged by In Situ Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Olesen, Klaus G.; Danilov, Alexey I.;

    1997-01-01

    In situ scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) imaging of cytochrome c (cyt c) on polycrystalline Pt surfaces and on Au(lll) was achieved first by covalent immobilisation of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTS) brought to react with oxide present on the Pt surfaces. Covalently bound 3-APTS forms a...

  12. Measurements with an ultrafast scanning tunnelling microscope on photoexcited semiconductor layers

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    Summary form only given. We demonstrate the use of a ultrafast scanning tunnelling microscopes (USTM) for detecting laser-induced field transients on semiconductor layers. In principle, the instrument can detect transient field changes thus far observed as far-field THz radiation in the near...

  13. Spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscopy as a tool to study electronic states. Part 2

    We describe some remarks on analyzing the data of spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscopy, especially paying attention to the set-point effect which makes a conductance map different from a local-density-of-state map. As a concrete example, we discuss quasiparticle interference effect in a cuprate superconductor. (author)

  14. A development in the preparation of sharp scanning tunneling microscopy tips

    Song, J. P.; Pryds, N. H.; Glejbøl, K.; Mørch, Knud Aage; Thölén, A. R.; Christensen, Lars Nygaard

    1993-01-01

    An improved and reliable method for making sharp scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips is described. It is based on the widely used drop-off electrochemical etching procedure, here modified to improve the control of the tip shape. A second etching is applied not only to remove the oxide layer...

  15. Characterization and manipulation of individual defects in insulating hexagonal boron nitride using scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Wong, Dillon; Velasco, Jairo; Ju, Long; Lee, Juwon; Kahn, Salman; Tsai, Hsin-Zon; Germany, Chad; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Zettl, Alex; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael F.

    2015-11-01

    Defects play a key role in determining the properties and technological applications of nanoscale materials and, because they tend to be highly localized, characterizing them at the single-defect level is of particular importance. Scanning tunnelling microscopy has long been used to image the electronic structure of individual point defects in conductors, semiconductors and ultrathin films, but such single-defect electronic characterization remains an elusive goal for intrinsic bulk insulators. Here, we show that individual native defects in an intrinsic bulk hexagonal boron nitride insulator can be characterized and manipulated using a scanning tunnelling microscope. This would typically be impossible due to the lack of a conducting drain path for electrical current. We overcome this problem by using a graphene/boron nitride heterostructure, which exploits the atomically thin nature of graphene to allow the visualization of defect phenomena in the underlying bulk boron nitride. We observe three different defect structures that we attribute to defects within the bulk insulating boron nitride. Using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy we obtain charge and energy-level information for these boron nitride defect structures. We also show that it is possible to manipulate the defects through voltage pulses applied to the scanning tunnelling microscope tip.

  16. Streamlined Inexpensive Integration of a Growth Facility and Scanning Tunneling Microscope for in situ Characterization

    Xu, P.; D. Qi; Barber, S. D.; Cook, C. T.; Ackerman, M. L.; Thibado, P. M.

    2015-01-01

    The integration of a scanning tunneling microscope chamber with a sample growth facility using non-custom, commercially available parts is described. The facility also features a newly-designed magnetic wobble stick to increase the reliability of sample transfer in a cost-effective manner.

  17. Observation of a Ag protrusion on a Ag2S island using a scanning tunneling microscope

    Takeo Ohno

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A silver sulfide (Ag2S island as an ionic conductor in resistive switching memories was formed and a protrusion of silver from the Ag2S formed by an electrochemical reaction was observed using a scanning tunneling microscope.

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy in TTF-TCNQ: Phase and amplitude modulated charge density waves

    Wang, Z.Z.; Gorard, J.C.; Pasquier, C.; Jerome, D.; Bechgaard, K.

    2003-01-01

    Charge density waves (CDWs) have been studied at the surface of a cleaved tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) single crystal using a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions, between 300 and 33 K with molecular resolution. All CDW...

  19. Visible Light Emission from Atomic Scale Patterns Fabricated by the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Thirstrup, C.; Sakurai, M.; Stokbro, Kurt; Aono, M.

    1999-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) induced light emission from artificial atomic scale structures comprising silicon dangling bonds on hydrogen-terminated Si(001) surfaces has been mapped spatially and analyzed spectroscopically in the visible spectral range. The light emission is based on a novel...

  20. DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIELD ION-SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE AND ITS APPLICATIONS

    Kamiya, I.; Sakurai, T

    1989-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) equipped with a field ion microscope (FIM) which operates at room temperature has been constructed and operated successfully to obtain atomically resolved STM images with 100% reproductibility. This instrument, which we call the FI-STM, has been employed for the quantitative study of the Si(100) "2xn" phase.

  1. Imaging of surface plasmon polariton interference using phase-sensitive photon scanning tunneling microscope

    Jose, J.; Segerink, F.B.; Korterik, J.P.; Herek, J. L.; Offerhaus, H.L.

    2011-01-01

    We report the surface plasmon polariton interference, generated via a ‘buried’ gold grating, and imaged using a phase-sensitive Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscope (PSTM). The phase-resolved PSTM measurement unravels the complex surface plasmon polariton interference fields at the gold-air interface

  2. Transient measurements with an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope on semiconductor surfaces

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    We demonstrate: the use of an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope on a semiconductor surface. Laser-induced transient signals with 1.8 ps rise time are detected, The investigated sample is a low-temperature grown GaAs layer plated on a sapphire substrate with a thin gold layer that serves as st...

  3. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Topological Insulators Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

    Xue Qikun

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available We summarize our recent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM study of topological insulator thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE, which includes the observation of electron standing waves on topological insulator surface and the Landau quantization of topological surface states. The work has provided valuable information to the understanding of intriguing properties of topological insulators, as predicted by theory.

  4. Simultaneous topographic and elemental chemical and magnetic contrast in scanning tunneling microscopy

    Rose, Volker; Preissner, Curt A; Hla, Saw-Wai; Wang, Kangkang; Rosenmann, Daniel

    2014-09-30

    A method and system for performing simultaneous topographic and elemental chemical and magnetic contrast analysis in a scanning, tunneling microscope. The method and system also includes nanofabricated coaxial multilayer tips with a nanoscale conducting apex and a programmable in-situ nanomanipulator to fabricate these tips and also to rotate tips controllably.

  5. Hourglass-shaped dendrimers on surfaces : A comparison of different scanning-tunneling-microscopy approaches

    Widmer, I.; Hubler, U; Stöhr, Meike; Merz, L; Guntherodt, HJ; Hermann, BA; Samori, P; Rabe, JP; Rheiner, PB; Greiveldinger, G; Murer, P

    2002-01-01

    Large molecules adsorbed on surfaces can be analyzed by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under various environmental conditions: on a dry surface in air or vacuum, and at the solid-liquid interface. However, can measurements under dissimilar conditions be compared, e.g., when sample A was studied

  6. Local investigation of magnetic structures in superconductors by a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope

    A low temperature scanning tunneling microscope device was constructed which allows a simultaneous spectroscopic and morphological measurement up to 4.2 K and 1T. Layers of niobium and NbSe2 were measured and flux lines were determined. (WL)

  7. Adsorption of Cu phthalocyanine on Pt modified Ge(001): A scanning tunneling microscopy study

    Saedi, Amirmehdi; Berkelaar, Robin P.; Kumar, Avijit; Poelsema, Bene; Zandvliet, Harold J.W.

    2010-01-01

    The adsorption configurations of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecules on platinum-modified Ge(001) have been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy. After deposition at room temperature and cooling down to 77 K the CuPc molecules are still dynamic. However, after annealing at 550±50 K, the ad

  8. Scanning-tunneling-microscope investigations on Rb exposed TaS2 and light emission from silicon

    Schmidt, Patrick

    2008-01-01

    Two different aspects of surface science were analyzed in this thesis. First, the light emission properties of single crystal silicon with different orientations and doping were studied using the scanning tunneling microscope. Tunneling electrons excite several optical transitions in silicon bulk. The direct interband transitions are well known, but this is the first time these transitions were observed with scanning-tunneling-microscope induced luminescence. For the case of electron tunnelin...

  9. Substrate effects on the surface topography of evaporated gold films—A scanning tunnelling microscopy investigation

    Vancea, J.; Reiss, G.; Schneider, F.; Bauer, K.; Hoffmann, H.

    1989-08-01

    Direct observation of surface roughness on metal films is a longstanding problem in thin film characterization. In this work the high quality of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) was used for investigation of evaporated gold films. A scanning tunnelling microscope able to scan areas up to 0.8 × 0.8 micro m with high reproducibility is presented. The topography of 80 nm thick gold films grown under identical evaporation conditions was investigated as a function of the selected substrate material (Corning glass, silicon, NaCl, mica and highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG)). The incipient growth mechanism on the substrate is the primary reason for the surface roughness. The real space images of the surface topography correlate very well with knowledge achieved from former growth experiments given in the literature. Moreover, very flat gold surfaces on HOPG allowed the observation of atomic corrugations in air environments.

  10. Nanoscale ferroelectric field-effect writing and reading using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy.

    Kuffer, Olivier; Maggio-Aprile, Ivan; Fischer, Øystein

    2005-05-01

    Control of the density of mobile charge carriers using electric fields is widely used in a variety of metal-insulator-semiconductor structures and is the governing principle behind the operation of field-effect transistors. Ferroelectric materials possessing a switchable and non-volatile polarization field can be used as insulating layers, revealing new opportunities for device applications. Advances in material processing and in particular complex oxide thin-film growth mean that high-quality field-effect devices can be based on ferroelectric/metallic oxide heterostructures. In addition, advances in local probe techniques such as atomic force microscopy allow them to be used in the imaging and study of small ferroelectric domain structures in bulk crystals and thin films. Meanwhile, scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy have established themselves as powerful techniques for atomic manipulation and nanometre-resolution electron tunnelling spectroscopy. Here, a scanning tunnelling microscope is used to investigate the ferroelectric field effect in all-perovskite heterostructures. Scanning tunnelling spectroscopy allows us to probe the local electronic properties of the polarized channel of a ferroelectric field-effect device as a function of the field orientation. This technique can be used to read and write ferroelectric field-induced regions with a size as low as 20 nm. PMID:15834416

  11. Superconducting LiFeAs as seen by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy

    Among the entire class of iron-based superconductors the material LiFeAs is of particular interest since an absence of nesting between electron and hole pockets suggests an unconventional type of pairing in this material. Using Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) and Spectroscopy (STS) we investigate topographic properties of the surface as well as the temperature dependency of the superconducting gap. The good agreement of our results with model calculations for the tunnelling conductance allows us to draw conclusions about the low energy properties of the superconducting system. Furthermore, we compare our results with Transport- and NMR-measurements.

  12. A low‐temperature atomic force/scanning tunneling microscope for ultrahigh vacuum

    Giessibl, Franz J.; Gerber, Christoph; Binnig, Gerd

    1991-01-01

    We have built an ultrahigh vacuum atomic force/scanning tunneling microscope that works at 4.2 K. The microscope is incorporated into a very small chamber (100 ml) which can be evacuated and baked to UHV within a few hours by a specially designed valve. The instrument is about 20×20×70 mm3 in size and sturdy enough to operate without vibration isolation. The deflection of a microfabricated cantilever is detected by electron tunneling. Preliminary results show atomic resolution of HOPG in the ...

  13. Fermi surface contours obtained from scanning tunneling microscope images around surface point defects

    We present a theoretical analysis of the standing wave patterns in scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images, which occur around surface point defects. We consider arbitrary dispersion relations for the surface states and calculate the conductance for a system containing a small-size tunnel contact and a surface impurity. We find rigorous theoretical relations between the interference patterns in the real-space STM images, their Fourier transforms and the Fermi contours of two-dimensional electrons. We propose a new method for reconstructing Fermi contours of surface electron states, directly from the real-space STM images around isolated surface defects. (paper)

  14. Transient measurements with an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope on semiconductor surfaces

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    We demonstrate: the use of an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope on a semiconductor surface. Laser-induced transient signals with 1.8 ps rise time are detected, The investigated sample is a low-temperature grown GaAs layer plated on a sapphire substrate with a thin gold layer that serves as st bias contact, For comparison, the measurements are performed with the tip in contact to the sample as well as in tunneling above the surface, In contact and under bias, the transient signals are id...

  15. When scanning tunneling microscopy gets the wrong adsorption site: H on Rh(100)

    At low tunneling resistance, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of a Rh(100) surface with adsorbed hydrogen reproducibly show protrusions in all bridge sites of the surface, leading to a naive interpretation of all bridge sites being occupied with H atoms. Using quantitative low-energy electron diffraction and temperature programmed desorption we find a much lower H coverage, with most H atoms in fourfold hollow sites. Density functional theory calculations show that the STM result is due to the influence of the tip, attracting the mobile H atoms into bridge sites. This demonstrates that STM images of highly mobile adsorbates can be strongly misleading and underlines the importance of additional analysis techniques

  16. A Mechanism for Cutting Carbon Nanotubes with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Rubio, Angel; Apell, S. Peter; Venema, Liesbeth C.; Dekker, Cees

    2000-01-01

    We discuss the local cutting of single-walled carbon nanotubes by a voltage pulse to the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope. The tip voltage ($\\mid V \\mid \\ge $~3.8 eV) is the key physical quantity in the cutting process. After reviewing several possible physical mechanisms we conclude that the cutting process relies on the weakening of the carbon-carbon bonds through a combination of localized particle-hole excitations induced by inelastically tunneling electrons and elastic deformation ...

  17. Scanning tunneling microscopy on rough surfaces: Deconvolution of constant current images

    Reiss, G.; Schneider, F.; Vancea, J.; Hoffmann, H.

    1990-08-01

    This letter critically discusses the topographical information obtained by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) on surfaces with a mesoscopic roughness, i.e., in the range of some nm's. In a foregoing publication [J. Appl. Phys. 67, 1156 (1990)], we already treated the evaluation of constant current images based on the knowledge of the real surface and the shape of the tunneling tip (``tip shape limited resolution''). Now we deal with the invers problem: the reconstruction of the real surface topography based on the corresponding STM image and the tip shape, using a simple, straightforward formalism.

  18. Scanning tunnelling microscopy of real time defect motion on surfaces

    Full text: The Interface Physics group uses various types of Scanning Probe Microscopy to investigate the structure and dynamic behaviour of surfaces and interfaces. Topics that they are working on at present include surface diffusion, surface phase transitions, gas-surface interactions, nanotribology, and nanobiology. For example, from accurate measurements of the statistics of the observed jump lengths and of the waiting times between successive jumps, it has been deduced that the mobility of indium atoms on a copper surface is caused by the rapid, two-dimensional diffusion of a very low density of monatomic vacancies (missing copper atoms), through the first copper layer. Due to their ultrahigh diffusion rate, these vacancies remain 'invisible' for the STM at room temperature. It is important to realize that the slide-puzzle diffusion mechanism is also active when there is no embedded indium in the copper surface. The indium merely serves as a low density of 'tracer' particles, which enable us to follow the rearrangements continually taking place in the surface. What we learn from these observations is that not only adatoms, but also the atoms in a close-packed terrace of a metal surface are mobile at relatively low temperatures, e.g. room temperature. Copyright (2005) Australian Institute of Physics

  19. Combined frequency modulated atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy detection for multi-tip scanning probe microscopy applications

    Morawski, Ireneusz [Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-3) and JARA-Fundamentals of Future Information Technology, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Wrocław, pl. M. Borna 9, 50-204 Wrocław (Poland); Spiegelberg, Richard; Korte, Stefan; Voigtländer, Bert [Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-3) and JARA-Fundamentals of Future Information Technology, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany)

    2015-12-15

    A method which allows scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tip biasing independent of the sample bias during frequency modulated atomic force microscopy (AFM) operation is presented. The AFM sensor is supplied by an electronic circuit combining both a frequency shift signal and a tunneling current signal by means of an inductive coupling. This solution enables a control of the tip potential independent of the sample potential. Individual tip biasing is specifically important in order to implement multi-tip STM/AFM applications. An extensional quartz sensor (needle sensor) with a conductive tip is applied to record simultaneously topography and conductivity of the sample. The high resonance frequency of the needle sensor (1 MHz) allows scanning of a large area of the surface being investigated in a reasonably short time. A recipe for the amplitude calibration which is based only on the frequency shift signal and does not require the tip being in contact is presented. Additionally, we show spectral measurements of the mechanical vibration noise of the scanning system used in the investigations.

  20. Combined frequency modulated atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy detection for multi-tip scanning probe microscopy applications

    A method which allows scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tip biasing independent of the sample bias during frequency modulated atomic force microscopy (AFM) operation is presented. The AFM sensor is supplied by an electronic circuit combining both a frequency shift signal and a tunneling current signal by means of an inductive coupling. This solution enables a control of the tip potential independent of the sample potential. Individual tip biasing is specifically important in order to implement multi-tip STM/AFM applications. An extensional quartz sensor (needle sensor) with a conductive tip is applied to record simultaneously topography and conductivity of the sample. The high resonance frequency of the needle sensor (1 MHz) allows scanning of a large area of the surface being investigated in a reasonably short time. A recipe for the amplitude calibration which is based only on the frequency shift signal and does not require the tip being in contact is presented. Additionally, we show spectral measurements of the mechanical vibration noise of the scanning system used in the investigations

  1. EDITORIAL: Three decades of scanning tunnelling microscopy that changed the course of surface science Three decades of scanning tunnelling microscopy that changed the course of surface science

    Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Margaritondo, Giorgio

    2011-11-01

    Three decades ago, with a tiny tip of platinum, the scientific world saw the real space imaging of single atoms with unprecedented spatial resolution. This signalled the birth of one of the most versatile surface probes, based on the physics of quantum mechanical tunnelling: the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). Invented in 1981 by Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer of IBM, Zurich, it led to their award of the 1986 Nobel Prize. Atoms, once speculated to be abstract entities used by theoreticians for mere calculations, can be seen to exist for real with the nano-eye of an STM tip that also gives real-space images of molecules and adsorbed complexes on surfaces. From a very fundamental perspective, the STM changed the course of surface science and engineering. STM also emerged as a powerful tool to study various fundamental phenomena relevant to the properties of surfaces in technological applications such as tribology, medical implants, catalysis, sensors and biology—besides elucidating the importance of local bonding geometries and defects, non-periodic structures and the co-existence of nano-scale phases. Atom-level probing, once considered a dream, has seen the light with the evolution of STM. An important off-shoot of STM was the atomic force microscope (AFM) for surface mapping of insulating samples. Then followed the development of a flurry of techniques under the general name of scanning probe microscopy (SPM). These techniques (STM, AFM, MFM, PFM etc) designed for atomic-scale-resolution imaging and spectroscopy, have led to brand new developments in surface analysis. All of these novel methods enabled researchers in recent years to image and analyse complex surfaces on microscopic and nanoscopic scales. All of them utilize a small probe for sensing the surface. The invention of AFM by Gerd Binnig, Calvin Quate and Christopher Gerber opened up new opportunities for characterization of a variety of materials, and various industrial applications could be

  2. Theoretical study of carbon-based tips for scanning tunnelling microscopy

    González, C.; Abad, E.; Dappe, Y. J.; Cuevas, J. C.

    2016-03-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, we present here a detailed theoretical analysis of the use of carbon-based conductive tips in scanning tunnelling microscopy. In particular, we employ ab initio methods based on density functional theory to explore a graphitic, an amorphous carbon and two diamond-like tips for imaging with a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM), and we compare them with standard metallic tips made of gold and tungsten. We investigate the performance of these tips in terms of the corrugation of the STM images acquired when scanning a single graphene sheet. Moreover, we analyse the impact of the tip-sample distance and show that it plays a fundamental role in the resolution and symmetry of the STM images. We also explore in depth how the adsorption of single atoms and molecules in the tip apexes modifies the STM images and demonstrate that, in general, it leads to an improved image resolution. The ensemble of our results provides strong evidence that carbon-based tips can significantly improve the resolution of STM images, as compared to more standard metallic tips, which may open a new line of research in scanning tunnelling microscopy.

  3. Creation of stable molecular junctions with a custom-designed scanning tunneling microscope

    The scanning tunneling microscope break junction (STMBJ) technique is a powerful approach for creating single-molecule junctions and studying electrical transport in them. However, junctions created using the STMBJ technique are usually mechanically stable for relatively short times (<1 s), impeding detailed studies of their charge transport characteristics. Here, we report a custom-designed scanning tunneling microscope that enables the creation of metal–single molecule–metal junctions that are mechanically stable for more than 1 minute at room temperature. This stability is achieved by a design that minimizes thermal drift as well as the effect of environmental perturbations. The utility of this instrument is demonstrated by performing transition voltage spectroscopy—at the single-molecule level—on Au–hexanedithiol–Au, Au–octanedithiol–Au and Au–decanedithiol–Au junctions.

  4. Three-Dimensional Laser Scanning for Geometry Documentation and Construction Management of Highway Tunnels during Excavation

    Gikas, Vassilis

    2012-01-01

    Driven by progress in sensor technology, computer software and data processing capabilities, terrestrial laser scanning has recently proved a revolutionary technique for high accuracy, 3D mapping and documentation of physical scenarios and man-made structures. Particularly, this is of great importance in the underground space and tunnel construction environment as surveying engineering operations have a great impact on both technical and economic aspects of a project. This paper discusses the...

  5. Magnetic Tunnel Junctions and Superconductor/Ferromagnet Hybrids Investigated by Low-Temperature Scanning Laser Microscopy

    Werner, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Low-temperature scanning laser microscopy (LTSLM) allows the investigation of local properties in thin film structures in a broad temperature range. Depending on the sample under investigation, LTSLM can map various kinds of physical properties such as the current distribution or the magnetic microstructure. In this thesis, the correlation between local and integral magnetotransport properties in thin-film superconductor/ferromagnet (S/F) hybrids and magnetic tunnel junctions are investigated...

  6. Improvement of scanning tunneling microscopy resolution with H-sensitized tips

    Martínez, J. I.; Abad, E.; González, C.; F. Flores; Ortega, J.

    2012-01-01

    Recent scanning tunneling hydrogen microscopy (STHM) experiments on PTCDA (perylene-3,4,9,10- tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-dianhydride)/Au(111) have shown unprecedented intramolecular and intermolecular spatial resolution. The origin of this resolution is studied using an accurate STHM theoretical simulation technique that includes a detailed description of the electronic structure of both the tip and sample. Our results show that H2 molecules are dissociated on the Au tip; the adsorbed H atoms c...

  7. The tip-sample water bridge and light emission from scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Boyle, Michael G.; Mitra, J.; Dawson, Paul

    2009-01-01

    Light emission spectrum from a scanning tunnelling microscope (LESTM) is investigated as a function of relative humidity and shown to be a novel and sensitive means for probing the growth and properties of a water meniscus in the nm-scale. An empirical model of the light emission process is formulated and applied successfully to replicate the decay in light intensity and spectral changes observed with increasing relative humidity. The modelling indicates a progressive water filling of the tip...

  8. Masking generates contiguous segments of metal-coated and bare DNA for scanning tunneling microscope imaging.

    Dunlap, D D; García, R.; Schabtach, E; Bustamante, C.

    1993-01-01

    To date, no microscopic methods are available to confirm scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of DNA. The difficulties encountered in repeating these images may be attributed to inadequate distribution of molecules on the substrate, poor adhesion to the substrate, or the low conductivity of the molecules. However, these factors are difficult to assess in an STM experiment where they may act simultaneously. A method to isolate these factors involves partly masking the deposited molecules...

  9. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of functional molecules on metal surfaces

    Ge, Xin

    2007-01-01

    This thesis is committed to the study of functional molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces by means of Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. It includes two main parts. In the first part the adsorption geometry of lander molecule (C90H98) on different metal surfaces is discussed. Three conformations as well as chiral structures of lander molecules on the terrace of Cu(100) are observed by STM. Electron scattering quantum chemical calculated results are compared with our experimental da...

  10. Nuclear and electronic resonance spectroscopy of single molecules by radio-frequency scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Müllegger, Stefan; Tebi, Stefano; Das, Amal K.; Schöfberger, Wolfgang; Faschinger, Felix; Koch, Reinhold

    2014-01-01

    The ongoing miniaturization in nanoscience and -technology challenges the sensitivity and selectivity of experimental analysis methods to the ultimate level of single atoms and molecules. A promising new approach, addressed here, focuses on the combination of two well-established complementary techniques that have proven to be very successful in their own fields: (i) low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), offering high spatial resolution for imaging and spectroscopy together wit...

  11. Terthiophene on Au(111): A scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy study

    Berndt Koslowski; Anna Tschetschetkin; Norbert Maurer; Elena Mena-Osteritz; Peter Bäuerle; Paul Ziemann

    2011-01-01

    Terthiophene (3T) molecules adsorbed on herringbone (HB) reconstructed Au(111) surfaces in the low coverage regime were investigated by means of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) under ultra-high vacuum conditions. The 3T molecules adsorb preferentially in fcc regions of the HB reconstruction with their longer axis oriented perpendicular to the soliton walls of the HB and at maximum mutual separation. The latter observation points to a repulsive intera...

  12. Control led sequential dehydrogenation of single molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Sanvito, Stefano

    2010-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy STM is today the most powerful and versatile tool available for imaging and manipulating single molecules on surfaces. Here, we explore its ultimate limit by demonstrating the possibility of controlling sequential di-dehydrogenation of single Co-Salen molecules sublimated on Cu. In particular, we are able to explore the final products of the H 2 dissociation as well as the intermediate state, in which only one H atom is separated from the ...

  13. Scanning tunneling microscopy theory for an adsorbate: Application to adenine adsorbed on a graphite surface

    Ou-Yang, Hui; Marcus, R. A.; Källebring, Bruno

    1994-01-01

    An expression is obtained for the current in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) for a single adsorbate molecule. For this purpose the ``Newns–Anderson'' treatment (a ``discrete state in a continuum'' treatment) is used to obtain wave functions and other properties of the adsorbate/substrate system. The current is expressed in terms of the adsorbate–tip matrix elements, and an effective local density of states of the adsorbate/substrate system, at the adsorbate. As an example, the treatment i...

  14. Understanding the electroluminescence emitted by single molecules in scanning tunneling microscopy experiments

    Buker, John; Kirczenow, George

    2008-01-01

    We explore theoretically the electroluminescence of single molecules. We adopt a local-electrode framework that is appropriate for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments where electroluminescence originates from individual molecules of moderate size on complex substrates: Couplings between the STM tip and molecule and between the molecule and multiple substrate sites are treated on the same footing, as local electrodes contacting the molecule. Electron flow is modelled with the Lippm...

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy of DNA: Atom-resolved imaging, general observations and possible contrast mechanism

    Youngquist, M. G.; Driscoll, R. J.; Coley, T. R.; Goddard, W. A.; Baldeschwieler, J D

    1991-01-01

    We have shown that it is possible to image DNA with atomic resolution using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), [R. J. Driscoll, M. G. Youngquist, and J. D. Baldeschwieler, Nature 346, 294 (1990)]. Here we describe that data together with our general observations on STM of DNA in ultrahigh vacuum. We also suggest a possible contrast mechanism for DNA imaging by STM based on wave function orthogonality requirements between a molecule and its substrate. Topographic images are presented which r...

  16. Compressed sensing in scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy for observation of quasi-particle interference

    Nakanishi-Ohno, Yoshinori; Haze, Masahiro; Yoshida, Yasuo; Hukushima, Koji; Hasegawa, Yukio; Okada, Masato

    2016-01-01

    We applied a method of compressed sensing to the observation of quasi-particle interference (QPI) by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy to improve efficiency and save measurement time. To solve an ill-posed problem owing to the scarcity of data, the compressed sensing utilizes the sparseness of QPI patterns in momentum space. We examined the performance of a sparsity-inducing algorithm called least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO), and demonstrated that LASSO enables ...

  17. Electroluminescence from a polythiophene molecular wire suspended in a plasmonic scanning tunneling microscope junction

    Reecht, Gaël; Scheurer, Fabrice; Speisser, Virginie; Yannick J. Dappe; Mathevet, Fabrice; Schull, Guillaume

    2014-01-01

    The electroluminescence of a polythiophene wire suspended between two metallic electrodes is probed using a scanning tunneling microscope. Under positive sample voltage, the spectral and voltage dependencies of the emitted light are consistent with the fluorescence of the wire junction mediated by localized plasmons. This emission is strongly attenuated for the opposite polarity. Both emission mechanism and polarity dependence are similar to what occurs in organic light emitting diodes (OLED)...

  18. Theoretical analysis of a dual-probe scanning tunneling microscope setup on graphene

    Settnes, Mikkel; Stephen R. Power; Petersen, Dirch Hjorth; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2014-01-01

    Experimental advances allow for the inclusion of multiple probes to measure the transport properties of a sample surface. We develop a theory of dual-probe scanning tunneling microscopy using a Green's function formalism, and apply it to graphene. Sampling the local conduction properties at finite length scales yields real space conductance maps which show anisotropy for pristine graphene systems and quantum interference effects in the presence of isolated impurities. Spectral signatures in t...

  19. Topological superconductivity in metallic nanowires fabricated with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Rodrigo, J. G.; Crespo, V.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S; Guinea, F.

    2013-01-01

    We report on several low-temperature experiments supporting the presence of Majorana fermions in superconducting lead nanowires fabricated with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). These nanowires are the connecting bridges between the STM tip and the sample resulting from indentation-retraction processes. We show here that by a controlled tuning of the nanowire region, in which superconductivity is confined by applied magnetic fields, the conductance curves obtained in these situations are...

  20. Note: Fabrication and characterization of molybdenum tips for scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

    We present a method for the preparation of bulk molybdenum tips for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy and we assess their potential in performing high resolution imaging and local spectroscopy by measurements on different single crystal surfaces in UHV, namely, Au(111), Si(111)-7 × 7, and titanium oxide 2D ordered nanostructures supported on Au(111). The fabrication method is versatile and can be extended to other metals, e.g., cobalt

  1. Current–Voltage Characterization of Individual As-Grown Nanowires Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Timm, Rainer; Persson, Olof; Engberg, David L. J.; Fian, Alexander; Webb, James L.; Wallentin, Jesper; Jönsson, Andreas; Borgström, Magnus T.; SAMUELSON, Lars; Mikkelsen, Anders

    2013-01-01

    Utilizing semiconductor nanowires for (opto)electronics requires exact knowledge of their current–voltage properties. We report accurate on-top imaging and I–V characterization of individual as-grown nanowires, using a subnanometer resolution scanning tunneling microscope with no need for additional microscopy tools, thus allowing versatile application. We form Ohmic contacts to InP and InAs nanowires without any sample processing, followed by quantitative measurements of diameter dependent I...

  2. Pulse Plating on Gold Surfaces Studied by In Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Bech-Nielsen, Gregers; Møller, Per

    1994-01-01

    Deposition of bulk copper on thin film gold surfaces is carried out by computer-aided pulse plating. It is demonstrated that the morphology of the copper deposit can be studied by in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy both in potentiostatic experiments and in galvanostatic experiments. Optimized...... procedures for obtaining smooth deposits by pulse plating are explained in terms of a levelling effect. Possible non-faradaic processes observed in measurements with high frequency pulse plating are discussed....

  3. Ionic channels in Langmuir-Blodgett films imaged by a scanning tunneling microscope.

    Kolomytkin, O V; Golubok, A O; Davydov, D N; Timofeev, V A; Vinogradova, S A; Tipisev SYa

    1991-01-01

    The molecular structure of channels formed by gramicidin A in a lipid membrane was imaged by a scanning tunneling microscope operating in air. The mono- and bimolecular films of lipid with gramicidin A were deposited onto a highly oriented pyrolitic graphite substrate by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. It has been shown that under high concentration gramicidin A molecules can form in lipid films a quasi-regular, densely packed structure. Single gramicidin A molecules were imaged for the firs...

  4. Fermi-level alignment at metal-carbon nanotube interfaces: application to scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Xue, Yongqiang; Datta, Supriyo

    1999-01-01

    At any metal-carbon nanotube interface there is charge transfer and the induced interfacial field determines the position of the carbon nanotube band structure relative to the metal Fermi-level. In the case of a single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) supported on a gold substrate, we show that the charge transfers induce a local electrostatic potential perturbation which gives rise to the observed Fermi-level shift in scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements. We also discuss the relevan...

  5. Atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy in a cryogen free dilution refrigerator at 15 mK

    Haan, A. M. J. den, E-mail: arthur.denhaan@gmail.com; Wijts, G. H. C. J.; Galli, F.; Oosterkamp, T. H. [Department of Interface Physics, Leiden University, Niels Bohrweg 2, 2333CA Leiden (Netherlands); Usenko, O. [Leiden Cryogenics, Kenauweg 11, 2331BA Leiden (Netherlands); Baarle, G. J. C. van; Zalm, D. J. van der [Leiden Spin Imaging (LSI), J.H. Oortweg 21, 2333CH Leiden (Netherlands)

    2014-03-15

    Pulse tube refrigerators are becoming more common, because they are cost efficient and demand less handling than conventional (wet) refrigerators. However, a downside of a pulse tube system is the vibration level at the cold-head, which is in most designs several micrometers. We implemented vibration isolation techniques which significantly reduced vibration levels at the experiment. These optimizations were necessary for the vibration sensitive magnetic resonance force microscopy experiments at milli-kelvin temperatures for which the cryostat is intended. With these modifications we show atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy on graphite. This is promising for scanning probe microscopy applications at very low temperatures.

  6. Atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy in a cryogen free dilution refrigerator at 15 mK.

    den Haan, A M J; Wijts, G H C J; Galli, F; Usenko, O; van Baarle, G J C; van der Zalm, D J; Oosterkamp, T H

    2014-03-01

    Pulse tube refrigerators are becoming more common, because they are cost efficient and demand less handling than conventional (wet) refrigerators. However, a downside of a pulse tube system is the vibration level at the cold-head, which is in most designs several micrometers. We implemented vibration isolation techniques which significantly reduced vibration levels at the experiment. These optimizations were necessary for the vibration sensitive magnetic resonance force microscopy experiments at milli-kelvin temperatures for which the cryostat is intended. With these modifications we show atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy on graphite. This is promising for scanning probe microscopy applications at very low temperatures. PMID:24689625

  7. Atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy in a cryogen free dilution refrigerator at 15 mK

    Pulse tube refrigerators are becoming more common, because they are cost efficient and demand less handling than conventional (wet) refrigerators. However, a downside of a pulse tube system is the vibration level at the cold-head, which is in most designs several micrometers. We implemented vibration isolation techniques which significantly reduced vibration levels at the experiment. These optimizations were necessary for the vibration sensitive magnetic resonance force microscopy experiments at milli-kelvin temperatures for which the cryostat is intended. With these modifications we show atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy on graphite. This is promising for scanning probe microscopy applications at very low temperatures

  8. A simple, ultrahigh vacuum compatible scanning tunneling microscope for use at variable temperatures

    Mugele, F.; Kloos, Ch.; Leiderer, P.; Moller, R

    1996-01-01

    We present the construction of a very compact scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which can be operated at temperatures between 4 and 350 K. The tip and a tiny tip holder are the only movable parts, whereas the sample and the piezoscanner are rigidly attached to the body of the STM. This leads to an excellent mechanical stability. The coarse approach system relies on the slip-stick principle and is operated by the same piezotube which is used for scanning. As an example of the performance of ...

  9. Atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy in a cryogen free dilution refrigerator at 15 mK

    den Haan, A. M. J.; Wijts, G. H. C. J.; Galli, F.; Usenko, O.; van Baarle, G. J. C.; van der Zalm, D. J.; Oosterkamp, T. H.

    2014-03-01

    Pulse tube refrigerators are becoming more common, because they are cost efficient and demand less handling than conventional (wet) refrigerators. However, a downside of a pulse tube system is the vibration level at the cold-head, which is in most designs several micrometers. We implemented vibration isolation techniques which significantly reduced vibration levels at the experiment. These optimizations were necessary for the vibration sensitive magnetic resonance force microscopy experiments at milli-kelvin temperatures for which the cryostat is intended. With these modifications we show atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscopy on graphite. This is promising for scanning probe microscopy applications at very low temperatures.

  10. Multiple-scanning-probe tunneling microscope with nanoscale positional recognition function

    Over the past decade, multiple-scanning-probe microscope systems with independently controlled probes have been developed for nanoscale electrical measurements. We developed a quadruple-scanning-probe tunneling microscope (QSPTM) that can determine and control the probe position through scanning-probe imaging. The difficulty of operating multiple probes with submicrometer precision drastically increases with the number of probes. To solve problems such as determining the relative positions of the probes and avoiding of contact between the probes, we adopted sample-scanning methods to obtain four images simultaneously and developed an original control system for QSPTM operation with a function of automatic positional recognition. These improvements make the QSPTM a more practical and useful instrument since four images can now be reliably produced, and consequently the positioning of the four probes becomes easier owing to the reduced chance of accidental contact between the probes.

  11. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of NaCl overlayers on the stepped Cu(311) surface: Experimental and theoretical study

    Olsson, Fredrik E.; Persson, Mats; Repp, Jascha; Meyer, Gerhard

    2005-01-01

    The physical properties of ultrathin NaCl overlayers on the stepped Cu(311) surface have been characterized using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy, and density functional calculations. Simulations of STM images and differential conductance spectrum were based on the Tersoff-Hamann approximation for tunneling with corrections for the modified tunneling barrier at larger voltages and calculated Kohn-Sham states. Characteristic features observed in the STM images can be direc...

  12. Scanning Tunneling Imaging of Bio-Organic Molecules and Their Tunneling Properties: Fatty Acids, Their Derivatives and Cholesteryl Stearate

    Yoshimura, Kousei; Arakawa, Hideo; Ikai, Atsushi

    1995-06-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy imaging was applied to long-chain fatty acids, their derivatives and cholesteryl stearate in the adsorbed state at the liquid-solid interface between phenyloctane and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. Cerotic acid, lignoceric acid, stearic acid, sodium stearate, stearoyl amide, and stearoyl anilide all produced regular arrays of dark and bright bands. Bright bands in the images of all execept the last compound were assigned as side-by-side alignment of hydrocarbon chains based on the variation of the band width between the three fatty acids. In the case of stearoyl anilide, the bright part was assigned to aromatic ring structure and the wider dark area to the hydrocarbon part.

  13. A 10 mK scanning tunneling microscope operating in ultra high vacuum and high magnetic fields.

    Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Enders, Axel; Stiepany, Wolfgang; Ast, Christian R; Kern, Klaus

    2013-03-01

    We present design and performance of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) that operates at temperatures down to 10 mK providing ultimate energy resolution on the atomic scale. The STM is attached to a dilution refrigerator with direct access to an ultra high vacuum chamber allowing in situ sample preparation. High magnetic fields of up to 14 T perpendicular and up to 0.5 T parallel to the sample surface can be applied. Temperature sensors mounted directly at the tip and sample position verified the base temperature within a small error margin. Using a superconducting Al tip and a metallic Cu(111) sample, we determined an effective temperature of 38 ± 1 mK from the thermal broadening observed in the tunneling spectra. This results in an upper limit for the energy resolution of ΔE = 3.5 kBT = 11.4 ± 0.3 μeV. The stability between tip and sample is 4 pm at a temperature of 15 mK as demonstrated by topography measurements on a Cu(111) surface. PMID:23556826

  14. Theory of spin dynamics of magnetic adatoms traced by time-resolved scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Schüler, Michael; Berakdar, Jamal

    2012-01-01

    The inelastic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been shown recently (Loth et al. Science 329, 1628 (2010)) to be extendable as to access the nanosecond, spin-resolved dynamics of magnetic adatoms and molecules. Here we analyze theoretically this novel tool by considering the time-resolved spin dynamics of a single adsorbed Fe atom excited by a tunneling current pulse from a spin-polarized STM tip. The adatom spin-configuration can be controlled and probed by applying voltage pulses between the substrate and the spin-polarized STM tip. We demonstrate how, in a pump-probe manner, the relaxation dynamics of the sample spin is manifested in the spin-dependent tunneling current. Our model calculations are based on the scattering theory in a wave-packet formulation. The scheme is nonpertubative and hence, is valid for all voltages. The numerical results for the tunneling probability and the conductance are contrasted with the prediction of simple analytical models and compared with experiments.

  15. Influence of atomic tip structure on the intensity of inelastic tunneling spectroscopy data analyzed by combined scanning tunneling spectroscopy, force microscopy, and density functional theory

    Okabayashi, Norio; Gustafsson, Alexander; Peronio, Angelo; Paulsson, Magnus; Arai, Toyoko; Giessibl, Franz J.

    2016-04-01

    Achieving a high intensity in inelastic scanning tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) is important for precise measurements. The intensity of the IETS signal can vary by up to a factor of 3 for various tips without an apparent reason accessible by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) alone. Here, we show that combining STM and IETS with atomic force microscopy enables carbon monoxide front-atom identification, revealing that high IETS intensities for CO/Cu(111) are obtained for single-atom tips, while the intensity drops sharply for multiatom tips. Adsorption of the CO molecule on a Cu adatom [CO/Cu/Cu(111)] such that the molecule is elevated over the substrate strongly diminishes the tip dependence of IETS intensity, showing that an elevated position channels most of the tunneling current through the CO molecule even for multiatom tips, while a large fraction of the tunneling current bypasses the CO molecule in the case of CO/Cu(111).

  16. In situ scanning tunnelling microscopy of redox molecules. Coherent electron transfer at large bias voltages

    Zhang, Jingdong; Kuznetsov, A.M.; Ulstrup, Jens

    2003-01-01

    Theories of in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) of molecules with redox levels near the substrate and tip Fermi levels point to 'spectroscopic' current-overpotential features. Prominent features require a narrow 'probing tip', i.e. a small bias voltage, eV(bias), compared with the molecu......Theories of in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) of molecules with redox levels near the substrate and tip Fermi levels point to 'spectroscopic' current-overpotential features. Prominent features require a narrow 'probing tip', i.e. a small bias voltage, eV(bias), compared...... with the molecular and solvent reorganisation Gibbs energy, E-r. However, a large V-bias is frequently needed for stable imaging. This applies particularly to in situ STM of redox metalloproteins, emerging as a new approach to imaging of biological processes directly in aqueous medium. We provide first an extension...... of previous theoretical work on in situ STM of redox molecules, to large bias voltages, \\eV(bias)\\ > E-r. Large bias voltages give tunnelling contrasts independent of the overpotential over a broad range, as both the oxidised and reduced redox levels are located within the 'energy tip' between the substrate...

  17. New directions in point-contact spectroscopy based on scanning tunneling microscopy techniques (Review Article)

    Igor Yanson showed 38 years ago for the first time a point-contact measurement where he probed the energy resolved spectroscopy of the electronic scattering inside the metal. Since this first measurement, the pointcontact spectroscopy (PCS) technique improved enormously. The application of the scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques in the late 1980s allowed achieving contacts with a diameter of a single atom. With the introduction of the mechanically controlled break junction technique, even spectroscopy on freely suspended chains of atoms could be performed. In this paper, we briefly review the current developments of PCS and show recent experiments in advanced scanning PCS based on SPM techniques. We describe some results obtained with both needle-anvil type of point contacts and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We also show our first attempt to lift up with a STM a chain of single gold atoms from a Au(110) surface.

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy on rough surfaces: Tip-shape-limited resolution

    Reiss, G.; Vancea, J.; Wittmann, H.; Zweck, J.; Hoffmann, H.

    1990-02-01

    This paper discusses the reliability of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of mesoscopically rough surfaces. The specific structure of these images represents a convolution between the real surface topography and the shape of the tip. In order to interpret these images quantitatively, the line scans of steep and high steps can be used to obtain an image of the tip itself. This image shows tip radii ranging typically from 5 to 15 nm and cone angles of about 30° over a length of 80 nm, and can in turn be used to recognize the limits of STM resolution on a rough surface: High-resolution transmission electron microscopy cross-section images of Au island films on a Au-Nb double layer are convoluted with the experimentally observed tip shape; the resulting line scans correspond very well with STM graphs of the same samples. Finally an overall criterion for the resolution of the STM on such surfaces is proposed.

  19. Scanning tunneling microscope with three-dimensional interferometer for surface roughness measurement

    Fujii, Toru; Yamaguchi, Masataka; Suzuki, Masatoshi

    1995-03-01

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been known for its high lateral resolution, but its unreliable vertical accuracy has prevented it from being widely used as a profiler for roughness and step height measurements. An STM equipped with an optical interferometer to calibrate STM tip feedback controlled motion in the Z direction along with interferometers for monitoring X and Y raster scanning has been developed. The resolution of the interferometer was 0.12 nm rms. Maximum line scanning distance is 250 μm and the motion in this direction is secured by a parallel spring mechanism. Step height and pitch measurements on a surface topography standard agree in nanometer scale with the certified value of the standard. The result of high accuracy roughness measurement with the STM supports the common observation that STM measurement gives larger roughness than interferometric measurement.

  20. Total quantitative recording of elemental maps and spectra with a scanning microprobe

    A system of data recording and analysis has been developed by means of which simultaneously all data from a scanning instrument such as a microprobe can be quantitatively recorded and permanently stored, including spectral outputs from several detectors. Only one scanning operation is required on the specimen. Analysis is then performed on the stored data, which contain quantitative information on distributions of all elements and spectra of all regions

  1. Imaging by in situ Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy and its Nanotechnological Perspectives

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov

    2002-01-01

    The development of in situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (in situ STM) and the implementation to scientific investigations is documented. The term ‘in situ’ that is added to the STM refers to an advanced development of the microscope, which encompasses tip coating and bipotentiostatic control of...... the tip and working electrode. In collaboration with Danish Micro Engineering A/S, the instrument was constructed and tested in laboratory environments. The system was successfully developed, as to meet international-market requirements. Within the frame of the work, procedures of tip coating and...... bipotentiostat construction were evaluated. After the fulfilment of the instrument manufacturing process followed application of the system to scientific investigations. The generation of an image by in situ STM is founded on the principle of electron tunneling but the application of the instrument to aqueous...

  2. Construction and performance of a dilution-refrigerator based spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscope.

    Singh, U R; Enayat, M; White, S C; Wahl, P

    2013-01-01

    We report on the set-up and performance of a dilution-refrigerator based spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscope. It operates at temperatures below 10 mK and in magnetic fields up to 14T. The system allows for sample transfer and in situ cleavage. We present first-results demonstrating atomic resolution and the multi-gap structure of the superconducting gap of NbSe(2) at base temperature. To determine the energy resolution of our system we have measured a normal metal/vacuum/superconductor tunneling junction consisting of an aluminum tip on a gold sample. Our system allows for continuous measurements at base temperature on time scales of up to ≈170 h. PMID:23387660

  3. A variable-temperature scanning tunneling microscope capable of single-molecule vibrational spectroscopy

    The design and performance of a variable-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is presented. The microscope operates from 8 to 350 K in ultrahigh vacuum. The thermally compensated STM is suspended by springs from the cold tip of a continuous flow cryostat and is completely surrounded by two radiation shields. The design allows for in situ dosing and irradiation of the sample as well as for the exchange of samples and STM tips. With the STM feedback loop off, the drift of the tip-sample spacing is approximately 0.001 Angstrom/min at 8 K. It is demonstrated that the STM is well-suited for the study of atomic-scale chemistry over a wide temperature range, for atomic-scale manipulation, and for single-molecule inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS). copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  4. Radio-frequency excitation of single molecules by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    We have upgraded a low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) with a radio-frequency (RF) modulation system to extend STM spectroscopy to the range of low energy excitations (<1 meV). We studied single molecules of a stable hydrocarbon π-radical weakly physisorbed on Au(111). At 5 K thermal excitation of the adsorbed molecules is inhibited due to the lack of short-wavelength phonons of the substrate. We demonstrate resonant excitation of mechanical modes of single molecules by RF tunnelling at 115 MHz, which induces structural changes in the molecule ranging from controlled diffusion and modification of bond angles to bond breaking as the ultimate climax (resonance catastrophe). Our results pave the way towards RF-STM-based spectroscopy and controlled manipulation of molecular nanostructures on a surface. (paper)

  5. Atomic-scale electrochemistry on the surface of a manganite by scanning tunneling microscopy

    The doped manganese oxides (manganites) have been widely studied for their colossal magnetoresistive effects, for potential applications in oxide spintronics, electroforming in resistive switching devices, and are materials of choice as cathodes in modern solid oxide fuel cells. However, little experimental knowledge of the dynamics of the surfaces of perovskite manganites at the atomic scale exists. Here, through in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we demonstrate atomic resolution on samples of La0.625Ca0.375MnO3 grown on (001) SrTiO3 by pulsed laser deposition. Furthermore, by applying triangular DC waveforms of increasing amplitude to the STM tip, and measuring the tunneling current, we demonstrate the ability to both perform and monitor surface electrochemical processes at the atomic level, including formation of oxygen vacancies and removal and deposition of individual atomic units or clusters. Our work paves the way for better understanding of surface oxygen reactions in these systems

  6. Dynamic probe of ZnTe(110) surface by scanning tunneling microscopy

    The reconstructed surface structure of the II–VI semiconductor ZnTe (110), which is a promising material in the research field of semiconductor spintronics, was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS). First, the surface states formed by reconstruction by the charge transfer of dangling bond electrons from cationic Zn to anionic Te atoms, which are similar to those of IV and III–V semiconductors, were confirmed in real space. Secondly, oscillation in tunneling current between binary states, which is considered to reflect a conformational change in the topmost Zn–Te structure between the reconstructed and bulk-like ideal structures, was directly observed by STM. Third, using the technique of charge injection, a surface atomic structure was successfully fabricated, suggesting the possibility of atomic-scale manipulation of this widely applicable surface of ZnTe. (paper)

  7. Amorphous, low magnetostriction tips for spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

    Ferromagnetic CoFeSiB tips of low coercivity were used in a scanning tunneling microscope to achieve high-resolution magnetic imaging. Magnetic sensitivity is obtained on the basis of local tunneling magnetoresistance between the tip and the sample while the magnetization of the tip is switched periodically. For this method it is crucial to ensure a single-domain configuration at the end of the tip and to avoid mechanical vibrations of the tip due to magnetostriction. We present micromagnetic calculations that show that at the end of the tip only two magnetic states are possible and relate these theoretical expectations with the experiment. Further we demonstrate, that with the proper choice of materials, the magnetostriction can be suppressed well below the noise limit of the experiment and present domain wall profiles of Co(0 0 0 1) with a lateral resolution of at least 1 nm

  8. Self-assembled gold nanoparticles on functionalized gold(111) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

    PENG, Zhang-Quan; WANG, Er-Kang

    2000-01-01

    Nanogold colloidal solutions are prepared by the reduction of HAuClO4 with sodium citrate and sodium borohydride. 4- Aminothiophenol (ATP) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are formed on gold(111) surface, on which gold nanoparticles are immobilized and a sub-monolayer of the particles appears. This sub-monolayer of gold nanoparticles is characterized with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and a dual energy barrier tunneling model is proposed to explain the imgeability of the gold nanoparticles by STM. This model can also be used to construct multiple energy barrier structure on solid/ liquid interface and to evaluate the electron transport ability of some organic monolayers with the aid of electrochemical method.

  9. Realization of a four-step molecular switch in scanning tunneling microscope manipulation of single chlorophyll-a molecules

    Iancu, Violeta; Hla, Saw-Wai

    2006-01-01

    Single chlorophyll-a molecules, a vital resource for the sustenance of life on Earth, have been investigated by using scanning tunneling microscope manipulation and spectroscopy on a gold substrate at 4.6 K. Chlorophyll-a binds on Au(111) via its porphyrin unit while the phytyl-chain is elevated from the surface by the support of four CH3 groups. By injecting tunneling electrons from the scanning tunneling microscope tip, we are able to bend the phytyl-chain, which enables the switching of fo...

  10. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy on GaN and InGaN surfaces

    Optelectronic devices based on gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN) are in the focus of research since more than 20 years and still have great potential for optical applications. In the first part of this work non-polar surfaces of GaN are investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In SEM and AFM, the (1 anti 100)- and especially the (anti 2110)-plane are quite corrugated. For the first time, the (anti 2110)-plane of GaN is atomically resolved in STM. In the second part InGaN quantum dot layers are investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and STM. The STMmeasurements show the dependency of surface morphology on growth conditions in the metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE). Nucleation, a new MOVPE-strategy, is based on phase separations on surfaces. It is shown that locally varying density of states and bandgaps can be detected by STS, that means bandgap histograms and 2D-bandgap-mapping. (orig.)

  11. Scanning tunneling microscopy of the subsurface structures of tungsten ditelluride and molybdenum ditelluride

    Tang, S. L.; Kasowski, R. V.; Parkinson, B. A.

    1989-05-01

    The surface structure of the van der Waals faces of tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) and molybdenum ditelluride (2H-MoTe2) have been studied with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The hexagonal symmetry observed on the 2H-MoTe2 surface is similar to that observed previously on other transition-metal dichalcogenides. On WTe2, which has a distorted layered structure due to the pairing of the metal atoms, the scanning tunneling micrographs distinctly show the dominance of the metal. Buckled, zig-zag chains of paired atomic rows, which are the signature of the tungsten layer, are observed. These results show for the first time that subsurface atoms can be imaged with the STM. The corrugated surface tellurium layer could not be identified unambiguously in two-dimensional scans. These results are surprising because a first-principles pseudofunction calculation of the surface-electronic charge density around the Fermi energy of the WTe2 surface shows that the calculated spatial distribution of the charge density at the surface has the characteristics of the topmost Te atoms. The experimental observations suggest that, unlike the case of graphite images, a direct comparison of the STM image of this surface with calculated surface charge density is not possible. These observations further suggest that the hexagonal symmetry observed in MoTe2 and other transition-metal dichalcogenides is also due to the metal layer rather than the surface chalcogenides.

  12. Creating Nanoscale Pits on Solid Surfaces in Aqueous Environment with Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

    Chi, Qijin; Zhang, Jingdong; Friis, Esben P.;

    2000-01-01

    A novel method has been developed to fabricate nanoscale pits on Au(111) in aqueous environments by in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), based on critical interactions between tip and substrate. The most striking advantages of the present method are that the dimension and position of the...... pits can be controlled well in aqueous environments, and the operations are simple. Parameters affecting the pit formation and size have been systematically characterized to show that pit formation is dominated by bias voltage. A mechanism is proposed based on local surface reconstruction induced by...

  13. Bulk crystalline copper electrodeposition on polycrystalline gold surfaces observed by in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Bech-Nielsen, Gregers; Møller, Per

    1994-01-01

    , agglomeration and crystallization. Crystalline copper is seen as involving an intermediate stage in the progress of growth. The final stage in the growth involves an equilibrium of copper electrochemically dissolving and precipitating. The drift velocity was measured for a gold surface subjected to flame......Bulk copper electrodeposition onto technical gold surfaces in electrolytes of 0.05 M H2SO4 and 1 mM CuSO4 was investigated by in-situ scanning tunnelling microscopy at fixed overpotentials. At potentials between -60 and -30 mV the growth of bulk copper proceeds in cycles of nucleation...

  14. Construction of a Versatile Ultra-Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Kambara, H.; T. Matsui; Niimi, Y.; Fukuyama, H

    2007-01-01

    We constructed a dilution-refrigerator (DR) based ultra-low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (ULT-STM) which works at temperatures down to 30 mK, in magnetic fields up to 6 T and in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV). Besides these extreme operation conditions, this STM has several unique features not available in other DR based ULT-STMs. One can load STM tips as well as samples with clean surfaces prepared in a UHV environment to an STM head keeping low temperature and UHV conditions. After the...

  15. A 30 mK, 13.5 T scanning tunneling microscope with two independent tips

    Roychowdhury, A.; Gubrud, M. A.; Dana, R; Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.; Dreyer, M.

    2013-01-01

    We describe the design, construction, and performance of an ultra-low temperature, high-field scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with two independent tips. The STM is mounted on a dilution refrigerator and operates at a base temperature of 30 mK with magnetic fields of up to 13.5 T. We focus on the design of the two-tip STM head, as well as the sample transfer mechanism, which allows \\textit{in situ} transfer from an ultra high vacuum (UHV) preparation chamber while the STM is at 1.5 K. Othe...

  16. STM in liquids : a scanning tunnelling microscopy exploration of the liquid-solid interface

    Hulsken, Bas

    2008-01-01

    This thesis reports of a series of atomic scale studies of the liquid-solid interface, carried out with a home-built liquid-cell Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM). The home-built liquid-cell STM is described in detail, and numerical simulations are performed to show that surfaces immersed in the liquid-cell STM can be equally clean and well-defined as surfaces in ultra-high vacuum. First a model system is studied: the gold-alkane interface (Au(111)-n-tetradecane). It is shown that alkanes ...

  17. Halogen bonded two-dimensional supramolecul arassemblies studied by high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy

    YANG XunYu; WANG Fang; CHEN QiuXia; WANG LiYan; WANG ZhiQiang

    2007-01-01

    We described the formation of self-organized two-dimensional (2D) assemblies of N-(2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro- 4-iodophenyl)hexadecylamine and 1-dodecyl-imidazole at the liquid/HOPG interface. The two-dimen- sional assemblies showed a fishbone-like pattern structure as revealed by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy. Although different interactions can drive the formation of 2D assemblies,as far as we know,this is the first report on halogen bond-driven 2D assemblies.

  18. Measuring many-body effects in carbon nanotubes with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Lin, Hong; Lagoute, Jérôme; Repain, Vincent; Chacon, Cyril; Girard, Yann; Lauret, Jean-Sébastien; Ducastelle, François; Loiseau, Annick; Rousset, Sylvie

    2009-01-01

    Electron-electron interactions and excitons in carbon nanotubes are locally measured by combining Scanning tunneling spectroscopy and optical absorption in bundles of nanotubes. The largest gap deduced from measurements at the top of the bundle is found to be related to the intrinsic quasi-particle gap. From the difference with optical transitions, we deduced exciton binding energies of 0.4 eV for the gap and 0.7 eV for the second Van Hove singularity. This provides the first experimental evi...

  19. A scanning tunneling microscope break junction method with continuous bias modulation.

    Beall, Edward; Yin, Xing; Waldeck, David H; Wierzbinski, Emil

    2015-09-28

    Single molecule conductance measurements on 1,8-octanedithiol were performed using the scanning tunneling microscope break junction method with an externally controlled modulation of the bias voltage. Application of an AC voltage is shown to improve the signal to noise ratio of low current (low conductance) measurements as compared to the DC bias method. The experimental results show that the current response of the molecule(s) trapped in the junction and the solvent media to the bias modulation can be qualitatively different. A model RC circuit which accommodates both the molecule and the solvent is proposed to analyze the data and extract a conductance for the molecule. PMID:26308622

  20. Plasmon-mediated circularly polarized luminescence of GaAs in a scanning tunneling microscope

    The electroluminescence from p-type GaAs(110) in a scanning tunneling microscope has been investigated at 6 K. Unexpectedly, high degrees of circular polarization have often been observed with ferromagnetic Ni tips and also with paramagnetic W and Ag tips. The data are interpreted in terms of two distinct excitation mechanisms. Electron injection generates intense luminescence with low polarization. Plasmon-mediated generation of electron-hole pairs leads to less intense emission, which, however, is highly polarized for many tips

  1. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of surface reconstruction induced by N adsorption on Cu (100) surface

    The reconstructed structure of Cu (100) surface induced by atomic N adsorption is studied by using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The 2D structure of copper boundary between neighbouring N covered islands is found to be sensitive to the growth conditions, e.g. N+ bombardment time and annealing temperature. The copper boundary experiences a transition from nano-scale stripe to nano-particle when the substrate is continuously annealed at 623 K for a longer time. A well-defined copper-stripe network can be achieved by precisely controlling the growth conditions, which highlights the possibility of producing new templates for nanofabrication. (condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties)

  2. Screening of a Luttinger liquid wire by a scanning tunneling microscope tip: I. Spectral properties

    Guigou, Marine; Martin, Thierry; Crépieux, Adeline

    2009-01-01

    The screening effect due to a scanning tunneling microscope tip which is placed in the vicinity of an interacting quantum wire is considered. With the help of a bosonization procedure, we are able to determine non perturbatively the Green's functions of the quantum wire in the presence of both electrostatic screening by the tip and Coulomb interactions in the wire. In our approach we justify that the working Hamiltonian of the whole system is quadratic when $K_c>1/2$ and can be solved by inte...

  3. Selective laser removal of the dimer layer from Si(100) surfaces revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) of laser-irradiated Si(100) surfaces shows that the dimerized outermost layer can be selectively removed by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser with a fluence below the melt threshold. The atoms in the laser-uncovered second layer are close to positions of a bulk terminated (1x1) structure, but with a slight pairing, while dimers retain a (2x1) configuration in the first layer. The pairing distance and fraction of the remaining dimers decrease with increasing laser exposures. The laser-uncovered layer also remains free of vacancies. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  4. Adsorbate-induced quantum Hall system probed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy combined with transport measurements

    An adsorbate-induced quantum Hall system at the cleaved InSb surfaces is investigated in magnetic fields up to 14 T using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy combined with transport measurements. We show that an enhanced Zeeman splitting in the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations is explained by an exchange enhancement of spin splitting and potential disorder, both of which are obtained from the spatially averaged density of states (DOS). Moreover, the Altshuler–Aronov correlation gap is observed in the spatially averaged DOS at 0 T

  5. Single-molecule conductance of redox molecules in electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy

    Haiss, W.; Albrecht, Tim; van Zalinge, H.;

    2007-01-01

    Experimental data and theoretical notions are presented for 6-[1'-(6-mercapto-hexyl)-[4,4']bipyridinium]-hexane-1-thiol iodide (6V6) "wired" between a gold electrode surface and tip in an in situ scanning tunneling microscopy configuration. The viologen group can be used to "gate" charge transport...... analysis and reproduces in all important respects the 6V6 data for physically sound values of the appropriate parameters. This study demonstrates that fluctuations of isolated configurationally "soft" molecules can dominate charge transport patterns and that theoretical frameworks for compact monolayers...

  6. Multilevel memristor effect in metal-semiconductor core-shell nanoparticles tested by scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Chakrabarti, Sudipto; Pal, Amlan J.

    2015-05-01

    We have grown gold (Au) and copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (CZTS) nanocrystals and Au-CZTS core-shell nanostructures, with gold in the core and the semiconductor in the shell layer, through a high-temperature colloidal synthetic approach. Following usual characterization, we formed ultrathin layers of these in order to characterize the nanostructures in an ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of individual nanostructures showed the memristor effect or resistive switching from a low- to a high-conducting state upon application of a suitable voltage pulse. The Au-CZTS core-shell nanostructures also show a multilevel memristor effect with the nanostructures undergoing two transitions in conductance at two magnitudes of voltage pulse. We have studied the reproducibility, reversibility, and retentivity of the multilevel memristors. From the normalized density of states (NDOS), we infer that the memristor effect is correlated to a decrease in the transport gap of the nanostructures. We also infer that the memristor effect occurs in the nanostructures due to an increase in the density of available states upon application of a voltage pulse.We have grown gold (Au) and copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (CZTS) nanocrystals and Au-CZTS core-shell nanostructures, with gold in the core and the semiconductor in the shell layer, through a high-temperature colloidal synthetic approach. Following usual characterization, we formed ultrathin layers of these in order to characterize the nanostructures in an ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of individual nanostructures showed the memristor effect or resistive switching from a low- to a high-conducting state upon application of a suitable voltage pulse. The Au-CZTS core-shell nanostructures also show a multilevel memristor effect with the nanostructures undergoing two transitions in conductance at two magnitudes of voltage pulse. We have studied the reproducibility

  7. Transport properties of magnetic atom bridges controlled by a scanning tunneling microscope

    We have investigated the transport and magnetic properties of the atom bridge made from magnetic materials, which is the atom-scale wire constructed between a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip and a solid surface, by the use of ab initio calculations. In the case of the twisted ladder structure atom bridge made of Fe, we have found that the magnetic state of the bridge changes from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic, as we compress the bridge in length. We report the spin dependent quantized conductance of the bridge. And we discuss the origin of a change in transport properties as we compress the bridge in length

  8. Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy Observation on 10,12-Tricosadiynoic Acid Monolayers Deposited by Schaefer's Method

    张耿民

    2001-01-01

    The Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of 10, 12-tricosadiynoic acid molecules were deposited onto the basal plane of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) by Schaefer's method and then observed with the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). With a view to achieving a parallel molecular arrangement on the graphite surface, the deposition was deliberately conducted at a relatively low surface pressure. As exhibited by the STM images, by this approach the 10,12-tricosadiynoic acid molecules could constitute an ordered structure with their molecular chains lying parallel to the substrate. The model of molecular dimer is put forward for the interpretation of the observed phenomena.

  9. Plasmon-mediated circularly polarized luminescence of GaAs in a scanning tunneling microscope

    Mühlenberend, Svenja; Gruyters, Markus; Berndt, Richard, E-mail: berndt@physik.uni-kiel.de [Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 24098 Kiel (Germany)

    2015-12-14

    The electroluminescence from p-type GaAs(110) in a scanning tunneling microscope has been investigated at 6 K. Unexpectedly, high degrees of circular polarization have often been observed with ferromagnetic Ni tips and also with paramagnetic W and Ag tips. The data are interpreted in terms of two distinct excitation mechanisms. Electron injection generates intense luminescence with low polarization. Plasmon-mediated generation of electron-hole pairs leads to less intense emission, which, however, is highly polarized for many tips.

  10. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on ZnO(0001) surfaces : evidence for an inhomogeneous electronic structure

    Hackens, B.; Rodrigues, M. S.; Faniel, S.; Mouthuy, P. O.; Melinte, S.; Dumont, J.; Sporken, R.

    2010-03-01

    We performed low temperature (77 K) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) on the polar Zn-terminated ZnO(0001) surface [1]. STM and STS data show that the surface electronic structure strongly depends on the local morphology : we observe a narrow bandgap and surface states in the flat regions, and, in the defective surface regions, a wide bandgap without surface states. We also image atomically-resolved (√3 x√3)R30^o reconstructions in small defect-free areas.[4pt] [1] J. Dumont et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 132102 (2009).

  11. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on the chalcopyrite solar cell absorber material Cu(In,Ga)Se2

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2-based thin film solar cells have reached efficiencies close to 20%. Nevertheless, little is known about electronic transport and carrier recombination in this material on a microscopic scale. Especially grain boundaries in these polycrystalline materials are considered to play an important role in the performance of these solar cells. We applied scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to gain more insight in the electronic microstructure of the material. Our results point to lateral electronic inhomogeneities on the absorber surface and to an enhanced density of states at grain boundaries. The influence of charging effects is discussed

  12. Atomic-scale structure of dislocations revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy and molecular dynamics

    Christiansen, Jesper; Morgenstern, K.; Schiøtz, Jakob; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Braun, K.F.; Rieder, K.H.; Laegsgaard, E.; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2002-01-01

    The intersection between dislocations and a Ag(111) surface has been studied using an interplay of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and molecular dynamics. Whereas the STM provides atomically resolved information about the surface structure and Burgers vectors of the dislocations, the...... simulations can be used to determine dislocation structure and orientation in the near-surface region. In a similar way, the subsurface structure of other extended defects can be studied. The simulations show dislocations to reorient the partials in the surface region leading to an increased splitting width...

  13. A functional renormalization group application to the scanning tunneling microscopy experiment

    José Juan Ramos Cárdenas

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available We present a study of a system composed of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM tip coupled to an absorbed impurity on a host surface using the functional renormalization group (FRG. We include the effect of the STM tip as a correction to the self-energy in addition to the usual contribution of the host surface in the wide band limit. We calculate the differential conductance curves at two different lateral distances from the quantum impurity and find good qualitative agreement with STM experiments where the differential conductance curves evolve from an antiresonance to a Lorentzian shape.

  14. Calibration of tip and sample temperature of a scanning tunneling microscope using a superconductive sample

    The temperature of the electrodes is a crucial parameter in virtually all tunneling experiments. The temperature not only controls the thermodynamic state of the electrodes but also causes thermal broadening, which limits the energy resolution. Unfortunately, the construction of many scanning tunneling microscopes inherits a weak thermal link between tip and sample in order to make one side movable. Such, the temperature of that electrode is badly defined. Here, the authors present a procedure to calibrate the tip temperature by very simple means. The authors use a superconducting sample (Nb) and a standard tip made from W. Due to the asymmetry in the density of states of the superconductor (SC)—normal metal (NM) tunneling junction, the SC temperature controls predominantly the density of states while the NM controls the thermal smearing. By numerically simulating the I-V curves and numerically optimizing the tip temperature and the SC gap width, the tip temperature can be accurately deduced if the sample temperature is known or measureable. In our case, the temperature dependence of the SC gap may serve as a temperature sensor, leading to an accurate NM temperature even if the SC temperature is unknown

  15. Calibration of tip and sample temperature of a scanning tunneling microscope using a superconductive sample

    Stocker, Matthias; Pfeifer, Holger; Koslowski, Berndt, E-mail: berndt.koslowski@uni-ulm.de [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Ulm, D-89069 Ulm (Germany)

    2014-05-15

    The temperature of the electrodes is a crucial parameter in virtually all tunneling experiments. The temperature not only controls the thermodynamic state of the electrodes but also causes thermal broadening, which limits the energy resolution. Unfortunately, the construction of many scanning tunneling microscopes inherits a weak thermal link between tip and sample in order to make one side movable. Such, the temperature of that electrode is badly defined. Here, the authors present a procedure to calibrate the tip temperature by very simple means. The authors use a superconducting sample (Nb) and a standard tip made from W. Due to the asymmetry in the density of states of the superconductor (SC)—normal metal (NM) tunneling junction, the SC temperature controls predominantly the density of states while the NM controls the thermal smearing. By numerically simulating the I-V curves and numerically optimizing the tip temperature and the SC gap width, the tip temperature can be accurately deduced if the sample temperature is known or measureable. In our case, the temperature dependence of the SC gap may serve as a temperature sensor, leading to an accurate NM temperature even if the SC temperature is unknown.

  16. Four-probe measurements with a three-probe scanning tunneling microscope

    We present an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) three-probe scanning tunneling microscope in which each probe is capable of atomic resolution. A UHV JEOL scanning electron microscope aids in the placement of the probes on the sample. The machine also has a field ion microscope to clean, atomically image, and shape the probe tips. The machine uses bare conductive samples and tips with a homebuilt set of pliers for heating and loading. Automated feedback controlled tip-surface contacts allow for electrical stability and reproducibility while also greatly reducing tip and surface damage due to contact formation. The ability to register inter-tip position by imaging of a single surface feature by multiple tips is demonstrated. Four-probe material characterization is achieved by deploying two tips as fixed current probes and the third tip as a movable voltage probe

  17. Four-probe measurements with a three-probe scanning tunneling microscope

    Salomons, Mark [National Institute for Nanotechnology, National Research Council of Canada, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2M9 (Canada); Martins, Bruno V. C.; Zikovsky, Janik; Wolkow, Robert A., E-mail: rwolkow@ualberta.ca [National Institute for Nanotechnology, National Research Council of Canada, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2M9 (Canada); Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1 (Canada)

    2014-04-15

    We present an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) three-probe scanning tunneling microscope in which each probe is capable of atomic resolution. A UHV JEOL scanning electron microscope aids in the placement of the probes on the sample. The machine also has a field ion microscope to clean, atomically image, and shape the probe tips. The machine uses bare conductive samples and tips with a homebuilt set of pliers for heating and loading. Automated feedback controlled tip-surface contacts allow for electrical stability and reproducibility while also greatly reducing tip and surface damage due to contact formation. The ability to register inter-tip position by imaging of a single surface feature by multiple tips is demonstrated. Four-probe material characterization is achieved by deploying two tips as fixed current probes and the third tip as a movable voltage probe.

  18. Note: Electron energy spectroscopy mapping of surface with scanning tunneling microscope

    Li, Meng; Xu, Chunkai; Zhang, Panke; Li, Zhean; Chen, Xiangjun

    2016-08-01

    We report a novel scanning probe electron energy spectrometer (SPEES) which combines a double toroidal analyzer with a scanning tunneling microscope to achieve both topography imaging and electron energy spectroscopy mapping of surface in situ. The spatial resolution of spectroscopy mapping is determined to be better than 0.7 ± 0.2 μm at a tip sample distance of 7 μm. Meanwhile, the size of the field emission electron beam spot on the surface is also measured, and is about 3.6 ± 0.8 μm in diameter. This unambiguously demonstrates that the spatial resolution of SPEES technique can be much better than the size of the incident electron beam.

  19. Atomic-scale mapping of electronic structures across heterointerfaces by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

    Chiu, Ya-Ping; Huang, Bo-Chao; Shih, Min-Chuan; Huang, Po-Cheng; Chen, Chun-Wei

    2015-09-01

    Interfacial science has received much attention recently based on the development of state-of-the-art analytical tools that can create and manipulate the charge, spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom at interfaces. Motivated by the importance of nanoscale interfacial science that governs device operation, we present a technique to probe the electronic characteristics of heterointerfaces with atomic resolution. In this work, the interfacial characteristics of heteroepitaxial structures are investigated and the fundamental mechanisms that pertain in these systems are elucidated through cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (XSTM). The XSTM technique is employed here to directly observe epitaxial interfacial structures and probe local electronic properties with atomic-level capability. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy experiments with atomic precision provide insight into the origin and spatial distribution of electronic properties across heterointerfaces. The first part of this report provides a brief description of the cleavage technique and spectroscopy analysis in XSTM measurements. The second part addresses interfacial electronic structures of several model heterostructures in current condensed matter research using XSTM. Topics to be discussed include high-κ‘s/III-V’s semiconductors, polymer heterojunctions, and complex oxide heterostructures, which are all material systems whose investigation using this technique is expected to benefit the research community. Finally, practical aspects and perspectives of using XSTM in interface science are presented.

  20. Submolecular Electronic Mapping of Single Cysteine Molecules by in Situ Scanning Tunneling Imaging

    Zhang, Jingdong; Chi, Qijin; Nazmutdinov, R. R.;

    2009-01-01

    We have used L-Cysteine (Cys) as a model system to study the surface electronic structures of single molecules at the submolecular level in aqueous buffer solution by a combination of electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (in situ STM), electrochemistry including voltammetry and chronocou......We have used L-Cysteine (Cys) as a model system to study the surface electronic structures of single molecules at the submolecular level in aqueous buffer solution by a combination of electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (in situ STM), electrochemistry including voltammetry and...... contributed mainly from three chemical moieties: thiol (-SH), carboxylic (-COOH), and amine (-NH2) groups. The contrasts of the three subunits depend on the environment (e.g., pH), which affects the electronic structure of adsorbed species. From the DFT computations focused on single molecules, rational...... bulk. The correlation between physical location and electronic contrast of the adsorbed molecules was also revealed by the computational data. The present study shows that cysteine packing in the adlayer on Au(110) from the liquid environment is in contrast to that from the ultrahigh-vacuum environment...

  1. Atomic-scale mapping of electronic structures across heterointerfaces by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

    Interfacial science has received much attention recently based on the development of state-of-the-art analytical tools that can create and manipulate the charge, spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom at interfaces. Motivated by the importance of nanoscale interfacial science that governs device operation, we present a technique to probe the electronic characteristics of heterointerfaces with atomic resolution. In this work, the interfacial characteristics of heteroepitaxial structures are investigated and the fundamental mechanisms that pertain in these systems are elucidated through cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (XSTM). The XSTM technique is employed here to directly observe epitaxial interfacial structures and probe local electronic properties with atomic-level capability. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy experiments with atomic precision provide insight into the origin and spatial distribution of electronic properties across heterointerfaces. The first part of this report provides a brief description of the cleavage technique and spectroscopy analysis in XSTM measurements. The second part addresses interfacial electronic structures of several model heterostructures in current condensed matter research using XSTM. Topics to be discussed include high-κ‘s/III–V’s semiconductors, polymer heterojunctions, and complex oxide heterostructures, which are all material systems whose investigation using this technique is expected to benefit the research community. Finally, practical aspects and perspectives of using XSTM in interface science are presented. (topical review)

  2. Multilevel memristor effect in metal-semiconductor core-shell nanoparticles tested by scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

    Chakrabarti, Sudipto; Pal, Amlan J

    2015-06-01

    We have grown gold (Au) and copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (CZTS) nanocrystals and Au-CZTS core-shell nanostructures, with gold in the core and the semiconductor in the shell layer, through a high-temperature colloidal synthetic approach. Following usual characterization, we formed ultrathin layers of these in order to characterize the nanostructures in an ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of individual nanostructures showed the memristor effect or resistive switching from a low- to a high-conducting state upon application of a suitable voltage pulse. The Au-CZTS core-shell nanostructures also show a multilevel memristor effect with the nanostructures undergoing two transitions in conductance at two magnitudes of voltage pulse. We have studied the reproducibility, reversibility, and retentivity of the multilevel memristors. From the normalized density of states (NDOS), we infer that the memristor effect is correlated to a decrease in the transport gap of the nanostructures. We also infer that the memristor effect occurs in the nanostructures due to an increase in the density of available states upon application of a voltage pulse. PMID:25966930

  3. Manipulating individual dichlorotin phthalocyanine molecules on Cu(100) surface at room temperature by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Single molecule manipulations have been achieved on dichlorotin phthalocyanine(SnCl2Pc) molecules adsorbed on Cu (100) at room temperature. Scanning tunneling microscopy observations directly demonstrate that the individual SnCl2Pc molecules can be moved along the [100] direction on Cu(100) surface by employing a scanning tunneling microscope tip fixed at the special position of the molecules. The orientation of the molecule can be switched between two angles of ±28° with respect to the [011] surface direction in the same way. Dependences of the probability of molecular motion on the distances between the tip and the molecules reveal that the mechanism for such manipulation of a SnCl2Pc molecule is dominated by the repulsive interactions between the tip and the molecules. With the assistance of this manipulation process, a prototype molecular storage array with molecular orientation as information carrier and an artificial hydrogen bonded supramolecular structure have been constructed on the surface. (paper)

  4. A compact combined ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunnelling microscope (UHV STM) and near-field optical microscope

    We have designed and constructed a hybrid scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM)–scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) instrument which operates under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. Indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated fibre-optic tips capable of high quality STM imaging and tunnelling spectroscopy are fabricated using a simple and reliable method which foregoes the electroless plating strategy previously employed by other groups. The fabrication process is reproducible, producing robust tips which may be exchanged under UHV conditions. We show that controlled contact with metal surfaces considerably enhances the STM imaging capabilities of fibre-optic tips. Light collection (from the cleaved back face of the ITO-coated fibre-optic tip) and optical alignment are facilitated by a simple two-lens arrangement where the in-vacuum collimation/collection lens may be adjusted using a slip-stick motor. A second in-air lens focuses the light (which emerges from the UHV system as a parallel beam) onto a cooled CCD spectrograph or photomultiplier tube. The application of the instrument to combined optical and electronic spectroscopy of Au and GaAs surfaces is discussed

  5. Structural changes in a Schiff base molecular assembly initiated by scanning tunneling microscopy tip

    Tomak, A.; Bacaksiz, C.; Mendirek, G.; Sahin, H.; Hur, D.; Görgün, K.; Senger, R. T.; Birer, Ö.; Peeters, F. M.; Zareie, H. M.

    2016-08-01

    We report the controlled self-organization and switching of newly designed Schiff base (E)-4-((4-(phenylethynyl) benzylidene) amino) benzenethiol (EPBB) molecules on a Au (111) surface at room temperature. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) were used to image and analyze the conformational changes of the EPBB molecules. The conformational change of the molecules was induced by using the STM tip while increasing the tunneling current. The switching of a domain or island of molecules was shown to be induced by the STM tip during scanning. Unambiguous fingerprints of the switching mechanism were observed via STM/STS measurements. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering was employed, to control and identify quantitatively the switching mechanism of molecules in a monolayer. Density functional theory calculations were also performed in order to understand the microscopic details of the switching mechanism. These calculations revealed that the molecular switching behavior stemmed from the strong interaction of the EPBB molecules with the STM tip. Our approach to controlling intermolecular mechanics provides a path towards the bottom-up assembly of more sophisticated molecular machines.

  6. Bulk crystalline copper electrodeposition on polycrystalline gold surfaces observed by in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Bech-Nielsen, Gregers; Møller, Per

    1994-01-01

    Bulk copper electrodeposition onto technical gold surfaces in electrolytes of 0.05 M H2SO4 and 1 mM CuSO4 was investigated by in-situ scanning tunnelling microscopy at fixed overpotentials. At potentials between -60 and -30 mV the growth of bulk copper proceeds in cycles of nucleation, agglomerat......Bulk copper electrodeposition onto technical gold surfaces in electrolytes of 0.05 M H2SO4 and 1 mM CuSO4 was investigated by in-situ scanning tunnelling microscopy at fixed overpotentials. At potentials between -60 and -30 mV the growth of bulk copper proceeds in cycles of nucleation......, agglomeration and crystallization. Crystalline copper is seen as involving an intermediate stage in the progress of growth. The final stage in the growth involves an equilibrium of copper electrochemically dissolving and precipitating. The drift velocity was measured for a gold surface subjected to flame...... annealing and subsequently installed in the cell compartment. It was found that the drift velocity decays with time in an exponential-like manner, and a 70 min waiting time before experiments with atomic resolution is recommended. Atomic resolution on Au(111) has been obtained, and an apparent surface...

  7. High-stability cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope based on a closed-cycle cryostat

    Hackley, Jason D.; Kislitsyn, Dmitry A.; Beaman, Daniel K.; Nazin, George V., E-mail: gnazin@uoregon.edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1253 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403 (United States); Ulrich, Stefan [RHK Technology, Inc., 1050 East Maple Road, Troy, Michigan 48083 (United States)

    2014-10-15

    We report on the design and operation of a cryogenic ultra-high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscope (STM) coupled to a closed-cycle cryostat (CCC). The STM is thermally linked to the CCC through helium exchange gas confined inside a volume enclosed by highly flexible rubber bellows. The STM is thus mechanically decoupled from the CCC, which results in a significant reduction of the mechanical noise transferred from the CCC to the STM. Noise analysis of the tunneling current shows current fluctuations up to 4% of the total current, which translates into tip-sample distance variations of up to 1.5 picometers. This noise level is sufficiently low for atomic-resolution imaging of a wide variety of surfaces. To demonstrate this, atomic-resolution images of Au(111) and NaCl(100)/Au(111) surfaces, as well as of carbon nanotubes deposited on Au(111), were obtained. Thermal drift analysis showed that under optimized conditions, the lateral stability of the STM scanner can be as low as 0.18 Å/h. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy measurements based on the lock-in technique were also carried out, and showed no detectable presence of noise from the closed-cycle cryostat. Using this cooling approach, temperatures as low as 16 K at the STM scanner have been achieved, with the complete cool-down of the system typically taking up to 12 h. These results demonstrate that the constructed CCC-coupled STM is a highly stable instrument capable of highly detailed spectroscopic investigations of materials and surfaces at the atomic scale.

  8. High-stability cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope based on a closed-cycle cryostat

    We report on the design and operation of a cryogenic ultra-high vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscope (STM) coupled to a closed-cycle cryostat (CCC). The STM is thermally linked to the CCC through helium exchange gas confined inside a volume enclosed by highly flexible rubber bellows. The STM is thus mechanically decoupled from the CCC, which results in a significant reduction of the mechanical noise transferred from the CCC to the STM. Noise analysis of the tunneling current shows current fluctuations up to 4% of the total current, which translates into tip-sample distance variations of up to 1.5 picometers. This noise level is sufficiently low for atomic-resolution imaging of a wide variety of surfaces. To demonstrate this, atomic-resolution images of Au(111) and NaCl(100)/Au(111) surfaces, as well as of carbon nanotubes deposited on Au(111), were obtained. Thermal drift analysis showed that under optimized conditions, the lateral stability of the STM scanner can be as low as 0.18 Å/h. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy measurements based on the lock-in technique were also carried out, and showed no detectable presence of noise from the closed-cycle cryostat. Using this cooling approach, temperatures as low as 16 K at the STM scanner have been achieved, with the complete cool-down of the system typically taking up to 12 h. These results demonstrate that the constructed CCC-coupled STM is a highly stable instrument capable of highly detailed spectroscopic investigations of materials and surfaces at the atomic scale

  9. Fabrication of nanoscale alumina on NiAl(1 0 0) with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Highlights: ► Nanoscale alumina was fabricated on NiAl(1 0 0) surface with a STM tip. ► Varied powers (bias × current) give two distinct modes of oxidation. ► In the high-power mode alumina forms on the surface near the tip. ► In the low-power mode alumina grows along direction [0 0 1] or [0 1 0] of NiAl(1 0 0). ► The grown alumina strips have minimal width about 3 nm. - Abstract: Nanoscale alumina was fabricated on NiAl (1 0 0) surface using a scanning tunneling microscope in an ultrathin vacuum condition. With the tunneling current greater than 0.4 nA and the power (bias voltage × tunneling current) greater than 0.24 nW, Al and pre-adsorbed O atoms were activated to form alumina (with thickness 0.25–1.0 nm) on the surface directly vicinal to the tip; the width and thickness of the grown alumina strips are controllable by the current and bias. With an evidently smaller power and a smaller bias (≦1.0 V), crystalline alumina were grown along direction [0 0 1] or [0 1 0] of NiAl(1 0 0) in the tip-scanned area of either O-chemisorbed or oxidized surfaces, independent of the direction of tip movement. The alumina strips grown through the latter mode have minimal width near 3 nm.

  10. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Two-Dimensional Ordering at the Liquid Crystal-Graphite Interface

    Parks, Daniel C.

    1992-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy was used to study the self assembled two dimensional structure of ferroelectric liquid crystals physiadsorbed onto highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. Five materials were studied. MDW 74, MDW 75, MDW 291, and MDW 365 are all stereoisomers with three chiral centers. Each possesses a phenyl benzoate core, an epoxide ring and two alkyl tails. W7 was also studied. It has the same core but has a saturated ether instead of an epoxide in the short tail and contains only one chiral center. These materials were deposited onto graphite and the first adsorbed monolayer was imaged by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. All form two dimensional crystals on this surface which were resolved with near atomic resolution. Core regions are distinguishable from tail regions because of enhanced tunneling through core regions which causes them to image brightly. The hydrogens on the alkyl tails of the molecules fit almost exactly into the holes in the honeycomb graphite surface. This interaction is thought to anchor the molecules to the surface and determine the packing structure. The molecules form a heteroepitaxial monolayer on the graphite. The observed two dimensional crystals are composed of molecular dimers with the molecules oriented antiparallel. The crystals exhibit P2 symmetry. Orientational grain boundaries, slip planes, twinning and polymorphism are all observed. W7 was observed with a truly crystalline phase and a phase of one dimensional crystalline rows with variable inter-row registration. This phase is best described as one dimensional stacking disordered. The location of neighboring rows is limited to three sites each separated by one graphite unit cell. The relative displacements between neighboring rows show nearest neighbor and next nearest neighbor interactions. This can be modeled using a one dimensional three state Potts model. The boundary between these two phases is dynamic. An exact registration scheme on the graphite is proposed based

  11. Understanding the inelastic electron-tunneling spectra of alkanedithiols on gold.

    Solomon, Gemma C; Gagliardi, Alessio; Pecchia, Alessandro; Frauenheim, Thomas; Di Carlo, Aldo; Reimers, Jeffrey R; Hush, Noel S

    2006-03-01

    We present results for a simulated inelastic electron-tunneling spectra (IETS) from calculations using the "gDFTB" code. The geometric and electronic structure is obtained from calculations using a local-basis density-functional scheme, and a nonequilibrium Green's function formalism is employed to deal with the transport aspects of the problem. The calculated spectrum of octanedithiol on gold(111) shows good agreement with experimental results and suggests further details in the assignment of such spectra. We show that some low-energy peaks, unassigned in the experimental spectrum, occur in a region where a number of molecular modes are predicted to be active, suggesting that these modes are the cause of the peaks rather than a matrix signal, as previously postulated. The simulations also reveal the qualitative nature of the processes dominating IETS. It is highly sensitive only to the vibrational motions that occur in the regions of the molecule where there is electron density in the low-voltage conduction channel. This result is illustrated with an examination of the predicted variation of IETS with binding site and alkane chain length. PMID:16526869

  12. An easy-to-implement filter for separating photo-excited signals from topography in scanning tunneling microscopy

    In order to achieve elemental and chemical sensitivity in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), synchrotron x-rays have been applied to excite core-level electrons during tunneling. The x-ray photo-excitations result in tip currents that are superimposed onto conventional tunneling currents. While carrying important physical information, the varying x-ray induced currents can destabilize the feedback loop causing it to be unable to maintain a constant tunneling current, sometimes even causing the tip to retract fully or crash. In this paper, we report on an easy-to-implement filter circuit that can separate the x-ray induced currents from conventional tunneling currents, thereby allowing simultaneous measurements of topography and chemical contrasts. The filter and the schematic presented here can also be applied to other variants of light-assisted STM such as laser STM.

  13. An easy-to-implement filter for separating photo-excited signals from topography in scanning tunneling microscopy

    Wang Kangkang; Rosenmann, Daniel; Holt, Martin; Winarski, Robert; Hla, Saw-Wai [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Rose, Volker [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2013-06-15

    In order to achieve elemental and chemical sensitivity in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), synchrotron x-rays have been applied to excite core-level electrons during tunneling. The x-ray photo-excitations result in tip currents that are superimposed onto conventional tunneling currents. While carrying important physical information, the varying x-ray induced currents can destabilize the feedback loop causing it to be unable to maintain a constant tunneling current, sometimes even causing the tip to retract fully or crash. In this paper, we report on an easy-to-implement filter circuit that can separate the x-ray induced currents from conventional tunneling currents, thereby allowing simultaneous measurements of topography and chemical contrasts. The filter and the schematic presented here can also be applied to other variants of light-assisted STM such as laser STM.

  14. Scanning magnetic tunnel junction microscope for high-resolution imaging of remanent magnetization fields

    Scanning magnetic microscopy is a new methodology for mapping magnetic fields with high spatial resolution and field sensitivity. An important goal has been to develop high-performance instruments that do not require cryogenic technology due to its high cost, complexity, and limitation on sensor-to-sample distance. Here we report the development of a low-cost scanning magnetic microscope based on commercial room-temperature magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) sensors that typically achieves spatial resolution better than 7 µm. By comparing different bias and detection schemes, optimal performance was obtained when biasing the MTJ sensor with a modulated current at 1.0 kHz in a Wheatstone bridge configuration while using a lock-in amplifier in conjunction with a low-noise custom-made preamplifier. A precision horizontal (x–y) scanning stage comprising two coupled nanopositioners controls the position of the sample and a linear actuator adjusts the sensor-to-sample distance. We obtained magnetic field sensitivities better than 150 nT/Hz1/2 between 0.1 and 10 Hz, which is a critical frequency range for scanning magnetic microscopy. This corresponds to a magnetic moment sensitivity of 10–14 A m2, a factor of 100 better than achievable with typical commercial superconducting moment magnetometers. It also represents an improvement in sensitivity by a factor between 10 and 30 compared to similar scanning MTJ microscopes based on conventional bias-detection schemes. To demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument, two polished thin sections of representative geological samples were scanned along with a synthetic sample containing magnetic microparticles. The instrument is usable for a diversity of applications that require mapping of samples at room temperature to preserve magnetic properties or viability, including paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, nondestructive evaluation of materials, and biological assays. (paper)

  15. Scanning magnetic tunnel junction microscope for high-resolution imaging of remanent magnetization fields

    Lima, E. A.; Bruno, A. C.; Carvalho, H. R.; Weiss, B. P.

    2014-10-01

    Scanning magnetic microscopy is a new methodology for mapping magnetic fields with high spatial resolution and field sensitivity. An important goal has been to develop high-performance instruments that do not require cryogenic technology due to its high cost, complexity, and limitation on sensor-to-sample distance. Here we report the development of a low-cost scanning magnetic microscope based on commercial room-temperature magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) sensors that typically achieves spatial resolution better than 7 µm. By comparing different bias and detection schemes, optimal performance was obtained when biasing the MTJ sensor with a modulated current at 1.0 kHz in a Wheatstone bridge configuration while using a lock-in amplifier in conjunction with a low-noise custom-made preamplifier. A precision horizontal (x-y) scanning stage comprising two coupled nanopositioners controls the position of the sample and a linear actuator adjusts the sensor-to-sample distance. We obtained magnetic field sensitivities better than 150 nT/Hz1/2 between 0.1 and 10 Hz, which is a critical frequency range for scanning magnetic microscopy. This corresponds to a magnetic moment sensitivity of 10-14 A m2, a factor of 100 better than achievable with typical commercial superconducting moment magnetometers. It also represents an improvement in sensitivity by a factor between 10 and 30 compared to similar scanning MTJ microscopes based on conventional bias-detection schemes. To demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument, two polished thin sections of representative geological samples were scanned along with a synthetic sample containing magnetic microparticles. The instrument is usable for a diversity of applications that require mapping of samples at room temperature to preserve magnetic properties or viability, including paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, nondestructive evaluation of materials, and biological assays.

  16. Observation of an inelastic scattering mode by scanning tunneling spectroscopy on NdBa2Cu3Ox

    We report the results of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) on the ab plane (c-axis tunneling) of a slightly underdoped twinned NdBa2Cu3Ox single crystal (Tc = 93.5 K) performed with a scanning tunneling microscope at T = 4.2 K. In the energy derivative (d2I/dV2) of the differential conductivity curves having coherence peak, dip and hump structures, we observe a resonance peak at 24±2 meV. Here we discuss the possible origin of this inelastic scattering peak

  17. Terthiophene on Au(111: A scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy study

    Berndt Koslowski

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Terthiophene (3T molecules adsorbed on herringbone (HB reconstructed Au(111 surfaces in the low coverage regime were investigated by means of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM and spectroscopy (STS under ultra-high vacuum conditions. The 3T molecules adsorb preferentially in fcc regions of the HB reconstruction with their longer axis oriented perpendicular to the soliton walls of the HB and at maximum mutual separation. The latter observation points to a repulsive interaction between molecules probably due to parallel electrical dipoles formed during adsorption. Constant-separation (I-V and constant-current (z-V STS clearly reveal the highest occupied (HOMO and lowest unoccupied (LUMO molecular orbitals, which are found at −1.2 eV and +2.3 eV, respectively. The HOMO–LUMO gap corresponds to that of a free molecule, indicating a rather weak interaction between 3T and Au(111. According to conductivity maps, the HOMO and LUMO are inhomogeneously distributed over the adsorbed 3T, with the HOMO being located at the ends of the linear molecule, and the LUMO symmetrically with respect to the longer axis of the molecule at the center of its flanks. Analysis of spectroscopic data reveals details of the contrast mechanism of 3T/Au(111 in STM. For that, the Shockley-like surface state of Au(111 plays an essential role and appears shifted outwards from the surface in the presence of the molecule. As a consequence, the molecule can be imaged even at a tunneling bias within its HOMO–LUMO gap. A more quantitative analysis of this detail resolves a previous discrepancy between the fairly small apparent STM height of 3T molecules (1.4–2.0 nm, depending on tunneling bias and a corresponding larger value of 3.5 nm based on X-ray standing wave analysis. An additionally observed linear decrease of the differential tunneling barrier at positive bias when determined on top of a 3T molecule is compared to the bias independent barrier obtained on

  18. Tunnelling junctions with additional degrees of freedom: An extended toolbox of scanning probe microscopy

    Wagner, Christian; Temirov, Ruslan

    2015-05-01

    Considering studies of molecular adsorption we review recent developments in the field of scanning probe microscopy and in particular in scanning tunnelling microscopy, concentrating on the progress that has been achieved by controlled decoration of the microscope tip. A view is presented according to which the tip decoration generally introduces additional degrees of freedom into the scanning junction and thus extends its functionality. In particular tips decorated with atomic point-like particles may attain the additional function of a force sensor which is realized through the degrees of freedom associated with the relative position of the decorating probe-particle with respect to the tip. It is shown how the force sensor function of such tips helps when studying large molecular adsorbates. Further prospects of more complex junctions equipped with numerous internal degrees of freedom are discussed. It is argued that the main problem impeding the utilization of such junctions is related to their control. An approach towards a higher degree of control is presented that is based on the analysis of single molecule manipulation experiments.

  19. Scanning tunneling microscope design with a confocal small field permanent magnet

    The field of ultra-sensitive measurements with scanning probes requires the design and construction of novel instruments. For example, the combination of radio frequency detection and scanning probe can be exploited to measure thermal properties and mechanical resonances at a very low scale. Very recent results by Komeda and Manassen (2008 Appl. Phys. Lett. 92 212506) on the detection of spin noise with the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) have further expanded previous results reported by one of the authors of this manuscript (Messina et al 2007 J. Appl. Phys. 101 053916). In a previous publication, one of the authors used a new STM instrument (Messina et al J. Appl. Phys. 2007 101 053916 and Mannini et al 2007 Inorg. Chim. Acta 360 3837–42) to obtain the detection of electron spin noise (ESN) from individual paramagnetic adsorbates. The magnetic field homogeneity at the STM tip–sample region was limited. Furthermore, vacuum operation of the STM microscope was limited by the heat dissipation at the electromagnet and the radio frequency (RF) recovery electronics. We report here on a new STM head that incorporates a specially designed permanent magnet and in-built RF amplification system. The magnet provides both a better field homogeneity and freedom to operate the instrument in vacuum. The STM microscope is vacuum compatible, and vertical stability has been improved over the previous design (Messina et al 2007 J. Appl. Phys. 101 053916), despite the presence of a heat dissipative RF amplifier in the close vicinity of the STM tip

  20. The tip-sample water bridge and light emission from scanning tunnelling microscopy

    The light emission spectrum from a scanning tunnelling microscope (LESTM) is investigated as a function of relative humidity and shown to provide a novel and sensitive means for probing the growth and properties of a water meniscus on the nanometre scale. An empirical model of the light emission process is formulated and applied successfully to replicate the decay in light intensity and spectral changes observed with increasing relative humidity. The modelling indicates a progressive water filling of the tip-sample junction with increasing humidity or, more pertinently, of the volume of the localized surface plasmons responsible for light emission; it also accounts for the effect of asymmetry in structuring of the water molecules with respect to the polarity of the applied bias. This is juxtaposed with the case of a non-polar liquid in the tip-sample nanocavity where no polarity dependence of the light emission is observed. In contrast to the discrete detection of the presence/absence of a water bridge in other scanning probe experiments through measurement of the feedback parameter for instrument control, LESTM offers a means of continuously monitoring the development of the water bridge with sub-nanometre sensitivity. The results are relevant to applications such as dip-pen nanolithography and electrochemical scanning probe microscopy.

  1. Two-Dimensional Cysteine and Cystine Cluster Networks on Au(111) Disclosed by Voltammetry and in Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Zhang, Jingdong; Chi, Qijin; Nielsen, Jens Ulrik;

    2000-01-01

    Microscopic structures for molecular monolayers of L-cysteine and L-cystine assembled on Au(111) have been disclosed by employing electrochemistry and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). HighresolutionSTMimages show that the adlayers of both cyteine and cystine exhibit highly-ordered net......Microscopic structures for molecular monolayers of L-cysteine and L-cystine assembled on Au(111) have been disclosed by employing electrochemistry and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). HighresolutionSTMimages show that the adlayers of both cyteine and cystine exhibit highly...

  2. Temperature dependence of the superconducting proximity effect quantified by scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    A. Stępniak

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Here, we present the first systematic study on the temperature dependence of the extension of the superconducting proximity effect in a 1–2 atomic layer thin metallic film, surrounding a superconducting Pb island. Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS measurements reveal the spatial variation of the local density of state on the film from 0.38 up to 1.8 K. In this temperature range the superconductivity of the island is almost unaffected and shows a constant gap of a 1.20 ± 0.03 meV. Using a superconducting Nb-tip a constant value of the proximity length of 17 ± 3 nm at 0.38 and 1.8 K is found. In contrast, experiments with a normal conductive W-tip indicate an apparent decrease of the proximity length with increasing temperature. This result is ascribed to the thermal broadening of the occupation of states of the tip, and it does not reflect an intrinsic temperature dependence of the proximity length. Our tunneling spectroscopy experiments shed fresh light on the fundamental issue of the temperature dependence of the proximity effect for atomic monolayers, where the intrinsic temperature dependence of the proximity effect is comparably weak.

  3. Modeling of Electronic Transport in Scanning Tunneling Microscope Tip-Carbon Nanotube Systems

    Yamada, Toshishige; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    A model is proposed for two observed current-voltage (I-V) patterns in a recent experiment with a scanning tunneling microscope tip and a carbon nanotube. We claim that there are two mechanical contact modes for a tip (metal) -nanotube (semiconductor) junction (1) with or (2) without a tiny vacuum gap (0.1 - 0.2 nm). With the tip grounded, the tunneling case in (1) would produce large dI/dV with V > 0, small dI/dV with V < 0, and I = 0 near V = 0 for an either n- or p-nanotube; the Schottky mechanism in (2) would result in I does not equal 0 only with V < 0 for an n-nanotube, and the bias polarities would be reversed for a p-nanotube. The two observed I-V patterns are thus entirely explained by a tip-nanotube contact of the two types, where the nanotube must be n-type.

  4. Atomic-scale electrochemistry on the surface of a manganite by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Vasudevan, Rama K., E-mail: rvv@ornl.gov; Tselev, Alexander; Baddorf, Arthur P. [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); ORNL Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Gianfrancesco, Anthony G. [UT/ORNL Bredesen Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States); Kalinin, Sergei V. [Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); ORNL Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); UT/ORNL Bredesen Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States)

    2015-04-06

    The doped manganese oxides (manganites) have been widely studied for their colossal magnetoresistive effects, for potential applications in oxide spintronics, electroforming in resistive switching devices, and are materials of choice as cathodes in modern solid oxide fuel cells. However, little experimental knowledge of the dynamics of the surfaces of perovskite manganites at the atomic scale exists. Here, through in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we demonstrate atomic resolution on samples of La{sub 0.625}Ca{sub 0.375}MnO{sub 3} grown on (001) SrTiO{sub 3} by pulsed laser deposition. Furthermore, by applying triangular DC waveforms of increasing amplitude to the STM tip, and measuring the tunneling current, we demonstrate the ability to both perform and monitor surface electrochemical processes at the atomic level, including formation of oxygen vacancies and removal and deposition of individual atomic units or clusters. Our work paves the way for better understanding of surface oxygen reactions in these systems.

  5. Ultra-high vacuum compatible optical chopper system for synchrotron x-ray scanning tunneling microscopy

    High-speed beam choppers are a crucial part of time-resolved x-ray studies as well as a necessary component to enable elemental contrast in synchrotron x-ray scanning tunneling microscopy (SX-STM). However, many chopper systems are not capable of operation in vacuum, which restricts their application to x-ray studies with high photon energies, where air absorption does not present a significant problem. To overcome this limitation, we present a fully ultra-high vacuum (UHV) compatible chopper system capable of operating at variable chopping frequencies up to 4 kHz. The lightweight aluminum chopper disk is coated with Ti and Au films to provide the required beam attenuation for soft and hard x-rays with photon energies up to about 12 keV. The chopper is used for lock-in detection of x-ray enhanced signals in SX-STM

  6. Magnetic fingerprint of individual Fe4 molecular magnets under compression by a scanning tunnelling microscope

    Burgess, Jacob A. J.; Malavolti, Luigi; Lanzilotto, Valeria; Mannini, Matteo; Yan, Shichao; Ninova, Silviya; Totti, Federico; Rolf-Pissarczyk, Steffen; Cornia, Andrea; Sessoli, Roberta; Loth, Sebastian

    2015-09-01

    Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) present a promising avenue to develop spintronic technologies. Addressing individual molecules with electrical leads in SMM-based spintronic devices remains a ubiquitous challenge: interactions with metallic electrodes can drastically modify the SMM's properties by charge transfer or through changes in the molecular structure. Here, we probe electrical transport through individual Fe4 SMMs using a scanning tunnelling microscope at 0.5 K. Correlation of topographic and spectroscopic information permits identification of the spin excitation fingerprint of intact Fe4 molecules. Building from this, we find that the exchange coupling strength within the molecule's magnetic core is significantly enhanced. First-principles calculations support the conclusion that this is the result of confinement of the molecule in the two-contact junction formed by the microscope tip and the sample surface.

  7. Scanning tunneling microscope based nanoscale optical imaging of molecules on surfaces

    Zhang, Chao; Chen, Liuguo; Zhang, Rui; Dong, Zhenchao

    2015-08-01

    We provide an overview of the development of a merged system of low-temperature ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with photon collection and detection units for optical imaging at the nanoscale. Focusing on our own work over the past ten years, the paper starts from a brief introduction of the STM induced luminescence (STML) technique and the challenge for nanoscale optical imaging, and then describes the design and instrumentation on the photon collection and detection system. The powerful potentials of the technique are illustrated using several selected examples from STML to tip enhanced Raman scattering that are mainly related to photon mapping. Such photon maps could reveal not only the local electromagnetic properties and the nature of optical transitions in the junction, but also exhibit spatial imaging resolution down to sub-molecular and sub-nanometer scale. The paper is concluded with a brief overlook on the future development of the STML technique.

  8. Friedel oscillations in graphene-based systems probed by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Mallet, Pierre; Brihuega, Iván; Cherkez, Vladimir; Gómez-Rodríguez, Jose Marìa; Veuillen, Jean-Yves

    2016-03-01

    For the last 25 years, scientists have demonstrated the capabilities of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) to visualize in real space the response of a two-dimensional electron gas to atomic-scale impurities. The analysis of the Friedel oscillations surrounding the impurities yields valuable information regarding the elastic scattering properties, the band structure, the doping level and the symmetry of the electronic states in the two-dimensional host system. We will address in this article the use of this technique for probing the electronic properties of graphene, the star two-dimensional compound of the last decade. In particular, we will emphasize how this technique can be pushed up to unravel the electronic pseudospin, a distinctive degree of freedom of graphene's Dirac fermions. xml:lang="fr"

  9. Improvement of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Resolution with H-Sensitized Tips

    Martínez, J. I.; Abad, E.; González, C.; Flores, F.; Ortega, J.

    2012-06-01

    Recent scanning tunneling hydrogen microscopy (STHM) experiments on PTCDA (perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-dianhydride)/Au(111) have shown unprecedented intramolecular and intermolecular spatial resolution. The origin of this resolution is studied using an accurate STHM theoretical simulation technique that includes a detailed description of the electronic structure of both the tip and sample. Our results show that H2 molecules are dissociated on the Au tip; the adsorbed H atoms change the density of states at the Fermi level (EF) of the tip, increasing its p-orbital character and reducing the s-orbital contribution. Also, due to the interaction with the H-decorated tip, EF is shifted to the middle of the PTCDA lowest unoccupied molecular orbital peak, increasing dramatically the density of states of the sample at EF. These effects give rise to the enhanced STHM resolution.

  10. Ex situ elaborated proximity mesoscopic structures for ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Stolyarov, V. S. [UMR 7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Sorbonne Universités, F-75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, F-75005 Paris (France); Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 141700 Dolgoprudny (Russian Federation); Kazan Federal University, 420008 Kazan (Russian Federation); Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Cren, T., E-mail: tristan.cren@upmc.fr; Debontridder, F.; Brun, C. [UMR 7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Sorbonne Universités, F-75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, F-75005 Paris (France); Veshchunov, I. S. [Université de Bordeaux, LP2N, 351 cours de la Libération, F-33405 Talence (France); Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Skryabina, O. V. [Institute of Solid State Physics RAS, 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Rusanov, A. Yu. [LLC “Applied radiophysics” 142432 Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Roditchev, D. [UMR 7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, UPMC Univ Paris 06, Sorbonne Universités, F-75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7588, Institut des Nanosciences de Paris, F-75005 Paris (France); LPEM-UMR 8213, CNRS, ESPCI-ParisTech, UPMC, 10 rue Vauquelin, F-75005 Paris (France)

    2014-04-28

    We apply ultrahigh vacuum Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STS) at ultra-low temperature to study proximity phenomena in metallic Cu in contact with superconducting Nb. In order to solve the problem of Cu-surface contamination, Cu(50 nm)/Nb(100 nm) structures are grown by respecting the inverted order of layers on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate. Once transferred into vacuum, the samples are cleaved at the structure-substrate interface. As a result, a contamination-free Cu-surface is exposed in vacuum. It enables high-resolution STS of superconducting correlations induced by proximity from the underlying superconducting Nb layer. By applying magnetic field, we generate unusual proximity-induced superconducting vortices and map them with a high spatial and energy resolution. The suggested method opens a way to access local electronic properties of complex electronic mesoscopic devices by performing ex situ STS under ultrahigh vacuum.

  11. Scanning tunneling microscopy on CVD grown lateral graphene molybdenum disulfide heterostructures

    Kerelsky, Alexander; Cheng, Minghao; Zhong, Xinjue; Zhao, Xiaodong; Dadgar, Ali; Wang, Da; Gao, Hui; Guimaraes, Marcos; Kang, Kibum; Zhu, Xiaoyang; Park, Jiwoong; Pasupathy, Abhay N.

    We investigate the interface of single layer graphene, molybdenum disulfide lateral heterostructures using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Samples are fabricated using chemical vapor deposition to deposit graphene, photolithography to pattern graphene and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition to grow molybdenum disulfide in patterned areas. The lateral junction of the two materials allows investigation of structural and electronic properties at the interface of the two materials, an interface usually buried in conventional stacked heterostructures. STM is used to image the stitching of the two materials with nanoscale resolution. STM is also used to perform local spectroscopy, probing the local density of states on an atomic scale across the junction. Interesting phenomena such as the charge transfer and atomic bonding are investigated. The spatially changing chemical potential between the two materials is also examined at different gate voltages.

  12. InAs/GaAs(001) molecular beam epitaxial growth in a scanning tunnelling microscope

    The growth on InAs on GaAs(001) has attracted great interest and investigation over the past few decades primarily due to the opto-electronic properties of the self-assembled quantum dot (QD) arrays formed. Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) has been extensively employed to investigate the complicated and spontaneous mechanism of QD growth via molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Classically, combined MBE-STM requires quenching the sample after growth and transferring it to an arsenic-free high vacuum chamber which houses the STM system. However, without access to the phenomenon as a dynamic process a basic understanding remains elusive. In order to access surface dynamics, MBE and STM must be combined into a single element. The system herein discussed allows the operation of MBE sources in an STM system relating to InAs/GaAs(001) surfaces.

  13. Voltammetry and In Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Cytochrome c Nitrite Reductase on Au(111)-Electrodes

    Gwyer, James; Zhang, Jingdong; Butt, Julea;

    2006-01-01

    density and orientational distribution of NrfA molecules are disclosed. The submonolayer coverage resolved by in situ STM is readily reconciled with the failure to detect nonturnover signals in cyclic voltammetry of the NrfA films. The molecular structures show a range of lateral dimensions. These are...... suggestive of a distribution of orientations that could account for the otherwise anomalously low turnover number calculated for the total population of adsorbed NrfA molecules when compared with that determined for solutions of NrfA. Thus, comparison of the voltammetric signals and in situ STM images offers...... enzyme undergoes direct electron exchange with the electrode. The adsorbed NrfA has been imaged to molecular resolution by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (in situ STM) under full electrochemical potential control and under conditions where the enzyme is electrocatalytically active. Details of the...

  14. Scanning tunneling microscope observation of the phosphatidylserine domains in the phosphatidylcholine monolayer.

    Matsunaga, Soichiro; Yamada, Taro; Kobayashi, Toshihide; Kawai, Maki

    2015-05-19

    A mixed monolayer of 1,2-dihexanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-l-serine (DHPS) and 1,2-dihexanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DHPC) on an 1-octanethiol-modified gold substrate was visualized on the nanometer scale using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in aqueous solution. DHPS clusters were evident as spotty domains. STM enabled us to distinguish DHPS molecules from DHPC molecules depending on their electronic structures. The signal of the DHPS domains was abolished by neutralization with Ca(2+). The addition of the PS + Ca(2+)-binding protein of annexin V to the Ca(2+)-treated monolayer gave a number of spots corresponding to a single annexin V molecule. PMID:25913903

  15. Magnetic fingerprint of individual Fe4 molecular magnets under compression by a scanning tunnelling microscope

    Burgess, Jacob A.J.; Malavolti, Luigi; Lanzilotto, Valeria; Mannini, Matteo; Yan, Shichao; Ninova, Silviya; Totti, Federico; Rolf-Pissarczyk, Steffen; Cornia, Andrea; Sessoli, Roberta; Loth, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    Single-molecule magnets (SMMs) present a promising avenue to develop spintronic technologies. Addressing individual molecules with electrical leads in SMM-based spintronic devices remains a ubiquitous challenge: interactions with metallic electrodes can drastically modify the SMM's properties by charge transfer or through changes in the molecular structure. Here, we probe electrical transport through individual Fe4 SMMs using a scanning tunnelling microscope at 0.5 K. Correlation of topographic and spectroscopic information permits identification of the spin excitation fingerprint of intact Fe4 molecules. Building from this, we find that the exchange coupling strength within the molecule's magnetic core is significantly enhanced. First-principles calculations support the conclusion that this is the result of confinement of the molecule in the two-contact junction formed by the microscope tip and the sample surface. PMID:26359203

  16. Low temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy on high quality Nb(110) films

    Stocker, Matthias; Pfeifer, Holger; Koslowski, Berndt; Ziemann, Paul [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Universitaet Ulm, D-89069 Ulm (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    High quality Nb(110) films were prepared by evaporation onto (0001)oriented sapphire substrates at 850 C and analyzed in situ by Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (LT-STS). In this way, the superconducting gap in the quasi-particle density of states (DOS) of Nb(110) is investigated. The incomplete opening of this gap at 5.3 K can be attributed to the somewhat higher tip temperature of {proportional_to} 7 K. Significant structures in the I-V data positioned symmetrically around zero energy and matching nicely known phonon energies of Nb indicate strong coupling behavior of this superconductor. These results suggest attempting an evaluation of the corresponding Eliashberg function, {alpha}{sup 2}F({omega}).

  17. Oxidation of GaSb(100) and its control studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

    Atomic-scale knowledge and control of oxidation of GaSb(100), which is a potential interface for energy-efficient transistors, are still incomplete, largely due to an amorphous structure of GaSb(100) oxides. We elucidate these issues with scanning-tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The unveiled oxidation-induced building blocks cause defect states above Fermi level around the conduction-band edge. By interconnecting the results to previous photoemission findings, we suggest that the oxidation starts with substituting second-layer Sb sites by oxygen. Adding small amount of indium on GaSb(100), resulting in a (4 × 2)-In reconstruction, before oxidation produces a previously unreported, crystalline oxidized layer of (1 × 3)-O free of gap states

  18. Invited Article: Autonomous assembly of atomically perfect nanostructures using a scanning tunneling microscope

    Celotta, Robert J., E-mail: robert.celotta@nist.gov, E-mail: joseph.stroscio@nist.gov; Hess, Frank M.; Rutter, Gregory M.; Stroscio, Joseph A., E-mail: robert.celotta@nist.gov, E-mail: joseph.stroscio@nist.gov [Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); Balakirsky, Stephen B. [Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, Georgia 30332 (United States); Fein, Aaron P. [Physical Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    A major goal of nanotechnology is to develop the capability to arrange matter at will by placing individual atoms at desired locations in a predetermined configuration to build a nanostructure with specific properties or function. The scanning tunneling microscope has demonstrated the ability to arrange the basic building blocks of matter, single atoms, in two-dimensional configurations. An array of various nanostructures has been assembled, which display the quantum mechanics of quantum confined geometries. The level of human interaction needed to physically locate the atom and bring it to the desired location limits this atom assembly technology. Here we report the use of autonomous atom assembly via path planning technology; this allows atomically perfect nanostructures to be assembled without the need for human intervention, resulting in precise constructions in shorter times. We demonstrate autonomous assembly by assembling various quantum confinement geometries using atoms and molecules and describe the benefits of this approach.

  19. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of the superconducting properties of three-atomic-layer Pb films

    Ultrathin Pb films with a thickness of three monolayers (ML) were prepared on α-√(3)×√(3)Pb/Si(111) (Pb-SIC) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. Despite significant defect scattering, low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy reveals a high superconducting transition temperature Tc of 6.9 K, compared with the bulk Tc (7.2 K). By applying external magnetic field, magnetic vortices were directly imaged, which demonstrates the robustness of superconductivity. By comparing to nearly free-standing Pb films on graphitized SiC (0001) substrate, we suggest that the higher Tc of 3 ML Pb films on Pb-SIC originates from the combined effects of quantum confinement and substrate-enhanced electron-phonon coupling

  20. How the vortex lattice of a superconductor becomes disordered: a study by scanning tunneling spectroscopy.

    Zehetmayer, M

    2015-01-01

    Order-disorder transitions take place in many physical systems, but observing them in detail in real materials is difficult. In two- or quasi-two-dimensional systems, the transition has been studied by computer simulations and experimentally in electron sheets, dusty plasmas, colloidal and other systems. Here I show the different stages of defect formation in the vortex lattice of a superconductor while it undergoes an order-disorder transition by presenting real-space images of the lattice from scanning tunneling spectroscopy. When the system evolves from the ordered to the disordered state, the predominant kind of defect changes from dislocation pairs to single dislocations, and finally to defect clusters forming grain boundaries. Correlation functions indicate a hexatic-like state preceding the disordered state. The transition in the microscopic vortex distribution is mirrored by the well-known spectacular second peak effect observed in the macroscopic current density of the superconductor. PMID:25784605

  1. Thickness-dependent thin-film resistivity: Application of quantitative scanning-tunneling-microscopy imaging

    Reiss, G.; Hastreiter, E.; Brückl, H.; Vancea, J.

    1991-02-01

    The dependence of thin-film resistivity on the thickness is known to be strongly influenced by the interaction of the conduction electrons with the surface. Great efforts have been made in recent years, mainly concerning the quantum-mechanical description of the surface scattering. Detailed discussions of this problem, however, suffer from the lack of information concerning the real topography of thin-film surfaces. The development of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) now gives the chance of direct, quantitative imaging. In this paper, we use the topographic information of STM to improve the fitting of theoretical descriptions to the measured thickness-dependence of the resistivity. The transport parameters obtained from these calculations show a high degree of physical consistency.

  2. Strongly compressed Bi (111) bilayer films on Bi2Se3 studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Ultra-thin Bi films show exotic electronic structure and novel quantum effects, especially the widely studied Bi (111) film. Using reflection high-energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy, we studied the structure and morphology evolution of Bi (111) thin films grown on Bi2Se3. A strongly compressed, but quickly released in-plane lattice of Bi (111) is found in the first three bilayers. The first bilayer of Bi shows a fractal growth mode with flat surface, while the second and third bilayer show a periodic buckling due to the strong compression of the in-plane lattice. The lattice slowly changes to its bulk value with further deposition of Bi

  3. Elemental structure in Si(110)-'16x2' revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Atomic structures of the clean Si(110)-'16x2' surface are studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). High-resolution STM images reveal that the elemental structure in the '16x2' is a pair of pentagons. In the empty-states images the elemental structure is clearly resolved in ten protrusions, while in eight in the filled-states images. In order to clarify the atomic arrangement of the pentagons, we pay attention to the disordered area where the elemental structures are isolated on the bulk-terminated surface. The bulk-terminated surface structure, on which the pentagons are located, is well understood by the rotational-relaxation structural model. In consideration of the registry of the pentagon for the rotational-relaxation structure, a 'tetramer-interstitial' model is proposed for the elemental structure, together with three other possible structural models

  4. Ultra-high vacuum compatible optical chopper system for synchrotron x-ray scanning tunneling microscopy

    Chang, Hao, E-mail: hc000211@ohio.edu [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute, Physics & Astronomy Department, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701 (United States); Cummings, Marvin; Shirato, Nozomi; Stripe, Benjamin; Preissner, Curt; Freeland, John W. [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Rosenmann, Daniel [Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Kersell, Heath; Hla, Saw-Wai [Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute, Physics & Astronomy Department, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701 (United States); Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Rose, Volker, E-mail: vrose@anl.gov [Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2016-01-28

    High-speed beam choppers are a crucial part of time-resolved x-ray studies as well as a necessary component to enable elemental contrast in synchrotron x-ray scanning tunneling microscopy (SX-STM). However, many chopper systems are not capable of operation in vacuum, which restricts their application to x-ray studies with high photon energies, where air absorption does not present a significant problem. To overcome this limitation, we present a fully ultra-high vacuum (UHV) compatible chopper system capable of operating at variable chopping frequencies up to 4 kHz. The lightweight aluminum chopper disk is coated with Ti and Au films to provide the required beam attenuation for soft and hard x-rays with photon energies up to about 12 keV. The chopper is used for lock-in detection of x-ray enhanced signals in SX-STM.

  5. Magnetotransport in Graphene on the Nano Scale measured by Scanning Tunneling Potentiometry

    Willke, Philip; Druga, Thomas; Kotzott, Thomas; Ulbrich, Rainer; Schneider, Alexander; Wenderoth, Martin

    The method of scanning tunneling potentiometry (STP) has been introduced by Muralt and Pohl as a technique for mapping the electrochemical potential locally. Here we present a new home-built low-temperature STP setup with applicable magnetic field of up to 6T to study the spatial evolution of the voltage drop at extended defects in graphene with high-resolution. We show that the voltage drop at a monolayer-bilayer boundary in graphene clearly extends spatially up to a few nanometers into the bilayer and hence is not located strictly at the structural defect. Moreover, different scattering mechanisms can be disentangled. Besides, we perform magnetotransport STP measurements mapping the local electrochemical potential as a function of the applied magnetic field. This allows us to identify localized and delocalized contributions to the magnetoresistance in epitaxial-grown graphene and to reveal the contribution of defects. This work was supported by the priority program 1459 ``Graphene'' of the German Science Foundation.

  6. Possible formation of one-dimensional chains of C20 fullerenes observed by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Kurokawa, Shu; Yamamoto, Daisuke; Hirashige, Kenji; Sakai, Akira

    2016-04-01

    We found one-dimensional chains of carbon particles on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces after the deposition of carbon using an arc-plasma gun (APG). The observed periodicity of the chains on Ag(111) was 0.58-0.6 nm. Ex situ Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy indicated two peaks at 1343 and 1406 cm-1. The simulation of the infrared spectrum for a tetramer of C20 fullerenes showed good agreement with the experimental result. From these findings, we propose the formation of chains of C20 fullerenes as the most probable explanation of the results of both scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and FT-IR spectroscopy.

  7. Invited Article: Autonomous assembly of atomically perfect nanostructures using a scanning tunneling microscope

    A major goal of nanotechnology is to develop the capability to arrange matter at will by placing individual atoms at desired locations in a predetermined configuration to build a nanostructure with specific properties or function. The scanning tunneling microscope has demonstrated the ability to arrange the basic building blocks of matter, single atoms, in two-dimensional configurations. An array of various nanostructures has been assembled, which display the quantum mechanics of quantum confined geometries. The level of human interaction needed to physically locate the atom and bring it to the desired location limits this atom assembly technology. Here we report the use of autonomous atom assembly via path planning technology; this allows atomically perfect nanostructures to be assembled without the need for human intervention, resulting in precise constructions in shorter times. We demonstrate autonomous assembly by assembling various quantum confinement geometries using atoms and molecules and describe the benefits of this approach

  8. Surface structure and spectroscopy of charge-density wave materials using scanning tunneling microscopy

    The Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been used to study the effects of Fe doping on the charge-density wave (CDW) structure in NbSe3 and 1T-TaS2. In NbSe3 small amounts of Fe reduce both CDW gaps by 25--30% and change the relative CDW amplitudes of the high and low temperature CDWs. The CDW amplitudes remain strong on all three chains of the surface unit cell with no evident disorder. In 1T-Fe0.05Ta0.95S2 the Fe introduces substantial disorder in the CDW pattern, but the local CDW amplitude remains strong. The CDW energy gap is reduced by approximately 50% and the resistive anomaly at the commensurate-incommensurate transition is removed. The STM in both the image and spectroscopy modes can detect subtle changes in CDW structure due to impurities

  9. Scanning tunneling microscopy of charge-density waves in NbSe3

    The charge-density wave (CDW) structure in NbSe3 due to the two independent CDWs has been imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy. As predicted by band structure considerations the CDW modulation is observed to be substantially localized on different chains for the separate CDWs. At 77K where only the high temperature CDW exists a relatively weak modulation with a single component along the /bar b/-axis is observed. At 4.2K the low temperature CDW contributes a much stronger /approximately/4/bar b/0 /times/ 2/rvec c/0 superlattice modulation. The combination of atomic resolution and CDW modulations allows an unambiguous identification of the chain structure to be made. 9 refs., 5 figs

  10. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of organic monolayers adsorbed on the rhodium(111) crystal surface

    Cernota, Paul D.

    1999-08-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy studies were carried out on ordered overlayers on the (111) surface of rhodium. These adsorbates include carbon monoxide (CO), cyclohexane, cyclohexene, 1,4-cyclohexadiene, para-xylene, and meta-xylene. Coadsorbate systems included: CO with ethylidyne, CO with para- and meta-xylene, and para-xylene with meta-xylene. In the case of CO, the structure of the low coverage (2x2) overlayer has been observed. The symmetry of the unit cell in this layer suggests that the CO is adsorbed in the 3-fold hollow sites. There were also two higher coverage surface structures with ({radical}7x{radical}7) unit cells. One of these is composed of trimers of CO and has three CO molecules in each unit cell. The other structure has an additional CO molecule, making a total of four. This extra CO sits on a top site.

  11. Tracking the Verwey Transition in Single Magnetite Nanocrystals by Variable-Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

    Hevroni, Amir; Bapna, Mukund; Piotrowski, Stephan; Majetich, Sara A; Markovich, Gil

    2016-05-01

    Variable-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy revealed a sharp Verwey transition in individual ∼10 nm magnetite nanocrystals prepared by the coprecipitation technique and embedded in the surface of a gold film. The transition was observed as a significant change in the electronic structure around the Fermi level, with an apparent band gap of ∼140-250 meV appearing below the transition temperature and a pseudogap of ∼75 ± 10 meV appearing above it. The transition temperature was invariably observed around 101 ± 2 K for different nanocrystals, as opposed to 123 K typically reported for stoichiometric bulk crystals. This suggests that the lowering of the transition temperature is an intrinsic finite size effect, probably due to the presence of the surface. PMID:27088645

  12. A scanning tunneling microscope break junction method with continuous bias modulation

    Beall, Edward; Yin, Xing; Waldeck, David H.; Wierzbinski, Emil

    2015-09-01

    Single molecule conductance measurements on 1,8-octanedithiol were performed using the scanning tunneling microscope break junction method with an externally controlled modulation of the bias voltage. Application of an AC voltage is shown to improve the signal to noise ratio of low current (low conductance) measurements as compared to the DC bias method. The experimental results show that the current response of the molecule(s) trapped in the junction and the solvent media to the bias modulation can be qualitatively different. A model RC circuit which accommodates both the molecule and the solvent is proposed to analyze the data and extract a conductance for the molecule.Single molecule conductance measurements on 1,8-octanedithiol were performed using the scanning tunneling microscope break junction method with an externally controlled modulation of the bias voltage. Application of an AC voltage is shown to improve the signal to noise ratio of low current (low conductance) measurements as compared to the DC bias method. The experimental results show that the current response of the molecule(s) trapped in the junction and the solvent media to the bias modulation can be qualitatively different. A model RC circuit which accommodates both the molecule and the solvent is proposed to analyze the data and extract a conductance for the molecule. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional current-time traces recorded for mesitylene, 2,4-dichlorotoluene, and 3,4-dichlorotoluene under different bias modulation frequencies, determined solvent capacitance values, and traces recorded under various geometrical constraints in the experimental cell. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04649a

  13. Interfacial scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) of chalcogenide/metal hybrid nanostructure

    Saad, Mahmoud M.; Abdallah, Tamer [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Abbassia, Cairo (Egypt); Easawi, Khalid; Negm, Sohair [Department of Physics and Mathematics, Faculty of Engineering (Shoubra), Benha University (Egypt); Talaat, Hassan, E-mail: hassantalaat@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Abbassia, Cairo (Egypt)

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Comparing band gaps values obtained optically with STS. • Comparing direct imaging with calculated dimensions. • STS determination of the interfacial band bending of metal/chalcogenide. - Abstract: The electronic structure at the interface of chalcogenide/metal hybrid nanostructure (CdSe–Au tipped) had been studied by UHV scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) technique at room temperature. This nanostructure was synthesized by a phase transfer chemical method. The optical absorption of this hybrid nanostructure was recorded, and the application of the effective mass approximation (EMA) model gave dimensions that were confirmed by the direct measurements using the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) as well as the high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). The energy band gap obtained by STS agrees with the values obtained from the optical absorption. Moreover, the STS at the interface of CdSe–Au tipped hybrid nanostructure between CdSe of size about 4.1 ± 0.19 nm and Au tip of size about 3.5 ± 0.29 nm shows a band bending about 0.18 ± 0.03 eV in CdSe down in the direction of the interface. Such a result gives a direct observation of the electron accumulation at the interface of CdSe–Au tipped hybrid nanostructure, consistent with its energy band diagram. The presence of the electron accumulation at the interface of chalcogenides with metals has an important implication for hybrid nanoelectronic devices and the newly developed plasmon/chalcogenide photovoltaic solar energy conversion.

  14. Imaging superconducting vortex cores and lattices with a scanning tunneling microscope

    The observation of vortices in superconductors was a major breakthrough in developing the conceptual background for superconducting applications. Each vortex carries a flux quantum, and the magnetic field decreases radially from the center. Techniques used to make magnetic field maps, such as magnetic decoration, give vortex lattice images in a variety of systems. However, strong type II superconductors allow penetration of the magnetic field over large distances, of the order of the magnetic penetration depth λ. Superconductivity survives up to magnetic fields where, for imaging purposes, there is no magnetic contrast at all. Static and dynamic properties of vortices are largely unknown at such high magnetic fields. Reciprocal space studies using neutron scattering have been employed to obtain insight into the collective behavior. But the microscopic details of vortex arrangements and their motion remain difficult to obtain. Direct real-space visualization can be made using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S). Instead of using magnetic contrast, the electronic density of states describes spatial variations of the quasiparticle and pair wavefunction properties. These are of the order of the superconducting coherence length ξ, which is much smaller than λ. In principle, individual vortices can be imaged using STM up to the upper critical field where vortex cores, of size ξ, overlap. In this review, we describe recent advances in vortex imaging made with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. We introduce the technique and discuss vortex images that reveal the influence of the Fermi surface distribution of the superconducting gap on the internal structure of vortices, the collective behavior of the lattice in different materials and conditions, and the observation of vortex lattice melting. We consider challenging lines of work, which include imaging vortices in nanostructures, multiband and heavy fermion superconductors, single layers

  15. Interfacial scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) of chalcogenide/metal hybrid nanostructure

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Comparing band gaps values obtained optically with STS. • Comparing direct imaging with calculated dimensions. • STS determination of the interfacial band bending of metal/chalcogenide. - Abstract: The electronic structure at the interface of chalcogenide/metal hybrid nanostructure (CdSe–Au tipped) had been studied by UHV scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) technique at room temperature. This nanostructure was synthesized by a phase transfer chemical method. The optical absorption of this hybrid nanostructure was recorded, and the application of the effective mass approximation (EMA) model gave dimensions that were confirmed by the direct measurements using the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) as well as the high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). The energy band gap obtained by STS agrees with the values obtained from the optical absorption. Moreover, the STS at the interface of CdSe–Au tipped hybrid nanostructure between CdSe of size about 4.1 ± 0.19 nm and Au tip of size about 3.5 ± 0.29 nm shows a band bending about 0.18 ± 0.03 eV in CdSe down in the direction of the interface. Such a result gives a direct observation of the electron accumulation at the interface of CdSe–Au tipped hybrid nanostructure, consistent with its energy band diagram. The presence of the electron accumulation at the interface of chalcogenides with metals has an important implication for hybrid nanoelectronic devices and the newly developed plasmon/chalcogenide photovoltaic solar energy conversion

  16. Cross sectional scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of fractured oxide surfaces and heterostructure interfaces

    Recently, interfaces between novel oxide materials have become a playground for manipulation of new functionalities. At interfaces, the broken symmetry and the spatially confined environment have been shown to modify the local interactions and generate wholly new electronic phases (e.g. magnetism, metallicity, superconductivity etc.) distinct from the composite bulk materials. However, to date our understanding of these interface driven phases is still limited. While there exist powerful spatially resolved tools for visualizing the chemical and magnetic structure of an interface, a direct observation of electronic behavior across the interface presents a major experimental challenge. After the success of creating flat fractured surfaces on Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) accessible to scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we have further harnessed the high-sensitivity to electronic local density of states (LDOS) of the scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) in cross-sectional geometry to visualize complex oxide interface electronic properties. By extending XSTM/S to the interface between colossal magnetoresistant manganite La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO) and semiconducting Nb:STO, we were able to map the LDOS across the boundary to unambiguously visualize the interface by the location of the valence band and elucidate the fundamental issue of band alignment at a complex oxide heterointerface. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. (author)

  17. Cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of fractured oxide surfaces and heterostructure interfaces

    Chien, Teyu

    2011-03-01

    Recently, interfaces between novel oxide materials have become a playground for manipulation of new functionalities. At interfaces, the broken symmetry and the spatially confined environment have been shown to modify the local interactions and generate wholly new electronic phases (e.g. magnetism, metallicity, superconductivity etc.) distinct from the composite bulk materials. However, to date our understanding of these interface driven phases is still limited. While there exists powerful spatially resolved tools for visualizing the chemical and magnetic structure of an interface, a direct observation of electronic behavior across the interface presents a major experimental challenge. After the success of creating flat fractured surfaces on Nb-doped SrTi O3 (Nb:STO) accessible to scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) [1-3], we have further harnessed the high-sensitivity to electronic local density of states (LDOS) of the scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) in cross-sectional geometry to visualize complex oxide interface electronic properties. By extending XSTM/S to the interface between colossal magnetoresistant manganite La 2/3 Ca 1/3 Mn O3 (LCMO) and semiconducting Nb:STO, we were able to map the LDOS across the boundary to unambiguously visualize the interface by the location of the valence band and elucidate the fundamental issue of band alignment at a complex oxide heterointerface. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  18. Construction of a Dual-Tip Scanning Tunneling Microscope: a Prototype Nanotechnology Workstation.

    Voelker, Mark Alan

    1993-01-01

    This dissertation describes the construction and performance of a dual-tip scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The microscope was built as a prototype nanotechnology workstation, a general purpose instrument designed to give a researcher the ability to investigate and manipulate nanometer scale structures. Chapter One describes the genesis and development of the concept of nanotechnology, from the atomic hypothesis of Democritus to modern developments in synthetic chemistry. Nanometer scale electronics (molecular electronics) is introduced and the state of the art in this field is described. The dual-tip scanning probe microscope is proposed as a way to address individual molecular electronic devices, a key goal in realizing nanometer scale electronic technology. Investigation of microtubules, a proposed nanometer scale intracellular biological information processing system, is also discussed. Chapter Two reviews the history and fundamental physics of STM, along with the related techniques of Field Ion Microscopy (FIM) and Ballistic Electon Emission Microscopy (BEEM). BEEM is used to introduce the physics of the dual -tip STM. Other dual-probe systems are also described. Chapter Three covers the design and construction of the dual-tip STM. Both hardware and software are described in detail. Chapter Four presents the results obtained with the dual-tip STM, including dual-tip images and noise measurements for the electronic circuitry. The last chapter, Chapter Five, contains suggested design changes for improving the performance of the dual -tip microscope and descriptions of experiments that can be performed with an improved instrument. Design and use of a nanotechnology workstation in the fields of semiconductor electronics, molecular electronics and cellular biology is discussed. Investigation of neurons grown on a silicon chip with a dual-tip STM system is proposed. Four Appendices present a noise model of the STM tunneling gap and preamplifier, describe

  19. Fabrication of nanometer flat areas onto YBa2Cu3O7-x thin film surfaces by scanning tunneling microscope

    A scanning tunneling microscope was used to mechanically ''mill'' nanometer flat areas of up to 1600 μm2 on high temperature superconducting (HTS) films of YBa2Cu3O7-x which were originally formed by laser ablation. Flatness to a standard deviation of 2 nm in height was found to be characteristic of milled areas. It was subsequently possible to mill trenches and ditches onto these flat areas. Scanning tunneling measurements of the exposed layered structure of the milled HTS surface are also reported. Surface modifications are also possible by the application of voltage pulse to the tunneling tip. The combination of electrical pulses and milling offer a possibility of mixed electromechanical patterning of the film

  20. Preparation of scanning tunneling microscopy tips using pulsed alternating current etching

    An electrochemical method using pulsed alternating current etching (PACE) to produce atomically sharp scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips is presented. An Arduino Uno microcontroller was used to control the number and duration of the alternating current (AC) pulses, allowing for ready optimization of the procedures for both Pt:Ir and W tips using a single apparatus. W tips prepared using constant and pulsed AC power were compared. Tips fashioned using PACE were sharper than those etched with continuous AC power alone. Pt:Ir tips were prepared with an initial coarse etching stage using continuous AC power followed by fine etching using PACE. The number and potential of the finishing AC pulses was varied and scanning electron microscope imaging was used to compare the results. Finally, tip quality using the optimized procedures was verified by UHV-STM imaging. With PACE, at least 70% of the W tips and 80% of the Pt:Ir tips were of sufficiently high quality to obtain atomically resolved images of HOPG or Ni(111)

  1. Preparation of scanning tunneling microscopy tips using pulsed alternating current etching

    Valencia, Victor A.; Thaker, Avesh A.; Derouin, Jonathan; Valencia, Damian N.; Farber, Rachael G.; Gebel, Dana A.; Killelea, Daniel R., E-mail: dkillelea@luc.edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola University Chicago, 1068 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60660 (United States)

    2015-03-15

    An electrochemical method using pulsed alternating current etching (PACE) to produce atomically sharp scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips is presented. An Arduino Uno microcontroller was used to control the number and duration of the alternating current (AC) pulses, allowing for ready optimization of the procedures for both Pt:Ir and W tips using a single apparatus. W tips prepared using constant and pulsed AC power were compared. Tips fashioned using PACE were sharper than those etched with continuous AC power alone. Pt:Ir tips were prepared with an initial coarse etching stage using continuous AC power followed by fine etching using PACE. The number and potential of the finishing AC pulses was varied and scanning electron microscope imaging was used to compare the results. Finally, tip quality using the optimized procedures was verified by UHV-STM imaging. With PACE, at least 70% of the W tips and 80% of the Pt:Ir tips were of sufficiently high quality to obtain atomically resolved images of HOPG or Ni(111)

  2. Scanning tunneling microscopy I general principles and applications to clean and absorbate-covered surfaces

    Wiesendanger, Roland

    1994-01-01

    Since the first edition of "Scanning 'funneling Microscopy I" has been pub­ lished, considerable progress has been made in the application of STM to the various classes of materials treated in this volume, most notably in the field of adsorbates and molecular systems. An update of the most recent develop­ ments will be given in an additional Chapter 9. The editors would like to thank all the contributors who have supplied up­ dating material, and those who have provided us with suggestions for further improvements. We also thank Springer-Verlag for the decision to publish this second edition in paperback, thereby making this book affordable for an even wider circle of readers. Hamburg, July 1994 R. Wiesendanger Preface to the First Edition Since its invention in 1981 by G. Binnig, H. Rohrer and coworkers at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has devel­ oped into an invaluable surface analytical technique allowing the investigation of real-space surface structures at th...

  3. Catalytic monolayer voltammetry and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy of copper nitrite reductase on cysteamine-modified Au(111) electrodes

    Zhang, Jingdong; Welinder, A.C.; Hansen, Allan Glargaard;

    2003-01-01

    electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (in situ STM) directly in aqueous acetate buffer, pH 6.0 has been used. High-resolution in situ STM shows that cysteamine packs into ordered domains with strip features of a periodic distance of 11.7 +/- 0.3 Angstrom. No voltammetric signals of the nitrite substrate...

  4. Vectorial mapping of noncollinear antiferromagnetic structure of semiconducting FeSe surface with spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

    Antiferromagnetic semiconductors gain increasing interest due to their possible application in spintronics. Using spin polarized scanning tunneling microscopy operating in a vector field, we mapped the noncollinear antiferromagnetic spin structure of a semiconducting hexagonal FeSe surface on the atomic scale. The surface possesses an in-plane compensated Néel structure which is further confirmed by first-principles calculations

  5. Vectorial mapping of noncollinear antiferromagnetic structure of semiconducting FeSe surface with spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

    Zhang, K. F.; Yang, Fang; Song, Y. R. [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Zhang, Xiaole [Institute of Natural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); The State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Chen, Xianfeng [The State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Liu, Canhua; Qian, Dong; Gao, C. L., E-mail: clgao@sjtu.edu.cn; Jia, Jin-Feng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing (China); Luo, Weidong, E-mail: wdluo@sjtu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Institute of Natural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing (China)

    2016-02-08

    Antiferromagnetic semiconductors gain increasing interest due to their possible application in spintronics. Using spin polarized scanning tunneling microscopy operating in a vector field, we mapped the noncollinear antiferromagnetic spin structure of a semiconducting hexagonal FeSe surface on the atomic scale. The surface possesses an in-plane compensated Néel structure which is further confirmed by first-principles calculations.

  6. Atomic structure of screw dislocations intersecting the Au(111) surface: A combined scanning tunneling microscopy and molecular dynamics study

    Engbæk, Jakob; Schiøtz, Jakob; Dahl-Madsen, Bjarke; Horch, Sebastian

    2006-01-01

    The atomic-scale structure of naturally occurring screw dislocations intersecting a Au(111) surface has been investigated both experimentally by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and theoretically using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The step profiles of 166 dislocations were measured using...

  7. Adsorption of human insulin on single-crystal gold surfaces investigated by in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy and electrochemistry

    Welinder, Anna Christina; Zhang, Jingdong; Steensgaard, D.B.;

    2010-01-01

    We have explored the adsorption of zinc-free human insulin on the three low-index single-crystalline Au(111)-, Au(100)- and Au(110)-surfaces in aqueous buffer (KH2PO4, pH 5) by a combination of electrochemical scanning tunnelling microscopy (in situ STM) at single-molecule resolution and linear s...

  8. Low conductive support for thermal insulation of a sample holder of a variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope

    Hanzelka, Pavel; Vonka, J.; Musilová, Věra

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 84, č. 8 (2013), 085103:1-6. ISSN 0034-6748 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED0017/01/01; GA TA ČR TE01020233 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Thermal conductiviy * Scanning tunneling microscope Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 1.584, year: 2013

  9. INTER-LAYER INTERACTION IN DOUBLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES EVIDENCED BY SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPY AND SPECTROSCOPY

    Giusca, Cristina E; Tison, Yann; Silva, S. Ravi P.

    2008-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy have been used in an attempt to elucidate the electronic structure of nanotube systems containing two constituent shells. Evidence for modified electronic structure due to the inter-layer interaction in double-walled carbon nanotubes is provided by t...

  10. Two-Dimensional Cysteine and Cystine Cluster Networks on Au(111) Disclosed by Voltammetry and in Situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Zhang, Jingdong; Chi, Qijin; Nielsen, Jens Ulrik; Friis, Esben P.; Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Ulstrup, Jens

    2000-01-01

    Microscopic structures for molecular monolayers of L-cysteine and L-cystine assembled on Au(111) have been disclosed by employing electrochemistry and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). HighresolutionSTMimages show that the adlayers of both cyteine and cystine exhibit highly...

  11. "We Actually Saw Atoms with Our Own Eyes": Conceptions and Convictions in Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Junior High School

    Margel, Hannah; Eylon, Bat-Sheva; Scherz, Zahava

    2004-01-01

    The feasibility and the potential contribution of the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in junior high school (JHS) as an instructional tool for learning the particulate nature of matter is described. The use and power of new technologies can probably be demonstrated by the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

  12. Sensitivity Analysis of X-ray Spectra from Scanning Electron Microscopes

    Miller, Thomas Martin [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Patton, Bruce W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Weber, Charles F. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Bekar, Kursat B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-10-01

    The primary goal of this project is to evaluate x-ray spectra generated within a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to determine elemental composition of small samples. This will be accomplished by performing Monte Carlo simulations of the electron and photon interactions in the sample and in the x-ray detector. The elemental inventories will be determined by an inverse process that progressively reduces the difference between the measured and simulated x-ray spectra by iteratively adjusting composition and geometric variables in the computational model. The intended benefit of this work will be to develop a method to perform quantitative analysis on substandard samples (heterogeneous phases, rough surfaces, small sizes, etc.) without involving standard elemental samples or empirical matrix corrections (i.e., true standardless quantitative analysis).

  13. New insights into nano-magnetism by spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

    Highlights: ► We measure the magnetization reversal of individual nm small Co island by spin-STM. ► We identify an inhomogeneous magnetic anisotropy within a single Co island. ► The magnetic anisotropy near the rim is negligible as compared to 0.148 meV/atom at the island center. ► A crossover of the magnetization reversal from an exchange-spring behavior to domain wall formation is suggested. ► The impact of the observed spatial variation of the spin-dependent electronic properties on reversal is discussed. -- Abstract: We study the magnetization reversal and the position dependence of the spin-dependent electronic properties of nm small bilayer Co islands on Cu(1 1 1) by spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy in magnetic fields at low temperatures of 8 K. The analysis of the energy barrier of magnetization reversal from measurements of the switching field suggests a crossover of the magnetization reversal mode with increasing island size around 7500 atoms from exchange-spring behavior to domain wall formation. The quantitative analysis of the island size dependence of the energy barrier indicates an inhomogeneous magnetic anisotropy of the island. The island rim is magnetically soft, whereas the center shows a pronounced effective anisotropy of 0.148 meV/atom. We speculate that this inhomogeneity of the magnetic anisotropy might be a consequence of the spatial dependence of the spin-dependent electronic properties. We measure a spin-polarization and a tunnel magneto resistance ratio of opposite sign at the rim as compared to the island center

  14. Studies of the epitaxial monolayer NbSe2 by ultra-low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscope

    Ji, Shuai-Hua

    Monolayer NbSe2 has been successfully synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy on the graphitized SiC(0001) surface. Wide substrate temperature window from 200°C to 650°C for the epitaxial growth has been observed. The polycrystalline nature of the epitaxial sheet, which is caused by the weak Van der Waals interaction with substrate, has been evidenced by reflection high-energy electron diffraction and locally by scanning tunnelling microscope. Under the high temperature growth condition, grain size could reach as large as hundreds of nanometers. The shape of grain boundary is strongly depended on the misaligned angle between adjacent grains. Mainly, three type grain boundaries have been identified at the atomic scale by the local scanning probe. The BCS-like superconducting gap and the spatial fluctuation of order parameter have been revealed by ultra-low temperature scanning tunnelling microscope in the sub-Kelvin range.

  15. Quantitative impedance characterization of sub-10 nm scale capacitors and tunnel junctions with an interferometric scanning microwave microscope

    We present a method to characterize sub-10 nm capacitors and tunnel junctions by interferometric scanning microwave microscopy (iSMM) at 7.8 GHz. At such device scaling, the small water meniscus surrounding the iSMM tip should be reduced by proper tip tuning. Quantitative impedance characterization of attofarad range capacitors is achieved using an ‘on-chip’ calibration kit facing thousands of nanodevices. Nanoscale capacitors and tunnel barriers were detected through variations in the amplitude and phase of the reflected microwave signal, respectively. This study promises quantitative impedance characterization of a wide range of emerging functional nanoscale devices. (paper)

  16. Combining scanning tunneling microscopy and synchrotron radiation for high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy with chemical, electronic, and magnetic contrast

    The combination of high-brilliance synchrotron radiation with scanning tunneling microscopy opens the path to high-resolution imaging with chemical, electronic, and magnetic contrast. Here, the design and experimental results of an in-situ synchrotron enhanced x-ray scanning tunneling microscope (SXSTM) system are presented. The system is designed to allow monochromatic synchrotron radiation to enter the chamber, illuminating the sample with x-ray radiation, while an insulator-coated tip (metallic tip apex open for tunneling, electron collection) is scanned over the surface. A unique feature of the SXSTM is the STM mount assembly, designed with a two free-flex pivot, providing an angular degree of freedom for the alignment of the tip and sample with respect to the incoming x-ray beam. The system designed successfully demonstrates the ability to resolve atomic-scale corrugations. In addition, experiments with synchrotron x-ray radiation validate the SXSTM system as an accurate analysis technique for the study of local magnetic and chemical properties on sample surfaces. The SXSTM system's capabilities have the potential to broaden and deepen the general understanding of surface phenomena by adding elemental contrast to the high-resolution of STM. -- Highlights: ► Synchrotron enhanced x-ray scanning tunneling microscope (SXSTM) system designed. ► Unique STM mount design allows angular DOF for tip alignment with x-ray beam. ► System demonstrates ability to resolve atomic corrugations on HOPG. ► Studies show chemical sensitivity with STM tip from photocurrent and tunneling. ► Results show system's ability to study local magnetic (XMCD) properties on Fe films.

  17. Development, design and signal processing of a scanning tunneling microscope for measurement of rough surfaces

    In this work the development and the construction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) are described, which is also able to measure relatively rough surfaces. Rough surfaces are considered to have an elevation of the gradient of 45o and more. Such measurements pose special requirements for the construction and especially for the signal processing and control of the STM. For the reconstruction of the sample surface by the raw data delivered by the STM the knowledge about the exact behavior of the STM is essential. For this reason the identification of the individual components is very important. Especially the mechanical behavior of the probe head which positions the sensor tip over the sample is a matter of particular interest. To calculate the exact position of the sensor tip a mechanical model is introduced. The unknown parameters of this model are determined using a laser vibrometer. Because of cost and space limitations the mechanical deflections of the piezoelectric actuators of the probe head aren't checked by range sensors. So an identification of the piezoelectric actuators is required. In particular, the hysteresis behavior of piezoelectric transducers represents a major challenge. Using the mathematical hysteresis model of Coleman and Hodgdon succeeds in solving this problem. To carry out an effective control, the behavior of the STM is modeled in a simulation. Using this model, the design of a fast controller is described. The controller improves the dynamic behavior of the STM and allows short measurement periods. The work includes detailed descriptions of the mechanical setup and electronics of the STM in the form of working drawings, schematics and PCB layouts. In addition instructions for two different methods of tip preparation are given. The presented methods and solutions are not limited to the STM, but can be directly transferred to other varieties of scanning probe microscopes. (author)

  18. Theoretical characterisation of point defects on a MoS2 monolayer by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    González, C.; Biel, B.; Dappe, Y. J.

    2016-03-01

    Different S and Mo vacancies as well as their corresponding antisite defects in a free-standing MoS2 monolayer are analysed by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) simulations. Our theoretical methodology, based on the Keldysh nonequilibrium Green function formalism within the density functional theory (DFT) approach, is applied to simulate STM images for different voltages and tip heights. Combining the geometrical and electronic effects, all features of the different STM images can be explained, providing a valuable guide for future experiments. Our results confirm previous reports on S atom imaging, but also reveal a strong dependence on the applied bias for vacancies and antisite defects that include extra S atoms. By contrast, when additional Mo atoms cover the S vacancies, the MoS2 gap vanishes and a bias-independent bright protrusion is obtained in the STM image. Finally, we show that the inclusion of these point defects promotes the emergence of reactive dangling bonds that may act as efficient adsorption sites for external adsorbates.

  19. Self-Organized Graphene Nanoribbons on SiC(0001) Studied with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

    Torrance, David; Zhang, Baiqian; Hoang, Tien; First, Phillip

    2012-02-01

    Graphene nanoribbons grown directly on nanofacets of SiC(0001) offer an attractive union of top-down and bottom-up fabrication techniques. Nanoribbons have been shown to form on the facets of templated silicon carbide substrates,ootnotetextSprinkle et al., Nat. Nanotech. 5, 727 (2010). but also appear spontaneously along step-bunches on vicinal SiC(0001) miscut slightly towards . These self-organized graphene nanoribbons were characterized with low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) in ultra-high vacuum. Our measurements indicate that the graphene forms a continuous ``buffer layer'' across the SiC(0001) terraces during nanoribbon formation, with the zigzag edge of the buffer layer aligned parallel to the step-bunched nanofacets. Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) was used to characterize the topography and electrical characteristics of the graphene nanoribbons. These measurements indicate that the graphene nanoribbons are highly-crystalline with predominantly zigzag edges.

  20. Ag/ZnO hybrid systems studied with scanning tunnelling microscopy-based luminescence spectroscopy

    Pascua, Leandro; Stavale, Fernando; Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2016-03-01

    Coupled metal/oxide systems are prepared by depositing and embedding Ag nanoparticles into crystalline ZnO films grown on Au(111) supports. The morphology and optical properties of the compounds are investigated by topographic imaging and luminescence spectroscopy performed in a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). The luminescence of bare ZnO is governed by the band-recombination and a Zn-vacancy related peak. After Ag deposition, two additional maxima are detected that are assigned to the in-plane and out-of-plane plasmon in Ag nanoparticles and have energies below and slightly above the oxide band-gap, respectively. Upon coating the particles with additional ZnO, the out-of-plane plasmon redshifts and loses intensity, indicating strong coupling to the oxide electronic system, while the in-plane mode broadens but remains detectable. The original situation can be restored by gently heating the sample, which drives the silver back to the surface. However, the optical response of pristine ZnO is not recovered even after silver evaporation at high temperature. Small discrepancies are explained with changes in the ZnO defect landscape, e.g., due to silver incorporation. Our experiments demonstrate how energy-transfer processes can be investigated in well-defined metal/oxide systems by means of STM-based spectroscopic techniques.

  1. Compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with in-situ sample preparation capability

    Kim, Jungdae [Department of Physics, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Department of Physics and EHSRC, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Hyoungdo; Schroeder, Allan; Shih, Chih-Kang, E-mail: shih@physics.utexas.edu [Department of Physics, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Qin, Shengyong [Department of Physics, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Department of Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); ICQD, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Kim, Sang-ui [Department of Physics and EHSRC, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of); Eom, Daejin [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon 305-340 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-09-15

    We report on the design of a compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) having in-situ sample preparation capability. The in-situ sample preparation chamber was designed to be compact allowing quick transfer of samples to the STM stage, which is ideal for preparing temperature sensitive samples such as ultra-thin metal films on semiconductor substrates. Conventional spring suspensions on the STM head often cause mechanical issues. To address this problem, we developed a simple vibration damper consisting of welded metal bellows and rubber pads. In addition, we developed a novel technique to ensure an ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) seal between the copper and stainless steel, which provides excellent reliability for cryostats operating in UHV. The performance of the STM was tested from 2 K to 77 K by using epitaxial thin Pb films on Si. Very high mechanical stability was achieved with clear atomic resolution even when using cryostats operating at 77 K. At 2 K, a clean superconducting gap was observed, and the spectrum was easily fit using the BCS density of states with negligible broadening.

  2. A 30 mK, 13.5 T scanning tunneling microscope with two independent tips.

    Roychowdhury, Anita; Gubrud, M A; Dana, R; Anderson, J R; Lobb, C J; Wellstood, F C; Dreyer, M

    2014-04-01

    We describe the design, construction, and performance of an ultra-low temperature, high-field scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with two independent tips. The STM is mounted on a dilution refrigerator and operates at a base temperature of 30 mK with magnetic fields of up to 13.5 T. We focus on the design of the two-tip STM head, as well as the sample transfer mechanism, which allows in situ transfer from an ultra high vacuum preparation chamber while the STM is at 1.5 K. Other design details such as the vibration isolation and rf-filtered wiring are also described. Their effectiveness is demonstrated via spectral current noise characteristics and the root mean square roughness of atomic resolution images. The high-field capability is shown by the magnetic field dependence of the superconducting gap of CuxBi2Se3. Finally, we present images and spectroscopy taken with superconducting Nb tips with the refrigerator at 35 mK that indicate that the effective temperature of our tips/sample is approximately 184 mK, corresponding to an energy resolution of 16 μeV. PMID:24784617

  3. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of molecular growth structures of Gd@C82 on Cu(111)

    Chen Jian; Qin Zhi-Hui; Pan Jin-Bo; Lu Shuang-Zan; Du Shi-Xuan; Gao Hong-Jun; Cao Geng-Yu

    2013-01-01

    The coverage and temperature-dependent nucleation behaviors of the Gd@C82 metallofullerenes on Cu(111) have been studied by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) in detail.Upon molecular deposition at low temperature,Gd@C82 molecules preferentially decorate the steps and nucleate into single layer islands with increasing coverage.Further annealing treatment leads some of the Gd@C82 molecules to assemble into bright and dim patches,which are correlated to the adsorption induced substrate reconstruction.Upon sufficient thermal activation,Gd@C82 molecules sink into the Cu(111) surface one-copper-layer-deep,forming hexagonal close-packed molecular islands with intra-molecular details observed as striped patterns.By considering the commensurability between the Gd@C82 nearest-neighbor distance and the lattice of the underlying Cu(111),we clearly identified two kinds of in-plane molecular arrangements as ((√)19 × (√)19)R23.4° and ((√)19 × (√)19)R36.6° with respect to Cu(111).Within the assembled Gd@C82 molecular,island molecules with dim-bright contrast are spatially distributed,which may be modulated by the preexisted species on Cu(111).

  4. Transition between scanning tunneling microscopy images of alkane derivatives on graphite

    Hibino, Masahiro; Tsuchiya, Hiroshi

    2015-12-01

    Self-assembled monolayers of alkylated sulfides containing two alkyl chains and a sulfur atom positioned at the center of the molecules were studied on a graphite surface using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). STM images of the closed-packed alkyl chains that extend linearly from the sulfur atoms change reversibly between a zigzag pattern and an aligned bright spot pattern on a time scale of minutes. The observation times of the zigzag and aligned bright spot patterns indicate that the difference between the free energies of these two stable molecular configurations with respect to the graphite surface is smaller than their thermal energies in the presence of a solvent, and 10 times smaller than the theoretical free energy between parallel and perpendicular configurations of the alkyl chains on graphite under vacuum. The change in the contrast of the STM images occurred owing to the electronic effects that depend on the registry of the alkyl chains on the graphite surface, and not by the classical observation of transfer between parallel and perpendicular orientations of alkyl chains on the surface.

  5. Defects in oxide surfaces studied by atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy

    Thomas König

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Surfaces of thin oxide films were investigated by means of a dual mode NC-AFM/STM. Apart from imaging the surface termination by NC-AFM with atomic resolution, point defects in magnesium oxide on Ag(001 and line defects in aluminum oxide on NiAl(110, respectively, were thoroughly studied. The contact potential was determined by Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM and the electronic structure by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS. On magnesium oxide, different color centers, i.e., F0, F+, F2+ and divacancies, have different effects on the contact potential. These differences enabled classification and unambiguous differentiation by KPFM. True atomic resolution shows the topography at line defects in aluminum oxide. At these domain boundaries, STS and KPFM verify F2+-like centers, which have been predicted by density functional theory calculations. Thus, by determining the contact potential and the electronic structure with a spatial resolution in the nanometer range, NC-AFM and STM can be successfully applied on thin oxide films beyond imaging the topography of the surface atoms.

  6. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy Investigations of Surface States in Three Dimensional Topological Insulators and Topological Crystalline Insulators

    Okada, Yoshinori

    2014-03-01

    Three dimensional topological insulators (TIs) are a new class of material possessing topologically protected spin-polarized Dirac fermions on their surface. This new material has gathered much attention because of its great potential for realizing novel phenomena that are important for both fundamentals and applications. 3D topological insulators have been extensively probed by surface sensitive tools such as ARPES and spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In this talk, we will especially focus on STM measurements of Pb1-xSnxSe. This material belongs to a recently discovered new category of topological insulators called topological crystalline insulators (TCIs). In TCIs, topology and crystal symmetry intertwine to create surface states with a unique set of characteristics different from conventional 3D TIs. We have discovered broken mirror symmetry driven states that coexist with massless Dirac electrons in different regions of momentum space. Our findings experimentally demonstrate the unique tunability of surface Dirac electrons which is promising for the future realization of novel electronic states within TCIs. Current address: WPI-AIMR Tohoku University, Japan.

  7. The atomic structure of Pt on Si(1 1 1) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Highlights: • Two kinds of ordered reconstruction surface were prepared on Pt/Si(1 1 1) surface. • The atomic structures were observed and verified by STM. • Calculation results confirmed the bonding energy between Si and Pt atoms. - Abstract: Two kinds of ordered reconstruction surface (√3 × √3) R30° and (√7 × √7) R19.1°, are prepared by depositing different amounts of Pt on Si(1 1 1). The atomic structure and electronic properties are studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Then two models are built to explain the results. And the calculated results using density functional theory based first principle calculation show that the distance between Pt and Si atoms in (√7 × √7) R19.1° structure is smaller than that in (√3 × √3) R30° structure, which can increase the bonding energy between Pt and Si atoms

  8. Probing the location of displayed cytochrome b562 on amyloid by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Amyloid fibres displaying cytochrome b562 were probed using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) in vacuo. The cytochromes are electron transfer proteins containing a haem cofactor and could, in principle, mediate electron transfer between the tip and the gold substrate. If the core fibres were insulating and electron transfer within the 3D haem network was detected, then the electron transport properties of the fibre could be controlled by genetic engineering. Three kinds of STM images were obtained. At a low bias (562 was not detected by STM, which was attributed to low adhesion, whereas a monomeric multi-haem protein, GSU1996, was readily imaged. We conclude that the fibre superstructure may be intermittently conducting, that the cytochromes have been seen within the fibres and that they are too far apart for detectable current flow between sites to occur. We predict that GSU1996, being 10 nm long, is more likely to mediate successful electron transfer along the fibre as well as being more readily detectable when displayed from amyloid. (paper)

  9. Compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with in-situ sample preparation capability.

    Kim, Jungdae; Nam, Hyoungdo; Qin, Shengyong; Kim, Sang-ui; Schroeder, Allan; Eom, Daejin; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2015-09-01

    We report on the design of a compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) having in-situ sample preparation capability. The in-situ sample preparation chamber was designed to be compact allowing quick transfer of samples to the STM stage, which is ideal for preparing temperature sensitive samples such as ultra-thin metal films on semiconductor substrates. Conventional spring suspensions on the STM head often cause mechanical issues. To address this problem, we developed a simple vibration damper consisting of welded metal bellows and rubber pads. In addition, we developed a novel technique to ensure an ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) seal between the copper and stainless steel, which provides excellent reliability for cryostats operating in UHV. The performance of the STM was tested from 2 K to 77 K by using epitaxial thin Pb films on Si. Very high mechanical stability was achieved with clear atomic resolution even when using cryostats operating at 77 K. At 2 K, a clean superconducting gap was observed, and the spectrum was easily fit using the BCS density of states with negligible broadening. PMID:26429448

  10. Copper intercalation at the interface of graphene and Ir(111) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

    We report on the intercalation of a submonolayer of copper at 775 K underneath graphene epitaxially grown on Ir(111) studied by means of low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at 77 K. Nucleation and growth dynamics of Cu below graphene have been investigated, and, most importantly, the intercalation mechanism has been identified. First, LEED patterns reveal the pseudomorphic growth of Cu on Ir under the topmost graphene layer resulting in a large Cu in-plane lattice parameter expansion of about 6% compared to Cu(111). Second, large-scale STM topographs as a function of Cu coverage show that Cu diffusion on Ir below graphene exhibits a low energy barrier resulting in Cu accumulation at Ir step edges. As a result, the graphene sheet undergoes a strong edges reshaping. Finally, atomically-resolved STM images reveal a damaged graphene sheet at the atomic scale after metal intercalation. Point defects in graphene were shown to be carbon vacancies. According to these results, a Cu penetration path beneath graphene is proposed to occur via metal aided defect formation with no or poor self healing of the graphene sheet. This work illustrates the fact that Cu intercalation is harmful for graphene grown on Ir(111) at the atomic scale

  11. Thermal dissociation of chemisorbed oxygen molecules on Ag(110): an investigation by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    The thermal dissociation of oxygen molecules on Ag(110) was studied by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy. At temperatures around 170 K a fraction of the molecules dissociate to form pairs of O atoms on the unreconstructed surface. The atoms lie in the trenches between the close-packed Ag rows; the intrapair distance is two lattice constants. The O atoms are very reactive with CO at temperatures as low as 70 K. The preferential orientation of the pairs in the [001] direction contrasts with the finding in a previous study (Hahn J R, Lee H J and Ho W 2000 Phys. Rev. Lett. Vol. 85 1914) that electron-induced dissociation exclusively leads to [110]-oriented pairs. The trajectories of thermal and electron-induced dissociations must therefore be different. In the temperature range of the dissociation, several additional oxygen features occur on the surface. These include unreacted O2 molecules, the first nuclei of the added-row reconstruction, and two unidentified O-induced structures. (author)

  12. A 30 mK, 13.5 T scanning tunneling microscope with two independent tips

    We describe the design, construction, and performance of an ultra-low temperature, high-field scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with two independent tips. The STM is mounted on a dilution refrigerator and operates at a base temperature of 30 mK with magnetic fields of up to 13.5 T. We focus on the design of the two-tip STM head, as well as the sample transfer mechanism, which allows in situ transfer from an ultra high vacuum preparation chamber while the STM is at 1.5 K. Other design details such as the vibration isolation and rf-filtered wiring are also described. Their effectiveness is demonstrated via spectral current noise characteristics and the root mean square roughness of atomic resolution images. The high-field capability is shown by the magnetic field dependence of the superconducting gap of CuxBi2Se3. Finally, we present images and spectroscopy taken with superconducting Nb tips with the refrigerator at 35 mK that indicate that the effective temperature of our tips/sample is approximately 184 mK, corresponding to an energy resolution of 16 μeV

  13. A 30 mK, 13.5 T scanning tunneling microscope with two independent tips

    Roychowdhury, Anita [Laboratory for Physical Sciences, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States); Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20740 (United States); Gubrud, M. A.; Dana, R.; Dreyer, M. [Laboratory for Physical Sciences, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States); Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C. [Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20740 (United States)

    2014-04-15

    We describe the design, construction, and performance of an ultra-low temperature, high-field scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with two independent tips. The STM is mounted on a dilution refrigerator and operates at a base temperature of 30 mK with magnetic fields of up to 13.5 T. We focus on the design of the two-tip STM head, as well as the sample transfer mechanism, which allows in situ transfer from an ultra high vacuum preparation chamber while the STM is at 1.5 K. Other design details such as the vibration isolation and rf-filtered wiring are also described. Their effectiveness is demonstrated via spectral current noise characteristics and the root mean square roughness of atomic resolution images. The high-field capability is shown by the magnetic field dependence of the superconducting gap of Cu{sub x}Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}. Finally, we present images and spectroscopy taken with superconducting Nb tips with the refrigerator at 35 mK that indicate that the effective temperature of our tips/sample is approximately 184 mK, corresponding to an energy resolution of 16 μeV.

  14. Compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with in-situ sample preparation capability

    Kim, Jungdae; Nam, Hyoungdo; Qin, Shengyong; Kim, Sang-ui; Schroeder, Allan; Eom, Daejin; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2015-09-01

    We report on the design of a compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) having in-situ sample preparation capability. The in-situ sample preparation chamber was designed to be compact allowing quick transfer of samples to the STM stage, which is ideal for preparing temperature sensitive samples such as ultra-thin metal films on semiconductor substrates. Conventional spring suspensions on the STM head often cause mechanical issues. To address this problem, we developed a simple vibration damper consisting of welded metal bellows and rubber pads. In addition, we developed a novel technique to ensure an ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) seal between the copper and stainless steel, which provides excellent reliability for cryostats operating in UHV. The performance of the STM was tested from 2 K to 77 K by using epitaxial thin Pb films on Si. Very high mechanical stability was achieved with clear atomic resolution even when using cryostats operating at 77 K. At 2 K, a clean superconducting gap was observed, and the spectrum was easily fit using the BCS density of states with negligible broadening.

  15. Surface valence charge distributions and scanning tunneling microscopy of WTe 2

    Tang, S. L.; Kasowski, R. V.; Suna, A.; Parkinson, B. A.

    1990-11-01

    We have studied the surface electronic structures of the van der Waals surfaces of tungsten ditelluride (WTe 2) with first principles calculations of the spatial distribution of the surface valence charge densities and compared the results to images obtained with the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The energy- and z(distance from the surface)-dependent calculations show that the valence charge density distribution above the Te surface could be derived from the surface Te layer, as we previously calculated, but the charge density distribution close to but below the Fermi energy has a distortion that coincidentally makes it appear to have a symmetry close to the paired, zig-zag and buckled rows of the W layer. These results dramatically illustrate that in highly covalent compounds, the surface valence charge density distribution does not necessarily follow the surface atomic positions even on ideal, unreconstructed surfaces. An alternative interpretation of the STM images of this surface is proposed in light of this new surface electronic structure. Our calculated and experimental results are also discussed with reference to recent STM results on other transition metal dichalcogenides.

  16. Supercriticality of charge centers in graphene probed with scanning tunneling microscopy

    Jiang, Yuhang; Mao, Jinhai; Li, Guohong; Moldovan, D.; Masir, M. Ramezani; Peeters, F. M.; Andrei, Eva Y.

    2015-03-01

    The massless Dirac fermion carriers in graphene, with their effective fine structure constant,αg, being of order unity, provide fertile ground for exploring the physics of ultra-relativistic particles in the strong coupling limit.In particulara positive charge Z embedded in graphene is expected to exhibit supercritical behavior already for Z>Zc = 0.5/αg, in stark contrast to the atomic case where Zc ~ 170 is experimentally inaccessible. However due to the significant screening in graphene, attaining the supercritical regime is challenging. We will report on a new method to create charge centerswithin the graphene layer whose charge, Z, can be tuned to exceed the critical value. Using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy we study the evolution in the local electronic structure of graphene as a function of Z, from charge neutrality to the supercritical regime, which is identified by comparing to numerical simulations. Work supported by DOE-FG02-99ER45742 and NSF DMR 1207108.

  17. Towards optically-integrated scanning tunneling microscopy studies of defects in semiconductors

    Benjamin, Anne; Lang, Evan; Werner, Kevin; Chowdhury, Enam; Gupta, Jay

    As electronic devices approach the nanoscale, their function is increasingly dependent on the local environment of individual defects. We are developing a combination of optical illumination and scanning tunneling microscopy techniques to study how the properties of individual defects depend on aspects of the local environment, such surface or defect proximity, applied electric fields, and illumination. Here we present studies of individual Zn and Er impurities in GaAs(110).We use controlled motion of the STM tip during voltage sweeps to resolve previously hidden in-gap states of Zn acceptors and probe Zn further from the surface than previously accessible. We discovered two classes of Zn acceptors, one with defect states that did not shift with tip-induced band bending (TIBB), and one with states that do. Similar behavior was observed for above-gap illumination, consistent with the surface photovoltage effect (SPV). For Er on GaAs(110), we discovered three different adsorption states sharing two different sites. We found defect states near the conduction band edge, which shifted with TIBB as well as IR illumination resonant with the Er f-shell transitions.

  18. Analysis of oxygen and hydrogen adsorption on Nb(100) surface by scanning tunneling microscopy

    The surface structure of Nb(100) under the condition of cleaning, oxidation and hydrogen adsorption is observed by STM (scanning tunneling microscopy). The results obtained are followings; (1) (3 x 1)-O→(4 x 1)-O→c(2 x 2)-O→clean(1 x 1)structure was observed by atom level, and these atomic models of structures and STM images were verified by the first-principles calculations, (2) when the clean(1 x 1) structure exposed to hydrogen, dissociative adsorption of hydrogen was observed and Nb hydride cluster formed on the surface at room temperature. It was heated at about 450 - 670 K in UHV, the cluster decomposed into hydrogen and (1 x 1) structure with linear defect was formed. The c(2 x 2)-O structure by oxygen adsorption transformed into (1 x 1)-H structure with OH and Nb hydride cluster under hydrogen gas at room temperature. When it was heated in UHV at 640 K, OH desorbed from the surface and (1 x 1) structure with linear defect was generated. The surface of (3 x 1)-O structure was not changed by hydrogen. (S.Y.)

  19. Adsorption stages of O on Ru(0001) studied by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Meinel, K; Ammer, C; Beckmann, A; Neddermeyer, H

    1997-01-01

    The adsorption of O on Ru(0001) at a temperature of 400 K is studied in detail by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). With increasing O coverage, an ordered p(2x2) structure develops, followed by a p(2x1) structure. While the p(2x2) structure grows via island formation, the p(2x1) structure is abruptly formed by a disorder - order phase transition. After completion of the p(2x2) structure at a coverage of 0.25 ML, the surface develops a rough structure where the (2x2) units remain visible but appear with different heights. As the origin of this phenomenon, we propose additional O-O interactions and/or subsurface O due to the increase in O coverage. At coverages between 0.3 monolayer (ML) and 0.35 ML, different preformations of the p(2x1) structure are observed. First, small fragments of p(2x1) rows develop, which are randomly distributed over the surface and rotated by 120 deg. with respect to each other. They grow in one dimension and induce a criss-cross arrangement of linear chains of O atoms. T...

  20. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of molecular growth structures of Gd@C82 on Cu(111)

    The coverage and temperature-dependent nucleation behaviors of the Gd@C82 metallofullerenes on Cu(111) have been studied by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) in detail. Upon molecular deposition at low temperature, Gd@C82 molecules preferentially decorate the steps and nucleate into single layer islands with increasing coverage. Further annealing treatment leads some of the Gd@C82 molecules to assemble into bright and dim patches, which are correlated to the adsorption induced substrate reconstruction. Upon sufficient thermal activation, Gd@C82 molecules sink into the Cu(111) surface one-copper-layer-deep, forming hexagonal close-packed molecular islands with intra-molecular details observed as striped patterns. By considering the commensurability between the Gd@C82 nearest-neighbor distance and the lattice of the underlying Cu(111), we clearly identified two kinds of in-plane molecular arrangements as (√19 × √19)R23.4° and (√19 × √19)R36.6° with respect to Cu(111). Within the assembled Gd@C82 molecular, island molecules with dim—bright contrast are spatially distributed, which may be modulated by the preexisted species on Cu(111). (rapid communication)

  1. Strong tip-sample coupling in thermal radiation scanning tunneling microscopy

    Joulain, Karl; Chapuis, Pierre-Olivier; De Wilde, Yannick; Babuty, Arthur; Henkel, Carsten

    2014-01-01

    We analyze how a probing particle modifies the infrared electromagnetic near field of a sample. The particle, described by electric and magnetic polarizabilities, represents the tip of an apertureless scanning optical near-field microscope (SNOM). We show that the interaction with the sample can be accounted for by ascribing to the particle dressed polarizabilities that combine the effects of image dipoles with retardation. When calculated from these polarizabilities, the SNOM signal depends only on the fields without the perturbing tip. If the studied surface is not illuminated by an external source but heated instead, the signal is closely related to the projected electromagnetic local density of states (EM-LDOS). Our calculations provide the link between the measured far-field spectra and the sample's optical properties.We also analyze the case where the probing particle is hotter than the sample and evaluate the impact of the dressed polarizabilities on near-field radiative heat transfer. We show that suc...

  2. Characterization of charged defects in Cd_xHg_(1-x)Te and CdTe crystals by electron beam induced current and scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    Panin, G. N.; Diaz-Guerra, C.; Piqueras de Noriega, Javier

    1998-01-01

    A correlative study of the electrically active defects of CdxHg1-xTe and CdTe crystals has been carried out using a scanning electron microscope/scanning tunneling microscope (SEM/STM) combined system. Charged structural and compositional defects were revealed by the remote electron beam induced current (REBIC) mode of the scanning electron microscope. The electronic inhomogeneities of the samples were analyzed with nm resolution by current imaging tunneling spectroscopy (CITS) measurements, ...

  3. Two-photon-induced hot-electron transfer to a single molecule in a scanning tunneling microscope

    The junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating in the tunneling regime was irradiated with femtosecond laser pulses. A photoexcited hot electron in the STM tip resonantly tunnels into an excited state of a single molecule on the surface, converting it from the neutral to the anion. The electron-transfer rate depends quadratically on the incident laser power, suggesting a two-photon excitation process. This nonlinear optical process is further confirmed by the polarization measurement. Spatial dependence of the electron-transfer rate exhibits atomic-scale variations. A two-pulse correlation experiment reveals the ultrafast dynamic nature of photoinduced charging process in the STM junction. Results from these experiments are important for understanding photoinduced interfacial charge transfer in many nanoscale inorganic-organic structures.

  4. Harmonic oscillator wave functions of a self-assembled InAs quantum dot measured by scanning tunneling microscopy.

    Teichmann, Karen; Wenderoth, Martin; Prüser, Henning; Pierz, Klaus; Schumacher, Hans W; Ulbrich, Rainer G

    2013-08-14

    InAs quantum dots embedded in an AlAs matrix inside a double barrier resonant tunneling diode are investigated by cross-sectional scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The wave functions of the bound quantum dot states are spatially and energetically resolved. These bound states are known to be responsible for resonant tunneling phenomena in such quantum dot diodes. The wave functions reveal a textbook-like one-dimensional harmonic oscillator behavior showing up to five equidistant energy levels of 80 meV spacing. The derived effective oscillator mass of m* = 0.24m0 is 1 order of magnitude higher than the effective electron mass of bulk InAs that we attribute to the influence of the surrounding AlAs matrix. This underlines the importance of the matrix material for tailored QD devices with well-defined properties. PMID:23777509

  5. Scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy on organic PTCDA films deposited on sulfur passivated GaAs(001)

    Deposition of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on sulfur passivated gallium arsenide S-GaAs(001) surfaces is investigated by scanning tunnelling microscopy and scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. The surface morphology and the film structure are studied for the multilayer growth of the organic molecules. Spectroscopic results for both clean substrate and ordered areas of PTCDA are shown in this work. We have measured I-V plots at different tip-sample distances, avoiding deformation of the organic layer. Under proper experimental conditions, a gap value of 2.2eV has been measured on PTCDA crystals, in good agreement with the expected value for PTCDA (2.2-2.55eV)

  6. Electronic “Edge” State on Molybdenite Basal Plane Observed by Ultrahigh-Vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy

    Komiyama, Masaharu; Tomita, Hiroyuki; Yoda, Eisuke

    2007-09-01

    An electronic state heretofore unreported has been found on a cleaved basal plane of a natural molybdenite (MoS2) single crystal by ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy (UHV-STM), and examined in detail both by STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). The new electronic state resides on the edge of the upper terrace of MoS2(0001), manifesting itself in the form of bright ridges with a width of ca. 4 nm along the step edges in negatively sample-biased STM images. This ridge structure is nonexistent in STM images taken with positive sample biases. STS showed that the local density of states (LDOS) on such ridge structures is much higher than that on the terraces in the range of 0.2-1.2 eV below the Fermi edge. The nature and origin of this high LDOS at the step edges are discussed.

  7. Size dependent bandgap of molecular beam epitaxy grown InN quantum dots measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    InN quantum dots (QDs) were grown on Si (111) by epitaxial Stranski-Krastanow growth mode using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Single-crystalline wurtzite structure of InN QDs was verified by the x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Scanning tunneling microscopy has been used to probe the structural aspects of QDs. A surface bandgap of InN QDs was estimated from scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) I-V curves and found that it is strongly dependent on the size of QDs. The observed size-dependent STS bandgap energy shifts with diameter and height were theoretical explained based on an effective mass approximation with finite-depth square-well potential model.

  8. A first principles scanning tunneling potentiometry study of an opaque graphene grain boundary in the ballistic transport regime

    We report on a theoretical interpretation of scanning tunneling potentiometry (STP), formulated within the Keldysh non-equilibrium Green's function description of quantum transport. By treating the probe tip as an electron point source/sink, it is shown that this approach provides an intuitive bridge between existing theoretical interpretations of scanning tunneling microscopy and STP. We illustrate this through ballistic transport simulations of the potential drop across an opaque graphene grain boundary, where atomistic features are predicted that might be imaged through high resolution STP measurements. The relationship between the electrochemical potential profile measured and the electrostatic potential drop across such a nanoscale defect is also explored in this model system. (paper)

  9. Atomic origin of the scanning tunneling microscopy images of charge-density-waves on 1T-TaSe2

    We show atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of charge density waves (CDWs) at room temperature together with angle-resolved photoelectron band-mapping of 1T-TaSe2. By comparing the results of these two techniques, we demonstrate the atomic structure of the CDW-features observed by the STM and atomic origin of the reconstructed band-structure in this material

  10. Simulation of scanning tunneling microscope image of benzene chemisorbed on a Pd(111) electrode surface by density functional theory

    Soriaga, Manuel

    2013-01-01

    Alnald Javier,1 Ding Li,1 Perla B Balbuena,2 Manuel P Soriaga11Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; 2Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USAAbstract: A computational method based on density functional theory was used to simulate the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of benzene chemisorbed on a Pd(111) electrode in order to confirm the adsorption site of the aromatic molecule on the metal su...

  11. Two-probe theory of scanning tunneling microscopy of single molecules: Zn(II)-etioporphyrin on alumina

    Buker, John; Kirczenow, George

    2005-01-01

    We explore theoretically the scanning tunneling microscopy of single molecules on substrates using a framework of two local probes. This framework is appropriate for studying electron flow in tip/molecule/substrate systems where a thin insulating layer between the molecule and a conducting substrate transmits electrons non-uniformly and thus confines electron transmission between the molecule and substrate laterally to a nanoscale region significantly smaller in size than the molecule. The ti...

  12. An Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of Pattern Formation and Molecule Ordering under a Variety of Interactions

    Zhu, Yeming

    2013-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is well known as a powerful instrument in surface science research. In this dissertation, STM, together with density functional theory (DFT), is used to investigate the chemical bonding properties and charge transfer of metal-organic coordination. The contribution to the coordination compounds with similar but different functional ligands having the same molecular backbones is studied. However, the STM image quality is highly related to the properties of th...

  13. Observation of the screened potential and the Friedel oscillation by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy

    Using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy we have developed a method for measuring electrostatic potential in high spatial and energy resolutions, and performed a real-space observation of the potential screened by two-dimensional surface electrons around step edges, where extra charges are localized, on the Si(1 1 1)√3 x √3-Ag surface. In the potential images, characteristic decay and the Friedel oscillation were clearly observed around the charges.

  14. Simultaneous study by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and transport measurements in adsorbate-induced two-dimensional systems

    An adsorbate-induced two-dimensional electron system at cleaved surfaces of InSb is investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope and spectroscopy combined with transport measurements in magnetic fields up to 10 T. The magnitude of the potential disorder obtained from the spatially averaged density of states agrees with that deduced from the analysis of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations

  15. Scanning tunneling microscopy study of pinning-induced vortex lattice distortion in ion-irradiated NbSe2

    We observe vortex pinning in 2.2 GeV Au-ion irradiated NbSe2 by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at 3 K. The ion irradiation generates columnar defects which act as pinning sites. At various external magnetic fields the vortex arrangement is clearly resolved but shows strong distortion. The location of individual defects is extracted from STM data and compared to the vortex arrangement. (orig.)

  16. Layer by layer removal of Au atoms from passivated Au(111) surfaces using the scanning tunneling microscope: Nanoscale ``paint stripping''

    Keel, J. M.; Yin, J.; Guo, Q.; Palmer, R. E.

    2002-04-01

    Layer by layer removal of gold atoms from the (111) surface of gold has been performed using the scanning tunneling microscope. The process is made possible by a chemisorbed self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of dodecanethiol molecules on the surface, which gives rise to a reduced bonding strength between the top two layers of gold atoms. The gold atoms and associated adsorbed molecules are peeled off and displaced laterally by the STM tip, and the size of the modified area (down to ˜10×10 nm) is more or less determined by the scan size.

  17. Characterization and Properties of Oligothiophenes Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy for Possible Use in Organic Electronics

    A scanning tunneling microscopy study has been made on a group of alkyl-substituted oligothiophenes. The self-assembled monolayers of this type of semi-conducting oligomers on graphite were observed and characterized. To control the self-assembly, it is important to first understand the forces that drive the spontaneous ordering of molecules at interfaces. For the identification of the forces, several substituted oligothiophenes were examined: carboxylic acid groups, methyl ester carboxylic acid, and iodine atoms at one end and benzyl esters at the other end of the oligomers this is in addition to the non-functionalized oligothiophehens, Self-assembled monolayers of these molecules were then examined by STM. A detailed analysis of the driving forces and parameters controlling the formation of the self-assembled 2- D crystal monolayers was carried out by performing modeling of the experimental observations. The theoretical calculations gave us a conclusive insight into the intermolecular interactions, which lead to the observed conformation of molecules on the surface. An attempt to react two iodinated oligomers on the surface after the formation of the monolayer has been done; a topochemical reaction studies using UV/Vis light irradiation has been preceded. The targeted reaction was achieved. This can be considered as a great step towards the formation of nano-wires and other organic electronic devices. The applicability of the above method of force-driven self organisation in different patterns was examined as template for building donor-nano structures for electronic devices. It was necessary to examine the stability of the formed templates in air. The monolayers were left to dry and STM images were taken; C60 was then added to the monolayer, and the complexation of the C60 (as acceptor) with the formed monolayer template was examined.

  18. Self-assembly of tetraalkoxydinaphthophenazines in monolayers on HOPG by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Jaroch, Tomasz; Maranda-Niedbala, Agnieszka; Kotwica, Kamil; Wamil, Damian; Bujak, Piotr; Pron, Adam; Nowakowski, Robert

    2015-11-01

    2D supramolecular organization in monolayers of tetraalkoxydinaphthophenazines, a new group of solution processable organic semiconductors obtained by simple functionalization of indanthrone (6,15-dihydrodinaphtho[2,3-a:2‧,3‧-h]phenazine-5,9,14,18-tetraone), an old intractable dye, was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Five derivatives with increasing substituent length from butoxy (P-C4) to dodecyloxy (P-C12) were tested. All derivatives show a strong tendency to form ordered monolayers on HOPG graphite via self-assembly which constitute of rows of molecules oriented in one direction. However, local arrangement in this 2D supramolecular organization is strongly dependent on the substituent length. Two tendencies in the structural evolution are observed. For butoxy (P-C4), hexyloxy (P-C6) and octyloxy (P-C8) derivatives increasing substituent length results in the transformation of the structure governed by the conjugated core interactions to the one in which mutual interactions of the alkoxy groups dominate. As a consequence, for P-C8 a very stable 2D structure is obtained with a nearly rectangular 2D unit cell, as a consequence of the alkoxy group interdigitation in two perpendicular directions. With further increase of the substituent length to decyloxy (P-C10) and dodecyloxy (P-C12) a different effect is observed-a directional expansion of the unit cell along the longitudinal axis of the molecules. This is a consequence of structural nonequivalence of the alkoxy groups attached to the same aromatic ring.

  19. High vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscope based on a scanning tunneling microscope.

    Fang, Yurui; Zhang, Zhenglong; Sun, Mengtao

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we present the construction of a high-vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (HV-TERS) system that allows in situ sample preparation and measurement. A detailed description of the prototype instrument is presented with experimental validation of its use and novel ex situ experimental results using the HV-TERS system. The HV-TERS system includes three chambers held under a 10(-7) Pa vacuum. The three chambers are an analysis chamber, a sample preparation chamber, and a fast loading chamber. The analysis chamber is the core chamber and contains a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a Raman detector coupled with a 50 × 0.5 numerical aperture objective. The sample preparation chamber is used to produce single-crystalline metal and sub-monolayer molecular films by molecular beam epitaxy. The fast loading chamber allows ex situ preparation of samples for HV-TERS analysis. Atomic resolution can be achieved by the STM on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite. We demonstrate the measurement of localized temperature using the Stokes and anti-Stokes TERS signals from a monolayer of 1,2-benzenedithiol on a gold film using a gold tip. Additionally, plasmonic catalysis can be monitored label-free at the nanoscale using our device. Moreover, the HV-TERS experiments show simultaneously activated infrared and Raman vibrational modes, Fermi resonance, and some other non-linear effects that are not observed in atmospheric TERS experiments. The high spatial and spectral resolution and pure environment of high vacuum are beneficial for basic surface studies. PMID:27036755

  20. Adsorption stages of O on Ru(0001) studied by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy

    The adsorption of O on Ru(0001) at a temperature of 400 K is studied in detail by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). With increasing O coverage, an ordered p(2x2) structure develops, followed by a p(2x1) structure. While the p(2x2) structure grows via island formation, the p(2x1) structure is abruptly formed by a disorder - order phase transition. After completion of the p(2x2) structure at a coverage of 0.25 ML, the surface develops a rough structure where the (2x2) units remain visible but appear with different heights. As the origin of this phenomenon, we propose additional O-O interactions and/or subsurface O due to the increase in O coverage. At coverages between 0.3 monolayer (ML) and 0.35 ML, different preformations of the p(2x1) structure are observed. First, small fragments of p(2x1) rows develop, which are randomly distributed over the surface and rotated by 120 deg. with respect to each other. They grow in one dimension and induce a criss-cross arrangement of linear chains of O atoms. Two-dimensional ordering starts via pairing of the p(2x1) rows. At a critical O coverage slightly below 0.40 ML, suddenly large p(2x1) domains are formed in three orientations (rotated by 120 deg.), which coexist with remnants of the p(2x2) structure. At the saturation coverage of O (0.5 ML), the p(2x1) domains cover the surface completely. (author)

  1. How to observe the oxidation of magnesia-supported Pd clusters by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    Walter, Michael [Modelling of Functional Nanosystems, Physics Department, University of Freiburg (Germany); Freiburg Materials Research Center, Freiburg (Germany); Moseler, Michael [Modelling of Functional Nanosystems, Physics Department, University of Freiburg (Germany); Freiburg Materials Research Center, Freiburg (Germany); Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials, Freiburg (Germany)

    2010-05-15

    The structure of adsorbed bare and oxidised Pd{sub 9} clusters on a MgO(001) bilayer supported by an Ag(001) surface are studied by density functional theory (DFT). Results for the bare cluster are compared with corresponding calculations of Pd{sub 9} on a free-standing MgO(001) trilayer - a system that already reproduces the adsorption properties of thick MgO films. A 3D double trigonal antiprism is compared to a 2D fragment of a Pd(111) plane. In contrast to the findings for gold clusters, the Pd{sub 9} 3D ground state on a thick MgO film is still energetically favourable on a thin metal supported MgO film - despite the substantial charge transfer from the metal support to the 2D cluster. Simulated scanning tunnelling microscopy images predict that the oxide formation should be easily detectable for negative bias voltages, since the highest occupied molecular orbitals of both the pristine as well as the oxidised clusters possess a strong Pd(d) contribution localised on the Pd atoms. At positive bias, the nodal structure of delocalised unoccupied orbitals sometimes masks the nuclear positions. Simulated STM images for (a,d) Pd{sub 9} rate at MgO(001) rate at g(001), (b,e) Pd{sub 9}O{sub 2} rate at MgO(001) rate at Ag(001) and (c,f) Pd{sub 9}O{sub 4} rate at MgO (001) rate at Ag(001). (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. High vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscope based on a scanning tunneling microscope

    Fang, Yurui; Zhang, Zhenglong; Sun, Mengtao

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we present the construction of a high-vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (HV-TERS) system that allows in situ sample preparation and measurement. A detailed description of the prototype instrument is presented with experimental validation of its use and novel ex situ experimental results using the HV-TERS system. The HV-TERS system includes three chambers held under a 10-7 Pa vacuum. The three chambers are an analysis chamber, a sample preparation chamber, and a fast loading chamber. The analysis chamber is the core chamber and contains a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a Raman detector coupled with a 50 × 0.5 numerical aperture objective. The sample preparation chamber is used to produce single-crystalline metal and sub-monolayer molecular films by molecular beam epitaxy. The fast loading chamber allows ex situ preparation of samples for HV-TERS analysis. Atomic resolution can be achieved by the STM on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite. We demonstrate the measurement of localized temperature using the Stokes and anti-Stokes TERS signals from a monolayer of 1,2-benzenedithiol on a gold film using a gold tip. Additionally, plasmonic catalysis can be monitored label-free at the nanoscale using our device. Moreover, the HV-TERS experiments show simultaneously activated infrared and Raman vibrational modes, Fermi resonance, and some other non-linear effects that are not observed in atmospheric TERS experiments. The high spatial and spectral resolution and pure environment of high vacuum are beneficial for basic surface studies.

  3. A high-stability scanning tunneling microscope achieved by an isolated tiny scanner with low voltage imaging capability

    We present a novel homebuilt scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with high quality atomic resolution. It is equipped with a small but powerful GeckoDrive piezoelectric motor which drives a miniature and detachable scanning part to implement coarse approach. The scanning part is a tiny piezoelectric tube scanner (industry type: PZT-8, whose d31 coefficient is one of the lowest) housed in a slightly bigger polished sapphire tube, which is riding on and spring clamped against the knife edges of a tungsten slot. The STM so constructed shows low back-lashing and drifting and high repeatability and immunity to external vibrations. These are confirmed by its low imaging voltages, low distortions in the spiral scanned images, and high atomic resolution quality even when the STM is placed on the ground of the fifth floor without any external or internal vibration isolation devices

  4. Measuring Directional Wave Spectra and Wind Speed with a Scanning Radar Altimeter

    Walsh, E. J.; Vandemark, D.; Wright, C. W.; Swift, R. N.; Scott, J. F.; Hines, D. E.

    1999-01-01

    The geometry for the NASA Scanning Radar Altimeter (SRA) is shown. It transmits a 8-ns duration pulse at Ka-band (8.3 mm) and measures time of flight as it scans a 1 degree (two-way) beam from left to right across the aircraft ground track. The most recent configuration determines the surface elevation at 64 points spaced at uniform angular intervals of about 0.7 across a swath whose width is about 0.8 times the aircraft altitude. The system generates these raster lines of the surface topography beneath the aircraft at about a 10 Hz rate. In postflight processing the SRA wave topographic data are transformed with a two-dimensional Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) and Doppler corrected to produce directional wave spectra. The SRA is not absolutely calibrated in power, but by measuring the relative fall-off of backscatter with increasing incidence angle, the SRA can also determine the mean square slope (mss) of the sea surface, a surrogate for wind speed. For the slope-dependent specular point model of radar sea surface scattering, an expression approximated by a geometric optics form, for the relative variation with incidence angle of the normalized backscatter radar cross section would be sigma (sup 0) (sub rel) = sec (exp 4) theta exp (-tan squared theta/mss) where theta is the off-nadir incidence angle.

  5. Influence of tip-induced band bending on tunnelling spectra of semiconductor surfaces

    A theory based on the Bardeen formalism is developed for computing the tunnel current between a metal tip and a semiconductor surface. Tip-induced band bending in the semiconductor is included, with the electrostatic potential computed in a fully three-dimensional model whereas the tunnel current is computed in the limit of large tip radii. Localized states forming at the semiconductor surface as well as wavefunction tailing through the semiconductor depletion region are fully accounted for. Numerical results are provided and compared with data obtained from p-type GaAs surfaces, and generalization of the method to semiconductor heterojunctions is discussed

  6. Visualization of postoperative anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction bone tunnels: Reliability of standard radiographs, CT scans, and 3D virtual reality images

    D.E. Meuffels (Duncan); J.W. Potters (Jan Willem); A.H.J. Koning (Anton); C.H. Brown Jr Jr. (Charles); J.A.N. Verhaar (Jan); M. Reijman (Max)

    2011-01-01

    textabstractBackground and purpose: Non-anatomic bone tunnel placement is the most common cause of a failed ACL reconstruction. Accurate and reproducible methods to visualize and document bone tunnel placement are therefore important. We evaluated the reliability of standard radiographs, CT scans, a

  7. Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy study on the electronic properties of a double-decker DyPc2 molecule at the surface.

    Zhang, Yajie; Liao, Peilin; Kan, Jinglan; Yin, Cen; Li, Na; Liu, Jing; Chen, Qiwei; Wang, Yongfeng; Chen, Wei; Xu, Guo Qin; Jiang, Jianzhuang; Berndt, Richard; Wu, Kai

    2015-10-28

    To fully achieve potential applications of the double-decker molecules containing rare earth elements as single-molecule magnets in molecular spintronics, it is crucial to understand the 4f states of the rare earth atoms sandwiched in the double-decker molecules by metal electrodes. In this study, low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy were employed to investigate the isolated double-decker DyPc2 molecule adsorbed on Au(111) via its differential conductance measurements. The experimental results revealed that the differential conductance maps acquired at a constant height mode simply depicted the authentic molecular orbitals; moreover, the differential conductance maps achieved at a constant current mode could not directly probe the 4f states of the sandwiched Dy atom. This was consistent with the spectra obtained over the molecule center around the Fermi level, indicative of no Kondo feature. Upon decreasing the tip-molecule distance, the CH-mode images presented high-resolution structure but no information of the 4f states. All results indicated that the Dy atom barely contributed to the tunneling current because of the absence of coupling with the microscope tip, echoing the inaccessibility of the Dy 4f states in the double-decker DyPc2 molecule. PMID:26411704

  8. Co on Pt(111) studied by spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

    Meier, F.K.

    2006-07-01

    In this thesis the electronic properties of the bare Pt(111) surface, the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of monolayer and double-layer high Co nanostructures as well as the spin-averaged electronic structure of single Co atoms on Pt(111) were studied by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS). The experiments on the bare Pt(111) surface and on single Co atoms have been performed in an STM facility operating at temperatures of down to 0.3 K and at magnetic fields of up to 14 T under ultra-high vacuum conditions. The facility has been taken into operation within the time period of this thesis and its specifications were tested by STS measurements. These characterization measurements show a very high stability of the tunneling junction and an energy resolution of about 100 {mu}eV, which is close to the thermal limit. The investigation of the electronic structure of the bare Pt(111) surface reveals the existence of an unoccupied surface state. By a comparison of the measured dispersion to first-principles electronic structure calculations the state is assigned to an sp-derived surface band at the lower boundary of the projected bulk band gap. The surface state exhibits a strong spin-orbit coupling induced spin splitting. The close vicinity to the bulk bands leads to a strong linear contribution to the dispersion and thus to a deviant appearance in the density of states in comparison to the surface states of the (111) surfaces of noble metals. A detailed study of Co monolayer and double-layer nanostructures on the Pt(111) surface shows that both kinds of nanostructures exhibit a highly inhomogeneous electronic structure which changes at the scale of only a few Aa due to a strong stacking dependence with respect to the Pt(111) substrate. With the help of first principles calculations the different spectroscopic appearance for Co atoms within the Co monolayer is assigned to a stacking dependent hybridization of Co states

  9. Probing charge transport at the single-molecule level on silicon by using cryogenic ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy

    Guisinger, Nathan P.; Yoder, Nathan L.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2005-01-01

    A cryogenic variable-temperature ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope is used for measuring the electrical properties of isolated cyclopentene molecules adsorbed to the degenerately p-type Si(100)-2×1 surface at a temperature of 80 K. Current–voltage curves taken under these conditions show negative differential resistance at positive sample bias, in agreement with previous observations at room temperature. Because of the enhanced stability of the scanning tunneling microscope at c...

  10. Simultaneous atomic force- and scanning tunneling microscopy - a new view on two distinct aspects of the atomic structure of matter

    Full text: Full text: Frequency-modulation AFM can be combined with scanning tunneling microscopy, yielding a simultaneous data set for current and average force gradient. Ternes et al. have shown that for some metallic contacts, force and current are proportional. The figure shows an example, where combined AFM/STM reveals two strongly distinct aspects of the atomic structure of matter. The gray veil depicts the inverted tunneling current between a CO molecule adsorbed on Cu(111) and a tungsten tip, while the colored surface shows the corresponding force profiles, where the left image corresponds to a W tip oriented in a direction, the right to a direction and the bottom to a direction. While the simultaneous acquisition of current and force can reveal new information about the atomic and electronic structure of matter, the tunneling current can modify the atomic forces. This phantom force, a modification of the electrostatic attraction between tip and sample, originates in an alteration of the effective potential difference between tip and sample caused by strongly localized voltage drop induced by the tunneling current. The talk discusses the merits of combined STM/AFM as well as the challenges, in particular with respect to tip preparation and characterization. (author)

  11. Time-resolved detection of surface plasmon polaritons with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Ha, T.; Jensen, Jacob Riis;

    1998-01-01

    We present the time-resolved detection of surface plasmon polaritons with an STM. The results indicate that the time resolved signal is due to rectification of coherently superimposed plasmon voltages. The comparison with differential reflectivity measurements shows that the tip itself influences...... the decay of the plasmon-field coherence. Generation of the measured signal at the tunneling junction offers the possibility to observe ultrafast effects with a spatial resolution determined by the tunneling junction...

  12. Studies on switching mechanisms in Pd-nanodot embedded Nb2O5 memristors using scanning tunneling microscopy

    Current imaging tunneling spectrum obtained from scanning tunneling microscopy has been used to probe the formation and/or rupture of conductive filaments responsible for bipolar switching in Pd nano-dots embedded Nb2O5 memristors. Filamentary conduction mechanism has been confirmed by scanning tunneling microscopy study using a Pt–Ir tip that enabled performing electroforming and reset operations at the nanoscale. The back and forth transition between the fully oxidized and metallic sub-oxide states of niobium under applied bias, as observed from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, is believed to be the source of bipolar switching in Nb2O5 memristors. The incorporation of Pd nanodots in Nb2O5 matrix plays a critical role by acting as an oxygen ion reservoir and/or by polarizing a large volume of oxygen vacancies. The formation and/or rupture of the conducting filaments through trapping–detrapping phenomena are found to boost the memristive switching performance. - Highlights: ► STM technique has been applied to study the resistance switching. ► Use of Pd nanodots enhances the switching in Nb2O5 memristors. ► Origin of switching is found to be due to multiple oxide states of Nb.

  13. A review and outlook for an anomaly of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM): superlattices on graphite

    Since its invention in 1981, scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) is well-known for its supreme imaging resolution enabling one to observe atomic-scale structures, which has led to the flourishing of nanoscience. As successful as it is, there still remain phenomena which are observed using STM but are beyond our understanding. Graphite is one of the surfaces which have been most extensively studied using STM. However, there are a number of unusual properties of graphite surfaces. First reported in the 1980s, superlattices on graphite have since been observed many times and by many groups, but as yet our understanding of this phenomenon is quite limited. Most of the observed superlattice phenomena are widely believed to be the result of a Moire rotation pattern, arising from the misorientation between two graphite layers, as verified experimentally. A Moire pattern is a lattice with larger periodicity resulting from the overlap of two lattices with smaller periodicities. As graphite layers are composed of hexagonal lattices with a periodicity of 0.246 nm, as observed using STM, when there are misoriented graphite layers overlapping each other, a Moire pattern with larger periodicity, depending on the misorientation angle, will be produced and appear as a superperiodic hexagonal structure on top of the graphite atomic lattice of the topmost surface layer. It is important to study graphite superlattices because, firstly, knowledge of this phenomenon will enable us to properly interpret STM images; secondly, it helps us to understand the correlation between electronic structures and atomic-structure rearrangement of graphite which is of tremendous aid for engineering material properties; thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, the observation of the phenomenon exhibits the capability of STM to produce images indicating the nature of internal defects which are below the surface. Over recent years, experimental and modelling techniques have been developed to study this

  14. A New High Channel-Count, High Scan-Rate, Data Acquisition System for the NASA Langley Transonic Dynamics Tunnel

    Ivanco, Thomas G.; Sekula, Martin K.; Piatak, David J.; Simmons, Scott A.; Babel, Walter C.; Collins, Jesse G.; Ramey, James M.; Heald, Dean M.

    2016-01-01

    A data acquisition system upgrade project, known as AB-DAS, is underway at the NASA Langley Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. AB-DAS will soon serve as the primary data system and will substantially increase the scan-rate capabilities and analog channel count while maintaining other unique aeroelastic and dynamic test capabilities required of the facility. AB-DAS is configurable, adaptable, and enables buffet and aeroacoustic tests by synchronously scanning all analog channels and recording the high scan-rate time history values for each data quantity. AB-DAS is currently available for use as a stand-alone data system with limited capabilities while development continues. This paper describes AB-DAS, the design methodology, and the current features and capabilities. It also outlines the future work and projected capabilities following completion of the data system upgrade project.

  15. Voltammetry and In Situ Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy of De Novo Designed Heme Protein Monolayers on Au(111)-Electrode Surfaces

    Albrecht, Tim; Li, Wu; Haehnel, Wolfgang;

    2006-01-01

    In the present work, we report the electrochemical characterization and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) studies of monolayers of an artificial de novo designed heme protein MOP-C, covalently immobilized on modified Au(111) surfaces. The protein forms closely packed monolayers, which...... minimal and proteins could be imaged without detectable tip interference. The results indicate further that the structural sensitivity of (in situ) STM depends to a significant extent on associated electron transfer kinetics. In the present case, the heme group does not contribute significantly to the...... tunnelling current, apparently due to slow electron transfer kinetics. As a consequence, STM images of heme-containing and heme-free MOP-C did not reveal any notable differences in apparent height or physical extension. The apparent height of heme-containing MOP-C did not show any dependence on the substrate...

  16. Bimetallic Catalysts and Platinum Surfaces Studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

    Roenning, Magnus

    2000-07-01

    Bimetallic catalyst systems used in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (Co-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and in the naphtha reforming process (Pt-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) have been studied in situ using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS). Additionally, the adsorption of ethene on platinum single crystal surfaces has been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy. In situ EXAFS at the cobalt K absorption edge have been carried out at 450{sup o}C on the hydrogen reduction of a rhenium-promoted Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. Reductions carried out using 100% hydrogen and 5% hydrogen in helium gave different results. Whereas the reduction using dilute hydrogen leads to bulk-like metallic cobalt particles (hcp or fcc), reaction with pure hydrogen yields a more dispersed system with smaller cobalt metal particles (< 40 A). The results are rationalised in terms of different degrees of reoxidation of cobalt by the higher and lower concentrations of water generated during the reduction of cobalt oxide by 100% and 5% hydrogen, respectively. Additionally, in both reduction protocols a small fraction (3 -4 wt%) of the cobalt content is randomly dispersed over the tetrahedral vacancies of the alumina support. This dispersion occurs during reduction and not calcination. The cobalt in these sites cannot be reduced at 450 {sup o}C. The local environments about the rhenium atoms in Co-Re/{gamma}-A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst after different reduction periods have been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. A bimetallic catalyst containing 4.6 wt% cobalt and 2 wt% rhenium has been compared with a corresponding monometallic sample with 2 wt% rhenium on the same support. The rhenium L{sub III} EXAFS analysis shows that bimetallic particles are formed after reduction at 450{sup o}C with the average particle size being 10-15 A. Rhenium is shown to be reduced at a later stage than cobalt. The fraction of cobalt atoms entering the support obstructs the access to the support for the

  17. Bimetallic Catalysts and Platinum Surfaces Studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

    Roenning, Magnus

    2000-07-01

    Bimetallic catalyst systems used in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (Co-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and in the naphtha reforming process (Pt-Re/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) have been studied in situ using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS). Additionally, the adsorption of ethene on platinum single crystal surfaces has been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy. In situ EXAFS at the cobalt K absorption edge have been carried out at 450{sup o}C on the hydrogen reduction of a rhenium-promoted Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. Reductions carried out using 100% hydrogen and 5% hydrogen in helium gave different results. Whereas the reduction using dilute hydrogen leads to bulk-like metallic cobalt particles (hcp or fcc), reaction with pure hydrogen yields a more dispersed system with smaller cobalt metal particles (< 40 A). The results are rationalised in terms of different degrees of reoxidation of cobalt by the higher and lower concentrations of water generated during the reduction of cobalt oxide by 100% and 5% hydrogen, respectively. Additionally, in both reduction protocols a small fraction (3 -4 wt%) of the cobalt content is randomly dispersed over the tetrahedral vacancies of the alumina support. This dispersion occurs during reduction and not calcination. The cobalt in these sites cannot be reduced at 450 {sup o}C. The local environments about the rhenium atoms in Co-Re/{gamma}-A1{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst after different reduction periods have been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. A bimetallic catalyst containing 4.6 wt% cobalt and 2 wt% rhenium has been compared with a corresponding monometallic sample with 2 wt% rhenium on the same support. The rhenium L{sub III} EXAFS analysis shows that bimetallic particles are formed after reduction at 450{sup o}C with the average particle size being 10-15 A. Rhenium is shown to be reduced at a later stage than cobalt. The fraction of cobalt atoms entering the support obstructs the access to the support for the

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy-based in situ measurement of fast tool servo-assisted diamond turning micro-structures

    Ju, Bing-Feng; Zhu, Wu-Le; Yang, Shunyao; Yang, Keji

    2014-05-01

    We propose a new in situ measurement system based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to realize spiral scanning of a micro-structure without removing it after fast tool servo (FTS) cutting. To avoid distortion of the machined and measured surface, the center alignment of the FTS tool and the STM tip was first implemented by an STM in situ raster scan of two circular grooves cut by the machine tool. To originally observe the machined surface, the trace of the STM tip is put in accord with that of the FTS by setting the same start and end points of cutting and scanning and the same feed rate, and both are triggered by the subdivided rotary encoder of the spindle of the diamond turning machine. The profile data of the in situ spiral scanning of the machined micro-lens array can be fed back to compensate the depth of the cut to guarantee sub-micron form accuracy after second machining. The efficient spiral scanning, proper matching and accurate evaluation results demonstrate that the proposed STM in situ measurement approach is of great significance to the fabrication process.

  19. Scanning tunneling microscopy-based in situ measurement of fast tool servo-assisted diamond turning micro-structures

    We propose a new in situ measurement system based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to realize spiral scanning of a micro-structure without removing it after fast tool servo (FTS) cutting. To avoid distortion of the machined and measured surface, the center alignment of the FTS tool and the STM tip was first implemented by an STM in situ raster scan of two circular grooves cut by the machine tool. To originally observe the machined surface, the trace of the STM tip is put in accord with that of the FTS by setting the same start and end points of cutting and scanning and the same feed rate, and both are triggered by the subdivided rotary encoder of the spindle of the diamond turning machine. The profile data of the in situ spiral scanning of the machined micro-lens array can be fed back to compensate the depth of the cut to guarantee sub-micron form accuracy after second machining. The efficient spiral scanning, proper matching and accurate evaluation results demonstrate that the proposed STM in situ measurement approach is of great significance to the fabrication process. (paper)

  20. Atomic structure of the non-polar GaN(anti 2110) surface by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

    Krueger, David; Kuhr, Simon; Schmidt, Thomas; Hommel, Detlef; Falta, Jens [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Bremen (Germany)

    2009-05-15

    The (anti 2110) plane of gallium nitride, exposed by cleaving a GaN single crystal under ultra-high vacuum conditions, has been atomically resolved for the first time, using cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy. The spatial period length supports a (1 x 1) unit mesh size, i.e., the absence of a reconstruction. The contrast observed in the experimental data is well explained by the atomic arrangement expected for a truncated-bulk structure. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. A variable-temperature nanostencil compatible with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope

    Steurer, Wolfram, E-mail: wst@zurich.ibm.com; Gross, Leo; Schlittler, Reto R.; Meyer, Gerhard [IBM Research-Zurich, 8803 Rüschlikon (Switzerland)

    2014-02-15

    We describe a nanostencil lithography tool capable of operating at variable temperatures down to 30 K. The setup is compatible with a combined low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope located within the same ultra-high-vacuum apparatus. The lateral movement capability of the mask allows the patterning of complex structures. To demonstrate operational functionality of the tool and estimate temperature drift and blurring, we fabricated LiF and NaCl nanostructures on Cu(111) at 77 K.

  2. A variable-temperature nanostencil compatible with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope

    We describe a nanostencil lithography tool capable of operating at variable temperatures down to 30 K. The setup is compatible with a combined low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope located within the same ultra-high-vacuum apparatus. The lateral movement capability of the mask allows the patterning of complex structures. To demonstrate operational functionality of the tool and estimate temperature drift and blurring, we fabricated LiF and NaCl nanostructures on Cu(111) at 77 K

  3. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Measurements of the Full Cycle of a Heterogeneous Asymmetric Hydrogenation Reaction on Chirally Modified Pt(111)

    Demers-Carpentier, Vincent; Goubert, Guillaume; Masini, Federico;

    2012-01-01

    The hydrogenation of a prochiral substrate, 2,2,2-trifluoroacetophenone (TFAP), on Pt(111) was studied using room-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements. The experiments were carried out both on a clean surface and on a chirally modified surface, using chemisorbed (R)-(+)-1...... protrusion compared to TFAP in dimer structures. They are attributed to a half-hydrogenated intermediate. The introduction of H2 to a mixture of (R)-NEA and TFAP on Pt(111) leads to the removal of TFAP without any change in the population of the modifier, as required for an efficient chirally modified...

  4. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on the chalcopyrite solar cell absorber material Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}

    Moenig, Harry; Saez-Araoz, Rodrigo; Lux-Steiner, Martha [Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany); Sadewasser, Sascha; Ennaoui, Ahmed; Kaufmann, Christian; Kropp, Timo; Lauermann, Iver; Muenchenberg, Tim; Schock, Hans-Werner; Streicher, Ferdinand [Hahn- Meitner-Institut Berlin (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2}-based thin film solar cells have reached efficiencies close to 20%. Nevertheless, little is known about electronic transport and carrier recombination in this material on a microscopic scale. Especially grain boundaries in these polycrystalline materials are considered to play an important role in the performance of these solar cells. We applied scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to gain more insight in the electronic microstructure of the material. Our results point to lateral electronic inhomogeneities on the absorber surface and to an enhanced density of states at grain boundaries. The influence of charging effects is discussed.

  5. Irreversible order-disorder transformation of Ge(0 0 1) probed by scanning tunnelling microscopy

    We investigate the surface structure of Ge(0 0 1) during the (2  ×  1)–(1  ×  1) phase transition occurring at T  >  1130 K by high-resolution scanning tunnelling microscopy. We find a drastic size reduction of dimerized domains in line with substantial dimer breakup accompanied by surface roughening. Completing the picture provided by previous spectroscopic observations, probing with high spatial resolution reveals the nucleation of several nanodomains with distinct vicinal orientations and reconstructions. The structural transformation is irreversible and is not observed for other singular faces of Ge. (paper)

  6. Surface damage through grazing incidence ions investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Redinger, Alex

    2009-07-10

    Surface damage, caused by grazing incidence ions, is investigated with variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. The experiments are carried out on a Pt(111) crystal. The kinetic energy of noble gas ions is varied between 1-15 keV and the angle of incidence can be adjusted between {theta} = 78.5 and {theta} = 90 measured with respect to the surface normal. The damage patterns of single ion impacts, on flat terraces and at step edges of monoatomic height, are investigated at low surface temperatures. Ions hitting a flat terrace are usually specular reflected. The energy transfer from the ion to the crystal atoms is small and only little damage is produced. In contrast, at ascending step edges, which are illuminated by the ion beam, large angle scattering events occur. Sputtering, adatom and vacancy production is induced. However, a significant fraction of the ions, which hit step edges, enter the crystal and are guided in between two atomic layers parallel to the surface via small angle binary collisions. This steering process is denoted as subsurface channeling. The energy loss per length scale of the channeled particles is low, which results in long ion trajectories (up to 1000A). During the steering process, the ions produce surface damage. Depending on the ion species and the ion energy, adatom and vacancies or surface vacancy trenches of monoatomic width are observed. The surface damage can be used to track the path of the ion. This makes the whole trajectory of single ions with keV energy visible. The number of sputtered atoms per incident ion at ascending step edges, i.e. the step edge sputtering yield, is measured experimentally for different irradiation conditions. For {theta} = 86 , the sputtering yield is determined from the fluence dependent retraction of pre-existing illuminated step edges. An alternative method for the step edge sputtering yield determination, is the analysis of the concentration of ascending steps and of the removed amount

  7. Surface damage through grazing incidence ions investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy

    Surface damage, caused by grazing incidence ions, is investigated with variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. The experiments are carried out on a Pt(111) crystal. The kinetic energy of noble gas ions is varied between 1-15 keV and the angle of incidence can be adjusted between θ = 78.5 and θ = 90 measured with respect to the surface normal. The damage patterns of single ion impacts, on flat terraces and at step edges of monoatomic height, are investigated at low surface temperatures. Ions hitting a flat terrace are usually specular reflected. The energy transfer from the ion to the crystal atoms is small and only little damage is produced. In contrast, at ascending step edges, which are illuminated by the ion beam, large angle scattering events occur. Sputtering, adatom and vacancy production is induced. However, a significant fraction of the ions, which hit step edges, enter the crystal and are guided in between two atomic layers parallel to the surface via small angle binary collisions. This steering process is denoted as subsurface channeling. The energy loss per length scale of the channeled particles is low, which results in long ion trajectories (up to 1000A). During the steering process, the ions produce surface damage. Depending on the ion species and the ion energy, adatom and vacancies or surface vacancy trenches of monoatomic width are observed. The surface damage can be used to track the path of the ion. This makes the whole trajectory of single ions with keV energy visible. The number of sputtered atoms per incident ion at ascending step edges, i.e. the step edge sputtering yield, is measured experimentally for different irradiation conditions. For θ = 86 , the sputtering yield is determined from the fluence dependent retraction of pre-existing illuminated step edges. An alternative method for the step edge sputtering yield determination, is the analysis of the concentration of ascending steps and of the removed amount of material as a

  8. Perspectives for in situ Scanning Tunnel Microscopic Imaging of Proteins at HOPG surfaces

    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Thuesen, Marianne Hallberg; Møller, Per; Ulstrup, Jens

    1996-01-01

    We have investigated the behaviour of the four-copper fungal metalloenzyme laccase (MW~68kDa) at highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surfaces by ex situ and in situ STM. The four copper atoms ar suited to stimulate long-range inelastic tunnel modes through the protein. The proteins forms...

  9. Preparation of theoretical scanning tunneling microscope images of adsorbed molecules: a theoretical study of benzene on the Cu(110) surface

    Full text: Since its development in 1982, the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) has developed into a powerful tool for the study of surfaces and adsorbates. However, the utility of the technique can be further enhanced through the development of techniques for generating theoretical STM images. This is particularly true when studying molecules adsorbed on a substrate, as the results are often interpreted superficially due to an inadequate understanding of the orbital overlap probed in the experiment. A method of preparing theoretical scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images using comparatively inexpensive desktop computers and the commercially available CRYSTAL98 package is presented through a study of benzene adsorbed on the Cu(110) surface. Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Hartree-Fock (HF) methods are used to model clean Cu(110) slabs of various thicknesses and to simulate the adsorption of benzene onto these slabs. Eight possible orientations of benzene on the Cu(110) surface are proposed, and the optimum orientation according to the calculations is presented. Theoretical STM images of the Cu(110) surface and benzene adsorbed on the Cu(110) surface are compared with experimental STM images of the system from a published study. Significant differences are observed and are examined in detail

  10. Time-resolved detection of surface plasmon polaritons with a scanning tunneling microscope

    Keil, Ulrich Dieter Felix; Ha, T.; Jensen, Jacob Riis; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    1998-01-01

    We present the time-resolved detection of surface plasmon polaritons with an STM. The results indicate that the time resolved signal is due to rectification of coherently superimposed plasmon voltages. The comparison with differential reflectivity measurements shows that the tip itself influences the decay of the plasmon-field coherence. Generation of the measured signal at the tunneling junction offers the possibility to observe ultrafast effects with a spatial resolution determined by the t...

  11. Design and performance of an ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope operating at dilution refrigerator temperatures and high magnetic fields

    Misra, Shashank; Zhou, Brian B.; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Seo, Jungpil; Gyenis, Andras; Kingsley, Simon C. J.; Jones, Howard; Yazdani, Ali

    2013-01-01

    We describe the construction and performance of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) capable of taking maps of the tunneling density of states with sub-atomic spatial resolution at dilution refrigerator temperatures and high (14 T) magnetic fields. The fully ultra-high vacuum system features visual access to a two-sample microscope stage at the end of a bottom-loading dilution refrigerator, which facilitates the transfer of in situ prepared tips and samples. The two-sample stage enables loca...

  12. Observation of an inelastic scattering mode by scanning tunneling spectroscopy on NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}

    Das, Pintu; Koblischka, Michael R; Hartmann, Uwe [Institute of Experimental Physics, University of Saarbruecken, PO Box 151150, D-66041 Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2007-03-15

    We report the results of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) on the ab plane (c-axis tunneling) of a slightly underdoped twinned NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} single crystal (T{sub c} = 93.5 K) performed with a scanning tunneling microscope at T = 4.2 K. In the energy derivative (d{sup 2}I/dV{sup 2}) of the differential conductivity curves having coherence peak, dip and hump structures, we observe a resonance peak at 24{+-}2 meV. Here we discuss the possible origin of this inelastic scattering peak.

  13. The tunneling effect between the blue and UV luminescence spectra bands in preheated adularia.

    García-Guinea, Javier; Rodríguez Badiola, Eduardo; Sánchez Muñoz, Luis; Correcher, Virgilio; Tookey, A.; Menéndez, E.; Delgado Peris, Antonio

    1988-01-01

    Energy treatments of natural adularia (annealing, grinding, infra-red irradiation. etc.) drop the 290 nm peak while increasing the 420nm broad band. Following the annealing-time paths 10 create ¿/Na unmixing, adularia displays this progressive behaviour of spectra luminescence. The analyzed sample is an adularian orthose with Al/Si order 0.829, S2 (~triclinicity) 0.011; ¿2¿ %15.80, Na2O%1.18, Ca¿ %0.12. ¿he small content of Na2O (%1.18) agrees with the exsolved Na phase detected under electro...

  14. Equivalence Principle Tunnelling, Quantized Spectra and Trajectories from the Quantum HJ Equation

    Faraggi, A E; Faraggi, Alon E.; Matone, Marco

    1999-01-01

    A basic aspect of the recently proposed approach to quantum mechanics is that no use of any axiomatic interpretation of the wave function is made. In particular, the quantum potential turns out to be an intrinsic potential energy of the particle, which, similarly to the relativistic rest energy, is never vanishing. This is related to the tunnel effect, a consequence of the fact that the conjugate momentum field is real even in the classically forbidden regions. The quantum stationary Hamilton-Jacobi equation is defined only if the ratio equation, and therefore of the trivializing map, is a local homeomorphism of the extended real line into itself, a consequence of the Möbius symmetry of the Schwarzian derivative. In this respect we prove a basic theorem relating the request of continuity at spatial infinity of $\\psi^D/\\psi$, a consequence of the $q \\leftrightarrow q^{-1}$ duality of the Schwarzian derivative, to the existence of $L^2(\\RR)$ solutions of the corresponding Schrödinger equation. As a result, wh...

  15. Development and set-up of a new low temperature scanning tunneling microscope Applications on microscopy and spectroscopy of lanthanid metals

    Mühlig, A

    2000-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy are suitable methods to study the physical properties of thin magnetic metal films with a thickness of a few monolayers. These systems are of current interest because they give insight into solids states physics of metals. This thesis deals with following subjects: Introduction to scanning tunneling microscopy. Set-up of a low temperatur scanning tunneling microscope. Growth of thin Co and lanthanid metal films on W(110). Interplay of morphologie and magnetism on the example of Co/W(110). Making of Gd wires which are only a few nanometers thin. Diskussion of the studied exchange splitting of a d-like surface state in a local moment magnet. Measurement of the lifetime of hot holes and hot electrons near the fermi edge.

  16. Development and set-up of a new low temperature scanning tunneling microscope: Applications on microscopy and spectroscopy of lanthanid metals

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy are suitable methods to study the physical properties of thin magnetic metal films with a thickness of a few monolayers. These systems are of current interest because they give insight into solids states physics of metals. This thesis deals with following subjects: Introduction to scanning tunneling microscopy. Set-up of a low temperatur scanning tunneling microscope. Growth of thin Co and lanthanid metal films on W(110). Interplay of morphologie and magnetism on the example of Co/W(110). Making of Gd wires which are only a few nanometers thin. Diskussion of the studied exchange splitting of a d-like surface state in a local moment magnet. Measurement of the lifetime of hot holes and hot electrons near the fermi edge

  17. Observation of two-gap superconductivity in SrFe1.85Co0.15As2 single crystals by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

    Superconducting properties of SrFe1.85Co0.15As2 single crystals and their parent material, SrFe2As2, were investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S). In the parent material, we modeled surface conditions on the in situ cleaved single crystals, based on the observation of 2x1 stripe patterns and √2x√2 square-lattice patterns in the atomic-resolution topography images and with the help of local density of states measurements. In the STM/S studies on SrFe1.85Co0.15As2, a robust superconducting gap (2Δlarge=17.3 meV) was observed in the conductance spectra measured along a line on the SrFe1.85Co0.15As2 surface. Moreover, an additional small gap-like (2Δsmall=2.9 meV) structure was simultaneously observed. Our observation corroborates the two-gap structures in iron-based superconductors.

  18. Atomic-Scale Characterization and Manipulation of Freestanding Graphene Using Adapted Capabilities of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

    Barber, Steven

    Graphene was the first two-dimensional material ever discovered, and it exhibits many unusual phenomena important to both pure and applied physics. To ensure the purest electronic structure, or to study graphene's elastic properties, it is often suspended over holes or trenches in a substrate. The aim of the research presented in this dissertation was to develop methods for characterizing and manipulating freestanding graphene on the atomic scale using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Conventional microscopy and spectroscopy techniques must be carefully reconsidered to account for movement of the extremely flexible sample. First, the acquisition of atomic-scale images of freestanding graphene using the STM and the ability to pull the graphene perpendicular to its plane by applying an electrostatic force with the STM tip are demonstrated. The atomic-scale images contained surprisingly large corrugations due to the electrostatic attractive force varying in registry with the local density of states. Meanwhile, a large range of control over the graphene height at a point was obtained by varying the tip bias voltage, and the application to strain engineering of graphene's so-called pseudomagnetic field is examined. Next, the effect of the tunneling current was investigated. With increasing current, the graphene sample moves away from the tip rather than toward it. It was determined that this must be due to local heating by the electric current, causing the graphene to contract because it has a negative coefficient of thermal expansion. Finally, by imaging a very small area, the STM can monitor the height of one location over long time intervals. Results sometimes exhibit periodic behavior, with a frequency and amplitude that depend on the tunneling current. These fluctuations are interpreted as low-frequency flexural phonon modes within elasticity theory. All of these findings set the foundation for employing a STM in the study of freestanding graphene.

  19. Field enhancement factors and self-focus functions manifesting in field emission resonances in scanning tunneling microscopy

    Su, Wei-Bin; Lin, Chun-Liang; Chan, Wen-Yuan; Lu, Shin-Ming; Chang, Chia-Seng

    2016-04-01

    Field emission (FE) resonance (or Gundlach oscillation) in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a phenomenon in which the FE electrons emitted from the microscope tip couple into the quantized standing-wave states within the STM tunneling gap. Although the occurrence of FE resonance peaks can be semi-quantitatively described using the triangular potential well model, it cannot explain the experimental observation that the number of resonance peaks may change under the same emission current. This study demonstrates that the aforementioned variation can be adequately explained by introducing a field enhancement factor that is related to the local electric field at the tip apex. The peak number of FE resonances increases with the field enhancement factor. The peak intensity of the FE resonance on the reconstructed Au(111) surface varies in the face-center cubic, hexagonal-close-packed, and ridge regions, thus providing the contrast in the mapping through FE resonances. The mapping contrast is demonstrated to be nearly independent of the tip-sample distance, implying that the FE electron beam is not divergent because of a self-focus function intrinsically involved in the STM configuration.

  20. Mn doped InSb studied at the atomic scale by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

    Mauger, S. J. C.; Bocquel, J.; Koenraad, P. M., E-mail: p.m.koenraad@tue.nl [Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven (Netherlands); Feeser, C. E.; Parashar, N. D.; Wessels, B. W. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Materials Research Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States)

    2015-11-30

    We present an atomically resolved study of metal-organic vapor epitaxy grown Mn doped InSb. Both topographic and spectroscopic measurements have been performed by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The measurements on the Mn doped InSb samples show a perfect crystal structure without any precipitates and reveal that Mn acts as a shallow acceptor. The Mn concentration of the order of ∼10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3} obtained from the cross-sectional STM data compare well with the intended doping concentration. While the pair correlation function of the Mn atoms showed that their local distribution is uncorrelated beyond the STM resolution for observing individual dopants, disorder in the Mn ion location giving rise to percolation pathways is clearly noted. The amount of clustering that we see is thus as expected for a fully randomly disordered distribution of the Mn atoms and no enhanced clustering or second phase material was observed.

  1. Electronic characterization of LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interfaces by scanning tunneling spectroscopy

    When LaAlO3 is epitaxially grown on TiO2-terminated SrTiO3, an electrically conducting interface is generated. In this respect, the physical properties of the interface differ substantially from those of both LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, which are electrically insulating in bulk form. This dissertation looks into the question of the microscopic structure of the conducting two-dimensional interface electron system. Comparing the electronic density of states of LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interfaces measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy with results of density functional theory, the interface electron system is found to be substantially coined by the hosting transition metal lattices. The comparison yields a detailed picture of the microscopic structure of the interface electron system. (orig.)

  2. Single molecule manipulation at low temperature and laser scanning tunnelling photo-induced processes analysis through time-resolved studies

    This paper describes, firstly, the statistical analysis used to determine the processes that occur during the manipulation of a single molecule through electronically induced excitations with a low temperature (5 K) scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). Various molecular operation examples are described and the ability to probe the ensuing molecular manipulation dynamics is discussed within the excitation context. It is, in particular, shown that such studies can reveal reversible manipulation for tuning dynamics through variation of the excitation energy. Secondly, the photo-induced process arising from the irradiation of the STM junction is also studied through feedback loop dynamics analysis, allowing us to distinguish between photo-thermally and photo-electronically induced signals.

  3. Interface-induced chiral domain walls, spin spirals and skyrmions revealed by spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy

    The spin textures of ultra-thin magnetic layers exhibit surprising variety. The loss of inversion symmetry at the interface of the magnetic layer and substrate gives rise to the so-called Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction which favors non-collinear spin arrangements with unique rotational sense. Here we review the application of spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy to such systems, which has led to the discovery of interface-induced chiral domain walls and spin spirals. Recently, different interface-driven skyrmion lattices have been found, and the writing as well as the deleting of individual skyrmions based on local spin-polarized current injection has been demonstrated. These interface-induced non-collinear magnetic states offer new exciting possibilities to study fundamental magnetic interactions and to tailor material properties for spintronic applications. (topical review)

  4. Effects of 10-MeV ion irradiation on Au/Ta studied with scanning tunneling microscopy

    Adhesion of a 10-nm Au film on a Ta substrate is enhanced with 10-MeV Si ion irradiation at room temperature. The modifications of surface topography on a Au film are investigated by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). Surface craters and defects have been observed in this metal/metal system. It is shown that the higher the dose of ion irradiation, the higher the density and the bigger the size of the craters. The craters which are several nanometers in diameter extend from the surface into the interfacial region. A threshold dose at which the Au film can pass the Scotch tape test is determined, and the mechanism of the adhesion enhancement by ion bombardment is discussed

  5. Probing Dirac fermion dynamics in topological insulator Bi2Se3 films with a scanning tunneling microscope.

    Song, Can-Li; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2015-05-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy have been used to investigate the femtosecond dynamics of Dirac fermions in the topological insulator Bi2Se3 ultrathin films. At the two-dimensional limit, bulk electrons become quantized and the quantization can be controlled by the film thickness at a single quintuple layer level. By studying the spatial decay of standing waves (quasiparticle interference patterns) off steps, we measure directly the energy and film thickness dependence of the phase relaxation length lϕ and inelastic scattering lifetime τ of topological surface-state electrons. We find that τ exhibits a remarkable (E - EF)(-2) energy dependence and increases with film thickness. We show that the features revealed are typical for electron-electron scattering between surface and bulk states. PMID:25978246

  6. Mn doped InSb studied at the atomic scale by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

    We present an atomically resolved study of metal-organic vapor epitaxy grown Mn doped InSb. Both topographic and spectroscopic measurements have been performed by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The measurements on the Mn doped InSb samples show a perfect crystal structure without any precipitates and reveal that Mn acts as a shallow acceptor. The Mn concentration of the order of ∼1020 cm−3 obtained from the cross-sectional STM data compare well with the intended doping concentration. While the pair correlation function of the Mn atoms showed that their local distribution is uncorrelated beyond the STM resolution for observing individual dopants, disorder in the Mn ion location giving rise to percolation pathways is clearly noted. The amount of clustering that we see is thus as expected for a fully randomly disordered distribution of the Mn atoms and no enhanced clustering or second phase material was observed

  7. Interfacial structures of self-assembled monolayers of 2-pyridinethiol on Au(111) studied by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy

    In situ Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) operating under electrochemical condition was used to study self-assembled monolayers of 2-pyridinethiol (2-PySH) on Au(111) in perchloric acid solution. Each molecule appeared as two spots, presumably originated from adsorption through S and N atoms of 2-pyridinethiolate with a vertical orientation on the Au(111) surface. The ordered 2-pyridinethiolate monolayers exhibited a p(4 x √7R-40.9deg) structure, which was constructed by alternative arrangements of two types of molecular rows with differently rotated molecules. In situ STM also revealed that the monolayer consisted of molecularly ordered domains with the p(4 x √7R-40.9deg) structure, its mirror structure defined as a p(4 x √7R-19.1deg), and their rotational structures. Detailed interfacial structures and molecularly ordered domains of the 2-pyridinethiolate monolayer have been elucidated by in situ STM imaging in aqueous solution. (author)

  8. Superconducting scanning tunneling microscopy tips in a magnetic field: Geometry-controlled order of the phase transition

    The properties of geometrically confined superconductors significantly differ from their bulk counterparts. Here, we demonstrate the geometrical impact for superconducting scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips, where the confinement ranges from the atomic to the mesoscopic scale. To this end, we compare the experimentally determined magnetic field dependence for several vanadium tips to microscopic calculations based on the Usadel equation. For our theoretical model of a superconducting cone, we find a direct correlation between the geometry and the order of the superconducting phase transition. Increasing the opening angle of the cone changes the phase transition from first to second order. Comparing our experimental findings to the theory reveals first and second order quantum phase transitions in the vanadium STM tips. In addition, the theory also explains experimentally observed broadening effects by the specific tip geometry

  9. Mn doped InSb studied at the atomic scale by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy

    Mauger, S. J. C.; Bocquel, J.; Koenraad, P. M.; Feeser, C. E.; Parashar, N. D.; Wessels, B. W.

    2015-11-01

    We present an atomically resolved study of metal-organic vapor epitaxy grown Mn doped InSb. Both topographic and spectroscopic measurements have been performed by cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The measurements on the Mn doped InSb samples show a perfect crystal structure without any precipitates and reveal that Mn acts as a shallow acceptor. The Mn concentration of the order of ˜1020 cm-3 obtained from the cross-sectional STM data compare well with the intended doping concentration. While the pair correlation function of the Mn atoms showed that their local distribution is uncorrelated beyond the STM resolution for observing individual dopants, disorder in the Mn ion location giving rise to percolation pathways is clearly noted. The amount of clustering that we see is thus as expected for a fully randomly disordered distribution of the Mn atoms and no enhanced clustering or second phase material was observed.

  10. Scanning tunneling microscope observation of plasmid DNA under electron irradiation at 8-40 eV

    The structural changes in plasmid DNA adsorbed onto graphite following low-energy electron irradiation were investigated. Using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), we observed networks or islands of DNA consisting of entangled molecules and compared the shapes of the DNA before and after electron irradiation at 8-40 eV field emitted from the tip of the STM. The shape of the DNA changed depending on the electron energy. Electrons with very low energy, such as 8 or 13 eV, extended the area of a DNA island, while the electrons at 18 or 38 eV degraded it. Both types of changes tend to saturate as the electron dose increases. We also discuss the above results in terms of the chemical reactions, such as strand breaks or molecular dissociation, induced by low-energy electrons

  11. Single molecule dissociation by tunneling electrons in NO-Co-Porphyrin complex on Au(111): A novel mechanics revealed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy and first-principles thermodynamic simulation

    Chang, Yunhee; Kim, Howon; Lee, Eui-Sup; Jang, Won-Jun; Kim, Yong-Hyun; Kahng, Se-Jong

    2015-03-01

    To microscopically understand the mechanisms of electron-induced NO dissociations, we performed first-principles density-functional theory (DFT) calculations for NO-CoTPP on Au(111). We explain the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results that the dissociations of NO were induced by both positive and negative voltage pulses with threshold voltages, +0.68 V and 0.74 V, respectively, at 0.1 nA tunneling current, showing power law relations between tunneling current and dissociation yield. To evaluate first-principles thermodynamics of the NO dissociation, we considered not only adsorption-desorption energetics, zero-point energy, and vibrational free energy at experiment temperature from first-principles, but also the chemical potential of NO gas at the cryogenic ultra-high vacuum condition. Using first-principles thermodynamics for the NO dissociation, we argue that the dissociations are induced with inelastic electron tunneling through molecular orbital resonances.

  12. Tunneling splittings in vibrational spectra of non-rigid molecules. IX. Malonaldehyde and its isotopomers as a test case for fully coupled multidimensional tunneling dynamics

    Benderskii, V. A.; Vetoshkin, E. V.; Irgibaeva, I. S.; Trommsdorff, H. P.

    2000-12-01

    Twenty one dimensional potential energy surfaces (PES) and the tunneling coordinate dependent kinematic matrices of malonaldehyde and of several of its isotopomers (D, 13C) are constructed in the low-energy region (tunneling splitting in the ground state coincides with the experimental value, the corresponding barrier height is determined as 4.30 kcal mol -1 and the vibrational spectrum of the transition state is obtained. The perturbative instanton approach developed in the previous papers of this series is used to solve the dynamical problem without reducing the number of degrees of freedom. The role of all 20 transverse vibrations in proton tunneling is characterized. The tunneling path and globally uniform semiclassical wave functions are evaluated from the fourth-order Hamilton-Jacobi equation and the second-order transport equation. Tunneling splittings in the ground and low-lying excited states are calculated and isotope effects of H/D and 13C/12C substitutions are predicted.

  13. Lattice-Assisted Spectroscopy: A Generalized Scanning Tunneling Microscope for Ultracold Atoms.

    Kantian, A; Schollwöck, U; Giamarchi, T

    2015-10-16

    We propose a scheme to measure the frequency-resolved local particle and hole spectra of any optical lattice-confined system of correlated ultracold atoms that offers single-site addressing and imaging, which is now an experimental reality. Combining perturbation theory and time-dependent density matrix renormalization group simulations, we quantitatively test and validate this approach of lattice-assisted spectroscopy on several one-dimensional example systems, such as the superfluid and Mott insulator, with and without a parabolic trap, and finally on edge states of the bosonic Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model. We highlight extensions of our basic scheme to obtain an even wider variety of interesting and important frequency resolved spectra. PMID:26550881

  14. Investigation of the tunneling spectra in HgBr{sub 2}-intercalated Bi-2212 single crystals below and above T{sub c}

    Kurter, C. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)], E-mail: kurter@anl.gov; Mazur, D. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Ozyuzer, L. [Department of Physics, Izmir Institute of Technology, TR-35430 Izmir (Turkey); Hinks, D.G.; Gray, K.E. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)

    2007-09-01

    Interlayer tunneling spectroscopy measurements were performed on mesa arrays of Bi-2212 single crystals, intercalated with HgBr{sub 2}. Tunneling conductances were obtained over a wide temperature range to examine the spectral features, especially the behavior of the quasiparticle peaks corresponding to superconducting energy gaps (SGs). Experimental spectra diverges toward T{sub c}.ith approaching T{sub c} since the in-plane penetration depfar above the transition temperature, T{sub c}. This evidence is consistent with the idea that the SG evolves into a pseudogap above T{sub c} for HgBr{sub 2}-intercalated Bi-2212 single crystals.

  15. A novel cryogenic scanning laser microscope tested on Josephson tunnel junctions

    Holm, Jesper; Mygind, Jesper

    1995-01-01

    A novel cryogenic scanning laser microscope with a spatial resolution of less than 5 µm has been designed for on-chip in situ investigations of the working properties of normal and superconducting circuits and devices. The instrument relies on the detection of the electrical response of the circuit...... to a very localized heating induced by irradiation with 675 nm wavelength light from a semiconductor laser. The hot spot is moved by a specially designed piezoelectric scanner sweeping the tip of a single-mode optical fiber a few µm above the circuit. Depending on the scanner design the scanning area...... can be as large as 50×500 µm2 at 4.2 K. The microscope can be operated in the temperature range 2–300 K using a standard temperature controller. The central microscope body is mounted inside the vacuum can of a dip-stick-type cryoprobe. A damped spring system is used to reduce interference from...

  16. Development of Near-Field Microwave Microscope with the Functionality of Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy

    Machida, Tadashi; Gaifullin, Marat B.; Ooi, Shuuich; Kato, Takuya; Sakata, Hideaki; Hirata, Kazuto

    2010-11-01

    We describe the details of an original near-field scanning microwave microscope, developed for simultaneous measurements of local density-of-states (LDOS) and local ohmic losses (LOL). Improving microwave detection systems, we have succeeded in distinguishing the LDOS and LOL even between two low resistance materials; gold and highly orientated pyrolitic graphite. The experimental data indicate that our microscope holds a capability to investigate both LDOS and LOL in nanoscale.

  17. Design and calibration of a scanning tunneling microscope for large machined surfaces

    Grigg, D.A.; Russell, P.E.; Dow, T.A.

    1988-12-01

    During the last year the large sample STM has been designed, built and used for the observation of several different samples. Calibration of the scanner for prope dimensional interpretation of surface features has been a chief concern, as well as corrections for non-linear effects such as hysteresis during scans. Several procedures used in calibration and correction of piezoelectric scanners used in the laboratorys STMs are described.

  18. Non-collinear exchange coupling in Fe/Mn/Fe(0 0 1): insight from scanning tunneling microscopy

    The film growth and morphology of epitaxial Mn films grown on Fe(0 0 1) single-crystal whiskers measured with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) provides insight into the mechanism of interlayer exchange coupling in Fe/Mn/Fe(0 0 1) trilayers. The proximity model of Slonczewski for exchange coupling through an antiferromagnet predicts that the coupling angle between the ferromagnetic layers will oscillate around a mean value of 90 deg. with an amplitude that is very sensitive to the width of the thickness distribution of the spacer layer. We measure the thickness distribution with the STM and find that the coupling angle variation predicted by the proximity model is qualitatively consistent with the actual coupling angle variations in Fe/Mn/Fe(0 0 1) measured with scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA). Going beyond the proximity model and allowing for a non-uniform magnetization of the thin Fe overlayer provides an improved explanation of the results. We contrast the behavior of Fe/Mn/Fe(0 0 1), where the proximity model appears applicable, to coupling through antiferro-magnetic Cr in Fe/Cr/Fe(0 0 1), where it is not, and discuss possible reasons for the difference

  19. Electrochemistry and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy of pure and redox-marked DNA- and UNA-based oligonucleotides on Au(111)-electrode surfaces

    Hansen, Allan Glargaard; Salvatore, Princia; Karlsen, K.; Nichols, R.; Wengel, Jesper; Ulstrup, Jens

    2013-01-01

    We have studied adsorption and electrochemical electron transfer of several 13- and 15-base DNA and UNA (unlocked nucleic acids) oligonucleotides (ONs) linked to Au(111)-electrode surfaces via a 50-C6-SH group using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and scanning tunnelling microscopy in aqueous buffer unde...

  20. Scanning tunneling microscopy of charge-density waves in NbSe3

    The charge-density wave (CDW) structure in NbSe3 due to the two independent CDW's has been imaged by scanning microscopy. As predicted by band-structure considerations, the CDW modulation is observed to be substantially localized on different chains for the separate CDW's. AT 77 K where only the high-temperature CDW exists, a relatively weak modulation with a single component along the b axis is observed. At 4.2 K the low-temperature CDW contributes a much stronger ∼4b0 x 2c0 superlattice modulation