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  1. Femtosecond scanning tunneling microscope

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    Taylor, A.J.; Donati, G.P.; Rodriguez, G.; Gosnell, T.R.; Trugman, S.A.; Some, D.I.

    1998-11-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). By combining scanning tunneling microscopy with ultrafast optical techniques we have developed a novel tool to probe phenomena on atomic time and length scales. We have built and characterized an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope in terms of temporal resolution, sensitivity and dynamic range. Using a novel photoconductive low-temperature-grown GaAs tip, we have achieved a temporal resolution of 1.5 picoseconds and a spatial resolution of 10 nanometers. This scanning tunneling microscope has both cryogenic and ultra-high vacuum capabilities, enabling the study of a wide range of important scientific problems.

  2. Scanning tunneling microscope nanoetching method

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    Li, Yun-Zhong; Reifenberger, Ronald G.; Andres, Ronald P.

    1990-01-01

    A method is described for forming uniform nanometer sized depressions on the surface of a conducting substrate. A tunneling tip is used to apply tunneling current density sufficient to vaporize a localized area of the substrate surface. The resulting depressions or craters in the substrate surface can be formed in information encoding patterns readable with a scanning tunneling microscope.

  3. A Student-Built Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    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.…

  4. A Student-Built Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    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.…

  5. Scanning Tunneling Microscope For Use In Vacuum

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    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.

  6. Scanning Tunneling Microscope For Use In Vacuum

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    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.

  7. A Student-Built Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Ekkens, Tom

    2015-12-01

    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. I wanted to give my students a deeper appreciation for the physics by having them build a simple scanning tunneling microscope. Initially, 15 hours of an upper-division laboratory class were devoted to building and operating the STM. As the build process was refined, the time commitment for this project has shrunk to nine hours. Using the method described in this paper, the project is now simple enough that it can be built and operated by students in the introductory class.

  8. Scanning tunneling microscope assembly, reactor, and system

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    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.

  9. Single-electron tunneling. [Microwave scanning tunneling microscope

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    Ruggiero, S.T.

    1993-01-01

    Pictures using the low-temperature microwave scanning tunneling microscope, have been made of particles and tunneling IV characteristics determined. Strong, sometimes periodic negative differential resistance was observed in small-particle systems. Au and Ag droplets and particles were studied. 4 figs.

  10. Integrated micro-scanning tunneling microscope

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    Xu, Y.; MacDonald, N. C.; Miller, S. A.

    1995-10-01

    Two versions of micro-scanning tunneling microscopes (micro-STMs) have been fabricated. The integrated micro-STMs are fabricated from single crystal silicon using the high-aspect-ratio SCREAM process. Each micro-STM includes integrated xy comb drive actuators and a torsional z actuator with integrated cantilever and tip. One micro-STM measures approximately 200 μm on-a-side and is an example of a STM element for a STM array architecture. Another, larger micro-STM/atomic force microscope measures 2 mm on-a-side including a 1 mm long cantilever with a 20 nm diam tip. We demonstrate the operation of this larger STM by obtaining a STM image of a 200 nm metal conductor on a silicon chip.

  11. Atomistic constructions using a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Deshpande, Aparna; Vaughn, Joel; Hla, Saw-Wai

    2007-03-01

    We demonstrate an atomic scale construction scheme, which is performed at an area as small as a few tens of nanometer square. In this atomic scale construction site, all the basic building blocks, single atoms, are extracted locally from the substrate using a scanning-tunneling-microscope tip. These extracted atoms are then precisely positioned on the surface to form desired structures. After the completion of the construction, the remaining debris are removed and the undesired holes near the construction site are filled with atoms/clusters to tidy up the area. This entire construction scheme closely resembles our real world construction process and can be considered as its atomic scale analog. This work is supported by NSF grant DMR-0304314 and US-DOE grant DE-FG02-02ER46012.

  12. A vertical coarse approach scanning tunneling microscope

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    Drevniok, Benedict

    A Pan-style scanning tunneling microscope (STM), with a vertical coarse approach mechanism, was designed, built and tested. The microscope will be operated in ultra-high vacuum and also at cryogenic temperatures (8 K) inside a continuous flow cryostat. Fundamental differences in operating principle exist between the new microscope and the beetle-type inertial sliders [1] that have been the mainstay of the group for the last eight years. While Pan-style microscopes do already exist [2], they remain challenging to build, and an active area of research [3]. This system represents a bold departure from well-trodden paths, and will greatly expand the range of experiments that our group can perform. The operating principles of inertial piezoelectric motors are detailed. Design guidelines for a piezoelectric motor are given, and used in the design of the vertical coarse approach motor. A simple, inexpensive implementation for creating waveforms with an extremely fast fall time is discussed. Motor performance is tested, and a minimum step size of 20nm is found for frequencies ranging from 0 Hz to 3 kHz. The motor operates with high dynamic range: individual 20nm steps can be taken, as well as being able to move at a velocity of 0.4mm s-1. Little is known about the vibrational properties of Pan-style microscopes. Vibrational testing of the microscope revealed the expected scanner bending mode at 1.6 kHz (above the scanner bending mode of our beetles at 1.2 kHz), and a complicated response signal above this frequency. Custom extension springs for an eddy-current damping system are built and tested. A low resonant frequency of 1.8 Hz is found, which is ideal for the application. Initial testing of the STM in ambient conditions is performed on two different surfaces. A moire supermesh [4] with periodicity 3nm is observed on a highly-oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface, and agrees well with previously published results. Using a flame-annealed Gold on mica surface, a low

  13. Manipulation of magnetic skyrmions with a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Wieser, R.; Shindou, R.; Xie, X. C.

    2017-02-01

    The dynamics of a single magnetic skyrmion in an atomic spin system under the influence of a scanning tunneling microscope is investigated by computer simulations solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. Two possible scenarios are described: manipulation with aid of a spin-polarized tunneling current and by an electric field created by the scanning tunneling microscope. The dynamics during the creation and annihilation process is studied and the possibility to move single skyrmions is showed.

  14. Regular Scanning Tunneling Microscope Tips can be Intrinsically Chiral

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    Tierney, Heather L.; Murphy, Colin J.; Sykes, E. Charles H.

    2011-01-07

    We report our discovery that regular scanning tunneling microscope tips can themselves be chiral. This chirality leads to differences in electron tunneling efficiencies through left- and right-handed molecules, and, when using the tip to electrically excite molecular rotation, large differences in rotation rate were observed which correlated with molecular chirality. As scanning tunneling microscopy is a widely used technique, this result may have unforeseen consequences for the measurement of asymmetric surface phenomena in a variety of important fields.

  15. Simultaneously scanning two connected tips in a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Liao, Wan-Ting; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.; Dreyer, M.

    2017-06-01

    We have modified a dual-tip scanning tunneling microscope (STM) by electrically connecting the tips together with a short (3 mm) strip of flexible 25 μm thick Nb foil. For simultaneous topographic imaging with both tips, we moved each tip to within tunneling distance z of a surface and modulated one tip's z-piezo at 5 kHz and the other at 10 kHz. The resulting combined tunneling current has modulation at both frequencies which we detect using individual lock-in amplifiers. Each lock-in output is fed back to its corresponding tip's individual STM z-position controller to maintain a stable current in both junctions. During the tests at room temperature, simultaneous imaging was performed with both tips made of Pt-Ir on Au/mica and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) samples, where a small tip-to-tip mechanical coupling was observed. We describe the system's performance, show results from simultaneous imaging, and discuss the potential application of the system to imaging superconducting phase differences.

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

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    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.

  17. Vertical inertial piezoelectric translation device for a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Agraït, N.

    1992-01-01

    We report a new type of inertial translation device that uses a single piezoelectric tube. In contrast to previous inertial translation devices which must operate in horizontal position, this new design can operate in any position, even vertical. This makes possible the construction of a compact high-stability thermally compensated low temperature scanning tunneling microscope, specially suited to designs that allow for a very short tip and sample change time.

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

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

    2005-06-21

    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 corresponding to the individual vibronic states depends on the relative electron tunneling rates through the two barriers of the junction, as found by varying the vacuum gap tunneling rate by changing the height of the scanning tunneling microscope tip above the molecule. A simple, sequential tunneling model explains the observed trends.

  19. Development of the tunneling junction simulation environment for scanning tunneling microscope evaluation

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    Gajewski, Krzysztof; Piasecki, Tomasz; Kopiec, Daniel; Gotszalk, Teodor

    2017-03-01

    Proper configuration of scanning tunneling microscope electronics plays an important role in the atomic scale resolution surface imaging. Device evaluation in the tunneling contact between scanning tip and sample may be prone to the surface quality or mechanical disturbances. Thus the use of tunneling junction simulator makes electronics testing more reliable and increases its repeatability. Here, we present the theoretical background enabling the proper selection of electronic components circuitry used as a tunneling junction simulator. We also show how to simulate mechanics related to the piezoelectric scanner, which is applied in real experiments. Practical use of the proposed simulator and its application in metrological characterization of the developed scanning tunneling microscope is also shown.

  20. Calibration of scanning tunneling microscope transducers using optical beam deflection

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    Wetsel, G. C., Jr.; McBride, S. E.; Warmack, R. J.; van de Sande, B.

    1989-08-01

    An accurate, sensitive, easily implemented method of calibration of the elastic displacement of piezoelectric transducers used in scanning tunneling microscopes has been developed. The axial displacement for both static and harmonic excitation has been measured using laser beam deflection amplified by an optical magnification system. For harmonic excitation where lock-in amplifier detection can be utilized, displacements as small as 0.03 Å have been measured. Measurements on PZT-5H and PZT-8 transducers over a range of five orders of magnitude in applied voltage demonstrate the power of the method in calibration of displacements from the subangstrom to the nonlinear region with an uncertainty of about 4%.

  1. Ultrahigh vacuum scanning electron microscope system combined with wide-movable scanning tunneling microscope

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    Kaneko, A.; Homma, Y.; Hibino, H.; Ogino, T.

    2005-08-15

    A surface analysis system has been newly developed with combination of ultrahigh vacuum scanning electron microscope (SEM) and wide-movable scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The basic performance is experimentally demonstrated. These SEM and STM images are clear enough to obtain details of surface structures. The STM unit moves horizontally over several millimeters by sliding motion of PZT actuators. The motion resolution is proved to be submicrometers. The STM tip mounted on another PZT scanner can be guided to a specific object on the sample surface during SEM observation. In the observation of a Si(111) surface rapidly cooled from high temperature, the STM tip was accurately guided to an isolated atomic step and slightly moved along it during SEM observation. The STM observation shows an asymmetry of the (7x7)-transformed region along the step between the upper and lower terraces. (7x7) bands continuously formed along the edge of terraces, while (7x7) domains distributed on the terraces slightly far from the step. These experiments show the wide-movable STM unit resolves a gap of observation area between SEM and STM and the system enables a specific object found in the SEM image to be observed easily by STM.

  2. Fabrication of metallic nanowires with a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Kramer, N.; Birk, H.; Jorritsma, J.; Schönenberger, C.

    1995-03-01

    A procedure to pattern thin metal films on a nanometer scale with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating in air is reported. A 30 nm film of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is deposited on a 10 nm film of TaIr. Applying a negative voltage between the STM tip and the a-Si:H film causes the local oxidation of a-Si:H. The oxide which is formed is used as a mask to wet etch the not-oxidized a-Si:H and subsequently, the remaining pattern is transferred into the metal film by Ar ion milling. Metal wires as narrow as 40 nm have been fabricated. Since a-Si:H can be deposited in very thin layers on almost any substrate, the presented procedure can be applied to structure all kind of thin films on a nanometer scale.

  3. A high stability and repeatability electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope

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    Xia, Zhigang; Wang, Jihao; Lu, Qingyou; Hou, Yubin

    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.

  4. Design of a high-speed electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Yanson, Y I; Schenkel, F; Rost, M J

    2013-02-01

    In this paper, we present a bottom-up approach to designing and constructing a high-speed electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope (EC-STM). Using finite element analysis (FEA) calculations of the frequency response of the whole mechanical loop of the STM, we analyzed several geometries to find the most stable one that could facilitate fast scanning. To test the FEA results, we conducted measurements of the vibration amplitudes using a prototype STM setup. Based on the FEA analysis and the measurement results, we identified the potentially most disturbing vibration modes that could impair fast scanning. By modifying the design of some parts of the EC-STM, we reduced the amplitudes as well as increased the resonance frequencies of these modes. Additionally, we designed and constructed an electrochemical flow-cell that allows STM imaging in a flowing electrolyte, and built a bi-potentiostat to achieve electrochemical potential control during the measurements. Finally, we present STM images acquired during high-speed imaging in air as well as in an electrochemical environment using our newly-developed EC-STM.

  5. High-resolution Josephson spectroscopy with a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Randeria, Mallika T.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Yazdani, Ali

    2015-03-01

    Conventional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements use a normal metal tip to probe local quasi-particle density of states with atomic resolution. Using a superconducting tip to conduct spectroscopy significantly boosts the energy resolution of the measurements, thus expanding the STM capabilities. Moreover, superconducting tips make it possible to probe superconductivity via the Josephson effect, which provides a direct measure of the local superconducting order parameter. Therefore, scanning Josephson spectroscopy measurements have the potential to characterize of a wide variety of superconducting materials on the atomic scale. I will present superconducting Pb tip measurements performed at temperatures below 250mK in a dilution refrigerator STM. By controlling the junction resistance, we are able to explore a wide range of tunneling regimes. Josephson measurements on Pb samples exhibit features including multiple Andreev reflections, and I will discuss the extension of these techniques to study atomic scale variations in Josephson current.

  6. Scanning tunneling microscope data acquisition and control in visual basic

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    Porter, T. L.

    1993-12-01

    A general purpose data acquisition and control system for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) using Visual Basic is presented. This Windows hosted Visual Basic environment is highly desirable for use in STM image manipulation, storage, and printing, but in its standard form is not suitable for most data acquisition and display applications. Many of the inherent limitations in the Visual Basic language have been overcome by the use of direct calls to the Windows Application Program Interface. In this paper, we describe a general Visual Basic STM user interface and control system, and the extensions to the language using the Windows API needed to implement this system.

  7. Nanoscale assembly of superconducting vortices with scanning tunnelling microscope tip

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    Ge, Jun-Yi; Gladilin, Vladimir N.; Tempere, Jacques; Xue, Cun; Devreese, Jozef T.; Van de Vondel, Joris; Zhou, Youhe; Moshchalkov, Victor V.

    2016-01-01

    Vortices play a crucial role in determining the properties of superconductors as well as their applications. Therefore, characterization and manipulation of vortices, especially at the single-vortex level, is of great importance. Among many techniques to study single vortices, scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) stands out as a powerful tool, due to its ability to detect the local electronic states and high spatial resolution. However, local control of superconductivity as well as the manipulation of individual vortices with the STM tip is still lacking. Here we report a new function of the STM, namely to control the local pinning in a superconductor through the heating effect. Such effect allows us to quench the superconducting state at nanoscale, and leads to the growth of vortex clusters whose size can be controlled by the bias voltage. We also demonstrate the use of an STM tip to assemble single-quantum vortices into desired nanoscale configurations. PMID:27934960

  8. Nanoscale assembly of superconducting vortices with scanning tunnelling microscope tip.

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    Ge, Jun-Yi; Gladilin, Vladimir N; Tempere, Jacques; Xue, Cun; Devreese, Jozef T; Van de Vondel, Joris; Zhou, Youhe; Moshchalkov, Victor V

    2016-12-09

    Vortices play a crucial role in determining the properties of superconductors as well as their applications. Therefore, characterization and manipulation of vortices, especially at the single-vortex level, is of great importance. Among many techniques to study single vortices, scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) stands out as a powerful tool, due to its ability to detect the local electronic states and high spatial resolution. However, local control of superconductivity as well as the manipulation of individual vortices with the STM tip is still lacking. Here we report a new function of the STM, namely to control the local pinning in a superconductor through the heating effect. Such effect allows us to quench the superconducting state at nanoscale, and leads to the growth of vortex clusters whose size can be controlled by the bias voltage. We also demonstrate the use of an STM tip to assemble single-quantum vortices into desired nanoscale configurations.

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

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

    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.

  10. Electronic Single Molecule Measurements with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    Zhang, Shuai; Huang, Di; Wu, Shiwei

    2016-06-15

    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  15. Partial sequencing of a single DNA molecule with a scanning tunnelling microscope

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    Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Kawai, Tomoji

    2009-08-01

    The scanning tunnelling microscope is capable of the real-space imaging and spectroscopy of molecules on an atomic scale. Numerous attempts have been made to use the scanning tunnelling microscope to sequence single DNA molecules, but difficulties in preparing samples of long-chain DNA molecules on surfaces, and problems in reproducing results have limited these experiments. Here, we report single-molecule DNA sequencing with a scanning tunnelling microscope by using an oblique pulse-injection method to deposit the molecules onto a copper surface. First, we show that guanine bases have a distinct electronic state that allows them to be distinguished from the other nucleic acid bases. Then, by comparing data on M13mp18, a single-stranded phage DNA, with a known base sequence, the `electronic fingerprint' of guanine bases in the DNA molecule is identified. These results show that it is possible to sequence individual guanine bases in real long-chain DNA molecules with high-resolution scanning tunnelling microscope imaging and spectroscopy.

  16. A cryogenic Quadraprobe scanning tunneling microscope system with fabrication capability for nanotransport research.

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    Kim, Tae-Hwan; Wang, Zhouhang; Wendelken, John F; Weitering, Hanno H; Li, Wenzhi; Li, An-Ping

    2007-12-01

    We describe the development and the capabilities of an advanced system for nanoscale electrical transport studies. This system consists of a low temperature four-probe scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a high-resolution scanning electron microscope coupled to a molecular-beam epitaxy sample preparation chamber. The four STM probes can be manipulated independently with subnanometer precision, enabling atomic resolution STM imaging and four-point electrical transport study of surface electronic systems and nanostructured materials at temperatures down to 10 K. Additionally, an integrated energy analyzer allows for scanning Auger microscopy to probe chemical species of nanostructures. Some testing results are presented.

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

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    Giambattista, B.; Johnson, A.; McNairy, W. W.; Slough, C. G.; Coleman, R. V.

    1988-08-01

    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.

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

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    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 first time as well. The cavity of 0.4 +/- 0.05 nm in halfwidth was found on the scanning tunneling microscopy image of the gramicidin A molecule. The results of direct observation obtained by means of scanning tunneling microscope are in good agreement with the known molecular model of gramicidin A. It was shown that gramicidin A molecules can exist in a lipid monolayer as individual molecules or combined into clusters. The results demonstrate that scanning tunneling microscope can be used for high spatial resolution study of ionic channel structure. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 PMID:1712239

  19. Ferrimagnetic resonance excitation by light-wave mixing in a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Gutjahr-Löser, Th.; Krieger, W.; Walther, H.; Kirschner, J.

    1999-12-01

    Ferrimagnetic resonance is measured in a scanning tunneling microscope. The infrared light of two lasers is focused into the tunneling junction and a difference-frequency signal in the microwave region is generated. This microwave signal is used to excite spin waves in an yttrium-iron-garnet film with a thin Au capping. The coupling of the light to the tunneling junction is explained by an antenna mechanism. Characteristic antenna patterns of the angle-dependent receiving efficiency are obtained. The mixing of the two laser frequencies is due to the nonlinearity of the tunneling junction. The microwave signal obtained is absorbed in the ferromagnetic sample if the resonance condition is fulfilled. This method might allow the measurement of magnetic properties with a lateral resolution down to the nm scale.

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

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

    1996-11-01

    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. Une émission de lumière a été détectée au niveau de la jonction pointe-surface d'un microscope à effet tunnel dans l'air sur des surfaces de métaux nobles. Une étude spectroscopique des photons émis par des jonctions tunnel Au-Au et PtIr-Au est présentée. L'aspect général des spectres dépend des matériaux utilisés ; une étude en fonction du courant tunnel et de la tension de polarisation de la jonction révéle des caractéristiques similaires et reproductibles.

  1. Electrochemical Deposition of Metal Nano-Disk Structures Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    1994-07-13

    of Discharge For a Nanometer-Scale Ag/Cu Galvanic Cell . Metal particles, prepared by the technique described above, are ideally suited to...Figure 6, essentially constitutes a macroscopic model for the nanometer-scale galvanic cell shown in the STM image of Figure 4. Copper and silver wires...Scanning Tunneling Microscope’, Appl. Phys. Lett., 60, 1181-1183. (14) Li, W.; Virtanen, J. A.; Penner, R. M., (1992) ’A Nanometer-Scale Galvanic Cell ’, J

  2. A variable-temperature nanostencil compatible with a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope/atomic force microscope

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    Steurer, Wolfram Gross, Leo; Schlittler, Reto R.; Meyer, Gerhard

    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.

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

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    Higuchi, Seiji; Kuramochi, Hiromi; Machida, Shinichi; Aono, Masakazu; Laurent, Olivier; Komatsubara, Takashi; Obori, Kenichi; Nakayama, Tomonobu

    2010-07-15

    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.

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

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    Salomons, Mark; Martins, Bruno V. C.; Zikovsky, Janik; Wolkow, Robert A.

    2014-04-01

    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.

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

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    Salomons, Mark; Martins, Bruno V C; Zikovsky, Janik; Wolkow, Robert A

    2014-04-01

    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.

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

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    Salomons, Mark; Martins, Bruno V. C.; Zikovsky, Janik; Wolkow, Robert A.

    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.

  7. Design, operation, and housing of an ultrastable, low temperature, ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope

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    Ferris, J. H.; Kushmerick, J. G.; Johnson, J. A.; Yoshikawa Youngquist, M. G.; Kessinger, R. B.; Kingsbury, H. F.; Weiss, P. S.

    1998-07-01

    We have designed and constructed a low temperature, ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (STM), taking extreme measures to isolate the microscope from acoustic, vibrational, and electronic noise. We combined a 4 K STM with line-of-sight dosing to enable one to position the crystal surface in front of an impinging molecular beam as in scattering experiments. Due to the mechanical stability of the instrument and the minimal thermal drift associated with working at 4 K we are able to locate and to image repeatedly isolated adsorbates and atomic-scale structures, such as step edges, for extended periods days. The instrument has been designed for the topographic and spectroscopic characterization of atoms and molecules on metal and semiconductor surfaces, for the investigation of the mechanism by which the STM images adsorbates on surfaces, and for inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy of single molecules.

  8. Microwave Frequency Comb from a Semiconductor in a Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

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    Hagmann, Mark J; Yarotski, Dmitry A; Mousa, Marwan S

    2017-04-01

    Quasi-periodic excitation of the tunneling junction in a scanning tunneling microscope, by a mode-locked ultrafast laser, superimposes a regular sequence of 15 fs pulses on the DC tunneling current. In the frequency domain, this is a frequency comb with harmonics at integer multiples of the laser pulse repetition frequency. With a gold sample the 200th harmonic at 14.85 GHz has a signal-to-noise ratio of 25 dB, and the power at each harmonic varies inversely with the square of the frequency. Now we report the first measurements with a semiconductor where the laser photon energy must be less than the bandgap energy of the semiconductor; the microwave frequency comb must be measured within 200 μm of the tunneling junction; and the microwave power is 25 dB below that with a metal sample and falls off more rapidly at the higher harmonics. Our results suggest that the measured attenuation of the microwave harmonics is sensitive to the semiconductor spreading resistance within 1 nm of the tunneling junction. This approach may enable sub-nanometer carrier profiling of semiconductors without requiring the diamond nanoprobes in scanning spreading resistance microscopy.

  9. High frequency transmission to a junction of a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Hervé, M.; Peter, M.; Wulfhekel, W.

    2015-08-01

    We report on an easy method to calibrate the transmission of radio-frequency (rf) voltages to the tunneling junction of a scanning tunneling microscope. The transmission strongly depends on frequency, as the cabling shows frequency dependent damping and the impedance mismatch between the cable and the tunneling junction induces reflections. To first order, the current-voltage characteristic of the junction induces a rf tunneling current of the same frequency as the rf voltage. Omnipresent non-linearities of the current-voltage characteristic of the junction to second order, however, generate an additional rectified DC. A direct comparison between this current and the second derivative of the current-voltage curve allows to determine the rf transmission to the tunneling junction. The transmission data up to 2 GHz were used to compensate the rf damping such that at every frequency a constant amplitude at the tunneling junction could be realized expanding the bandwidth of the experiment from less then 100 MHz to 2 GHz.

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

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    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–V properties with a very small spread in measured values compared to standard techniques. PMID:24059470

  11. A low temperature scanning tunneling microscope for electronic and force spectroscopy.

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    Smit, R H M; Grande, R; Lasanta, B; Riquelme, J J; Rubio-Bollinger, G; Agraït, N

    2007-11-01

    In this article, we describe and test a novel way to extend a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with the capability to measure forces. The tuning fork that we use for this is optimized to have a high quality factor and frequency resolution. Moreover, as this technique is fully compatible with the use of bulk tips, it is possible to combine the force measurements with the use of superconductive or magnetic tips, advantageous for electronic spectroscopy. It also allows us to calibrate both the amplitude and the spring constant of the tuning fork easily, in situ and with high precision.

  12. Direct deposition of 10-nm metallic features with the scanning tunneling microscope

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    McCord, M.A.; Kern, D.P.; Chang, T.H.P.

    1988-11-01

    In this preliminary study we have used a modified scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to directly deposit metallic features as small as 10 nm by decomposing organometallic gases containing tungsten and gold. Dots as well as lines have been formed. Tungsen deposits analyzed by Auger electron spectroscopy contained 48% tungsten, 40% carbon, and 12% oxygen. A resistivity of 0.01 ..cap omega..cm for the deposits was measured by aligning the STM to a metal contact pattern. This is the first reported combination of STM lithography with conventional lithography. A discussion of several interesting physical and chemical mechanisms involved in the deposition process is also presented.

  13. Tip-induced nanostructuring of alloy surfaces with an electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope

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    Maupai, S.; Dakkouri, A. S.; Schmuki, P.

    2005-12-01

    Tip-induced nanostructuring with an electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope (EC-STM) was applied to alloy surfaces in order to resolve the reasons for the unusual stability of tip-induced metal clusters to anodic oxidation. Therefore Au thin films on glass and AuCu-alloy single crystals of different composition and surface orientation were used as substrates. The experiments give evidence that the three main factors for cluster formation and stability are the attractive interaction between tip and substrate, alloy formation during the cluster formation process as well as additional stabilization by adsorption of an underpotential deposition layer. Experimental results on the three aspects are presented and discussed.

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

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    Mühlenberend, Svenja; Gruyters, Markus; Berndt, Richard

    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.

  15. Optical characterization of individual semiconductor nanostructures using a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Tsuruoka, Tohru; Ushioda, Sukekatsu

    2004-01-01

    By injecting low-energy minority carriers from the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and analyzing the light emitted from the tip-sample gap of the STM, it is possible to study the optical and electronic properties of individual semiconductor nanostructures with an extremely high spatial resolution close to the atomic scale. This technique has been applied to investigate the transport properties of hot electrons injected into AlGaAs/GaAs quantum well structures and the optical properties of single self-assembled InAs/AlGaAs quantum dots. The physical principles, usefulness and future expectations of this novel technique are discussed.

  16. Thickness determination of biological samples with a zeta-calibrated scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Wang, Z H; Hartmann, T; Baumeister, W; Guckenberger, R

    1990-01-01

    A single-tube scanning tunneling microscope has been zeta-calibrated by using atomic steps of crystalline gold and was used for measuring the thickness of two biological samples, metal-coated as well as uncoated. The hexagonal surface layer of the bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans with an open network-type structure shows thickness values that are strongly influenced by the substrate and the preparation method. In contrast, the thickness of the purple membrane of Halobacterium halobium with its densely packed less-corrugated structure exhibits very little variation in thickness in coated preparations and the values obtained are in good agreement with x-ray data. Images PMID:2251276

  17. Note: long range and accurate measurement of deep trench microstructures by a specialized scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Ju, Bing-Feng; Chen, Yuan-Liu; Zhang, Wei; Zhu, Wule; Jin, Chao; Fang, F Z

    2012-05-01

    A compact but practical scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with high aspect ratio and high depth capability has been specially developed. Long range scanning mechanism with tilt-adjustment stage is adopted for the purpose of adjusting the probe-sample relative angle to compensate the non-parallel effects. A periodical trench microstructure with a pitch of 10 μm has been successfully imaged with a long scanning range up to 2.0 mm. More innovatively, a deep trench with depth and step height of 23.0 μm has also been successfully measured, and slope angle of the sidewall can approximately achieve 67°. The probe can continuously climb the high step and exploring the trench bottom without tip crashing. The new STM could perform long range measurement for the deep trench and high step surfaces without image distortion. It enables accurate measurement and quality control of periodical trench microstructures.

  18. Haptic-STM: A human-in-the-loop interface to a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Perdigão, Luís M. A.; Saywell, Alex

    2011-07-01

    The operation of a haptic device interfaced with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is presented here. The user moves the STM tip in three dimensions by means of a stylus attached to the haptic instrument. The tunneling current measured by the STM is converted to a vertical force, applied to the stylus and felt by the user, with the user being incorporated into the feedback loop that controls the tip-surface distance. A haptic-STM interface of this nature allows the user to feel atomic features on the surface and facilitates the tactile manipulation of the adsorbate/substrate system. The operation of this device is demonstrated via the room temperature STM imaging of C60 molecules adsorbed on an Au(111) surface in ultra-high vacuum.

  19. Electric field effect on the vibration of single CO molecules in a scanning tunneling microscope junction.

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    Yan, Shihai; Lee, Jin Yong; Hahn, Jae Ryang

    2008-04-17

    A low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and ab initio calculations were used to study the electric field effect on the vibration of single CO molecules in an STM junction at 13 K. The vibrational energy of CO molecules adsorbed on silver atoms, measured by STM-based inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, depends on the direction of the electric field applied between the STM tip and the silver species. This characteristic can be explained by the charge separation model. The electric field modifies the binding characteristics of CO on silver as a result of a change in the charged states of the species, which leads to an increase (or a decrease) of the energies of the hindered rotation and the CO stretch on silver.

  20. Scanning tunneling microscope light emission: Effect of the strong dc field on junction plasmons

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    Kalathingal, Vijith; Dawson, Paul; Mitra, J.

    2016-07-01

    The observed energies of the localized surface plasmons (LSPs) excited at the tip-sample junction of a scanning tunneling microscope, as identified by spectral peaks in the light output, are very significantly redshifted with respect to calculations that use standard optical data for the tip and sample material, gold in this case. We argue that this anomaly depends on the extreme field in the sub-nm tunneling proximity of the tip and the sample, across which a dc bias (1-2 V) is applied. Finite element modeling analysis is presented of a gold nanosphere-plane (NS-P) combination in tunneling proximity and, crucially, in the presence of a high static electric field (˜109V /m ). It is argued that the strong dc field induces nonlinear corrections to the dielectric function of the gold via the effect of a large background polarizability through the nonlinear, χ(3 ) susceptibility contribution. When fed into the model system the modified optical data alters the LSP cavity modes of the NS-P system to indeed reveal a large redshift in energy compared to those of the virgin gold NS-P system. The net outcome may be regarded as equivalent to lowering the bulk plasmon energy, the physical interpretation being that the intense field of the tunneling environment leads to surface charge screening, effectively reducing the density of free electrons available to participate in the plasmon oscillations.

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

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    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

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

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    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

    2015-09-11

    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.

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

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    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.

  4. Construction of a Dual-Tip Scanning Tunneling Microscope: a Prototype Nanotechnology Workstation.

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    Li, Meng; Xu, Chunkai E-mail: xjun@ustc.edu.cn; Zhang, Panke; Li, Zhean; Chen, Xiangjun E-mail: xjun@ustc.edu.cn

    2016-08-15

    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    Messina, P.; Pearson, J.; Vasserman, I.; Sasaki, S.; Moog, E.; Fradin, F.

    2008-09-01

    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.

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

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    Stocker, Matthias; Pfeifer, Holger; Koslowski, Berndt

    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.

  10. A defect-free thin film pentacene diode: Interplay between transport and scanning tunneling microscope tip tunneling injection

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    Ruppel, L.; Birkner, A.; Witte, G.; Busse, C.; Lindner, Th.; Paasch, G.; Wöll, Ch.

    2007-08-01

    A diodelike device has been fabricated by organic molecular beam deposition of pentacene on a surface-modified, single-crystalline Au substrate. Using the substrate as the first and the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) as the second electrode, transport characteristics of this organic semiconductor (OSC) device were investigated. The probed pentacene islands are single crystalline and defect-free and consist of few molecular layers only. The current-voltage characteristics of this device reveal a pronounced asymmetry. For negative polarity, the current characteristics is almost independent of the layer thickness. For positive polarity, the current onset is shifted significantly to larger voltages with increasing layer thickness. Numerical simulations for a two-dimensional model system allow us to identify the injection properties of the STM tip as reasons for this pronounced asymmetry. For negative substrate bias the creation of holes in the valence band occurs by tunneling of electrons to the tip whereas in the opposite case holes have to be transported through the OSC layer from the substrate. Thus, for low positive voltage the hole current limits the device current. Once the resulting voltage drop between layer and tip becomes larger than the barrier for electron injection, direct tunneling of electrons into the pentacene conduction band becomes possible and n conduction begins to dominate.

  11. A scanning tunneling microscope capable of imaging specified micron-scale small samples

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    Tao, Wei; Cao, Yufei; Wang, Huafeng; Wang, Kaiyou; Lu, Qingyou

    2012-12-01

    We present a home-built scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which allows us to precisely position the tip on any specified small sample or sample feature of micron scale. The core structure is a stand-alone soft junction mechanical loop (SJML), in which a small piezoelectric tube scanner is mounted on a sliding piece and a "U"-like soft spring strip has its one end fixed to the sliding piece and its opposite end holding the tip pointing to the sample on the scanner. Here, the tip can be precisely aligned to a specified small sample of micron scale by adjusting the position of the spring-clamped sample on the scanner in the field of view of an optical microscope. The aligned SJML can be transferred to a piezoelectric inertial motor for coarse approach, during which the U-spring is pushed towards the sample, causing the tip to approach the pre-aligned small sample. We have successfully approached a hand cut tip that was made from 0.1 mm thin Pt/Ir wire to an isolated individual 32.5 × 32.5 μm2 graphite flake. Good atomic resolution images and high quality tunneling current spectra for that specified tiny flake are obtained in ambient conditions with high repeatability within one month showing high and long term stability of the new STM structure. In addition, frequency spectra of the tunneling current signals do not show outstanding tip mount related resonant frequency (low frequency), which further confirms the stability of the STM structure.

  12. A scanning tunneling microscope capable of imaging specified micron-scale small samples.

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    Tao, Wei; Cao, Yufei; Wang, Huafeng; Wang, Kaiyou; Lu, Qingyou

    2012-12-01

    We present a home-built scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which allows us to precisely position the tip on any specified small sample or sample feature of micron scale. The core structure is a stand-alone soft junction mechanical loop (SJML), in which a small piezoelectric tube scanner is mounted on a sliding piece and a "U"-like soft spring strip has its one end fixed to the sliding piece and its opposite end holding the tip pointing to the sample on the scanner. Here, the tip can be precisely aligned to a specified small sample of micron scale by adjusting the position of the spring-clamped sample on the scanner in the field of view of an optical microscope. The aligned SJML can be transferred to a piezoelectric inertial motor for coarse approach, during which the U-spring is pushed towards the sample, causing the tip to approach the pre-aligned small sample. We have successfully approached a hand cut tip that was made from 0.1 mm thin Pt∕Ir wire to an isolated individual 32.5 × 32.5 μm(2) graphite flake. Good atomic resolution images and high quality tunneling current spectra for that specified tiny flake are obtained in ambient conditions with high repeatability within one month showing high and long term stability of the new STM structure. In addition, frequency spectra of the tunneling current signals do not show outstanding tip mount related resonant frequency (low frequency), which further confirms the stability of the STM structure.

  13. Invited Article: Autonomous assembly of atomically perfect nanostructures using a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Celotta, Robert J. E-mail: joseph.stroscio@nist.gov; Hess, Frank M.; Rutter, Gregory M.; Stroscio, Joseph A. E-mail: joseph.stroscio@nist.gov; Balakirsky, Stephen B.; Fein, Aaron P.

    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.

  14. In situ scanning tunneling microscope tip treatment device for spin polarization imaging

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    Li, An-Ping [Oak Ridge, TN; Jianxing, Ma [Oak Ridge, TN; Shen, Jian [Knoxville, TN

    2008-04-22

    A tip treatment device for use in an ultrahigh vacuum in situ scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The device provides spin polarization functionality to new or existing variable temperature STM systems. The tip treatment device readily converts a conventional STM to a spin-polarized tip, and thereby converts a standard STM system into a spin-polarized STM system. The tip treatment device also has functions of tip cleaning and tip flashing a STM tip to high temperature (>2000.degree. C.) in an extremely localized fashion. Tip coating functions can also be carried out, providing the tip sharp end with monolayers of coating materials including magnetic films. The device is also fully compatible with ultrahigh vacuum sample transfer setups.

  15. Low-temperature-compatible tunneling-current-assisted scanning microwave microscope utilizing a rigid coaxial resonator

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    Takahashi, Hideyuki; Imai, Yoshinori; Maeda, Atsutaka

    2016-06-01

    We present a design for a tunneling-current-assisted scanning near-field microwave microscope. For stable operation at cryogenic temperatures, making a small and rigid microwave probe is important. Our coaxial resonator probe has a length of approximately 30 mm and can fit inside the 2-in. bore of a superconducting magnet. The probe design includes an insulating joint, which separates DC and microwave signals without degrading the quality factor. By applying the SMM to the imaging of an electrically inhomogeneous superconductor, we obtain the spatial distribution of the microwave response with a spatial resolution of approximately 200 nm. Furthermore, we present an analysis of our SMM probe based on a simple lumped-element circuit model along with the near-field microwave measurements of silicon wafers having different conductivities.

  16. Low-temperature-compatible tunneling-current-assisted scanning microwave microscope utilizing a rigid coaxial resonator.

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    Takahashi, Hideyuki; Imai, Yoshinori; Maeda, Atsutaka

    2016-06-01

    We present a design for a tunneling-current-assisted scanning near-field microwave microscope. For stable operation at cryogenic temperatures, making a small and rigid microwave probe is important. Our coaxial resonator probe has a length of approximately 30 mm and can fit inside the 2-in. bore of a superconducting magnet. The probe design includes an insulating joint, which separates DC and microwave signals without degrading the quality factor. By applying the SMM to the imaging of an electrically inhomogeneous superconductor, we obtain the spatial distribution of the microwave response with a spatial resolution of approximately 200 nm. Furthermore, we present an analysis of our SMM probe based on a simple lumped-element circuit model along with the near-field microwave measurements of silicon wafers having different conductivities.

  17. Scanning Tunneling Microscope Observation of a Polar Liquid Crystal and Its Computer Simulation

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    Matsushige, Kazumi; Taki, Seiji; Okabe, Hirotaka; Takebayashi, Yasuo; Hayashi, Kouichi; Yoshida, Yuji; Horiuchi, Toshihisa; Hara, Kazuhiro; Takehara, Kenji; Isomura, Kazuaki; Taniguchi, Hiroshi

    1993-04-01

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) constructed in the laboratory was utilized to observe the molecular arrangement of a new type of liquid crystalline molecule, 5-(p-dodecyloxyphenyl)pyrazine-2-carbonitrile (DOPPC), which has large dipole moments along the molecular axis. The DOPPC molecules adsorbed on a graphite substrate showed several different STM images with regular two-dimensional molecular arrays. They revealed a novel interdigitated double-row structure, differing from the single-row and the double-row structures proposed for the STM images of cyanobiphenyl liquid crystals. Moreover, a computer calculation was conducted based on electrostatic multipole-multipole interaction and simulated the most energetically preferable molecular arrangement, which agreed well with the observed STM image.

  18. Design and Implementation of a 4K Cryocooler-Based Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Vishnubhotla, Ramya; Harrington, Neal; Dusch, Bill; Geng, Carrie; Bannerjee, Riju; Pabbi, Lavish; Hudson, Eric W.

    2013-03-01

    Low temperature, ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs) have proved to be excellent tools for the study of electronic properties of complex materials. Unfortunately, with the continuing increase in liquid helium prices, already a dominant cost for operating these systems, their use is becoming exceedingly expensive. Here we describe the design and implementation of a STM cooled by a Cryomech PT407 Remote Motor Cryorefrigerator, allowing us to reach helium temperatures using a closed thermodynamic cycle with zero cryogen waste. Unfortunately, this refrigeration technique is not ultra-high vacuum (UHV) compatible and introduces vibrations. To tackle these problems, we separately house the cryocooler in a high-vacuum (HV) chamber. This provides both a UHV environment for the STM and mechanical isolation to minimize vibrations reaching the instrument. However, it makes for more challenging thermal connections. This last difficulty we solve by introducing a novel coaxial thermal feedthrough between the HV and UHV chambers. Supported by NSF DMR-0904400

  19. Study on the Structure of C-Phycocyanin in Spirulina platensis with Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

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    Zhang, Yu-Zhong; Shi, Dong-Xia; Zhou, Bai-Cheng; Zeng, Cheng-Kui; Pang, Shi-Jin

    1997-01-01

    The C-phycocyanin (C-PC) trimmer was isolated from the blue-green alga Spirulina platensis, and scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was used to investigate its structure. High resolution STM images of C-PC were obtained. From the STM images, it could be observed that the C-PC molecules were disk-like in shape and the subunits of C-PC arranged in ring-like pattern with a channel in the center. After filter treatment, the folding of the polypeptide chains could be seen clearly. This is the first time to observe directly the topography of phycobiliprotein, and the results showed STM to be a powerful tool for the structural study of phycobiliproteins.

  20. Graphene nanoribbons with zigzag and armchair edges prepared by scanning tunneling microscope lithography on gold substrates

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    Nemes-Incze, P.; Tapasztó, Levente; Magda, G. Zs.; Osváth, Z.; Dobrik, G.; Jin, X.; Hwang, C.; Biró, L. P.

    2014-02-01

    The properties of graphene nanoribbons are dependent on both the nanoribbon width and the crystallographic orientation of the edges. Scanning tunneling microscope lithography is a method which is able to create graphene nanoribbons with well defined edge orientation, having a width of a few nanometers. However, it has only been demonstrated on the top layer of graphite. In order to allow practical applications of this powerful lithography technique, it needs to be implemented on single layer graphene. We demonstrate the preparation of graphene nanoribbons with well defined crystallographic orientation on top of gold substrates. Our transfer and lithography approach brings one step closer the preparation of well defined graphene nanoribbons on arbitrary substrates for nanoelectronic applications.

  1. Tip-geometry effects in circularly polarized light emission from a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Anisimovas, Egidijus; Johansson, Peter

    1999-02-01

    We present a calculation of the degree of circular polarization ρ, of the light emitted from a scanning tunneling microscope due to tip asymmetry. In order to take into account the essential geometrical features of an imperfect tip its shape is approximated by a tilted spheroid. We work in the nonretarded limit and use experimentally measured dielectric functions to describe the electromagnetic properties of the tip (W and Ir) and sample (noble metals) materials. The results show that the polarization can reach 20-30 % for what we think are moderately asymmetric tips. This result, as well as the strong dependence of ρ on the azimuthal observation angle, is in reasonable agreement with experimental findings [A. L. Vázquez de Parga and S. F. Alvarado, Europhys. Lett. 36, 577 (1996)].

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

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    Hackley, Jason D.; Kislitsyn, Dmitry A.; Beaman, Daniel K.; Ulrich, Stefan; Nazin, George V.

    2014-10-01

    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.

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

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    Hackley, Jason D.; Kislitsyn, Dmitry A.; Beaman, Daniel K.; Nazin, George V.; Ulrich, Stefan

    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.

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

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    Hackley, Jason D; Kislitsyn, Dmitry A; Beaman, Daniel K; Ulrich, Stefan; Nazin, George V

    2014-10-01

    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.

  5. Refined tip preparation by electrochemical etching and ultrahigh vacuum treatment to obtain atomically sharp tips for scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope.

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    Hagedorn, Till; El Ouali, Mehdi; Paul, William; Oliver, David; Miyahara, Yoichi; Grütter, Peter

    2011-11-01

    A modification of the common electrochemical etching setup is presented. The described method reproducibly yields sharp tungsten tips for usage in the scanning tunneling microscope and tuning fork atomic force microscope. In situ treatment under ultrahigh vacuum (p ≤10(-10) mbar) conditions for cleaning and fine sharpening with minimal blunting is described. The structure of the microscopic apex of these tips is atomically resolved with field ion microscopy and cross checked with field emission.

  6. Refined tip preparation by electrochemical etching and ultrahigh vacuum treatment to obtain atomically sharp tips for scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope

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    Hagedorn, Till; Ouali, Mehdi El; Paul, William; Oliver, David; Miyahara, Yoichi; Gruetter, Peter

    2011-11-15

    A modification of the common electrochemical etching setup is presented. The described method reproducibly yields sharp tungsten tips for usage in the scanning tunneling microscope and tuning fork atomic force microscope. In situ treatment under ultrahigh vacuum (p {<=}10{sup -10} mbar) conditions for cleaning and fine sharpening with minimal blunting is described. The structure of the microscopic apex of these tips is atomically resolved with field ion microscopy and cross checked with field emission.

  7. Micro-actuators and flexure springs for micro-scanning tunneling microscope arrays

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    Xu, Yang

    2000-10-01

    Two versions of Micro-Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (Micro-STMs) have been fabricated. The Micro-STMs are fabricated from Single Crystal Silicon (SCS) using the high-aspect-ratio SCREAM process, integrated with high aspect ratio Single Crystal Silicon (SCS) tips. Each Micro-STM includes a SCS tip integrated with a cantilever, a torsion z actuator, and a XY comb drive actuators. One Micro-STM measures approximately 200 mum by 200 mum and it is an example of Micro-STMs for massively parallel array architecture. Another, larger Micro-STM measures 2 mm by 2 mm, including a 1 mm long cantilever with an integrated tip. The operation of this larger STM was demonstrated by obtaining a STM image of a 200 nm metal conductor strip on a silicon chip. Flexure springs have been studied for their application to produce large displacement scanning stages for a massively parallel array architecture of Micro-STMs. Theoretical analysis, finite element simulations and device characterization are carried out on two flexure spring based scanning stages.

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

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    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.

  9. The mechanism of light emission from a scanning tunnelling microscope operating in air

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    Rogez, B.; Cao, S.; Dujardin, G.; Comtet, G.; Le Moal, E.; Mayne, A.; Boer-Duchemin, E.

    2016-11-01

    The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) may be used as a low-energy, electrical nanosource of surface plasmon polaritons and light. In this article, we demonstrate that the optimum mode of operation of the STM for maximum photon emission is completely different in air than in vacuum. To this end, we investigate the emission of photons, the variation in the relative tip-sample distance and the measured current as a function of time for an STM operating in air. Contrary to the case of an STM operating in vacuum, the measured current between the tip and sample for an STM in air is very unstable (rapidly fluctuating in time) when the applied voltage between the tip and sample is in the ˜1.5-3 V range (i.e., in the energy range of visible photons). The photon emission occurs in short (50 μs) bursts when the STM tip is closest to the sample. The current instabilities are shown to be a key ingredient for producing intense light emission from an STM operating in air (photon emission rate several orders of magnitude higher than for stable current). These results are explained in terms of the interplay between the tunnel current and the electrochemical current in the ubiquitous thin water layer that exists when working in air.

  10. A new variable temperature solution-solid interface scanning tunneling microscope

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    Jahanbekam, Abdolreza; Mazur, Ursula; Hipps, K. W.

    2014-10-01

    We present a new solution-solid (SS) interface scanning tunneling microscope design that enables imaging at high temperatures with low thermal drift and with volatile solvents. In this new design, distinct from the conventional designs, the entire microscope is surrounded in a controlled-temperature and controlled-atmosphere chamber. This allows users to take measurements at high temperatures while minimizing thermal drift. By incorporating an open solution reservoir in the chamber, solvent evaporation from the sample is minimized; allowing users to use volatile solvents for temperature dependent studies at high temperatures. The new design enables the user to image at the SS interface with some volatile solvents for long periods of time (>24 h). An increase in the nonlinearity of the piezoelectric scanner in the lateral direction as a function of temperature is addressed. A temperature dependent study of cobalt(II) octaethylporphyrin (CoOEP) at the toluene/Au(111) interface has been performed with this instrument. It is demonstrated that the lattice parameters remain constant within experimental error from 24 °C to 75 °C. Similar quality images were obtained over the entire temperature range. We report the unit cell of CoOEP at the toluene/Au(111) interface (based on two molecules per unit cell) to be A = (1.36 ± 0.04) nm, B = (2.51 ± 0.04) nm, and α = 97° ± 2°.

  11. A new variable temperature solution-solid interface scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Jahanbekam, Abdolreza; Mazur, Ursula; Hipps, K W

    2014-10-01

    We present a new solution-solid (SS) interface scanning tunneling microscope design that enables imaging at high temperatures with low thermal drift and with volatile solvents. In this new design, distinct from the conventional designs, the entire microscope is surrounded in a controlled-temperature and controlled-atmosphere chamber. This allows users to take measurements at high temperatures while minimizing thermal drift. By incorporating an open solution reservoir in the chamber, solvent evaporation from the sample is minimized; allowing users to use volatile solvents for temperature dependent studies at high temperatures. The new design enables the user to image at the SS interface with some volatile solvents for long periods of time (>24 h). An increase in the nonlinearity of the piezoelectric scanner in the lateral direction as a function of temperature is addressed. A temperature dependent study of cobalt(II) octaethylporphyrin (CoOEP) at the toluene/Au(111) interface has been performed with this instrument. It is demonstrated that the lattice parameters remain constant within experimental error from 24 °C to 75 °C. Similar quality images were obtained over the entire temperature range. We report the unit cell of CoOEP at the toluene/Au(111) interface (based on two molecules per unit cell) to be A = (1.36 ± 0.04) nm, B = (2.51 ± 0.04) nm, and α = 97° ± 2°.

  12. Systematic analyses of vibration noise of a vibration isolation system for high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopes.

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    Iwaya, Katsuya; Shimizu, Ryota; Hashizume, Tomihiro; Hitosugi, Taro

    2011-08-01

    We designed and constructed an effective vibration isolation system for stable scanning tunneling microscopy measurements using a separate foundation and two vibration isolation stages (i.e., a combination of passive and active vibration isolation dampers). Systematic analyses of vibration data along the horizontal and vertical directions are present, including the vibration transfer functions of each stage and the overall vibration isolation system. To demonstrate the performance of the system, tunneling current noise measurements are conducted with and without the vibration isolation. Combining passive and active vibration isolation dampers successfully removes most of the vibration noise in the tunneling current up to 100 Hz. These comprehensive vibration noise data, along with details of the entire system, can be used to establish a clear guideline for building an effective vibration isolation system for various scanning probe microscopes and electron microscopes.

  13. Properties of Single Molecules: Manipulation, Dissociation and Synthesis with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Braun, Kai-Felix; Hla, Saw-Wai

    The fascinating advances in the manipulation of single atoms and molecules with the scanning tunneling microscope tip allow scientists to build atomic scale structures and to probe chemical and physical properties of matters at an atomic level. Due to these advances, the basic steps of a catalyzed chemical reaction such as dissociation, diffusion, adsorption, re-adsorption and bond formation processes can be performed by using the STM-tip. Here a short review of these steps and the techniques involved is presented. The lateral manipulation is used for the controlled positioning of atoms/molecules whereby only the tip- atom/molecule forces are employed. By measuring the tip-height signal during the manipulation, different modes of motion of the adparticle can be distinguished. Lower corrugated surfaces exhibit more complex motions than higher corrugated surfaces where the adparticle movement is confined to one dimension. Molecules have more degrees of freedom which allow a rotational motion or change in configuration. Even internal degrees of freedom can be detected and manipulated. The vertical manipulation not only allows the pick-up of adparticles and the subsequent transfer back to the surface, but also the manipulation of fragments of larger molecules. Effects due to the tunneling curent can be used for a controlled dissociation of chemical bonds as well as for the formation of new bonds. The combination of these manipulation techniques can induce chemical reactions at a single molecule level and construct new molecules. These achievements in STM manipulation of molecules open up new opportunities in nanochemistry and nanochemical technology. In this article, various STM manipulation techniques used for the single molecule reaction process are reviewed, and their impact on the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology is discussed.

  14. Nonlinearity, resonance, charging, and motion at the atomic scale studied with scanning tunneling microscopes

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    Tu, Xiuwen

    2008-10-01

    Several novel phenomena at the single-atom and single-molecule level occurring on the surfaces of single crystals were studied with home-built low temperature scanning tunneling microscopes. The results revealed intriguing properties of single atoms and single molecules, including nonlinearity, resonance, charging, and motion. First, negative differential resistance (NDR) was observed in the dI/dV spectra for single copper-phthalocyanine (CuPc) molecules adsorbed on one- and two-layer sodium bromide (NaBr), but not for single CuPc molecules adsorbed on three-layer NaBr, all grown on a NiAl(110) surface. This transition from NDR to the absence of NDR was explained as the result of competing effects in the double-barrier tunnel junction (DBTJ) and was reproduced in a calculation based on a resonant-tunneling model. Second, the nonlinearity of the STM junction due to a single manganese (Mn) atom or MnCO molecule adsorbed on a NiAl(110) surface was used to rectify microwave irradiation. The resulting rectification current was shown to be sensitive to the spin-splitting of the electronic states of the Mn atom and to the vibrations of the MnCO molecule. Next, the ordering of cesium (Cs) atoms adsorbed on a Au(111) surface and a NiAl(110) surface was imaged in real space. Because of charge transfer to the substrates, Cs adatoms were positively charged on both surfaces. Even at 12 K, Cs adatoms were able to move and adjust according to coverage. On Au(111), the Cs first layer had a quasi-hexagonal lattice and islands of the second Cs layer did not appear until the first was completed. On NiAl(110), a locally disordered Cs first layer was observed before a locally ordered layer appeared at higher coverages. The cation-pi interactions were then studied at the single molecular level. We were able to form cation-pi complexes such as Cs···DSB, Cs···DSB···Cs, Rb···DSB, and Rb···ZnEtiol controllably by manipulation with the STM tip. We could also separate these

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

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    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.

  16. Development of in situ two-coil mutual inductance technique in a multifunctional scanning tunneling microscope

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    Duan, Ming-Chao; Liu, Zhi-Long; Ge, Jian-Feng; Tang, Zhi-Jun; Wang, Guan-Yong; Wang, Zi-Xin; Guan, Dandan; Li, Yao-Yi; Qian, Dong; Liu, Canhua; Jia, Jin-Feng

    2017-07-01

    Superconducting thin films have been a focal point for intensive research efforts since their reduced dimension allows for a wide variety of quantum phenomena. Many of these films, fabricated in UHV chambers, are highly vulnerable to air exposure, making it difficult to measure intrinsic superconducting properties such as zero resistance and perfect diamagnetism with ex situ experimental techniques. Previously, we developed a multifunctional scanning tunneling microscope (MSTM) containing in situ four-point probe (4PP) electrical transport measurement capability in addition to the usual STM capabilities [Ge et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86, 053903 (2015)]. Here we improve this MSTM via development of both transmission and reflection two-coil mutual inductance techniques for in situ measurement of the diamagnetic response of a superconductor. This addition does not alter the original STM and 4PP functions of the MSTM. We demonstrate the performance of the two-coil mutual inductance setup on a 10-nm-thick NbN thin film grown on a Nb-doped SrTiO3(111) substrate.

  17. Compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with in-situ sample preparation capability

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    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.

  18. Electrochemical Nanolithography on Amorphous WO3 Thin Films Using Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Air

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    Qiu, Hong; Lu, Yong-Feng; Mai, Zhi-Hong

    2001-11-01

    Tungsten oxide (WO3) thin films have shown interesting properties as lithography resist materials. In this study, the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was used in air for nanometer etching of α-WO3-x thin films, an n-type semiconductor. The current-voltage (I-V) curve was found to be affected by the water layer absorbed on the surface. For low voltage (< 3 V) with long duration (˜ 10 s) or high voltage pulse (> 3 V) with short pulsewidth (˜ 200 ms), holes were formed on the film surface at high humidity (> 70%) by applying a pulse voltage. A threshold voltage existed for hole formation. Higher pulse voltage and negative polarity corresponded to larger modified size. All the structures formed in STM images were topographical in nature by comparison with the AFM images. The hole formation was reasonably attributed to electrochemistry and high dissolution of WO3 in high pH solutions, which was co-manifested by links between the holes and eroded materials on the surface. Alkaline solutions instead of deionized water were chosen to act in the tip-surface gap. Alkaline ions being expelled from the tip due to electric polarity demonstrated the ion movement and their effect on etching. Lines of nanometer width were fabricated.

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

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    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.

  20. Compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with in-situ sample preparation capability

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    Kim, Jungdae; Nam, Hyoungdo; Schroeder, Allan; Shih, Chih-Kang; Qin, Shengyong; Kim, Sang-ui; Eom, Daejin

    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.

  1. Compact very low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with mechanically driven horizontal linear positioning stage.

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    Suderow, H; Guillamon, I; Vieira, S

    2011-03-01

    We describe a scanning tunneling microscope for operation in a dilution refrigerator with a sample stage which can be moved macroscopically in a range up to a cm and with an accuracy down to the tens of nm. The position of the tip over the sample as set at room temperature does not change more than a few micrometers when cooling down. This feature is particularly interesting for work on micrometer sized samples. Nanostructures can be also localized and studied, provided they are repeated over micrometer sized areas. The same stage can be used to approach a hard single crystalline sample to a knife and cleave it, or break it, in situ. In situ positioning is demonstrated with measurements at 0.1 K in nanofabricated samples. Atomic resolution down to 0.1 K and in magnetic fields of 8 T is demonstrated in NbSe(2). No heat dissipation nor an increase in mechanical noise has been observed at 0.1 K when operating the slider.

  2. Improved design for a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with an in situ tip treatment stage.

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    Kim, J-J; Joo, S H; Lee, K S; Yoo, J H; Park, M S; Kwak, J S; Lee, Jinho

    2017-04-01

    The Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope (LT-STM) is an extremely valuable tool not only in surface science but also in condensed matter physics. For years, numerous new ideas have been adopted to perfect LT-STM performances-Ultra-Low Vibration (ULV) laboratory and the rigid STM head design are among them. Here, we present three improvements for the design of the ULV laboratory and the LT-STM: tip treatment stage, sample cleaving stage, and vibration isolation system. The improved tip treatment stage enables us to perform field emission for the purpose of tip treatment in situ without exchanging samples, while our enhanced sample cleaving stage allows us to cleave samples at low temperature in a vacuum without optical access by a simple pressing motion. Our newly designed vibration isolation system provides efficient space usage while maintaining vibration isolation capability. These improvements enhance the quality of spectroscopic imaging experiments that can last for many days and provide increased data yield, which we expect can be indispensable elements in future LT-STM designs.

  3. Scanning tunneling microscope-quartz crystal microbalance study of temperature gradients at an asperity contact.

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    Pan, L; Krim, J

    2013-01-01

    Investigations of atomic-scale friction frequently involve setups where a tip and substrate are initially at different temperatures. The temperature of the sliding interface upon contact has thus become a topic of interest. A method for detecting initial tip-sample temperature differences at an asperity contact is described, which consists of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip in contact with the surface electrode of a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The technique makes use of the fact that a QCM is extremely sensitive to abrupt changes in temperature. In order to demonstrate the technique's capabilities, QCM frequency shifts were recorded for varying initial tip-substrate temperature differences as an STM tip was brought into and out of contact. The results are interpreted within the context of a recent model for thermal heat conduction at an asperity contact, and it is concluded that the transient frequency response is attributable to small changes in temperature close to the region of contact rather than a change in the overall temperature of the QCM itself. For the assumed model parameters, the results moreover reveal substantial temperature discontinuities at the boundary between the tip and the sample, for example, on the order of 10-15 °C for initial temperature differences of 20 °C.

  4. Improved design for a low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with an in situ tip treatment stage

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    Kim, J.-J.; Joo, S. H.; Lee, K. S.; Yoo, J. H.; Park, M. S.; Kwak, J. S.; Lee, Jinho

    2017-04-01

    The Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope (LT-STM) is an extremely valuable tool not only in surface science but also in condensed matter physics. For years, numerous new ideas have been adopted to perfect LT-STM performances—Ultra-Low Vibration (ULV) laboratory and the rigid STM head design are among them. Here, we present three improvements for the design of the ULV laboratory and the LT-STM: tip treatment stage, sample cleaving stage, and vibration isolation system. The improved tip treatment stage enables us to perform field emission for the purpose of tip treatment in situ without exchanging samples, while our enhanced sample cleaving stage allows us to cleave samples at low temperature in a vacuum without optical access by a simple pressing motion. Our newly designed vibration isolation system provides efficient space usage while maintaining vibration isolation capability. These improvements enhance the quality of spectroscopic imaging experiments that can last for many days and provide increased data yield, which we expect can be indispensable elements in future LT-STM designs.

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

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

    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.

  6. Compact low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with in-situ sample preparation capability.

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    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.

  7. Nanosecond time-scale semiconductor photoexcitations probed by a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Gallagher, Mark J.; Ruskell, Todd G.; Chen, Dong; Sarid, Dror; Jenkinson, Howard

    1994-01-01

    The high-frequency response of scanning tunneling microscopy of a semiconductor is demonstrated by using the beat frequencies of the longitudinal modes of a HeNe laser at the tunneling junction. We present a comparison of the slow and fast optical response of photoexcited charge carriers in the layered structure semiconductors n-type MoS2 and p-type WSe2 using this method.

  8. Atomic force microscope-assisted scanning tunneling spectroscopy under ambient conditions.

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    Vakhshouri, Amin; Hashimoto, Katsushi; Hirayama, Yoshiro

    2014-12-01

    We have developed a method of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-assisted scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) under ambient conditions. An AFM function is used for rapid access to a selected position prior to performing STS. The AFM feedback is further used to suppress vertical thermal drift of the tip-sample distance during spectroscopy, enabling flexible and stable spectroscopy measurements at room temperature.

  9. Design and properties of a cryogenic dip-stick scanning tunneling microscope with capacitive coarse approach control.

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    Schlegel, R; Hänke, T; Baumann, D; Kaiser, M; Nag, P K; Voigtländer, R; Lindackers, D; Büchner, B; Hess, C

    2014-01-01

    We present the design, setup, and operation of a new dip-stick scanning tunneling microscope. Its special design allows measurements in the temperature range from 4.7 K up to room temperature, where cryogenic vacuum conditions are maintained during the measurement. The system fits into every (4)He vessel with a bore of 50 mm, e.g., a transport dewar or a magnet bath cryostat. The microscope is equipped with a cleaving mechanism for cleaving single crystals in the whole temperature range and under cryogenic vacuum conditions. For the tip approach, a capacitive automated coarse approach is implemented. We present test measurements on the charge density wave system 2H-NbSe2 and the superconductor LiFeAs which demonstrate scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy data acquisition with high stability, high spatial resolution at variable temperatures and in high magnetic fields.

  10. High vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscope based on a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Fang, Yurui; Zhang, Zhenglong; Sun, Mengtao

    2016-03-15

    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{sup −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.

  11. High vacuum tip-enhanced Raman spectroscope based on a scanning tunneling microscope

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    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.

  12. Silicon-based molecular nanotechnology: Fabrication and characterization with the scanning tunneling microscope

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    Hersam, Mark Christopher

    2000-10-01

    The importance of molecular nanotechnology has recently been underscored by increased media, public, and government awareness of the subject. This thesis examines several nanotechnology issues on the technologically significant Si(100) surface with the ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (UHV-STM). Nanoscale studies have revealed that the in situ H-passivated Si(100) surface remains atomically pristine even after exposure to ambient conditions. The robustness of this surface suggests its use as a chemically inert resist layer. Using feedback-controlled lithography (FCL), individual hydrogen atoms can be removed from the Si(100)-2x1:H surface. The remaining dangling bond patterns serve as atomically precise templates upon which other materials can spontaneously self-assemble. By utilizing this selective chemistry in situ, several organic molecules (e.g., norbornadiene (NBE), copper phthalocyanine (CuPc), and C60) have been isolated. The mechanical, chemical, and electronic properties of these individual adsorbed species are then immediately detected with the STM. For CuPc, the spatial extent of charge transfer from the substrate to the adsorbate is measured as a function of binding orientation. When the CuPc is reduced with ammonia, single molecule rotation is observed. STM spectroscopic measurements on C 60 reveal intramolecular variations in the electronic density of states. For electronic applications, the application of lateral electrical fields to individual molecules is crucial. A fully compatible electrical contacting scheme based on p-n junctions will be presented. Efficient STM potentiometric location of these p-n junctions suggests their additional use as alignment markers. Beyond outlining advances in molecular nanoelectronics, this thesis will also draw connections between fundamental silicon research and current technology.

  13. An analysis of magnetization patterns measured using a magnetic force scanning tunneling microscope (abstract)

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    Burke, E. R.; Gomez, R. D.; Mayergoyz, I. D.

    1994-05-01

    In a previous paper, we made a complete analysis of the interaction between the probe tip of a magnetic force scanning tunneling microscope (MFSTM) and the magnetic fields emanating from a typical recorded pattern. In this paper we show how the magnetization distribution in the recorded media can be determined from the measurements by obtaining expressions for the magnetic fields from a Fourier series expansion for the recorded magnetizations. We have used these techniques to find the magnetic fields from many different distributions, including all those we could find in the literature. The probe tip displacement, which is the quantity measured using the MFSTM, can be calculated using these magnetic fields. The results can then be compared to the experimental data. For one set of experiments on high density recording we have found that the best fit is with a magnetization that has a modified arctan transition. The modification eliminates the discontinuity in the slope of the transitions as they are joined together, giving a more realistic representation of the magnetic distribution. The transition width can then be used as an adjustable parameter to find the best fit to the data. The MFSTM can, therefore, be used as a quantitative tool to find the magnetic recording transition widths. These theoretical techniques are not necessarily restricted to the use of a MFSTM, but can be applied to other problems in magnetic recording. For instance, we show how the probe tip displacement corresponds to the flux picked up by a conventional read head. The response of the head as a function of different magnetization patterns can then be studied and compared to experimental results. The measurable quantities are expressed in Fourier series but we show how these series can be easily evaluated with a PC and the appropriate software.

  14. Luminescence of Quantum Dots by Coupling with Nonradiative Surface Plasmon Modes in a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Romero, M. J.; van de Lagemaat, J.

    2009-01-01

    The electronic coupling between quantum dots (QDs) and surface plasmons (SPs) is investigated by a luminescence spectroscopy based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We show that tunneling luminescence from the dot is excited by coupling with the nonradiative plasmon mode oscillating at the metallic tunneling gap formed during the STM operation. This approach to the SP excitation reveals aspects of the SP-QD coupling not accessible to the more conventional optical excitation of SPs. In the STM, luminescence from the dot is observed when and only when the SP is in resonance with the fundamental transition of the dot. The tunneling luminescence spectrum also suggests that excited SP-QD hybrid states can participate in the excitation of QD luminescence. Not only the SP excitation regulates the QD luminescence but the presence of the dot at the tunneling gap imposes restrictions to the SP that can be excited in the STM, in which the SP cannot exceed the energy of the fundamental transition of the dot. The superior SP-QD coupling observed in the STM is due to the tunneling gap acting as a tunable plasmonic resonator in which the dot is fully immersed.

  15. Development of Near-Field Microwave Microscope with the Functionality of Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy

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    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.

  16. A compact sub-Kelvin ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope with high energy resolution and high stability

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    Zhang, L.; Miyamachi, T.; Tomanić, T.; Dehm, R.; Wulfhekel, W.

    2011-10-01

    We designed a scanning tunneling microscope working at sub-Kelvin temperatures in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) in order to study the magnetic properties on the nanoscale. An entirely homebuilt three-stage cryostat is used to cool down the microscope head. The first stage is cooled with liquid nitrogen, the second stage with liquid 4He. The third stage uses a closed-cycle Joule-Thomson refrigerator of a cooling power of 1 mW. A base temperature of 930 mK at the microscope head was achieved using expansion of 4He, which can be reduced to ≈400 mK when using 3He. The cryostat has a low liquid helium consumption of only 38 ml/h and standing times of up to 280 h. The fast cooling down of the samples (3 h) guarantees high sample throughput. Test experiments with a superconducting tip show a high energy resolution of 0.3 meV when performing scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The vertical stability of the tunnel junction is well below 1 pm (peak to peak) and the electric noise floor of tunneling current is about 6 fA/sqrt{Hz}. Atomic resolution with a tunneling current of 1 pA and 1 mV was achieved on Au(111). The lateral drift of the microscope at stable temperature is below 20 pm/h. A superconducting spilt-coil magnet allows to apply an out-of-plane magnetic field of up to 3 T at the sample surface. The flux vortices of a Nb(110) sample were clearly resolved in a map of differential conductance at 1.1 K and a magnetic field of 0.21 T. The setup is designed for in situ preparation of tip and samples under UHV condition.

  17. A compact sub-Kelvin ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope with high energy resolution and high stability.

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    Zhang, L; Miyamachi, T; Tomanić, T; Dehm, R; Wulfhekel, W

    2011-10-01

    We designed a scanning tunneling microscope working at sub-Kelvin temperatures in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) in order to study the magnetic properties on the nanoscale. An entirely homebuilt three-stage cryostat is used to cool down the microscope head. The first stage is cooled with liquid nitrogen, the second stage with liquid (4)He. The third stage uses a closed-cycle Joule-Thomson refrigerator of a cooling power of 1 mW. A base temperature of 930 mK at the microscope head was achieved using expansion of (4)He, which can be reduced to ≈400 mK when using (3)He. The cryostat has a low liquid helium consumption of only 38 ml/h and standing times of up to 280 h. The fast cooling down of the samples (3 h) guarantees high sample throughput. Test experiments with a superconducting tip show a high energy resolution of 0.3 meV when performing scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The vertical stability of the tunnel junction is well below 1 pm (peak to peak) and the electric noise floor of tunneling current is about 6fA/√Hz. Atomic resolution with a tunneling current of 1 pA and 1 mV was achieved on Au(111). The lateral drift of the microscope at stable temperature is below 20 pm/h. A superconducting spilt-coil magnet allows to apply an out-of-plane magnetic field of up to 3 T at the sample surface. The flux vortices of a Nb(110) sample were clearly resolved in a map of differential conductance at 1.1 K and a magnetic field of 0.21 T. The setup is designed for in situ preparation of tip and samples under UHV condition.

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

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    Ge, Jian-Feng; Liu, Zhi-Long; Gao, Chun-Lei; Qian, Dong; Liu, Canhua E-mail: jfjia@sjtu.edu.cn; Jia, Jin-Feng E-mail: jfjia@sjtu.edu.cn

    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. Engineering the emission of light from a scanning tunneling microscope using the plasmonic modes of a nanoparticle

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    Le Moal, Eric; Marguet, Sylvie; Canneson, Damien; Rogez, Benoît; Boer-Duchemin, Elizabeth; Dujardin, Gérald; Teperik, Tatiana V.; Marinica, Dana-Codruta; Borisov, Andrey G.

    2016-01-01

    The inelastic tunnel current in the junction formed between the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and the sample can electrically generate optical signals. This phenomenon is potentially of great importance for nano-optoelectronic devices. In practice, however, the properties of the emitted light are difficult to control because of the strong influence of the STM tip. In this work, we show both theoretically and experimentally that the sought-after, well-controlled emission of light from an STM tunnel junction may be achieved using a nonplasmonic STM tip and a plasmonic nanoparticle on a transparent substrate. We demonstrate that the native plasmon modes of the nanoparticle may be used to engineer the light emitted in the substrate. Both the angular distribution and intensity of the emitted light may be varied in a predictable way by choosing the excitation position of the STM tip on the particle.

  20. Ultrafast scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Botkin, D.A. |

    1995-09-01

    I have developed an ultrafast scanning tunneling microscope (USTM) based on uniting stroboscopic methods of ultrafast optics and scanned probe microscopy to obtain nanometer spatial resolution and sub-picosecond temporal resolution. USTM increases the achievable time resolution of a STM by more than 6 orders of magnitude; this should enable exploration of mesoscopic and nanometer size systems on time scales corresponding to the period or decay of fundamental excitations. USTM consists of a photoconductive switch with subpicosecond response time in series with the tip of a STM. An optical pulse from a modelocked laser activates the switch to create a gate for the tunneling current, while a second laser pulse on the sample initiates a dynamic process which affects the tunneling current. By sending a large sequence of identical pulse pairs and measuring the average tunnel current as a function of the relative time delay between the pulses in each pair, one can map the time evolution of the surface process. USTM was used to measure the broadband response of the STM`s atomic size tunnel barrier in frequencies from tens to hundreds of GHz. The USTM signal amplitude decays linearly with the tunnel junction conductance, so the spatial resolution of the time-resolved signal is comparable to that of a conventional STM. Geometrical capacitance of the junction does not appear to play an important role in the measurement, but a capacitive effect intimately related to tunneling contributes to the measured signals and may limit the ultimate resolution of the USTM.

  1. A Scanning Tunneling Microscope at the Milli-Kelvin, High Magnetic Field Frontier

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    Zhou, Brian B.

    The ability to access lower temperatures and higher magnetic fields has precipitated breakthroughs in our understanding of physical matter, revealing novel effects such as superconductivity, the integer and fractional quantum Hall effects, and single spin magnetism. Extending the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to the extremity of the B-T phase space provides unique insight on these phenomena both at the atomic level and with spectroscopic power. In this thesis, I describe the design and operation of a full-featured, dilution refrigerator-based STM capable of sample preparation in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and spectroscopic mapping with an electronic temperature of 240 mK in fields up to 14 T. I detail technical solutions to overcome the stringent requirements on vibration isolation, electronic noise, and mechanical design necessary to successfully integrate the triad of the STM, UHV, and dilution refrigeration. Measurements of the heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn5 ( Tc = 2.3 K) directly leverage the resulting combination of ultra-low temperature and atomic resolution to identify its Cooper pairing to be of dx2-y2 symmetry. Spectroscopic and quasiparticle interference measurements isolate a Kondo-hybridized, heavy effective mass band near the Fermi level, from which nodal superconductivity emerges in CeCoIn5 in coexistence with an independent pseudogap. Secondly, the versatility of this instrument is demonstrated through measurements of the three-dimensional Dirac semimetal Cd3As2 up to the maximum magnetic field. Through high resolution Landau level spectroscopy, the dispersion of the conduction band is shown to be Dirac-like over an unexpectedly extended regime, and its two-fold degeneracy to be lifted in field through a combination of orbital and Zeeman effects. Indeed, these two experiments on CeCoIn5 and Cd3 As2 glimpse the new era of nano-scale materials research, spanning superconductivity, topological properties, and single spin phenomena, made

  2. The Nanomanipulator: a Virtual-Reality Interface to a Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

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    Taylor, Russell Morton, II

    We have developed a virtual-reality interface to a scanning tunneling microscope (STM); the resulting system is called the Nanomanipulator. The user interface comprises a stereoscopic color head-mounted display, a force-feedback remote manipulator master station, and a high-performance graphics computer. It provides the illusion of a surface floating in space in front of the user. The user's hand gestures are translated into commands that are sent to the STM in real time; the returned video and haptic signals allow the user to see and feel the surface topography and to control the timing and location of voltage pulses applied between the tip of the STM probe and the sample under study. My thesis is that a virtual-reality interface is a powerful and effective user interface to an STM--allowing qualitatively different types of experiments to be performed. The success of our investigations using this system demonstrates the validity of the thesis. We have used the Nanomanipulator to examine various surfaces and to perform surface modification experiments. This investigation has led to new insight into the meaning of certain surface features and into the mechanisms by which voltage pulses change the tip and sample. These insights were the direct results of the real-time visualization and the more interactive nature of our system compared to standard methods. The key to the success of the Nanomanipulator system is that it provides an intuitive two-way interface to the instrument. Raw data from an STM is not in a format easily understood by a scientist, and the Etch-a-Sketch type of controls required for positioning an STM tip are neither natural nor familiar to a user. The Nanomanipulator system acts as a translator between the instrument and the scientist, allowing the scientist to concentrate on interacting with the surface under study rather than on the computer interface or the STM itself. This system seeks to put the scientists on the surface, in control, while the

  3. Photon scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Goudonnet, J.P.; Salomon, L.; De Fornel, F.; Chabrier, G. . Lab. de Physique du Solide); Warmack, R.J.; Ferrell, T.L. )

    1990-01-01

    The Photon Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (PSTM) is the photon analogue of the electron Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM). It uses the evanescent field due to the total internal reflection of a light beam in a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) prism. The sample, mounted on the base of the prism, modulates the evanescent field. A sharpened optical fiber probes this field, and the collected light is processed to generate an image of the topography and the chemical composition of the surface. We give, in this paper, a description of the microscope and discuss the influence of several parameters such as -- polarization of light, angle of incidence, shape of the end of the fiber -- on the resolution. Images of various samples -- glass samples, teflon spheres -- are presented. 8 refs., 7 figs.

  4. A high-stability scanning tunneling microscope achieved by an isolated tiny scanner with low voltage imaging capability

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    Wang, Qi; Hou, Yubin; Wang, Junting; Lu, Qingyou

    2013-11-01

    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.

  5. A high-stability scanning tunneling microscope achieved by an isolated tiny scanner with low voltage imaging capability.

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    Wang, Qi; Hou, Yubin; Wang, Junting; Lu, Qingyou

    2013-11-01

    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.

  6. A high-stability scanning tunneling microscope achieved by an isolated tiny scanner with low voltage imaging capability

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    Wang, Qi; Wang, Junting; Lu, Qingyou; Hou, Yubin

    2013-11-15

    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 d{sub 31} 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.

  7. Control of the Residual Sub-Electronic Charge on a Mesoscopic Conductor by Means of a Scanning Tunneling Microscope Tip

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    1994-03-07

    6] A. P. Fein, J . R. Kirtley, and R. M. Feenstra, Rev. Scient . Instrum . 58,1806 (1987). PUBLICATIONS P1. Z. Y. Rong, A. Chang, L. F. Cohen, and E. L...CHARGE ON A MESOSCOPIC CONDUCTOR BY MEANS OF A SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPE TIP Final Technical Rep2ort. ONR Research Grant N00014-90- J -1845 Grant Title...Polytechnic University, Six Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Prepared March 7, 1994 by E. L. Wolf V/ j - 06- 06- I. Introduction The topic of research

  8. Analysis of photon-scanning tunneling microscope images of inhomogeneous samples: determination of the local refractive index of channel waveguides

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    Bourillot, E.; de Fornel, F.; Goudonnet, J. P.; Persegol, D.; Kevorkian, A.; Delacourt, D.

    1995-01-01

    Channel waveguides are imaged by a photon-scanning tunneling microscope (PSTM). The polarization of the light and its orientation with respect to the guide axis are shown to be very important parameters in the analysis of the images of such samples. We simulated image formation for the plane of incidence parallel to the axis of the guide. Our theoretical results are qualitatively in agreement with our measurements. These results show the ability of the PSTM to give information about the local refractive-index variations of a sample.

  9. Photon scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Reddick, R.C.; Warmack, R.J.; Chilcott, D.W.; Sharp, S.L.; Ferrell, T.L. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN )

    1990-12-01

    An optical tunneling microscope is presented that operates in exactly the same way as the electron scanning tunneling microscope (ESTM). It takes advantage of evanescent fields generated by the total internal reflection (TIR) of light at the interface between materials of different optical densities. The photon scanning tunneling microscope (PSTM) employs an optically conducting probe tip to map spatial variations in the evanescent and scattered field intensity distributions adjacent to a sample surface, which forms or is placed on the TIR surface. These variations are due to the local topography, morphology, and optical activity of the surface and form the basis of imaging. Evanescent field theory is discussed and the evanescent field intensity as a function of surface-probe separation is calculated using several probe tip models. After a description of PSTM construction and operation, evanescent field intensity measurements are shown to agree with the model calculations. PSTM images of various sample surfaces demonstrate subwavelength resolution exceeding that of conventional optical microscopy, especially in the vertical dimension. Limitations and interpretation of PSTM images are discussed as well as the PSTMs applicability to other forms of surface analysis.

  10. Development of a Millikelvin dual-tip Josephson scanning tunneling microscope

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    Roychowdhury, Anita

    In this thesis, I first describe the design and construction of a dual-tip millikelvin STM system. The STM is mounted on a dilution refrigerator and the setup includes vibration isolation, rf-filtered wiring, an ultra high vacuum (UHV) sample preparation chamber and sample transfer mechanism. Next I describe a novel superconducting tip fabrication technique. My technique involves dry-etching sections of 250 mum diameter Nb wire with an SF6 plasma in a reactive ion etcher. I present data taken with these tips on various samples at temperatures ranging from 30 mK to 9 K. My results demonstrate that the tips are superconducting, achieve good spectroscopic energy resolution, are mechanically robust over long time periods, and are atomically sharp. I also show data characterizing the performance of our system. This data is in the form of atomic resolution images, spectroscopy, noise spectra and simultaneous scans taken with both tips of the STM. I used these to examine the tip-sample stability, cross talk between the two tips, and to extract the effective noise temperature (˜185 mK) of the sample by fitting the spectroscopy data to a voltage noise model. Finally, I present spectroscopy data taken with a Nb tip on a Nb(100) sample at 30 mK. The enhanced spectroscopic resolution at this temperature allowed me to resolve peaks in the fluctuation-dominated supercurrent at sub-gap voltages. My analysis indicates that these peaks are due to the incoherent tunneling of Cooper pairs at resonant frequencies of the STM's electromagnetic environment. By measuring the response of the STM junction to microwaves, I identified the charge carriers in this regime as Cooper pairs with charge 2e. The amplitude of the response current scales as the square of the Bessel functions, indicating that the pair tunneling originates from photon assisted tunneling in the incoherent regime, rather than the more conventionally observed Shapiro steps in the coherent regime.

  11. Theoretical Analysis of a Dual-Probe Scanning Tunneling Microscope Setup on Graphene

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

    2014-03-01

    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 the Fourier transforms of real space conductance maps include characteristics that can be related to different scattering processes. We compute the conductance maps of graphene systems with different edge geometries or height fluctuations to determine the effects of nonideal graphene samples on dual-probe measurements.

  12. An atomic resolution scanning tunneling microscope that applies external tensile stress and strain in an ultrahigh vacuum

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    Fujita, D.; Kitahara, M.; Onishi, K.; Sagisaka, K.

    2008-01-01

    We have developed an ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope with an in situ external stress application capability in order to determine the effects of stress and strain on surface atomistic structures. It is necessary to understand these effects because controlling them will be a key technology that will very likely be used in future nanometer-scale fabrication processes. We used our microscope to demonstrate atomic resolution imaging under external tensile stress and strain on the surfaces of wafers of Si(111) and Si(001). We also successfully observed domain redistribution induced by applying uniaxial stress at an elevated temperature on the surface of a wafer of vicinal Si(100). We confirmed that domains for which an applied tensile stress is directed along the dimer bond become less stable and shrink. This suggests that it may be feasible to fabricate single domain surfaces in a process that controls surface stress and strain.

  13. Current-induced magnetization switching with a spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscope

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    Krause, Stefan

    2008-03-01

    In present data storage applications magnetic nanostructures are switched by external magnetic fields. Due to their non-local character, however, cross-talk between adjacent nanomagnets may occur. An elegant method to circumvent this problem is magnetization switching by spin-polarized currents, as observed in GMR,1] as well as in TMR,2] studies. However, the layered structures of these devices do not provide any insight to the details of the spatial distribution of the switching processes. Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM) is a well-established tool to reveal the magnetic structure of surfaces at spatial resolution down to the atomic scale. Besides, SP-STM takes advantage of a perfect TMR junction consisting of an isolating vacuum barrier separating two magnetic electrodes, which are represented by the foremost tip atom and the sample. Our experiments demonstrate that SP-STM serves as a tool to manipulate the switching behavior of uniaxial superparamagnetic nanoislands,3]. Furthermore, we show how SP-STM can be used to switch the magnetization of quasistable magnetic nanoislands at low temperature (T=31,). Besides its scientific relevance to investigate the details of current-induced magnetization switching (CIMS), this technique opens perspectives for future data storage technologies based on SP-STM. [1] J. A. Katine et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3149 (2000). [2] Y. Liu et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2871 (2003). [3] S. Krause et al., Science 317, 1537 (2007).

  14. What is the orientation of the tip in a scanning tunneling microscope?

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    Mándi, Gábor; Teobaldi, Gilberto; Palotás, Krisztián

    2015-05-01

    The atomic structure and electronic properties of the tip apex can strongly affect the contrast of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images. This is a critical issue in STM imaging given the, to date unsolved, experimental limitations in precise control of the tip apex atomic structure. Definition of statistically robust procedures to indirectly obtain information on the tip apex structure is highly desirable as it would open up for more rigorous interpretation and comparison of STM images from different experiments. To this end, here we introduce a statistical correlation analysis method to obtain information on the local geometry and orientation of the tip used in STM experiments based on large scale simulations. The key quantity is the relative brightness correlation of constant-current topographs between experimental and simulated data. This correlation can be analyzed statistically for a large number of modeled tip orientations and geometries. Assuming a stable tip during the STM scans and based on the correlation distribution, it is possible to determine the tip orientations that are most likely present in an STM experiment, and exclude other orientations. This is especially important for substrates such as highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) since its STM contrast is strongly tip dependent, which makes interpretation and comparison of STM images very challenging. We illustrate the applicability of our method considering the HOPG surface in combination with tungsten tip models of two different apex geometries and 18,144 different orientations. We calculate constant-current profiles along the < 1 1 bar 0 0 > direction of the HOPG(0 0 0 1) surface in the | V | ⩽ 1V bias voltage range, and compare them with experimental data. We find that a blunt tip model provides better correlation with the experiment for a wider range of tip orientations and bias voltages than a sharp tip model. Such a combination of experiments and large scale simulations opens up

  15. The Scanning Optical Microscope.

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    Sheppard, C. J. R.

    1978-01-01

    Describes the principle of the scanning optical microscope and explains its advantages over the conventional microscope in the improvement of resolution and contrast, as well as the possibility of producing a picture from optical harmonies generated within the specimen.

  16. Pattern Generation below 0.1 micron by Localized Chemical Vapor Deposition with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Lozanne, Alex

    1994-12-01

    Nowadays there are many techniques for nanofabrication, some of which are well established. The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is the newest tool for making nanostructures, even down to the atomic scale, but it is not yet clear which applications will benefit from it. We have developed a technique that combines STM and chemical vapor deposition (CVD): the idea is to break CVD precursor gases with the electrons from the STM. This has the attractive feature of obtaining the highest resolution possible together with minimal damage to the substrate or existing structures. The gases that have been used with this technique include trimethylaluminum, dimethylcadmium, tungsten hexafluoride, nickel tetracarbonyl, and iron pentacarbonyl. Thus far this technique has produced metallic lines that are only 35 nm wide and dots that are 8 nm in diameter.

  17. Electrical conduction of organic ultrathin films evaluated by an independently driven double-tip scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Takami, K; Tsuruta, S; Miyake, Y; Akai-Kasaya, M; Saito, A; Aono, M; Kuwahara, Y

    2011-11-02

    The electrical transport properties of organic thin films within the micrometer scale have been evaluated by a laboratory-built independently driven double-tip scanning tunneling microscope, operating under ambient conditions. The two tips were used as point contact electrodes, and current in the range from 0.1 pA to 100 nA flowing between the two tips through the material can be detected. We demonstrated two-dimensional contour mapping of the electrical resistance on a poly(3-octylthiophene) thin films as shown below. The obtained contour map clearly provided an image of two-dimensional electrical conductance between two point electrodes on the poly(3-octylthiophene) thin film. The conductivity of the thin film was estimated to be (1-8) × 10(-6) S cm(-1). Future prospects and the desired development of multiprobe STMs are also discussed.

  18. Combined low-temperature scanning tunneling/atomic force microscope for atomic resolution imaging and site-specific force spectroscopy

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    Schwarz, Udo; Albers, Boris J.; Liebmann, Marcus; Schwendemann, Todd C.; Baykara, Mehmet Z.; Heyde, Markus; Salmeron, Miquel; Altman, Eric I.; Schwarz, Udo D.

    2008-02-27

    The authors present the design and first results of a low-temperature, ultrahigh vacuum scanning probe microscope enabling atomic resolution imaging in both scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) modes. A tuning-fork-based sensor provides flexibility in selecting probe tip materials, which can be either metallic or nonmetallic. When choosing a conducting tip and sample, simultaneous STM/NC-AFM data acquisition is possible. Noticeable characteristics that distinguish this setup from similar systems providing simultaneous STM/NC-AFM capabilities are its combination of relative compactness (on-top bath cryostat needs no pit), in situ exchange of tip and sample at low temperatures, short turnaround times, modest helium consumption, and unrestricted access from dedicated flanges. The latter permits not only the optical surveillance of the tip during approach but also the direct deposition of molecules or atoms on either tip or sample while they remain cold. Atomic corrugations as low as 1 pm could successfully be resolved. In addition, lateral drifts rates of below 15 pm/h allow long-term data acquisition series and the recording of site-specific spectroscopy maps. Results obtained on Cu(111) and graphite illustrate the microscope's performance.

  19. Combined low-temperature scanning tunneling/atomic force microscope for atomic resolution imaging and site-specific force spectroscopy.

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    Albers, Boris J; Liebmann, Marcus; Schwendemann, Todd C; Baykara, Mehmet Z; Heyde, Markus; Salmeron, Miquel; Altman, Eric I; Schwarz, Udo D

    2008-03-01

    We present the design and first results of a low-temperature, ultrahigh vacuum scanning probe microscope enabling atomic resolution imaging in both scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) modes. A tuning-fork-based sensor provides flexibility in selecting probe tip materials, which can be either metallic or nonmetallic. When choosing a conducting tip and sample, simultaneous STM/NC-AFM data acquisition is possible. Noticeable characteristics that distinguish this setup from similar systems providing simultaneous STM/NC-AFM capabilities are its combination of relative compactness (on-top bath cryostat needs no pit), in situ exchange of tip and sample at low temperatures, short turnaround times, modest helium consumption, and unrestricted access from dedicated flanges. The latter permits not only the optical surveillance of the tip during approach but also the direct deposition of molecules or atoms on either tip or sample while they remain cold. Atomic corrugations as low as 1 pm could successfully be resolved. In addition, lateral drifts rates of below 15 pm/h allow long-term data acquisition series and the recording of site-specific spectroscopy maps. Results obtained on Cu(111) and graphite illustrate the microscope's performance.

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

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    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.

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

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    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 = 3.5kBT = 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.

  2. Scanned probe microscope for biological applications

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    Baiburin, Vil B.; Konnov, Nikolai P.; Shcherbakov, Anatolyi A.; Malakhaeva, Alina N.; Zadnova, Svetlana P.; Volkov, Yuri P.

    1997-12-01

    In our biophysical laboratory has been developed a new scanned probe microscope (SPM) for biological application. The SPM allows to investigate a biological samples' surface by means of three different near field microscopes: scanning tunneling microscope (STM), atomic force microscope (AFM) and near field scanning optical microscope (NSOM). The SPM is very rigid and can be operated in ordinary laboratory without any vibration isolation. The scanning area of the microscope is about 10 by 10 micrometers. Some different biological objects were visualized by means of the SPM viz. bacteria (E. Coli, plague, cholera, staphylococcus), macromolecules (DNA, plague proteins) and phage (T2).

  3. Extending the Chemical and Optical Sensitivity of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Yu, Arthur

    This dissertation discusses the theoretical basis and experimental applications to improving the capability of the STM in chemical and optical sensitivity. Traditional STM methods have achieved unprecedented spatial resolution, but suffer from a lack of sensitivity to chemical structure and composition. A new method of imaging, based on inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) measurement of hydrogen molecules is developed. The interaction of plasmon excitations to electronic states of a metal nano-cluster is also studied, allowing for better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the plasmon -- electron coupling. Since its application at the single molecule level in the STM was realized, IETS has been used to identify different molecules through their vibrational signal. In recent experiments, rotational excitation of H2 was detected on metal and insulator surfaces. It was found that the energy of these excitations depend sensitively on the local chemical environment. By monitoring the rotational and vibrational IETS signal of the H2 across the molecule, a more chemically sensitive image can be constructed. When the method is applied to imaging magnesium porphyrin (MgP) on Au (110), different components of the molecule can be observed at different energies. These differences are indication of how the various components interact with the H2. Optical sensitivity of the STM manifests in the detection of photons emitted from the tunnel junction. Previous experiments have shown that we can map the excitation of molecular fluorescence with sub-Angstrom resolution. For applications in photochemistry and catalysis, understanding how plasmons interact with photons and electrons is crucial. Light emission from Au nanoclusters on oxide shows strong correlation with their electronic states. The interaction between plasmon mode in the junction and electronic states of the nano-clusters is further studied through clusters of different sizes and dimers. Emission of

  4. A novel technique for nano-scale lithography of cadmium selenide via a scanning tunneling microscope tip-induced reaction

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    Olson, Joel Andrew

    In the introductory chapter the physical and interfacial properties of cadmium selenide are presented, as well as a discussion of select surface properties of CdSe. Also, a brief review of scanning probe lithographic techniques currently under investigation is presented. As a portion of the project presented herein, a research-grade scanning tunneling microscope was constructed. The second chapter includes information specific to this instrument. Included are descriptions of the electrical components, descriptions of the mechanical components, and a description of the noise reduction and calibration of the instrument. When cleaved-in-air (112¯0) CdSe is imaged repeatedly under humidified conditions, small (˜20 nm wide and between 6 A and 12 A in height) features are observed to form. The features are similar in shape to one another, suggesting tip imaging. Under an atmosphere of dried nitrogen feature growth is not observed. The growth of the features shows a strong dependence on both the tunneling current and the bias voltage. The initial rate of feature growth increases with tunneling current. Feature growth as a function of bias voltage displays an onset at a sample bias of -1. 2 V to -1. 3 V and is no longer observed at sample biases more negative than -2.5 V. Two possible models are presented for feature growth. The smallest feature observed is ˜6 nm in width. The fourth chapter describes simple and inexpensive classroom demonstrations of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The demonstrations comprise common orienteering compasses, whose needles represent magnetic dipoles, along with three collinear permanent magnets, and a magnetic stir plate or pulseable electromagnets. The trio of permanent magnets provides a laterally uniform magnetic field, whose strength decreases with distance from the magnets. Resonance can be observed by adjusting the frequency of the magnetic stirrer when it is in close proximity to the compasses

  5. Design and calibration of a scanning tunneling microscope for large machined surfaces

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    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.

  6. Ultrahigh vacuum scanning force/scanning tunneling microscope: Application to high-resolution imaging of Si(111)7 × 7

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    Olsson, L.; Wigren, R.; Erlandsson, R.

    1996-06-01

    We present a combined scanning force/scanning tunneling microscope (SFM/STM) operating in ultrahigh vacuum using a fiber-optic laser interferometer to detect the lever deflection. As force microscope it operates in ac and dc mode with commercial (Si, Si3N4) or individually made (W) cantilevers. Samples and cantilevers can be inserted without breaking the vacuum using a load-lock system. The force sensor includes a novel three-dimensional micropositioner based on the piezoelectric slider principle. The system includes standard surface analytical techniques (low-energy electron diffraction/Auger, prepared for x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and is equipped for mass spectroscopic detection of reaction products from catalytic surfaces at elevated temperature. Tips are cleaned in situ using electron bombardment. By using tungsten cantilevers with a high spring constant (k=100-200 N/m), it is possible to switch directly between STM and SFM operation. As reference surface we have used the Si(111)7×7 reconstruction, prepared by in situ flashing to 1150 °C, which is imaged at atomic resolution using STM as well as ac-mode SFM.

  7. Spectroscopic studies of nanomaterials with a liquid-helium-free high-stability cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope

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    Kislitsyn, Dmitry Anatolevich

    This dissertation presents results of a project bringing Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) into a regime of unlimited operational time at cryogenic conditions. Freedom from liquid helium consumption was achieved and technical characteristics of the instrument are reported, including record low noise for a scanning probe instrument coupled to a close-cycle cryostat, which allows for atomically resolved imaging, and record low thermal drift. Subsequent studies showed that the new STM opened new prospects in nanoscience research by enabling Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopic (STS) spatial mapping to reveal details of the electronic structure in real space for molecules and low-dimensional nanomaterials, for which this depth of investigation was previously prohibitively expensive. Quantum-confined electronic states were studied in single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) deposited on the Au(111) surface. Localization on the nanometer-scale was discovered to produce a local vibronic manifold resulting from the localization-enhanced electron-vibrational coupling. STS showed the vibrational overtones, identified as D-band Kekule vibrational modes and K-point transverse out-of plane phonons. This study experimentally connected the properties of well-defined localized electronic states to the properties of associated vibronic states. Electronic structures of alkyl-substituted oligothiophenes with different backbone lengths were studied and correlated with torsional conformations assumed on the Au(111) surface. The molecules adopted distinct planar conformations with alkyl ligands forming cis- or trans-mutual orientations and at higher coverage self-assembled into ordered structures, binding to each other via interdigitated alkyl ligands. STS maps visualized, in real space, particle-in-a-box-like molecular orbitals. Shorter quaterthiophenes have substantially varying orbital energies because of local variations in surface reactivity. Different conformers of longer

  8. Anisotropic Superconducting Gap Revealed by Angle Resolved Specific Heat, Point Contact Tunneling and Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Iron Pnictide Superconductors

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    Wen, Hai-Hu

    2011-03-01

    Angle resolved specific heat was measured in FeSe 0.55 Te 0.45 single crystals. A four-fold oscillation of C/T, with the minimum locating at the Fe-Fe bond direction, was observed when the sample was rotated at 9 T, which can be understood as due to the gap modulation on the electron pocket within the scheme of S +/- pairing. Accordingly, by measuring the point contact Andreev reflection spectrum on the BaFe 2-x Ni x As 2 single crystals in wide doping regimes, we found a crossover from nodeless to nodal feature of the superconducting gap. In K-doped BaFe 2 As 2 single crystals, we performed the low temperature STM measurements and observed a well ordered vortex lattice in local region. In addition, the statistics on over 3000 dI/dV spectra illustrate clear evidence of two gaps with magnitude of 7.6 meV and 3.3 meV, respectively. Detailed fitting to the tunneling spectrum shows an isotropic superconducting gap. Work collaborated with B. Zeng, C. Ren, L. Shan, Y. L. Wang, B. Shen, G. Mu, H. Q. Luo, T. Xiang, H. Yang, I. I. Mazin and P. C. Dai. This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2011CB605900, No. 2006CB921802), and Chinese Academy of Sciences. IIM was supported by the Office of the Naval Research.

  9. Design and performance of a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope in high magnetic field for 2D layered materials study

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    Chuang, Tien-Ming; Chung, Pei-Fang; Guan, Syu-You; Yu, Shan-An; Liu, Che-An; Hsu, Chia-Sheng; Su, Chih-Chuan; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng

    2015-03-01

    We will describe the design and performance of a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope (STM) system in a high magnetic field. A Pan-type STM is mounted on a homemade low vibration 4He pot refrigerator, which can be operated in continuous flow mode at T ~ 1.6K and in a magnetic field of up to 9 Tesla. A cleavage device at T =4.2K stage is used to cleave the 2D layered materials before inserting into STM as well as functioning as the radiation shield. The liquid helium boil rate of 4.6 liters per day is achieved due to our careful design, which allows the measurement at base temperature up to 10 days. We will demonstrate its capability of measuring atomically registered energy resolved spectroscopic maps in both real space and momentum space by our recent results on Rashba BiTeI. This work is supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan and Kenda Foundation, Taiwan.

  10. A new scanning tunneling microscope reactor used for high-pressure and high-temperature catalysis studies.

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

    2008-08-01

    We present the design and performance of a homebuilt high-pressure and high-temperature reactor equipped with a high-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) for catalytic studies. In this design, the STM body, sample, and tip are placed in a small high pressure reactor ( approximately 19 cm(3)) located within an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber. A sealable port on the wall of the reactor separates the high pressure environment in the reactor from the vacuum environment of the STM chamber and permits sample transfer and tip change in UHV. A combination of a sample transfer arm, wobble stick, and sample load-lock system allows fast transfer of samples and tips between the preparation chamber, high pressure reactor, and ambient environment. This STM reactor can work as a batch or flowing reactor at a pressure range of 10(-13) to several bars and a temperature range of 300-700 K. Experiments performed on two samples both in vacuum and in high pressure conditions demonstrate the capability of in situ investigations of heterogeneous catalysis and surface chemistry at atomic resolution at a wide pressure range from UHV to a pressure higher than 1 atm.

  11. A new scanning tunneling microscope reactor used for high-pressure and high-temperature catalysis studies

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    Tao, Feng; Tang, David; Salmeron, Miquel; Somorjai, Gabor A.

    2008-08-01

    We present the design and performance of a homebuilt high-pressure and high-temperature reactor equipped with a high-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) for catalytic studies. In this design, the STM body, sample, and tip are placed in a small high pressure reactor (˜19 cm3) located within an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber. A sealable port on the wall of the reactor separates the high pressure environment in the reactor from the vacuum environment of the STM chamber and permits sample transfer and tip change in UHV. A combination of a sample transfer arm, wobble stick, and sample load-lock system allows fast transfer of samples and tips between the preparation chamber, high pressure reactor, and ambient environment. This STM reactor can work as a batch or flowing reactor at a pressure range of 10-13 to several bars and a temperature range of 300-700 K. Experiments performed on two samples both in vacuum and in high pressure conditions demonstrate the capability of in situ investigations of heterogeneous catalysis and surface chemistry at atomic resolution at a wide pressure range from UHV to a pressure higher than 1 atm.

  12. Design of a new reactor-like high temperature near ambient pressure scanning tunneling microscope for catalysis studies

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    Tao, Franklin Feng; Nguyen, Luan; Zhang, Shiran

    2013-03-01

    Here, we present the design of a new reactor-like high-temperature near ambient pressure scanning tunneling microscope (HT-NAP-STM) for catalysis studies. This HT-NAP-STM was designed for exploration of structures of catalyst surfaces at atomic scale during catalysis or under reaction conditions. In this HT-NAP-STM, the minimized reactor with a volume of reactant gases of ~10 ml is thermally isolated from the STM room through a shielding dome installed between the reactor and STM room. An aperture on the dome was made to allow tip to approach to or retract from a catalyst surface in the reactor. This dome minimizes thermal diffusion from hot gas of the reactor to the STM room and thus remains STM head at a constant temperature near to room temperature, allowing observation of surface structures at atomic scale under reaction conditions or during catalysis with minimized thermal drift. The integrated quadrupole mass spectrometer can simultaneously measure products during visualization of surface structure of a catalyst. This synergy allows building an intrinsic correlation between surface structure and its catalytic performance. This correlation offers important insights for understanding of catalysis. Tests were done on graphite in ambient environment, Pt(111) in CO, graphene on Ru(0001) in UHV at high temperature and gaseous environment at high temperature. Atom-resolved surface structure of graphene on Ru(0001) at 500 K in a gaseous environment of 25 Torr was identified.

  13. Tip-enhanced near-field Raman spectroscopy with a scanning tunneling microscope and side-illumination optics.

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    Yi, K J; He, X N; Zhou, Y S; Xiong, W; Lu, Y F

    2008-07-01

    Conventional Raman spectroscopy (RS) suffers from low spatial resolution and low detection sensitivity due to the optical diffraction limit and small interaction cross sections. It has been reported that a highly localized and significantly enhanced electromagnetic field could be generated in the proximity of a metallic tip illuminated by a laser beam. In this study, a tip-enhanced RS system was developed to both improve the resolution and enhance the detection sensitivity using the tip-enhanced near-field effects. This instrument, by combining RS with a scanning tunneling microscope and side-illumination optics, demonstrated significant enhancement on both optical sensitivity and spatial resolution using either silver (Ag)-coated tungsten (W) tips or gold (Au) tips. The sensitivity improvement was verified by observing the enhancement effects on silicon (Si) substrates. Lateral resolution was verified to be below 100 nm by mapping Ag nanostructures. By deploying the depolarization technique, an apparent enhancement of 175% on Si substrates was achieved. Furthermore, the developed instrument features fast and reliable optical alignment, versatile sample adaptability, and effective suppression of far-field signals.

  14. Real-space post-processing correction of thermal drift and piezoelectric actuator nonlinearities in scanning tunneling microscope images

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    Yothers, Mitchell P.; Browder, Aaron E.; Bumm, Lloyd A.

    2017-01-01

    We have developed a real-space method to correct distortion due to thermal drift and piezoelectric actuator nonlinearities on scanning tunneling microscope images using Matlab. The method uses the known structures typically present in high-resolution atomic and molecularly resolved images as an internal standard. Each image feature (atom or molecule) is first identified in the image. The locations of each feature's nearest neighbors are used to measure the local distortion at that location. The local distortion map across the image is simultaneously fit to our distortion model, which includes thermal drift in addition to piezoelectric actuator hysteresis and creep. The image coordinates of the features and image pixels are corrected using an inverse transform from the distortion model. We call this technique the thermal-drift, hysteresis, and creep transform. Performing the correction in real space allows defects, domain boundaries, and step edges to be excluded with a spatial mask. Additional real-space image analyses are now possible with these corrected images. Using graphite(0001) as a model system, we show lattice fitting to the corrected image, averaged unit cell images, and symmetry-averaged unit cell images. Statistical analysis of the distribution of the image features around their best-fit lattice sites measures the aggregate noise in the image, which can be expressed as feature confidence ellipsoids.

  15. Compact device for cleaning scanner-mounted scanning tunneling microscope tips using electron bombardment

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    Hellmann, D.; Worbes, L.; Kittel, A.

    2011-08-01

    Most scanning probe techniques rely on the assumption that both sample and tip are free from adsorbates, residues, and oxide not deposited intentionally. Getting a clean sample surface can be readily accomplished by applying ion sputtering and subsequent annealing, whereas finding an adequate treatment for tips is much more complicated. The method of choice would effectively desorb undesired compounds without reducing the sharpness or the general geometry of the tip. Several devices which employ accelerated electrons to achieve this are described in the literature. To minimize both the effort to implement this technique in a UHV chamber and the overall duration of the cleaning procedure, we constructed a compact electron source fitted into a sample holder, which can be operated in a standard Omicron variable-temperature (VT)-STM while the tip stays in place. This way a maximum of compatibility with existing systems is achieved and short turnaround times are possible for tip cleaning.

  16. Direct measurement instrument for lattice spacing on regular crystalline surfaces using a scanning tunneling microscope and laser interferometry

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    Rerkkumsup, Pongpun; Aketagawa, Masato; Takada, Koji; Watanabe, Tomonori; Sadakata, Shin

    2003-03-01

    An instrument for direct measurement of the lattice spacing on regular crystalline surfaces, which incorporates a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a phase modulation homodyne interferometer (PMHI), was developed. Our aim was to verify the applicability of the length measurement method in which the lattice spacing on the crystalline surface obtained with the STM is used as a fine scale and the optical interference fringe, i.e., wavelength λ, of the PMHI is used as a coarse scale. The instrument consists of a STM head with a YZ axes tip scanner, a precise X-axis sample stage with flexure springs, and the PMHI with a four-path differential configuration. Combining the movements of the YZ-axes tip scanner and the X-axis sample stage, the instrument can perform long atomic STM imaging of the crystalline surface along the X axis, which is also the fast scanning axis for eliminating thermal drift. The relative displacement of the X-axis sample stage between optical interference dark fringes (=null points) of the PMHI, which is λ/16 times the integer value in the design, can be measured with a resolution of 10 pm or less using the phase modulation technique. The lattice spacing on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) crystalline surface was measured by comparing the number of atoms in the atomic STM image of 100 nm length with the optical fringes of the PMHI. The mean and expanded uncertainty (k=2) of the lattice spacing between α sites of the HOPG surface were 0.246 nm and 7 pm, respectively. The mean value was very close to that reported by Park and Quate [Sang-II Park and C. F. Quate, Appl. Phys. Lett. 48, 112 (1986)]. The experimental results also show the feasibility of realizing length measurement using the lattice spacing on the crystalline surface and the PMHI.

  17. Joule heating and spin-transfer torque investigated on the atomic scale using a spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Krause, S; Herzog, G; Schlenhoff, A; Sonntag, A; Wiesendanger, R

    2011-10-28

    The influence of a high spin-polarized tunnel current onto the switching behavior of a superparamagnetic nanoisland on a nonmagnetic substrate is investigated by means of spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy. A detailed lifetime analysis allows for a quantification of the effective temperature rise of the nanoisland and the modification of the activation energy barrier for magnetization reversal, thereby using the nanoisland as a local thermometer and spin-transfer torque analyzer. Both the Joule heating and spin-transfer torque are found to scale linearly with the tunnel current. The results are compared to experiments performed on lithographically fabricated magneto-tunnel junctions, revealing a very high spin-transfer torque switching efficiency in our experiments.

  18. Manipulation of subsurface carbon nanoparticles in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ using a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Stollenwerk, A. J.; Hurley, N.; Beck, B.; ...

    2015-03-19

    In this study, we present evidence that subsurface carbon nanoparticles in Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O8+δ can be manipulated with nanometer precision using a scanning tunneling microscope. High resolution images indicate that most of the carbon particles remain subsurface after transport observable as a local increase in height as the particle pushes up on the surface. Tunneling spectra in the vicinity of these protrusions exhibit semiconducting characteristics with a band gap of approximately 1.8 eV, indicating that the incorporation of carbon locally alters the electronic properties near the surface.

  19. Thermal radiation scanning tunnelling microscopy.

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    De Wilde, Yannick; Formanek, Florian; Carminati, Rémi; Gralak, Boris; Lemoine, Paul-Arthur; Joulain, Karl; Mulet, Jean-Philippe; Chen, Yong; Greffet, Jean-Jacques

    2006-12-07

    In standard near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM), a subwavelength probe acts as an optical 'stethoscope' to map the near field produced at the sample surface by external illumination. This technique has been applied using visible, infrared, terahertz and gigahertz radiation to illuminate the sample, providing a resolution well beyond the diffraction limit. NSOM is well suited to study surface waves such as surface plasmons or surface-phonon polaritons. Using an aperture NSOM with visible laser illumination, a near-field interference pattern around a corral structure has been observed, whose features were similar to the scanning tunnelling microscope image of the electronic waves in a quantum corral. Here we describe an infrared NSOM that operates without any external illumination: it is a near-field analogue of a night-vision camera, making use of the thermal infrared evanescent fields emitted by the surface, and behaves as an optical scanning tunnelling microscope. We therefore term this instrument a 'thermal radiation scanning tunnelling microscope' (TRSTM). We show the first TRSTM images of thermally excited surface plasmons, and demonstrate spatial coherence effects in near-field thermal emission.

  20. Quantitative impedance characterization of sub-10 nm scale capacitors and tunnel junctions with an interferometric scanning microwave microscope.

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    Wang, Fei; Clément, Nicolas; Ducatteau, Damien; Troadec, David; Tanbakuchi, Hassan; Legrand, Bernard; Dambrine, Gilles; Théron, Didier

    2014-10-10

    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.

  1. The effects of two-dimensional bifurcations and quantum beats in a system of combined atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopes with quantum dots

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    Zhukovsky, V. Ch.; Krevchik, V. D.; Semenov, M. B.; Krevchik, P. V.; Zaytsev, R. V.; Egorov, I. A.

    2016-11-01

    The field and temperature dependence of the probability of two-dimensional dissipative tunneling is studied in the framework of one-instanton approximation for a model double-well oscillator potential in an external electric field at finite temperature with account for the influence of two local phonon modes for quantum dots in a system of a combined atomic force and a scanning tunneling microscope. It is demonstrated that in the mode of synchronous parallel transfer of tunneling particles from the cantilever tip to the quantum dot the two local phonon modes result in the occurrence of two stable peaks in the curve of the 2D dissipative tunneling probability as a function of the field. Qualitative comparison of the theoretical curve in the limit of weak dissociation and the experimental current-voltage characteristic for quantum dots that grow from colloidal gold under a cantilever tip at the initial stage of quantum-dot formation when the quantum dot size does not exceed 10 nm is performed. It is established that one of the two stable peaks that correspond to interaction of tunneling particles with two local phonon modes in the temperature dependence of the 2D dissipative tunneling probability can be split in two, which corresponds to the tunneling channel interference mechanism. It is found that the theoretically predicted and experimentally observed mode of quantum beats occurs near the bifurcation point.

  2. A low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope capable of microscopy and spectroscopy in a Bitter magnet at up to 34 T.

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    Tao, W; Singh, S; Rossi, L; Gerritsen, J W; Hendriksen, B L M; Khajetoorians, A A; Christianen, P C M; Maan, J C; Zeitler, U; Bryant, B

    2017-09-01

    We present the design and performance of a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope (STM) which operates inside a water-cooled Bitter magnet, which can attain a magnetic field of up to 38 T. Due to the high vibration environment generated by the magnet cooling water, a uniquely designed STM and a vibration damping system are required. The STM scan head is designed to be as compact and rigid as possible, to minimize the effect of vibrational noise as well as fit the size constraints of the Bitter magnet. The STM uses a differential screw mechanism for coarse tip-sample approach, and operates in helium exchange gas at cryogenic temperatures. The reliability and performance of the STM are demonstrated through topographic imaging and scanning tunneling spectroscopy on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite at T = 4.2 K and in magnetic fields up to 34 T.

  3. The design and building of an alternating current scanning tunneling microscope for nanometer scale imaging of insulating surfaces

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    Schafer, Adam Jay David

    An alternating current scanning tunneling microscope (ACSTM) has been designed and built for the study of insulating surfaces on the nanometer scale. The instrument consists of an STM built within a microwave resonant cavity. This design allows for simultaneous operation for both DC and ACSTM. The instrument is housed in a nitrogen atmosphere glovebox for the observation and handling of air-sensitive samples. In order to achieve the detailed resolution of STM on insulating surfaces the ACSTM uses the application of a high frequency alternating current bias voltage across a tip-sample junction, the resulting alternating current can be measured. Specifically, the non-linearilty of the STM junction allows the third harmonic (TH) of the driving frequency to be used as the measured quantity for imaging and control. By using the third harmonic of the fundamental driving voltage as the measured quantity to control the tip-sample distance, STM quality images have been produced without the reliance on a conductive surface. The atomic scale resolution of a silicon dioxide surface and the growth of such layers appeared to provide an ideal system for imaging with the ACSTM. Through the use of DC STM we have shown how the H-Si(111) surface morphology is effected by the length of etch time and the kinetic effect of stirring the etchant solution. Several experimental results make use of the ACSTM employing the TH signal for measurement under both DC feedback control and under AC feedback control. We will address the experimental procedure, signal generation and sample dependence upon ACSTM image resolution. By comparing three sulfides (CuS, MoS2. and PbS) and H-Si(111), the TH signal generation and ultimate ACSTM resolution is explored. A more in depth analysis covers the application of the ACSTM to investigate the probe induced surface oxidation of natural PbS. With the ACSTM, the complete transformation from a semiconductive to an insulating surface is imaged in real-time for

  4. Forensic Scanning Electron Microscope

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    Keeley, R. H.

    1983-03-01

    The scanning electron microscope equipped with an x-ray spectrometer is a versatile instrument which has many uses in the investigation of crime and preparation of scientific evidence for the courts. Major applications include microscopy and analysis of very small fragments of paint, glass and other materials which may link an individual with a scene of crime, identification of firearms residues and examination of questioned documents. Although simultaneous observation and chemical analysis of the sample is the most important feature of the instrument, other modes of operation such as cathodoluminescence spectrometry, backscattered electron imaging and direct x-ray excitation are also exploited. Marks on two bullets or cartridge cases can be compared directly by sequential scanning with a single beam or electronic linkage of two instruments. Particles of primer residue deposited on the skin and clothing when a gun is fired can be collected on adhesive tape and identified by their morphology and elemental composition. It is also possible to differentiate between the primer residues of different types of ammunition. Bullets may be identified from the small fragments left behind as they pass through the body tissues. In the examination of questioned documents the scanning electron microscope is used to establish the order in which two intersecting ink lines were written and to detect traces of chemical markers added to the security inks on official documents.

  5. Chemistry at molecular junctions: Rotation and dissociation of O2 on the Ag(110) surface induced by a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Roy, Sharani; Mujica, Vladimiro; Ratner, Mark A

    2013-08-21

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is a fascinating tool used to perform chemical processes at the single-molecule level, including bond formation, bond breaking, and even chemical reactions. Hahn and Ho [J. Chem. Phys. 123, 214702 (2005)] performed controlled rotations and dissociations of single O2 molecules chemisorbed on the Ag(110) surface at precise bias voltages using STM. These threshold voltages were dependent on the direction of the bias voltage and the initial orientation of the chemisorbed molecule. They also observed an interesting voltage-direction-dependent and orientation-dependent pathway selectivity suggestive of mode-selective chemistry at molecular junctions, such that in one case the molecule underwent direct dissociation, whereas in the other case it underwent rotation-mediated dissociation. We present a detailed, first-principles-based theoretical study to investigate the mechanism of the tunneling-induced O2 dynamics, including the origin of the observed threshold voltages, the pathway dependence, and the rate of O2 dissociation. Results show a direct correspondence between the observed threshold voltage for a process and the activation energy for that process. The pathway selectivity arises from a competition between the voltage-modified barrier heights for rotation and dissociation, and the coupling strength of the tunneling electrons to the rotational and vibrational modes of the adsorbed molecule. Finally, we explore the "dipole" and "resonance" mechanisms of inelastic electron tunneling to elucidate the energy transfer between the tunneling electrons and chemisorbed O2.

  6. [Scanning electron microscopic investigations of cutting edge quality in lamellar keratotomy using the Wavelight femtosecond laser (FS-200) : What influence do spot distance and an additional tunnel have?

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    Hammer, T; Höche, T; Heichel, J

    2017-07-24

    Femtosecond lasers (fs-lasers) are established cutting instruments for the creation of LASIK flaps. Previous studies often showed even rougher surfaces after application of fs-laser systems compared to lamellar keratotomy with mechanical microkeratomes. When cutting the cornea with fs-lasers, an intrastromal gas development occurs, which has a potentially negative influence on the cutting quality if the gas cannot be dissipated; therefore, manufacturers have chosen the way of gas assimilation in so-called pockets. The investigated system creates a tunnel which opens under the conjunctiva. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a tunnel as well as the influence of different spot distances on the quality of cut surfaces and edges. In this experimental study on freshly enucleated porcine eyes (n = 15), the following cuts were carried out with the FS-200 (Wavelight, Erlangen, Germany): 1. standard setting (spot and line separation 8 µm), 2. with tunnel for gas drainage, 3. without gas-conducting tunnel, 4. with increased spot spacing (spot and line separation 9 μm instead of 8 μm) and 5. with reduced spot spacing (spot and line separation 7 μm instead of 8 μm). Subsequently, scanning electron microscopy (FEI Quanta 650, Hillsboro, OR) of the cut edges and surfaces as well as the gas drain tunnel were performed. The evaluation was based on an established score. The current fs-laser system (200 Hz) is able to create smooth cutting surfaces and sharp edges. The changed density of laser pulses compared to the standard settings with a reduced or increased distance between the pulses, did not achieve any further improvement in the surface quality. The gas-conducting tunnel could be detected by scanning electron microscope. In the case of cutting without a tunnel, roughened surfaces and irregularities on the cutting edges were found. When the FS-200 fs-laser is used, LASIK cuts with very smooth cut surfaces and sharp cutting

  7. Design and performance of an ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope operating at dilution refrigerator temperatures and high magnetic fields.

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    Misra, S; Zhou, B B; Drozdov, I K; Seo, J; Urban, L; Gyenis, A; Kingsley, S C J; Jones, H; Yazdani, A

    2013-10-01

    We describe the construction and performance of a scanning tunneling microscope 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 location of the best area of the sample under study and extends the experiment lifetime. The successful thermal anchoring of the microscope, described in detail, is confirmed through a base temperature reading of 20 mK, along with a measured electron temperature of 250 mK. Atomically resolved images, along with complementary vibration measurements, are presented to confirm the effectiveness of the vibration isolation scheme in this instrument. Finally, we demonstrate that the microscope is capable of the same level of performance as typical machines with more modest refrigeration by measuring spectroscopic maps at base temperature both at zero field and in an applied magnetic field.

  8. Design and performance of an ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscope operating at dilution refrigerator temperatures and high magnetic fields

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    Misra, S.; Zhou, B. B.; Drozdov, I. K.; Seo, J.; Urban, L.; Gyenis, A.; Kingsley, S. C. J.; Jones, H.; Yazdani, A.

    2013-10-01

    We describe the construction and performance of a scanning tunneling microscope 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 location of the best area of the sample under study and extends the experiment lifetime. The successful thermal anchoring of the microscope, described in detail, is confirmed through a base temperature reading of 20 mK, along with a measured electron temperature of 250 mK. Atomically resolved images, along with complementary vibration measurements, are presented to confirm the effectiveness of the vibration isolation scheme in this instrument. Finally, we demonstrate that the microscope is capable of the same level of performance as typical machines with more modest refrigeration by measuring spectroscopic maps at base temperature both at zero field and in an applied magnetic field.

  9. Probing the limits of Si:P δ-doped devices patterned by a scanning tunneling microscope in a field-emission mode

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    Rudolph, M.; Carr, S. M.; Ten Eyck, G.; Dominguez, J.; Carroll, M. S.; Bussmann, E.; Subramania, G.; Lilly, M. P.; Pluym, T.

    2014-10-20

    Recently, a single atom transistor was deterministically fabricated using phosphorus in Si by H-desorption lithography with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). This milestone in precision, achieved by operating the STM in the conventional tunneling mode, typically utilizes slow (∼10{sup 2} nm{sup 2}/s) patterning speeds. By contrast, using the STM in a high-voltage (>10 V) field-emission mode, patterning speeds can be increased by orders of magnitude to ≳10{sup 4} nm{sup 2}/s. We show that the rapid patterning negligibly affects the functionality of relatively large micron-sized features, which act as contacting pads for these devices. For nanoscale structures, we show that the resulting electrical transport is consistent with the donor incorporation chemistry constraining the electrical dimensions to a scale of 10 nm even though the pattering spot size is 40 nm.

  10. Mirror buckling of freestanding graphene membranes induced by local heating due to a scanning tunneling microscope tip

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    Schoelz, J. K.; Neek Amal, M.; Xu, P.; Barber, S. D.; Ackerman, M. L.; Thibado, P. M.; Sadeghi, A.; Peeters, F. M.

    2014-03-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy has been an invaluable tool in the study of graphene at the atomic scale. Several STM groups have managed to obtain atomic scale images of freestanding graphene membranes providing insight into the behavior of the stabilized ripple geometry. However, we found that the interaction between the STM tip and the freestanding graphene sample may induce additional effects. By varying the tunneling parameters, we can tune the position of the sample, in either a smooth or step like fashion. These phenomena were investigated by STM experiments, continuum elasticity theory and large scale molecular dynamics simulations. These results confirm that by increasing the tip bias, the electrostatic attraction between the tip and sample increases. When applied on a concave surface, this can result in mirror buckling which leads to a large scale movement of the sample. Interestingly, due in part to the negative coefficient of thermal expansion of graphene, buckling transitions can also be induced through local heating of the surface using the STM tip. Financial support by O.N.R. grant N00014-10-1-0181, N.S.F grant DMR-0855358, EU-Marie Curie IIF postdoc Fellowship/299855 (for M. N. A.), ESF-EuroGRAPHENE project CONGRAN, F.S.F (FWO-Vl), and Methusalem Foundation of the Flemish Government.

  11. Imaging the electron-boson coupling in superconducting FeSe films using a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Song, Can-Li; Wang, Yi-Lin; Jiang, Ye-Ping; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Chen, Xi; Hoffman, Jennifer E; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2014-02-07

    Scanning tunneling spectroscopy has been used to reveal signatures of a bosonic mode in the local quasiparticle density of states of superconducting FeSe films. The mode appears below Tc as a "dip-hump" feature at energy Ω∼4.7kBTc beyond the superconducting gap Δ. Spectra on strained regions of the FeSe films reveal simultaneous decreases in Δ and Ω. This contrasts with all previous reports on other high-Tc superconductors, where Δ locally anticorrelates with Ω. A local strong coupling model is found to reconcile the discrepancy well, and to provide a unified picture of the electron-boson coupling in unconventional superconductors.

  12. Probing Dirac fermion dynamics in topological insulator Bi2Se3 films with a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    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.

  13. Scanning tunneling microscope investigations of organic heterostructures prepared by a combination of self-assembly and molecular beam epitaxy

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    Staub, R.; Toerker, M.; Fritz, T.; Schmitz-Hübsch, T.; Sellam, F.; Leo, K.

    2000-01-01

    We report the realization of organic-organic heteroepitaxy by combining liquid-phase self-assembly with ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) gas-phase molecular beam epitaxy. As a model system, we have used self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) prepared by exposing an Au(111)-mica substrate to a dilute solution of decanethiol in ethanol, with subsequent evaporation of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) dye molecules. The well-known (3×3)R30° superstructure of almost upright standing molecules after chemisorption is replaced by the 11.5×3 (33.2 Å) pin-stripe phase with flat lying molecules when the samples are annealed in UHV and coverage decreases. The deposition of PTCDA induces reordering and displacement in the decanethiol SAM. Additional to the 33.2 Å periodicity, the previously reported 22 Å thiol stripe phase can be observed by scanning tunneling microscopy. Several PTCDA structures are observed: single and double rows of PTCDA that grow along decanethiol stripes on top of the flat-lying alkane chain groups, as well as densely packed PTCDA monolayer domains embedded into the thiol layer. These exhibit the well-known herringbone structure or a novel square lattice structure. We have also investigated thicker PTCDA islands and observed molecular resolution for a thickness of several monolayers. The structure of the three-dimensional islands can be identified as the α bulk modification.

  14. Exploring signatures of Majorana fermions in Fe chains on Pb using a dilution refrigerator scanning tunneling microscope

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    Feldman, Benjamin E.; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Randeria, Mallika T.; Li, Jian; Bernevig, B. Andrei; Yazdani, Ali

    2015-03-01

    Recently, it was shown that Majorana fermions can be realized by depositing chains of magnetic atoms on a superconductor if the spins are non-collinear or if they are ferromagnetic and subject to large spin-orbit coupling. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies of Fe chains on a Pb(110) surface revealed zero-energy states localized to the ends, and a spin-polarized tip was used to show ferromagnetism in the chains as well as spin-orbit coupling on the Pb surface, providing strong evidence for Majorana fermions. These measurements were performed at 1.4 K, and the width of the zero-energy mode was limited by thermal broadening. In this talk, I will present subsequent measurements in which we extend these results to temperatures below 250 mK using a dilution refrigerator STM. The low temperature allows us to obtain significantly higher energy resolution, and I will discuss our results in the context of Majorana fermions.

  15. "We Actually Saw Atoms with Our Own Eyes": Conceptions and Convictions in Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Junior High School

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    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).

  16. "We Actually Saw Atoms with Our Own Eyes": Conceptions and Convictions in Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope in Junior High School

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    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).

  17. The near-field scanning thermal microscope

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    Wischnath, Uli F.; Welker, Joachim; Munzel, Marco; Kittel, Achim

    2008-07-01

    We report on the design, characterization, and performance of a near-field scanning thermal microscope capable to detect thermal heat currents mediated by evanescent thermal electromagnetic fields close to the surface of a sample. The instrument operates in ultrahigh vacuum and retains its scanning tunneling microscope functionality, so that its miniature, micropipette-based thermocouple sensor can be positioned with high accuracy. Heat currents on the order of 10-7W are registered in z spectroscopy at distances from the sample ranging from 1 to about 30nm. In addition, the device provides detailed thermographic images of a sample's surface.

  18. Determination of the spatial extension of the surface-plasmon evanescent field of a silver film with a photon scanning tunneling microscope

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    Adam, P.M.; Salomon, L.; de Fornel, F.; Goudonnet, J.P. )

    1993-07-15

    A photon scanning tunneling microscope is employed to probe the surface-plasmon field in the evanescent region of a silver film for [ital p] (parallel to the plane of incidence) and [ital s] (perpendicular to the plane of incidence) polarizations of the light beam at several angles of incidence near the critical angle. The interaction between the field and the probe is measured and compared to theoretical calculations involving a single four-media model. A systematic analysis of images obtained for several positions of the optical fiber above the film is presented and it is shown that, for tip-to-sample distances smaller than half the wavelength of the incoming light, the collected intensity curves are identical in any area of the sample.

  19. A 350 mK, 9 T scanning tunneling microscope for the study of superconducting thin films on insulating substrates and single crystals

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    Kamlapure, Anand; Saraswat, Garima; Ganguli, Somesh Chandra; Bagwe, Vivas; Raychaudhuri, Pratap; Pai, Subash P.

    2013-12-15

    We report the construction and performance of a low temperature, high field scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating down to 350 mK and in magnetic fields up to 9 T, with thin film deposition and in situ single crystal cleaving capabilities. The main focus lies on the simple design of STM head and a sample holder design that allows us to get spectroscopic data on superconducting thin films grown in situ on insulating substrates. Other design details on sample transport, sample preparation chamber, and vibration isolation schemes are also described. We demonstrate the capability of our instrument through the atomic resolution imaging and spectroscopy on NbSe{sub 2} single crystal and spectroscopic maps obtained on homogeneously disordered NbN thin film.

  20. A low-temperature high resolution scanning tunneling microscope with a three-dimensional magnetic vector field operating in ultrahigh vacuum

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    Mashoff, T.; Pratzer, M.; Morgenstern, M.

    2009-05-01

    We present a low-temperature ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscope setup with a combination of a superconducting solenoid coil and two split-pair magnets, providing a rotatable magnetic field up to 500 mT applicable in all spatial directions. An absolute field maximum of B =7 T(3 T) can be applied perpendicular (parallel) to the sample surface. The instrument is operated at a temperature of 4.8 K. Topographic and spectroscopic measurements on tungsten carbide and indium antimonide revealed a z-noise of 300 fmpp, which barely changes in magnetic field. The microscope is equipped with a tip exchange mechanism and a lateral sample positioning stage, which allows exact positioning of the tip with an accuracy of 5 μm prior to the measurement. Additional contacts to the sample holder allow, e.g., the application of an additional gate voltage. The UHV part of the system contains versatile possibilities of in situ sample and tip preparation as well as low-energy electron diffraction and Auger analysis.

  1. High Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of AdsorbateStructure and Mobility during Catalytic Reactions: Novel Design of anUltra High Pressure, High Temperature Scanning Tunneling MicroscopeSystem for Probing Catalytic Conversions

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    Tang, David Chi-Wai

    2005-05-16

    The aim of the work presented therein is to take advantage of scanning tunneling microscope’s (STM) capability for operation under a variety of environments under real time and at atomic resolution to monitor adsorbate structures and mobility under high pressures, as well as to design a new generation of STM systems that allow imaging in situ at both higher pressures (35 atm) and temperatures (350 °C).

  2. A scanning cavity microscope

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    Mader, Matthias; Reichel, Jakob; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Hunger, David

    2015-01-01

    Imaging the optical properties of individual nanosystems beyond fluorescence can provide a wealth of information. However, the minute signals for absorption and dispersion are challenging to observe, and only specialized techniques requiring sophisticated noise rejection are available. Here we use signal enhancement in a high-finesse scanning optical microcavity to demonstrate ultra-sensitive imaging. Harnessing multiple interactions of probe light with a sample within an optical resonator, we achieve a 1,700-fold signal enhancement compared with diffraction-limited microscopy. We demonstrate quantitative imaging of the extinction cross-section of gold nanoparticles with a sensitivity less than 1 nm2; we show a method to improve the spatial resolution potentially below the diffraction limit by using higher order cavity modes, and we present measurements of the birefringence and extinction contrast of gold nanorods. The demonstrated simultaneous enhancement of absorptive and dispersive signals promises intriguing potential for optical studies of nanomaterials, molecules and biological nanosystems. PMID:26105690

  3. Nanoscale coupling of photons to vibrational excitation of Ag nanoparticle 2D array studied by scanning tunneling microscope light emission spectroscopy.

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    Katano, Satoshi; Toma, Koji; Toma, Mana; Tamada, Kaoru; Uehara, Yoichi

    2010-11-28

    Scanning tunneling microscope light emission (STM-LE) spectroscopy has been utilized to elucidate the luminescence phenomena of Ag nanoparticles capped with myristate (myristate-capped AgNP) and 2-methyl-1-propanethiolate (C(4)S-capped AgNP) on the dodecanethiol-precovered Au substrate. The STM imaging revealed that myristate-capped AgNPs form an ordered hexagonal array whereas C(4)S-capped AgNPs show imperfect ordering, indicating that a shorter alkyl chain of C(4)S-capped AgNP is not sufficient to form rigid interdigitation. It should be noted that such a nanoparticle ordering affects the luminescence properties of the Ag nanoparticle. We found that the STM-LE is only detected from the Ag nanoparticles forming the two-dimensional superlattice. This indicates that the STM-LE of the Ag nanoparticle is radiated via the collective excitation of the local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spread over the Ag nanoparticles. Note that the STM-LE spectra of the Ag nanoparticles exhibit spike-like peaks superimposed on the broad light emission peak. Using Raman spectroscopy, we concluded that the spike-like structure appearing in the STM-LE spectra is associated with the vibrational excitation of the molecule embedded between Ag nanoparticles.

  4. Scanning tunneling spectroscopic evidence for a magnetic field-revealed microscopic order in the high-TC superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Beyer, A. D.; Grinolds, M. S.; Teague, M. L.; Yeh, N.-C.; Tajima, S.

    2009-03-01

    We present spatially resolved scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements of YBa2Cu3O7-δ as a function of magnetic field and at T<microscopic order. Ref.: Beyer, et.al. [arxiv:0808.3016].

  5. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscope Use in Electrocatalysis Testing

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    Knutsen, Turid

    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 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.

  6. Line-scanning, stage scanning confocal microscope

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    Carucci, John A.; Stevenson, Mary; Gareau, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    We created a line-scanning, stage scanning confocal microscope as part of a new procedure: video assisted micrographic surgery (VAMS). The need for rapid pathological assessment of the tissue on the surface of skin excisions very large since there are 3.5 million new skin cancers diagnosed annually in the United States. The new design presented here is a confocal microscope without any scanning optics. Instead, a line is focused in space and the sample, which is flattened, is physically translated such that the line scans across its face in a direction perpendicular to the line its self. The line is 6mm long and the stage is capable of scanning 50 mm, hence the field of view is quite large. The theoretical diffraction-limited resolution is 0.7um lateral and 3.7um axial. However, in this preliminary report, we present initial results that are a factor of 5-7 poorer in resolution. The results are encouraging because they demonstrate that the linear array detector measures sufficient signal from fluorescently labeled tissue and also demonstrate the large field of view achievable with VAMS.

  7. Scanning Miniature Microscopes without Lenses

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    Wang, Yu

    2009-01-01

    The figure schematically depicts some alternative designs of proposed compact, lightweight optoelectronic microscopes that would contain no lenses and would generate magnified video images of specimens. Microscopes of this type were described previously in Miniature Microscope Without Lenses (NPO - 20218), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 22, No. 8 (August 1998), page 43 and Reflective Variants of Miniature Microscope Without Lenses (NPO 20610), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 26, No. 9 (September 1999), page 6a. To recapitulate: In the design and construction of a microscope of this type, the focusing optics of a conventional microscope are replaced by a combination of a microchannel filter and a charge-coupled-device (CCD) image detector. Elimination of focusing optics reduces the size and weight of the instrument and eliminates the need for the time-consuming focusing operation. The microscopes described in the cited prior articles contained two-dimensional CCDs registered with two-dimensional arrays of microchannels and, as such, were designed to produce full two-dimensional images, without need for scanning. The microscopes of the present proposal would contain one-dimensional (line image) CCDs registered with linear arrays of microchannels. In the operation of such a microscope, one would scan a specimen along a line perpendicular to the array axis (in other words, one would scan in pushbroom fashion). One could then synthesize a full two-dimensional image of the specimen from the line-image data acquired at one-pixel increments of position along the scan. In one of the proposed microscopes, a beam of unpolarized light for illuminating the specimen would enter from the side. This light would be reflected down onto the specimen by a nonpolarizing beam splitter attached to the microchannels at their lower ends. A portion of the light incident on the specimen would be reflected upward, through the beam splitter and along the microchannels, to form an image on the CCD. If the

  8. Energy-gap spectroscopy of superconductors using a tunneling microscope

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    Le Duc, H. G.; Kaiser, W. J.; Stern, J. A.

    1987-01-01

    A unique scanning tunneling microscope (STM) system has been developed for spectroscopy of the superconducting energy gap. High-resolution control of tunnel current and voltage allows for measurement of superconducting properties at tunnel resistance levels 100-1000 greater than that achieved in prior work. The previously used STM methods for superconductor spectroscopy are compared to those developed for the work reported here. Superconducting energy-gap spectra are reported for three superconductors, Pb, PbBi, and NbN, over a range of tunnel resistance. The measured spectra are compared directly to theory.

  9. Radio-frequency scanning tunnelling microscopy.

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    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.

  10. PREFACE: Time-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy Time-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy

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    Zandvliet, Harold J. W.; Lin, Nian

    2010-07-01

    Scanning tunnelling microscopy has revolutionized our ability to image, manipulate, and investigate solid surfaces on the length scale of individual atoms and molecules. The strength of this technique lies in its imaging capabilities, since for many scientists 'seeing is believing'. However, scanning tunnelling microscopy also suffers from a severe limitation, namely its poor time resolution. Recording a scanning tunnelling microscopy image typically requires a few tens of seconds for a conventional scanning tunnelling microscope to a fraction of a second for a specially designed fast scanning tunnelling microscope. Designing and building such a fast scanning tunnelling microscope is a formidable task in itself and therefore, only a limited number of these microscopes have been built [1]. There is, however, another alternative route to significantly enhance the time resolution of a scanning tunnelling microscope. In this alternative method, the tunnelling current is measured as a function of time with the feedback loop switched off. The time resolution is determined by the bandwidth of the IV converter rather than the cut-off frequency of the feedback electronics. Such an approach requires a stable microscope and goes, of course, at the expense of spatial information. In this issue, we have collected a set of papers that gives an impression of the current status of this rapidly emerging field [2]. One of the very first attempts to extract information from tunnel current fluctuations was reported by Tringides' group in the mid-1990s [3]. They showed that the collective diffusion coefficient can be extracted from the autocorrelation of the time-dependent tunnelling current fluctuations produced by atom motion in and out of the tunnelling junction. In general, current-time traces provide direct information on switching/conformation rates and distributions of residence times. In the case where these processes are thermally induced it is rather straightforward to map

  11. Micromechanical cantilevers and scanning probe microscopes

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    Miller, Scott A.; Xu, Yang; MacDonald, Noel C.

    1995-09-01

    We have fabricated two microelectromechanical scanning tunneling microscopes (Micro- STMs) with 3D (xyz) actuators and integrated high aspects ratio tips. The reduction in the size of scanning probe microscopes allows for faster scanning speeds, array architectures, and massively parallel operation. The two Micro-STMs are fabricated from single crystal silicon using the high-aspect-ratio SCREAM process and are small enough to be used in array architectures. The torsional cantilever design used for out-of-plane (z) motion can be easily be adapted to scanning force microscopy. Typical atomic force microscope cantilevers have spring constants on the order of 0.01 - 10 N/m. To produce cantilevers with lower spring constants, ordinary thin film techniques would require longer (several mm) and thinner (sub- micrometers ) cantilevers. A mechanical analysis of torsional cantilevers reveals that high aspect ratio rectangular beams, such as the ones we fabricate, are easily twisted. By using the torsional design, we can achieve lower spring constants (10-1 - 10-7 N/m) without having to make a very thin film cantilever. We have demonstrated torsional cantilevers with spring constants on the order of 10-2 N/m. These cantilevers can be used as extremely sensitive force sensors for atomic force microscopy.

  12. Observation of a vacuum tunnel gap in a transmission electron microscope using a micromechanical tunneling microscope

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    Lutwyche, M. I.; Wada, Y.

    1995-05-01

    This letter reports the observation of the vacuum tunnel gap between two conductors using a high resolution transmission electron microscope. A 2.5 mm square micromachined tunneling microscope chip has been fabricated with a minimum feature size of 0.4 μm. The chip fits into a modified side-entry type transmission electron microscope holder. The tunnel gap is controlled by a purpose-built feedback controller. The micromachines work reliably during observation of the tip apex in a transmission electron microscope, allowing the voltage and current to be changed while the tunnel gap is observed.

  13. Scanning Tunneling Optical Resonance Microscopy

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    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

  14. Scanning Quantum Cryogenic Atom Microscope

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    Yang, Fan; Kollár, Alicia J.; Taylor, Stephen F.; Turner, Richard W.; Lev, Benjamin L.

    2017-03-01

    Microscopic imaging of local magnetic fields provides a window into the organizing principles of complex and technologically relevant condensed-matter materials. However, a wide variety of intriguing strongly correlated and topologically nontrivial materials exhibit poorly understood phenomena outside the detection capability of state-of-the-art high-sensitivity high-resolution scanning probe magnetometers. We introduce a quantum-noise-limited scanning probe magnetometer that can operate from room-to-cryogenic temperatures with unprecedented dc-field sensitivity and micron-scale resolution. The Scanning Quantum Cryogenic Atom Microscope (SQCRAMscope) employs a magnetically levitated atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), thereby providing immunity to conductive and blackbody radiative heating. The SQCRAMscope has a field sensitivity of 1.4 nT per resolution-limited point (approximately 2 μ m ) or 6 nT /√{Hz } per point at its duty cycle. Compared to point-by-point sensors, the long length of the BEC provides a naturally parallel measurement, allowing one to measure nearly 100 points with an effective field sensitivity of 600 pT /√{Hz } for each point during the same time as a point-by-point scanner measures these points sequentially. Moreover, it has a noise floor of 300 pT and provides nearly 2 orders of magnitude improvement in magnetic flux sensitivity (down to 10-6 Φ0/√{Hz } ) over previous atomic probe magnetometers capable of scanning near samples. These capabilities are carefully benchmarked by imaging magnetic fields arising from microfabricated wire patterns in a system where samples may be scanned, cryogenically cooled, and easily exchanged. We anticipate the SQCRAMscope will provide charge-transport images at temperatures from room temperature to 4 K in unconventional superconductors and topologically nontrivial materials.

  15. Versatile scanned probe microscope: technical and biological applications

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    Baiburin, Vil B.; Konnov, Nikolai P.; Volkov, Uryi P.

    1999-03-01

    In our biophysical laboratory a new scanned probe microscope (SPM) for technical and biological application has been developed. The SPM allows to investigate sample surface by means of three different near field microscopes: scanning tunneling microscope, atomic force microscope and near field scanning optical microscope. The SPM is very rigid and can be operated in ordinary laboratory without any vibration isolation. The scanning area of the microscope is about 10 X 10 micrometers . Different technical and biological applications of the SPM are demonstrated. Results of the SPM investigations of different carbon, metal and dielectric films are described. The SPM comparison study of electrical breakdown and the conduction bistable switching effect in thin dielectric films of oxides and fluorides of some rare earth metals has been discussed. Some biological applications of the SPM viz. visualization of different bacteria (E.Coli, plague, cholera, staphylococcus), bacteria thin sections, macromolecules (plague proteins) and plague phage has been described.

  16. Nanoscale proximity effect in the high-temperature superconductor Bi{2}Sr{2}CaCu{2}O{8+delta} using a scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Parker, Colin V; Pushp, Aakash; Pasupathy, Abhay N; Gomes, Kenjiro K; Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Zhijun; Ono, Shimpei; Gu, Genda; Yazdani, Ali

    2010-03-19

    High-temperature cuprate superconductors exhibit extremely local nanoscale phenomena and strong sensitivity to doping. While other experiments have looked at nanoscale interfaces between layers of different dopings, we focus on the interplay between naturally inhomogeneous nanoscale regions. Using scanning tunneling microscopy to carefully track the same region of the sample as a function of temperature, we show that regions with weak superconductivity can persist to elevated temperatures if bordered by regions of strong superconductivity. This suggests that it may be possible to increase the maximum possible transition temperature by controlling the distribution of dopants.

  17. Nanoscale Proximity Effect in the High-Temperature Superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Parker, C.V.; Gu, G.; Pushp, A.; Pasupathy, A.N.; Gomes, K.K.; Wen, J.; Xu, Z.; Ono, S.; Yazdani, A.

    2010-03-15

    High-temperature cuprate superconductors exhibit extremely local nanoscale phenomena and strong sensitivity to doping. While other experiments have looked at nanoscale interfaces between layers of different dopings, we focus on the interplay between naturally inhomogeneous nanoscale regions. Using scanning tunneling microscopy to carefully track the same region of the sample as a function of temperature, we show that regions with weak superconductivity can persist to elevated temperatures if bordered by regions of strong superconductivity. This suggests that it may be possible to increase the maximum possible transition temperature by controlling the distribution of dopants.

  18. The Scanning TMR Microscope for Biosensor Applications

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    Vyas, Kunal N.; Love, David M.; Ionescu, Adrian; Llandro, Justin; Kollu, Pratap; Mitrelias, Thanos; Holmes, Stuart; Barnes, Crispin H. W.

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) scanning microscope set-up capable of quantitatively imaging the magnetic stray field patterns of micron-sized elements in 3D. By incorporating an Anderson loop measurement circuit for impedance matching, we are able to detect magnetoresistance changes of as little as 0.006%/Oe. By 3D rastering a mounted TMR sensor over our magnetic barcodes, we are able to characterise the complex domain structures by displaying the real component, the amplitude and the phase of the sensor’s impedance. The modular design, incorporating a TMR sensor with an optical microscope, renders this set-up a versatile platform for studying and imaging immobilised magnetic carriers and barcodes currently employed in biosensor platforms, magnetotactic bacteria and other complex magnetic domain structures of micron-sized entities. The quantitative nature of the instrument and its ability to produce vector maps of magnetic stray fields has the potential to provide significant advantages over other commonly used scanning magnetometry techniques. PMID:25849347

  19. Scanning Tunneling Optical Resonance Microscopy Developed

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    Bailey, Sheila G.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.; Lau, Janis E.; Jenkins, Phillip P.; Castro, Stephanie L.; Tin, Padetha; Wilt, David M.; Pal, Anna Maria; Fahey, Stephen D.

    2004-01-01

    The ability to determine the in situ optoelectronic properties of semiconductor materials has become especially important as the size of device architectures has decreased and the development of complex microsystems has increased. Scanning Tunneling Optical Resonance Microscopy, or STORM, can interrogate the optical bandgap as a function of its position within a semiconductor micro-structure. This technique uses a tunable solidstate titanium-sapphire laser whose output is "chopped" using a spatial light modulator and is coupled by a fiber-optic connector to a scanning tunneling microscope in order to illuminate the tip-sample junction. The photoenhanced portion of the tunneling current is spectroscopically measured using a lock-in technique. The capabilities of this technique were verified using semiconductor microstructure calibration standards that were grown by organometallic vapor-phase epitaxy. Bandgaps characterized by STORM measurements were found to be in good agreement with the bulk values determined by transmission spectroscopy and photoluminescence and with the theoretical values that were based on x-ray diffraction results.

  20. Sensing the quantum limit in scanning tunnelling spectroscopy

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    Ast, Christian R.; Jäck, Berthold; Senkpiel, Jacob; Eltschka, Matthias; Etzkorn, Markus; Ankerhold, Joachim; Kern, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    The tunnelling current in scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (STS) is typically and often implicitly modelled by a continuous and homogeneous charge flow. If the charging energy of a single-charge quantum sufficiently exceeds the thermal energy, however, the granularity of the current becomes non-negligible. In this quantum limit, the capacitance of the tunnel junction mediates an interaction of the tunnelling electrons with the surrounding electromagnetic environment and becomes a source of noise itself, which cannot be neglected in STS. Using a scanning tunnelling microscope operating at 15 mK, we show that we operate in this quantum limit, which determines the ultimate energy resolution in STS. The P(E)-theory describes the probability for a tunnelling electron to exchange energy with the environment and can be regarded as the energy resolution function. We experimentally demonstrate this effect with a superconducting aluminium tip and a superconducting aluminium sample, where it is most pronounced. PMID:27708282

  1. New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery

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    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_166925.html New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery The instrument ... 2017 WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new microscope could help surgeons remove breast tumors completely, ...

  2. Scanning tunneling microscopic and spectroscopic studies on a crystalline silica monolayer epitaxially formed on hexagonal SiC(0001{sup ¯}) surfaces

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    Tochihara, Hiroshi E-mail: tochihara.hiroshi.146@m.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Suzuki, Takayuki; Yagyu, Kazuma; Shirasawa, Tetsuroh; Takahashi, Toshio; Miyamachi, Toshio; Yoshizawa, Shunsuke; Komori, Fumio; Kajiwara, Takashi; Tanaka, Satoru

    2014-02-03

    An epitaxial silicon-oxide monolayer of chemical composition of Si{sub 2}O{sub 3} (the Si{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer) formed on hexagonal SiC(0001{sup ¯}) surfaces has been observed by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Filled- and empty-state STM images with atomic resolution support the previously reported model. Typical structural defects in the Si{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer are found to be missing SiO{sub n} (n = 1, 2, 3) molecules. The band gap of the Si{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer obtained by point tunneling spectroscopy is 5.5±0.5 eV, exhibiting considerable narrowing from that of bulk SiO{sub 2}, 8.9 eV. It is proposed that the Si{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer is suitable as a relevant interface material for formation of SiC-based metal-oxide-semiconductor devices.

  3. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Quasicrystals

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    Becker, Russell S.; Kortan, A. Refik

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * EXPERIMENTAL * X-RAY DIFFRACTION * SCANNING TUNNELING MICROSCOPY * STRUCTURE MODELLING BASED ON STM * COMPARISON WITH MODELS BASED ON BULK STUDIES * CONCLUSION * REFERENCES

  4. Pre-microscope tunnelling — Inspiration or constraint?

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    Walmsley, D. G.

    1987-03-01

    Before the microscope burst upon the scene, tunnelling had established for itself a substantial niche in the repertoire of the solid state physicist. Over a period of 20 years it has contributed importantly to our understanding of many systems. It elucidated the superconducting state, first by a direct display of the energy gap then by providing detailed information on the phonon spectra and electron-phonon coupling strength in junction electrodes. Its use as a phonon spectrometer was subsequently extended to semiconductors and to the oxides of insulating barriers. Eventually the vibrational spectra of monolayer organic and inorganic adsorbates became amenable with rich scientific rewards. In a few cases electronic transitions have been observed. Plasmon excitation by tunnelling electrons led to insights on the electron loss function in metals at visible frequencies and provided along the way an intriguing light emitting device. With the advent of the microscope it is now appropriate to enquire how much of this experience can profitably be carried over to the new environment. Are we constrained just to repeat the experiments in a new configuration? Happily no. The microscope offers us topographical and spectroscopic information of a new order. One might next ask how great is the contact between the two disciplines? We explore this question and seek to establish where the pre-microscope experience can be helpful in inspiring our use of this marvellous new facility that we know as the scanning tunnelling microscope.

  5. Lateral manipulation of single-walled carbon nanotubes on H-passivated Si(100) surfaces with an ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope.

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    Albrecht, Peter M; Lyding, Joseph W

    2007-01-01

    Ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can be used for the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules into complex arrangements for sensitive electrical and structural characterization. However, the systematic UHV STM manipulation of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), high-aspect-ratio molecular wires derived from graphene that exist in both semiconducting and metallic forms, has yet to be reported. In this work, we demonstrate the room-temperature lateral manipulation of approximately 1-nm-diameter SWNTs on UHV-prepared, hydrogen-passivated Si(100) surfaces. We show the reproducible actuation of SWNTs having lengths as small as 13 nm, along with the partial division of a two-tube bundle. Moreover, UHV STM desorption of H at the SWNT/Si interface is introduced as a means of locally strengthening the interaction between the tube and the surface. The UHV STM manipulation scheme described here is potentially extensible to the orientational control of SWNTs interfaced with atomically clean semiconducting surfaces, such as InAs(110), GaAs(110), and unpassivated Si(100), for which first-principles calculations based on density functional theory have been reported recently in the literature.

  6. Fast scanning mode and its realization in a scanning acoustic microscope

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    Ju Bingfeng; Bai Xiaolong; Chen Jian

    2012-03-15

    The scanning speed of the two-dimensional stage dominates the efficiency of mechanical scanning measurement systems. This paper focused on a detailed scanning time analysis of conventional raster and spiral scan modes and then proposed two fast alternative scanning modes. Performed on a self-developed scanning acoustic microscope (SAM), the measured images obtained by using the conventional scan mode and fast scan modes are compared. The total scanning time is reduced by 29% of the two proposed fast scan modes. It will offer a better solution for high speed scanning without sacrificing the system stability, and will not introduce additional difficulties to the configuration of scanning measurement systems. They can be easily applied to the mechanical scanning measuring systems with different driving actuators such as piezoelectric, linear motor, dc motor, and so on. The proposed fast raster and square spiral scan modes are realized in SAM, but not specially designed for it. Therefore, they have universal adaptability and can be applied to other scanning measurement systems with two-dimensional mechanical scanning stages, such as atomic force microscope or scanning tunneling microscope.

  7. Fast scanning mode and its realization in a scanning acoustic microscope.

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    Ju, Bing-Feng; Bai, Xiaolong; Chen, Jian

    2012-03-01

    The scanning speed of the two-dimensional stage dominates the efficiency of mechanical scanning measurement systems. This paper focused on a detailed scanning time analysis of conventional raster and spiral scan modes and then proposed two fast alternative scanning modes. Performed on a self-developed scanning acoustic microscope (SAM), the measured images obtained by using the conventional scan mode and fast scan modes are compared. The total scanning time is reduced by 29% of the two proposed fast scan modes. It will offer a better solution for high speed scanning without sacrificing the system stability, and will not introduce additional difficulties to the configuration of scanning measurement systems. They can be easily applied to the mechanical scanning measuring systems with different driving actuators such as piezoelectric, linear motor, dc motor, and so on. The proposed fast raster and square spiral scan modes are realized in SAM, but not specially designed for it. Therefore, they have universal adaptability and can be applied to other scanning measurement systems with two-dimensional mechanical scanning stages, such as atomic force microscope or scanning tunneling microscope.

  8. Scanning thermal-conductivity microscope

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    Sarid, Dror; McCarthy, Brendan; Grover, Ranjan

    2006-02-01

    This article describes a novel implementation of an atomic force microscope that can map thermal-conductivity features across a sample with a high spatial resolution. The microscope employs a single-sided, metal-coated cantilever, which acts as a bimetallic strip together with a heating laser whose beam is focused on the cantilever's free end, on the opposite side of its tip. Subtracting the topography obtained by the unheated and heated cantilevers yields a map of thermal conductivity across the surface of a sample. The article presents (a) the theory of operation of the microscope and (b) the experimental results obtained on a silicon sample with oxide features, showing good agreement between the two.

  9. Scanning evanescent electro-magnetic microscope

    DOEpatents

    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Gao, Chen; Schultz, Peter G.; Wei, Tao

    2003-01-01

    A novel scanning microscope is described that uses near-field evanescent electromagnetic waves to probe sample properties. The novel microscope is capable of high resolution imaging and quantitative measurements of the electrical properties of the sample. The inventive scanning evanescent wave electromagnetic microscope (SEMM) can map dielectric constant, tangent loss, conductivity, complex electrical impedance, and other electrical parameters of materials. The quantitative map corresponds to the imaged detail. The novel microscope can be used to measure electrical properties of both dielectric and electrically conducting materials.

  10. Scanning evanescent electro-magnetic microscope

    DOEpatents

    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Gao, Chen

    2001-01-01

    A novel scanning microscope is described that uses near-field evanescent electromagnetic waves to probe sample properties. The novel microscope is capable of high resolution imaging and quantitative measurements of the electrical properties of the sample. The inventive scanning evanescent wave electromagnetic microscope (SEMM) can map dielectric constant, tangent loss, conductivity, complex electrical impedance, and other electrical parameters of materials. The quantitative map corresponds to the imaged detail. The novel microscope can be used to measure electrical properties of both dielectric and electrically conducting materials.

  11. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Multilayer Thin Film Solar Cell Materials^*

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    Mantovani, J. G.; Friedfeld, R.; Raffaelle, R. P.

    1996-03-01

    We have been investigating electrochemically deposited multilayer structures based on the Cu_xIn_2-xSe2 system for use in thin film solar cells. The interest in multilayer structures is due to their proposed use in increasing thin film solar cell efficiency. We have imaged the artificially imposed superstructure of our nanoscale multilayers using a scanning tunneling microscope. A comparison is made between the theoretically calculated modulation wavelengths and those generated by Fourier analysis of the scanning tunneling microscope images. A discussion of the use of photo-assisted tunneling spectroscopy in a modified STM is presented. * This work was supported by the Southeastern University Research Association in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

  12. Electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopic Study of the Potential Dependence of Germanene Growth on Au(111) at pH 9.0.

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    Bui, Nhi N; Ledina, Maria; Reber, Theodore J; Jung, Jin; Stickney, John L

    2017-09-26

    Germanene is a 2D material whose structure and properties are of great interest for integration with Si technology. Preparation of germanene experimentally remains a challenge because, unlike graphene, bulk germanene does not exist. Thus, germanene cannot be directly exfoliated and is mostly grown in ultrahigh vacuum. The present report uses electrodeposition in an aqueous HGeO3(-) solution at pH 9. Germanene deposition has been limited to 2-3 monolayers, thus greatly restricting many applicable characterization methods. The in situ technique of electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy was used to follow Ge deposition on Au(111) as a function of potential. Previous work by this group at pH 4.5 suggested germanene growth, but no buffer was used, resulting in change in surface pH. The addition of borate buffer to create pH 9.0 solution has reduced hydrogen formation and stabilized the surface pH, allowing systematic characterization of germanene growth versus potential. Initial germanene nucleated at defects in the Au(111) herringbone (HB) reconstruction. Subsequent growth proceeded down the face-centered cubic troughs, slowly relaxing the HB. The resulting honeycomb (HC) structure displayed an average lattice constant of 0.41 ± 0.06 nm. Continued growth resulted in the addition of a second layer on top, formed initially by nucleating around small islands and subsequent lateral 2D growth. Near atomic resolution of the germanene layers displayed small coherent domains, 2-3 nm, of the HC structure composed of six-membered rings. Domain walls were based on defective, five- and seven-membered rings, which resulted in small rotations between adjacent HC domains.

  13. First results for custom-built low-temperature (4.2 K) scanning tunneling microscope/molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser epitaxy system designed for spin-polarized measurements

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    Foley, Andrew; Alam, Khan; Lin, Wenzhi; Wang, Kangkang; Chinchore, Abhijit; Corbett, Joseph; Savage, Alan; Chen, Tianjiao; Shi, Meng; Pak, Jeongihm; Smith, Arthur

    2014-03-01

    A custom low-temperature (4.2 K) scanning tunneling microscope system has been developed which is combined directly with a custom molecular beam epitaxy facility (and also including pulsed laser epitaxy) for the purpose of studying surface nanomagnetism of complex spintronic materials down to the atomic scale. For purposes of carrying out spin-polarized STM measurements, the microscope is built into a split-coil, 4.5 Tesla superconducting magnet system where the magnetic field can be applied normal to the sample surface; since, as a result, the microscope does not include eddy current damping, vibration isolation is achieved using a unique combination of two stages of pneumatic isolators along with an acoustical noise shield, in addition to the use of a highly stable as well as modular `Pan'-style STM design with a high Q factor. First 4.2 K results reveal, with clear atomic resolution, various reconstructions on wurtzite GaN c-plane surfaces grown by MBE, including the c(6x12) on N-polar GaN(0001). Details of the system design and functionality will be presented.

  14. The Scanning Optical Microscope: An Overview

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    Kino, G. S.; Corte, T. R.; Xiao, G. Q.

    1988-07-01

    In the last few years there has been a resurgence in research on optical microscopes. One reason stems from the invention of the acoustic microscope by Quate and Lemons,1 and the realization that some of the same principles could be applied to the optical microscope. The acoustic microscope has better transverse definition for the same wavelength than the standard optical microscope and at the same time has far better range definition. Consequently, Kompfner, who was involved with the work on the early acoustic microscope, decided to try out similar scanning microscope principles with optics, and started a group with Wilson and Sheppard to carry out such research at Oxford.2 Sometime earlier, Petran et a13 had invented the tandem scanning microscope which used many of the same principles. Now, in our laboratory at Stanford, these ideas on the tandem scanning microscope and the scanning optical microscope are converging. Another aspect of this work, which stems from the earlier experience with the acoustic microscope, involves measurement of both phase and amplitude of the optical beam. It is also possible to use scanned optical microscopy for other purposes. For instance, an optical beam can be used to excite electrons and holes in semiconductors, and the generated current can be measured. By scanning the optical beam over the semiconductor, an image can be obtained of the regions where there is strong or weak electron hole generation. This type of microscope is called OBIC (Optical Beam Induced Current). A second application involves fluorescent imaging of biological materials. Here we have the excellent range definition of a scanning optical microscope which eliminates unwanted glare from regions of the material where the beam is unfocused.3 A third application is focused on the heating effect of the light beam. With such a system, images can be obtained which are associated with changes in the thermal properties of a material, changes in recombination rates in

  15. Energy gaps measured by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Wang, Chen; Giambattista, B.; Slough, C. G.; Coleman, R. V.; Subramanian, M. A.

    1990-11-01

    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.

  16. Scanning scene tunnel for city traversing.

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    Zheng, Jiang Yu; Zhou, Yu; Milli, Panayiotis

    2006-01-01

    This paper proposes a visual representation named scene tunnel for capturing urban scenes along routes and visualizing them on the Internet. We scan scenes with multiple cameras or a fish-eye camera on a moving vehicle, which generates a real scene archive along streets that is more complete than previously proposed route panoramas. Using a translating spherical eye, properly set planes of scanning, and unique parallel-central projection, we explore the image acquisition of the scene tunnel from camera selection and alignment, slit calculation, scene scanning, to image integration. The scene tunnels cover high buildings, ground, and various viewing directions and have uniformed resolutions along the street. The sequentially organized scene tunnel benefits texture mapping onto the urban models. We analyze the shape characteristics in the scene tunnels for designing visualization algorithms. After combining this with a global panorama and forward image caps, the capped scene tunnels can provide continuous views directly for virtual or real navigation in a city. We render scene tunnel dynamically by view warping, fast transmission, and flexible interaction. The compact and continuous scene tunnel facilitates model construction, data streaming, and seamless route traversing on the Internet and mobile devices.

  17. Scanning Microscopes Using X Rays and Microchannels

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    Wang, Yu

    2003-01-01

    Scanning microscopes that would be based on microchannel filters and advanced electronic image sensors and that utilize x-ray illumination have been proposed. Because the finest resolution attainable in a microscope is determined by the wavelength of the illumination, the xray illumination in the proposed microscopes would make it possible, in principle, to achieve resolutions of the order of nanometers about a thousand times as fine as the resolution of a visible-light microscope. Heretofore, it has been necessary to use scanning electron microscopes to obtain such fine resolution. In comparison with scanning electron microscopes, the proposed microscopes would likely be smaller, less massive, and less expensive. Moreover, unlike in scanning electron microscopes, it would not be necessary to place specimens under vacuum. The proposed microscopes are closely related to the ones described in several prior NASA Tech Briefs articles; namely, Miniature Microscope Without Lenses (NPO-20218), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 22, No. 8 (August 1998), page 43; and Reflective Variants of Miniature Microscope Without Lenses (NPO-20610), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 26, No. 9 (September 2002) page 6a. In all of these microscopes, the basic principle of design and operation is the same: The focusing optics of a conventional visible-light microscope are replaced by a combination of a microchannel filter and a charge-coupled-device (CCD) image detector. A microchannel plate containing parallel, microscopic-cross-section holes much longer than they are wide is placed between a specimen and an image sensor, which is typically the CCD. The microchannel plate must be made of a material that absorbs the illuminating radiation reflected or scattered from the specimen. The microchannels must be positioned and dimensioned so that each one is registered with a pixel on the image sensor. Because most of the radiation incident on the microchannel walls becomes absorbed, the radiation that reaches the

  18. Photon emission from gold surfaces in air using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Gallagher, Mark J.; Howells, Sam; Yi, Leon; Chen, Ting; Sarid, Dror

    1992-11-01

    Photon emission was observed at the tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope while scanning Au structures in air. Emission levels of about 4000 counts per second (cps) were routinely achieved with Au tips, allowing photon maps to be produced. The similarity between these photon maps and the topographic images of the Au samples are discussed.

  19. Three-dimensional scanning confocal laser microscope

    DOEpatents

    Anderson, R. Rox; Webb, Robert H.; Rajadhyaksha, Milind

    1999-01-01

    A confocal microscope for generating an image of a sample includes a first scanning element for scanning a light beam along a first axis, and a second scanning element for scanning the light beam at a predetermined amplitude along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis. A third scanning element scans the light beam at a predetermined amplitude along a third axis perpendicular to an imaging plane defined by the first and second axes. The second and third scanning element are synchronized to scan at the same frequency. The second and third predetermined amplitudes are percentages of their maximum amplitudes. A selector determines the second and third predetermined amplitudes such that the sum of the percentages is equal to one-hundred percent.

  20. Three-dimensional scanning confocal laser microscope

    DOEpatents

    Anderson, R. Rox; Webb, Robert H.; Rajadhyaksha, Milind

    1999-01-01

    A confocal microscope for generating an image of a sample includes a first scanning element for scanning a light beam along a first axis, and a second scanning element for scanning the light beam at a predetermined amplitude along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis. A third scanning element scans the light beam at a predetermined amplitude along a third axis perpendicular to an imaging plane defined by the first and second axes. The second and third scanning element are synchronized to scan at the same frequency. The second and third predetermined amplitudes are percentages of their maximum amplitudes. A selector determines the second and third predetermined amplitudes such that the sum of the percentages is equal to one-hundred percent.

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

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    Jäck, Berthold Eltschka, Matthias; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R.; Hardock, Andreas; Kern, Klaus

    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.

  2. An interchangeable scanning Hall probe/scanning SQUID microscope

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    Tang, Chiu-Chun; Lin, Hui-Ting; Wu, Sing-Lin; Chen, Tse-Jun; Wang, M. J.; Ling, D. C.; Chi, C. C.; Chen, Jeng-Chung

    2014-08-15

    We have constructed a scanning probe microscope for magnetic imaging, which can function as a scanning Hall probe microscope (SHPM) and as a scanning SQUID microscope (SSM). The scanning scheme, applicable to SHPM and SSM, consists of a mechanical positioning (sub) micron-XY stage and a flexible direct contact to the sample without a feedback control system for the Z-axis. With the interchangeable capability of operating two distinct scanning modes, our microscope can incorporate the advantageous functionalities of the SHPM and SSM with large scan range up to millimeter, high spatial resolution (⩽4 μm), and high field sensitivity in a wide range of temperature (4.2 K-300 K) and magnetic field (10{sup −7} T-1 T). To demonstrate the capabilities of the system, we present magnetic images scanned with SHPM and SSM, including a RbFeB magnet and a nickel grid pattern at room temperature, surface magnetic domain structures of a La{sub 2/3}Ca{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} thin film at 77 K, and superconducting vortices in a striped niobium film at 4.2 K.

  3. Excitation-scanning hyperspectral imaging microscope.

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    Favreau, Peter F; Hernandez, Clarissa; Heaster, Tiffany; Alvarez, Diego F; Rich, Thomas C; Prabhat, Prashant; Leavesley, Silas J

    2014-04-01

    Hyperspectral imaging is a versatile tool that has recently been applied to a variety of biomedical applications, notably live-cell and whole-tissue signaling. Traditional hyperspectral imaging approaches filter the fluorescence emission over a broad wavelength range while exciting at a single band. However, these emission-scanning approaches have shown reduced sensitivity due to light attenuation from spectral filtering. Consequently, emission scanning has limited applicability for time-sensitive studies and photosensitive applications. In this work, we have developed an excitation-scanning hyperspectral imaging microscope that overcomes these limitations by providing high transmission with short acquisition times. This is achieved by filtering the fluorescence excitation rather than the emission. We tested the efficacy of the excitation-scanning microscope in a side-by-side comparison with emission scanning for detection of green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing endothelial cells in highly autofluorescent lung tissue. Excitation scanning provided higher signal-to-noise characteristics, as well as shorter acquisition times (300  ms/wavelength band with excitation scanning versus 3  s/wavelength band with emission scanning). Excitation scanning also provided higher delineation of nuclear and cell borders, and increased identification of GFP regions in highly autofluorescent tissue. These results demonstrate excitation scanning has utility in a wide range of time-dependent and photosensitive applications.

  4. Excitation-scanning hyperspectral imaging microscope

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    Favreau, Peter F.; Hernandez, Clarissa; Heaster, Tiffany; Alvarez, Diego F.; Rich, Thomas C.; Prabhat, Prashant; Leavesley, Silas J.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Hyperspectral imaging is a versatile tool that has recently been applied to a variety of biomedical applications, notably live-cell and whole-tissue signaling. Traditional hyperspectral imaging approaches filter the fluorescence emission over a broad wavelength range while exciting at a single band. However, these emission-scanning approaches have shown reduced sensitivity due to light attenuation from spectral filtering. Consequently, emission scanning has limited applicability for time-sensitive studies and photosensitive applications. In this work, we have developed an excitation-scanning hyperspectral imaging microscope that overcomes these limitations by providing high transmission with short acquisition times. This is achieved by filtering the fluorescence excitation rather than the emission. We tested the efficacy of the excitation-scanning microscope in a side-by-side comparison with emission scanning for detection of green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing endothelial cells in highly autofluorescent lung tissue. Excitation scanning provided higher signal-to-noise characteristics, as well as shorter acquisition times (300  ms/wavelength band with excitation scanning versus 3  s/wavelength band with emission scanning). Excitation scanning also provided higher delineation of nuclear and cell borders, and increased identification of GFP regions in highly autofluorescent tissue. These results demonstrate excitation scanning has utility in a wide range of time-dependent and photosensitive applications. PMID:24727909

  5. Nonlinear femtosecond laser induced scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Dey, Shirshendu; Mirell, Daniel; Perez, Alejandro Rodriguez; Lee, Joonhee; Apkarian, V Ara

    2013-04-21

    We demonstrate ultrafast laser driven nonlinear scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), under ambient conditions. The design is an adaptation of the recently introduced cross-polarized double beat method, whereby z-polarized phase modulated fields are tightly focused at a tunneling junction consisting of a sharp tungsten tip and an optically transparent gold film as substrate. We demonstrate the prerequisites for ultrafast time-resolved STM through an operative mechanism of nonlinear laser field-driven tunneling. The spatial resolution of the nonlinear laser driven STM is determined by the local field intensity. Resolution of 0.3 nm-10 nm is demonstrated for the intensity dependent, exponential tunneling range. The demonstration is carried out on a junction consisting of tungsten tip and gold substrate. Nano-structured gold is used for imaging purposes, to highlight junction plasmon controlled tunneling in the conductivity limit.

  6. Molecular structure of DNA by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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

    1989-09-15

    Uncoated DNA molecules marked with an activated tris(l-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 to 35 angstroms, whereas the average diameter is 20 angstroms. Molecular structure within a single helix turn was also observed.

  7. Molecular Structure of DNA by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    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.

  8. Energy gaps measured by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Wang, C.; Giambattista, B.; Slough, C.G.; Coleman, R.V. ); Subramanian, M.A. )

    1990-11-15

    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 Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}. Measured values of {Delta}{sub CDW} at 4.2 K for 2{ital H}-TaSe{sub 2}, 2{ital H}-TaS{sub 2}, and 2{ital H}-NbSe{sub 2} are 80, 50, and 34 meV giving values of 2{Delta}{sub CDW}/{ital k}{sub {ital B}T{ital c}} equal to 15.2, 15.4, and 23.9, indicating strong coupling in these CDW systems. Measured values of {Delta}{sub CDW} at 4.2 K in 1{ital T}-TaSe{sub 2} and 1{ital T}-TaS{sub 2} are {approximately}150 meV for both materials giving 2{Delta}{sub CDW}/{ital k}{sub {ital B}T{ital c}}{approx}5.8. STM scans of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} at 4.2 K resolve atoms on the BiO{sub {ital x}} layer and show possible variations in electronic structure. The energy gap determined from {ital I} versus {ital V} and {ital dI}/{ital dV} versus {ital V} curves is in the range 30--35 meV giving values of 2{Delta}/{ital k}{sub {ital B}T{ital c}}{approx}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.

  9. Vertically aligned nanostructure scanning probe microscope tips

    DOEpatents

    Guillorn, Michael A.; Ilic, Bojan; Melechko, Anatoli V.; Merkulov, Vladimir I.; Lowndes, Douglas H.; Simpson, Michael L.

    2006-12-19

    Methods and apparatus are described for cantilever structures that include a vertically aligned nanostructure, especially vertically aligned carbon nanofiber scanning probe microscope tips. An apparatus includes a cantilever structure including a substrate including a cantilever body, that optionally includes a doped layer, and a vertically aligned nanostructure coupled to the cantilever body.

  10. Macroscopic model of scanning force microscope

    DOEpatents

    Guerra-Vela, Claudio; Zypman, Fredy R.

    2004-10-05

    A macroscopic version of the Scanning Force Microscope is described. It consists of a cantilever under the influence of external forces, which mimic the tip-sample interactions. The use of this piece of equipment is threefold. First, it serves as direct way to understand the parts and functions of the Scanning Force Microscope, and thus it is effectively used as an instructional tool. Second, due to its large size, it allows for simple measurements of applied forces and parameters that define the state of motion of the system. This information, in turn, serves to compare the interaction forces with the reconstructed ones, which cannot be done directly with the standard microscopic set up. Third, it provides a kinematics method to non-destructively measure elastic constants of materials, such as Young's and shear modules, with special application for brittle materials.

  11. Scanning Gate Microscope for Cold Atomic Gases

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    Häusler, Samuel; Nakajima, Shuta; Lebrat, Martin; Husmann, Dominik; Krinner, Sebastian; Esslinger, Tilman; Brantut, Jean-Philippe

    2017-07-01

    We present a scanning probe microscopy technique for spatially resolving transport in cold atomic gases, in close analogy with scanning gate microscopy in semiconductor physics. The conductance of a quantum point contact connected to two atomic reservoirs is measured in the presence of a tightly focused laser beam acting as a local perturbation that can be precisely positioned in space. By scanning its position and recording the subsequent variations of conductance, we retrieve a high-resolution map of transport through a quantum point contact. We demonstrate a spatial resolution comparable to the extent of the transverse wave function of the atoms inside the channel and a position sensitivity below 10 nm. Our measurements agree well with an analytical model and ab initio numerical simulations, allowing us to identify a regime in transport where tunneling dominates over thermal effects. Our technique opens new perspectives for the high-resolution observation and manipulation of cold atomic gases.

  12. Imaging soft materials with scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Woodward, J T; Zasadzinski, J A

    1996-01-01

    By modifying freeze-fracture replication, a standard electron microscopy fixation technique, for use with the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), a variety of soft, non-conductive biomaterials can be imaged at high resolution in three dimensions. Metal replicas make near ideal samples for STM in comparison to the original biological materials. Modifications include a 0.1 micron backing layer of silver and mounting the replicas on a fine-mesh silver filters to enhance the rigidity of the metal replica. This is required unless STM imaging is carried out in vacuum; otherwise, a liquid film of contamination physically connects the STM tip with the sample. This mechanical coupling leads to exaggerated height measurements; the enhanced rigidity of the thicker replica eliminates much of the height amplification. Further improvement was obtained by imaging in a dry nitrogen atmosphere. Calibration and reproducibility were tested with replicas of well characterized bilayers of cadmium arachidate on mica that provide regular 5.5 nm steps. We have used the STM/replica technique to examine the ripple shape and amplitude in the P beta phase of dimyristoylphosphatidyl-choline (DMPC) in water. STM images were analyzed using a cross-correlation averaging program to eliminate the effects of noise and the finite size and shapes of the metal grains that make up the replica. The correlation averaging allowed us to develop a composite ripple profile averaged over hundreds of individual ripples and different samples. The STM/replica technique is sufficiently general that it can be used to examine a variety of hydrated lipid and protein samples at a lateral resolution of about 1 nm and a vertical resolution of about 0.3 nm.

  13. Development of Scanning Ultrafast Electron Microscope Capability.

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    Collins, Kimberlee Chiyoko; Talin, Albert Alec; Chandler, David W.; Michael, Joseph R.

    2016-11-01

    Modern semiconductor devices rely on the transport of minority charge carriers. Direct examination of minority carrier lifetimes in real devices with nanometer-scale features requires a measurement method with simultaneously high spatial and temporal resolutions. Achieving nanometer spatial resolutions at sub-nanosecond temporal resolution is possible with pump-probe methods that utilize electrons as probes. Recently, a stroboscopic scanning electron microscope was developed at Caltech, and used to study carrier transport across a Si p-n junction [ 1 , 2 , 3 ] . In this report, we detail our development of a prototype scanning ultrafast electron microscope system at Sandia National Laboratories based on the original Caltech design. This effort represents Sandia's first exploration into ultrafast electron microscopy.

  14. Two-Color Ultrafast Photoexcited Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Camillone, N.; Dolocan, A.; Acharya, D.P.; Zahl, P.; Sutter, P.

    2011-05-26

    We report on two-color two-photon photoexcitation of a metal surface driven by ultrafast laser pulses and detected with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip as a proximate anode. Results are presented for two cases: (i) where the tip is retracted from the surface far enough to prohibit tunneling, and (ii) where the tip is within tunneling range of the surface. A delay-modulation technique is implemented to isolate the two-color photoemission from concurrent one-color two-photon photoemission and provide subpicosecond time-resolved detection. When applied with the tip in tunneling range, this approach effectively isolates the two-photon photoexcited current signal from the conventional tunneling current and enables subpicosecond time-resolved detection of the photoexcited surface electrons. The advantage of the two-color approach is highlighted by comparison with the one-color case where optical interference causes thermal modulation of the STM tip length, resulting in tunneling current modulations that are orders of magnitude larger than the current due to photoexcitation of surface electrons. By completely eliminating this interference, and thereby avoiding thermal modulation of the STM tip length, the two-color approach represents an important step toward the ultimate goal of simultaneous subnanometer and subpicosecond measurements of surface electron dynamics by ultrafast-laser-excited STM.

  15. Scanning electron microscope view of iron crystal

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1972-01-01

    A scanning electron microscope photograph of iron crystals which grow in a small vug or cavity in a recrystallized breccia (fragmented rock) from the Apollo 15 Hadley-Apennino lunar landing site. The largest crystal is three microns across. Perfectly developed crystals such as these indicate slow formation from a hot vapor as the rock was cooling. The crystals are resting on an interlocking lattice of pyroxene (calsium-magnesium-iron silicate).

  16. Scanning electron microscope view of iron crystal

    NASA Image and Video Library

    1972-11-10

    A scanning electron microscope photograph of iron crystals which grow in a small vug or cavity in a recrystallized breccia (fragmented rock) from the Apollo 15 Hadley-Apennino lunar landing site. The largest crystal is three microns across. Perfectly developed crystals such as these indicate slow formation from a hot vapor as the rock was cooling. The crystals are resting on an interlocking lattice of pyroxene (calsium-magnesium-iron silicate).

  17. Nanofabrication with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Shedd, G.M.; Russell, P.E.

    1988-12-01

    The Precision Engineering Center has recently begun a research program into applications of STM to Nanotechnology. Few tools permit humans to control events and processes at the manometer level, and of those, the STM is the most well-suited to the task. A versatile new ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) STM is being built to study the use of STM for the manipulation of nanometer-scale particles. Part of the STM`s usefulness will be due to its being positioned directly beneath the focused ion beam (FIB). The interface of the STM with the FIB will allow the STM to take advantage of the FIB for long-range imaging and as a particle source; the FIB can in turn use the STM for in situ, high-resolution imaging of micromachined features.

  18. Observation of Superlubricity by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Hirano, Motohisa; Shinjo, Kazumasa; Kaneko, Reizo; Murata, Yoshitada

    1997-02-01

    Experimental evidence of superlubricity, the state of vanishing friction, is obtained by examining systems of sliding atomically clean surfaces by using ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy. The experimental results agree with theoretical predictions: Friction is not observed in the superlubricity regime in measurements capable of resolving a friction force of 3×10-9 N, whereas friction of 8×10-8 N, which is comparable to theoretical values, is observed in the friction regime.

  19. Manipulation of subsurface carbon nanoparticles in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ using a scanning tunneling microscope

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    Stollenwerk, A. J.; Hurley, N.; Beck, B.; Spurgeon, K.; Kidd, T. E.; Gu, G.

    2015-03-19

    In this study, we present evidence that subsurface carbon nanoparticles in Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O8+δ can be manipulated with nanometer precision using a scanning tunneling microscope. High resolution images indicate that most of the carbon particles remain subsurface after transport observable as a local increase in height as the particle pushes up on the surface. Tunneling spectra in the vicinity of these protrusions exhibit semiconducting characteristics with a band gap of approximately 1.8 eV, indicating that the incorporation of carbon locally alters the electronic properties near the surface.

  20. Observation of diamond turned OFHC copper using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Grigg, D.A.; Russell, P.E.; Dow, T.A.

    1988-12-01

    Diamond turned OFHC copper samples have been observed within the past few months using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. Initial results have shown evidence of artifacts which may be used to better understand the diamond turning process. The STM`s high resolution capability and three dimensional data representation allows observation and study of surface features unobtainable with conventional profilometry systems. Also, the STM offers a better quantitative means by which to analyze surface structures than the SEM. This paper discusses findings on several diamond turned OFHC copper samples having different cutting conditions. Each sample has been cross referenced using STM and SEM.

  1. Fingerprints of Majorana fermions in current-correlation measurements from a superconducting tunnel microscope

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    Devillard, P.; Chevallier, D.; Albert, M.

    2017-09-01

    We compute various current-correlation functions of electrons flowing from a topological nanowire to the tip of a superconducting scanning tunnel microscope and identify fingerprints of a Majorana bound state. In particular, the spin resolved cross correlations are shown to display a clear distinction between the presence of a such an exotic state (negative correlations) and an Andreev bound state (positive correlations). Similarity and differences with measurements with a normal tunnel microscope are also discussed, like the robustness to finite temperature, for instance.

  2. Sensitivity Improvement and Cryogenic Application of Scanning Microwave Microscope

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    Takahashi, Hideyuki; Imai, Yoshinori; Maeda, Atsutaka

    2015-03-01

    The technique to probe the spatial distribution of electric properties has been more important in modern material science. Scanning near-field microwave microscope (SMM) can be a powerful tool to study inhomogeneous materials. Recently we have developed scanning tunneling/microwave microscope (STM/SMM) with high sensitivity. The SMM probe is a modified coaxial resonator whose resonant frequency is 10.7 GHz and Q-factor is 1200-1300 at room temperature. It is applicable to measurements at cryogenic environment. By downsizing the resonator probe, we achieved stable operation down to liquid helium temperature. Q-factor is enhanced to 2000-3000 below 77 K. As an example of application of our STM-SMM, we present the study on inhomogeneous iron-based superconductor KxFeySe2. We successfully observed the characteristic mesoscopic phase separation of the metallic phase and the semiconducting phase by two different scanning modes; constant current mode and constant Q-factor mode. The spatial resolution is no worse than 200nm, which is comparable to curvature radius of a probe tip.

  3. Conductivity map from scanning tunneling potentiometry

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    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.

  4. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of diamond films and optoelectronic materials

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    Perez, Jose M.

    1993-01-01

    In this report, we report on progress achieved from 12/1/92 to 10/1/93 under the grant entitled 'Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Diamond Films and Optoelectronic Materials'. We have set-up a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond film growth system and a Raman spectroscopy system to study the nucleation and growth of diamond films with atomic resolution using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A unique feature of the diamond film growth system is that diamond films can be transferred directly to the ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber of a scanning tunneling microscope without contaminating the films by exposure to air. The University of North Texas (UNT) provided $20,000 this year as matching funds for the NASA grant to purchase the diamond growth system. In addition, UNT provided a Coherent Innova 90S Argon ion laser, a Spex 1404 double spectrometer, and a Newport optical table costing $90,000 to set-up the Raman spectroscopy system. The CVD diamond growth system and Raman spectroscopy system will be used to grow and characterize diamond films with atomic resolution using STM as described in our proposal. One full-time graduate student and one full-time undergraduate student are supported under this grant. In addition, several graduate and undergraduate students were supported during the summer to assist in setting-up the diamond growth and Raman spectroscopy systems. We have obtained research results concerning STM of the structural and electronic properties of CVD grown diamond films, and STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes. In collaboration with the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) group at UNT, we have also obtained results concerning the optoelectronic material siloxene. These results were published in refereed scientific journals, submitted for publication, and presented as invited and contributed talks at scientific conferences.

  5. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Observation of Phonon Condensate

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    Altfeder, Igor; Balatsky, Alexander V.; Voevodin, Andrey A.; ...

    2017-02-22

    Using quantum tunneling of electrons into vibrating surface atoms, phonon oscillations can be observed on the atomic scale. Phonon interference patterns with unusually large signal amplitudes have been revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy in intercalated van der Waals heterostructures. Our results show that the effective radius of these phonon quasi-bound states, the real-space distribution of phonon standing wave amplitudes, the scattering phase shifts, and the nonlinear intermode coupling strongly depend on the presence of defect-induced scattering resonance. The observed coherence of these quasi-bound states most likely arises from phase- and frequency-synchronized dynamics of all phonon modes, and indicates the formationmore » of many-body condensate of optical phonons around resonant defects. We found that increasing the strength of the scattering resonance causes the increase of the condensate droplet radius without affecting the condensate fraction inside it. The condensate can be observed at room temperature.« less

  6. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Observation of Phonon Condensate

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    Altfeder, Igor; Voevodin, Andrey A.; Check, Michael H.; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Robinson, Joshua A.; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2017-01-01

    Using quantum tunneling of electrons into vibrating surface atoms, phonon oscillations can be observed on the atomic scale. Phonon interference patterns with unusually large signal amplitudes have been revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy in intercalated van der Waals heterostructures. Our results show that the effective radius of these phonon quasi-bound states, the real-space distribution of phonon standing wave amplitudes, the scattering phase shifts, and the nonlinear intermode coupling strongly depend on the presence of defect-induced scattering resonance. The observed coherence of these quasi-bound states most likely arises from phase- and frequency-synchronized dynamics of all phonon modes, and indicates the formation of many-body condensate of optical phonons around resonant defects. We found that increasing the strength of the scattering resonance causes the increase of the condensate droplet radius without affecting the condensate fraction inside it. The condensate can be observed at room temperature. PMID:28225066

  7. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Observation of Phonon Condensate.

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    Altfeder, Igor; Voevodin, Andrey A; Check, Michael H; Eichfeld, Sarah M; Robinson, Joshua A; Balatsky, Alexander V

    2017-02-22

    Using quantum tunneling of electrons into vibrating surface atoms, phonon oscillations can be observed on the atomic scale. Phonon interference patterns with unusually large signal amplitudes have been revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy in intercalated van der Waals heterostructures. Our results show that the effective radius of these phonon quasi-bound states, the real-space distribution of phonon standing wave amplitudes, the scattering phase shifts, and the nonlinear intermode coupling strongly depend on the presence of defect-induced scattering resonance. The observed coherence of these quasi-bound states most likely arises from phase- and frequency-synchronized dynamics of all phonon modes, and indicates the formation of many-body condensate of optical phonons around resonant defects. We found that increasing the strength of the scattering resonance causes the increase of the condensate droplet radius without affecting the condensate fraction inside it. The condensate can be observed at room temperature.

  8. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Observation of Phonon Condensate

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    Altfeder, Igor; Voevodin, Andrey A.; Check, Michael H.; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Robinson, Joshua A.; Balatsky, Alexander V.

    2017-02-01

    Using quantum tunneling of electrons into vibrating surface atoms, phonon oscillations can be observed on the atomic scale. Phonon interference patterns with unusually large signal amplitudes have been revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy in intercalated van der Waals heterostructures. Our results show that the effective radius of these phonon quasi-bound states, the real-space distribution of phonon standing wave amplitudes, the scattering phase shifts, and the nonlinear intermode coupling strongly depend on the presence of defect-induced scattering resonance. The observed coherence of these quasi-bound states most likely arises from phase- and frequency-synchronized dynamics of all phonon modes, and indicates the formation of many-body condensate of optical phonons around resonant defects. We found that increasing the strength of the scattering resonance causes the increase of the condensate droplet radius without affecting the condensate fraction inside it. The condensate can be observed at room temperature.

  9. Subsurface Imaging with the Scanning Microwave Microscope

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    Kopanski, Joseph; You, Lin; Michelson, Jonathan; Hitz, Emily; Obeng, Yaw; Back End of the Line Reliability; Metrology Project Team

    2015-03-01

    The scanning microwave microscope (SMM) forms images from the reflected amplitude and phase of an incident RF (~ 2.3 GHz) signal. The reflected signal is a function of the properties of the tip-sample contact, but can also be influenced by buried interfaces and subsurface variations of the sample permittivity. This mechanism allows limited imaging of conductors buried within dielectrics, voids within metal, or multiple metal layers with different permittivity. Subsurface SMM data acquisition modes include passive and various active data acquisition modes. The theory of sub-surface imaging with SMM and COMSOL multi-physics simulations of specific situations will be presented. Measurements of specifically designed test structures and correlation with simulations show the sensitivity and resolution of the technique applied to imaging subsurface metal lines embedded in dielectric. Applications include metrology for back end of the line (BEOL) multi-level metallization and three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D-ICs).

  10. Shear-mode scanning capacitance microscope

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    Naitou, Yuichi; Ookubo, Norio

    2001-05-01

    Scanning capacitance microscope (SCM) is developed using an all-metallic probe, whose distance from the sample is controlled by detecting the shear-force drag on the laterally oscillating probe. The oscillatory motion of the probe is electromechanically excited and detected. Using this SCM, a set of images of topography, dC/dV, and dC/dX is simultaneously obtained, where C and V are, respectively, capacitance and applied voltage between the probe and the sample, and X is the coordinate along probe tip oscillation. The SCM developed shows sensitivity for dC/dV higher than the conventional SCM. The dC/dX image clearly indicates the built-in depletion region due to the p-n junction.

  11. Charge-Density Waves Observed with a Tunneling Microscope.

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    2014-09-26

    RD-R158 779 CHRGE-DENSITY UAVES OBSERVED WITH A TUNNELING / NICROSCOPE(U) CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA DEPT OF PHYSICS R V COLEMAN ET AL. 91 JUL 85...Physical review Letters, lyAg t195 IS, KEY WORDS (Continue On reverse aide of necessary md identify by block nimbe) Charge Density, waves, tunneling ...showe only atoms. The tunneling microscope was ooerated under licuid nitrogen with a Pt(O3 1 02 tp for both types of samples.. D OR",m3 1473 EDITION

  12. Cathodoluminescence in the scanning transmission electron microscope.

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    Kociak, M; Zagonel, L F

    2016-12-19

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) is a powerful tool for the investigation of optical properties of materials. In recent years, its combination with scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) has demonstrated great success in unveiling new physics in the field of plasmonics and quantum emitters. Most of these results were not imaginable even twenty years ago, due to conceptual and technical limitations. The purpose of this review is to present the recent advances that broke these limitations, and the new possibilities offered by the modern STEM-CL technique. We first introduce the different STEM-CL operating modes and the technical specificities in STEM-CL instrumentation. Two main classes of optical excitations, namely the coherent one (typically plasmons) and the incoherent one (typically light emission from quantum emitters) are investigated with STEM-CL. For these two main classes, we describe both the physics of light production under electron beam irradiation and the physical basis for interpreting STEM-CL experiments. We then compare STEM-CL with its better known sister techniques: scanning electron microscope CL, photoluminescence, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. We finish by comprehensively reviewing recent STEM-CL applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Cathodoluminescence in the scanning transmission electron microscope.

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    Kociak, M; Zagonel, L F

    2017-05-01

    Cathodoluminescence (CL) is a powerful tool for the investigation of optical properties of materials. In recent years, its combination with scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) has demonstrated great success in unveiling new physics in the field of plasmonics and quantum emitters. Most of these results were not imaginable even twenty years ago, due to conceptual and technical limitations. The purpose of this review is to present the recent advances that broke these limitations, and the new possibilities offered by the modern STEM-CL technique. We first introduce the different STEM-CL operating modes and the technical specificities in STEM-CL instrumentation. Two main classes of optical excitations, namely the coherent one (typically plasmons) and the incoherent one (typically light emission from quantum emitters) are investigated with STEM-CL. For these two main classes, we describe both the physics of light production under electron beam irradiation and the physical basis for interpreting STEM-CL experiments. We then compare STEM-CL with its better known sister techniques: scanning electron microscope CL, photoluminescence, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. We finish by comprehensively reviewing recent STEM-CL applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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    Oberbeck, Lars; Reusch, Thilo C. G.; Hallam, Toby; Simmons, Michelle Y. E-mail: michelle.simmons@unsw.edu.au; Schofield, Steven R.; Curson, Neil J. E-mail: michelle.simmons@unsw.edu.au

    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.

  15. The Tunneling Microscope: A New Look at the Atomic World.

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    Golovchenko, J. A.

    1986-01-01

    A new instrument called the tunneling microscope has recently been developed that is capable of generating real-space images of surfaces showing atomic structure. Discusses current capabilities, limitations, and the physics involved in the technique. Includes results from a study of silicon crystal surfaces. (JN)

  16. Development and Application of Multiple-Probe Scanning Probe Microscopes

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    Nakayama, T.; Kubo, O.; Shingaya, Y.; Higuchi, S.; Hasegawa, T.; Jiang, C. S.; Okuda, T.; Kuwahara, Y.; Takami, K.; Aono, M.

    2012-04-03

    the research of advanced materials based on nanoscience and nanotechnology, it is often desirable to measure nanoscale local electrical conductivity at a designated position of a given sample. For this purpose, multiple-probe scanning probe microscopes (MP-SPMs), in which two, three or four scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or atomic force microscope (AFM) probes are operated independently, have been developed. Each probe in an MP-SPM is used not only for observing high-resolution STM or AFM images but also for forming an electrical contact enabling nanoscale local electrical conductivity measurement. The world's first double-probe STM (DP-STM) developed by the authors, which was subsequently modified to a triple-probe STM (TP-STM), has been used to measure the conductivities of one-dimensional metal nanowires and carbon nanotubes and also two-dimensional molecular films. A quadruple-probe STM (QP-STM) has also been developed and used to measure the conductivity of two-dimensional molecular films without the ambiguity of contact resistance between the probe and sample. Moreover, a quadruple-probe AFM (QP-AFM) with four conductive tuning-fork-type self-detection force sensing probes has been developed to measure the conductivity of a nanostructure on an insulating substrate. A general-purpose computer software to control four probes at the same time has also been developed and used in the operation of the QP-AFM. These developments and applications of MP-SPMs are reviewed in this paper.

  17. Development and application of multiple-probe scanning probe microscopes.

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    Nakayama, Tomonobu; Kubo, Osamu; Shingaya, Yoshitaka; Higuchi, Seiji; Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi; Jiang, Chun-Sheng; Okuda, Taichi; Kuwahara, Yuji; Takami, Kazuhiro; Aono, Masakazu

    2012-04-03

    In the research of advanced materials based on nanoscience and nanotechnology, it is often desirable to measure nanoscale local electrical conductivity at a designated position of a given sample. For this purpose, multiple-probe scanning probe microscopes (MP-SPMs), in which two, three or four scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or atomic force microscope (AFM) probes are operated independently, have been developed. Each probe in an MP-SPM is used not only for observing high-resolution STM or AFM images but also for forming an electrical contact enabling nanoscale local electrical conductivity measurement. The world's first double-probe STM (DP-STM) developed by the authors, which was subsequently modified to a triple-probe STM (TP-STM), has been used to measure the conductivities of one-dimensional metal nanowires and carbon nanotubes and also two-dimensional molecular films. A quadruple-probe STM (QP-STM) has also been developed and used to measure the conductivity of two-dimensional molecular films without the ambiguity of contact resistance between the probe and sample. Moreover, a quadruple-probe AFM (QP-AFM) with four conductive tuning-fork-type self-detection force sensing probes has been developed to measure the conductivity of a nanostructure on an insulating substrate. A general-purpose computer software to control four probes at the same time has also been developed and used in the operation of the QP-AFM. These developments and applications of MP-SPMs are reviewed in this paper.

  18. Scanning tunneling microscopy of sulfide surfaces

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    Eggleston, C.M.; Hochella, M.F. Jr. )

    1990-05-01

    A fundamental understanding of reactions that occur at mineral surfaces, many of which have bearing on important environmental issues, requires knowledge of atomic surface structures. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a new technique which can be used to image atomic surface structures in real space. We briefly review STM theory and interpret STM images of galena (PbS) and pyrite (FeS{sub 2}) surfaces by comparing the bias-voltage dependence of the images to the electronic structures of the materials. This approach amounts to a form of tunneling spectroscopy which may ultimately be used to identify individual atoms on mineral surfaces. STM imaging was accomplished on fresh fracture surfaces as well as on surfaces that had been exposed to air for long periods of time. For galena, the Pb and S sites are distinguishable, and the S sites appear to be imaged preferentially. A galena surface which had been oxidized in air for several months was imaged, suggesting either that oxidation products are very thin, occur in local patches on the surface, or are both non-conductive and not coherently bound to the galena surface. Iron appears to be imaged preferentially on fresh fracture surfaces of pyrite. Atomic positions on a pyrite growth surface were not those expected for a termination of the bulk pyrite structure; it is likely that a surface oxidation product was imaged.

  19. Scanning tunneling microscopy of polysialic acid

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    Haikkila, L.; Aalto, J. P. S.; Pelliniemi, L. J.; Laiho, R.; Finne, J.

    Polysialic Acid (PSA) fragments consisting of 13 and 17 residues were transferred to aqueous solution and applied as droplets on freshly cleft pyrolytic graphite for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) investigations. Structures of carbohydrates are generally difficult to investigate in detail. In experiments the conductivity and stability of PSA on a graphite substrate was found to be sufficient for stable operation of STM. The results reveal hillocks and their tendency to form prolonged arrangements on the substrate. The dimensions of subunits of these structures correspond to those of single particles (length about 3 mm) occasionally observed on the otherwise atomically flat surface of graphite. These results give further evidence for usefulness of STM in investigations of structures formed by macromolecules.

  20. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of topological insulators.

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    Zhao, Kun; Lv, Yan-Feng; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Ma, Xucun; Chen, Xi; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2014-10-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), with surface sensitivity, is an ideal tool to probe the intriguing properties of the surface state of topological insulators (TIs) and topological crystalline insulators (TCIs). We summarize the recent progress on those topological phases revealed by STM studies. STM observations have directly confirmed the existence of the topological surface states and clearly revealed their novel properties. We also discuss STM work on magnetic doped TIs, topological superconductors and crystalline symmetry-protected surface states in TCIs. The studies have greatly promoted our understanding of the exotic properties of the new topological phases, as well as put forward new challenges. STM will continue to play an important role in this rapidly growing field from the point view of both fundamental physics and applications.

  1. Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopy of Vortices with Normal and Superconducting tips

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    Rodrigo, J. G.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.

    Scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/S) has proved to be a powerful tool to study superconductivity down to atomic level. Vortex lattice studies require characterizing areas of enough size to contain a large number of vortices. On the other hand, it is necessary to combine this capability with high spectroscopic and microscopic resolution. This is a fundamental aspect to measure and detect the subtle changes appearing inside and around a single vortex. We report in this chapter our approach to the use of STM/S, using normal and superconducting tips, to observe the lattice of vortices in several compounds, and the information acquired inside these fascinating entities. The combination of superconducting tips and scanning tunneling spectroscopy, (ST)2S, presents advantages for the study of superconducting samples. It allows to distinguish relevant features of the sample density of states, which manifest itself as small changes in the Josephson coupling between sample and tip condensates, and it has also shown to be very efficient in the study of the ferromagnetic-superconductor transition in the re-entrant superconductor ErRh4B4.

  2. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of SILICON(100) 2 X 1

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    Hubacek, Jerome S.

    1992-01-01

    The Si(100) 2 x 1 surface, a technologically important surface in microelectronics and silicon molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), has been studied with the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to attempt to clear up the controversy that surrounds previous studies of this surface. To this end, an ultra-high vacuum (UHV) STM/surface science system has been designed and constructed to study semiconductor surfaces. Clean Si(100) 2 x 1 surfaces have been prepared and imaged with the STM. Atomic resolution images probing both the filled states and empty states indicate that the surface consists of statically buckled dimer rows. With electronic device dimensions shrinking to smaller and smaller sizes, the Si-SiO_2 interface is becoming increasingly important and, although it is the most popular interface used in the microelectronics industry, little is known about the initial stages of oxidation of the Si(100) surface. Scanning tunneling microscopy has been employed to examine Si(100) 2 x 1 surfaces exposed to molecular oxygen in UHV. Ordered rows of bright and dark spots, rotated 45^circ from the silicon dimer rows, appear in the STM images, suggesting that the Si(100)-SiO_2 interface may be explained with a beta -cristobalite(100) structure rotated by 45^ circ on the Si(100) surface.

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

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    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.

  4. Investigating Intermolecular Interactions via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: An Experiment for the Physical Chemistry Laboratory

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    Pullman, David; Peterson, Karen I.

    2004-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) project designed as a module for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory is described. The effects of van der Waals interactions on the condensed-phase structure are examined by the analysis of the pattern of the monolayer structures.

  5. Investigating Intermolecular Interactions via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: An Experiment for the Physical Chemistry Laboratory

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    Pullman, David; Peterson, Karen I.

    2004-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) project designed as a module for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory is described. The effects of van der Waals interactions on the condensed-phase structure are examined by the analysis of the pattern of the monolayer structures.

  6. Scanning Electron Microscope Studies on Aggregation Characteristics of Alumina Nanofluids

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    2013-08-01

    UNCLASSIFIED SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE STUDIES ON AGGREGATION CHARACTERISTICS OF ALUMINA NANOFLUIDS INTERIM REPORT TFLRF No. 443...UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPE STUDIES ON AGGREGATION CHARACTERISTICS OF ALUMINA NANOFLUIDS INTERIM REPORT TFLRF...Aggregation Characteristics of Alumina Nanofluids 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER W56HZV-09-C-0100 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S

  7. A scanning tunneling microscopy tip with a stable atomic structure

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    Kim, Yeong-Cheol; Seidman, David N.

    2004-02-01

    A single stable adatom on a {110}-type plane of a tungsten tip is created via field-evaporation in a field-ion microscope (FIM) operating at room temperature. This single adatom has sufficient surface mobility at room temperature and migrates, in one-dimension, along a <111>-type direction toward an edge of a {110}-type plane, due to the existence of an electric field gradient. The plane edge has a higher local electric field than its center, since it has a higher local geometric curvature. This result implies that the stable position of a single adatom during a scan of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip on a surface is at the edge and not at the center of a {110}-type plane at room temperature. Therefore, the electron wave function of a tip is not symmetric and this fact should be taken into account in a careful analysis of STM images. Also a tip with a dislocation emerging at a {110}-type plane is suggested as an improved STM tip configuration, as the step at the surface, created by the intersection of the dislocation with it, is a perpetual source of single adatoms.

  8. Josephson flux-flow oscillator: The microscopic tunneling approach

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    Gulevich, D. R.; Koshelets, V. P.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2017-07-01

    We elaborate a theoretical description of large Josephson junctions which is based on Werthamer's microscopic tunneling theory. The model naturally incorporates coupling of electromagnetic radiation to the tunnel currents and, therefore, is particularly suitable for description of the self-coupling effect in Josephson junction. In our numerical calculations we treat the arising integro-differential equation, which describes temporal evolution of the superconducting phase difference coupled to the electromagnetic field, by the Odintsov-Semenov-Zorin algorithm. This allows us to avoid evaluation of the time integrals at each time step while taking into account all the memory effects. To validate the obtained microscopic model of large Josephson junction we focus our attention on the Josephson flux-flow oscillator. The proposed microscopic model of flux-flow oscillator does not involve the phenomenological damping parameter, rather the damping is taken into account naturally in the tunnel current amplitudes calculated at a given temperature. The theoretically calculated current-voltage characteristics is compared to our experimental results obtained for a set of fabricated flux-flow oscillators of different lengths.

  9. Quantum well resonances in scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Hörmandinger, G.; Pendry, J. B.

    1993-09-01

    Thin metallic overlayers on a substrate from quantum wells perpendicular to the surface. They can give rise to resonant states, which are observable e.g. by photoemission and LEED. Recent experimental results [J.A. Kubby and W.J. Greene, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68 (1992) 329] indicate that they can also be observed in scanning tunneling microscopy, which extends the range of this extremely surface-sensitive device into the interior of the sample, and makes it possible to image features of a buried interface with the STM. We present the results of model calculations for Ni/Cu(100) and Pd/Ag(100). The variations in the tip height caused by the resonances are of order 0.1 Å, which agrees well with the observations. We find that quantum well resonances may be observable if they occur at or above the Fermi energy of the sample, in a band perpendicular to the surface. The lateral resolution of buried steps is estimated using a junction of two free-electron quantum wells. It is found to vary slowly as a function of the overlayer thickness. For a metallic layer 5 Å thick, we obtain a resolution in the order of 5 Å.

  10. Catalysis resolved using scanning tunnelling microscopy.

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    Bowker, Michael

    2007-10-01

    The technique of scanning tunnelling microscopy has revolutionised our understanding of surface chemistry, due to its ability to image at the atomic and molecular scale, the very realm at which chemistry operates. This critical review focuses on its contribution to the resolution of various problems in heterogeneous catalysis, including surface structure, surface intermediates, active sites and spillover. In the article a number of images of surfaces are shown, many at atomic resolution, and the insights which these give into surface reactivity are invaluable. The article should be of interest to catalytic chemists, surface and materials scientists and those involved with nanotechnology/nanoscience. (129 references.)The graphical abstract shows the reaction between gas phase methanol and oxygen islands on Cu(110), courtesy of Philip Davies of Cardiff University. The added-row island is shown as silver-coloured spheres (copper) and red (oxygen) on the copper surface. Methanol preferentially reacts with the terminal oxygen atoms in the island forming adsorbed methoxy and OH groups. Only the terminal oxygen atoms in the island are active sites for the reaction.

  11. Scanning probe microscopes go video rate and beyond

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    Rost, M. J.; Crama, L.; Schakel, P.; van Tol, E.; van Velzen-Williams, G. B. E. M.; Overgauw, C. F.; ter Horst, H.; Dekker, H.; Okhuijsen, B.; Seynen, M.; Vijftigschild, A.; Han, P.; Katan, A. J.; Schoots, K.; Schumm, R.; van Loo, W.; Oosterkamp, T. H.; Frenken, J. W. M.

    2005-05-01

    In this article we introduce a, video-rate, control system that can be used with any type of scanning probe microscope, and that allows frame rates up to 200images/s. These electronics are capable of measuring in a fast, completely analog mode as well as in the more conventional digital mode. The latter allows measurements at low speeds and options, such as, e.g., atom manipulation, current-voltage spectroscopy, or force-distance curves. For scanning tunneling microscope (STM) application we implemented a hybrid mode between the well-known constant-height and constant-current modes. This hybrid mode not only increases the maximum speed at which the surface can be imaged, but also improves the resolution at lower speeds. Acceptable image quality at high speeds could only be obtained by pushing the performance of each individual part of the electronics to its limit: we developed a preamplifier with a bandwidth of 600kHz, a feedback electronics with a bandwidth of 1MHz, a home-built bus structure for the fast data transfer, fast analog to digital converters, and low-noise drivers. Future improvements and extensions to the control electronics can be realized easily and quickly, because of its open architecture with its modular plug-in units. In the second part of this article we show our high-speed results. The ultrahigh vacuum application of these control electronics on our (UHV)-STM enabled imaging speeds up to 0.3mm/s, while still obtaining atomic step resolution. At high frame rates, the images suffered from noticeable distortions, which we have been able to analyze by virtue of the unique access to the error (dZ) signal. The distortions have all been associated with mechanical resonances in the scan head of the UHV-STM. In order to reduce such resonance effects, we have designed and built a scan head with high resonance frequencies (⩾64kHz), especially for the purpose of testing the fast electronics. Using this scanner we have reached video-rate imaging speeds

  12. Edge scattering of surface plasmons excited by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Zhang, Yang; Boer-Duchemin, Elizabeth; Wang, Tao; Rogez, Benoit; Comtet, Geneviève; Le Moal, Eric; Dujardin, Gérald; Hohenau, Andreas; Gruber, Christian; Krenn, Joachim R

    2013-06-17

    The scattering of electrically excited surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) into photons at the edges of gold metal stripes is investigated. The SPPs are locally generated by the inelastic tunneling current of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The majority of the collected light arising from the scattering of SPPs at the stripe edges is emitted in the forward direction and is collected at large angle (close to the air-glass critical angle, θ(c)). A much weaker isotropic component of the scattered light gives rise to an interference pattern in the Fourier plane images, demonstrating that plasmons may be scattered coherently. An analysis of the interference pattern as a function of excitation position on the stripe is used to determine a value of 1.42 ± 0.18 for the relative plasmon wave vector (kSPP/k0) of the corresponding SPPs. From these results, we interpret the directional, large angle (θ~θ(c)) scattering to be mainly from plasmons on the air-gold interface, and the diffuse scattering forming interference fringes to be dominantly from plasmons on the gold-substrate interface.

  13. Spin excitations and correlations in scanning tunneling spectroscopy

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    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.

  14. Sequencing of adenine in DNA by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Taniguchi, Masateru

    2017-08-01

    The development of DNA sequencing technology utilizing the detection of a tunnel current is important for next-generation sequencer technologies based on single-molecule analysis technology. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, we previously reported that dI/dV measurements and dI/dV mapping revealed that the guanine base (purine base) of DNA adsorbed onto the Cu(111) surface has a characteristic peak at V s = -1.6 V. If, in addition to guanine, the other purine base of DNA, namely, adenine, can be distinguished, then by reading all the purine bases of each single strand of a DNA double helix, the entire base sequence of the original double helix can be determined due to the complementarity of the DNA base pair. Therefore, the ability to read adenine is important from the viewpoint of sequencing. Here, we report on the identification of adenine by STM topographic and spectroscopic measurements using a synthetic DNA oligomer and viral DNA.

  15. Study of dynamic processes on semiconductor surfaces using time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Saedi, Amirmehdi; Poelsema, Bene; Zandvliet, Harold J W

    2010-07-07

    The time resolution of a conventional scanning tunneling microscope can be improved by many orders of magnitude by recording open feedback loop current-time traces. The enhanced time resolution comes, however, at the expense of the ability to obtain spatial information. In this paper, we first consider the Ge(111)-c(2 × 8) surface as an example of how surface dynamics can show up in conventional STM images. After a brief introduction to the time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy technique, its capabilities will be demonstrated by addressing the dynamics of a dimer pair of a Pt modified Ge(001).

  16. Scanning tunneling microscopy of self-assembled viral nanostructures

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    Anacleto, Benjamin; Steinsultz, Nat; Sharma, Prashant

    2010-03-01

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate self-assembled monolayers of M13 bacteriophages on graphite surface. The bacteriophages we use have gold binding peptide motifs on their outer protein coat (˜1μm long, ˜10 nm diameter) allowing us to self-assemble gold nanoparticles on graphite. Using scanning tunneling microscopy we are able to resolve sub-molecular structure of the protein coat of M13 bacteriophage. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy allows us to study the binding of gold nanoparticles to the peptide motif on the bacteriophage.

  17. Study of surface plasmons with a scanning acoustic microscope

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    Bereiter-Hahn, J; Blase, C; Lozovik, Yurii E; Nazarov, Maksim M; Shkurinov, A P

    2003-05-31

    A new technique for investigating the surface plasmons by means of a scanning acoustic microscope is proposed. Within this technique, the surface electromagnetic wave (plasmon polariton) is excited by laser radiation on one side of a metal film, while a scanning acoustic microscope excites surface acoustic waves on the other side of the film. Obtained for the first time, the acoustic images of plasmons, propagating on the grating surface, demonstrate the possibility of studying the plasmon wave field distribution by means of a scanning acoustic microscope. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

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

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

    2001-05-02

    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.

  19. Microcircuit testing and fabrication, using scanning electron microscopes

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    Nicolas, D. P.

    1975-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopes are used to determine both user-induced damages and manufacturing defects subtle enough to be missed by conventional light microscopy. Method offers greater depth of field and increased working distances.

  20. Confocal scanning beam laser microscope/macroscope: applications in fluorescence

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    Dixon, Arthur E.; Damaskinos, Savvas; Ribes, Alfonso

    1996-03-01

    A new confocal scanning beam laser microscope/macroscope is described that combines the rapid scan of a scanning beam laser microscope with the large specimen capability of a scanning stage microscope. This instrument combines an infinity-corrected confocal scanning laser microscope with a scanning laser macroscope that uses a telecentric f*(Theta) laser scan lens to produce a confocal imaging system with a resolution of 0.25 microns at a field of view of 25 microns and 5 microns at a field of view of 75,000 microns. The frame rate is 5 seconds per frame for a 512 by 512 pixel image, and 25 seconds for a 2048 by 2048 pixel image. Applications in fluorescence are discussed that focus on two important advantages of the instrument over a confocal scanning laser microscope: an extremely wide range of magnification, and the ability to image very large specimens. Examples are presented of fluorescence and reflected-light images of high quality printing, fluorescence images of latent fingerprints, packaging foam, and confocal autofluorescence images of a cricket.

  1. The Scanning Electron Microscope and the Archaeologist

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    Ponting, Matthew

    2004-01-01

    Images from scanning electron microscopy are now quite common and they can be of great value in archaeology. Techniques such as secondary electron imaging, backscattered electron imaging and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis can reveal information such as the presence of weevils in grain in Roman Britain, the composition of Roman coins and the…

  2. The Scanning Electron Microscope and the Archaeologist

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    Ponting, Matthew

    2004-01-01

    Images from scanning electron microscopy are now quite common and they can be of great value in archaeology. Techniques such as secondary electron imaging, backscattered electron imaging and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis can reveal information such as the presence of weevils in grain in Roman Britain, the composition of Roman coins and the…

  3. Scanning tip microwave near field microscope

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    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Schultz, Peter G.; Wei, Tao

    1998-01-01

    A microwave near field microscope has a novel microwave probe structure wherein the probing field of evanescent radiation is emitted from a sharpened metal tip instead of an aperture or gap. This sharpened tip, which is electrically and mechanically connected to a central electrode, extends through and beyond an aperture in an endwall of a microwave resonating device such as a microwave cavity resonator or a microwave stripline resonator. Since the field intensity at the tip increases as the tip sharpens, the total energy which is radiated from the tip and absorbed by the sample increases as the tip sharpens. The result is improved spatial resolution without sacrificing sensitivity.

  4. Scanning tip microwave near field microscope

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    Xiang, X.D.; Schultz, P.G.; Wei, T.

    1998-10-13

    A microwave near field microscope has a novel microwave probe structure wherein the probing field of evanescent radiation is emitted from a sharpened metal tip instead of an aperture or gap. This sharpened tip, which is electrically and mechanically connected to a central electrode, extends through and beyond an aperture in an end wall of a microwave resonating device such as a microwave cavity resonator or a microwave stripline resonator. Since the field intensity at the tip increases as the tip sharpens, the total energy which is radiated from the tip and absorbed by the sample increases as the tip sharpens. The result is improved spatial resolution without sacrificing sensitivity. 17 figs.

  5. Flexible and modular virtual scanning probe microscope

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    Tracey, John; Federici Canova, Filippo; Keisanen, Olli; Gao, David Z.; Spijker, Peter; Reischl, Bernhard; Foster, Adam S.

    2015-11-01

    Non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy (NC-AFM) is an experimental technique capable of imaging almost any surface with atomic resolution, in a wide variety of environments. Linking measured images to real understanding of system properties is often difficult, and many studies combine experiments with detailed modelling, in particular using virtual simulators to directly mimic experimental operation. In this work we present the PyVAFM, a flexible and modular based virtual atomic force microscope capable of simulating any operational mode or set-up. Furthermore, the PyVAFM is fully expandable to allow novel and unique set-ups to be simulated, finally the PyVAFM ships with fully developed documentation and tutorial to increase usability.

  6. Observation of biological samples using a scanning microwave microscope.

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    Park, Jewook; Hyun, S; Kim, A; Kim, T; Char, K

    2005-01-01

    We present the application of a scanning microwave microscope technique to biological samples. Since dielectric properties of most biological samples originate mainly from the water they contain, we were able to obtain microscope images of biological samples by our scanning microwave microscope technique. As a model system, we have measured the electrical properties of water in the microwave region. The high dielectric constant and the large loss tangent of water were verified. Furthermore, we have measured the properties of water with differing amounts of sodium chloride concentration ranging from de-ionized water to the saturated solution. We have observed a significant change in the resonant frequency and Q value of the resonator as a function of sodium chloride concentration. The concentration dependence of the signals shows that our scanning microwave microscope technique can be useful for investigating the local electric behavior of biological samples with a simple model of ionic conduction.

  7. Note: Symmetric modulation methodology applied in improving the performance of scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Ju, Bing-Feng; Zhu, Wu-Le; Zhang, Wei

    2013-12-01

    A symmetric modulation methodology is proposed to combine robust control of external disturbance, rapid response to steep sidewalls with the high speed of a traditional scanning tunneling microscopy. The 1400 × 200 μm(2) topography of a comb-like steep sidewalls micro-structure with the depth of 23 μm was acquired at a high scanning speed of 120 μms(-1) and the detectable slope angle is up to 85°. The total measuring time was only 17 min. In addition, a 4 × 4 mm(2) aluminum dual-sinusoidal array has been successfully measured with a scanning speed up to 500 μms(-1). It improved the performance of the normal scanning tunneling microscope and enables efficient and stable measurement of large-area complex micro-structures, and thus can be introduced to engineering applications.

  8. Dental Wear: A Scanning Electron Microscope Study

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    Levrini, Luca; Di Benedetto, Giulia

    2014-01-01

    Dental wear can be differentiated into different types on the basis of morphological and etiological factors. The present research was carried out on twelve extracted human teeth with dental wear (three teeth showing each type of wear: erosion, attrition, abrasion, and abfraction) studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The study aimed, through analysis of the macro- and micromorphological features of the lesions (considering the enamel, dentin, enamel prisms, dentinal tubules, and pulp), to clarify the different clinical and diagnostic presentations of dental wear and their possible significance. Our results, which confirm current knowledge, provide a complete overview of the distinctive morphology of each lesion type. It is important to identify the type of dental wear lesion in order to recognize the contributing etiological factors and, consequently, identify other more complex, nondental disorders (such as gastroesophageal reflux, eating disorders). It is clear that each type of lesion has a specific morphology and mechanism, and further clinical studies are needed to clarify the etiological processes, particularly those underlying the onset of abfraction. PMID:25548769

  9. Dental wear: a scanning electron microscope study.

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    Levrini, Luca; Di Benedetto, Giulia; Raspanti, Mario

    2014-01-01

    Dental wear can be differentiated into different types on the basis of morphological and etiological factors. The present research was carried out on twelve extracted human teeth with dental wear (three teeth showing each type of wear: erosion, attrition, abrasion, and abfraction) studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The study aimed, through analysis of the macro- and micromorphological features of the lesions (considering the enamel, dentin, enamel prisms, dentinal tubules, and pulp), to clarify the different clinical and diagnostic presentations of dental wear and their possible significance. Our results, which confirm current knowledge, provide a complete overview of the distinctive morphology of each lesion type. It is important to identify the type of dental wear lesion in order to recognize the contributing etiological factors and, consequently, identify other more complex, nondental disorders (such as gastroesophageal reflux, eating disorders). It is clear that each type of lesion has a specific morphology and mechanism, and further clinical studies are needed to clarify the etiological processes, particularly those underlying the onset of abfraction.

  10. Infrared spectroscopy of molecular submonolayers on surfaces by infrared scanning tunneling microscopy: tetramantane on Au111.

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    Pechenezhskiy, Ivan V; Hong, Xiaoping; Nguyen, Giang D; Dahl, Jeremy E P; Carlson, Robert M K; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael F

    2013-09-20

    We have developed a new scanning-tunneling-microscopy-based spectroscopy technique to characterize infrared (IR) absorption of submonolayers of molecules on conducting crystals. The technique employs a scanning tunneling microscope as a precise detector to measure the expansion of a molecule-decorated crystal that is irradiated by IR light from a tunable laser source. Using this technique, we obtain the IR absorption spectra of [121]tetramantane and [123]tetramantane on Au(111). Significant differences between the IR spectra for these two isomers show the power of this new technique to differentiate chemical structures even when single-molecule-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images look quite similar. Furthermore, the new technique was found to yield significantly better spectral resolution than STM-based inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, and to allow determination of optical absorption cross sections. Compared to IR spectroscopy of bulk tetramantane powders, infrared scanning tunneling microscopy (IRSTM) spectra reveal narrower and blueshifted vibrational peaks for an ordered tetramantane adlayer. Differences between bulk and surface tetramantane vibrational spectra are explained via molecule-molecule interactions.

  11. Influence of mechanical noise inside a scanning electron microscope

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    Gaudenzi de Faria, Marcelo; Haddab, Yassine Le Gorrec, Yann; Lutz, Philippe

    2015-04-15

    The scanning electron microscope is becoming a popular tool to perform tasks that require positioning, manipulation, characterization, and assembly of micro-components. However, some of these applications require a higher level of performance with respect to dynamics and precision of positioning. One limiting factor is the presence of unidentified noises and disturbances. This work aims to study the influence of mechanical disturbances generated by the environment and by the microscope, identifying how these can affect elements in the vacuum chamber. To achieve this objective, a dedicated setup, including a high-resolution vibrometer, was built inside the microscope. This work led to the identification and quantification of main disturbances and noise sources acting on a scanning electron microscope. Furthermore, the effects of external acoustic excitations were analysed. Potential applications of these results include noise compensation and real-time control for high accuracy tasks.

  12. Influence of mechanical noise inside a scanning electron microscope.

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    de Faria, Marcelo Gaudenzi; Haddab, Yassine; Le Gorrec, Yann; Lutz, Philippe

    2015-04-01

    The scanning electron microscope is becoming a popular tool to perform tasks that require positioning, manipulation, characterization, and assembly of micro-components. However, some of these applications require a higher level of performance with respect to dynamics and precision of positioning. One limiting factor is the presence of unidentified noises and disturbances. This work aims to study the influence of mechanical disturbances generated by the environment and by the microscope, identifying how these can affect elements in the vacuum chamber. To achieve this objective, a dedicated setup, including a high-resolution vibrometer, was built inside the microscope. This work led to the identification and quantification of main disturbances and noise sources acting on a scanning electron microscope. Furthermore, the effects of external acoustic excitations were analysed. Potential applications of these results include noise compensation and real-time control for high accuracy tasks.

  13. Preparation of silver tips for scanning tunneling microscopy imaging

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    Iwami, M.; Uehara, Y.; Ushioda, S.

    1998-11-01

    A simple reliable preparation method of silver tips for scanning tunneling microscopy imaging with atomic resolution is presented. The procedure is based on two-step electrochemical processing; ac electropolishing and subsequent dc electroetching. The quality of the tip is improved by applying high bias voltage pulses while the tip is within tunneling range. This indicates that the end of the tips are sharpened by field evaporation of silver ions.

  14. Excitation of molecular vibrational modes with inelastic scanning tunneling microscopy processes: examination through action spectra of cis-2-butene on Pd(110).

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    Sainoo, Yasuyuki; Kim, Yousoo; Okawa, Toshiro; Komeda, Tadahiro; Shigekawa, Hidemi; Kawai, Maki

    2005-12-09

    Inelastically tunneled electrons from a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) were used to induce vibrationally mediated motion of a single cis-2-butene molecule among four equivalent orientations on Pd(110) at 4.8 K. The action spectrum obtained from the motion clearly detects more vibrational modes than inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy with a STM. We demonstrate the usefulness of the action spectroscopy as a novel single molecule vibrational spectroscopic method. We also discuss its selection rules in terms of resonance tunneling.

  15. Performance of automatic scanning microscope for nuclear emulsion experiments

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    Güler, A. Murat; Altınok, Özgür

    2015-12-31

    The impressive improvements in scanning technology and methods let nuclear emulsion to be used as a target in recent large experiments. We report the performance of an automatic scanning microscope for nuclear emulsion experiments. After successful calibration and alignment of the system, we have reached 99% tracking efficiency for the minimum ionizing tracks that penetrating through the emulsions films. The automatic scanning system is successfully used for the scanning of emulsion films in the OPERA experiment and plan to use for the next generation of nuclear emulsion experiments.

  16. Performance of automatic scanning microscope for nuclear emulsion experiments

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    Güler, A. Murat; Altınok, Özgür

    2015-12-01

    The impressive improvements in scanning technology and methods let nuclear emulsion to be used as a target in recent large experiments. We report the performance of an automatic scanning microscope for nuclear emulsion experiments. After successful calibration and alignment of the system, we have reached 99% tracking efficiency for the minimum ionizing tracks that penetrating through the emulsions films. The automatic scanning system is successfully used for the scanning of emulsion films in the OPERA experiment and plan to use for the next generation of nuclear emulsion experiments.

  17. [Application of confocal laser scanning microscope in forensic pathology].

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    Zhuo, Luo; Hu, Le-Sheng; Zhou, Lan; Zheng, Na; Liang, Man; Yang, Fan; Liu, Liang

    2009-12-01

    Confocal laser scanning microscopy(CLSM) is a new technique for microscopic imaging, which can collect the transverse section image of the samples and produce three-dimensional reconstruction and present higher spatial resolution than the conventional light microscope. As a precision instrument for the microscopic image, it plays an important role in forensic pathology. The article reviews the recent research achievements from sudden cardiac death, bullet wound and nervous system damage, etc, and explores the potential applications of the forensic pathology research and forensic practice.

  18. Light and scanning electron microscopic report of four fractured implants.

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    Piattelli, A; Piattelli, M; Scarano, A; Montesani, L

    1998-01-01

    Although they are fortunately rare, implant fractures can cause significant problems for both clinicians and patients. The authors present a light and scanning electron microscopic study of four fractured implants in two patients. Both patients had parafunctional habits (bruxism), hypertrophic masticatory muscles, and wear of occlusal surfaces. The scanning electron microscopic study of the fractured surfaces of all four implants showed the presence of fatigue striations. Bending overload was probably created by a combination of parafunctional forces, bone resorption, posterior location of the implants, and implant diameter.

  19. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy under large current flow through the sample.

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    Maldonado, A; Guillamón, I; Suderow, H; Vieira, S

    2011-07-01

    We describe a method to make scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy imaging at very low temperatures while driving a constant electric current up to some tens of mA through the sample. It gives a new local probe, which we term current driven scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy. We show spectroscopic and topographic measurements under the application of a current in superconducting Al and NbSe(2) at 100 mK. Perspective of applications of this local imaging method includes local vortex motion experiments, and Doppler shift local density of states studies.

  20. Smart align -- A new tool for robust non-rigid registration of scanning microscope data

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    Jones, Lewys; Yang, Hao; Pennycook, Timothy J.; Marshall, Matthew S. J.; Van Aert, Sandra; Browning, Nigel D.; Castell, Martin R.; Nellist, Peter D.

    2015-07-10

    Many microscopic investigations of materials may benefit from the recording of multiple successive images. This can include techniques common to several types of microscopy such as frame averaging to improve signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) or time series to study dynamic processes or more specific applications. In the scanning transmission electron microscope, this might include focal series for optical sectioning or aberration measurement, beam damage studies or camera-length series to study the effects of strain; whilst in the scanning tunnelling microscope, this might include bias voltage series to probe local electronic structure. Whatever the application, such investigations must begin with the careful alignment of these data stacks, an operation that is not always trivial. In addition, the presence of low-frequency scanning distortions can introduce intra-image shifts to the data. Here, we describe an improved automated method of performing non-rigid registration customised for the challenges unique to scanned microscope data specifically addressing the issues of low-SNR data, images containing a large proportion of crystalline material and/or local features of interest such as dislocations or edges. Careful attention has been paid to artefact testing of the non-rigid registration method used, and the importance of this registration for the quantitative interpretation of feature intensities and positions is evaluated.

  1. Smart align -- A new tool for robust non-rigid registration of scanning microscope data

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    Jones, Lewys; Yang, Hao; Pennycook, Timothy J.; ...

    2015-07-10

    Many microscopic investigations of materials may benefit from the recording of multiple successive images. This can include techniques common to several types of microscopy such as frame averaging to improve signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) or time series to study dynamic processes or more specific applications. In the scanning transmission electron microscope, this might include focal series for optical sectioning or aberration measurement, beam damage studies or camera-length series to study the effects of strain; whilst in the scanning tunnelling microscope, this might include bias voltage series to probe local electronic structure. Whatever the application, such investigations must begin with the carefulmore » alignment of these data stacks, an operation that is not always trivial. In addition, the presence of low-frequency scanning distortions can introduce intra-image shifts to the data. Here, we describe an improved automated method of performing non-rigid registration customised for the challenges unique to scanned microscope data specifically addressing the issues of low-SNR data, images containing a large proportion of crystalline material and/or local features of interest such as dislocations or edges. Careful attention has been paid to artefact testing of the non-rigid registration method used, and the importance of this registration for the quantitative interpretation of feature intensities and positions is evaluated.« less

  2. Scanning electron microscope facility for examination of radioactive materials

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    Gibson, J.R.; Braski, D.N.

    1985-02-01

    An AMRAY model 1200B scanning electron microscope was modified to permit remote examination of radioactive specimens. Features of the modification include pneumatic vibration isolation of the column, motorized stage controls, improvements for monitoring vacuum, and a system for changing filaments without entering the hot cell.

  3. Focal depth measurement of scanning helium ion microscope

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    Guo, Hongxuan; Itoh, Hiroshi; Wang, Chunmei; Zhang, Han; Fujita, Daisuke

    2014-07-14

    When facing the challenges of critical dimension measurement of complicated nanostructures, such as of the three dimension integrated circuit, characterization of the focal depth of microscopes is important. In this Letter, we developed a method for characterizing the focal depth of a scanning helium ion microscope (HIM) by using an atomic force microscope tip characterizer (ATC). The ATC was tilted in a sample chamber at an angle to the scanning plan. Secondary electron images (SEIs) were obtained at different positions of the ATC. The edge resolution of the SEIs shows the nominal diameters of the helium ion beam at different focal levels. With this method, the nominal shapes of the helium ion beams were obtained with different apertures. Our results show that a small aperture is necessary to get a high spatial resolution and high depth of field images with HIM. This work provides a method for characterizing and improving the performance of HIM.

  4. Development of scanning electron and x-ray microscope

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    Matsumura, Tomokazu Hirano, Tomohiko Suyama, Motohiro

    2016-01-28

    We have developed a new type of microscope possessing a unique feature of observing both scanning electron and X-ray images under one unit. Unlike former X-ray microscopes using SEM [1, 2], this scanning electron and X-ray (SELX) microscope has a sample in vacuum, thus it enables one to observe a surface structure of a sample by SEM mode, to search the region of interest, and to observe an X-ray image which transmits the region. For the X-ray observation, we have been focusing on the soft X-ray region from 280 eV to 3 keV to observe some bio samples and soft materials. The resolutions of SEM and X-ray modes are 50 nm and 100 nm, respectively, at the electron energy of 7 keV.

  5. Modular Scanning Confocal Microscope with Digital Image Processing

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    McCluskey, Matthew D.

    2016-01-01

    In conventional confocal microscopy, a physical pinhole is placed at the image plane prior to the detector to limit the observation volume. In this work, we present a modular design of a scanning confocal microscope which uses a CCD camera to replace the physical pinhole for materials science applications. Experimental scans were performed on a microscope resolution target, a semiconductor chip carrier, and a piece of etched silicon wafer. The data collected by the CCD were processed to yield images of the specimen. By selecting effective pixels in the recorded CCD images, a virtual pinhole is created. By analyzing the image moments of the imaging data, a lateral resolution enhancement is achieved by using a 20 × / NA = 0.4 microscope objective at 532 nm laser wavelength. PMID:27829052

  6. Modular Scanning Confocal Microscope with Digital Image Processing.

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    Ye, Xianjun; McCluskey, Matthew D

    2016-01-01

    In conventional confocal microscopy, a physical pinhole is placed at the image plane prior to the detector to limit the observation volume. In this work, we present a modular design of a scanning confocal microscope which uses a CCD camera to replace the physical pinhole for materials science applications. Experimental scans were performed on a microscope resolution target, a semiconductor chip carrier, and a piece of etched silicon wafer. The data collected by the CCD were processed to yield images of the specimen. By selecting effective pixels in the recorded CCD images, a virtual pinhole is created. By analyzing the image moments of the imaging data, a lateral resolution enhancement is achieved by using a 20 × / NA = 0.4 microscope objective at 532 nm laser wavelength.

  7. Chemical imaging of surfaces with the scanning electrochemical microscope

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    Bard, Allen J.; Fan, Fu-Ren F.; Pierce, David T.; Unwin, Patrick R.; Wipf, David O.; Zhou, Feimeng

    1991-10-01

    Scanning electrochemical microscopy is a scanning probe technique that is based on faradaic current changes as a small electrode is moved across the surface of a sample. The images obtained depend on the sample topography and surface reactivity. The response of the scanning electrochemical microscope is sensitive to the presence of conducting and electroactive species, which makes it useful for imaging hetrogeneous surfaces. The principles and instrumentation used to obtain images and surface reaction-kinetic information are discussed, and examples of applications to the study of electrodes, minerals, and biological samples are given.

  8. Topography and transport properties of oligo(phenylene ethynylene) molecular wires studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Dholakia, Geetha R.; Fan, Wendy; Koehne, Jessica; Han, Jie; Meyyappan, M.

    2003-01-01

    Conjugated phenylene(ethynylene) molecular wires are of interest as potential candidates for molecular electronic devices. Scanning tunneling microscopic study of the topography and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of self-assembled monolayers of two types of molecular wires are presented here. The study shows that the topography and I-Vs, for small scan voltages, of the two wires are quite similar and that the electronic and structural changes introduced by the substitution of an electronegative N atom in the central phenyl ring of these wires does not significantly alter the self-assembly or the transport properties.

  9. 'Oxide-free' tip for scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Colton, R. J.; Baker, S. M.; Baldeschwieler, J. D.; Kaiser, W. J.

    1987-01-01

    A new tip for scanning tunneling microscopy and a tip repair procedure that allows one to reproducibly obtain atomic images of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite with previously inoperable tips are reported. The tips are shown to be relatively oxide-free and highly resistant to oxidation. The tips are fabricated with graphite by two distinct methods.

  10. Highly stable atom-tracking scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Rerkkumsup, Pongpun; Aketagawa, Masato; Takada, Koji; Togawa, Yoichi; Thinh, Nguyen Tien; Kozuma, Yosuke

    2004-04-01

    In this article, we propose a technique for highly stabilized atom-tracking control of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip by referring to an atomic point on a regular crystalline surface. Our aim is to prevent jumping of the STM tip to neighboring atoms and to use it even in a noisy environment. Graphite crystal, whose lattice spacing is approximately 0.25 nm, was utilized as the reference. To improve the performance of the tracking controller against external disturbances, the influence of a disturbance on the STM under various environmental conditions was compared experimentally with the frequency response of the open-loop tracking system. The atom-tracking conditions required to avoid jumping of the STM tip are proposed and applied to the design of the tracking controller by referring to the results of the comparison. The new tracking controller consists of integrator, tracer, and limiter units. The integrator unit is designed to eliminate the steady-state error due to thermal drift. A phase-lag low-pass filter is utilized as the tracer unit to compensate for the dominant disturbance due to vibration/acoustic noise with a frequency lower than the cutoff frequency, fco, of the open-loop tracking system. To improve the phase margin condition of the controller at fco and to suppress the disturbance with a frequency higher than fco, the limiter is designed to include a phase-lead high-pass filter and a saturator whose output is less than one-half of the lattice spacing. The performance of the stabilizing technique, which is to combine the new tracking controller with enhanced STM stiffness, was evaluated using internal/external artificial disturbance generators. The experimental results show that the proposed method has a high capability for maintaining atom-tracking control without any jumping of the STM tip, even in a noisy environment.

  11. The scanning ion conductance microscope for cellular physiology.

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    Lab, Max J; Bhargava, Anamika; Wright, Peter T; Gorelik, Julia

    2013-01-01

    The quest for nonoptical imaging methods that can surmount light diffraction limits resulted in the development of scanning probe microscopes. However, most of the existing methods are not quite suitable for studying biological samples. The scanning ion conductance microscope (SICM) bridges the gap between the resolution capabilities of atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope and functional capabilities of conventional light microscope. A nanopipette mounted on a three-axis piezo-actuator, scans a sample of interest and ion current is measured between the pipette tip and the sample. The feedback control system always keeps a certain distance between the sample and the pipette so the pipette never touches the sample. At the same time pipette movement is recorded and this generates a three-dimensional topographical image of the sample surface. SICM represents an alternative to conventional high-resolution microscopy, especially in imaging topography of live biological samples. In addition, the nanopipette probe provides a host of added modalities, for example using the same pipette and feedback control for efficient approach and seal with the cell membrane for ion channel recording. SICM can be combined in one instrument with optical and fluorescent methods and allows drawing structure-function correlations. It can also be used for precise mechanical force measurements as well as vehicle to apply pressure with precision. This can be done on living cells and tissues for prolonged periods of time without them loosing viability. The SICM is a multifunctional instrument, and it is maturing rapidly and will open even more possibilities in the near future.

  12. The Scanning Theremin Microscope: A Model Scanning Probe Instrument for Hands-On Activities

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    Quardokus, Rebecca C.; Wasio, Natalie A.; Kandel, S. Alex

    2014-01-01

    A model scanning probe microscope, designed using similar principles of operation to research instruments, is described. Proximity sensing is done using a capacitance probe, and a mechanical linkage is used to scan this probe across surfaces. The signal is transduced as an audio tone using a heterodyne detection circuit analogous to that used in…

  13. The Scanning Theremin Microscope: A Model Scanning Probe Instrument for Hands-On Activities

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    Quardokus, Rebecca C.; Wasio, Natalie A.; Kandel, S. Alex

    2014-01-01

    A model scanning probe microscope, designed using similar principles of operation to research instruments, is described. Proximity sensing is done using a capacitance probe, and a mechanical linkage is used to scan this probe across surfaces. The signal is transduced as an audio tone using a heterodyne detection circuit analogous to that used in…

  14. Energy-Filtered Scanning Tunneling Microscopy using a Semiconductor Tip

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    Sutter, P.

    2003-12-01

    Semiconductor probe tips are explored as a tool for spectroscopic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Sharp tips capable of atomic-resolution STM are obtained by cleaving (001) oriented InAs wafers. Tunneling spectra measured with InAs tips on graphite show clear signatures of the bulk band structure of the tip. The influence of the tip electronic structure on the tunneling probability can be used to achieve energy-filtered imaging in filled-state constant-current STM with cleaved [111]-oriented InAs tips. Energy gaps in the projected bulk band structure of the tip suppress tunneling, so that only sample states not aligned with a gap contribute significantly to the tunneling current. On Si(111)-(7×7), such energy filtering enables state-selective imaging. Dangling bonds localized on different near-surface Si atoms — adatoms and rest atoms — are mapped selectively at different tip-sample bias. Our findings suggest an important role of the bulk band structure of the probe tip in determining the tunneling current in STM, which may be used to develop novel paradigms of spectroscopic imaging at the atomic scale.

  15. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy methods for spectroscopic imaging of subsurface interfaces

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    Bell, L. D.; Kaiser, W. J.

    1988-01-01

    A new method for spatially-resolved, spectroscopic investigation of subsurface interface structure has been developed. The method, Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy (BEEM), is based on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) techniques. BEEM combines STM vacuum tunneling with unique ballistic electron spectroscopy capabilities. BEEM enables, for the first time, direct imaging of subsurface interface electronic properties with nanometer spatial resolution. STM topographic images of surface structure and BEEM images of subsurface properties are obtained simultaneously. BEEM capabilities are demonstrated by investigation of important metal-semiconductor interfaces.

  16. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy methods for spectroscopic imaging of subsurface interfaces

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    Bell, L. D.; Kaiser, W. J.

    1988-01-01

    A new method for spatially-resolved, spectroscopic investigation of subsurface interface structure has been developed. The method, Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy (BEEM), is based on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) techniques. BEEM combines STM vacuum tunneling with unique ballistic electron spectroscopy capabilities. BEEM enables, for the first time, direct imaging of subsurface interface electronic properties with nanometer spatial resolution. STM topographic images of surface structure and BEEM images of subsurface properties are obtained simultaneously. BEEM capabilities are demonstrated by investigation of important metal-semiconductor interfaces.

  17. Energy-Filtered Scanning Tunneling Microscopy using a Semiconductor Tip

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    Sutter, P.; Zahl, P.; Sutter, E.; Bernard, J. E.

    2003-04-01

    The use of cleaved, [111]-oriented monocrystalline InAs probe tips enables state-specific imaging in constant-current filled-state scanning tunneling microscopy. On Si(111)-(7×7), the adatom or rest-atom dangling-bond states can thus be mapped selectively at different tip-sample bias. This state-selective imaging is made possible by energy gaps in the projected bulk band structure of the semiconductor probe. The lack of extended bulk states in these gaps gives rise to efficient energy filtering of the tunneling current, to which only sample states not aligned with a gap contribute significantly.

  18. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Atomic and Electronic Structures of PbTaSe2

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    Chuang, Tien-Ming; Guan, Syu-You; Chen, Peng-Jen; Chang, Tay-Rong; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Chang, Chia-Seng

    The non-centrosymmetric PbTaSe2 becomes superconducting at Tc = 3.7K and is proposed to have a 3D massive Dirac fermions by large spin orbital coupling. The observation of topological nodal line states has been reported by recent ARPES measurements, making this material a great candidate to investigate the coupling between topological states and superconductivity. Here we conduct detail studies on cleaved PbTaSe2 surfaces by spectroscopic imaging-scanning tunneling microscope. Our results reveal several types of cleaved surfaces, within which each exhibits distinct different LDOS from scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements. We identify different surface terminations from their atomic structures and their corresponding electronic properties both above and below Tc. We will report the impact on superconducting properties of different surfaces, and also discuss the relation between the surface state and superconductivity.

  19. Radio frequency scanning tunneling spectroscopy for single-molecule spin resonance.

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

    2014-09-26

    We probe nuclear and electron spins in a single molecule even beyond the electromagnetic dipole selection rules, at readily accessible magnetic fields (few mT) and temperatures (5 K) by resonant radio-frequency current from a scanning tunneling microscope. We achieve subnanometer spatial resolution combined with single-spin sensitivity, representing a 10 orders of magnitude improvement compared to existing magnetic resonance techniques. We demonstrate the successful resonant spectroscopy of the complete manifold of nuclear and electronic magnetic transitions of up to ΔI(z)=±3 and ΔJ(z)=±12 of single quantum spins in a single molecule. Our method of resonant radio-frequency scanning tunneling spectroscopy offers, atom-by-atom, unprecedented analytical power and spin control with an impact on diverse fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  20. Simple high-speed confocal line-scanning microscope.

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    Im, Kang-Bin; Han, Sumin; Park, Hwajoon; Kim, Dongsun; Kim, Beop-Min

    2005-06-27

    Using a line scan camera and an acousto-optic deflector (AOD), we constructed a high-speed confocal laser line-scanning microscope that can generate confocal images (512 x 512 pixels) with up to 191 frames/s without any mechanically moving parts. The line scanner consists of an AOD and a cylindrical lens, which creates a line focus sweeping over the sample. The measured resolutions in z (depth), x (perpendicular to line focus), and y (direction of line focus) directions are 3.3 mum, 0.7 mum and 0.9 mum, respectively, with a 50x objective lens. This confocal microscope may be useful for analyzing fast phenomena during biological and chemical interactions and for fast 3D image reconstruction.

  1. Multiple-probe scanning probe microscopes for nanoarchitectonic materials science

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    Nakayama, Tomonobu; Shingaya, Yoshitaka; Aono, Masakazu

    2016-11-01

    Nanoarchitectonic systems are of interest for utilizing a vast range of nanoscale materials for future applications requiring a huge number of elemental nanocomponents. To explore the science and technology of nanoarchitectonics, advanced characterization tools that can deal with both nanoscale objects and macroscopically extended nanosystems are demanded. Multiple-probe scanning probe microscopes (MP-SPMs) are powerful tools that meet this demand because they take the advantages of conventional scanning probe microscopes and realize atomically precise electrical measurements, which cannot be done with conventional microprobing systems widely used in characterizing materials and devices. Furthermore, an MP-SPM can be used to operate some nanoarchitectonic systems. In this review, we overview the indispensable features of MP-SPMs together with the past, present and future of MP-SPM technology.

  2. Developments on the NMi-VSL traceable scanning probe microscope

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    Dirscherl, Kai; Koops, K. R.

    2003-11-01

    We will report on the progress of our project to realize a traceable Scanning Probe Microscope at the Van Swinden Laboratorium of the Nederlands Meetinstituut in the Netherlands. The traceable Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is constructed from a separate AFM head, a 3D translation stage and an accurate 3D laser interferometer system. Nanometer uncertainty can be maintained in the entire scanning volume of 100 μm × 100 μm × 20 μm. Apart from providing direct traceability to the SI unit of length, the coordinates provided by the laser interferometer are also used in a closed loop position feedback controller to realize accurate positioning at arbitrary locations within the volume provided by the translation stage. In this paper we will emphasize the development of the control system.

  3. The Development of a Scanning Soft X-Ray Microscope.

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    Rarback, Harvey Miles

    We have developed a scanning soft X-ray microscope, which can be used to image natural biological specimens at high resolution and with less damage than electron microscopy. The microscope focuses a monochromatic beam of synchrotron radiation to a nearly diffraction limited spot with the aid of a high resolution Fresnel zone plate, specially fabricated for us at the IBM Watson Research Center. The specimen at one atmosphere is mechanically scanned through the spot and the transmitted radiation is efficiently detected with a flow proportional counter. A computer forms a realtime transmission image of the specimen which is displayed on a color monitor. Our first generation optics have produced images of natural wet specimens at a resolution of 300 nm.

  4. Theoretical Evaluation of Compositional Contrast of Scanning Electron Microscope Images

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    Kotera, Masatoshi; Yamaguchi, Satoru; Fujiwara, Takafumi; Suga, Hiroshi

    1992-12-01

    The compositional contrast in the scanning electron microscope image is calculated for Al-Cu, Si-Cu and Al-Si contacts. An electron scattering phenomenon in the specimen is simulated in a direct manner. Electron refraction at the boundary, because of the agreement of each Fermi energy at the boundary, is precisely taken into account. The backscattered electron image shows better resolution than the secondary electron image in terms of the boundary contrast when the primary electron energy is 1 keV. The signal intensity varies depending on materials adjacent to the location observed. The ultimate resolution of the compositional contrast of the scanning electron microscope can be below 1 nm.

  5. Electrostatically driven micromirrors for a miniaturized confocal laser scanning microscope

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    Hofmann, Ulrich; Muehlmann, Sascha; Witt, Martin; Doerschel, Klaus; Schuetz, Rijk; Wagner, Bernd

    1999-09-01

    A compact two-mirror microscanner has been fabricated to build the central part of a miniaturized confocal laser scanning microscope. This microscope shall be mounted at the tip of an endoscope to provide high resolution imaging for medical diagnostics. In order to achieve a resolution of 500 X 500 image elements large scan angles and also large mirror dimensions have to be realized within a spatially strong limited housing. While bulk silicon technology on the one hand enables fabrication of micromirrors with nearly ideal elastical behavior, those actuators on the other hand often are too fragile for a lot of applications. This paper describes the design, fabrication and assembling of electrostatically driven torsional micromirrors that meet the requirements of fast two-dimensional scanning with high angular precision over large scan angles, compact design and also high shock resistance. This is achieved with the combination of bulk silicon technology with metal surface micromachining. Besides medical diagnostics these microscanners can be used in a wider range of applications such as displays, two-dimensional barcode scanning, multiplexing of fiber optics, etc.

  6. Application of in vivo laser scanning microscope in dermatology

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    Lademann, Juergen; Richter, H.; Otberg, N.; Lawrenz, F.; Blume-Peytavi, U.; Sterry, W.

    2003-10-01

    The state of the art of in-vivo and in-vitro penetration measurements of topically applied substances is described. Only optical techniques represent online measuring methods based on the absorption or scattering properties of the topically applied substances. Laser scanning microscopy (LSM) has become a promising method for investigations in dermatology and skin physiology, after it was possible to analyze the skin surface on any body side in-vivo. In the present paper the application of a dermatological laser scanning microscope for penetration and distribution measurements of topically applied substances is described. The intercellular and follicular penetration pathways were studied.

  7. Ion charge neutralization effects in scanning electron microscopes.

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    Crawford, C K

    1980-01-01

    The use of low energy ion charge neutralization to stabilize surface potentials in scanning microscopes leads to the observation of new effects. Among the most important of these, are effects which result from the primary beam being scanned in a raster. A new theory which describes raster charge-up for highly insulating specimens is presented. It is shown that the required neutralizing ion current is a surprisingly strong function of the primary electron current, the raster parameters, specimen parameters, and magnification. Contrary to intuition, the required ion current is not linearly related to the primary electron current. Methods of adjusting parameters to achieve better ion charge neutralization are discussed.

  8. Superconducting Magnet System for a Low Temperature Laser Scanning Microscope

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    2006-09-22

    Our initial studies with the LTLSM bought with this equipment grant show that the intragrain critical current density crosses over with the...SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER Superconducting Magnet System for a Low Temperature Laser Scanning Microscope 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9550-05-1-0425 5c...ADDRESS(ES) 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER Applied Superconductivity Center 1500 Engineering Drive University of Wisconsin -Madison Room 909

  9. Compact scanning-force microscope using a laser diode

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    Sarid, Dror; Iams, Doug; Weissenberger, Volker; Bell, L. Stephen

    1988-12-01

    The paper describes the operation of a compact scanning-force microscope in which the gradient of force acting on a vibrating tip is monitored by a diode laser and its integrated photodiode. The system does not require reflecting or focusing elements or complicated electronics. Experimental results using this system with magnetic domains on a magnetooptic storage medium attest to the feasibility of this concept.

  10. A New Multichannel Spectral Imaging Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope

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    Zhang, Yunhai; Hu, Bian; Dai, Yakang; Yang, Haomin; Huang, Wei; Xue, Xiaojun; Li, Fazhi; Zhang, Xin; Jiang, Chenyu; Gao, Fei; Chang, Jian

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a new multichannel spectral imaging laser scanning confocal microscope for effective detection of multiple fluorescent labeling in the research of biological tissues. In this paper, the design and key technologies of the system are introduced. Representative results on confocal imaging, 3-dimensional sectioning imaging, and spectral imaging are demonstrated. The results indicated that the system is applicable to multiple fluorescent labeling in biological experiments. PMID:23585775

  11. Experiments on terahertz 3D scanning microscopic imaging

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    Zhou, Yi; Li, Qi

    2016-10-01

    Compared with the visible light and infrared, terahertz (THz) radiation can penetrate nonpolar and nonmetallic materials. There are many studies on the THz coaxial transmission confocal microscopy currently. But few researches on the THz dual-axis reflective confocal microscopy were reported. In this paper, we utilized a dual-axis reflective confocal scanning microscope working at 2.52 THz. In contrast with the THz coaxial transmission confocal microscope, the microscope adopted in this paper can attain higher axial resolution at the expense of reduced lateral resolution, revealing more satisfying 3D imaging capability. Objects such as Chinese characters "Zhong-Hua" written in paper with a pencil and a combined sheet metal which has three layers were scanned. The experimental results indicate that the system can extract two Chinese characters "Zhong," "Hua" or three layers of the combined sheet metal. It can be predicted that the microscope can be applied to biology, medicine and other fields in the future due to its favorable 3D imaging capability.

  12. 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

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    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

  13. Automatic analysis for neuron by confocal laser scanning microscope

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    Satou, Kouhei; Aoki, Yoshimitsu; Mataga, Nobuko; Hensh, Takao K.; Taki, Katuhiko

    2005-12-01

    The aim of this study is to develop a system that recognizes both the macro- and microscopic configurations of nerve cells and automatically performs the necessary 3-D measurements and functional classification of spines. The acquisition of 3-D images of cranial nerves has been enabled by the use of a confocal laser scanning microscope, although the highly accurate 3-D measurements of the microscopic structures of cranial nerves and their classification based on their configurations have not yet been accomplished. In this study, in order to obtain highly accurate measurements of the microscopic structures of cranial nerves, existing positions of spines were predicted by the 2-D image processing of tomographic images. Next, based on the positions that were predicted on the 2-D images, the positions and configurations of the spines were determined more accurately by 3-D image processing of the volume data. We report the successful construction of an automatic analysis system that uses a coarse-to-fine technique to analyze the microscopic structures of cranial nerves with high speed and accuracy by combining 2-D and 3-D image analyses.

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

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

    2016-03-11

    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.

  15. Investigating ultraflexible freestanding graphene by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Breitwieser, R.; Hu, Yu-Cheng; Chao, Yen Cheng; Tzeng, Yi Ren; Liou, Sz-Chian; Lin, Keng Ching; Chen, Chih Wei; Pai, Woei Wu

    2017-08-01

    A strictly two-dimensional (2D) material such as freestanding graphene (FSG) is rarely investigated at the atomic scale by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). A basic difficulty in probing FSG by STM and STS is the mechanical instability when a highly compliant 2D atomic layer interacts with a proximal tip. Here we report a detailed method to conduct reliable STM and STS on FSG with atomic precision. We found that FSG is intrinsically rippled and exhibits a nonlinear strain-stress relation under applied normal forces; it shows a very soft region of bending strain and stiffer regions of in-plane tensile strain once the nanoscale ripples of FSG are eliminated. The elimination of the nanoripples can be controlled by tip-induced pulling or pushing force through the so-called closed-loop Z-V STS mode which can monitor the FSG deformation. A key factor for controllable STM and STS measurements is to select tunneling set points to place FSG in metastable configurations, as determined from stress-strain (i.e., Z-V) response. Atomic imaging and electronic states thus measured must be interpreted by considering the dynamical deformation of FSG as tunneling parameters, and therefore tip-FSG forces, are varied.

  16. Facile synthesis and electron transport properties of NiO nanostructures investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Mallick, Govind; Labh, Jyotsna; Giri, Lily; Pandey, Avinash C.; Karna, Shashi P.

    2017-08-01

    Due to their unique chemical, thermal, electronic and photonic properties, low -dimensional transition metal oxides, especially NiO, have attracted great deal of attention for potential applications in a wide range of technologies, such as, sensors, electrochromic coatings and self-healing materials. However, their synthesis involves multi-step complex procedures that in addition to being expensive, further introduce impurities. Here we present a low cost facile approach to synthesize uniform size NiO nanoparticles (NPs) from hydrothermally grown Ni(OH)2. Detailed transmission electron microscopic analysis reveal the average size of NiO NPs to be around 29 nm. The dimension of NiO NP is also corroborated by the small area scanning tunneling microscope (STM) measurements. Further, we investigate electron transport characteristics of newly synthesized Ni(OH)2 and NiO nanoparticles on p-type Si substrate using scanning tunneling microscopy. The conductivity of Ni(OH)2 and NiO are determined to be 1.46x10-3 S/cm and 2.37x10-5 S/cm, respectively. The NiO NPs exhibit a lower voltage window (˜0.7 V) electron tunneling than the parent Ni(OH)2.

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

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

    2014-07-07

    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.

  18. Scanning Tunneling Microspectroscopy of Solids and Surfaces - Final Report

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    Wolf, E. L.

    2002-03-15

    Experimental and theoretical research on the bulk and surface properties of conductive solid state materials has been performed based on the techniques of scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy, often at cryogenic temperatures. The research has focused on the electronic properties, particularly the superconductivity, of high temperature superconductors and other layered systems. The superconducting electronic density of states N(E)=dI/dV of the high T{sub c} superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} was measured with spatial resolution of 5 A at 4.2K. An internal superconducting proximity effect was inferred to operate between Cu and Bi based layers of the crystal in those regions where the Bi layers are metallic in nature. This research project supported the thesis research of several young scientists, and led to a significant number of published papers, presentations and reports.

  19. Analytical scanning evanescent microwave microscope and control stage

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    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Gao, Chen; Duewer, Fred; Yang, Hai Tao; Lu, Yalin

    2009-06-23

    A scanning evanescent microwave microscope (SEMM) that uses near-field evanescent electromagnetic waves to probe sample properties is disclosed. The SEMM is capable of high resolution imaging and quantitative measurements of the electrical properties of the sample. The SEMM has the ability to map dielectric constant, loss tangent, conductivity, electrical impedance, and other electrical parameters of materials. Such properties are then used to provide distance control over a wide range, from to microns to nanometers, over dielectric and conductive samples for a scanned evanescent microwave probe, which enable quantitative non-contact and submicron spatial resolution topographic and electrical impedance profiling of dielectric, nonlinear dielectric and conductive materials. The invention also allows quantitative estimation of microwave impedance using signals obtained by the scanned evanescent microwave probe and quasistatic approximation modeling. The SEMM can be used to measure electrical properties of both dielectric and electrically conducting materials.

  20. Analytical scanning evanescent microwave microscope and control stage

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    Xiang, Xiao-Dong; Gao, Chen; Duewer, Fred; Yang, Hai Tao; Lu, Yalin

    2013-01-22

    A scanning evanescent microwave microscope (SEMM) that uses near-field evanescent electromagnetic waves to probe sample properties is disclosed. The SEMM is capable of high resolution imaging and quantitative measurements of the electrical properties of the sample. The SEMM has the ability to map dielectric constant, loss tangent, conductivity, electrical impedance, and other electrical parameters of materials. Such properties are then used to provide distance control over a wide range, from to microns to nanometers, over dielectric and conductive samples for a scanned evanescent microwave probe, which enable quantitative non-contact and submicron spatial resolution topographic and electrical impedance profiling of dielectric, nonlinear dielectric and conductive materials. The invention also allows quantitative estimation of microwave impedance using signals obtained by the scanned evanescent microwave probe and quasistatic approximation modeling. The SEMM can be used to measure electrical properties of both dielectric and electrically conducting materials.

  1. Scanning optical microscope with long working distance objective

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    Cloutier, Sylvain G.

    2010-10-19

    A scanning optical microscope, including: a light source to generate a beam of probe light; collimation optics to substantially collimate the probe beam; a probe-result beamsplitter; a long working-distance, infinity-corrected objective; scanning means to scan a beam spot of the focused probe beam on or within a sample; relay optics; and a detector. The collimation optics are disposed in the probe beam. The probe-result beamsplitter is arranged in the optical paths of the probe beam and the resultant light from the sample. The beamsplitter reflects the probe beam into the objective and transmits resultant light. The long working-distance, infinity-corrected objective is also arranged in the optical paths of the probe beam and the resultant light. It focuses the reflected probe beam onto the sample, and collects and substantially collimates the resultant light. The relay optics are arranged to relay the transmitted resultant light from the beamsplitter to the detector.

  2. Pupil engineering for a confocal reflectance line-scanning microscope

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    Patel, Yogesh G.; Rajadhyaksha, Milind; DiMarzio, Charles A.

    2011-03-01

    Confocal reflectance microscopy may enable screening and diagnosis of skin cancers noninvasively and in real-time, as an adjunct to biopsy and pathology. Current confocal point-scanning systems are large, complex, and expensive. A confocal line-scanning microscope, utilizing a of linear array detector can be simpler, smaller, less expensive, and may accelerate the translation of confocal microscopy in clinical and surgical dermatology. A line scanner may be implemented with a divided-pupil, half used for transmission and half for detection, or with a full-pupil using a beamsplitter. The premise is that a confocal line-scanner with either a divided-pupil or a full-pupil will provide high resolution and optical sectioning that would be competitive to that of the standard confocal point-scanner. We have developed a confocal line-scanner that combines both divided-pupil and full-pupil configurations. This combined-pupil prototype is being evaluated to determine the advantages and limitations of each configuration for imaging skin, and comparison of performance to that of commercially available standard confocal point-scanning microscopes. With the combined configuration, experimental evaluation of line spread functions (LSFs), contrast, signal-to-noise ratio, and imaging performance is in progress under identical optical and skin conditions. Experimental comparisons between divided-pupil and full-pupil LSFs will be used to determine imaging performance. Both results will be compared to theoretical calculations using our previously reported Fourier analysis model and to the confocal point spread function (PSF). These results may lead to a simpler class of confocal reflectance scanning microscopes for clinical and surgical dermatology.

  3. Modulation transfer function measurement of scanning reflectance microscopes.

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    Wang, Zhao; Glazowski, Christopher E; Zavislan, James M

    2007-01-01

    Real-time medical imaging systems such as reflectance confocal microscopes and optical coherence microscopes are being tested in multiple-patient and multiple-center clinical trials. The modulation transfer function (MTF) of these systems at any given time influences the image information content and can affect the interpretation of the images. MTF is difficult to measure in real-time scanning systems when imaging at the Nyquist limit. We describe a measurement technique similar to the electronic imaging resolution standards ISO-12233 (electronic cameras) that can be applied to scanned spot imaging systems with asynchronous pixel clocks. This technique requires the acquisition of a single image of a reflective stripe object. An asynchronous pixel clock induces subpixel jitter in the edge location. The jitter is removed using a Fourier method, and an oversampled edge response function is calculated using algorithms developed in MATLAB. This technique provides fast, simple to use, and repeatable full-width at half maximum lateral resolution and MTF measurements based on only one test image. We present the results for reflectance confocal microscopes operating at 0.9 numerical aperture.

  4. Scanning Nanospin Ensemble Microscope for Nanoscale Magnetic and Thermal Imaging.

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    Tetienne, Jean-Philippe; Lombard, Alain; Simpson, David A; Ritchie, Cameron; Lu, Jianing; Mulvaney, Paul; Hollenberg, Lloyd C L

    2016-01-13

    Quantum sensors based on solid-state spins provide tremendous opportunities in a wide range of fields from basic physics and chemistry to biomedical imaging. However, integrating them into a scanning probe microscope to enable practical, nanoscale quantum imaging is a highly challenging task. Recently, the use of single spins in diamond in conjunction with atomic force microscopy techniques has allowed significant progress toward this goal, but generalization of this approach has so far been impeded by long acquisition times or by the absence of simultaneous topographic information. Here, we report on a scanning quantum probe microscope which solves both issues by employing a nanospin ensemble hosted in a nanodiamond. This approach provides up to an order of magnitude gain in acquisition time while preserving sub-100 nm spatial resolution both for the quantum sensor and topographic images. We demonstrate two applications of this microscope. We first image nanoscale clusters of maghemite particles through both spin resonance spectroscopy and spin relaxometry, under ambient conditions. Our images reveal fast magnetic field fluctuations in addition to a static component, indicating the presence of both superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic particles. We next demonstrate a new imaging modality where the nanospin ensemble is used as a thermometer. We use this technique to map the photoinduced heating generated by laser irradiation of a single gold nanoparticle in a fluid environment. This work paves the way toward new applications of quantum probe microscopy such as thermal/magnetic imaging of operating microelectronic devices and magnetic detection of ion channels in cell membranes.

  5. Scanning probe microscope simulator for the assessment of noise in scanning probe microscopy controllers

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    Wutscher, T.; Niebauer, J.; Giessibl, F. J.

    2013-07-15

    We present an electronic circuit that allows to calibrate and troubleshoot scanning probe microscopy (SPM) controllers with respect to their noise performance. The control signal in an SPM is typically highly nonlinear—the tunneling current in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) varies exponentially with distance. The exponential current-versus-voltage characteristics of diodes allow to model the current dependence in STM. Additional inputs allow to simulate the effects of external perturbations and the reactions of the control electronics. We characterized the noise performance of the feedback controller using the apparent topography roughness of recorded images. For a comparison of different STM controllers, an optimal gain parameter was determined by exploring settling times through a rectangular perturbation signal. We used the circuit to directly compare the performance of two types of SPM controllers used in our laboratory.

  6. Scanning probe microscope simulator for the assessment of noise in scanning probe microscopy controllers

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    Wutscher, T.; Niebauer, J.; Giessibl, F. J.

    2013-07-01

    We present an electronic circuit that allows to calibrate and troubleshoot scanning probe microscopy (SPM) controllers with respect to their noise performance. The control signal in an SPM is typically highly nonlinear—the tunneling current in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) varies exponentially with distance. The exponential current-versus-voltage characteristics of diodes allow to model the current dependence in STM. Additional inputs allow to simulate the effects of external perturbations and the reactions of the control electronics. We characterized the noise performance of the feedback controller using the apparent topography roughness of recorded images. For a comparison of different STM controllers, an optimal gain parameter was determined by exploring settling times through a rectangular perturbation signal. We used the circuit to directly compare the performance of two types of SPM controllers used in our laboratory.

  7. Possible Laminographic and Tomosynthesis Applications for Wolter Microscope Scan Geometries

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    Schneberk, D; Jackson, J; Martz, H

    2004-10-05

    The Wolter microscope includes a number of attractive features for x-ray imaging, and possible connections to laminographic and tomosynthesis 3D object recovery algorithms. This type of instrument employs x-ray optics to sift out single energy x-rays from a broader spectral energy source, and direct those x-rays to a ''focus plane'' similar to the operation of a optical microscope (see Figure 1 for schematic of a Wolter instrument). Unlike optical microscopes the 3D object can be thick in the direction of the x-rays and in this case more of the intensity of the image is affected by the out-of-focus planes, since the ray-paths span the entire depth of the object. It is clear that the ''in-focus'' plane of a Wolter contain more 3D information than a simple ''point-projection'' radiograph. However, it is not clear just how the impact of the out-of-focus planes obscures or distorts features of interest for the in-focus planes. Further, it is not clear just how object positioning can be combined with multiple acquisitions to enable recovery of other planes within the object function or the entire object function. Of particular interest here are Wolter microscopes configured for mesoscale objects (mm extent with um features). Laminographic and tomosynthesis scanning methods can be strategic for this type of inspection instrument. First, photon output for inspection purposes can be meager in this type of ''small field of view'' system. With laboratory x-ray sources a single image can require up to 10 minutes to accumulate adequate signal. Techniques that can obtain 3D object information from small numbers of views, rotational or translational, are consequently at a premium. Laminographic and tomosynthesis scanning methods require relatively small numbers of views (2-30). Secondly, the Wolter microscope scan geometry in a single view is a fit with the type of source-detector geometry achieved through source-object-detector re-positioning in laminographic and tomosynthesis

  8. Molecular Photography in the Undergraduate Laboratory: Identification of Functional Groups Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Giancarlo, Leanna C.; Fang, Hongbin; Avila, Luis; Fine, Leonard W.; Flynn, George W.

    2000-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) investigation of bare graphite and 11-bromoundecanol adsorbed on graphite has been performed in the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory at Columbia University. In addition to collecting substrate (surface) and adsorbate (molecule) images, students compare their experimental STM topographs with the shapes of the frontier molecular orbitals of a structurally similar brominated alcohol generated using the Spartan computation program. This investigation stresses the use of the STM as a "molecular camera" with which students can visualize large-scale molecular assemblies and identify chemically significant portions of the molecules. Further, it demonstrates an area where theoretical calculations can be coupled with experimental measurements in a unified setting.

  9. Charge ordering in stoichiometric FeTe: Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Li, Wei; Yin, Wei -Guo; Wang, Lili; ...

    2016-01-04

    In this study, we use scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to reveal a unique stripy charge order in a parent phase of iron-based superconductors in stoichiometric FeTe epitaxy films. The charge order has unusually the same—usually half—period as the spin order. We also found highly anisotropic electron band dispersions being large and little along the ferromagnetic (crystallographic b) and antiferromagnetic (a) directions, respectively. Our data suggest that the microscopic mechanism is likely of the Stoner type driven by interatomic Coulomb repulsion Vij, and that Vij and charge fluctuations, so far much neglected, are important to the understanding of iron-based superconductors.

  10. Sensing dipole fields at atomic steps with combined scanning tunneling and force microscopy.

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    Park, Jeong Young; Sacha, G M; Enachescu, M; Ogletree, D F; Ribeiro, R A; Canfield, P C; Jenks, C J; Thiel, P A; Sáenz, J J; Salmeron, M

    2005-09-23

    The electric field of dipoles localized at the atomic steps of metal surfaces due to the Smoluchowski effect were measured from the electrostatic force exerted on the biased tip of a scanning tunneling microscope. By varying the tip-sample bias the contribution of the step dipole was separated from changes in the force due to van der Waals and polarization forces. Combined with electrostatic calculations, the method was used to determine the local dipole moment in steps of different heights on Au(111) and on the twofold surface of an Al-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystal.

  11. Controlled manipulation of gadolinium-coordinated supramolecules by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Urgel, José I; Ecija, David; Auwärter, Willi; Barth, Johannes V

    2014-03-12

    Coordination bonding between para-quarterphenyl-dicarbonitrile linkers and gadolinium on Ag(111) has been exploited to construct pentameric mononuclear supramolecules, consisting of a rare-earth center surrounded by five molecular linkers. By employing a scanning tunneling microscope tip, a manipulation protocol was developed to position individual pentamers on the surface. In addition, the tip was used to extract and replace individual linkers yielding tetrameric, pentameric, nonameric, and dodecameric metallosupramolecular arrangements. These results open new avenues toward advanced nanofabrication methods and rare-earth nanochemistry by combining the versatility of metal-ligand interactions and atomistic manipulation capabilities.

  12. Adsorption of pyrimidine molecules on Pd(110) observed by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Kim, Joo-Tae; Kawai, Tomoji; Yoshinobu, Jun; Kawai, Maki

    1996-07-01

    Adsorbed states of pyrimidine molecules on Pd(110) have been studied by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). The pyrimidine molecules are preferentially adsorbed on terraces, not at steps. The isolated pyrimidine molecule shows a 0.6 nm × 0.6 nm rectangular shape with two parts of elongated protrusions. Two adsorption sites are observed: on-top site of the Pd[11¯0] row and the midway between two [11¯0] rows. Pyrimidine molecules show a strong tendency to form dimers even at a low coverage (0.01 ML), indicating that there is an attractive interaction between two adsorbed molecules.

  13. Charge-density waves observed at 4.2 K by scanning-tunneling microscopy

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    Giambattista, B.; Johnson, A.; Coleman, R. V.; Drake, B.; Hansma, P. K.

    1988-02-01

    Scanning-tunneling-microscope images of layer structure dichalcogenides exhibiting charge-density-waves (CDW's) have been studied at 4.2 K. CDW amplitudes in the 2H, 1T, and 4Hb phases of TaSe2 have been measured with the strongest CDW phase showing only the superlattice modulation while the weaker CDW phases show simultaneous CDW and surface-atom modulations. In 2H-NbSe2 a well-resolved hexagonal CDW superlattice superimposed on the dominant surface-atom pattern is observed.

  14. A scanning probe microscope for magnetoresistive cantilevers utilizing a nested scanner design for large-area scans.

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    Meier, Tobias; Förste, Alexander; Tavassolizadeh, Ali; Rott, Karsten; Meyners, Dirk; Gröger, Roland; Reiss, Günter; Quandt, Eckhard; Schimmel, Thomas; Hölscher, Hendrik

    2015-01-01

    We describe an atomic force microscope (AFM) for the characterization of self-sensing tunneling magnetoresistive (TMR) cantilevers. Furthermore, we achieve a large scan-range with a nested scanner design of two independent piezo scanners: a small high resolution scanner with a scan range of 5 × 5 × 5 μm(3) is mounted on a large-area scanner with a scan range of 800 × 800 × 35 μm(3). In order to characterize TMR sensors on AFM cantilevers as deflection sensors, the AFM is equipped with a laser beam deflection setup to measure the deflection of the cantilevers independently. The instrument is based on a commercial AFM controller and capable to perform large-area scanning directly without stitching of images. Images obtained on different samples such as calibration standard, optical grating, EPROM chip, self-assembled monolayers and atomic step-edges of gold demonstrate the high stability of the nested scanner design and the performance of self-sensing TMR cantilevers.

  15. A scanning probe microscope for magnetoresistive cantilevers utilizing a nested scanner design for large-area scans

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    Förste, Alexander; Tavassolizadeh, Ali; Rott, Karsten; Meyners, Dirk; Gröger, Roland; Reiss, Günter; Quandt, Eckhard; Schimmel, Thomas; Hölscher, Hendrik

    2015-01-01

    Summary We describe an atomic force microscope (AFM) for the characterization of self-sensing tunneling magnetoresistive (TMR) cantilevers. Furthermore, we achieve a large scan-range with a nested scanner design of two independent piezo scanners: a small high resolution scanner with a scan range of 5 × 5 × 5 μm3 is mounted on a large-area scanner with a scan range of 800 × 800 × 35 μm3. In order to characterize TMR sensors on AFM cantilevers as deflection sensors, the AFM is equipped with a laser beam deflection setup to measure the deflection of the cantilevers independently. The instrument is based on a commercial AFM controller and capable to perform large-area scanning directly without stitching of images. Images obtained on different samples such as calibration standard, optical grating, EPROM chip, self-assembled monolayers and atomic step-edges of gold demonstrate the high stability of the nested scanner design and the performance of self-sensing TMR cantilevers. PMID:25821686

  16. Comparison of line-scanned and point-scanned dual-axis confocal microscope performance.

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    Wang, D; Chen, Y; Wang, Y; Liu, J T C

    2013-12-15

    The point-scanned dual-axis confocal (PS-DAC) microscope has been shown to exhibit superior capability to reject out-of-focus and multiply scattered light in comparison to its conventional single-axis counterpart. However, the slow frame rate (typically <5 Hz) resulting from point-by-point data collection makes these systems vulnerable to motion artifacts. While video-rate point-scanned confocal microscopy is possible, a line-scanned dual-axis confocal (LS-DAC) microscope provides a simpler means of achieving high-speed imaging through line-by-line data collection, but sacrifices contrast due to loss of confocality along one dimension. Here we evaluate the performance trade-offs between an LS-DAC and PS-DAC microscope with identical spatial resolutions. Characterization experiments of the LS-DAC and PS-DAC microscopes with tissue phantoms, in reflectance mode, are shown to match results from Monte Carlo scattering simulations of the systems. Fluorescence images of mouse brain vasculature, obtained using resolution-matched LS-DAC and PS-DAC microscopes, demonstrate the comparable performance of LS-DAC and PS-DAC microscopy at shallow depths.

  17. Microcircuit failure analysis using the SEM. [Scanning Electron Microscopes

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    Nicolas, D. P.

    1974-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope adds a new dimension to the knowledge that can be obtained from a failed microcircuit. When used with conventional techniques, SEM assists and clarifies the analysis, but it does not replace light microscopy. The most advantageous features for microcircuit analysis are long working distances and great depth of field. Manufacturer related failure modes of microcircuits are metallization defects, poor bonding, surface and particle contamination, and design and fabrication faults. User related failure modes are caused by abuse, such as overstress. The Physics of Failure Procedure followed by the Astrionics Laboratory in failure analysis is described, which is designed to obtain maximum information available from each step.

  18. Characteristics of different frequency ranges in scanning electron microscope images

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    Sim, K. S. Nia, M. E.; Tan, T. L.; Tso, C. P.; Ee, C. S.

    2015-07-22

    We demonstrate a new approach to characterize the frequency range in general scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. First, pure frequency images are generated from low frequency to high frequency, and then, the magnification of each type of frequency image is implemented. By comparing the edge percentage of the SEM image to the self-generated frequency images, we can define the frequency ranges of the SEM images. Characterization of frequency ranges of SEM images benefits further processing and analysis of those SEM images, such as in noise filtering and contrast enhancement.

  19. Microcircuit failure analysis using the SEM. [Scanning Electron Microscopes

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    Nicolas, D. P.

    1974-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope adds a new dimension to the knowledge that can be obtained from a failed microcircuit. When used with conventional techniques, SEM assists and clarifies the analysis, but it does not replace light microscopy. The most advantageous features for microcircuit analysis are long working distances and great depth of field. Manufacturer related failure modes of microcircuits are metallization defects, poor bonding, surface and particle contamination, and design and fabrication faults. User related failure modes are caused by abuse, such as overstress. The Physics of Failure Procedure followed by the Astrionics Laboratory in failure analysis is described, which is designed to obtain maximum information available from each step.

  20. Adaptive noise Wiener filter for scanning electron microscope imaging system.

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    Sim, K S; Teh, V; Nia, M E

    2016-01-01

    Noise on scanning electron microscope (SEM) images is studied. Gaussian noise is the most common type of noise in SEM image. We developed a new noise reduction filter based on the Wiener filter. We compared the performance of this new filter namely adaptive noise Wiener (ANW) filter, with four common existing filters as well as average filter, median filter, Gaussian smoothing filter and the Wiener filter. Based on the experiments results the proposed new filter has better performance on different noise variance comparing to the other existing noise removal filters in the experiments.

  1. Note: A scanning thermal probe microscope that operates in liquids

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    Aigouy, Lionel; Lalouat, Loïc; Mortier, Michel; Löw, Peter; Bergaud, Christian

    2011-03-01

    We have developed a scanning thermal probe microscope that operates in liquid environments. The thermal sensor is a fluorescent particle glued at the end of a sharp tungsten tip. Since light emission is a strongly thermally sensitive effect, the measurement of the particle fluorescence variations allows the determination of the temperature. No electrical wiring of the probe is needed. As a demonstrative example, we have measured the temperature map of a Joule-heated microheater immersed in a water/glycerol solution. Both topographical and thermal images are obtained with a good sensitivity.

  2. Single cylinder in situ scanning electron microscope fatigue system

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    Smiltneek, Larry; Shinde, Sachin R.; Hoeppner, David W.

    2006-01-15

    This article introduces a single cylinder fatigue machine adaptable to a scanning electron microscope chamber. The machine includes a node control mechanism to create a still observation node at any location on the specimen as fatigue cycling occurs, thereby allowing a point of interest to remain within view. The exceptional stability of this machine enables improved in situ study of the fatigue cracking phenomenon. For example, an in situ machine enhances the researcher's ability to record material structural changes that precede crack nucleation and allows observation of the influences of microstructure (grain structure) on the early stages of crack propagation.

  3. Dynamic-scanning-electron-microscope study of friction and wear

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    Brainard, W. A.; Buckley, D. H.

    1974-01-01

    A friction and wear apparatus was built into a real time scanning electron microscope (SEM). The apparatus and SEM comprise a system which provides the capability of performing dynamic friction and wear experiments in situ. When the system is used in conjunction with dispersive X-ray analysis, a wide range of information on the wearing process can be obtained. The type of wear and variation with speed, load, and time can be investigated. The source, size, and distribution of wear particles can be determined and metallic transferal observed. Some typical results obtained with aluminum, copper, and iron specimens are given.

  4. A hyperspectral scanning microscope system for phenomenology support

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    Lucey, Paul G.; Norman, Jessica; Crites, Sarah T.

    2017-05-01

    Three hyperspectral imaging systems have been implemented as microscopic hyperspectral imagers to support phenomenology studies at high spatial resolution. Wavelength ranges are VNIR (500 to 1000 nm), SWIR (1000 nm to 2500 nm) and LWIR (7 to 14 microns). The spatial resolution of the system at all wavelengths is 30 microns and covers a field of view of 8x30 mm. Samples are illuminated by rings of halogen lights and IR emitters for reflectance measurements and at thermal wavelengths can also be measured in thermal emission. Data are calibrated by scans of gold or Spectralon reflectance standards, and a flat plate blackbody for thermal emission measurements.

  5. A fast iterative technique for restoring scanning electron microscope images

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    Nakahira, Kenji; Miyamoto, Atsushi; Honda, Toshifumi

    2014-12-01

    This paper proposes a fast new technique for restoring scanning electron microscope images to improve their sharpness. The images with our approach are sharpened by deconvolution with the point spread function modeled as the intensity distribution of the electron beam at the specimen's surface. We propose an iterative technique that employs a modified cost function based on the Richardson-Lucy method to achieve faster processing. The empirical results indicate significant improvements in image quality. The proposed approach speeds up deconvolution by about 10-50 times faster than that with the conventional Richardson-Lucy method.

  6. Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy: breakthroughs and highlights.

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    Bode, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    The principle of scanning tunneling microscopy, an imaging method with atomic resolution capability invented by Binnig and Rohrer in 1982, can be adapted for surface magnetism studies by using magnetic probe tips. The contrast mechanism of this so-called spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy, or SP-STM, relies on the tunneling magneto-resistance effect, i.e. the tip-sample distance as well as the differential conductance depend on the relative magnetic orientation of tip and sample. To illustrate the working principle and the unique capabilities of SP-STM, this compilation presents some key experiments which have been performed on various magnetic surfaces, such as the topological antiferromagnet Cr(001), a double-layer of Fe which exhibits a stripe- domain pattern with about 50 nm periodicity, and the Mn monolayer on W(110), where the combination of experiment and theory reveal an antiferromagnetic spin cycloid. Recent experimental results also demonstrate the suitability of SP-STM for studies of dynamic properties, such as the spin relaxation time of single magnetic nanostructures.

  7. Orbital Selectivity in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Distance-Dependent Tunneling Process Observed in Iron Nitride.

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    Takahashi, Y; Miyamachi, T; Ienaga, K; Kawamura, N; Ernst, A; Komori, F

    2016-02-05

    In scanning tunneling microscopy, orbital selectivity of the tunneling process can make the topographic image dependent on a tip-surface distance. We have found reproducible dependence of the images on the distance for a monatomic layer of iron nitride formed on a Cu(001) surface. Observed atomic images systematically change between a regular dot array and a dimerized structure depending on the tip-surface distance, which turns out to be the only relevant parameter in the image variation. An accompanied change in the weight of Fe-3d local density of states to a tunneling background was detected in dI/dV spectra. These have been attributed to a shift in surface orbitals detected by the tip from the d states to the s/p states with increasing the tip-surface distance, consistent with an orbital assignment from first-principles calculations.

  8. Development of electron moire method using a scanning electron microscope

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    Kishimoto, Satoshi; Egashira, Mitsuru; Shinya, Norio

    1991-12-01

    A new moire method using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for the measurement of micro-deformation has been developed. This new method makes it possible to observe the moire fringe pattern and SEM image at the same time. In this method, a fine microgrid prepared by electron lithography is used as a model grid, and scanning exposure of the electron beam in a SEM is used as a master grid. The exposure of electron beam on the specimen with the model grid produces moire fringes of bright and dark lines formed by the different amount of the secondary electrons. This fine moire fringe pattern is fine and clear enough to measure the strain distribution in a small area. By this method, concentrated strains around a small hole in polyimide resin specimens and also the inhomogeneous micro- deformations such as grain boundary sliding in copper specimens were measured, with high accuracy.

  9. Field-Induced Reversible Phase Manipulation in Metal-Insulator Transition using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Park, Se Jun

    2005-03-01

    Reversible electronic switching between insulating and metallic phases is a novel idea that may allow new types of field effect devices feasible.^1 Here we demonstrate the reversible manipulation between metallic and insulating phases in two-dimensional In nanowire arrays on Si(111) surface near the metal-insulator transition temperature (Tc). The electronic switching of phases was induced by local electric field applied by the probe tip of a scanning tunneling microscope. The field-dependent hysteresis behavior was also observed in tip height measurements as a function of the sample bias, under the constraint of constant tunneling current. A model including the intrinsic bi-stability of the nanometer-scale domains of In nanowire arrays will be discussed. ^1C. Ahn, J. Triscone, J. Mannhart, Nature 6952, 1015 (2003)

  10. Scanning Acoustic Microscope of 3D-Interconnect

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    Wai Kong, Lay; Diebold, A. C.; Rudack, A.; Arkalgud, S.

    2009-09-01

    The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany in collaboration with International SEMATECH is investigating the use of Scanning Acoustic Microscope (SAM) for analyzing 3D Interconnects. SAM is a non-destructive metrology technique which utilizes high frequency ultrasound to generate a microscopic image of the internal parts of a specimen. The goal of this project is to develop microscopic techniques for evaluating Through-Silicon Vias (TSVs) for 3D-Interconnects. Preliminary data shows voids and other defects in the interface between bonded wafers as shown in Figure 1. Our SAM laboratory system operates at 230 MHz and has a spatial resolution of 5-10 μm and focal length of 5.9 mm on a silicon wafer. The spatial resolution and sampling depth depend on the ultrasonic frequency, sound velocity, focal length and diameter of piezoelectric crystal. Typically, the silicon wafers have a thickness of 775 μm before they are bonded. Our initial work is focused on blanket wafers in order to develop the bonding process. The next step is to bond wafers with test die where the patterning obscures the interface. This paper will discuss the limitations of SAM and compare it to infrared microscopy which is another important imaging capability for 3D Interconnect. We also discuss the current status of research into more advanced acoustic microscopy methods and how this might impact 3D Interconnect imaging.

  11. Radio-frequency scanning tunneling microscopy: Instrumentation and applications to physical measurements

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    Kemiktarak, Utku

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) relies upon localized electron tunneling between a sharp probe tip and a conducting sample to attain atomic-scale spatial resolution. Perhaps the most serious obstacle in front of realizing the full potential of the STM is its inadequate temporal resolution, limited by the bandwidth of STM current detectors (˜1 kHz). To overcome this limitation, we developed a radically new approach: we embedded the tunnel junction into an inductor-capacitor resonant circuit and measured the reflection of radio-frequency waves from this circuit. Our new apparatus, which we call a radio-frequency scanning tunneling microscope (Rf-STM), allowed us to achieve 100-fold bandwidth increase upon the state-of-the-art. The bandwidth increase resulted in a number of ultrafast and sensitive measurements in nanoscale systems. First, the large bandwidth of the Rf-STM allowed acquisition of surface topography images at high speeds. In a conventional STM scan, it takes from minutes to hours to create a typical image. As the circuit bandwidth increases, one can shorten this time considerably. We showed that the Rf-STM images, collected at a rate of 100 line/s, had comparable resolution to conventional STM images taken at a rate of 1 line/s. Second, we used the Rf-STM to perform broadband electronic noise measurements. Intrinsic current fluctuations in a tunnel junction, called shot noise, gives important in formation about electron transport mechanisms. We used shot noise measurements as an absolute calibration tool for Rf-STM. Conversely, we also demonstrated how the Rf-STM could be used as a local primary thermometer. Finally, using the Rf-STM, we established the very high displacement sensitivity of a tunnel displacement detector. On a driven micro-mechanical membrane, we detected the first ten mechanical resonances, ranging in frequency from 1 MHz to 3 MHz. We also measured the displacements of a Au surface shaken by a calibrated piezoelectric actuator

  12. Ultra-Compact Multitip Scanning Probe Microscope with an Outer Diameter of 50 mm

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    Cherepanov, Vasily; Zubkov, Evgeny; Junker, Hubertus; Korte, Stefan; Blab, Marcus; Coenen, Peter; Voigtländer, Bert

    We present a multitip scanning tunneling microscope (STM) where four independent STM units are integrated on a diameter of 50 mm. The coarse positioning of the tips is done under the control of an optical microscope or an SEM in vacuum. The heart of this STM is a new type of piezoelectric coarse approach called Koala Drive which can have a diameter greater than 2.5 mm and a length smaller than 10 mm. Alternating movements of springs move a central tube which holds the STM tip or AFM sensor. This new operating principle provides a smooth travel sequence and avoids shaking which is intrinsically present for nanopositioners based on inertial motion with saw tooth driving signals. Inserting the Koala Drive in a piezo tube for xyz-scanning integrates a complete STM inside a 4 mm outer diameter piezo tube of <10 mm length. The use of the Koala Drive makes the scanning probe microscopy design ultra-compact and accordingly leads to a high mechanical stability. The drive is UHV, low temperature, and magnetic field compatible. The compactness of the Koala Drive allows building a four-tip STM as small as a single-tip STM with a drift of <0.2 nm/min and lowest resonance frequencies of 2.5 (xy) and 5.5 kHz (z). We present examples of the performance of the multitip STM designed using the Koala Drive.

  13. A quadruple-scanning-probe force microscope for electrical property measurements of microscopic materials.

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    Higuchi, Seiji; Kubo, Osamu; Kuramochi, Hiromi; Aono, Masakazu; Nakayama, Tomonobu

    2011-07-15

    Four-terminal electrical measurement is realized on a microscopic structure in air, without a lithographic process, using a home-built quadruple-scanning-probe force microscope (QSPFM). The QSPFM has four probes whose positions are individually controlled by obtaining images of a sample in the manner of atomic force microscopy (AFM), and uses the probes as contacting electrodes for electrical measurements. A specially arranged tuning fork probe (TFP) is used as a self-detection force sensor to operate each probe in a frequency modulation AFM mode, resulting in simultaneous imaging of the same microscopic feature on an insulator using the four TFPs. Four-terminal electrical measurement is then demonstrated in air by placing each probe electrode in contact with a graphene flake exfoliated on a silicon dioxide film, and the sheet resistance of the flake is measured by the van der Pauw method. The present work shows that the QSPFM has the potential to measure the intrinsic electrical properties of a wide range of microscopic materials in situ without electrode fabrication.

  14. A quadruple-scanning-probe force microscope for electrical property measurements of microscopic materials

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    Higuchi, Seiji; Kubo, Osamu; Kuramochi, Hiromi; Aono, Masakazu; Nakayama, Tomonobu

    2011-07-01

    Four-terminal electrical measurement is realized on a microscopic structure in air, without a lithographic process, using a home-built quadruple-scanning-probe force microscope (QSPFM). The QSPFM has four probes whose positions are individually controlled by obtaining images of a sample in the manner of atomic force microscopy (AFM), and uses the probes as contacting electrodes for electrical measurements. A specially arranged tuning fork probe (TFP) is used as a self-detection force sensor to operate each probe in a frequency modulation AFM mode, resulting in simultaneous imaging of the same microscopic feature on an insulator using the four TFPs. Four-terminal electrical measurement is then demonstrated in air by placing each probe electrode in contact with a graphene flake exfoliated on a silicon dioxide film, and the sheet resistance of the flake is measured by the van der Pauw method. The present work shows that the QSPFM has the potential to measure the intrinsic electrical properties of a wide range of microscopic materials in situ without electrode fabrication.

  15. Immobilization of DNA for scanning probe microscopy.

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    Allison, D P; Bottomley, L A; Thundat, T; Brown, G M; Woychik, R P; Schrick, J J; Jacobson, K B; Warmack, R J

    1992-01-01

    Reproducible scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope images of entire molecules of uncoated plasmid DNA chemically bound to surfaces are presented. The chemically mediated immobilization of DNA to surfaces and subsequent scanning tunneling microscope imaging of DNA molecules demonstrate that the problem of molecular instability to forces exerted by the probe tip, inherent with scanning probe microscopes, can be prevented. Images PMID:1438201

  16. Scanning tunneling luminescence of individual CdSe nanowires.

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    Lutz, Theresa; Kabakchiev, Alexander; Dufaux, Thomas; Wolpert, Christian; Wang, Zhe; Burghard, Marko; Kuhnke, Klaus; Kern, Klaus

    2011-08-22

    The local luminescence properties of individual CdSe nanowires composed of segments of zinc blende and wurtzite crystal structures are investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling luminescence spectroscopy. Light emission from the wires is achieved by the direct injection of holes and electrons, without the need for coupling to tip-induced plasmons in the underlying metal substrate. The photon energy is found to increase with decreasing wire diameter due to exciton confinement. The bulk bandgap extrapolated from the energy versus diameter dependence is consistent with photon emission from the zinc blende-type CdSe sections.

  17. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy analysis of space-exposed polymer films

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    Kalil, Carol R.; Young, Philip R.

    1993-01-01

    The characterization of the surface of selected space-exposed polymer films by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) is reported. Principles of STM, an emerging new technique for materials analysis, are reviewed. The analysis of several films which received up to 5.8 years of low Earth orbital (LEO) exposure onboard the NASA Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) is discussed. Specimens included FEP Teflon thermal blanket material, Kapton film, and several experimental polymer films. Ultraviolet and atomic oxygen-induced crazing and erosion are described. The intent of this paper is to demonstrate how STM is enhancing the understanding of LEO space environmental effects on polymer films.

  18. A versatile atomic force microscope integrated with a scanning electron microscope

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    Kreith, J.; Strunz, T.; Fantner, E. J.; Fantner, G. E.; Cordill, M. J.

    2017-05-01

    A versatile atomic force microscope (AFM), which can be installed in a scanning electron microscope (SEM), is introduced. The flexible design of the instrument enables correlated analysis for different experimental configurations, such as AFM imaging directly after nanoindentation in vacuum. In order to demonstrate the capabilities of the specially designed AFM installed inside a SEM, slip steps emanating around nanoindents in single crystalline brass were examined. This example showcases how the combination of AFM and SEM imaging can be utilized for quantitative dislocation analysis through the measurement of the slip step heights without the hindrance of oxide formation. Finally, an in situ nanoindentation technique is introduced, illustrating the use of AFM imaging during indentation experiments to examine plastic deformation occurring under the indenter tip. The mechanical indentation data are correlated to the SEM and AFM images to estimate the number of dislocations emitted to the surface.

  19. A versatile atomic force microscope integrated with a scanning electron microscope.

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    Kreith, J; Strunz, T; Fantner, E J; Fantner, G E; Cordill, M J

    2017-05-01

    A versatile atomic force microscope (AFM), which can be installed in a scanning electron microscope (SEM), is introduced. The flexible design of the instrument enables correlated analysis for different experimental configurations, such as AFM imaging directly after nanoindentation in vacuum. In order to demonstrate the capabilities of the specially designed AFM installed inside a SEM, slip steps emanating around nanoindents in single crystalline brass were examined. This example showcases how the combination of AFM and SEM imaging can be utilized for quantitative dislocation analysis through the measurement of the slip step heights without the hindrance of oxide formation. Finally, an in situ nanoindentation technique is introduced, illustrating the use of AFM imaging during indentation experiments to examine plastic deformation occurring under the indenter tip. The mechanical indentation data are correlated to the SEM and AFM images to estimate the number of dislocations emitted to the surface.

  20. Microscopic imaging of residual stress using a scanning phase-measuring acoustic microscope

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    Meeks, Steven W.; Peter, D.; Horne, D.; Young, K.; Novotny, V.

    1989-10-01

    A high-resolution scanning phase-measuring acoustic microscope (SPAM) has been developed and used to image the near-surface residual stress field around features etched in sputtered alumina via the acoustoelastic effect. This microscope operates at 670 MHz and has a resolution of 5-10 microns, depending upon the amount of defocus. Relative velocity changes of sample surface waves as small as 50 ppm are resolved. Images of the stress field at the tip of a 400-micron-wide slot etched in alumina are presented and compared with a finite element simulation. The SPAM uses an unconventional acoustic lens with an anisotropic illumination pattern which can measure anisotropic effects and map residual stress fields with several-micron resolution and a stress sensitivity of 1/3 MPa in an alumina film.

  1. Differentiating amino acid residues and side chain orientations in peptides using scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Claridge, Shelley A; Thomas, John C; Silverman, Miles A; Schwartz, Jeffrey J; Yang, Yanlian; Wang, Chen; Weiss, Paul S

    2013-12-11

    Single-molecule measurements of complex biological structures such as proteins are an attractive route for determining structures of the large number of important biomolecules that have proved refractory to analysis through standard techniques such as X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance. We use a custom-built low-current scanning tunneling microscope to image peptide structures at the single-molecule scale in a model peptide that forms β sheets, a structural motif common in protein misfolding diseases. We successfully differentiate between histidine and alanine amino acid residues, and further differentiate side chain orientations in individual histidine residues, by correlating features in scanning tunneling microscope images with those in energy-optimized models. Beta sheets containing histidine residues are used as a model system due to the role histidine plays in transition metal binding associated with amyloid oligomerization in Alzheimer's and other diseases. Such measurements are a first step toward analyzing peptide and protein structures at the single-molecule level.

  2. Characterization of thin film semiconductors by scanning probe microscopy and tunneling spectroscopy

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    Gichuhi, Anthony

    We have used scanning tunneling microscopy, atomic force microscopy, tunneling spectroscopy, resonance Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry to study the electrosynthesis of II-VI compound semiconductors with special emphasis on ZnS, CdS, and HgS. This dissertation will focus mainly on the electrochemical and scanning probe (STM and AFM) applications to these compounds, in addition to novel materials such as CoSb. We hope to understand the structural, as well optical properties of these materials. Finally, we hope to develop a recipe for the electrosynthesis of high quality semiconductor films. In Chapter 2, we report an electrochemical, scanning probe microscopic and Raman spectroscopic investigation of thin US films grown by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy (EC-ALE) aimed at understanding the role played by the order of deposition on film quality. In Chapter 3, we report a study of electrosynthesized CdS-HgS heterojunctions using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), and electrochemistry. US thin films were grown by electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy onto Au(111) substrates and were terminated with a single HgS monolayer. In Chapter 4, the structure and chemical composition of electrosynthesized ZnS thin films on Au(111) substrates grown by alternating underpotential deposition and oxidative adsorption cycles of S and Zn from solution precursors was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In Chapter 5, conditions for the growth of. stable mercury sulfide (HgS) monolayers on Au(111) surfaces using electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy have been investigated. HgS thin films were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Chapter 6: This chapter describes the use of resonance Raman spectroscopy to characterize thin films of the II-VI compound semiconductors electrosynthesized on metal surfaces. We describe how resonance

  3. Scanning Tunneling Microscopic Characterization of an Engineered Organic Molecule

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    2011-08-01

    attachment and wide -band MCT detector, was used. Figure 3 shows the spectra obtained for SAM of PMNBT (top), which was compared to raw crystal PMNBT...Graphite Covered with Phthalocyanine Molecules. Science , 1992, 255, 1115– 1118. 10. Stabel, A.; Herwig, P.; Mullen, K.; Rabe, J. P. Diode Like...J. J.; Dunbar, T. D.; Allara, D. L.; Weiss, P. S. Electron Transfer through Organic Molecules. J. Phys. Chem. B 1999, 103, 8122–8127. 16. Wold , D

  4. Principles and Application of Heterodyne Scanning Tunnelling Spectroscopy

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    Matsuyama, Eiji; Kondo, Takahiro; Oigawa, Haruhiro; Guo, Donghui; Nemoto, Shojiro; Nakamura, Junji

    2014-01-01

    Detection of the extremely weak signals in spectroscopy over an extremely wide frequency region is central to diverse sciences, including materials science, biology, astronomy and chemistry. Here we show a new type of atomic-scale spectroscopy, heterodyne scanning tunnelling spectroscopy (HSTS), which is based on the innovative application of the nonlinear heterodyne-mixing detection at the metal-insulator-metal (MIM) heterojunction of STM tip–vacuum–sample. The principle of HSTS is identical to that of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) space telescope in terms of using heterojunction for detecting extremely weak signals by converting from terahertz region to lower frequency regions. The MIM detector of ALMA, which is composed of niobium–titanium–nitride (NbTiN) tip-insulator-NbTiN, is very similar in shape and size to that of HSTS. We successfully detect a heterodyne beat signal f3 (= |f2 − f1|) and intermodulation distortion via tunnelling current by superimposing two different AC signals, f1 and f2, onto the DC tunnelling current at a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface. We then obtain spectra of the localized electronic states of HOPG by using f3. HSTS can be performed with a high resolution and over a wide energy range, including the terahertz range. PMID:25342108

  5. Scanning tunneling microscopy of the atomically smooth (001) surface of vanadium pentoxide V2O5 crystals

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    Muslimov, A. E.; Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.

    2017-01-01

    The (001) cleavage surface of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) crystal has been studied by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STM). It is shown that the surface is not reconstructed; the STM image allows geometric lattice parameters to be determined with high accuracy. The nanostructure formed on the (001) cleavage surface of crystal consists of atomically smooth steps with a height multiple of unit-cell parameter c = 4.37 Å. The V2O5 crystal cleavages can be used as references in calibration of a scanning tunneling microscope under atmospheric conditions both along the ( x, y) surface and normally to the sample surface (along the z axis). It is found that the terrace surface is not perfectly atomically smooth; its roughness is estimated to be 0.5 Å. This circumstance may introduce an additional error into the microscope calibration along the z coordinate.

  6. Scanning electron microscopic observations of Anopheles albimanus (Diptera: Culicidae) eggs.

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    Rodriguez, M H; Chavez, B; Orozco, A; Loyola, E G; Martinez-Palomo, A

    1992-05-01

    To investigate the existence of subspecies of Anopheles albimanus Wiedeman in southern Mexico, the egg morphology of specimens obtained from several field populations and from insectary-adapted colonies of uniform pupal phenotype was examined. Scanning electron microscopic observations have shown that the eggs of An. albimanus are polymorphic in respect to the size and shape of their floats, but not in their ornamentation. Four types of eggs were found. Differences in the proportion of the various morphological types were statistically significant, although proportions of egg types were variable among individuals within the same population. These observations are suggestive of distinctive populations and warrant further studies using more sensitive methods to investigate sibling species in An. albimanus sensu lato.

  7. In situ laser processing in a scanning electron microscope

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    Roberts, Nicholas A.; Magel, Gregory A.; Hartfield, Cheryl D.; Moore, Thomas M.; Fowlkes, Jason D.; Rack, Philip D.

    2012-07-15

    Laser delivery probes using multimode fiber optic delivery and bulk focusing optics have been constructed and used for performing materials processing experiments within scanning electron microscope/focused ion beam instruments. Controlling the current driving a 915-nm semiconductor diode laser module enables continuous or pulsed operation down to sub-microsecond durations, and with spot sizes on the order of 50 {mu}m diameter, achieving irradiances at a sample surface exceeding 1 MW/cm{sup 2}. Localized laser heating has been used to demonstrate laser chemical vapor deposition of Pt, surface melting of silicon, enhanced purity, and resistivity via laser annealing of Au deposits formed by electron beam induced deposition, and in situ secondary electron imaging of laser induced dewetting of Au metal films on SiO{sub x}.

  8. In situ laser processing in a scanning electron microscope

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    Roberts, Nicholas; Fowlkes, Jason Davidson; Rack, Prof. Philip; Moore, Tom; Magel, Greg; Hartfield, Cheryl

    2012-01-01

    Laser delivery probes using multimode fiber optic delivery and bulk focusing optics have been constructed and used for performing materials processing experiments within scanning electron microscope/focused ion beam instruments. Controlling the current driving a 915-nm semiconductor diode laser module enables continuous or pulsed operation down to sub-microsecond durations, and with spot sizes on the order of 50 {micro}m diameter, achieving irradiances at a sample surface exceeding 1 MW/cm{sup 2}. Localized laser heating has been used to demonstrate laser chemical vapor deposition of Pt, surface melting of silicon, enhanced purity, and resistivity via laser annealing of Au deposits formed by electron beam induced deposition, and in situ secondary electron imaging of laser induced dewetting of Au metal films on SiO{sub x}.

  9. High-voltage scanning ion microscope: Beam optics and design

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    Magilin, D.; Ponomarev, A.; Rebrov, V.; Ponomarov, A.

    2015-05-01

    This article is devoted to the conceptual design of a compact high-voltage scanning ion microscope (HVSIM). In an HVSIM design, the ion optical system is based on a high-brightness ion source. Specifically, the ion optical system is divided into two components: an ion injector and a probe-forming system (PFS) that consists of an accelerating tube and a multiplet of quadrupole lenses. The crossover is formed and controlled by the injector, which acts as an object collimator, and is focused on the image plane by the PFS. The ion microprobe has a size of 0.1 μm and an energy of 2 MeV. When the influence of the chromatic and third-order aberrations is theoretically taken into account, the HVSIM forms an ion microprobe.

  10. Design and manufacturing of scanning probe acoustic microscope test phantom

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    Chen, Xiaohui; Fang, Xiaoyue; Song, Jitao; Ding, Mingyue

    2015-03-01

    Acquiring nondestructive internal structures acoustic image as well as the morphology images using scanning probe acoustic microscope (SPAM) is a challenge and no known metrology tools to identify the ultrasonic internal resolution and detectable depth of SPAM in a nondestructive way. Monitoring these defects necessitates the identification of their technical parameters of SPAM. In this paper, the specific materials (test phantoms) were designed and processed so that the ultrasound internal resolution of SPAM in nondestructive imaging of the embedded or buried substructures as well as the morphology images were measured. Experimental results demonstrated the successful identification of embedded or buried defects under the test phantom with the resolution of 50nm for SPAM as well as the detectable depth of more than 100μm.

  11. An improved visual tracking method in scanning electron microscope.

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    Ru, Changhai; Zhang, Yong; Huang, Haibo; Chen, Tao

    2012-06-01

    Since their invention, nanomanipulation systems in scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) have provided researchers with an increasing ability to interact with objects at the nanoscale. However, most nanomanipulators that are capable of generating nanometer displacement operate in an open-loop without suitable feedback mechanisms. In this article, a robust and effective tracking framework for visual servoing applications is presented inside an SEM to achieve more precise tracking manipulation and measurement. A subpixel template matching tracking algorithm based on contour models in the SEM has been developed to improve the tracking accuracy. A feed-forward controller is integrated into the control system to improve the response time. Experimental results demonstrate that a subpixel tracking accuracy is realized. Furthermore, the robustness against clutter can be achieved even in a challenging tracking environment.

  12. A scanning acoustic microscope based on picosecond ultrasonics.

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    Che, S; Guduru, P R; Nurmikko, A V; Maris, H J

    2015-02-01

    We report on the development of a new type of scanning acoustic microscope. We use a femtosecond light pulse to generate a short sound pulse, and then focus this sound onto the sample by means of a specially designed and microfabricated acoustic lens of radius a few microns. The sound travels to the sample through a thin layer of water. The sound reflected from the sample is collected by the lens and then passes through a monolithically integrated optical resonant cavity. The induced change in the properties of this cavity are measured using a time-delayed probe light pulse. We describe some of the challenges involved in the construction and operation of this high-precision metrology apparatus and present some preliminary results.

  13. Calibrated nanoscale capacitance measurements using a scanning microwave microscope.

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    Huber, H P; Moertelmaier, M; Wallis, T M; Chiang, C J; Hochleitner, M; Imtiaz, A; Oh, Y J; Schilcher, K; Dieudonne, M; Smoliner, J; Hinterdorfer, P; Rosner, S J; Tanbakuchi, H; Kabos, P; Kienberger, F

    2010-11-01

    A scanning microwave microscope (SMM) for spatially resolved capacitance measurements in the attofarad-to-femtofarad regime is presented. The system is based on the combination of an atomic force microscope (AFM) and a performance network analyzer (PNA). For the determination of absolute capacitance values from PNA reflection amplitudes, a calibration sample of conductive gold pads of various sizes on a SiO(2) staircase structure was used. The thickness of the dielectric SiO(2) staircase ranged from 10 to 200 nm. The quantitative capacitance values determined from the PNA reflection amplitude were compared to control measurements using an external capacitance bridge. Depending on the area of the gold top electrode and the SiO(2) step height, the corresponding capacitance values, as measured with the SMM, ranged from 0.1 to 22 fF at a noise level of ~2 aF and a relative accuracy of 20%. The sample capacitance could be modeled to a good degree as idealized parallel plates with the SiO(2) dielectric sandwiched in between. The cantilever/sample stray capacitance was measured by lifting the tip away from the surface. By bringing the AFM tip into direct contact with the SiO(2) staircase structure, the electrical footprint of the tip was determined, resulting in an effective tip radius of ~60 nm and a tip-sample capacitance of ~20 aF at the smallest dielectric thickness.

  14. Calibrated nanoscale dopant profiling using a scanning microwave microscope

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    Huber, H. P.; Hochleitner, M.; Hinterdorfer, P.; Humer, I.; Smoliner, J.; Fenner, M.; Moertelmaier, M.; Rankl, C.; Tanbakuchi, H.; Kienberger, F.; Imtiaz, A.; Wallis, T. M.; Kabos, P.; Kopanski, J. J.

    2012-01-01

    The scanning microwave microscope is used for calibrated capacitance spectroscopy and spatially resolved dopant profiling measurements. It consists of an atomic force microscope combined with a vector network analyzer operating between 1-20 GHz. On silicon semiconductor calibration samples with doping concentrations ranging from 10{sup 15} to 10{sup 20} atoms/cm{sup 3}, calibrated capacitance-voltage curves as well as derivative dC/dV curves were acquired. The change of the capacitance and the dC/dV signal is directly related to the dopant concentration allowing for quantitative dopant profiling. The method was tested on various samples with known dopant concentration and the resolution of dopant profiling determined to 20% while the absolute accuracy is within an order of magnitude. Using a modeling approach the dopant profiling calibration curves were analyzed with respect to varying tip diameter and oxide thickness allowing for improvements of the calibration accuracy. Bipolar samples were investigated and nano-scale defect structures and p-n junction interfaces imaged showing potential applications for the study of semiconductor device performance and failure analysis.

  15. High-speed line scanning confocal microscope for biological imaging

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    Jung, Seung-Hwan; Kim, Chang-Keun; Ju, Sung-Bin; Cho, Yong-Jin; Jeong, Hyun-Woo; Kim, Beop-Min

    2007-02-01

    We constructed a high-speed laser line-scanning confocal microscope (LSCM) using He-Ne laser (633 nm), a line CCD camera, and an acousto-optic deflector (AOD). The line scanner consists of an AOD and a cylindrical lens, which create a line focus sweeping over the sample. The line scanner generates two-dimensional confocal images (512× 512 pixel image) up to 191 frames per second with no mechanically-moving parts. This system is configured as an inverted microscope for imaging biological organisms or tissues. Images of various biological samples were obtained including rabbit cornea, onion cells, mouse melanoma tumor cells (B16BL6), and human breast tumor cells (BT-20). The frame rate may be further improved up to over 700 frames per second when the image size is reduced (512×128 pixel image). This system may be useful for analyzing fast phenomena during biological and chemical interactions and for imaging 3D structures rapidly.

  16. Method and apparatus for differential spectroscopic atomic-imaging using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Kazmerski, Lawrence L.

    1990-01-01

    A Method and apparatus for differential spectroscopic atomic-imaging is disclosed for spatial resolution and imaging for display not only individual atoms on a sample surface, but also bonding and the specific atomic species in such bond. The apparatus includes a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) that is modified to include photon biasing, preferably a tuneable laser, modulating electronic surface biasing for the sample, and temperature biasing, preferably a vibration-free refrigerated sample mounting stage. Computer control and data processing and visual display components are also included. The method includes modulating the electronic bias voltage with and without selected photon wavelengths and frequency biasing under a stabilizing (usually cold) bias temperature to detect bonding and specific atomic species in the bonds as the STM rasters the sample. This data is processed along with atomic spatial topography data obtained from the STM raster scan to create a real-time visual image of the atoms on the sample surface.

  17. Correlation-steered scanning for scanning probe microscopes to overcome thermal drift for ultra-long time scanning.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Liansheng; Long, Qian; Liu, Yongbin; Zhang, Jie; Feng, Zhihua

    2016-07-01

    The thermal effect is one of the most important factors that influence the accuracy of nanoscale measurement and the surface topography of samples in scanning probe microscopes (SPMs). We propose a method called correlation-steered scanning, which is capable of overcoming three-dimensional thermal drifts in real time for ultra-long time scanned images. The image is scanned band by band with overlapping parts between adjacent bands. The vertical drift can be considered as linear and can thus be eliminated together with the tilt of the sample by applying the flattening method. Each band is artificially divided into several blocks for conveniently calculating lateral drifts on the basis of the overlapping area of adjacent bands through digital image correlation. The calculated lateral drifts are compensated to steer the scanning of the subsequent blocks, thus ensuring that all bands are parallel to one another. Experimental results proved that images scanned by the proposed method exhibited less distortions than those obtained from the traditional raster scanning method. The nanoscale measurement results based on the image obtained by the proposed method also showed high accuracy, with an error of less than 1.5%. By scanning as many bands as needed, the correlation-steered scanning method can obtain a highly precise SPM image of an ultra-large area.

  18. Scanning Photoelectron Microscope (SPEM) with a zone plate generated microprobe

    SciTech Connect

    Ade, H.; Kirz, J.; Hulbert, S.; Johnson, E.; Anderson, E.; Kern, D. . Dept. of Physics; Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY; Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA . Center for X-Ray Optics; International Business Machines Corp., Yorktown Heights, NY . Thomas J. Watson Research Center)

    1989-01-01

    We describe instrumentation of a scanning photoelectron microscope (SPEM), which we are presently developing and commissioning at the X1A beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS). This instrument is designed to use the Soft X-ray Undulator (SXU) at the NSLS as a high brightness source to illuminate a Fresnel zone plate, thus forming a finely focused probe, {le} 0.2{mu}m in size, on the specimen surface. A grating monochromator selects the photon energy in the 400-800 eV range with an energy resolution better than 1 eV. The expected flux in the focus is in the 5 {times} 10{sup 7} {minus} 10{sup 9} photons/s range. A single pass Cylindrical Mirror Analyzer (CMA) is used to record photoemission spectra, or to form an image within a fixed electron energy bandwidth as the specimen is mechanically scanned. As a first test, a 1000 mesh Au grid was successfully imaged with Au 4 f primary photoelectrons, achieving a resolution of about 1{mu}m. 10 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Simulation and Characterization of a Miniaturized Scanning Electron Microscope

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    Gaskin, Jessica A.; Jerman, Gregory A.; Medley, Stephanie; Gregory, Don; Abbott, Terry O.; Sampson, Allen R.

    2011-01-01

    A miniaturized Scanning Electron Microscope (mSEM) for in-situ lunar investigations is being developed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center with colleagues from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Advanced Research Systems (ARS), the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). This effort focuses on the characterization of individual components of the mSEM and simulation of the complete system. SEMs can provide information on the size, shape, morphology and chemical composition of lunar regolith. Understanding these basic properties will allow us to better estimate the challenges associated with In-Situ Resource Utilization and to improve our basic science knowledge of the lunar surface (either precluding the need for sample return or allowing differentiation of unique samples to be returned to Earth.) The main components of the mSEM prototype includes: a cold field emission electron gun (CFEG), focusing lens, deflection/scanning system and backscatter electron detector. Of these, the electron gun development is of particular importance as it dictates much of the design of the remaining components. A CFEG was chosen for use with the lunar mSEM as its emission does not depend on heating of the tungsten emitter (lower power), it offers a long operation lifetime, is orders of magnitude brighter than tungsten hairpin guns, has a small source size and exhibits low beam energy spread.

  20. Effect of spherical aberration on the imaging properties of scanning optical microscopes.

    PubMed

    Sheppard, C J; Wilson, T

    1979-04-01

    The effect of primary spherical aberration and defocus on the imaging properties of scanning optical microscopes with weak objects is considered. Optically there are two types of scanning microscope. Type 1 scanning microscopes behave identically to conventional microscopes, but in type 2 scanning microscopes animaginary part is introduced into the transfer function. In general, therefore, it is important that the lenses be adequately corrected, but for objects with very weak amplitude contrast the effect may be a useful way of obtaining phase imaging. Experimental demonstration of the effect of spherical aberration is reported.

  1. Miniaturized Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope for In Situ Planetary Studies

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    Gaskin, Jessica; Abbott, Terry; Medley, Stephanie; Gregory, Don; Thaisen, Kevin; Taylor , Lawrence; Ramsey, Brian; Jerman, Gregory; Sampson, Allen; Harvey, Ralph

    2010-01-01

    The exploration of remote planetary surfaces calls for the advancement of low power, highly-miniaturized instrumentation. Instruments of this nature that are capable of multiple types of analyses will prove to be particularly useful as we prepare for human return to the moon, and as we continue to explore increasingly remote locations in our Solar System. To this end, our group has been developing a miniaturized Environmental-Scanning Electron Microscope (mESEM) capable of remote investigations of mineralogical samples through in-situ topographical and chemical analysis on a fine scale. The functioning of an SEM is well known: an electron beam is focused to nanometer-scale onto a given sample where resulting emissions such as backscattered and secondary electrons, X-rays, and visible light are registered. Raster scanning the primary electron beam across the sample then gives a fine-scale image of the surface topography (texture), crystalline structure and orientation, with accompanying elemental composition. The flexibility in the types of measurements the mESEM is capable of, makes it ideally suited for a variety of applications. The mESEM is appropriate for use on multiple planetary surfaces, and for a variety of mission goals (from science to non-destructive analysis to ISRU). We will identify potential applications and range of potential uses related to planetary exploration. Over the past few of years we have initiated fabrication and testing of a proof-of-concept assembly, consisting of a cold-field-emission electron gun and custom high-voltage power supply, electrostatic electron-beam focusing column, and scanning-imaging electronics plus backscatter detector. Current project status will be discussed. This effort is funded through the NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences - Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program.

  2. A Tunneling Microscope for Operation in Air or Fluids.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1985-10-01

    between IBM Zurich designs and squeezable tunnel junctions has been operated in air, oil, and liquid nitro - gen. Key design goals were 1) maximum...from 10 Hz to 20kHz. The inner shield (a coffee can) provides electrical screening and shuts out light. Not shown is approximately 150kg of lead that was...image individual atoms in a close-packed, unreconstructed layer is obtainable with submersion in liquid nitro - o gen. This implies lateral resolution

  3. Scanning electron microscope automatic defect classification of process induced defects

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    Wolfe, Scott; McGarvey, Steve

    2017-03-01

    With the integration of high speed Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) based Automated Defect Redetection (ADR) in both high volume semiconductor manufacturing and Research and Development (R and D), the need for reliable SEM Automated Defect Classification (ADC) has grown tremendously in the past few years. In many high volume manufacturing facilities and R and D operations, defect inspection is performed on EBeam (EB), Bright Field (BF) or Dark Field (DF) defect inspection equipment. A comma separated value (CSV) file is created by both the patterned and non-patterned defect inspection tools. The defect inspection result file contains a list of the inspection anomalies detected during the inspection tools' examination of each structure, or the examination of an entire wafers surface for non-patterned applications. This file is imported into the Defect Review Scanning Electron Microscope (DRSEM). Following the defect inspection result file import, the DRSEM automatically moves the wafer to each defect coordinate and performs ADR. During ADR the DRSEM operates in a reference mode, capturing a SEM image at the exact position of the anomalies coordinates and capturing a SEM image of a reference location in the center of the wafer. A Defect reference image is created based on the Reference image minus the Defect image. The exact coordinates of the defect is calculated based on the calculated defect position and the anomalies stage coordinate calculated when the high magnification SEM defect image is captured. The captured SEM image is processed through either DRSEM ADC binning, exporting to a Yield Analysis System (YAS), or a combination of both. Process Engineers, Yield Analysis Engineers or Failure Analysis Engineers will manually review the captured images to insure that either the YAS defect binning is accurately classifying the defects or that the DRSEM defect binning is accurately classifying the defects. This paper is an exploration of the feasibility of the

  4. Cryogenic Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Superconducting Iron Chalcogenide Single Crystals

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    Wei, J. Y. T.; Fridman, Igor; Yeh, Kuo-Wei; Wu, Maw-Kuen; Hu, Rongwei; Petrovic, C.

    2011-03-01

    We report scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements on the iron-based superconductors of the ``11'' family including Fe 1-y Te 1-x Se x and Fe 1-y Te 1-x Sx . Conductance spectra and atomically-resolved images are obtained on single crystals down to 300 mK. A gap-like structure is observed, showing an asymmetric spectral background, non-trivial spatial variation and temperature dependence. We discuss our data in terms of possible gap anisotropy and doping inhomogeneities, and in relation to other recent spectroscopic measurements on iron-based superconductors. Work supported by NSERC, CFI/OIT, CIFAR, Taiwan National Science Council, U.S. DOE and Brookhaven Science Associates (No. DE-Ac02-98CH10886), and in part by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center.

  5. Organic Multilayer Films Studied by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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    He, Yang; Kröger, Jörg; Wang, Yongfeng

    2017-03-03

    This Minireview focuses exclusively on work with scanning tunneling microscopy to study the self-assembled multilayer films (SAMTs) of organic molecules. The π-conjugated organic molecules form different structures within different monolayers on various substrates. The interplay between molecule-substrate and intermolecular interactions plays a key role in determining the stacking mode of organic multilayer films. Different substrates strongly influence the organic-film growth and electronic properties of the organic molecules. Geometric and electronic structures of SAMTs are important factors that may determine device performance. In addition to the inorganic interface, this Minireview addresses the organic-organic interface. Homo- and hetero-SAMTs of organic molecules are also considered. The subtle interplay between structural and electronic characteristics, on one hand, and functionality and reactivity, on the other hand, are highlighted.

  6. Microbial Nanowire Electronic Structure Probed by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Veazey, Joshua P.; Lampa-Pastirk, Sanela; Reguera, Gemma; Tessmer, Stuart H.

    2010-03-01

    Complex molecules produced by living organisms provide laboratories for interesting physical properties. The study of such interesting physics, likewise, gives new insight into intriguing biological processes. We have studied the pilus nanowires expressed by the bacterium, Geobacter sulfurreducens, using high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). G. sulfurreducens is a metal reducing bacterium that has evolved electrically conductive pili to efficiently transfer electrons across large distances.footnotetextG. Reguera, K.D. McCarthy, T. Mehta, J.S. Nicoll, M.T. Tuominen, and D.R. Lovley, Nature 435, 1098 (2005) Here we employ the electronic sensitivity of STM to resolve the molecular substructure and the local electronic density of states (LDOS) along the nanowire, in an effort to elucidate the mechanism of conduction. We observe LDOS dependent upon the location of the tip above the nanowire.

  7. Bistability in Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Ga-terminated Si(111)

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    Chen, Dongmin; Altfeder, Igor

    2000-03-01

    The bistable transport characteristics have been the basis of modern power and high speed switching devices. All these devices share a common and essential double barrier structure. Here we report on a surprising observation of the bistable tunneling characteristics in an apparent single barrier tunnel junction consisted of a Ga-terminated Si(111) surface and a W-tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating at 77K. Under a negative tip bias condition, a switching from an initially high-impedance, low-current OFF state to a low-impedance, high-current ON state occurs at a bias higher than that for the subsequent reversal transition, giving rise to a large hysteresis loops. The turn-on bias varies from 3.1V to 4.0V,showing a large inverse dependence on the tip-sample distances, indicating strong field effect. On contrary, the turn-off bias is essentially pined at 2.7V, suggesting the existence of a conductance threshold. This opens the possioblity to engineer a new type of swithching device using only single layer atomic dopping in place of a more complex double barrier structure.

  8. Laser-induced scanning tunneling microscopy: Linear excitation of the junction plasmon.

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    Lee, Joonhee; Perdue, Shawn M; Whitmore, Desiré; Apkarian, V Ara

    2010-09-14

    We introduce the cross-polarized double-beat method for localized excitation of the junction plasmon of a scanning tunneling microscope with femtosecond laser pulses. We use two pulse trains derived from a Ti:sapphire laser operating at a repetition frequency of f(s)=76 MHz, with a relative shift between their carrier frequencies ω(a)/2π=f(s)+f(b) controlled with an acousto-optic modulator. The trains are cross-polarized and collinearly focused on the junction, ensuring constant radiation flux. The anisotropic susceptibility of the junction plasmon mixes the fields, which modulate the tunneling current at f(b) (the difference between carrier beat and repetition frequency) at base-band frequencies that can be used for direct detection of the tunneling current. The interferometric cross-correlation of the pulses and the polarization dependence of the mixing identify the coupling to the radiation to be through the coherent z-displacement of the tip plasmon. Single Ag atoms are used to demonstrate microscopy under irradiation. In the linear coupling regime, the laser-induced displacement of the plasmon is operationally indistinguishable from the mechanical displacement of the junction gap.

  9. Scanning-electron-microscope used in real-time study of friction and wear

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    Brainard, W. A.; Buckley, D. H.

    1975-01-01

    Small friction and wear apparatus built directly into scanning-electron-microscope provides both dynamic observation and microscopic view of wear process. Friction and wear tests conducted using this system have indicated that considerable information can readily be gained.

  10. C58 on Au(111): A scanning tunneling microscopy study

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    Bajales, Noelia; Schmaus, Stefan; Miyamashi, Toshio; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Wilhelm, Jan; Walz, Michael; Stendel, Melanie; Bagrets, Alexej; Evers, Ferdinand; Ulas, Seyithan; Kern, Bastian; Böttcher, Artur; Kappes, Manfred M.

    2013-03-01

    C58 fullerenes were adsorbed onto room temperature Au(111) surface by low-energy (˜6 eV) cluster ion beam deposition under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The topographic and electronic properties of the deposits were monitored by means of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM at 4.2 K). Topographic images reveal that at low coverages fullerene cages are pinned by point dislocation defects on the herringbone reconstructed gold terraces (as well as by step edges). At intermediate coverages, pinned monomers act as nucleation centres for the formation of oligomeric C58 chains and 2D islands. At the largest coverages studied, the surface becomes covered by 3D interlinked C58 cages. STM topographic images of pinned single adsorbates are essentially featureless. The corresponding local densities of states are consistent with strong cage-substrate interactions. Topographic images of [C58]n oligomers show a stripe-like intensity pattern oriented perpendicular to the axis connecting the cage centers. This striped pattern becomes even more pronounced in maps of the local density of states. As supported by density functional theory, DFT calculations, and also by analogous STM images previously obtained for C60 polymers [M. Nakaya, Y. Kuwahara, M. Aono, and T. Nakayama, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 11, 2829 (2011)], 10.1166/jnn.2011.3898, we conclude that these striped orbital patterns are a fingerprint of covalent intercage bonds. For thick C58 films we have derived a bandgap of 1.2 eV from scanning tunnelling spectroscopy data confirming that the outermost C58 layer behaves as a wide band semiconductor.

  11. Scanning tunneling microscopy of graphene on Ru(0001)

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    Marchini, S.; Günther, S.; Wintterlin, J.

    2007-08-01

    After prolonged annealing of a Ru(0001) sample in ultrahigh vacuum a superstructure with a periodicity of ˜30Å was observed by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy it was found that the surface is covered by graphitic carbon. Auger electron spectroscopy shows that between 1000 and 1400K carbon segregates to the surface. STM images recorded after annealing to increasing temperatures display islands of the superstructure, until, after annealing to T⩾1400K , it covers the entire surface. The morphology of the superstructure shows that it consists of a single graphene layer. Atomically resolved STM images and low-energy electron diffraction reveal an (11×11) structure or incommensurate structure close to this periodicity superimposed by 12×12 graphene cells. The lattice mismatch causes a moiré pattern. Unlike the common orientational disorder of adsorbed graphene, the graphene layer on Ru(0001) shows a single phase and very good rotational alignment. Misorientations near defects in the overlayer only amount to ˜1° , and the periodicity of ˜30Å is unaffected. In contrast to bulk graphite both carbon atoms in the graphene unit cell were resolved by STM, with varying contrast depending on the position above the Ru atoms. The filled and empty state images of the moiré structure differ massively, and electronic states at -0.4 and +0.2V were detected by scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The data indicate a significantly stronger chemical interaction between graphene and the metal surface than between neighboring layers in bulk graphite. The uniformity of the structure and its stability at high temperatures and in air suggest an application as template for nanostructures.

  12. A scanning SQUID microscope with 200 MHz bandwidth

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    Talanov, Vladimir V.; Lettsome, Nesco M., Jr.; Borzenets, Valery; Gagliolo, Nicolas; Cawthorne, Alfred B.; Orozco, Antonio

    2014-04-01

    We developed a scanning DC SQUID microscope with novel readout electronics capable of wideband sensing of RF magnetic fields from 50 to 200 MHz and simultaneously providing closed-loop response at kHz frequencies. To overcome the 20 MHz bandwidth limitation of traditional closed-loop SQUIDs, a flux-modulated closed-loop simultaneously locks the SQUID quasi-static flux and flux-biases the SQUID for amplification of the RF flux up to Φ0/4 in amplitude. Demodulating the SQUID voltage with a double lock-in technique yields a signal representative of both the amplitude and phase of the RF flux. This provides 80 dB of a linear dynamic range with a flux noise density of 4 μΦ0 Hz-1/2 at 200 MHz for a Y Ba2Cu3O7 bi-crystal SQUID at 77 K. We describe the electronics’ performance and present images for RF magnetic field of the travelling wave in a coplanar waveguide, the standing wave in an open-circuited microstrip, and a surface mounted device antenna.

  13. Scanning electron microscopic and profilometric study of different sharpening stones.

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    Andrade Acevedo, Roberto Antonio; Cardozo, Ana Karina Veloso; Sampaio, José Eduardo César

    2006-01-01

    Scaling and root planing contribute to the recovery of periodontal health. All periodontal instruments loose their fine cutting angle after use. To maintain this angle, correct sharpening is required using specifically designed stones. The characteristics of sharpening stones can be compared to the blade of the instruments and also transported to root surface during instrumentation. Root smoothness is related to the quality of the blade. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of 9 sharpening stones by scanning electron microscopic and profilometric analyses. Ceramic and Neumar stones were very fine and both may be recommended to maintain the sharpness of the instruments. Arkansas, Thompson and CE stones presented greater roughness with very regular and round particles, and are suitable for maintenance of the cutting angle. In addition, these stones may be indicated for the routine sharpening of the instruments that are partly dull. Oxide Aluminum, Carborundum and JON stones were the coarsest with large irregular particles and may be indicated for initial sharpening of totally dull instruments with completion of sharpening with finer stones.

  14. A scanning acoustic microscope discriminates cancer cells in fluid

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    Miura, Katsutoshi; Yamamoto, Seiji

    2015-10-01

    Scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) discriminates lesions in sections by assessing the speed of sound (SOS) or attenuation of sound (AOS) through tissues within a few minutes without staining; however, its clinical use in cytological diagnosis is unknown. We applied a thin layer preparation method to observe benign and malignant effusions using SAM. Although SAM is inferior in detecting nuclear features than light microscopy, it can differentiate malignant from benign cells using the higher SOS and AOS values and large irregular cell clusters that are typical features of carcinomas. Moreover, each single malignant cell exhibits characteristic cytoplasmic features such as a large size, irregular borders and secretory or cytoskeletal content. By adjusting the observation range, malignant cells are differentiated from benign cells easily using SAM. Subtle changes in the functional and structural heterogeneity of tumour cells were pursuable with a different digital data of SAM. SAM can be a useful tool for screening malignant cells in effusions before light microscopic observation. Higher AOS values in malignant cells compared with those of benign cells support the feasibility of a novel sonodynamic therapy for malignant effusions.

  15. Collection of secondary electrons in scanning electron microscopes.

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    Müllerová, I; Konvalina, I

    2009-12-01

    Collection of the secondary electrons in the scanning electron microscope was simulated and the results have been experimentally verified for two types of the objective lens and three detection systems. The aberration coefficients of both objective lenses as well as maximum axial magnetic fields in the specimen region are presented. Compared are a standard side-attached secondary electron detector, in which only weak electrostatic and nearly no magnetic field influence the signal trajectories in the specimen vicinity, and the side-attached (lower) and upper detectors in an immersion system with weak electrostatic but strong magnetic field penetrating towards the specimen. The collection efficiency was calculated for all three detection systems and several working distances. The ability of detectors to attract secondary electron trajectories for various initial azimuthal and polar angles was calculated, too. According to expectations, the lower detector of an immersion system collects no secondary electrons I and II emitted from the specimen and only backscattered electrons and secondary electrons III form the final image. The upper detector of the immersion system exhibits nearly 100% collection efficiency decreasing, however, with the working distance, but the topographical contrast is regrettably suppressed in its image. The collection efficiency of the standard detector is low for short working distances but increases with the same, preserving strong topographical contrast.

  16. Smart flexible microrobots for scanning electron microscope (SEM) applications

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    Schmoeckel, Ferdinand; Fatikow, Sergej

    2000-06-01

    In the scanning electron microscope (SEM), specially designed microrobots can act as a flexible assembly facility for hybrid microsystems, as probing devices for in-situ tests on IC structures or just as a helpful teleoperated tool for the SEM operator when examining samples. Several flexible microrobots of this kind have been developed and tested. Driven by piezoactuators, these few cubic centimeters small mobile robots perform manipulations with a precision of up to 10 nm and transport the gripped objects at speeds of up to 3 cm/s. In accuracy, flexibility and price they are superior to conventional precision robots. A new SEM-suited microrobot prototype is described in this paper. The SEM's vacuum chamber has been equipped with various elements like flanges and CCD cameras to enable the robot to operate. In order to use the SEM image for the automatic real-time control of the robots, the SEM's electron beam is actively controlled by a PC. The latter submits the images to the robots' control computer system. For obtaining three-dimensional information in real time, especially for the closed-loop control of a robot endeffector, e.g. microgripper, a triangulation method with the luminescent spot of the SEM's electron beam is being investigated.

  17. Semiautomatic classification of cementitious materials using scanning electron microscope images

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    Drumetz, Lucas; Mura, Mauro Dalla; Meulenyzer, Samuel; Lombard, Sébastien; Chanussot, Jocelyn

    2015-11-01

    Segmentation and classification are prolific research topics in the image processing community. These topics have been increasingly used in the context of analysis of cementitious materials on images acquired with a scanning electron microscope. Indeed, there is a need to be able to detect and to quantify the materials present in a cement paste in order to follow the chemical reactions occurring in the material even days after the solidification. We propose a new approach for segmentation and classification of cementitious materials based on the denoising of the data with a block-matching three-dimensional (3-D) algorithm, binary partition tree (BPT) segmentation, support vector machines (SVM) classification, and interactivity with the user. The BPT provides a hierarchical representation of the spatial regions of the data, allowing a segmentation to be selected among the admissible partitions of the image. SVMs are used to obtain a classification map of the image. This approach combines state-of-the-art image processing tools with user interactivity to allow a better segmentation to be performed, or to help the classifier discriminate the classes better. We show that the proposed approach outperforms a previous method when applied to synthetic data and several real datasets coming from cement samples, both qualitatively with visual examination and quantitatively with the comparison of experimental results with theoretical ones.

  18. Cryogenic scanning Hall-probe microscope with centimeter scan range and submicron resolution

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    Dinner, Rafael B.; Beasley, M. R.; Moler, Kathryn A.

    2005-10-01

    We have constructed a scanning Hall-probe microscope that combines a 1×4cm scan range with 200 nm positioning resolution by coupling stepper motors to high-resolution drivers and reducing gears. The instrument is uniquely suited for efficient magnetic imaging of mesoscopic devices, media, and materials, operating from 4 K to room temperature with fast turn-around time. Its potential for studying dissipation in coated conductors—high-Tc superconducting tapes—is demonstrated via model systems. We image an entire sample of YBa2Cu3O7-δ, then zoom in to individual fluxons. Flux penetration into a single artificial grain boundary is imaged with 4×10-3G /√Hz field resolution and 25μs time resolution by averaging over cycles of ac driving current. Using the resulting magnetic movie, we map out ac power losses.

  19. Direct control and characterization of a Schottky barrier by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Bell, L. D.; Kaiser, W. J.; Hecht, M. H.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1988-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) methods are used to directly control the barrier height of a metal tunnel tip-semiconductor tunnel junction. Barrier behavior is measured by tunnel current-voltage spectroscopy and compared to theory. A unique surface preparation method is used to prepare a low surface state density Si surface. Control of band bending with this method enables STM investigation of semiconductor subsurface properties.

  20. Scanning tunnelling spectroscopy and manipulation of double-decker phthalocyanine molecules on a semiconductor surface

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    Pan, Yi; Kanisawa, Kiyoshi; Ishikawa, Naoto; Fölsch, Stefan

    2017-09-01

    A scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) operated at 5 K was used to study dysprosium biphthalocyanine (DyPc2) molecules adsorbed on the inert III-V semiconductor surface InAs(1 1 1)A. Orbital imaging and scanning tunnelling spectroscopy measurements reveal that the molecular electronic structure remains largely unperturbed, indicating a weak molecule-surface binding. The molecule adsorbs at the In vacancy site of the (2  ×  2)-reconstructed surface and is highly sensitive to current-induced excitations leading to random rotational fluctuations. Owing to the weak surface binding, individual molecules can be precisely repositioned and arranged by the STM tip via attractive tip-molecule interaction. In this way, DyPc2 dimers of well-defined internal structure can be assembled which exist in two conformations of equivalent appearance. A binary switching between these two conformers can be induced by injecting electrons into one of the two molecules. The conformational change of the dimer proceeds via a concerted molecular rotation and minor lateral displacement. The synchronised switching observed here is attributed to steric interactions between the two molecules constituting the dimer.

  1. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy on InAs–GaSb Esaki Diode Nanowire Devices during Operation

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    2015-01-01

    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

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

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    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.

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

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

    2016-08-19

    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.

  4. Interfacial scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) of chalcogenide/metal hybrid nanostructure

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    Saad, Mahmoud M.; Abdallah, Tamer; Easawi, Khalid; Negm, Sohair; Talaat, Hassan

    2015-05-01

    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.

  5. The FAST module: an add-on unit for driving commercial scanning probe microscopes at video rate and beyond.

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    Esch, Friedrich; Dri, Carlo; Spessot, Alessio; Africh, Cristina; Cautero, Giuseppe; Giuressi, Dario; Sergo, Rudi; Tommasini, Riccardo; Comelli, Giovanni

    2011-05-01

    We present the design and the performance of the FAST (Fast Acquisition of SPM Timeseries) module, an add-on instrument that can drive commercial scanning probe microscopes (SPM) at and beyond video rate image frequencies. In the design of this module, we adopted and integrated several technical solutions previously proposed by different groups in order to overcome the problems encountered when driving SPMs at high scanning frequencies. The fast probe motion control and signal acquisition are implemented in a way that is totally transparent to the existing control electronics, allowing the user to switch immediately and seamlessly to the fast scanning mode when imaging in the conventional slow mode. The unit provides a completely non-invasive, fast scanning upgrade to common SPM instruments that are not specifically designed for high speed scanning. To test its performance, we used this module to drive a commercial scanning tunneling microscope (STM) system in a quasi-constant height mode to frame rates of 100 Hz and above, demonstrating extremely stable and high resolution imaging capabilities. The module is extremely versatile and its application is not limited to STM setups but can, in principle, be generalized to any scanning probe instrument.

  6. The FAST module: An add-on unit for driving commercial scanning probe microscopes at video rate and beyond

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    Esch, Friedrich; Dri, Carlo; Spessot, Alessio; Africh, Cristina; Cautero, Giuseppe; Giuressi, Dario; Sergo, Rudi; Tommasini, Riccardo; Comelli, Giovanni

    2011-05-01

    We present the design and the performance of the FAST (Fast Acquisition of SPM Timeseries) module, an add-on instrument that can drive commercial scanning probe microscopes (SPM) at and beyond video rate image frequencies. In the design of this module, we adopted and integrated several technical solutions previously proposed by different groups in order to overcome the problems encountered when driving SPMs at high scanning frequencies. The fast probe motion control and signal acquisition are implemented in a way that is totally transparent to the existing control electronics, allowing the user to switch immediately and seamlessly to the fast scanning mode when imaging in the conventional slow mode. The unit provides a completely non-invasive, fast scanning upgrade to common SPM instruments that are not specifically designed for high speed scanning. To test its performance, we used this module to drive a commercial scanning tunneling microscope (STM) system in a quasi-constant height mode to frame rates of 100 Hz and above, demonstrating extremely stable and high resolution imaging capabilities. The module is extremely versatile and its application is not limited to STM setups but can, in principle, be generalized to any scanning probe instrument.

  7. Improved specimen coating technique for scanning electron microscope observation of decomposer microorganisms.

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    Draggan, S

    1976-02-01

    Sputter coating of leaf litter microbe samples provides scanning electron microscope images with greater information content than either vacuum evaporation of thin metal coatings or tissue conductance.

  8. Intermode Coupling Drives the Irreversible Tautomerization in Porphycene on Copper(111) Induced by Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy.

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    Novko, Dino; Blanco-Rey, María; Tremblay, Jean Christophe

    2017-03-02

    In this contribution, we develop a nonadiabatic theory that explains, from first-principles, the recently reported irreversible trans → cis tautomerization of porphycene on Cu(111) induced by a scanning tunnelling microscope at finite bias. The inelastic contribution to the STM current is found to excite a large number of skeletal vibrational modes of the molecule, thereby inducing a deformation of the potential energy landscape along the hydrogen transfer coordinate. Above a threshold bias, the stability of the tautomers is reversed, which indirectly drives the reaction via intermode coupling. The proposed potential deformation term accounts effectively for the excitation of all internal vibrational modes without increasing the dimensionality of the problem. The model yields information about reaction rates, explains the reaction irreversibility at low temperatures, and accounts for the presence of resonant processes.

  9. How the vortex lattice of a superconductor becomes disordered: a study by scanning tunneling spectroscopy

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    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

  10. Probing magnetic excitations and correlations in single and coupled spin systems with scanning tunneling spectroscopy

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    Ternes, Markus

    2017-02-01

    Spectroscopic measurements with low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopes have been used very successfully for studying not only individual atomic or molecular spins on surfaces but also complexly designed coupled systems. The symmetry breaking of the supporting surface induces magnetic anisotropy which lead to characteristic fingerprints in the spectrum of the differential conductance and can be well understood with simple model Hamiltonians. Furthermore, correlated many-particle states can emerge due to the interaction with itinerant electrons of the electrodes, making these systems ideal prototypical quantum systems. In this manuscript more complex bipartite and spin-chains will be discussed additionally. Their spectra enable to determine precisely the nature of the interactions between the spins which can lead to the formation of new quantum states which emerge by interatomic entanglement.

  11. Observation of small metal clusters on graphite surface with scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Shen, Jian; Zhu, Changxin; Ma, Zili; Pang, Shijin; Xue, Zengquan

    The motivation for studying the dynamic behavior and morphology of small metal clusters on solid single crystal surface is the desire to understand the physical mechanisms evolving in the initial stages of thin-film growth. In the experiments we have used a scanning tunneling microscope to study the static morphology of small Pt and Ni clusters supported on clean graphite surfaces, as well as the dynamic behaviors of small Pt clusters in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber. The metal deposition was fulfilled by controllable evaporation from ultra-pure superfine metal wires at room temperature in UHV. The STM images of small Pt and Ni clusters on graphite substrates with atomic resolution, as well as a series of STM images reveal some transformation processes of small metal clusters on the solid crystal surfaces, which provide us a better understanding on the procedure of atomic diffusion of metal clusters. All the STM images have been performed at room temperature.

  12. Charge ordering in stoichiometric FeTe: Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Li, Wei; Yin, Wei -Guo; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi -Kun; Chen, Xi

    2016-01-04

    In this study, we use scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to reveal a unique stripy charge order in a parent phase of iron-based superconductors in stoichiometric FeTe epitaxy films. The charge order has unusually the same—usually half—period as the spin order. We also found highly anisotropic electron band dispersions being large and little along the ferromagnetic (crystallographic b) and antiferromagnetic (a) directions, respectively. Our data suggest that the microscopic mechanism is likely of the Stoner type driven by interatomic Coulomb repulsion Vij, and that Vij and charge fluctuations, so far much neglected, are important to the understanding of iron-based superconductors.

  13. Atomic Structure and Charge Density Waves of Blue Bronze by Variable Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Nikiforov,M.; Isakovic, A.; Bonnell, D.

    2007-01-01

    Blue bronze (K{sub 0.3}MoO{sub 3}) has been the focus of a number of scattering, transport, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and theoretical studies that have provided insight into the relation between atomic structure and charge-density wave (CDW) formation. However, the full extent of a relation of the CDWs to the atomic lattice and the microscopic origin of CDW pinning are still not completely resolved. In this study STM is used to distinguish the atomic structure and CDWs at the (20{bar 1}) surface. Within the STM's spatial resolution, the CDWs are incommensurate with the lattice at midrange temperatures and approach commensurability at low temperatures. Incommensurate CDWs are present on the surface and the degree of the incommensurability between blue bronze lattice and CDW lattice agree well with those determined from bulk scattering techniques.

  14. Molecular electronics on silicon: an ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy study.

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    Guisinger, Nathan P; Basu, Rajiv; Baluch, Andrew S; Hersam, Mark C

    2003-12-01

    An ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was employed as a tool to characterize two distinct molecular electronic strategies on the Si(100) surface. Initially, the self-directed growth of one-dimensional styrene molecular chains on hydrogen-passivated Si(100) was investigated. High-resolution empty states imaging of these styrene nanostructures confirms alignment of phenyl groups along the chain. However, attempts at STM charge transport measurements were limited by tip induced desorption of styrene molecules. Consequently, an alternative oxygen radical chemistry was also investigated. In particular, the chemical adsorption of 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy (TEMPO) onto clean Si(100) leads to the formation of an exceptionally stable silicon-oxygen bond that can withstand high bias charge transport measurements up to +/- 5 volts. Direct charge transport measurements through individual TEMPO molecules on degenerately n-type doped Si(100) reveal room temperature negative differential resistance behavior for negative sample biases exceeding - 3 volts.

  15. Simultaneous scanning tunneling microscopy and stress measurements to elucidate the origins of surface forces.

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    Narushima, Tetsuya; Kinahan, Niall T; Boland, John J

    2007-05-01

    We have developed a new combined measurement system to investigate the underlying origins of forces on solid state surfaces from the viewpoint of atomic surface morphology. This system consists of two main parts: the measurements of force based on displacements and detailed atomic resolution observations of the surface morphology. The former involves a large sample cantilever and a capacitive detection method that provide sufficient resolution to detect changes of a few meV/atom or pN/atom at surfaces. For the latter, a scanning tunneling microscope was incorporated to observe structural changes occurring on the surface of the cantilever sample. Although this combined observation is not trivial, it was accomplished by carefully designing sample dimensions while suppressing the self-oscillation of the cantilever. To demonstrate the performance of this system a preliminary study of the room temperature adsorption of Br(2) on the clean Si(111)-7x7 surface is presented.

  16. Surface structure and spectroscopy of charge-density wave materials using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Coleman, R.V.; Dai, Zhenxi; McNairy, W.W.; Slough, C.G.; Wang, Chen.

    1991-01-01

    The Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been used to study the effects of Fe doping on the charge-density wave (CDW) structure in NbSe{sub 3} and 1T-TaS{sub 2}. In NbSe{sub 3} 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-Fe{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 0.95}S{sub 2} 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.

  17. Surface structure and spectroscopy of charge-density wave materials using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Coleman, R.V.; Dai, Zhenxi; McNairy, W.W.; Slough, C.G.; Wang, Chen

    1991-12-31

    The Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been used to study the effects of Fe doping on the charge-density wave (CDW) structure in NbSe{sub 3} and 1T-TaS{sub 2}. In NbSe{sub 3} 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-Fe{sub 0.05}Ta{sub 0.95}S{sub 2} 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.

  18. Electromagnetic model for near-field microwave microscope with atomic resolution: Determination of tunnel junction impedance

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    Reznik, Alexander N.

    2014-08-25

    An electrodynamic model is proposed for the tunneling microwave microscope with subnanometer space resolution as developed by Lee et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 97, 183111 (2010)]. Tip-sample impedance Z{sub a} was introduced and studied in the tunneling and non-tunneling regimes. At tunneling breakdown, the microwave current between probe and sample flows along two parallel channels characterized by impedances Z{sub p} and Z{sub t} that add up to form overall impedance Z{sub a}. Quantity Z{sub p} is the capacitive impedance determined by the near field of the probe and Z{sub t} is the impedance of the tunnel junction. By taking into account the distance dependences of effective tip radius r{sub 0}(z) and tunnel resistance R{sub t}(z) = Re[Z{sub t}(z)], we were able to explain the experimentally observed dependences of resonance frequency f{sub r}(z) and quality factor Q{sub L}(z) of the microscope. The obtained microwave resistance R{sub t}(z) and direct current tunnel resistance R{sub t}{sup dc}(z) exhibit qualitatively similar behavior, although being largely different in both magnitude and the characteristic scale of height dependence. Interpretation of the microwave images of the atomic structure of test samples proved possible by taking into account the inductive component of tunnel impedance ImZ{sub t} = ωL{sub t}. Relation ωL{sub t}/R{sub t} ≈ 0.235 was obtained.

  19. Autofocus on moving object in scanning electron microscope.

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    Kudryavtsev, Andrey V; Dembélé, Sounkalo; Piat, Nadine

    2017-07-12

    The sharpness of the images coming from a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is a very important property for many computer vision applications at micro- and nanoscale. It represents how much object details are distinctive in the images: the object may be perceived sharp or blurred. Image sharpness highly depends on the value of focal distance, or working distance in the case of the SEM. Autofocus is the technique allowing to automatically adjust the working distance to maximize the sharpness. Most of the existing algorithms allows working only with a static object which is enough for the tasks of visualization, manual microanalysis or microcharacterization. These applications work with a low frame rate, less than 1 Hz, that guarantees a low level of noise. However, static autofocus can not be used for samples performing continuous 3D motion, which is the case of robotic applications where it is required to carry out a continuous 3D position measurement, e.g., nano-assembly or nanomanipulation. Moreover, in addition to constantly keeping object in focus while it is moving, it is required to perform the operation at high frame rate. The approach offering both these possibilities is presented in this paper and is referred as dynamic autofocus. The presented solution is based on stochastic optimization techniques. It allows tracking the maximum of the sharpness of the images without sweep and without training. It works under uncertainty conditions: presence of noise in images, unknown maximal sharpness and unknown 3D motion of the specimen. The experiments, that were performed with noisy images at high frame rate (5 Hz), were conducted on a Carl Zeiss Auriga 60 FE-SEM. They prove the robustness of the algorithm with respect to the variation of optimization parameters, object speed and magnification. Moreover, it is invariant to the object structure and its variation in time. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Visualizing bone porosities using a tabletop scanning electron microscope

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    Krishnamoorthy, D.; DaPonte, J.; Broadbridge, C. C.; Daniel, D.; Alter, L.

    2010-04-01

    Pores are naturally occurring entities in bone. Changes in pore size and number are often associated with diseases such as Osteoporosis and even microgravity during spaceflight. Studying bone perforations may yield great insight into bone's material properties, including bone density and may contribute to identifying therapies to halt or potentially reverse bone loss. Current technologies used in this field include nuclear magnetic resonance, micro-computed tomography and the field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) 2, 5. However, limitations in each method limit further advancement. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of using a new generation of analytical instruments, the TM-1000 tabletop, SEM with back-scatter electron (BSE) detector, to analyze cortical bone porosities. Hind limb unloaded and age-based controlled mouse femurs were extracted and tested in vitro for changes in pores on the periosteal surface. An important advantage of using the tabletop is the simplified sample preparation that excludes extra coatings, dehydration and fixation steps that are otherwise required for conventional SEM. For quantitative data, pores were treated as particles in order to use an analyze particles feature in the NIH ImageJ software. Several image-processing techniques for background smoothing, thresholding and filtering were employed to produce a binary image suitable for particle analysis. It was hypothesized that the unloaded bones would show an increase in pore area, as the lack of mechanical loading would affect bone-remodeling processes taking place in and around pores. Preliminary results suggest only a slight different in frequency but not in size of pores between unloaded and control femurs.

  1. Atomic scale contact formation: A combined Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) study

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    Hagedorn, Till; El Ouali, Mehdi; Miyahara, Yoichi; Grütter, Peter

    2008-03-01

    We are investigating contact formation at the atomic scale, in particular the interplay of forces and conductivity [1]. As it has been shown (e.g. in the case of C60 in between a STM tip and an Au(111) sample [2]), the conductivity in molecular junctions depends strongly on the contact geometry. In order to fully characterize the junction, we use a homebuilt ultra high vacuum (UHV) (p < 10-10 mbar) microscope which runs in simultaneous scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) modes. Additionally we image the STM tip structure with field ion microscopy (FIM) prior to using it in our experiments [3]. In order to realize a controlled contact we use the STM tip as one electrode and the sample as counter electrode. We are investigating bare Au(111) samples and W STM tips as an example of a nano metal-metal contact and one C60 molecule sandwiched between the W-tip and the Au(111) sample as a model for a controlled metal-molecule-metal contact. We will present new measurements of I(z), F(z) and dI/dV (z) curves of the above mentioned systems, where z is the tip-sample separation as well as images of the sample and tip structure. [1] Sun et. al. PRB 71 193407, 2005 [2] De Menech et. al. PRB 73, 155407, 2006 [3] Lucier et. al. PRB 72, 235420, 2005

  2. Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy on perovskite oxide thin films deposited in situ.

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    Hitosugi, Taro; Shimizu, Ryota; Ohsawa, Takeo; Iwaya, Katsuya

    2014-10-01

    Complex oxide surfaces and interfaces, consisting of two or more cations and oxygen anions, have attracted a great deal of attention because their properties are crucial factors in the performance of catalysts, fuel cells, and Li-ion batteries. However, atomic-scale investigations of these oxide surfaces have been hindered because of the difficulties in surface preparation. Here, we demonstrate atomic-scale surface studies of complex perovskite oxides and the initial growth processes in oxide epitaxial films deposited on (✓13 × ✓13)-R33.7° reconstructed SrTiO3 (001) substrates using a scanning tunneling microscope integrated with a pulsed laser deposition system. The atomically ordered, reconstructed SrTiO3 (001) surface is stable under the typical conditions necessary for the growth of oxide thin films, and hence is considered suitable for the study of the initial growth processes in oxide films. The atomic-scale microscopic/spectroscopic characterizations performed here shed light on the microscopic origin of electronic properties observed in complex oxides and their heterostructures.

  3. Error correction based on micro-scanning preprocessing for an optical micro-scanning thermal microscope imaging system

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    Gao, Meijing; Xu, Jie; Tan, Ailing; Zu, Zhenlong; Yang, Ming; Wang, Jingyuan

    2017-06-01

    In recent years, various thermal microscope imaging systems have been developed to meet the demands of micro-thermal analysis for large-scale integrated circuits, biomedical, science, and research fields. However, conventional thermal microscope imaging systems, which use cooled infrared detectors are heavy and expensive. In order to solve this problem, we developed a thermal microscope imaging system based on an uncooled infrared detector. However, the spatial resolution of the thermal microscope imaging system based on an uncooled infrared detector is low. With optical micro-scanning technology, the spatial resolution of the thermal microscope imaging system can be increased without increasing the detector dimension or reducing the detector unit size. In order to improve its spatial resolution, a micro-scanning system based on optical plate rotation was developed, and an optical microscanning thermal microscope imaging system was obtained after the integrated design. Due to environmental factors, mechanical vibration, alignment error and other factors, there is micro-scanning error in the designed micro-scanning thermal microscope imaging system. The four low-resolution images collected by micro-scanning thermal microscope imaging system are not standard down-sampled images. The quality of the image interpolated directly by four collected images is reduced and the performance of the micro-scanning system isn't fully exploited. Therefore, based on the proposed second-order oversampling reconstruction micro-scanning error correction algorithm and the new edge directed interpolation algorithm, a new micro-scanning error correction technique is proposed. Simulations and experiments show that the proposed technique can effectively reduce optical micro-scanning error, improve the systems spatial resolution and optimize the effect of the imaging system. It can be applied to other electro-optical imaging systems to improve their spatial resolution.

  4. 3D scanning of internal structure in gel engineering materials with visual scanning microscopic light scattering

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    Watanabe, Yosuke; Gong, Jing; Masato, Makino; Kabir, M. Hasnat; Furukawa, Hidemitsu

    2014-04-01

    The 3D printing technology, causing much attention from the beginning of 2013, will be possibly an alternative method to fabricate the biological soft tissues. Recently our group of Yamagata University has developed the world-first 3D Gel Printer to fabricate the complicated gel-materials with high-strength and biocompatibility. However, there are no 3D scanners that collect the data from the internal structure of complicated gel objects such as eye lens. It means that a new system for scanning the internal structure is needed now. In this study, firstly, we have tried to investigate the gel network of synthetic and biological gel with scanning microscopic light scattering (SMILS). We calculated the Young's modulus of synthetic gels with the SMILS and with the tensile test, and precisely compared the results between them. The temperature dependences of the inside structure and the transparency are observed in the pig crystalline lens. The quantitative analysis indicates the importance of the internal structure of real object. Secondary, we show the new system named Gel-scanner that can provide the 2-dimentional data of the internal structure. From examining our findings, the scanning of internal structure will enable us to expect physical properties of the real object. We convince that the gelscanner will play major role in the various fields.

  5. Scanning Josephson tunneling microscopy of single-crystal Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta} with a conventional superconducting tip.

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    Kimura, Hikari; Barber, R P; Ono, S; Ando, Yoichi; Dynes, R C

    2008-07-18

    We have performed both Josephson and quasiparticle tunneling in vacuum tunnel junctions formed between a conventional superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tip and overdoped Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+delta} single crystals. A Josephson current is observed with a peak centered at a small finite voltage due to the thermal-fluctuation-dominated superconducting phase dynamics. Josephson measurements at different surface locations yield local values for the Josephson I_{C}R_{N} product. Corresponding energy gap measurements were also performed and a surprising inverse correlation was observed between the local I_{C}R_{N} product and the local energy gap.

  6. Using the scanning electron microscope on the production line to assure quality semiconductors

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    Adolphsen, J. W.; Anstead, R. J.

    1972-01-01

    The use of the scanning electron microscope to detect metallization defects introduced during batch processing of semiconductor devices is discussed. A method of determining metallization integrity was developed which culminates in a procurement specification using the scanning microscope on the production line as a quality control tool. Batch process control of the metallization operation is monitored early in the manufacturing cycle.

  7. Active nanocharacterization of nanofunctional materials by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Fujita, Daisuke; Sagisaka, Keisuke

    2008-01-01

    Recent developments in the application of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to nanofabrication and nanocharacterization are reviewed. The main focus of this paper is to outline techniques for depositing and manipulating nanometer-scale structures using STM tips. Firstly, the transfer of STM tip material through the application of voltage pulses is introduced. The highly reproducible fabrication of metallic silver nanodots and nanowires is discussed. The mechanism is thought to be spontaneous point-contact formation caused by field-enhanced diffusion to the apex of the tip. Transfer through the application of z-direction pulses is also introduced. Sub-nanometer displacement pulses along the z-direction form point contacts that can be used for reproducible nanodot deposition. Next, the discovery of the STM structural manipulation of surface phases is discussed. It has been demonstrated that superstructures on Si(001) surfaces can be reverse-manipulated by controlling the injected carriers. Finally, the fabrication of an atomic-scale one-dimensional quantum confinement system by single-atom deposition using a controlled point contact is presented. Because of its combined nanofabrication and nanocharacterization capabilities, STM is a powerful tool for exploring the nanotechnology and nanoscience fields.

  8. Active nanocharacterization of nanofunctional materials by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Fujita, Daisuke; Sagisaka, Keisuke

    2008-01-01

    Recent developments in the application of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to nanofabrication and nanocharacterization are reviewed. The main focus of this paper is to outline techniques for depositing and manipulating nanometer-scale structures using STM tips. Firstly, the transfer of STM tip material through the application of voltage pulses is introduced. The highly reproducible fabrication of metallic silver nanodots and nanowires is discussed. The mechanism is thought to be spontaneous point-contact formation caused by field-enhanced diffusion to the apex of the tip. Transfer through the application of z-direction pulses is also introduced. Sub-nanometer displacement pulses along the z-direction form point contacts that can be used for reproducible nanodot deposition. Next, the discovery of the STM structural manipulation of surface phases is discussed. It has been demonstrated that superstructures on Si(001) surfaces can be reverse-manipulated by controlling the injected carriers. Finally, the fabrication of an atomic-scale one-dimensional quantum confinement system by single-atom deposition using a controlled point contact is presented. Because of its combined nanofabrication and nanocharacterization capabilities, STM is a powerful tool for exploring the nanotechnology and nanoscience fields. PMID:27877921

  9. Imaging electronic states on topological semimetals using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Gyenis, András; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Jeon, Sangjun; ...

    2016-10-18

    Following the intense studies on topological insulators, significant efforts have recently been devoted to the search for gapless topological systems. These materials not only broaden the topological classification of matter but also provide a condensed matter realization of various relativistic particles and phenomena previously discussed mainly in high energy physics. Weyl semimetals host massless, chiral, low-energy excitations in the bulk electronic band structure, whereas a symmetry protected pair of Weyl fermions gives rise to massless Dirac fermions.Weemployed scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy to explore the behavior of electronic states both on the surface and in the bulk of topological semimetal phases. Bymore » mapping the quasiparticle interference (QPI) and emerging Landau levels at high magnetic field in Dirac semimetals Cd3As2 and Na3Bi, we observed extended Dirac-like bulk electronic bands. QPI imaged on Weyl semimetal TaAs demonstrated the predicted momentum dependent delocalization of Fermi arc surface states in the vicinity of the surface projected Weyl nodes.« less

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

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    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.

  11. Metal-silicene interaction studied by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Li, Zhi; Feng, Haifeng; Zhuang, Jincheng; Pu, Na; Wang, Li; Xu, Xun; Hao, Weichang; Du, Yi

    2016-01-27

    Ag atoms have been deposited on 3  ×  3 silicene and  √3  ×  √3 silicene films by molecular beam epitaxy method in ultrahigh vacuum. Using scanning tunneling microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, we found that Ag atoms do not form chemical bonds with both 3  ×  3 silicene and  √3  ×  √3 silicene films, which is due to the chemically inert surface of silicene. On 3  ×  3 silicene films, Ag atoms mostly form into stable flat-top Ag islands. In contrast, Ag atoms form nanoclusters and glide on silicene films, suggesting a more inert nature. Raman spectroscopy suggests that there is more sp (2) hybridization in  √3  ×  √3 than in  √7  ×  √7/3  ×  3 silicene films.

  12. Metal-silicene interaction studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Li, Zhi; Feng, Haifeng; Zhuang, Jincheng; Pu, Na; Wang, Li; Xu, Xun; Hao, Weichang; Du, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Ag atoms have been deposited on 3  ×  3 silicene and  √3  ×  √3 silicene films by molecular beam epitaxy method in ultrahigh vacuum. Using scanning tunneling microscopy and Raman spectroscopy, we found that Ag atoms do not form chemical bonds with both 3  ×  3 silicene and  √3  ×  √3 silicene films, which is due to the chemically inert surface of silicene. On 3  ×  3 silicene films, Ag atoms mostly form into stable flat-top Ag islands. In contrast, Ag atoms form nanoclusters and glide on silicene films, suggesting a more inert nature. Raman spectroscopy suggests that there is more sp 2 hybridization in  √3  ×  √3 than in  √7  ×  √7/3  ×  3 silicene films.

  13. Spectroscopic scanning tunneling microscopy insights into Fe-based superconductors

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    Hoffman, Jennifer E.

    2011-12-01

    In the first three years since the discovery of Fe-based high Tc superconductors, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy have shed light on three important questions. First, STM has demonstrated the complexity of the pairing symmetry in Fe-based materials. Phase-sensitive quasiparticle interference (QPI) imaging and low temperature spectroscopy have shown that the pairing order parameter varies from nodal to nodeless s± within a single family, FeTe1-xSex. Second, STM has imaged C4 → C2 symmetry breaking in the electronic states of both parent and superconducting materials. As a local probe, STM is in a strong position to understand the interactions between these broken symmetry states and superconductivity. Finally, STM has been used to image the vortex state, giving insights into the technical problem of vortex pinning, and the fundamental problem of the competing states introduced when superconductivity is locally quenched by a magnetic field. Here we give a pedagogical introduction to STM and QPI imaging, discuss the specific challenges associated with extracting bulk properties from the study of surfaces, and report on progress made in understanding Fe-based superconductors using STM techniques.

  14. Imaging electronic states on topological semimetals using scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Gyenis, András; Inoue, Hiroyuki; Jeon, Sangjun; Zhou, Brian B.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Wang, Zhijun; Li, Jian; Jiang, Shan; Gibson, Quinn D.; Kushwaha, Satya K.; Krizan, Jason W.; Ni, Ni; Cava, Robert J.; Bernevig, B. Andrei; Yazdani, Ali

    2016-10-01

    Following the intense studies on topological insulators, significant efforts have recently been devoted to the search for gapless topological systems. These materials not only broaden the topological classification of matter but also provide a condensed matter realization of various relativistic particles and phenomena previously discussed mainly in high energy physics. Weyl semimetals host massless, chiral, low-energy excitations in the bulk electronic band structure, whereas a symmetry protected pair of Weyl fermions gives rise to massless Dirac fermions. We employed scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy to explore the behavior of electronic states both on the surface and in the bulk of topological semimetal phases. By mapping the quasiparticle interference (QPI) and emerging Landau levels at high magnetic field in Dirac semimetals Cd3As2 and Na3Bi, we observed extended Dirac-like bulk electronic bands. QPI imaged on Weyl semimetal TaAs demonstrated the predicted momentum dependent delocalization of Fermi arc surface states in the vicinity of the surface-projected Weyl nodes.

  15. Visualizing Topological Surface States using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy

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    Yazdani, Ali

    2010-03-01

    Topological insulators are a new class of insulators in which a bulk gap for electronic excitations is generated by strong spin-orbit coupling. These novel materials are distinguished from ordinary insulators by the presence of gapless metallic boundary states, akin to the chiral edge modes in quantum Hall systems, but with unconventional spin textures. Angle resolved photoemission experiments and theoretical efforts have provided strong evidence for bulk topological insulators and their spin-chiral surface states in several Bi-based compounds. We have performed scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopic studies of topological surface states on a range of different compounds. I will describe how these experiments illustrate the importance of the spin-texture of these novel states on their scattering and quantum confinement. Experiments demonstrate that these states are protected from backscattering between opposite spin states due to their chiral spin textures. [1]. More recently, our studies were extended to determine the interplay between the influence of spin symmetry on scattering and the possibility of energy level quantization due to geometric confinement for topological surface states. [2] Work was done in collaboration with P. Roushan, J. Seo, H. Beidenkopf, Y.-S. Hor, C. Parker, D. Hsieh, D. Qian, and A. Richardella, M. Z. Hasan, R. Cava. Supported by ARO, ONR, and MRSEC through PCCM. [4pt] [1] P. Roushan et al. Nature 460, 1106 (2009). [0pt] [2] J. Seo et al. submitted (2009).

  16. Tracing the Electronic Pairing Glue in Unconventional Superconductors via Inelastic Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy

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    Hlobil, Patrik; Jandke, Jasmin; Wulfhekel, Wulf; Schmalian, Jörg

    2017-04-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy has been shown to be a powerful experimental probe to detect electronic excitations and further allows us to deduce fingerprints of bosonic collective modes in superconductors. Here, we demonstrate that the inclusion of inelastic tunnel events is crucial for the interpretation of tunneling spectra of unconventional superconductors and allows us to directly probe electronic and bosonic excitations via scanning tunneling microscopy. We apply the formalism to the iron based superconductor LiFeAs. With the inclusion of inelastic contributions, we find strong evidence for a nonconventional pairing mechanism, likely via magnetic excitations.

  17. Review of Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and a Proposed Scanning Protocol.

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    Chen, Yin-Ting; Williams, Lisa; Zak, Matthew J; Fredericson, Michael

    2016-11-01

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common peripheral compressive neuropathy. Ultrasonography (US) is an emerging technology that can be used in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although the cross-sectional area is the most studied and validated measurement for carpal tunnel syndrome, there is no standardized neuromuscular US scanning protocol. We review the most studied neuromuscular US characteristics and protocols in the evaluation of carpal tunnel syndrome and propose a standardized protocol for evaluating carpal tunnel syndrome with neuromuscular US based on current literature. © 2016 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  18. A method of dynamic chromatic aberration correction in low-voltage scanning electron microscopes.

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    Khursheed, Anjam

    2005-07-01

    A time-of-flight concept that dynamically corrects for chromatic aberration effects in scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) is presented. The method is predicted to reduce the microscope's chromatic aberration by an order of magnitude. The scheme should significantly improve the spatial resolution of low-voltage scanning electron microscopes (LVSEMs). The dynamic means of correcting for chromatic aberration also allows for the possibility of obtaining high image resolution from electron guns that have relatively large energy spreads.

  19. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Dirac Fermions at mK Temperatures

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    Stroscio, Joseph

    2011-03-01

    Since the beginning of the last century new frontiers in physics have emerged when advances in instrumentation achieved lower experimental operating temperatures. Notable examples include the discovery of superconductivity and the integer and fractional quantum Hall effects. New experimental techniques are continually adapted in order to meet new experimental challenges. A case in point is scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) which has seen a wealth of new measurements emerge as cryogenic STM instruments have been developed in the last two decades. In this talk I describe the design, development and performance of a scanning probe microscopy facility operating at a base temperature of 10 mK in magnetic fields up to 15 T. The microscope is cooled by a custom designed, fully ultra-high vacuum (UHV) compatible dilution refrigerator (DR) and is capable of in-situ tip and sample exchange. Sub-picometer stability at the tip-sample junction is achieved through three independent vibration isolation stages and careful design of the dilution refrigerator. The system can be connected to, or disconnected from, a network of interconnected auxiliary UHV chambers used for sample and probe tip preparation. Current measurements are focusing on Dirac fermions in graphene and in topological insulators. The history of the fractional quantum Hall states in semiconductor heterostructures suggests that studying graphene at lower temperatures and higher magnetic fields may reveal new quantum phases of matter. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy of graphene at mK temperatures reveals the detailed structure of the degenerate Landau levels in graphene, resolving the full quartet of states corresponding to the lifting of the spin and valley dengeneracies. When the Fermi level lies inside the four-fold Landau manifold, significant electron correlation effects result in enhanced valley splitting and spin splitting. New many-body states are observed at fractional filling factors of 7/2, 9/2, and 11/2.

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

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    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.

  1. Nanoscale characterization of polyoxometalate catalysts by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Kaba, Mahmoud Samah

    Polyoxometalates (POMs) are dsp0 early transition metal oxide anion clusters that have found applications in acid and oxidation catalysis, electrode functionalization, and anti-retroviral therapy. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a powerful surface science technique that was used to determine the structural properties of self-assembled monolayers of POMs, and to probe the electronic properties of individual POM molecules. In our studies, POMs were deposited from aqueous solutions onto graphite surfaces, and the STM operated in ambient conditions gave well-resolved images of the POM-derivatized surfaces, showing highly ordered, two-dimensional surface arrays (corrugations). The shape and periodicity of the corrugations were consistent with the molecular dimensions and structures of POMs as determined by X-ray diffraction. Different coadsorbed species were also imaged in air using STM; the species were distinguished based on differences in shapes and on electronic properties. These results are important steps toward real-space STM imaging of chemical reactions. Tunneling spectroscopy (TS) measurements (current-voltage, or I-V spectra) taken atop the corrugations and compared with the I-V spectra of bare graphite, confirmed that the STM imaged individual POM molecules in monolayer arrays on graphite. The characteristics of the POM monolayers, such as the effects of counter-cation substitution and anion-framework substitution on the ordered arrays, were also examined by STM. The ubiquity of the ordered array formation of these metal oxide clusters suggests that they can be utilized to create well-defined surfaces with more complex chemical functions than one typically encounters in studies of metal and oxide single crystal surfaces. The POM corrugations exhibited localized electronic phenomena, referred to as negative differential resistance (NDR), at specific voltages in their I-V spectra. The NDR voltage in the I-V spectrum was dependent on the identity of the

  2. Time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy for studies of nanoscale magnetization dynamics

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    Loth, Sebastian

    2015-03-01

    The time resolution of the scanning tunneling microscope can be boosted greatly by use of electronic pump probe measurement schemes. Pulse shaping of the input pulses can even overcome bandwidth limitations of the instrument and enables sub-nanosecond time resolution. In this talk we will focus on applications of this technique for measurements of fast spin dynamics in nanomagnets. We use the probe tip of a low-temperature STM to arrange magnetic atoms into arrays of our own design. Thin insulating films decouple the atoms from the supporting metallic substrate so that the nanostructures show quantum-magnetic properties with discrete spin states. The time-domain information gained in pump probe spectroscopy quantifies the spin relaxation between metastable spin states. It enables isolating the interaction between the nanomagnet and its environment. In particular, we find that the magnetic atoms of a spin-polarized STM tip interact significantly with the surface even at moderate tunneling conditions. This interaction acts analogously to a highly localized magnetic field. It depends exponentially on the tip-nanomagnet distance and can reach a strength of several tesla. We use this atomically localized magnetic field to control the spin state mixing of a nanomagnet in an avoided level crossing of low-energy spin states. Furthermore, pump probe spectroscopy enables non-local measurements of magnetic states and highlights pathways to design and control magnetism at the single atom level.

  3. Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy -- a local and direct probe of the superconducting order parameter

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    Kimura, Hikari; Dynes, Robert; Barber Jr., Richard. P.; Ono, S.; Ando, Y.

    2009-09-01

    Direct measurements of the superconducting superfluid on the surface of vacuum-cleaved Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta (BSCCO) samples are reported. These measurements are accomplished via Josephson tunneling into the sample using a novel scanning tunneling microscope (STM) equipped with a superconducting tip. The spatial resolution of the STM of lateral distances less than the superconducting coherence length allows it to reveal local inhomogeneities in the pair wavefunction of the BSCCO. Instrument performance is demonstrated first with Josephson measurements of Pb films followed by the layered superconductor NbSe2. The relevant measurement parameter, the Josephson ICRN product, is discussed within the context of both BCS superconductors and the high transition temperature superconductors. The local relationship between the ICRN product and the quasiparticle density of states (DOS) gap are presented within the context of phase diagrams for BSCCO. Excessive current densities can be produced with these measurements and have been found to alter the local DOS in the BSCCO. Systematic studies of this effect were performed to determine the practical measurement limits for these experiments. Alternative methods for preparation of the BSCCO surface are also discussed.

  4. Scanning differential polarization microscope: Its use to image linear and circular differential scattering

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    Mickols, W.; Maestre, M.F.

    1988-06-01

    A differential polarization microscope that couples the sensitivity of single-beam measurement of circular dichroism and circular differential scattering with the simultaneous measurement of linear dichroism and linear differential scattering has been developed. The microscope uses a scanning microscope stage and single-point illumination to give the very shallow depth of field found in confocal microscopy. This microscope can operate in the confocal mode as well as in the near confocal condition that can allow one to program the coherence and spatial resolution of the microscope. This microscope has been used to study the change in the structure of chromatin during the development of sperm in Drosophila.

  5. Accurate virus quantitation using a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) detector in a scanning electron microscope.

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    Blancett, Candace D; Fetterer, David P; Koistinen, Keith A; Morazzani, Elaine M; Monninger, Mitchell K; Piper, Ashley E; Kuehl, Kathleen A; Kearney, Brian J; Norris, Sarah L; Rossi, Cynthia A; Glass, Pamela J; Sun, Mei G

    2017-10-01

    A method for accurate quantitation of virus particles has long been sought, but a perfect method still eludes the scientific community. Electron Microscopy (EM) quantitation is a valuable technique because it provides direct morphology information and counts of all viral particles, whether or not they are infectious. In the past, EM negative stain quantitation methods have been cited as inaccurate, non-reproducible, and with detection limits that were too high to be useful. To improve accuracy and reproducibility, we have developed a method termed Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy - Virus Quantitation (STEM-VQ), which simplifies sample preparation and uses a high throughput STEM detector in a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) coupled with commercially available software. In this paper, we demonstrate STEM-VQ with an alphavirus stock preparation to present the method's accuracy and reproducibility, including a comparison of STEM-VQ to viral plaque assay and the ViroCyt Virus Counter. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Scanning tunnelling microscopy of charge-density waves in transition metal chalcogenides

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    Coleman, R. V.; Giambattista, B.; Hansma, P. K.; Johnson, A.; McNairy, W. W.; Slough, C. G.

    1988-11-01

    We have used scanning tunnelling microscopes (STMs) operating at liquid helium and liquid nitrogen temperatures to image the charge-density waves (CDWs) in transition metal chalcogenides. The layer structure dichalcogenides TaSe2, TaS2, NbSe2, VSe2, TiSe2 and TiS2 have been studied including representative polytype phases such as 1T, 2H and 4Hb. Experimental results are presented for the complete range of CDW amplitudes and structures observed in these materials. In most cases both the CDW and the surface atomic structure have been simultaneously imaged. Results on the trichalcogenide NbSe3 are also included.The formation of the CDW along with the associated periodic lattice distortion gaps the Fermi surface (FS) and modifies the local density-of-states (LDOS) detected by the tunnelling process. The tunnelling microscopes have been operated mostly in the constant current mode which maps the LDOS at the position of the tunnelling tip. The relative amplitudes and profiles of the CDW superlattice and the atomic lattice have been measured and confirm on an atomic scale the CDW structures predicted by X-ray, electron and neutron diffraction. The absolute STM deflections are larger than expected for the CDW induced modifications of the LDOS above the surface and possible enhancement mechanisms are reviewed.In the 2H trigonal prismatic coordination phases the CDWs involve a relatively small charge transfer and the atomic structure dominates the STM images. In the 1T octahedral coordination phases the charge transfer is large and the CDW structure dominates the STM image with an anomalously large enhancement of the STM profile. Systematic comparison of the STM profiles with band structure and FS information is included.In the case of the 4Hb mixed coordination phases at the lowest temperatures two nearly independent CDWs form in alternate sandwiches. STM studies on 4Hb crystals with both octahedral and trigonal prismatic surface sandwiches have been carried out. The STM

  7. Automated Assessment of Keratocyte Density in Stromal Images from the ConfoScan 4 Confocal Microscope

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    Bourne, William M.; Patel, Sanjay V.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose. To develop a program to determine cell densities in images from the ConfoScan 4 (Nidek, Inc., Freemont, CA) confocal microscope and compare the densities with those determined in images obtained by the Tandem Scanning confocal microscope (Tandem Scanning Corp., Reston, VA). Methods. A program was developed that used image-processing routines to identify stromal cell nuclei in images from the ConfoScan 4 confocal microscope. Cell selection parameters were set to match cell densities from the program with those determined manually in 15 normal corneas of 15 volunteers. The program was tested on scans from 16 other normal volunteers and 17 volunteers 3 years after LASIK. Cell densities were compared to densities determined by manual assessment and to those in scans by the Tandem Scanning confocal microscope in the same corneas. Results. The difference in cell density between the automatic and manual assessment was −539 ± 3005 cells/mm3 (mean ± SD, P = 0.11) in the 16 test corneas. Densities estimated from the ConfoScan 4 agreed with those from the Tandem Scanning confocal microscope in all regions of the stroma except in the anterior 10%, where the ConfoScan 4 indicated a 30% lower density. Conclusions. Differences in anterior stromal cell density between the ConfoScan 4 and the Tandem Scanning confocal microscope can be explained by the different optical designs. The lower spatial resolution of the ConfoScan 4 limits its ability to resolve thin layers. The adaptation of our earlier cell-counting program to the ConfoScan 4 provides a timesaving, objective, and reproducible means of determining stromal cell densities in images from the ConfoScan 4. PMID:19892869

  8. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of mixed self-assembled monolayers

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    Raigoza, Annette Fernandez

    This thesis examines the formation of multicomponent self-assembled mono-layers (SAMs) on the Au(111) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy. Two methods, sequential adsorption and coadsorption, are used to create these mixed SAMs. In the sequential adsorption experiments, a clean Au(111)-on-mica sub-strate is exposed to the first molecular species and then this adsorbate-covered sample is exposed to the second molecular species. Alternately, in the coadsorption experiments, a gold surface is exposed to both adsorbates simultaneously. Exposing a coronene- or dithiocarbamate-covered surface to excess thiol in the vapor phase results in a drastic restructuring of the initial surface. This is primarily driven by the kinetics of the octanethiol monolayer formation process, but the extent to which this happens is dependent on the molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions of the adsorbate due to the initial coverage and order of the monolayer. An octanethiolate monolayer is also substantially modified when immersed in a solution containing dithiocarbamate (DTC). Defects in the octanethiol monolayer are prime sites for molecular exchange. A surplus of DTC in the solution drives substitution that can lead to the complete removal of thiol from the surface. When a Au(111) surface is exposed to solutions containing both octanethiol and dithiocarbamate (DTC), both molecular species compete for available ad- sorption sites. At equal octanethiol-to-DTC ratios, molecular exchange hinders octanethiol monolayer formation. Higher octanethiol concentration in solution results in the incorporation of thiol into the resulting monolayer, with a strong dependence on the chain length of the DTC molecules.

  9. Sub-nanosecond time-resolved near-field scanning magneto-optical microscope.

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    Rudge, J; Xu, H; Kolthammer, J; Hong, Y K; Choi, B C

    2015-02-01

    We report on the development of a new magnetic microscope, time-resolved near-field scanning magneto-optical microscope, which combines a near-field scanning optical microscope and magneto-optical contrast. By taking advantage of the high temporal resolution of time-resolved Kerr microscope and the sub-wavelength spatial resolution of a near-field microscope, we achieved a temporal resolution of ∼50 ps and a spatial resolution of <100 nm. In order to demonstrate the spatiotemporal magnetic imaging capability of this microscope, the magnetic field pulse induced gyrotropic vortex dynamics occurring in 1 μm diameter, 20 nm thick CoFeB circular disks has been investigated. The microscope provides sub-wavelength resolution magnetic images of the gyrotropic motion of the vortex core at a resonance frequency of ∼240 MHz.

  10. Probing of basal planes of MoS2 by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Sarid, Dror; Henson, Tammy D.; Armstrong, Neal R.; Bell, L. Stephen

    1988-06-01

    Atomically resolved images of MoS2 have been obtained using scanning tunneling microscopy with both positively and negatively biased samples yielding the hexagonal symmetry of the surface of the crystal. Also measured were curves of tunneling current as a function of bias voltage, from which the density of states of the valence and conduction bands can be inferred.

  11. New scanning technique for the optical vortex microscope.

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    Augustyniak, Ireneusz; Popiołek-Masajada, Agnieszka; Masajada, Jan; Drobczyński, Sławomir

    2012-04-01

    In the optical vortex microscopy the focused Gaussian beam with optical vortex scans a sample. An optical vortex can be introduced into a laser beam with the use of a special optical element--a vortex lens. When moving the vortex lens, the optical vortex changes its position inside the spot formed by a focused laser beam. This effect can be used as a new precise scanning technique. In this paper, we study the optical vortex behavior at the sample plane. We also estimate if the new scanning technique results in observable effects that could be used for a phase object detection.

  12. A 3-d laser scanning system and scan data processing method for the monitoring of tunnel deformations

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    Chmelina, Klaus; Jansa, Josef; Hesina, Gerd; Traxler, Christoph

    2012-11-01

    The paper presents the mobile multi-sensor system Orthos Plus for the monitoring and mapping of tunnel walls, a scan data processing method for the evaluation of 3-d tunnel wall displacements from subsequent wall scans and, finally, a virtual reality tool supporting the interpretation of data. The measuring system consists of a 3-d laser scanner, a motorised total station and a digital camera that are integrated on a light metal frame that is installed on a mobile platform. It has been designed to perform tunnel measurements most efficiently and to meet the special requirements of tunnels under construction. The evaluation of 3-d displacements is based on a 3-d matching algorithm that takes advantage of the particular conditions of tunnel (shotcrete) surfaces. The virtual reality tool allows viewing of data in a 3-d virtual reality tunnel model and their animation in time and space in order supports understanding in an optimal way. The measuring system Orthos Plus has been developed in the course of a national research project, the 3-d matching method in the frame of the Austrian Christian Doppler Laboratory Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing and the VR tool in the Austrian COMET K1 Competence Center VRVis Center (www.vrvis.at).

  13. Numerical restoration of surface vortices in Nb films measured by a scanning SQUID microscope

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    Ito, Atsuki; Thanh Huy, Ho; Dang, Vu The; Miyoshi, Hiroki; Hayashi, Masahiko; Ishida, Takekazu

    2017-07-01

    In the present work, we investigated a vortex profile appeared on a pure Nb film (500 nm in thickness, 10 mm x 10 mm) by using a scanning SQUID microscope. We found that the local magnetic distribution thus observed is broadened compared to a true vortex profile in the superconducting film. We therefore applied the numerical method to improve a spatial resolution of the scanning SQUID microscope. The method is based on the inverse Biot-Savart law and the Fourier transformation to recover a real-space image. We found that the numerical analyses give a smaller vortex than the raw vortex profile observed by the scanning microscope.

  14. Study on molecular cavity of oligoamide macrocycles by using scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Wang, Yibing; Li, Yibao; Luo, Yin; Xu, Meng; Zhang, Xuemei; Guo, Yuanyuan; Wei, Guanghong; Yuan, Lihua; Gong, Bing; Yang, Yanlian; Wang, Chen

    2012-11-12

    The molecular structures and assembly structures of aromatic oligoamide macrocycles are identified by using scanning tunneling microscopy at liquid/solid interface, which shows persistent shapes, tunable cavity sizes, and binding of water molecules.

  15. Scanning Auger microscopy study of W tips for scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Ottaviano, L.; Lozzi, L.; Santucci, S.

    2003-07-01

    Tungsten tips used in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) (prepared via electrochemical etching with a 2 N KOH or NaOH solution) have been studied with state of the art scanning Auger microscopy (SAM) with chemical lateral resolution of 10 nm. The experiments were focused on the investigation of the W tips' apex shape and surface composition, for tips as etched, or after various postetching treatments performed for cleaning, sharpening, and surface oxide removal purposes. Ultrasonic cleaning likely bend the tip apex. Hydrofluoride etching successfully removes the native WO3 oxide layer, but this happens at the expense of the tip sharpness. Ion sputtering in ultrahigh vacuum is not always effective in sharpening and cleaning the tungsten tip apex, and we sometimes observed the formation of needle like nanotips, mostly composed of WO3. Direct resistive annealing of the tip (operated in the STM at 10 V, 50 nA set-point sample bias voltage and current, respectively) to remove the oxide layer, produces a coiling of the tip apex. In this case, atom transfer from the sample to the tip is directly demonstrated with Auger spectra taken at the tip apex.

  16. Imaging the Predicted Isomerism of Oligo(aniline)s: A Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study.

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    Thomas, James O; Andrade, Hugo D; Mills, Benjamin M; Fox, Neil A; Hoerber, Heinrich J K; Faul, Charl F J

    2015-07-01

    The self-assembly of two emeraldine base tetra(aniline) derivatives is investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy. A combination of the scanning tunneling microscopy data and calculations reveals the presence of predicted cis/trans isomerism in this oxidation state. This isomerism is shown to hinder self-assembly into ordered structures, and provides indications as to why the properties of these materials, and their parent polymer, polyaniline, remain unfulfilled.

  17. Preparation of scanning tunneling microscopy tips using pulsed alternating current etching

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    Valencia, Victor A.; Thaker, Avesh A.; Derouin, Jonathan; Valencia, Damian N.; Farber, Rachael G.; Gebel, Dana A.; Killelea, Daniel R.

    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)

  18. Quantitative analysis of scanning tunneling microscopy images of mixed-ligand-functionalized nanoparticles.

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    Biscarini, Fabio; Ong, Quy Khac; Albonetti, Cristiano; Liscio, Fabiola; Longobardi, Maria; Mali, Kunal S; Ciesielski, Artur; Reguera, Javier; Renner, Christoph; De Feyter, Steven; Samorì, Paolo; Stellacci, Francesco

    2013-11-12

    Ligand-protected gold nanoparticles exhibit large local curvatures, features rapidly varying over small scales, and chemical heterogeneity. Their imaging by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can, in principle, provide direct information on the architecture of their ligand shell, yet STM images require laborious analysis and are challenging to interpret. Here, we report a straightforward, robust, and rigorous method for the quantitative analysis of the multiscale features contained in STM images of samples consisting of functionalized Au nanoparticles deposited onto Au/mica. The method relies on the analysis of the topographical power spectral density (PSD) and allows us to extract the characteristic length scales of the features exhibited by nanoparticles in STM images. For the mixed-ligand-protected Au nanoparticles analyzed here, the characteristic length scale is 1.2 ± 0.1 nm, whereas for the homoligand Au NPs this scale is 0.75 ± 0.05 nm. These length scales represent spatial correlations independent of scanning parameters, and hence the features in the PSD can be ascribed to a fingerprint of the STM contrast of ligand-protected nanoparticles. PSD spectra from images recorded at different laboratories using different microscopes and operators can be overlapped across most of the frequency range, proving that the features in the STM images of nanoparticles can be compared and reproduced.

  19. Closed-loop conductance scanning tunneling spectroscopy: demonstrating the equivalence to the open-loop alternative.

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    Hellenthal, Chris; Sotthewes, Kai; Siekman, Martin H; Kooij, E Stefan; Zandvliet, Harold J W

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate the validity of using closed-loop z(V) conductance scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements for the determination of the effective tunneling barrier by comparing them to more conventional open-loop I(z) measurements. Through the development of a numerical model, the individual contributions to the effective tunneling barrier present in these experiments, such as the work function and the presence of an image charge, are determined quantitatively. This opens up the possibility of determining tunneling barriers of both vacuum and molecular systems in an alternative and more detailed manner.

  20. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study on Strongly Correlated Materials

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    He, Yang

    Strongly correlated electrons and spin-orbit interaction have been the two major research directions of condensed matter physics in recent years. The discovery of high temperature superconductors in 1986 not only brought excitement into the field but also challenged our theory on quantum materials. After almost three decades of extensive study, the underlying mechanism of high temperature superconductivity is still not fully understood, the reason for which is mainly a poor understanding of strongly correlated systems. The phase diagram of cuprate superconductors has become more complicated throughout the years as multiple novel electronic phases have been discovered, while few of them are fully understood. Topological insulators are a newly discovered family of materials bearing topological non-trivial quantum states as a result of spin-orbit coupling. The theoretically predicted topological Kondo insulators as strongly correlated systems with strong spin-orbital coupling make an ideal playground to test our theory of quantum materials. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is a powerful technique to explore new phenomena in materials with exotic electronic states due to its high spacial resolution and high sensitivity to low energy electronic structures. Moreover, as a surface-sensitive technique, STM is an ideal tool to investigate the electronic properties of topological and non-topological surface states. In this thesis, I will describe experiments we performed on high temperature superconductors and topological Kondo insulators using STM. First, I will describe our experiments on a Bi-based high temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CuO6+delta. The quasiparticle interference technique uncovers a Fermi surface reconstruction. We also discovered the coexistence of Bogoliubov quasiparticle and pseudogap state at the antinodes. Afterwards, I will discuss our discovery of d-form factor density wave in the same material, showing the omnipresence of d form factor density

  1. Surface confined metallosupramolecular architectures: formation and scanning tunneling microscopy characterization.

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    Li, Shan-Shan; Northrop, Brian H; Yuan, Qun-Hui; Wan, Li-Jun; Stang, Peter J

    2009-02-17

    Metallosupramolecular compounds have attracted a great deal of attention over the past two decades largely because of their unique, highly complex structural characteristics and their potential electronic, magnetic, optical, and catalytic properties. These molecules can be prepared with relative ease using coordination-driven self-assembly techniques. In particular, the use of electron-poor square-planar Pt(II) transition metals in conjunction with rigid, electron-rich pyridyl donors has enabled the spontaneous self-assembly of a rich library of 2D metallacyclic and 3D metallacage assemblies via the directional-bonding approach. With this progress in the preparation and characterization of metallosupramolecules, researchers have now turned their attention toward fully exploring and developing their materials properties. Assembling metallosupramolecular compounds on solid supports represents a vitally important step toward developing their materials properties. Surfaces provide a means of uniformly aligning and orienting these highly symmetric metallacycles and metallacages. This uniformity increases the level of coherence between molecules above that which can be achieved in the solution phase and provides a way to integrate adsorbed layers, or adlayers, into a solid-state materials setting. The dynamic nature of kinetically labile Pt(II)-N coordination bonds requires us to adjust deposition and imaging conditions to retain the assemblies' stability. Toward these aims, we have used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to image these adlayers and to understand the factors that govern surface self-assembly and the interactions that influence their structure and stability. This Account describes our efforts to deposit 2D rectangular and square metallacycles and 3D trigonal bipyramidal and chiral trigonal prism metallacages on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and Au(111) substrates to give intact assemblies and ordered adlayers. We have investigated the effects

  2. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Silicon and Carbon Surfaces

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    Baker, Shenda Mary

    1992-01-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) investigations and additional surface analyses were performed on carbon and silicon surfaces. A number of anomalies have been observed on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), including large corrugations, distorted images, large range of tip motion and the absence of defects. A mechanism involving direct contact between tip and sample or contact through a contamination layer to provide an additional conducting pathway is proposed. This model of point-contact imaging provides an explanation for added stability of the STM system, a mechanism for producing multiple tips or sliding graphite planes and an explanation for the observed anomalies. These observations indicate that the use of HOPG for testing and calibration of STM instrumentation may be misleading. Designs for the atmospheric STM used in this study are also presented. The conditions necessary for preparing a clean silicon(111) (7x7) surface are discussed. The design and analysis of heaters necessary to prepare the silicon reconstructed surface at ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) are described. Results from both radiatively and resistively heated samples are shown in addition to a comparison of topographic and barrier height images of the boron (surd 3 times surd 3) reconstructed surfaces. A spectroscopic distinction between sites of boron, silicon or contaminants is demonstrated. A synthetic boron-doped diamond was examined by a number of analytical techniques in order to determine its composition and surface morphology. Current-voltage spectroscopy taken with the STM indicates that the diamond Fermi level can be pinned in atmospheric conditions. In ultrahigh vacuum, band bending is observed, but the strength of the electric field experienced by the diamond semiconductor is less than expected; introduction of surface charges is shown to account for the field screening. Presentation of an STM study of a protein-antibody complex on a gold surface illustrates the requirements

  3. Unlocking new contrast in a scanning helium microscope

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    Barr, M.; Fahy, A.; Martens, J.; Jardine, A. P.; Ward, D. J.; Ellis, J.; Allison, W.; Dastoor, P. C.

    2016-01-01

    Delicate structures (such as biological samples, organic films for polymer electronics and adsorbate layers) suffer degradation under the energetic probes of traditional microscopies. Furthermore, the charged nature of these probes presents difficulties when imaging with electric or magnetic fields, or for insulating materials where the addition of a conductive coating is not desirable. Scanning helium microscopy is able to image such structures completely non-destructively by taking advantage of a neutral helium beam as a chemically, electrically and magnetically inert probe of the sample surface. Here we present scanning helium micrographs demonstrating image contrast arising from a range of mechanisms including, for the first time, chemical contrast observed from a series of metal–semiconductor interfaces. The ability of scanning helium microscopy to distinguish between materials without the risk of damage makes it ideal for investigating a wide range of systems. PMID:26727303

  4. Imaging graphite in air by scanning tunneling microscopy - Role of the tip

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    Colton, R. J.; Baker, S. M.; Driscoll, R. J.; Youngquist, M. G.; Baldeschwieler, J. D.; Kaiser, W. J.

    1988-01-01

    Atomically resolved images of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) in air at point contact have been obtained. Direct contact between tip and sample or contact through a contamination layer provides a conduction mechanism in addition to the exponential tunneling mechanism responsible for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging. Current-voltage (I-V) spectra were obtained while scanning in the current imaging mode with the feedback circuit interrupted in order to study the graphite imaging mechanism. Multiple tunneling tips are probably responsible for images without the expected hexagonal or trigonal symmetry. The observations indicate that the use of HOPG for testing and calibration of STM instrumentation may be misleading.

  5. Improved Specimen Coating Technique for Scanning Electron Microscope Observation of Decomposer Microorganisms 1

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    Draggan, Sidney

    1976-01-01

    Sputter coating of leaf litter microbe samples provides scanning electron microscope images with greater information content than either vacuum evaporation of thin metal coatings or tissue conductance. Images PMID:16345150

  6. Large area fabrication of plasmonic nanoparticle grating structure by conventional scanning electron microscope

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    Sudheer, Tiwari, P.; Rai, V. N.; Srivastava, A. K.; Mukharjee, C.

    2015-06-24

    Plasmonic nanoparticle grating (PNG) structure of different periods has been fabricated by electron beam lithography using silver halide based transmission electron microscope film as a substrate. Conventional scanning electron microscope is used as a fabrication tool for electron beam lithography. Optical microscope and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) have been used for its morphological and elemental characterization. Optical characterization is performed by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopic technique.

  7. [Scanning electron microscope study of chemically disinfected endodontic files].

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    Navarro, G; Mateos, M; Navarro, J L; Canalda, C

    1991-01-01

    Forty stainless steel endodontic files were observed at scanning electron microscopy after being subjected to ten disinfection cycles of 10 minutes each one, immersed in different chemical disinfectants. Corrosion was not observed on the surface of the files in circumstances that this study was made.

  8. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of charge transport in cadmium selenide/zinc sulfide quantum dots

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    Hummon, Marissa Rachel

    2009-12-01

    This thesis examines charge transport in individual colloidal nanocrystals (quantum dots) using a scanning tunneling microscope. We observe coulomb blockade (CB) at room temperature and extract the charging energy of the quantum dot (QD). We analyze time-dependent CB measurements to determine the lifetime and energy of the trapped charge on the QD. A model of the lifetime is presented, furthering our analysis of the charge detrapping mechanism. We observe a hysteresis in the current-voltage (IV) tunneling spectra as the substrate bias is swept from empty to filled states and then back to empty states. This hysteresis is consistent with trapped charge(s) presenting an additional potential barrier to tunneling, a measure of CB. Traditional CB experiments measure a coulomb repulsion due to charge build-up on the island between two electrodes. We observe CB, hysteresis in successive IV sweeps, due to charge trapping/detrapping in a state other than the transport level. This trap state may be related to the dark state in blinking experiments. Optical and electrical measurements of QD trap states are often related to a puzzling physical phenomena observed universally in QDs: blinking. Blinking is the stochastic photoluminescence behavior of quantum dots, where, under constant excitation by a laser, a QD does not emit a continuous stream of photons. In fact, the QD will blink "on" and "off" for completely unpredictable durations that are thought to be related to the QD being in either a neutral or charged state. We measure a lifetime for the charged state of 15 +/- 7 s when Vsub ≤ 1.5 V and 170 +/- 140 ms when Vsub ≥ 1.6 V. The abrupt transition in lifetime between 1.5 and 1.6 V implies that this is the voltage necessary to lower the Au Fermi level equal to the trap state energy, thus allowing the trapped charge to tunnel out of the trap state. The voltage drop between the QD and substrate, determined from a self-consistent calculation of the relative capacitance

  9. Laser scanning confocal microscope with programmable amplitude, phase, and polarization of the illumination beam.

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    Boruah, B R; Neil, M A A

    2009-01-01

    We describe the design and construction of a laser scanning confocal microscope with programmable beam forming optics. The amplitude, phase, and polarization of the laser beam used in the microscope can be controlled in real time with the help of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator, acting as a computer generated hologram, in conjunction with a polarizing beam splitter and two right angled prisms assembly. Two scan mirrors, comprising an on-axis fast moving scan mirror for line scanning and an off-axis slow moving scan mirror for frame scanning, configured in a way to minimize the movement of the scanned beam over the pupil plane of the microscope objective, form the XY scan unit. The confocal system, that incorporates the programmable beam forming unit and the scan unit, has been implemented to image in both reflected and fluorescence light from the specimen. Efficiency of the system to programmably generate custom defined vector beams has been demonstrated by generating a bottle structured focal volume, which in fact is the overlap of two cross polarized beams, that can simultaneously improve both the lateral and axial resolutions if used as the de-excitation beam in a stimulated emission depletion confocal microscope.

  10. Laser scanning confocal microscope with programmable amplitude, phase, and polarization of the illumination beam

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    Boruah, B. R.; Neil, M. A. A.

    2009-01-01

    We describe the design and construction of a laser scanning confocal microscope with programmable beam forming optics. The amplitude, phase, and polarization of the laser beam used in the microscope can be controlled in real time with the help of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator, acting as a computer generated hologram, in conjunction with a polarizing beam splitter and two right angled prisms assembly. Two scan mirrors, comprising an on-axis fast moving scan mirror for line scanning and an off-axis slow moving scan mirror for frame scanning, configured in a way to minimize the movement of the scanned beam over the pupil plane of the microscope objective, form the XY scan unit. The confocal system, that incorporates the programmable beam forming unit and the scan unit, has been implemented to image in both reflected and fluorescence light from the specimen. Efficiency of the system to programmably generate custom defined vector beams has been demonstrated by generating a bottle structured focal volume, which in fact is the overlap of two cross polarized beams, that can simultaneously improve both the lateral and axial resolutions if used as the de-excitation beam in a stimulated emission depletion confocal microscope.

  11. Length Dependence of Tunneling Current Through Single Phenylene Oligomers Measured by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy at Low Temperature

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    Wakamatsu, Satoshi; Fujii, Shintaro; Akiba, Uichi; Fujihira, Masamichi

    2006-04-01

    The length dependence of tunneling current through single phenylene oligomers, i.e., benzenemethanethiol, 4-biphenylmethanethiol and [1,1':4',1''-terphenyl]-4-methanethiol, was determined experimentally by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The single phenylene oligomers were isolated in a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) matrix of a disulfide with two spherical bicyclo[2.2.2]octane moieties on Au(111). The STM measurement was conducted at a low temperature to prevent the thermal motions of the isolated molecules that occur at room temperature. The isolated single molecules inserted in the SAM matrix were observed as protrusions in an STM topography using a constant-current mode owing to their higher tunneling ability. The decay constant, β, of the tunneling current through single phenylene oligomers was estimated from the STM heights of the protrusions corresponding to the single phenylene oligomers using a bilayer tunnel junction model. The value of β for tunneling current through single phenylene oligomers was 5.5 ± 0.2 nm-1. In a constant-height mode, we measured the conductance of the isolated single molecules. We estimated an averaged single-molecular conductance of the isolated molecules of a biphenyl derivative to be ca. 2 nS. Here, one side of each isolated molecule was bound via an Au-S bond and the other phenyl end was physically in contact with an Au STM tip.

  12. Scanning electron microscopic study on Toxascaris transfuga (Rudolphi, 1819) (Nematoda).

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    Tenora, F; Mituch, J; Hovorka, I

    1989-01-01

    The authors present original observations on the species Toxascaris transfuga obtained by means of scanning electron microscopy. Attention was paid to the structure of head end, morphology of papillae of the head and abdominal end, specific morphological traits of cloacae edges and morphology of the egg surface. Presented are morphological criteria which apparently differentiate the species T. transfuga from T. leonina (Linstow, 1902). T. transfuga and T. multipapillata Kreis, 1938 seem to be conspecific.

  13. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of the surfaces of a-Si:H and a-SiGe:H films

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    Gallagher, A.; Ostrom, R.; Tannenbaum, D. )

    1991-06-01

    The report contains a detailed description of the experimental complexities encountered in developing scanning tunneling microscope (STM) probing of atomic structure on the surface of freshly-grown hydrogenated-amorphous semiconductors. It also contains a speculative microscopic film-growth model that explains differences between the disorder in CVD grown a-Ge:H versus a-Si:H films. This model is derived from prior results obtained in the chemical analysis of GeH{sub 4} plasmas, combined with surface reaction and thermodynamic considerations. The neutral radical fragments of silane, disilane and germane dissociation in discharges, which dominate the vapor and film-growth reactions, have been deduced from detailed analysis of prior data and are reported. 4 refs., 7 figs.

  14. Visualization of Photo-induced Doping patterns in Graphene/Boron Nitride Heterostructures via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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

    2015-03-01

    Photo-induced doping in graphene-boron nitride (G/BN) heterostructures enables flexible and repeatable writing and erasing of charge doping in graphene using optical irradiation. So far, however, this phenomenon has been explored using spatially averaging probes such as electron transport, and there have been no local studies into the underlying microscopic behavior. Here we report a combined scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and optoelectronic measurement scheme that has been utilized to investigate the microscopic mechanisms at work in this process. We will discuss the latest experimental progress towards the visualization of light-induced charge doping patterns on G/BN heterostructures via STM. J.V.J. acknowledges support from the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship.

  15. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Oxide Surface Structure

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    Novak, David S.

    The structural properties of several oxide and metal/oxide systems have been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Oxide materials find wide use in many very important technological applications, and many of these applications depend on nanometer scale structure of the material. STM provides a unique tool for probing the properties of materials in real-space on the atomic ({~}1A) and nanometer distance scales. Oxides are also scientifically interesting for the wide range of physical properties that they exhibit. In these investigations we have studied the surface structure of the metallic oxide Rb _{0.3}MoO_3, the wide band gap semiconductor TiO_2(110), and metal thin films of copper on TiO_2 (110). Much of this research was performed with a UHV STM system which was built in-house at Rutgers. The design and construction of this UHV STM system, including the STM scanners and control electronics, is described in this dissertation. We have prepared nearly perfect TiO_2 (110) (1 x 1) surfaces which are observed with STM to be atomically flat over large areas. The atomic scale structure of the (1 x 1) surface has been successfully imaged with the STM, and the periodicity found in the images is consistent with the bulk truncated (charge neutral) model for the TiO_2(110) (1 x 1) surface. A discussion is given as to whether the STM is imaging the bridging oxygen atom rows (geometric structure dominating) or the five-fold coordinated titanium site (electronic structure dominating). Under certain preparation conditions, a line defect structure is observed on this surface. The defect structure consists of a rowlike feature of approximately 2 A height oriented along the (001). It is believed that these defect rows are the initial steps in the formation of the "high temperature" (1 x 2) phase which has been observed by several groups. A comparison is made between the experimental data and the various models that have been proposed for the defect rows and the

  16. Gwyscan: a library to support non-equidistant scanning probe microscope measurements

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    Klapetek, Petr; Yacoot, Andrew; Grolich, Petr; Valtr, Miroslav; Nečas, David

    2017-03-01

    We present a software library and related methodology for enabling easy integration of adaptive step (non-equidistant) scanning techniques into metrological scanning probe microscopes or scanning probe microscopes where individual x, y position data are recorded during measurements. Scanning with adaptive steps can reduce the amount of data collected in SPM measurements thereby leading to faster data acquisition, a smaller amount of data collection required for a specific analytical task and less sensitivity to mechanical and thermal drift. Implementation of adaptive scanning routines into a custom built microscope is not normally an easy task: regular data are much easier to handle for previewing (e.g. levelling) and storage. We present an environment to make implementation of adaptive scanning easier for an instrument developer, specifically taking into account data acquisition approaches that are used in high accuracy microscopes as those developed by National Metrology Institutes. This includes a library with algorithms written in C and LabVIEW for handling data storage, regular mesh preview generation and planning the scan path on basis of different assumptions. A set of modules for Gwyddion open source software for handling these data and for their further analysis is presented. Using this combination of data acquisition and processing tools one can implement adaptive scanning in a relatively easy way into an instrument that was previously measuring on a regular grid. The performance of the presented approach is shown and general non-equidistant data processing steps are discussed.

  17. The design and construction of a cost-efficient confocal laser scanning microscope

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    Xi, Peng; Rajwa, Bartlomiej; Jones, James T.; Robinson, J. Paul

    2007-03-01

    The optical dissection ability of confocal microscopy makes it a powerful tool for biological materials. However, the cost and complexity of confocal scanning laser microscopy hinders its wide application in education. We describe the construction of a simplified confocal scanning laser microscope and demonstrate three-dimensional projection based on cost-efficient commercial hardware, together with available open source software.

  18. Compact scanning transmission x-ray microscope at the photon factory

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    Takeichi, Yasuo Inami, Nobuhito; Ono, Kanta; Suga, Hiroki; Takahashi, Yoshio

    2016-01-28

    We report the design and performance of a compact scanning transmission X-ray microscope developed at the Photon Factory. Piezo-driven linear stages are used as coarse stages of the microscope to realize excellent compactness, mobility, and vibrational and thermal stability. An X-ray beam with an intensity of ∼10{sup 7} photons/s was focused to a diameter of ∼40 nm at the sample. At the soft X-ray undulator beamline used with the microscope, a wide range of photon energies (250–1600 eV) is available. The microscope has been used to research energy materials and in environmental sciences.

  19. A study of surface diffusion with the scanning tunneling microscope from fluctuations of the tunneling current

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    Manuel, Lozano

    1996-01-12

    The transport of atoms or molecules over surfaces has been an important area of study for several decades now, with its progress generally limited by the available experimental techniques to characterize the phenomena. A number of methods have been developed over the years to measure surface diffusion yet only very few systems have been characterized to this day mainly due to the physical limitations inherent in these available methods. Even the STM with its astonishing atomically-resolved images of the surface has been limited in terms of its capability to determine mass transport properties. This is because the STM is inherently a ``slow`` instrument, i.e., a finite time is needed for signal averaging in order to produce the image. A need exists for additional surface diffusion measurement techniques, ideally ones which are able to study varied systems and measure a wide range of diffusion rates. The STM (especially because of its highly local nature) presents itself as a promising tool to conduct dynamical studies if its poor time resolution during ``normal operation`` can somehow be overcome. The purpose of this dissertation is to introduce a new technique of using the STM to measure adatom mobility on surfaces -- one with a capacity to achieve excellent time resolution.

  20. Railway Tunnel Clearance Inspection Method Based on 3D Point Cloud from Mobile Laser Scanning.

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    Zhou, Yuhui; Wang, Shaohua; Mei, Xi; Yin, Wangling; Lin, Chunfeng; Hu, Qingwu; Mao, Qingzhou

    2017-09-07

    Railway tunnel clearance is directly related to the safe operation of trains and upgrading of freight capacity. As more and more railway are put into operation and the operation is continuously becoming faster, the railway tunnel clearance inspection should be more precise and efficient. In view of the problems existing in traditional tunnel clearance inspection methods, such as low density, slow speed and a lot of manual operations, this paper proposes a tunnel clearance inspection approach based on 3D point clouds obtained by a mobile laser scanning system (MLS). First, a dynamic coordinate system for railway tunnel clearance inspection has been proposed. A rail line extraction algorithm based on 3D linear fitting is implemented from the segmented point cloud to establish a dynamic clearance coordinate system. Second, a method to seamlessly connect all rail segments based on the railway clearance restrictions, and a seamless rail alignment is formed sequentially from the middle tunnel section to both ends. Finally, based on the rail alignment and the track clearance coordinate system, different types of clearance frames are introduced for intrusion operation with the tunnel section to realize the tunnel clearance inspection. By taking the Shuanghekou Tunnel of the Chengdu-Kunming Railway as an example, when the clearance inspection is carried out by the method mentioned herein, its precision can reach 0.03 m, and difference types of clearances can be effectively calculated. This method has a wide application prospects.