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  1. The Sounds of Nanoscience: Acoustic STM Analogues

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    Euler, Manfred

    2013-01-01

    A hands-on model of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) is presented. It uses near-field imaging with sound and computer assisted visualization to create acoustic mappings of resonator arrangements. Due to the (partial) analogy of matter and sound waves the images closely resemble STM scans of atoms. Moreover, the method can be extended to build…

  2. Novel methods for preparing EC STM tips

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    Kazinczi, R.; Szõcs, E.; Kálmán, E.; Nagy, P.

    We present a dynamic electrochemical etching technique for preparing scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tips. Current vs. potential measurements have led to the development of a dynamic technique which provides atomic resolution and which is faster and more reliable, reproducible and productive than conventional static methods. Tungsten tips are prepared in a 2M NaOH film while the electrolyte is flowing through the film, keeping concentrations and etching rate constant. In order to apply the STM in liquids, an appropriate tip insulating technique is developed so as to prevent Faradaic current. A molten thermoplastic wax film is used for reproducible insulation. The STM tips and insulated tips were characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, STM, and electrochemical STM. Imaging with atomic resolution was demonstrated on HOPG.

  3. STM-SQUID probe microscope

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    Hayashi, Tadayuki; Tachiki, Minoru; Itozaki, Hideo

    2007-11-01

    We have developed a STM-SQUID probe microscope. A high TC SQUID probe microscope was combined with a scanning tunneling microscope for investigation of samples at room temperature in air. A high permeability probe needle was used as a magnetic flux guide to improve the spatial resolution. The probe with tip radius of less than 100 nm was prepared by microelectropolishing. The probe was also used as a scanning tunneling microscope tip. Topography of the sample surface could be measured by the scanning tunneling microscope with high spatial resolution prior to observation by SQUID microscopy. The SQUID probe microscope image could be observed while keeping the distance from the sample surface to the probe tip constant. We observed a topographic image and a magnetic image of Ni fine pattern and also a magnetically recorded hard disk. Furthermore we have investigated a sample vibration method of the static magnetic field emanating from a sample with the aim of achieving a higher signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio.

  4. TEM-STM for Novel Nanotechnological Experimentation

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    Vaughn, Joel

    2005-03-01

    We present the design and construction of a miniature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to be used inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM). In our system, the entire STM head is fitted inside the TEM sample holder, which allows for both TEM imaging/diffraction and STM-tip indentation experiments. The positioning of STM-tip over the desired sample locations can be guided through the real time TEM images. In addition to the nano indentation experiments, the STM program also allows the state-of-the-art control of atom/molecule manipulation procedures [1]. This hybrid TEM-STM system can be used for nanoscale manipulation, electrical characterization and mechanical strength examination of various nanomaterials including nanowires, nanotubes and quantum dots. [1]. S.-W. Hla, K.-F. Braun, V. Iancu, A. Deshpande, Nano Lett. 4 (2004) 1997-2001. This work is financially supported by the NSF-NIRT grant no. DMR- 0304314 and the US-DOE grant no. DE-FG02-02ER46012.

  5. Mechanism of high-resolution STM, AFM and IETS-STM imaging with functionalized tips

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    Temirov, R.; Hapala, P.; Tautz, F. S.; Jelinek, P.

    2015-03-01

    High-resolution AFM and STM with functionalized tips is well established, but a detailed understanding of the image mechanism is still missing. Moreover, recently this family of imaging techniques has been complemented by a method based on inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy. Here we present a comprehensive mechanical and transport simulation model that explains essentially all image features in functionalized tip STM, AFM and IETS-STM. Important aspects of the mechanism are: (i) Images are dominantly determined by Pauli repulsion, (ii) in STM and IETS STM this force signal is transduced into an elastic or inelastic conductance signal, (iii) probe particle relaxation leads to image sharpening, (iv) the apparent imaging of hydrogen bonds can be explained by a relaxation effect, and (v) electrostatic forces may also influence the image contrast.

  6. STM Properties and Manipulation of Epitaxial Graphene

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    Thibado, Paul

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxial graphene grown on SiC has been identified as one of the most likely avenues to graphene-based electronics. Understanding how morphology affects electronic properties is therefore important. In our work, epitaxial graphene was grown on the polar and non-polar a-, m-, and r-crystallographic oriented surfaces of SiC, and was investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Bunched nano-ridges ten times smaller than previously recorded were observed throughout the surface. A new STM technique called electrostatic-manipulation scanning tunneling microscopy (EM-STM) was performed to modify the morphology of the nano-ridges. By modeling the electrostatics involved in the EM-STM measurement, we estimate that a force of 5 nN and energy of 10 eV was required to alter the local interfacial bonding. At the atomic scale, STM images of Moire patterns reveal low-angle, twisted bi-layer graphene, grain boundaries, and an apparent lattice constant dilation. We will show that this dilation is due to the STM tip electrostatically dragging the graphene surface. Collaborators: P. Xu, D. Qi, M.L. Ackerman, S.D. Barber, J.K. Schoelz, and J. Thompson, Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA; V.D. Wheelr, R.L. Myers-Ward, C.R. Eddy, Jr., and D.K. Gaskill, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, USA; and L.O. Nyakiti, Texas A&M University. Department of Physics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 72701, USA.

  7. SSE software test management STM capability: Using STM in the Ground Systems Development Environment (GSDE)

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    Church, Victor E.; Long, D.; Hartenstein, Ray; Perez-Davila, Alfredo

    1992-01-01

    This report is one of a series discussing configuration management (CM) topics for Space Station ground systems software development. It provides a description of the Software Support Environment (SSE)-developed Software Test Management (STM) capability, and discusses the possible use of this capability for management of developed software during testing performed on target platforms. This is intended to supplement the formal documentation of STM provided by the SEE Project. How STM can be used to integrate contractor CM and formal CM for software before delivery to operations is described. STM provides a level of control that is flexible enough to support integration and debugging, but sufficiently rigorous to insure the integrity of the testing process.

  8. Restructuring STM (Science, Technology, and Mathematics) Education for Entrepreneurship

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    Ezeudu, F. O.; Ofoegbu, T. O.; Anyaegbunnam, N. J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper discussed the need to restructure STM (science, technology, and mathematics) education to reflect entrepreneurship. This is because the present STM education has not achieved its aim of making graduates self-reliant. Entrepreneurship education if introduced in the STM education will produce graduate who can effectively manage their…

  9. STM tunneling spectroscopy on high Tc superconductors

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    Hasegawa, T.; Nantoh, M.; Ogino, M.

    1995-08-01

    STM tunneling spectroscopy has been performed on the bulk single crystals of BiSrCaCuO (BSCCO) and the epitaxial thin films of YBaCuO (YBCO) at cryogenic temperatures. The STM images and tunneling spectra observed on the (001) surfaces can be classified into three cases; (1) Atomic image is visible. However, the tunneling spectrum shows semiconducting or smeared superconducting gap structures, depending on the tip-sample distance. (2) Clear atomic image can be obtained. But, the tunneling spectrum shows flat bottom region with quite low zero bias conductance. (3) Tunneling spectra demonstrate gapless behavior, independent of the tip-sample separation. These observations support the quasi-2D electronic picture in which s-wave like 2D superconducting layers are coupled with each other through the Josephson effect.

  10. STM-assisted manipulation of Ag nanoparticles

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    Radojkovic, P.; Schwartzkopff, M.; Gabriel, T.; Hartmann, E.

    We report scanning tunneling microscope (STM) investigations of inert-gas-evaporated Ag nanoparticles deposited on atomically flat, H-terminated Si(111) surfaces, to which they weakly stick. For the present purpose, nanoparticles having an average size of 3 nm are fabricated and the particle coverage on the substrate fluctuates between one and three monolayers. The weakly coupling particle network can repeatedly be imaged with the STM without inadvertently manipulating the fundamental building blocks. When the STM is operated in the field-emission regime and the tunnel current is kept between 50 pA and 39 μA, the temperature of the nanoparticles rises, thus stimulating local manipulation processes. Depending on the power density dissipated in the particles, we distinguish between a local sintering process leading to the formation of narrow necks to the nearest neighbors, while the original granular nature of the particle layer is maintained, and a complete fusion. In the latter case, stable nanometer-scale structures are fabricated which strongly interconnect with the underlying substrate. In combining nanoparticle-inherent properties with existing theory, we roughly estimate the temperature rise of the nanoparticles and confirm the possibility of particle liquefaction for the highest power densities generated.

  11. Expression of STM4467-encoded arginine deiminase controlled by the STM4463 regulator contributes to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium virulence.

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    Choi, Younho; Choi, Jeongjoon; Groisman, Eduardo A; Kang, Dong-Hyun; Shin, Dongwoo; Ryu, Sangryeol

    2012-12-01

    Arginine deiminase (ADI), carbamate kinase (CK), and ornithine transcarbamoylase (OTC) constitute the ADI system. In addition to metabolic functions, the ADI system has been implicated in the virulence of certain pathogens. The pathogenic intracellular bacterium Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium possesses the STM4467, STM4466, and STM4465 genes, which are predicted to encode ADI, CK, and OTC, respectively. Here we report that the STM4467 gene encodes an ADI and that ADI activity plays a role in the successful infection of a mammalian host by S. Typhimurium. An STM4467 deletion mutant was defective for replication inside murine macrophages and was attenuated for virulence in mice. We determined that a regulatory protein encoded by the STM4463 gene functions as an activator for STM4467 expression. The expression of the ADI pathway genes was enhanced inside macrophages in a process that required STM4463. Lack of STM4463 impaired the ability of S. Typhimurium to replicate within macrophages. A mutant defective in STM4467-encoded ADI displayed normal production of nitric oxide by macrophages.

  12. Expression of STM4467-Encoded Arginine Deiminase Controlled by the STM4463 Regulator Contributes to Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium Virulence

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    Choi, Younho; Choi, Jeongjoon; Groisman, Eduardo A.; Kang, Dong-Hyun

    2012-01-01

    Arginine deiminase (ADI), carbamate kinase (CK), and ornithine transcarbamoylase (OTC) constitute the ADI system. In addition to metabolic functions, the ADI system has been implicated in the virulence of certain pathogens. The pathogenic intracellular bacterium Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium possesses the STM4467, STM4466, and STM4465 genes, which are predicted to encode ADI, CK, and OTC, respectively. Here we report that the STM4467 gene encodes an ADI and that ADI activity plays a role in the successful infection of a mammalian host by S. Typhimurium. An STM4467 deletion mutant was defective for replication inside murine macrophages and was attenuated for virulence in mice. We determined that a regulatory protein encoded by the STM4463 gene functions as an activator for STM4467 expression. The expression of the ADI pathway genes was enhanced inside macrophages in a process that required STM4463. Lack of STM4463 impaired the ability of S. Typhimurium to replicate within macrophages. A mutant defective in STM4467-encoded ADI displayed normal production of nitric oxide by macrophages. PMID:23006851

  13. In-situ TEM observation on STM tunneling gap

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    Kim, Suhyun; Tanishiro, Yasumasa; Takayanagi, Kunio

    2009-03-01

    Transmission Electron Microscope and Scanning Tunneling Microscope in an ultra high vacuum environment (UHV-TEM-STM) have been combined to simultaneously perform both high resolution TEM and atomically resolved STM experiments. This system was constructed for in-situ investigation of physical property of impurity atoms embedded below semiconductor surface. To image TEM and STM at the same time, crucial requirement is that, the STM image must be acquired under the electron beam irradiation. As a preliminary test, we used HOPG (Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite) sample and tungsten tip as schematically shown in Fig 1(a). Fig 1(b) shows an atomic resolution STM image of HOPG obtained with 300mV sample bias and 3nA tunneling current even in the condition of the electron beam irradiation on the tip. TEM image can be simultaneously acquired by performing In-situ TEM observation on STM tunneling gap formed between the tip and a thin sample. Fig 1(a) Geometry of STM observation on STM tunneling gap Fig 1(b) STM image of HOPG obtained with 300mV sample bias and 3nA tunneling current

  14. Theoretical STM maps of curved graphene

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    Diniz, G. S.; Ulloa, S. E.

    2010-03-01

    We calculate the effect of curvature on the electronic states in monolayer graphene, considering a local ripple along different directions on the plane. The curvature introduces hybridization between σ and π bands and affects the electronic structure and associated wave functions, even opening a gap of the order of few meV at the Dirac point. Our calculation uses a non-orthogonal four-orbital tight-binding representation up to nearest-neighbors, which fully describes the electronic states of the structure. We focus this study on the analysis of theoretical STM maps for different ripple directions and radius of curvature. We discuss the appearance of a well defined pattern in the STM map near the Dirac point, which is strongly modified when the graphene is rippled along different directions, and discuss this effect in terms of a geometric Berry phase. Although it is difficult experimentally to produce and control a well defined direction for the graphene ripple, recent experiments suggest that this structure may be possible in suspended samples with stressors along the edges [1].[4pt] [1] W. Bao et al., Nature Nanotech. 4, 562 (2009).

  15. Near-Field Imaging with Sound: An Acoustic STM Model

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    Euler, Manfred

    2012-01-01

    The invention of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) 30 years ago opened up a visual window to the nano-world and sparked off a bunch of new methods for investigating and controlling matter and its transformations at the atomic and molecular level. However, an adequate theoretical understanding of the method is demanding; STM images can be…

  16. Preparation and characterization of STM tips for electrochemical studies

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    Nagahara, L. A.; Thundat, T.; Lindsay, S. M.

    1989-10-01

    We report on a fabrication technique for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) tips for in situ electrochemical investigations. Unwanted Faradaic currents were minimized by insulating the STM tips with Apiezon wax. Cyclic voltammetry showed Apiezon wax to be inert in various electrolytes.

  17. STM CONTROL OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS: Single-Molecule Synthesis

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    Hla, Saw-Wai; Rieder, Karl-Heinz

    2003-10-01

    The fascinating advances in single atom/molecule manipulation with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip allow scientists to fabricate atomic-scale structures or to probe chemical and physical properties of matters at an atomic level. Owing to these advances, it has become possible for the basic chemical reaction steps, such as dissociation, diffusion, adsorption, readsorption, and bond-formation processes, to be performed by using the STM tip. Complete sequences of chemical reactions are able to induce at a single-molecule level. New molecules can be constructed from the basic molecular building blocks on a one-molecule-at-a-time basis by using a variety of STM manipulation schemes in a systematic step-by-step manner. These achievements open up entirely new opportunities in nanochemistry and nanochemical technology. In this review, various STM manipulation techniques useful in the single-molecule reaction process are reviewed, and their impact on the future of nanoscience and technology are discussed.

  18. Review of the STM range of pressure distribution products.

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    Moody, M

    STM Healthcare is a division of the Recticel Group which has been actively involved in the production and use of polyurethane foams for the past 40 years, and is now one of Europe's leading manufacturers of polyurethane foam for insulation, packaging, filtration, aerospace, the automotive and furniture industries, domestic and specialist bedding and seating products. STM Healthcare is able to draw upon the wealth of experience and expertise of the manufacturing facilities, enabling products to be developed using the latest environmentally friendly specification foams best suited to the requirements of pressure-reduction technology. All STM Healthcare mattresses, cushions and Linknurse mattresses are manufactured with Safeguard combustion modified high resilience foams. (Linknurse is a licensed product name; products are manufactured by Recticel and distributed by STM).

  19. STM driven modification of bismuth nanostructures

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    Kowalczyk, P. J.; Mahapatra, O.; Brown, S. A.; Bian, G.; Chiang, T.-C.

    2014-03-01

    The tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) gently interacting with the substrate is used to modify (110) bismuth islands deposited on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG), and hence to investigate the atomic and electronic structure of the islands. The tip interaction leads to the evolution of metastable 3 ML thick regions into structures of higher thermodynamic stability, which in the case of bismuth on graphite are rods (typically ≥ 5 ML high) and stripes. The formation of trenches that extend along the stripes is observed which is related to the presence of kinks and weak bonds at the 3-5 ML interface. Migration of whole islands along particular substrate directions is evidence for superlubricity due to the misfit between Bi and HOPG unit cells. Perimeter diffusion through atoms and not vacancies is a driving force of all observed modifications. The Bi islands are found to be able to deform and their decay is not governed by Ostwald ripening (which is absent in this system). Instead quantum size effects play a major role in the evolution of the islands, as evidenced by the observation of preferred widths. Density functional theory calculations reveal an oval Fermi surface with de Broglie wavelength corresponding to observed width of islands. These results are all consistent with a thin film Bi allotrope which has both paired atomic layers on the surface and bulk-like chains of bonds vertically through the structure.

  20. STM fingerprints of point defects in graphene: a theoretical prediction

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    Amara, Hakim; Latil, Sylvain; Meunier, Vincent; Lambin, Philippe; Charlier, Jean Christophe

    2007-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is one of the most appropriate techniques to investigate the atomic structure of carbon nanomaterials. However, the experimental identification of topological and nontopological modifications of the hexagonal network of sp{sup 2} carbon nanostructures remains a great challenge. The goal of the present theoretical work is to predict the typical electronic features of a few defects that are likely to occur in sp{sup 2} carbon nanostructures, such as atomic vacancy, divacancy, adatom, and Stone-Wales defect. The modifications induced by those defects in the electronic properties of the graphene sheet are investigated using first-principles calculations. In addition, computed constant-current STM images of these defects are calculated within a tight-binding approach in order to facilitate the interpretation of STM images of defected carbon nanostructures.

  1. Nanoscale Decoration of Electrode Surfaces with an STM

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    1999-05-30

    covered Au( 111) surface due to underpotential deposition . E,,,P, = + 10 mV vs. Cu/Cu++, E, = - 30 mV, I, = 2 nA. (b) Same area, but after anodic...Abstract The tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) has been used to deposit nanometer-sized clusters of copper or silver on bare and thiol...covered gold electrode surfaces at predetermined positions. First, metal is deposited electrochemically onto the STM tip, then the clusters are formed by a

  2. In situ STM studies of polycrystalline platinum electrodes

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    Szklarczyk, Marek; Bockris, John O'M.

    1991-01-01

    In situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was applied in a 10 -2M NaClO 4 solution to study topographical changes of a platinum electrode surface due to its oxidation and reduction. Surface morphology depends on the electrode potential. There are two stages in surface reduction: the fast electrochemical charge transfer and the slow crystallographic reconstruction. Reconstruction during surface reduction tends to proceed in the direction of the topography obtained during the annealing process. Methods of avoiding Faradaic current flowing through the STM tip are discussed in detail.

  3. Cryogenic AFM-STM for mesoscopic physics

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    Le Sueur, H.

    ésolution en énergie inégalée (10 μeV). Cet appareil combine les fonctions de Microscopie par Force Atomique (mode AFM) et de spectroscopie Tunnel locale (mode STM), et fonctionne à 30 mK. Dans le mode AFM, la topographie de l'échantillon est imagée grâce à un diapason en quartz piézoélectrique, ce qui permet de repérer les circuits. La spectroscopie tunnel peut ensuite être faite sur les zones conductrices. Avec ce microscope, nous avons mesuré la DOS locale dans une structure hybride Supraconducteur-métal Normal-Supraconducteur (S-N-S). Dans un tel circuit, les propriétés électroniques de N et de S sont modifiées par l'effet de proximité supraconducteur. Notamment, pour des fils N courts, nous avons pu observer -comme prédit- la présence d'un gap dans sa DOS, indépendant de la position dans la structure : le " minigap ". De plus, en modulant la phase supraconductrice entre les deux S, nous avons mesuré la modification de ce gap, et sa disparition lorsque la différence de phase vaut π. Nos résultats expérimentaux pour la DOS, ainsi que ses dépendances en phase, en position, et en longueur de N sont en accord quantitatif avec les prédictions de la théorie quasiclassique de la supraconductivité. Certaines de ces prédictions sont observées pour la première fois.

  4. Type-specific proactive interference in patients with semantic and phonological STM deficits.

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    Harris, Lara; Olson, Andrew; Humphreys, Glyn

    2014-01-01

    Prior neuropsychological evidence suggests that semantic and phonological components of short-term memory (STM) are functionally and neurologically distinct. The current paper examines proactive interference (PI) from semantic and phonological information in two STM-impaired patients, DS (semantic STM deficit) and AK (phonological STM deficit). In Experiment 1 probe recognition tasks with open and closed sets of stimuli were used. Phonological PI was assessed using nonword items, and semantic and phonological PI was assessed using words. In Experiment 2 phonological and semantic PI was elicited by an item recognition probe test with stimuli that bore phonological and semantic relations to the probes. The data suggested heightened phonological PI for the semantic STM patient, and exaggerated effects of semantic PI in the phonological STM case. The findings are consistent with an account of extremely rapid decay of activated type-specific representations in cases of severely impaired phonological and semantic STM.

  5. NSS5/SP-STM2 Joint International Conference

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    Saw-Wai Hla

    2009-05-03

    The NSS5/SP-STM2 conference was held in Athens, Ohio July 15-19, 2008. The conference brought together a prestigious group of scientists from all over the globe to focus for 3 ½ days on a variety of nanoscience topics, particularly on nanoscale spectroscopy and spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy. The conference was attended by many young scientists as well as senior scientists. Attendees to the conference were drawn from more than 10 countries and included 28 invited speakers, who are the leading scientists in their respective research areas. Included among the invited speakers were 4 plenary speakers - eminent scientists in their fields. The conference was divided into two parallel sessions – the NSS5 session and the SP-STM2 session.

  6. STM study on the structures of SnSe surfaces

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    Kim, Tae Hoon; Kim, Sang-Ui; Thi Ly, Trinh; Duong, Anh Tuan; Cho, Sunglae; Rhim, S. H.; Kim, Jungdae

    SnSe is a 2 dimensional layered material, and each layer is coupled by van deer Waals forces allowing very easy cleaving though the layer surfaces. SnSe has been studied for various potential applications because of its high stability and elemental abundance in earth. Recently, it was also reported that bulk SnSe has an excellent thermoelectric property of ZT =2.6 at 923 K along the b axis (Zhao et al., Nature 508 373 (2014)). The surface of a single crystal SnSe was studied via a home-built low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Clear atomic images of SnSe surfaces were observed at the filled and empty state measurements, and detail atomic structures were analyzed by comparing with DFT simulations. We found that the atomic image of SnSe surfaces measured by STM is not trivial to understand. Only Sn atoms were visible on STM topographic images for the both of filled and empty state probing. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) [Nos. NRF-2013R1A1A1008724, NRF-2009-0093818, and NRF-2014R1A4A1071686].

  7. Physical Modeling of Contact Processes on the Cutting Tools Surfaces of STM When Turning

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    Belozerov, V. A.; Uteshev, M. H.

    2016-08-01

    This article describes how to create an optimization model of the process of fine turning of superalloys and steel tools from STM on CNC machines, flexible manufacturing units (GPM), machining centers. Creation of the optimization model allows you to link (unite) contact processes simultaneously on the front and back surfaces of the tool from STM to manage contact processes and the dynamic strength of the cutting tool at the top of the STM. Established optimization model of management of the dynamic strength of the incisors of the STM in the process of fine turning is based on a previously developed thermomechanical (physical, heat) model, which allows the system thermomechanical approach to choosing brands STM (domestic and foreign) for cutting tools from STM designed for fine turning of heat resistant alloys and steels.

  8. STM manipulation of a subphthalocyanine double-wheel molecule on Au(111).

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    Nickel, Anja; Meyer, Joerg; Ohmann, Robin; Jacquot de Rouville, Henri-Pierre; Rapenne, Gwénaël; Ample, Francisco; Joachim, Christian; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Moresco, Francesca

    2012-10-10

    A new class of double-wheel molecules is manipulated on a Au(111) surface by the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at low temperature. The double-wheel molecule consists of two subphthalocyanine wheels connected by a central rotation carbon axis. Each of the subphthalocyanine wheels has a nitrogen tag to monitor its intramolecular rolling during an STM manipulation sequence. The position of the tag can be followed by STM, allowing us to distinguish between the different lateral movements of the molecule on the surface when manipulated by the STM tip.

  9. Extraction and STM Imaging of Spherical Giant Fullernes

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    Lamb, Lowell D.; Huffman, Donald R.; Workman, Richard K.; Howells, Sam; Chen, Ting; Sarid, Dror; Ziolo, Ronald F.

    1992-03-01

    High-temperature, high-pressure extracts of soot produced by the Kratschmer-Huffman technique (KH carbon) were characterized by mass spectrometry and imaging with scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs). The mass spectra of these samples are similar to those of ambient-pressure, high-boiling-point solvent extractions, supporting the idea that solvent temperature and possibly pressure are key parameters in extraction of the giant fullerenes. The STM images show that the giant fullerenes in these samples are roughly spherical in shape and range in diameter from approximately 1 to 2 nanometers, corresponding to fullerenes containing 60 to 330 atoms. No evidence of bucky tubes was found.

  10. STM/STS on proximity-coupled superconducting graphene

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    Ovadia, Maoz; Ji, Yu; Lee, Gil-Ho; Fang, Wenjing; Hoffman, Jennifer; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo; Kong, Jing; Kim, Philip

    Graphene in good electrical contact with a superconductor has been observed to have an enhanced proximity effect. Application of a magnetic field is expected to generate an Abrikosov lattice of superconducting vortices, each containing Andreev bound states in its core. With our versatile, homebuilt, low temperature scanning tunneling force microscope (STM/SFM), we investigate the electronic properties of graphene on superconducting NbSe2 in a magnetic field and search for signatures of these vortex core states. This work was supported by the STC Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, NSF Grant No. DMR-1231319.

  11. Cryogenic STM/STS observation on oxide superconductors

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    Nantoh, M.; Hasegawa, T.; Takagi, A.; Yamaguchi, W.; Ogino, M.; Kitazawa, K. ); Kawasaki, M.; Gong, J.P.; Fujito, K.; Koinuma, H. )

    1994-04-01

    The topographic and electronic properties of the surfaces of (001) and (110) oriented YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub y] epitaxial films have been probed by atomic resolution STM/STS at 4.2 K. The STM image on the (001) surface clearly revealed the atomic corrugation of the tetragonal lattice with an average spacing of 0.4 nm, while on the (110) surface the orthorhombic atomic lattice, corresponding to the Cu atoms of both CuO[sub 2] and CuO chain planes, was observed. The STS result on the (001) surface indicated the semiconducting nature of the terminating layer. As the tunneling tip came closer to the surface, however, the shape of the tunneling spectrum became more metallic and showed a superconducting energy gap, which seems to arise from the underlying superconducting layer. On the other hand, the tunneling spectra on the (110) surface indicated superconducting gap structures, independent of the tip-sample distance. 11 refs., 5 figs.

  12. 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.

  13. Single Crystal Synthesis and STM Studies of High Temperature Superconductors

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    Barrientos, Alfonso

    1997-01-01

    This is a final report for the work initiated in September of 1994 under the grant NAG8-1085 - NASA/OMU, on the fabrication of bulk and single crystal synthesis, specific heat measuring and STM studies of high temperature superconductors. Efforts were made to fabricate bulk and single crystals of mercury based superconducting material. A systematic thermal analysis on the precursors for the corresponding oxides and carbonates were carried out to synthesized bulk samples. Bulk material was used as seed in an attempt to grow single crystals by a two-step self flux process. On the other hand bulk samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility, We studied the specific heat behavior in the range from 80 to 300 K. Some preliminary attempts were made to study the atomic morphology of our samples. As part of our efforts we built an ac susceptibility apparatus for measuring the transition temperature of our sintered samples.

  14. The Saccharomyces cerevisiae protein Stm1p facilitates ribosome preservation during quiescence

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    Van Dyke, Natalya; Chanchorn, Ekkawit; Van Dyke, Michael W.

    2013-01-11

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stm1p confers increased resistance to the macrolide starvation-mimic rapamycin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stm1p maintains 80S ribosome integrity during stationary phase-induced quiescence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stm1p facilitates polysome formation following quiescence exit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stm1p facilitates protein synthesis following quiescence exit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stm1p is a ribosome preservation factor under conditions of nutrient deprivation. -- Abstract: Once cells exhaust nutrients from their environment, they enter an alternative resting state known as quiescence, whereby proliferation ceases and essential nutrients are obtained through internal stores and through the catabolism of existing macromolecules and organelles. One example of this is ribophagy, the degradation of ribosomes through the process of autophagy. However, some ribosomes need to be preserved for an anticipated recovery from nutrient deprivation. We found that the ribosome-associated protein Stm1p greatly increases the quantity of 80S ribosomes present in quiescent yeast cells and that these ribosomes facilitate increased protein synthesis rates once nutrients are restored. These findings suggest that Stm1p can act as a ribosome preservation factor under conditions of nutrient deprivation and restoration.

  15. Mechanical stress contributes to the expression of the STM homeobox gene in Arabidopsis shoot meristems

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    Landrein, Benoît; Kiss, Annamaria; Sassi, Massimiliano; Chauvet, Aurélie; Das, Pradeep; Cortizo, Millan; Laufs, Patrick; Takeda, Seiji; Aida, Mitsuhiro; Traas, Jan; Vernoux, Teva; Boudaoud, Arezki; Hamant, Olivier

    2015-01-01

    The role of mechanical signals in cell identity determination remains poorly explored in tissues. Furthermore, because mechanical stress is widespread, mechanical signals are difficult to uncouple from biochemical-based transduction pathways. Here we focus on the homeobox gene SHOOT MERISTEMLESS (STM), a master regulator and marker of meristematic identity in Arabidopsis. We found that STM expression is quantitatively correlated to curvature in the saddle-shaped boundary domain of the shoot apical meristem. As tissue folding reflects the presence of mechanical stress, we test and demonstrate that STM expression is induced after micromechanical perturbations. We also show that STM expression in the boundary domain is required for organ separation. While STM expression correlates with auxin depletion in this domain, auxin distribution and STM expression can also be uncoupled. STM expression and boundary identity are thus strengthened through a synergy between auxin depletion and an auxin-independent mechanotransduction pathway at the shoot apical meristem. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.07811.001 PMID:26623515

  16. STM Study of Lead and Bismuth Structures on COPPER(001)

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    Chen, Yun

    This work studies the stable room temperature structures of metal on metal overlayers. The purpose of this study is twofold. First, the advent of the atomic imaging technique of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) makes it now possible to directly observe complicated surface structures. This was demonstrated by the success of unraveling the (7times7)-Si(111) surface structure that had withstood the storm of investigation for over 20 years. We wanted to apply this technique to the study of metallic overlayer structures, a field known for its large variety of structures. The second purpose was to investigate the feasibility and to hopefully develop a simple intuitive approach to metallic overlayer structure prediction, an approach that incorporates explicitly the extended nature of the metallic electron system. The Pb and Bi systems have large numbers of valence electrons per atom. Therefore, the electronic effects are expected to be prominent. The difference between the numbers of valence electrons of the respective atoms is relatively small but significant. This provides an opportunity to observe a quantitative variation of the effects. This study constitutes the first STM investigation of the ordered Pb and Bi structures on Cu(001). Many structural features observed using this technique disagree with the existing models derived from the electron diffraction and other scattering experiments. The differences between our observation and the current structural models are qualitative ones, thus demanding a rethinking and supplementation of the basic ideas involved in the construction of the structural models. Observation of the great similarities between the adsorbed Pb and Bi systems, lead to the new modeling approach. In our discussion, the metal adsorbate layers are described as a simple quasi-two-dimensional metal weakly coupled to the host substrate. This is consistent with the familiar notion that all metals exhibits similar properties. Our detailed analysis also

  17. Damped harmonic oscillator model for analyzing the dynamic characteristics of STM system

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    Liu, A. P.; Yao, X. X.; Wang, X.; Yang, D. X.; Zhang, X. M.

    2015-09-01

    Recognizing and distinguishing the dynamic characteristics of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) system is fatal for studying STM image. In this paper, a method for analyzing system’s characteristics by using a damped harmonic oscillator model is presented. The model is driven by random force and all of its properties are described by damping and periodic. For the general solution of such harmonic oscillator’s Langevin equation is deduced and the auto-correlation function (ACF) is obtained for fitting curve. It is shown that damping and periodic property of the two curves have a good agreement by comparing the fitting curve with the auto-correlation curve of time series dates which are acquired by STM. It could be concluded that the damped harmonic oscillator model and auto-correlation method are feasible for analyzing the dynamic characteristics of STM system.

  18. Ferromagnetic STM tip operating as a Spin-diode

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    Penteado, Poliana H.; Souza, Fabricio M.; Seridonio, Antônio C.; Coutinho, Renato M.; Vernek, Edson; Egues, J. Carlos

    2011-03-01

    We study spin-dependent transport in a system composed of a ferromagnetic STM tip coupled to an adsorbed atom (adatom) and to a host metallic (non-magnetic) surface. Electrons can tunnel directly from the tip to the surface or through the adatom. Our calculation is based on the nonequilibrium Green functions technique (Keldysh formalism). We self-consistently calculate the adatom spin occupation and its magnetization as a function of the tip position. We find that the adatom becomes magnetized when the tip approaches it; this magnetization switches sign as the voltage changes from forward to reverse bias. We also calculate the spin-resolved currents. If the tip is near the adatom, we obtain the spin-diode effect [PRB 75, 165303 (2007)] - i. e., unpolarized current for positive bias and polarized current for reverse bias - when the adatom is singly occupied. We also observe Friedel oscillations in the current as the tip-adatom distance increases [F. M. Souza, P. H. Penteado, et al. - to be submitted]. This work was supported by the funding agencies CNPq, CAPES, FAPEMIG and FAPESP.

  19. SHI induced surface modification studies of HOPG using STM

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    Tripathi, A.; Khan, S. A.; Kumar, M.; Baranwal, V.; Krishna, R.; Pandey, A. C.

    2006-03-01

    The highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) samples (Grade ZYB with grain size ∼1 mm) are irradiated with 150 MeV Au beam with fluences varying from 1 × 1011 ions/cm2 to 2 × 1013 ions/cm2. The surface topography and the I-V characteristics are studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) at Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi. The formation of hillocks is observed for the samples irradiated with fluences of 1 × 1011 ions/cm2, 1 × 1012 ions/cm2 and 1 × 1013 ions/cm2 with typical diameters of 6.2, 2.2 and 1.5 nm, respectively. No hillocks are observed for the sample irradiated with fluence of 2 × 1013 ions/cm2, though the formation of small craters at some places are observed. The formation of hillocks is attributed to nuclear energy loss induced collision cascades near the surface. The reduction in hillocks size and formation of craters at higher fluence is attributed to the electronic sputtering from the surface. The STS studies of I-V characteristics show an increasing ohmic behavior with fluence which is attributed to increasing metallic state for HOPG surface due to irradiation induced increase of carbon bond lengths.

  20. Self-Assembled Monolayers: a Molecular Resolution STM Study

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    Dhirani, Al-Amin

    Building on studies of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) based on the (CH_3(CH _2)_{rm n{-}1}SH) + Au(111) prototype, we have designed and constructed a high impedance STM to consider the formation and properties of new SAM systems with molecular resolution. On Au-, Ag-, and Pt-(111), the monolayer structures of n-decanethiol were found to be (1) ordered on gold and silver but not platinum (2) strongly correlated with the structures formed by simpler sulfur components. In addition the potential formation and properties of new molecular classes of ordered SAMs were considered by studying monolayers of H(C _6H_4Cequiv C)_{rm n}C _6H_4SH (n = 0 - 2) (1a - c) on Au(111). An increase in order with chain length as well as the formation of an ordered SAM by 1c were observed. Finally, current-voltage (I-V) measurements of 1 monolayers displayed an increasing nonlinearity with chain length and an asymmetry for 1c. The electrical behavior is consistent with a model based on a semi-classical tunneling formalism using the barrier height and molecular polarizability of 1.

  1. Subkelvin spin polarized STM: measuring magnetization curves of individual adatoms

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    Wiebe, Jens

    2008-03-01

    Magnetic nanostructures consisting of a few atoms on non-magnetic substrates are explored as model systems for miniaturized data storage devices and for the implementation of novel spin-based computation techniques. Since these nanostructures are well defined and controllable on the atomic scale, they are ideally suited to study the fundamentals of magnetic interactions. We used spin polarized scanning tunneling spectroscopy at subkelvin temperatures to image the magnetization of individual adatoms as a function of an external magnetic field. This allows to directly measure their magnetic interactions at very low energy scale. We will present the design of the 300mK STM [1] and then focus on the results. Interestingly, Co atoms on Pt(111) behave paramagnetic even at very low temperatures, 300 times smaller than the previously reported giant barrier between up and down spin [2]. A peculiar variation in the saturation flux density, which is measured for each atom, is found. This is attributed to their mutual indirect exchange via the substrate electrons. Indeed, we observe an interaction between the adatom and a Co monolayer stripe oscillating with distance between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling on the scale of the Fermi wavelength. [1] J. Wiebe et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 75, 4871 (2004). [2] P. Gambardella et al., Science 300, 1130 (2003).

  2. Ba termination of Ge(001) studied with STM

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    Curson, Neil; Koczorowski, Wojciech; Grzela, Tomasz; Radny, Marian; Schofield, Steven; Capellini, Giovanni; Czajka, Ryszard; Schroeder, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    We use controlled annealing to tune the interfacial properties of a sub-monolayer and monolayer coverages of Ba atoms deposited on Ge(001), enabling the generation of either of two fundamentally distinct interfacial phases, as revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Firstly we identify the two key structural phases associated with this adsorption system, namely on-top adsorption and surface alloy formation, by performing a deposition and annealing experiment at a coverage low enough (0.15 ML) such that isolated Ba-related features can be individually resolved. Subsequently we investigate the monolayer coverage case, of interest for passivation schemes of future Ge based devices, for which we find that thermal evaporation of Ba onto a Ge(001) surface at room temperature results in on-top adsorption. This separation (lack of intermixing) between Ba and Ge layers is retained through successive annealing steps up to 770 K with a gradual ordering of the Ba layer at 570 K and above and a decrease in Ba layer density. Annealing above 770 K produces the 2-D surface alloy phase accompanied by strain relief through monolayer height trench formation. At 1070 K the surface morphology changes again but remains a 2-D surface alloy. WK and NJC acknowledge EPSRC grant EP/I02865X/1. WK, MWR and R.C. acknowledge the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for support (Project No. N-N202-195840).

  3. Design of wireless video transmission system based on STM32 microcontroller

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    Yang, Fan; Ma, Chunting; Li, Haoyi

    2017-03-01

    The design of a wireless video transmission system based on STM32, the system uses the STM32F103VET6 microprocessor as the core, through the video acquisition module collects video data, video data will be sent to the receiver through the wireless transmitting module, receiving data will be displayed on the LCD screen. The software design process of receiver and transmitter is introduced. The experiment proves that the system realizes wireless video transmission function.

  4. Probing Single Molecules with a Tunable Femtosecond Laser Coupled RF-STM

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    Cao, Weicai

    Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) has become a powerful tool in nanoscience for imaging, manipulation and electronic spectroscopy. STM inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) first achieved chemical identification of molecular species by characterizing vibrational energies. Recently, with the STM itProbe and H2 rotational spectromicroscopy, molecular structure and chemical bonds are observed with the STM. Despite these successes in spatial resolution, various efforts have been made to combine fs laser with STM to overcome the temporal resolution limitation of STM, there is so far no clear evidence of simultaneous fs and A resolution. Electronic properties of organic molecules are of central importance to applications such as molecular electronics, organic LEDs, and solar cells. Properties of these molecules can be probed by the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at the single molecule level and with sub-A spatial resolution. The molecular orbital of 4, 7-Di ([2, 20-bithiophen]-5-yl) benzo[c] [1, 2, 5] thiadiazole (4T-BTD) with intramolecular donor-acceptor-donor sites is probed with the electronic state dI/dV imaging and H2 rotational and vibrational spectromicroscopy. 1, 4-Phenylene Diisocyanide (PDI) is probed by imaging with a CO-terminated tip and H2. PDI can self-assemble on noble metal surfaces to form nanostructures, which could have potential applications in molecular electronics and catalysis. Further combination of a RF-STM with a tunable femtosecond laser enables the investigation of light-molecule interactions. In this dissertation, efforts are spent to setup a new tunable fs laser (220 nm˜1040 nm) to couple with the RF-STM. The effects of the femtosecond laser are followed by detecting photo induced electron emission and photochemistry. A new double lock-in technique is applied to detect the weak laser-induced signal in the tunneling regime. To sharpen the energy width and increase the lifetime of the excited states of molecules, thin

  5. Surface Confined Metallosupramolecular Architectures: Formation and STM Characterization

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    Li, Shan-Shan; Northrop, Brian H.; Yuan, Qun-Hui; Wan, Li-Jun; Stang, Peter J.

    2009-01-01

    CONSPECTUS Metallosupramolecular compounds have attracted a great deal of attention over the past two decades largely because of their unique, highly-complex structural characteristics, the fact that they can be prepared with relative ease using coordination-driven self-assembly techniques, and their potential electronic, magnetic, optical, and catalytic properties. In particular, the use of electron-poor square planar Pt(II) transition metals in conjunction with rigid, electron-rich pyridyl donors had enabled the spontaneous self-assembly of a rich library of 2D metallacyclic and 3D metallacage assemblies via the directional-bonding approach. With the tremendous progress that has been made in the preparation and characterization of metallosupramolecules, much attention is now being turned 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, which increases the level of coherence between molecules above that which can be achieved in the solution phase and affords a means of integrating adlayers into a solid-state materials setting. The dynamic nature of kinetically labile Pt(II)-N coordination bonds, however, requires that deposition and imaging conditions be appropriate to retain the assemblies' stability. Toward these aims it is imperative to understand the factors that govern surface self-assembly and the interactions that influence the structure and stability of the resulting adlayer. Such insight can be obtained from Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), which has emerged as a powerful technique for the imaging and characterization of self-assembled adlayers. This account describes the means by which 2D rectangular and square metallacycles and 3D trigonal bipyrimidal and chiral trigonal prism

  6. First Experiences with Chip Development on the Commercial STM 65 nm Process

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    Syed, M.; Helfers, T.; Baumgarte, V.; Papadas, C.

    2013-08-01

    Currently Astrium GmbH is involved in the High Performance Data Processor (HPDP) development programme targeting the implementation of the commercially available reconfigurable array processor IP (XPP from the company PACT XPP Technologies) in a radiation hardened technology. In the current complementary development phase, it is planned to prototype the HPDP chip in commercial STM 65 nm technology. The idea behind this prototyping approach is not only to verify the functionality of the HPDP chip design, but also to get accustomed to the chip development flow of the future European deep sub-micron process. The prototyping is being carried out within the ESA Greek Industry Incentive Scheme by Integrated Systems Development (ISD). It is estimated that the HPDP prototype chip will be available in Q3 of 2013. As the STM 65nm process is planned to be made available as a radiation hardened process in the near future, the current exercise enables Astrium to gain experience with using this technology, to get accustomed to the STM development flow, to identify and avoid any hurdles in the future planned radiation hardened HPDP chip development. The HPDP chip is foreseen by ESA as a candidate for the first manufacturing run of the radiation hardened STM 65nm process. This exercise also assists in identifying any shortcomings of the proposed design methodology for the STM 65nm process.

  7. Giant apparent lattice distortions in STM images of corrugated sp2-hybridised monolayers

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    Dubout, Q.; Calleja, F.; Sclauzero, G.; Etzkorn, M.; Lehnert, A.; Claude, L.; Papagno, M.; Natterer, F. D.; Patthey, F.; Rusponi, S.; Pasquarello, Alfredo; Brune, H.

    2016-10-01

    We report on the strengths and limitations of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) when used for characterising atomic-scale features of quasi two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and single layers of hexagonal boron nitride, which may present strong corrugations when grown epitaxially on a substrate with a lattice mismatch. As a paradigmatic test case, we choose single-layer and bilayer graphene on Ru(0001), because their STM images show both a long-range moiré modulation and complex atomic-scale distortions of the graphene lattice. Through high-resolution STM measurements, we first determine with high accuracy the moiré epitaxial relations of the single layer and the bilayer with respect to the metal substrate. In particular, we also provide direct evidence for the existence of AA-stacked bilayer graphene domains on Ru(0001). We then demonstrate that the local strain distribution, as inferred from the same STM images, can be affected by large errors, so that apparent giant strains arise in some regions of the moiré as an imaging artefact. With the aid of density functional theory simulations, we track down the origin of these fictitious distortions in the high directionality of the graphene π-orbital density combined with the large corrugation of the sample. The proposed theoretical model correctly accounts for the observed dependence of the apparent strain on the STM tip-sample separation and on the different degree of curvature of the second graphene layer with respect to the single layer.

  8. STM-Controlled Capillary Based Non-Contact Fluid Deposition Nanolithography

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    Lutfurakhmanov, Artur; Sailer, Rob; Schulz, Doug; Akhatov, Iskander

    2007-11-01

    A new method of fluid deposition based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is presented. STM-Controlled Capillary Based Non-Contact Fluid Deposition Nanolithography consists of a Au-coated glass nanocapillary tip integrated into a commercial STM scanner platform where the tip serves the dual purpose of imaging and deposition. The small diameter hollow fiber (O.D. less than 500 nm) coupled with a conducting coating allows sub-angstrom-level z-resolution imaging using standard STM methodology. For fluid deposition, the tip is first located within 10 nm of the substrate before the nanocapillary is pressurized with a fluid (P = 50-500 KPa) leading to the formation of a small meniscus that then interacts with the underlying surface to give small spot of fluid deposition. Initial results show the ability to form features less than 500 nm in diameter using alpha-terpineol as the model fluid and highly-oriented pyrolytic graphite as the substrate. In addition to non-contact deposition, this technology also allows non-contact imaging using the constant height STM mode thereby eliminating the difficulties associated with finding nanometer-sized features.

  9. STM and HREELS investigation of gas phase silanization on hydroxylated Si(100)

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    Fan, C.; Lopinski, G. P.

    2010-06-01

    The gas phase anhydrous reaction of glycidoxypropyldimethylethoxysilane (GPDMES) with a model hydroxylated surface has been investigated using high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Water dissociation on the clean reconstructed (2 × 1)-Si(100) surface was used to create an atomically flat surface with ~ 0.5 ML of hydroxyl groups. Exposure of this surface to GPDMES at room temperature under vacuum was found to lead to formation of covalent Si-O-Si bonds although high exposures (6 × 10 8 L) were required for saturation. STM images at the early stages of reaction indicate that the reaction occurs randomly on the surface with no apparent clustering. The STM images together with semi-empirical (AM1) calculations provide evidence for hydrogen bonding interactions between the oxygen atoms in the molecule and surface hydroxyl groups at low coverage.

  10. First Principles and STM Studies of Cl Adsorption on TiO2 (110) Surfaces

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    Vogtenhuber, D.; Podloucky, R.; Redinger, J.; Hebenstreit, E. L. D.; Hebenstreit, W.; Diebold, U.

    2000-03-01

    Atomic Cl adsorption on reduced and stoichiometric TiO2 (110) surfaces was calculated by applying a Full Potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave method (FLEUR), and the Tersoff-Hamann model for simulating STM images. The electronic structure results are compared to experimental ISS, STM and XPS data for dissociative adsorption of Cl_2. Adsorption on O-defect sites, which is favored from our results of the adsorption energies, is found experimentally at elevated T (> 200^circ C) only. According to measurements at low T, adsorption in registry with the bridging O seems to be kinetically hindered. Distinct differences between high- and low T adsoption types are found for ISS, STM, \\varphi and Cl-2p bonding energies, in excellent agreement between calculations and experiment.

  11. Principles and simulations of high-resolution STM imaging with a flexible tip apex

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    Krejčí, Ondrej; Hapala, Prokop; Ondráček, Martin; Jelínek, Pavel

    2017-01-01

    We present a robust but still efficient simulation approach for high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with a flexible tip apex showing sharp submolecular features. The approach takes into account the electronic structure of the sample and tip as well as relaxation of the tip apex. We validate our model by achieving good agreement with various experimental images which allows us to explain the origin of several observed features. Namely, we have found that the high-resolution STM mechanism consists of standard STM imaging, convolving electronic states of the sample and the tip apex orbital structure, with the contrast heavily distorted by the relaxation of the flexible apex caused by interaction with the substrate.

  12. Chen's derivative rule revisited: Role of tip-orbital interference in STM

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    Mándi, Gábor; Palotás, Krisztián

    2015-04-01

    On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, we revise Chen's derivative rule for electron tunneling [C. J. Chen, Phys. Rev. B 42, 8841 (1990), 10.1103/PhysRevB.42.8841] for the purpose of computationally efficient simulations of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) based on first-principles electronic structure data. The revised model allows the weighting of tunneling matrix elements of different tip-orbital characters by an arbitrary energy-independent choice or based on energy-dependent weighting coefficients obtained by an expansion of the tip single-electron wave functions/density of states projected onto the tip-apex atom. Tip-orbital interference in the STM junction is included in the model by construction and can be analyzed quantitatively. As a further advantage, arbitrary tip geometrical orientations are included in the revised model by rotating the coordinate system of the tip apex using Euler angles and redefining the weighting coefficients of the tunneling matrix elements. We demonstrate the reliability of the model by applying it to two functionalized surfaces of recent interest where quantum interference effects play an important role in the STM imaging process: N-doped graphene and a magnetic Mn2H complex on the Ag(111) surface. We find that the proposed tunneling model is 25 times faster than the Bardeen method concerning computational time, while maintaining good agreement. Our results show that the electronic structure of the tip has a considerable effect on STM images, and the Tersoff-Hamann model does not always provide sufficient results in view of quantum interference effects. For both studied surfaces, we highlight the importance of interference between s and pz tip orbitals that can cause a significant contrast change in the STM images. Our method, thus, provides a fast and reliable tool for calculating STM images based on Chen's derivative rule, taking into account the electronic structure and local geometry of the tip apex.

  13. Magnetic field enhanced nano-tip fabrication for four-probe STM studies.

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    McKendry, J E; Allen, C S; Critchley, K; Górzny, M L; Walton, A S; Evans, S D

    2008-02-27

    We present an improved method for fabricating tungsten STM tips for measuring nanoscale objects using a multiprobe STM. The tips were prepared by a 'drop-off' technique combined with a magnetic field. For magnetic field strengths above 150 Oe the electrolyte was seen to rotate about the tungsten anode. This rotation reduced the adhesion of bubbles and led to a reduction in the cone angle of the tips produced. This property is advantageous for multiprobe measurements as it allows one to bring multiple tips into close proximity.

  14. Synthesis and STM imaging of symmetric and dissymmetric ethynyl-bridged dimers of boron-subphthalocyanine bowl-shaped nanowheels.

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    Jacquot de Rouville, Henri-Pierre; Garbage, Romain; Ample, Francisco; Nickel, Anja; Meyer, Joerg; Moresco, Francesca; Joachim, Christian; Rapenne, Gwénaël

    2012-07-16

    The future's wheel: A new class of wheels, based on subphthalocyanine fragments, for future incorporation in functional nanovehicles is reported (see figure). The syntheses of a symmetric wheel, a nitrogen-tagged wheel, and their ethynyl-bridged homodimers are presented. Theoretical calculations and STM imaging demonstrate the advantage of a bowl-shaped structure and the efficiency of the tag for STM imaging.

  15. High-quality draft genome sequence of Rhizobium mesoamericanum strain STM6155, a Mimosa pudica microsymbiont from New Caledonia.

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    Klonowska, Agnieszka; López-López, Aline; Moulin, Lionel; Ardley, Julie; Gollagher, Margaret; Marinova, Dora; Tian, Rui; Huntemann, Marcel; Reddy, T B K; Varghese, Neha; Woyke, Tanja; Markowitz, Victor; Ivanova, Natalia; Seshadri, Rekha; Baeshen, Mohamed N; Baeshen, Nabih A; Kyrpides, Nikos; Reeve, Wayne

    2017-01-01

    Rhizobium mesoamericanum STM6155 (INSCD = ATYY01000000) is an aerobic, motile, Gram-negative, non-spore-forming rod that can exist as a soil saprophyte or as an effective nitrogen fixing microsymbiont of the legume Mimosa pudica L.. STM6155 was isolated in 2009 from a nodule of the trap host M. pudica grown in nickel-rich soil collected near Mont Dore, New Caledonia. R. mesoamericanum STM6155 was selected as part of the DOE Joint Genome Institute 2010 Genomic Encyclopedia for Bacteria and Archaea-Root Nodule Bacteria (GEBA-RNB) genome sequencing project. Here we describe the symbiotic properties of R. mesoamericanum STM6155, together with its genome sequence information and annotation. The 6,927,906 bp high-quality draft genome is arranged into 147 scaffolds of 152 contigs containing 6855 protein-coding genes and 71 RNA-only encoding genes. Strain STM6155 forms an ANI clique (ID 2435) with the sequenced R. mesoamericanum strain STM3625, and the nodulation genes are highly conserved in these strains and the type strain of Rhizobium grahamii CCGE501(T). Within the STM6155 genome, we have identified a chr chromate efflux gene cluster of six genes arranged into two putative operons and we postulate that this cluster is important for the survival of STM6155 in ultramafic soils containing high concentrations of chromate.

  16. Techniques Use by Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM) Teachers for Controlling Undesirable Classroom Behaviours in Anambra State Secondary Schools

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    Chinelo, Okigbo Ebele; Nwanneka, Okoli Josephine

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the techniques used by secondary school Science Technology and Mathematics (STM) teachers in controlling undesirable behaviours in their classrooms. It adopted descriptive survey design in which 178 Anambra State teachers teaching STM subjects in senior secondary were involved in the research. Two sections of questionnaire…

  17. Innovations in Scholarly Electronic Journals: The Challenge from Nontraditional STM Publishers (SIG PUB, SIG STI).

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    Panagopoulos, Beata; Chu, Heting

    2000-01-01

    Presents an abstract of a planned session on costs of STM (scientific, technical and medical) journals and how the Web is providing alternative, nontraditional publishing options. Highlights include the impact on libraries; pricing and licensing; additional services such as selective dissemination of information; and archival, publishing,…

  18. Recoding between Two Types of STM Representation Revealed by the Dynamics of Memory Search

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    Leszczynski, Marcin; Myers, Nicholas E.; Akyurek, Elkan G.; Schubo, Anna

    2012-01-01

    Visual STM (VSTM) is thought to be related to visual attention in several ways. Attention controls access to VSTM during memory encoding and plays a role in the maintenance of stored information by strengthening memorized content. We investigated the involvement of visual attention in recall from VSTM. In two experiments, we measured…

  19. The Impact of Pointing on the Short-Term Memory (STM) of Heterophonic Homographs

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    Vaknin-Nusbaum, Vered; Miller, Paul

    2014-01-01

    This study entailed two short-term memory (STM) experiments investigating the importance of vowel diacritics for the temporary retention of three distinct Hebrew word list types: heterophonic homographs, non-homographs and homophonic homographs. Eighty university students participated in each experiment, with half of them tested with word lists…

  20. S182 and STM2 gene missense mutations in sporadic alzheimer disease

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    Higuchi, Susumu; Matsushita, Sachio; Hasegawa, Yoshio; Muramatsu, Taro

    1996-07-26

    The linkage of genes S182 and STM2 to early-onset or late-onset sporadic Alzheimer disease (AD) was not found in a group of 97 clinically-diagnosed AD patients and 46 autopsy-confirmed AD cases, using PCR-RFLP methods. 7 refs.

  1. Atomically resolved STM imaging with a diamond tip: simulation and experiment.

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    Grushko, V; Lübben, O; Chaika, A N; Novikov, N; Mitskevich, E; Chepugov, A; Lysenko, O; Murphy, B E; Krasnikov, S A; Shvets, I V

    2014-01-17

    The spatial resolution of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) can be enhanced using light element-terminated probes with spatially localized electron orbitals at the apex atom. Conductive diamond probes can provide carbon atomic orbitals suitable for STM imaging with sub-Ångström lateral resolution and high apex stability crucial for the small tunneling gaps necessary for high-resolution experiments. Here we demonstrate that high spatial resolution can be achieved in STM experiments with single-crystal diamond tips, which are generally only considered for use as probes for atomic force microscopy. The results of STM experiments with a heavily boron-doped, diamond probe on a graphite surface; density functional theory calculations of the tip and surface electronic structure; and first-principles tunneling current calculations demonstrate that the highest spatial resolution can be achieved with diamond tips at tip-sample distances of 3-5 Å when frontier p-orbitals of the tip provide their maximum contribution to the tunneling current. At the same time, atomic resolution is feasible even at extremely small gaps with very high noise in the tunneling current.

  2. Low Temperature STM Manipulation and Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll-a Single Molecules from Spinach

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    Benson, Jessica J.; Iancu, Violeta; Deshpande, Aparna; Hla, Saw-Wai

    2004-04-01

    We interrogate single chlorophyll-a, a molecule produced from Spinach, on Cu(111) surface to check its mechanical stability and electronic properties using an ultra-high-vacuum low-temperature scanning-tunneling-microscope (UHV-LT-STM) at liquid helium temperatures. The measured results of isolated single chlorophyll-a molecules are then compared with that of self-assembled molecular layer. The tunneling I/V and dI/dV spectroscopy techniques are used to probe the electronic properties of the chlorophyll-a molecule with atomic precision (1). These spectroscopic investigations elucidate properties of the single molecule such as the band gap and additional molecular orbital states. Mechanical stability of the chlorophyll-a molecule is examined using lateral manipulation techniques with the STM tip (2). In this procedure, the STM tip is placed in close proximity to the molecule (just a few angstrom separation) to increase the tip-molecule interaction. Then the tip is laterally moved across the surface, which results in pulling of the chlorophyll-a molecule to relocate to the specific surface sites. The detailed molecule movement during this manipulation is directly monitored through the corresponding STM-tip height signals. Our results highlight that the Spinach molecule is a promising candidate for environmental friendly nano-electronic device applications. (1) F. Moresco et al, Phy. Rev. Lett. 86, 672-675, (2001) (2) S-W. Hla, K-H. Rieder, Ann. Phy. Chem. 54, 307-330, (2003)

  3. Chemistry at the square nanometer: reactivity at liquid/solid interfaces revealed with an STM.

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    Münninghoff, Joris A W; Elemans, Johannes A A W

    2017-02-02

    For more than three decades the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) has proven to be an indispensable tool to image molecules adsorbed at a surface at the highest detail possible. In addition to simply imaging molecules, STM can also be applied to monitor dynamic surface phenomena, including chemical reactions. By studying reactions at a surface at the single molecule level, unique information about reaction mechanisms can be obtained which remains hidden when conventional ensemble techniques are used. Many STM studies of chemical reactions have been performed in extreme environments like ultrahigh vacuum or high pressure chambers, but these are far removed from conditions in which most chemical and biological processes take place, i.e., in a liquid at ambient atmospheres. This feature paper highlights the developments in the relatively unexplored research area of investigating chemical reactions with an STM at a liquid/solid interface under ambient conditions. Covalent couplings between molecules, light-induced isomerisations, reactions under electrochemical control, and complex multistep processes and catalysis are discussed.

  4. Short-Term Memory (STM) Constraints in Children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI): Are There Differences between Receptive and Expressive SLI?

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    Nickisch, Andreas; von Kries, Rudiger

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: Specific language impairment (SLI) is assumed to be causally related to deficits in auditory short-term memory (STM). Although verbal STM deficits have been consistently found in SLI, the results of visual STM tests are inconsistent. Do these inconsistencies reflect different study populations of expressive SLI (ELI) and…

  5. STM investigations of Au(1 1 1) electrodes coated with vitamin B 12 derivatives

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    Szőcs, E.; Durrer, L.; Luginbühl, R.; Simic, N.; Viana, A. S.; Abrantes, L. M.; Keese, R.; Siegenthaler, H.

    2006-01-01

    Vitamin B 12 derivatives immobilized at flame-annealed Au(1 1 1) electrode surfaces have been investigated in close correlation with their structural properties and spatial arrangement at the electrode substrate by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in air and in aqueous 0.1 M NaClO 4 solution. The investigated compounds were symmetrical (B 12C 10S-SC 10B 12) and nonsymmetrical (B 12C 10S-SC 10) dialkyl disulfide derivatives of vitamin B 12, attached to the electrode surfaces by the S-Au bond. The ex situ and in situ STM experiments show the formation of a surface layer, whose packing density and structure is presumably controlled by the spatial arrangement of the large cobyrinate head groups. In presence of the symmetrical B 12 compound, a disordered surface layer is observed. Voltammetric investigations show that, in 0.1 M NaClO 4, this layer becomes unstable at potentials approximately ⩽ -1000 mV vs. MSE and is almost completely removed at more negative potentials. The STM imaging properties of the nonsymmetrical B 12 surface layer show a significant dependence on the tunneling distance. In particular, at small tunneling distances, a highly regular hexagonal surface pattern is observed that suggests strongly the presence of an ordered surface assembly. Modeling of the B 12 head group has been performed to provide information for a structure-related interpretation of the high-resolution STM images. The investigations are first STM results obtained at such B 12 modified electrodes.

  6. Atom probe, AFM, and STM studies on vacuum-fired stainless steels.

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    Stupnik, A; Frank, P; Leisch, M

    2009-04-01

    The surface morphology of grades 304L and 316LN stainless steels, after low-temperature bake-out process and vacuum annealing, has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). The local elemental composition on the surface before and after thermal treatment has been investigated by atom probe (AP) depth profiling measurements. After vacuum annealing, AFM and STM show significant changes in the surface structure and topology. Recrystallization and surface reconstruction is less pronounced on the 316LN stainless steel. AP depth profiling analyses result in noticeable nickel enrichment on the surface of grade 304L samples. Since hydrogen recombination is almost controlled by surface structure and composition, a strong influence on the outgassing behaviour by the particular surface microstructure can be deduced.

  7. Automated extraction of single H atoms with STM: tip state dependency.

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    Møller, Morten; Jarvis, Samuel P; Guérinet, Laurent; Sharp, Peter; Woolley, Richard; Rahe, Philipp; Moriarty, Philip

    2017-02-17

    The atomistic structure of the tip apex plays a crucial role in performing reliable atomic-scale surface and adsorbate manipulation using scanning probe techniques. We have developed an automated extraction routine for controlled removal of single hydrogen atoms from the H:Si(100) surface. The set of atomic extraction protocols detect a variety of desorption events during scanning tunneling microscope (STM)-induced modification of the hydrogen-passivated surface. The influence of the tip state on the probability for hydrogen removal was examined by comparing the desorption efficiency for various classifications of STM topographs (rows, dimers, atoms, etc). We find that dimer-row-resolving tip apices extract hydrogen atoms most readily and reliably (and with least spurious desorption), while tip states which provide atomic resolution counter-intuitively have a lower probability for single H atom removal.

  8. Josephson STM at mK temperatures: Coupling to the electronic environment

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    Dreyer, Michael; Dana, Rami; Liao, Wan-Ting; Lobb, Cris; Wellstood, Fred; Anderson, Bob

    Ultra-small Josephson junctions can couple to modes in the electronic environment. This leads to sub-gap peaks in the I(V) curve in addition to the phase diffuse supercurrent. The I(V) curve can - in principle - be explained by P(E) theory which describes the probability of tunneling at energy E. A recent study showed that antenna modes of the STM tips could be responsible for the observed sideband structures. In our case the explanation appears to be less simple. We employ a dual tip STM at a temperature of 30 mK. The I(V) spectra of the two tips show distinct patterns with only one shared mode. While the supercurrent branch for the ''inner'' tip is visible, it is obscured by a resonance for the ``outer'' tip. Possible causes and applications to other systems will be discussed. Support from NSF (DMR- 0605763) and Laboratory for Physical Sciences.

  9. Automated extraction of single H atoms with STM: tip state dependency

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    Møller, Morten; Jarvis, Samuel P.; Guérinet, Laurent; Sharp, Peter; Woolley, Richard; Rahe, Philipp; Moriarty, Philip

    2017-02-01

    The atomistic structure of the tip apex plays a crucial role in performing reliable atomic-scale surface and adsorbate manipulation using scanning probe techniques. We have developed an automated extraction routine for controlled removal of single hydrogen atoms from the H:Si(100) surface. The set of atomic extraction protocols detect a variety of desorption events during scanning tunneling microscope (STM)-induced modification of the hydrogen-passivated surface. The influence of the tip state on the probability for hydrogen removal was examined by comparing the desorption efficiency for various classifications of STM topographs (rows, dimers, atoms, etc). We find that dimer-row-resolving tip apices extract hydrogen atoms most readily and reliably (and with least spurious desorption), while tip states which provide atomic resolution counter-intuitively have a lower probability for single H atom removal.

  10. STM characterization of DNA immobilized via Zr ion glue onto gold thiol SAMs

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    Pourbeyram, S.; Shervedani, R. K.; Sabzyan, H.

    2013-10-01

    In this paper layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of calf thymus DNA (ct-DNA) onto gold-mercaptopropionic acid self-assembled monolayer via Zr(IV) ion glue, Au-MPA-Zr(IV)-ct-DNA SAM, is monitored by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) technique. The STM images of Au-MPA-Zr(IV) template show well-organized arrays of rod-like peaks. ct-DNA has been immobilized on the Au-MPA-Zr(IV) surface in hilly forms, implying globular structure for the immobilized ct-DNA. This immobilization strategy offers a simple and fast method to prepare the Au-MPA-Zr(IV)-ct-DNA template with promising applications for immobilization and study of the other compounds.

  11. Ultrafast scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) using a photoexcited low-temperature-grown gallium arsenide tip

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    Donati, G.P.; Some, D.; Rodriguez, G.; Taylor, A.J.

    1998-08-01

    In the quest for atomic spatial and picosecond temporal resolutions, several groups have integrated an STM tip with an ultrafast optoelectronic switch that gates the tunneling current from the tip. The authors report a novel ultrafast STM tip consisting of a cleaved GaAs substrate with a 1-{micro}m thick epilayer of low-temperature-grown GaAs (LT-GaAs) deposited on the face. since LT-GaAs has a carrier lifetime of 1 ps, the photo-excitatin of the tip with an ultrafast above-bandgap pulse provides carriers for the tunneling current and photoconductively gates the current from the tip with picoseconds time resolution. The authors use this tip to detect picosecond voltage transients on a coplanar stripline.

  12. Theory of STM junctions for π-conjugated molecules on thin insulating films

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    Sobczyk, Sandra; Donarini, Andrea; Grifoni, Milena

    2012-05-01

    A microscopic theory of the transport in a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) setup is introduced for π-conjugated molecules on insulating films, based on the density matrix formalism. A key role is played in the theory by the energy dependent tunneling rates which account for the coupling of the molecule to the tip and to the substrate. In particular, we analyze how the geometrical differences between the localized tip and extended substrate are encoded in the tunneling rate and influence the transport characteristics. Finally, using benzene as an example of a planar, rotationally symmetric molecule, we calculate the STM current-voltage characteristics and current maps and analyze them in terms of few relevant angular momentum channels.

  13. Ab initio calculations on twisted graphene/hBN: Electronic structure and STM image simulation

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    Correa, J. D.; Cisternas, E.

    2016-09-01

    By performing ab initio calculations we obtained theoretical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images and studied the electronic properties of graphene on a hexagonal boron-nitrite (hBN) layer. Three different stack configurations and four twisted angles were considered. All calculations were performed using density functional theory, including van der Waals interactions as implemented in the SIESTA ab initio package. Our results show that the electronic structure of graphene is preserved, although some small changes are induced by the interaction with the hBN layer, particularly in the total density of states at 1.5 eV under the Fermi level. When layers present a twisted angle, the density of states shows several van Hove singularities under the Fermi level, which are associated to moiré patterns observed in theoretical STM images.

  14. The ethylene pathway contributes to root hair elongation induced by the beneficial bacteria Phyllobacterium brassicacearum STM196.

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    Galland, Marc; Gamet, Lydia; Varoquaux, Fabrice; Touraine, Brigitte; Touraine, Bruno; Desbrosses, Guilhem

    2012-07-01

    In Arabidopsis roots, some epidermal cells differentiate into root hair cells. Auxin regulates root hair positioning, while ethylene controls cell elongation. Phyllobacterium brassicacearum STM196, a beneficial strain of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) isolated from the roots of field-grown oilseed rape, stimulates root hair elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. We investigated the role of ethylene in the response of root hair cells to STM196 inoculation. While we could not detect a significant increase in ethylene biosynthesis, we could detect a slight activation of the ethylene signalling pathway. Consistent with this, an exhaustive survey of the root hair elongation response of mutants and transgenic lines affected in the ethylene pathway showed contrasting root hair sensitivities to STM196. We propose that local ethylene emission contributes to STM196-induceed root hair elongation.

  15. An in situ STM and DTS study of the extremely pure [EMIM]FAP/Au(111) interface.

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    Borisenko, Natalia; Zein El Abedin, Sherif; Endres, Frank

    2012-05-14

    Herein the structure of the interfacial layer between the air- and water-stable ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([EMIM]FAP) and Au(111) is investigated using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), distance tunneling spectroscopy (DTS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The in situ STM measurements reveal that structured interfacial layers can be probed in both cathodic and anodic regimes at the IL/Au(111) interface. The structure of these layers is dependent on the applied electrode potential, the number of subsequent STM scans and the scan rate. Furthermore, first DTS results show that the tunneling barrier during the 1st STM scan does not seem to change significantly in the cathodic potential regime between the ocp (-0.2 V) and -2.0 V.

  16. Enhancement of the spin transfer torque efficiency in magnetic STM junctions

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    Palotás, Krisztián; Mándi, Gábor; Szunyogh, László

    2016-08-01

    We introduce a method for a combined calculation of charge and vector spin transport of elastically tunneling electrons in magnetic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The method is based on the three-dimensional Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (3D-WKB) approach combined with electronic structure calculations using first-principles density functional theory. As an application, we analyze the STM contrast inversion of the charge current above the Fe/W(110) surface depending on the bias voltage, tip-sample distance, and relative magnetization orientation between the sample and an iron tip. For the spin transfer torque (STT) vector we find that its in-plane component is generally larger than the out-of-plane component, and we identify a longitudinal spin current component, which, however, does not contribute to the torque. Our results suggest that the torque-current relationship in magnetic STM junctions follows the power law rather than a linear function. Consequently, we show that the ratio between the STT and the spin-polarized charge current is not constant, and more importantly, it can be tuned by the bias voltage, tip-sample distance, and magnetization rotation. We find that the STT efficiency can be enhanced by about a factor of seven by selecting a proper bias voltage. Thus, we demonstrate the possible enhancement of the STT efficiency in magnetic STM junctions, which can be exploited in technological applications. We discuss our results in view of the indirect measurement of the STT above the Fe/W(110) surface reported by S. Krause et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 186601 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.186601].

  17. Electron tunneling using STM/STS on iron-based oxypnictides

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    Kawashima, Yuuki; Ichimura, Koichi; Kurosawa, Toru; Oda, Migaku; Tanda, Satoshi; Takahashi, Hiroki; Okada, Hironari; Kamihara, Yoichi; Hosono, Hideo

    2010-12-01

    We report the electron tunneling study on SmFeAsO1-xFx (x = 0, 0.045, 0.046, 0.069) by using low temperature UHV-STM/STS. The superconducting gap and pseudogap structures are observed on x = 0.045, 0.046, 0.069. We also found similar structures on non-superconducting sample of x = 0. The value of 2Δ/kT decreases as T increases.

  18. Graphene flakes obtained by local electro-exfoliation of graphite with a STM tip.

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    Rubio-Verdú, C; Sáenz-Arce, G; Martinez-Asencio, J; Milan, D C; Moaied, M; Palacios, J J; Caturla, M J; Untiedt, C

    2017-03-15

    Graphite surfaces can be manipulated by several methods to create graphene structures of different shapes and sizes. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) can be used to create these structures either through mechanical contact between the tip and the surface or through electro-exfoliation. In the latter, the mechanisms involved in the process of exfoliation at an applied voltage are not fully understood. Here, we show how a graphite surface can be locally exfoliated in a systematic manner by applying an electrostatic force with a STM tip at the edge of a terrace, forming triangular flakes several nanometers in length. We demonstrate, through experiments and simulations, how these flakes are created by a two-step process: first a voltage ramp must be applied at the edge of the terrace, and then the tip must be scanned perpendicular to the edge. Ab initio electrostatic calculations reveal that the presence of charges on the graphite surface weakens the interaction between layers allowing for exfoliation at voltages in the same range as those used experimentally. Molecular dynamics simulations show that a force applied locally on the edge of a step produces triangular flakes such as those observed under STM. Our results provide new insights into surface modification that can be extended to other layered materials.

  19. An effect of couterion in STM imaging process of DNA on Cu(111)

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    Furukawa, Masashi; Nishimura, Makoto; Tanaka, Hiroyuki; Kawai, Tomoji

    2002-03-01

    In order to elucidate electrical conduction mechanism of DNA, which is still under debate over the last decade, we have performed local electronic structure measurement of single- and double-stranded DNA molecules adsorbed onto Cu(111) surfaces using scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Bias-voltage-dependent STM images (from -5 V to +5 V) have shown that the molecular corrugation height in STM increases gradually at positive bias voltage region (empty state). Despite the theoretical assumption in which their 1st-LUMO states are localized at π plane of DNA bases, one cannot conclude its origin as the existence of their LUMO states, based on the results of relevant control measurements, DNA base molecules/Cu(111) [1] and NaCl/Cu(111). In fact, we found almost identical bias dependencies in the latter case (NaCl/Cu(111)), indicating that the feature of π* states of DNA bases should be buried in an additional channel that opens up by the onset of its unoccupied overlayer state in the tunneling process [2]. This study implies a potential difficulty in direct comparison of the obtained data with those characterized by XAS, in which π* states is located at ca. -1 eV relative to the Fermi level [3]. [1]M. Furukawa et al., submitted to Surf. Sci. [2] J. Kliewer et al., Surf. Sci. 477 (2001) 250.; A. Carlsson et al., Phys. Rev. B. 56 (1997) 1593. [3] M. Furukawa et al., submitted to Phys. Rev. B.

  20. Design and Characterization of a millikelvin dual-tip Josephson STM

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

    2014-03-01

    We describe the design and characterization of a dual-tip Josephson STM that operates at millikelvin temperatures. We report an effective noise temperature for the STM on the order of 200 mK. In addition to the expected phase diffusive super current in the ultra-small Nb-Nb junction formed by one tip and the sample, our high resolution spectroscopy at mK temperatures reveals resonant coupling between the STM junction and the electromagnetic environment it is embedded in, as predicted by P(E) theory. We have for the first time, observed Shapiro-like steps in this limit by measuring the response of the P(E) supercurrent to microwave radiation as a function of amplitude. Fits to theory indicate that the coupling of an ultra-small Josephson junction to its environment/circuit may be used to a) directly measure dissipation channels associated with circuit resonances and b) calibrate the frequency dependent microwave attenuation in cryogenic circuits as seen by the junction.

  1. STM Observation of Molecular Adsorption on Graphene and Nitrogen Doped Graphene

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    Obata, Seiji; Saiki, Koichiro

    2014-03-01

    Carbon alloy catalyst (CAC) shows catalytic activity to oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and it is expected as a substitution of Pt in fuel cells due to its catalytic property. At present CAC are synthesized by burning organic compounds which contain nitrogen atoms such as phthalocyanine. The catalytic activity of CAC is lower than Pt. Since catalytic sites and oxygen reduction process is still unknown, elucidation of catalytic sites of CAC helps to synthesize high performance CAC. STM is a useful tool to investigate adsorption and reaction at atomic level. However, disordered structure of CAC makes it difficult to use STM for catalytic site observation. To overcome this difficulty, we synthesized nitrogen doped graphene (NG) and and pristine graphene (PG) on Pt (111) and used it as model catalyst to study the catalytic property of CAC. Oxygen adsorption is the first step of oxygen reduction reaction. Therefore we investigated the oxygen adsorption to NG and PG by STM. Oxygen adsorbed at domain boundary (DB) of NG?According to XPS measurement nitrogen atoms exist at edge site preferably. These results indicate that nitrogen atom enhances oxygen adsorption activity. In addition, actual reaction process occurs in H2O. Thus we also investigated H2O adsorption on NG.

  2. Oxygen adsorption on the Al₉Co₂(001) surface: first-principles and STM study.

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    Villaseca, S Alarcón; Loli, L N Serkovic; Ledieu, J; Fournée, V; Gille, P; Dubois, J-M; Gaudry, E

    2013-09-04

    Atomic oxygen adsorption on a pure aluminum terminated Al9Co2(001) surface is studied by first-principle calculations coupled with STM measurements. Relative adsorption energies of oxygen atoms have been calculated on different surface sites along with the associated STM images. The local electronic structure of the most favourable adsorption site is described. The preferential adsorption site is identified as a 'bridge' type site between the cluster entities exposed at the (001) surface termination. The Al-O bonding between the adsorbate and the substrate presents a covalent character, with s-p hybridization occurring between the states of the adsorbed oxygen atom and the aluminum atoms of the surface. The simulated STM image of the preferential adsorption site is in agreement with experimental observations. This work shows that oxygen adsorption generates important atomic relaxations of the topmost surface layer and that sub-surface cobalt atoms strongly influence the values of the adsorption energies. The calculated Al-O distances are in agreement with those reported in Al2O and Al2O3 oxides and for oxygen adsorption on Al(111).

  3. Genomic structure and expression of STM2, the chromosome 1 familial Alzheimer disease gene

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    Levy-Lahad, E.; Wang, Kai; Fu, Ying Hui

    1996-06-01

    Mutations in the gene STM2 result in autosomal dominant familial Alzheimer disease. To screen for mutations and to identify regulatory elements for this gene, the genomic DNA sequence and intron-exon structure were determined. Twelve exons including 10 coding exons were identified in a genomic region spanning 23, 737 bp. The first 2 exons encode the 5{prime}-untranslated region. Expression analysis of STM2 indicates that two transcripts of 2.4 and 2.8 kb are found in skeletal muscle, pancreas, and heart. In addition, a splice variant of the 2.4-kb transcript was identified that is the result of the use of an alternative splice acceptor site located in exon 10. The use of this site results in a transcript lacking a single glutamate. The promotor for this gene and the alternatively spliced exons leading to the 2.8-kb form of the gene remain to be identified. Expression of STM2 was high in skeletal muscle and pancreas, with comparatively low levels observed in brain. This expression pattern is intriguing since in Alzheimer disease, pathology and degeneration are observed only in the central nervous system. 19 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  4. Fabrication and Characterization of CNT-Based Smart Tips for Synchrotron Assisted STM

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    Yan, Hui; Cummings, Marvin; Camino, Fernando; ...

    2015-01-01

    Determination of chemical composition along with imaging at the atomic level provides critical information towards fundamental understanding of the surface of materials and, hence, yields the capability to design new materials by tailoring their ultimate functionalities. Synchrotron X-ray assisted scanning tunneling microscopy (SX-STM) is a promising new technique to achieve real space chemically specific atomic mapping. Chemical sensitivity of SX-STM relies on excitation of core electrons by incident X-rays when their energy is tuned to an absorption edge of a particular element. However, along with core-level electrons, photoelectrons are also excited, which yield additional current and interfere with the tunnelingmore » current. To reduce the background photoelectron current and to improve ultimate resolution of SX-STM, we have developed and fabricated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) based “smart tips” using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and focused ion beam milling. The newly developed CNT-based smart tips, characterized step by step by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) during the fabrication process, demonstrate good performance and provide opportunity for realizing atomic chemical mapping.« less

  5. The ReactorSTM: Atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy under high-pressure, high-temperature catalytic reaction conditions

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    Herbschleb, C. T.; Tuijn, P. C. van der; Roobol, S. B.; Navarro, V.; Bakker, J. W.; Liu, Q.; Stoltz, D.; Cañas-Ventura, M. E.; Verdoes, G.; Spronsen, M. A. van; Bergman, M.; Crama, L.; Taminiau, I.; Frenken, J. W. M.; Ofitserov, A.; Baarle, G. J. C. van

    2014-08-15

    To enable atomic-scale observations of model catalysts under conditions approaching those used by the chemical industry, we have developed a second generation, high-pressure, high-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM): the ReactorSTM. It consists of a compact STM scanner, of which the tip extends into a 0.5 ml reactor flow-cell, that is housed in a ultra-high vacuum (UHV) system. The STM can be operated from UHV to 6 bars and from room temperature up to 600 K. A gas mixing and analysis system optimized for fast response times allows us to directly correlate the surface structure observed by STM with reactivity measurements from a mass spectrometer. The in situ STM experiments can be combined with ex situ UHV sample preparation and analysis techniques, including ion bombardment, thin film deposition, low-energy electron diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The performance of the instrument is demonstrated by atomically resolved images of Au(111) and atom-row resolution on Pt(110), both under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions.

  6. Key Role of M.G. Nakhodkin’s Insight and Inspiration in Development of UHV STM-Related Techniques and Methods

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    Lyubinetsky, Igor

    2015-02-15

    In this contribution I briefly describe my joint efforts and experiences with M.G. Nakhodkin in the field of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) including a construction of the home-built microscopes, application of this technique in various scientific endevours, as well as fruitfull and enlightening discusions. Our co-operation was focused on the novel aspects of STM probes preparation and conditioning, coupling the STM junction with laser irradiation, STM-based nanolithography, and also on collaboration at the international scale with M.G. Nakhodkin and members of his scientific group.

  7. Organic superconductors revisited. STM imaging and DFT based simulations of the bc plane of κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2

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    Rohr, C.; Büttner, J. M.; Palitschka, F. A.; Kushch, N. D.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Biberacher, W.; Gross, R.; Hermann, B. A.

    2009-05-01

    The surfaces of a ten years aged crystal and a freshly prepared κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 crystal were compared by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The molecularly-resolved STM images of the bc plane of the crystals agree with each other and with the electronic contrast obtained by new density functional theory (DFT) based simulations. Even after ten years STM images of the molecular stacking of BEDT-TTF display a variation in brightness at the positions of different molecules. We attribute this symmetry breaking concerning the brightness in the STM images of the otherwise equivalent BEDT-TTF dimers to the electronic states of a relaxed surface.

  8. In-Situ TEM-STM Observations of SWCNT Ropes/Tubular Transformations

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    Sola, F.; Lebron-Colon, M.; Ferreira, P. J.; Fonseca, L. F.; Meador, M. A.; Marin, C.

    2010-01-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) prepared by the HiPco process were purified using a modified gas phase purification technique. A TEM-STM holder was used to study the morphological changes of SWCNT ropes as a function of applied voltage. Kink formation, buckling behavior, tubular transformation and eventual breakdown of the system were observed. The tubular formation was attributed to a transformation from SWCNT ropes to multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) structures. It is likely mediated by the patching and tearing mechanism which is promoted primarily by the mobile vacancies generated due to current-induced heating and, to some extent, by electron irradiation.

  9. The homoepitaxial growth of Pt on Pt(111) studied with STM

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    Bott, Michael; Michely, Thomas; Comsa, George

    The homoepitaxial growth of Pt on Pt(111) has been investigated by STM and the results have been compared to recent thermal He scattering (TEAS) data obtained on the same system. Additional information on the growth modes is obtained and the real space aspect of the growing surface, which results in TEAS and RHEED oscillations is evidenced. The three different growth modes, including the reentrant layer-by-layer growth at low temperatures, are confirmed. The limited diffusion along the adatom island edges, which causes their fractal aspect with dendritic structures, appears to play a significant role in the appearance of the low temperature layer-by-layer growth.

  10. Structural characterization and comparison of iridium, platinum and gold/palladium ultra-thin film coatings for STM of biomolecules

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    Sebring, R.; Arendt, P.; Imai, B.; Bradbury, E.M.; Gatewood, J.; Panitz, J.; Yau, P.

    1997-10-30

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is capable of atomic resolution and is ideally suited for imaging surfaces with uniform work function. A biological sample on a conducting substrate in air does not meet this criteria and requires a conductive coating for stable and reproducible STM imaging. In this paper, the authors describe the STM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization of ultra-thin ion-beam sputtered films of iridium and cathode sputtered gold/palladium and platinum films on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) which were developed for use as biomolecule coatings. The goals were the development of metal coatings sufficiently thin and fine grained that 15--20 {angstrom} features of biological molecules could be resolved using STM, and the development of a substrate/coating system which would allow complementary TEM information to be obtained for films and biological molecules. The authors demonstrate in this paper that ion-beam sputtered iridium on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) has met both these goals. The ion-beam sputtered iridium produced a very fine grained (< 10 {angstrom}) continuous film at 5--6 {angstrom} thickness suitable for stable air STM imaging. In comparison, cathode sputtered platinum produced 16 {angstrom} grains with the thinnest continuous film at 15 {angstrom} thickness, and the sputtered gold/palladium produced 25 {angstrom} grains with the thinnest continuous film at 18 {angstrom} thickness.

  11. Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics Lecture: The Inner Machinery of Single Molecules: resolving the unresolved with the STM

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    Ho, Wilson

    2013-03-01

    The scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is a unique instrument that can probe and induce changes in a molecule with atomic scale resolution. Its operation is based on the current that flows between the tip and the substrate with the molecule sandwiched in between. Therefore, the STM can be used to understand the coupling of electrons to the different states and excitations in the molecule and to investigate the influence on them by its environment. From the spatial and energy dependences of the coupling to the charge, spin, and nuclear motions in the molecule, verification of and new insights into the quantum mechanical properties of molecules can be obtained, including the discovery of new conduction and energy transfer mechanisms. This understanding of electron-molecule interactions with the STM enables rational ways to control chemistry and the exploration of novel physical technologies based on molecules.

  12. Methanethiolate Adsorption Site on Au(111): A Combined STM/DFT Study at the Single-Molecule Level

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    Maksymovych, P.; Sorescu, D.C.; Yates, J.T.

    2006-10-26

    The chemisorptive bonding of methanethiolate (CH3S) on the Au(111) surface has been investigated at a single-molecule level using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) and density functional theory (DFT). The CH3S species were produced by STM-tip-induced dissociation of methanethiol (CH3SH) or dimethyl disulfide (CH3SSCH3) at 5 K. The adsorption site of an isolated CH3S species was assigned by comparing the experimental and calculated STM images. We conclude that the S-headgroup of chemisorbed CH3S adsorbs on the 2-fold coordinated bridge site between two Au atoms, consistent with theoretical predictions for CH3S on the nondefective Au(111) surface. Our assignment is also supported by the freezing of the tip-induced rotational dynamics of a single CH3SH molecule upon conversion to CH3S via deprotonation.

  13. Low Temperature STM Experiments on Helical Edge States in InAs/GaSb

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    Du, Rui-Rui; Li, Tingxin; Mou, Xiaoyang; Du, Lingjie; Sullivan, Gerald

    2014-03-01

    Inverted InAs/GaSb quantum wells have been recently shown to be a 2D topological insulator hosting robust helical edge states. Attributing to the fact that the hybridized minigap in this system opens at a finite wavevector, the edge states here have a low Fermi velocity VF, and consequently their transport properties may reveal interesting interaction effects. Moreover, the VF in this system can be continuously tuned by electrostatic gates, providing an experimental knob for tuning the interactions. We report work in progress for STM/STS measurements of edge states in the tunneling regime, where the edge states are exposed at the cleaved edge/UHV interface. Experiments are performed in a 400 mK STM/vector magnet system with in situ sample cleavage and thin film deposition capabilities. Ref. I. Knez, R.-R. Du and G. Sullivan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 136603 (2011); L-.J. Du, I. Knez, G. Sullivan, R-.R. Du, ArXiv:1306.1925 (2013). The work in PKU is supported by Basic Research Program of MOST; work in Rice is supported by NSF and DOE.

  14. Electronic properties and STM images of vacancy clusters and chains in functionalized silicene and germanene

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    Jamdagni, Pooja; Kumar, Ashok; Sharma, Munish; Thakur, Anil; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2017-01-01

    Electronic properties and STM topographical images of X (=F, H, O) functionalized silicene and germanene have been investigated by introducing various kind of vacancy clusters and chain patterns in monolayers within density functional theory (DFT) framework. The relative ease of formation of vacancy clusters and chain patterns is found to be energetically most favorable in hydrogenated silicene and germanene. F- and H-functionalized silicene and germanene are direct bandgap semiconducting with bandgap ranging between 0.1-1.9 eV, while O-functionalized monolayers are metallic in nature. By introducing various vacancy clusters and chain patterns in both silicene and germanene, the electronic and magnetic properties get modified in significant manner e.g. F- and H-functionalized silicene and germanene with hexagonal and rectangle vacancy clusters are non-magnetic semiconductors with modified bandgap values while pentagonal and triangle vacancy clusters induce metallicity and magnetic character in monolayers; hexagonal vacancy chain patterns induce direct-to-indirect gap transition while zigzag vacancy chain patterns retain direct bandgap nature of monolayers. Calculated STM topographical images show distinctly different characteristics for various type of vacancy clusters and chain patterns which may be used as electronic fingerprints to identify various vacancy patterns in silicene and germanene created during the process of functionalization.

  15. Application of Machine Learning tools to recognition of molecular patterns in STM images

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    Maksov, Artem; Ziatdinov, Maxim; Fujii, Shintaro; Kiguchi, Manabu; Higashibayashi, Shuhei; Sakurai, Hidehiro; Kalinin, Sergei; Sumpter, Bobby

    The ability to utilize individual molecules and molecular assemblies as data storage elements has motivated scientist for years, concurrent with the continuous effort to shrink a size of data storage devices in microelectronics industry. One of the critical issues in this effort lies in being able to identify individual molecular assembly units (patterns), on a large scale in an automated fashion of complete information extraction. Here we present a novel method of applying machine learning techniques for extraction of positional and rotational information from scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of π-bowl sumanene molecules on gold. We use Markov Random Field (MRF) model to decode the polar rotational states for each molecule in a large scale STM image of molecular film. We further develop an algorithm that uses a convolutional Neural Network combined with MRF and input from density functional theory to classify molecules into different azimuthal rotational classes. Our results demonstrate that a molecular film is partitioned into distinctive azimuthal rotational domains consisting typically of 20-30 molecules. In each domain, the ``bowl-down'' molecules are generally surrounded by six nearest neighbor molecules in ``bowl-up'' configuration, and the resultant overall structure form a periodic lattice of rotational and polar states within each domain. Research was supported by the US Department of Energy.

  16. STM study on the surface defects of SnSe induced by thermal annealing

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    Thi Ly, Trinh; Kim, Sang-Ui; Kim, Tae Hoon; Duong, Anh Tuan; Cho, Sunglae; Rhim, S. H.; Kim, Jungdae

    SnSe is a IV - VI semiconductor with 0.86 eV gap, and a single crystal SnSe usually exhibits a p-type characteristic. SnSe is one of 2D layered materials, and it has attracted researchers' attentions due to excellent physical properties for future applications. In particular, exceptionally high ZT value (ZT = ~2.6 at 923 K) was reported for SnSe single crystal (Zhao et al., Nature 508 373 (2014). Even though many researches on SnSe have proposed the possibilities of various applications so far, surprisingly little information is available regarding the microscopic structure of SnSe surfaces. We conducted a systematic study on the surface defect of SnSe induced by thermal annealing via a home-built low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Various defects were characterized by STM/STS, and we found that Sn vacancy is a dominating intrinsic defect. The size of vacancy was changed after annealing process in UHV at different temperatures. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) [Nos. NRF-2013R1A1A1008724, NRF-2009-0093818, and NRF-2014R1A4A1071686].

  17. Non-magnetic impurity effects in LiFeAs studied by STM/STS

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    Hanaguri, T.; Khim, Seung Hyun; Lee, Bumsung; Kim, Kee Hoon; Kitagawa, K.; Matsubayashi, K.; Mazaki, Y.; Uwatoko, Y.; Takigawa, M.; Takagi, H.

    2012-02-01

    Detecting the possible sign reversal of the superconducting gap in iron-based superconductors is highly non-trivial. Here we use non-magnetic impurity as a sign indicator. If the sign of the superconducting gap is positive everywhere in momentum space, in-gap bound state should not be observed near the impurity site unless it is magnetic. On the other hand, if there is a sign-reversal in the gap, even non-magnetic impurity may create in-gap bound state [1]. We performed STM/STS experiments on self-flux and Sn-flux grown LiFeAs crystals and examined the effects of Sn impurity. In STM images of Sn-flux grown samples, we found a ring-like object which may represent Sn. Tunneling spectrum taken at this defect site exhibits in-gap bound state. Together with flat-bottom superconducting gap observed far from the defects, sign-reversing s-wave gap is the most plausible gap structure in LiFeAs. [1] T. Kariyado and M. Ogata, JPSJ 79, 083704 (2010).

  18. SmallGEO Structural-Thermal Model (STM) Mechanical Test Campaign

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    Di Carlo, A.; Ruess, F.; Obst, A.; Segelke, H.; Rubio Blanes, A.

    2014-06-01

    SmallGEO is a general-purpose small geostationary satellite platform developed by an industrial team managed by OHB System AG. The consortium includes OHB subsidiaries LuxSpace and OHB Sweden, and RUAG Space. SmallGEO's first use is for Hispasat Advanced Generation 1 (AG1) satellite.RUAG Space was responsible for the development, qualification, production and assembly of the Structure Sub-system as well as the thermal control system.A Structural-Thermal Model (STM) was developed and assembled at RUAG Space premises in Zurich, in parallel with the Protoflight Model (PFM), to qualify the structure and the thermal control system.Between August and December 2012, the STM was subject to testing at European Test Services ETS in Noordwjik to qualify the platform versus all the specified mechanical and thermal environmental loads. Objective of the paper is to describe the phases of the mechanical test campaign, with special focus on the sine burst test, used to substitute the traditional static load tests in qualifying the structure versus the quasi-static launch environment.The challenge was to apply the right accelerations (at least 2.6g lateral and 7.5g axial) to a 3500 kg S/C with a sine vibration at a frequency close enough to resonance to generate the desired amplification and far enough to consider the load application still quasi-static.

  19. Towards bipolar atomic scale dopant devices defined by STM-lithography

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    Fuhrer, Andreas; Köster, Sigrun; Pascher, Nikola

    2015-03-01

    Dopant device fabrication with hydrogen resist lithography has been demonstrated only for n-type dopants. The reason for this is the ease with which phosphorus can be incorporated and activated after gas phase doping with phosphine. Specifically, incorporation on the silicon (001) surface can be achieved at 350°C while keeping the hydrogen resist intact and thus avoiding surface diffusion of the dopants. Here, we present new results on p-type δ-doping of silicon, towards the fabrication of bipolar dopant devices with hydrogen resist lithography. Using diborane as a gas-phase dopant source, Hall bar devices were fabricated to extract hole densities and mobilities in cryogenic magneto-transport experiments. Furthermore, the dependence of these parameters on diborane dose and dopant activation temperatures is investigated. We find that gas-phase doping with diborane is compatible with hydrogen resist lithography and dopant structures can be patterned using the STM. However, activation of the boron dopants currently still leads to significant diffusion and therefore blurring of the patterned devices. We will discuss the prospects of further optimising this and present a possible path forward towards bipolar atomic scale device fabrication with the STM. Support from EU grants PAMS, SiSpin, SiAM and from Swiss NCCR QSIT is gratefully acknowledged.

  20. XPS and STM studies of the oxidation of hydrogen chloride at Cu(100) surfaces

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    Altass, Hatem; Carley, Albert F.; Davies, Philip R.; Davies, Robert J.

    2016-08-01

    The dissociative chemisorption of HCl on clean and oxidized Cu(100) surfaces has been investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Whereas the dissociation of HCl at the clean surface is limited to the formation of a (√ 2 × √ 2)-R45° Cl(a) monolayer, the presence of surface oxygen removes this barrier, leading to chlorine coverages up to twice that obtained at the clean surface. Additional features in the STM images that appear at these coverages are tentatively assigned to the nucleation of CuCl islands. The rate of reaction of the HCl was slightly higher on the oxidized surface but unaffected by the initial oxygen concentration or the availability of clean copper sites. Of the two distinct domains of adsorbed oxygen identified at room temperature on the Cu(100) surfaces, the (√ 2 × √ 2)-R45° structure reacts slightly faster with HCl than the missing row (√ 2 × 2 √ 2)-R45° O(a) structure. The results address the first stages in the formation of a copper chloride and present an interesting comparison with the HCl/O(a) reaction at Cu(110) surfaces, where oxygen also increased the extent of HCl reactions. The results emphasize the importance of the exothermic reaction to form water in the HCl/O(a) reaction on copper.

  1. Tracking Invisible Transformations of Physisorbed Monolayers: LDI-TOF and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry as Complements to STM Imaging.

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    He, Jian; Fang, Chen; Shelp, Russell A; Zimmt, Matthew B

    2017-01-17

    Triphenyleneethynylene (TPEE) derivatives bearing one long aliphatic chain on each terminal aryl ring and two short aliphatic chains on the central aryl ring (core chains) self-assemble single component and 1-D patterned, two-component, crystalline monolayers at the solution-graphite interface. The monolayer morphology directs the core chains off the graphite, making them accessible for chemical reactions but invisible to imaging by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). This precludes using STM to monitor transformations of the core chains, either by reaction or solution-monolayer exchange of TPEE molecules. Laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LDI-TOF MS) successfully identifies TPEE compounds within physisorbed monolayers. The LDI-TOF spectra of TPEE monolayer-graphite samples exhibit strong molecular ion peaks and minimal fragmentation or background. LDI-TOF and STM techniques are combined to evaluate monolayer composition and morphology, track solution-monolayer exchange, to identify reaction products and to measure kinetics of chemical reactions at the solution-monolayer interface. LDI-TOF MS provides rapid qualitative evaluation of monolayer composition across a graphite substrate. Challenges to quantitative composition evaluation by LDI-TOF include compound-specific light absorption, surface desorption/ionization and fragmentation characteristics. For some, but not all, compounds, applying matrix onto a self-assembled monolayer increases molecular ion intensities and affords more accurate assessment of monolayer composition via matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) MS. Matrix addition precludes subsequent chemical or STM studies of the monolayer, whereas reactions and STM may be performed at nonirradiated regions following LDI-TOF measurements. LDI- and MALDI-TOF MS are useful complements to STM and are easily implemented tools for study of physisorbed monolayers.

  2. Computational simulation of subatomic-resolution AFM and STM images for graphene/hexagonal boron nitride heterostructures with intercalated defects

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    Lee, Junsu; Kim, Minjung; Chelikowsky, James R.; Kim, Gunn

    2016-07-01

    Using ab initio density functional calculations, we predict subatomic-resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of vertical heterostructures of graphene/hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) with an intercalated metal atom (Li, K, Cr, Mn, Co, or Cu), and study the effects of the extrinsic metal defect on the interfacial coupling. We find that the structural deformation of the graphene/h-BN layer caused by the metal defect strongly affects the AFM images, whereas orbital hybridization between the metal defect and the graphene/h-BN layer characterizes the STM images.

  3. Single-layer ZnS supported on Au(111): A combined XPS, LEED, STM and DFT study

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    Deng, Xingyi; Sorescu, Dan C.; Lee, Junseok

    2017-04-01

    Single-layer of ZnS, consisting of one atomic layer of ZnS(111) plane, has been grown on Au(111) and characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). While the LEED measurement indicates a coincidence structure of ZnS-(3×3)/Au(111)-(4×4), high resolution STM images reveal hexagonal unit cells of 6.7×6.7 Å2 and 11.6×11.6 Å2, corresponding to √3 and 3 times the unit cell of the ideal zincblende ZnS-(1×1), respectively, depending on the tunneling conditions. Calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) indicate a significantly reconstructed non-planar structure of ZnS single-layer on Au(111) with 2/3 of the S anions being located nearly in the plane of the Zn cations and the rest 1/3 of the S anions protruding above the Zn plane. The calculated STM image shows similar characteristics to those of the experimental STM image. Additionally, the DFT calculations reveal the different bonding nature of the S anions in ZnS single-layer supported on Au(111).

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  5. Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED Studies

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    Cai, T.; Shi, F.; Shen, Z.; Gierer, M.; Goldman, A.I.; Kramer, M.J.; Jenks, C.J.; Lograsso, T.A.; Delaney, D.W.; Thiel, P.A.; Van, M.A.

    2001-04-15

    We investigate the atomic structure of the fivefold surface of an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe alloy, using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and a special dynamical low energy-electron diffraction (LEED) method. STM indicates that the step heights adopt (primarily) two values in the ratio of tau, but the spatial distribution of these two values does not follow a Fibonacci sequence, thus breaking the ideal bulk-like quasicrystalline layer stacking order perpendicular to the surface. The appearance of screw dislocations in the STM images is another indication of imperfect quasicrystallinity. On the other hand, the LEED analysis, which was successfully applied to Al-Pd-Mn in a previous study, is equally successful for Al-Cu-Fe. Similar structural features are found for both materials, in particular for interlayer relaxations and surface terminations. Although there is no structural periodicity, there are clear atomic planes in the bulk of the quasicrystal, some of which can be grouped in recurring patterns. The surface tends to form between these grouped layers in both alloys. For Al-Cu-Fe, the step heights measured by STM are consistent with the thicknesses of the grouped layers favored in LEED. These results suggest that the fivefold Al-Cu-Fe surface exhibits a quasicrystalline layering structure, but with stacking defects.

  6. STM Observations at the Atomic Scale of a Tilt Grain Sub-Boundary on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite

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    Daulan, C.; Derré, A.; Flandrois, S.; Roux, J. C.; Saadaoui, H.

    1995-09-01

    We report here the first observations at the atomic scale of a symmetrical tilt grain sub-boundary with a STM. The edge dislocations observed at the atomic scale along the boundary line can be understood in the frame of geometrical models. These STM images also reveal a local modification of the charge density near the Fermi level in the junction area. Des observations à l'échelle atomique d'un sous-joint de grains de flexion ont été réalisées pour la première fois par microscopie à effet tunnel (STM). Des modèles géométriques ont permis d'interpréter le réseau de dislocations mis en évidence sur la ligne de jonction. Ces images STM révèlent également la modification locale de la densité volumique de charge près du niveau de Fermi dans la zone de jonction.

  7. STM/STS studies on vortex and electronic state in YBa 2Cu 3O y

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    Nishizaki, Terukazu; Shibata, Kenji; Maki, Makoto; Kobayashi, Norio

    2006-05-01

    Low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) studies have been performed on the LT-cleaved and the chemically etched surface of YBa2Cu3Oy single crystals. We find that the vortex structure can be observed on the chemically etched surface of YBa2Cu3Oy as a function of temperature and magnetic field. At low magnetic fields, we observed a slightly distorted triangular lattice, which is attributed to the Bragg-glass phase. The triangular lattice transforms into a disordered structure in high magnetic fields above the order-disorder transition H∗(T). We observed that the disordered vortices form small clusters comprising 5- and 7-fold coordination pairs. These microscopically determined vortex structures are in good agreement with the vortex matter phase diagram derived from the macroscopic measurements, thus providing the evidence of the field-driven transition in the vortex solid phase of YBa2Cu3Oy.

  8. Molecular design driving tetraporphyrin self-assembly on graphite: a joint STM, electrochemical and computational study

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    El Garah, M.; Santana Bonilla, A.; Ciesielski, A.; Gualandi, A.; Mengozzi, L.; Fiorani, A.; Iurlo, M.; Marcaccio, M.; Gutierrez, R.; Rapino, S.; Calvaresi, M.; Zerbetto, F.; Cuniberti, G.; Cozzi, P. G.; Paolucci, F.; Samorì, P.

    2016-07-01

    Tuning the intermolecular interactions among suitably designed molecules forming highly ordered self-assembled monolayers is a viable approach to control their organization at the supramolecular level. Such a tuning is particularly important when applied to sophisticated molecules combining functional units which possess specific electronic properties, such as electron/energy transfer, in order to develop multifunctional systems. Here we have synthesized two tetraferrocene-porphyrin derivatives that by design can selectively self-assemble at the graphite/liquid interface into either face-on or edge-on monolayer-thick architectures. The former supramolecular arrangement consists of two-dimensional planar networks based on hydrogen bonding among adjacent molecules whereas the latter relies on columnar assembly generated through intermolecular van der Waals interactions. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) at the solid-liquid interface has been corroborated by cyclic voltammetry measurements and assessed by theoretical calculations to gain multiscale insight into the arrangement of the molecule with respect to the basal plane of the surface. The STM analysis allowed the visualization of these assemblies with a sub-nanometer resolution, and cyclic voltammetry measurements provided direct evidence of the interactions of porphyrin and ferrocene with the graphite surface and offered also insight into the dynamics within the face-on and edge-on assemblies. The experimental findings were supported by theoretical calculations to shed light on the electronic and other physical properties of both assemblies. The capability to engineer the functional nanopatterns through self-assembly of porphyrins containing ferrocene units is a key step toward the bottom-up construction of multifunctional molecular nanostructures and nanodevices.Tuning the intermolecular interactions among suitably designed molecules forming highly ordered self-assembled monolayers is a viable approach to

  9. On the superconducting gap structure of high-temperature superconductors by STM/STS

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    Kitazawa, K.; Sugawara, H.; Hasegawa, T.

    1996-05-01

    The tunneling spectra observed by STM on the HTSC's have been converging in terms of the superconducting gap energy values: 2 Δ/ kBTc=6 to 9. There are, however, still disagreements between the details of various results. Both d- and s-wave-like features have been claimed for the superconducting gap structure. Furthermore, both flat and V-shaped structures have been observed in the background conductance curve outside the superconducting gap. The major differences among various reports seem to be attributable to the difference in the top layer and in the carrier density of the sample. It is noted that those who observe on the BiO topmost plane in a Bi2212 crystal or on the CuO-chain plane of YBCO seem to be claiming the d-wave, and those who observe on different top planes the s-wave symmetry.

  10. The synthesis and STM/AFM imaging of 'olympicene' benzo[cd]pyrenes.

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    Mistry, Anish; Moreton, Ben; Schuler, Bruno; Mohn, Fabian; Meyer, Gerhard; Gross, Leo; Williams, Antony; Scott, Peter; Costantini, Giovanni; Fox, David J

    2015-01-26

    H-Benzo[cd]pyrene ('Olympicene') is a polyaromatic hydrocarbon and non-Kekulé fragment of graphene. A new synthetic method has been developed for the formation of 6H-benzo[cd]pyrene and related ketones including the first time isolation of the unstable alcohol 6H-benzo[cd]pyren-6-ol. Molecular imaging of the reaction products with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) characterised the 6H-benzo[cd]pyrene as well as the previously intangible and significantly less stable 5H-benzo[cd]pyrene, the fully conjugated benzo[cd]pyrenyl radical and the ketones as oxidation products.

  11. New Pt/Alumina model catalysts for STM and in situ XPS studies

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    Nartova, Anna V.; Gharachorlou, Amir; Bukhtiyarov, Andrey V.; Kvon, Ren I.; Bukhtiyarov, Valerii I.

    2017-04-01

    The new Pt/alumina model catalysts for STM and in situ XPS studies based on thin alumina film formed over the conductive substrate are proposed. Procedure of platinum deposition developed for porous alumina was adapted for the model alumina support. The set of Pt/AlOx-film samples with the different mean platinum particle size was prepared. Capabilities of in situ XPS investigations of the proposed catalysts were demonstrated in study of NO decomposition on platinum nanoparticles. It is shown that proposed model catalysts behave similarly to Pt/γ-Al2O3 and provide the new opportunities for the instrumental studies of platinum catalysts due to resolving several issues (charging, heating, screening) that are typical for the investigation of the porous oxide supported catalysts.

  12. Design of mine-used DC carrier telephone based on STM32

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    Chen, Goufan; Zhou, Hui; Zhan, Minhua; Wang, Jian

    2016-01-01

    Abide by the design principles of mine intrinsically safe circuit, according to the need of underground communication in coal mine, the paper proposed a design scheme of DC carrier telephone which can dial. The design circuit of the telephone is introduced in detail. The telephone's voice signals are generated by the microphone. After enlarged then the voice signals are modulated to frequency signals by LM567 chip. The frequency signals are coupled by transformer and then transmitted by 12V DC power supply line to the other voice terminals. In the voice terminal the signals are demodulated by LM567 demodulation circuit and enlarged by LM386, then, the amplified audio signals are output from a speaker. The dialing circuit is designed based on the STM32 MCU. The dial information is transmitted to the other telephone terminals by CAN bus. The measured distance calls is greater than 2000m, volume is larger than 85dB, good results.

  13. Defects in Thin-Film FeSe/SrTiO3: STM and DFT Investigations

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    Huang, Dennis; Webb, Tatiana A.; Song, Can-Li; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Hoffman, Jennifer E.

    A single-layer of FeSe deposited on SrTiO3 exhibits an order-of-magnitude enhancement of its superconducting transition temperature compared to bulk FeSe. This dramatic effect is curiously absent in a second layer of FeSe deposited on the heterostructure, leading to many questions concerning the role of the interface structure, electron doping and phonon coupling. Here, we approach these questions by using STM to characterize and compare native defects that appear in multi-layer and single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 grown by MBE under excess Se flux. We use DFT to explore candidate defect configurations, formation energies and diffusion barriers, in order to gain atomic-scale insights into the growth and structure of these film heterostructures. Work supported by NSF DMR-1231319 (STC CIQM) and Moore Foundation EPiQS GBMF4536. Computations run on Harvard RC Odyssey.

  14. STM/STS study of graphene directly grown on h-BN films on Cu foils

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    Jang, Won-Jun; Wang, Min; Jang, Seong-Gyu; Kim, Minwoo; Park, Seong-Yong; Kim, Sang-Woo; Kahng, Se-Jong; Choi, Jae-Young; Song, Young; Lee, Sungjoo; Sanit Collaboration; Department Of Physics, Korea University Collaboration; Graphene Research Center, Samsung Advanced Institute Of Technology Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Graphene-based devices on standard SiO2 substrate commonly exhibit inferior characteristics relative to the expected intrinsic properties of graphene, due to the disorder existing at graphene-SiO2 interface. Recently, it has been shown that exfoliated and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) graphene transferred onto hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) possesses significantly reduced charge inhomogeneity, and yields improved device performance. Here we report the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) results obtained from a graphene layer directly grown on h-BN insulating films on Cu foils. STS measurements illustrate that graphene/h-BN film is charge neutral without electronic perturbation from h-BN/Cu substrate. Corresponding Author

  15. STM imaging ortho- and para-fluorothiophenol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111).

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    Jiang, Peng; Deng, Ke; Fichou, Denis; Xie, Si-Shen; Nion, Aymeric; Wang, Chen

    2009-05-05

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of para- and ortho-fluorothiophenol (p- and o-FTP) spontaneously formed on Au(111) substrate have been contrasted through investigation by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at room temperature. High-resolution STM imaging reveals that p-FTP adopts a 6 x radical3R30 degrees molecule arrangement containing six molecules. Two different kinds of p-FTP molecule dimer line structures have been formed on Au(111) by intermolecular pi-pi stacking along 112 substrate directions, besides a single p-FTP molecule line. In contrast, o-FTP molecules self-assemble into a much looser wave-like SAM, which can be described as a 5 x 3 radical3R30 degrees structure containing two molecules. Periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations for the two systems suggest that these kinds of FTP molecules preferentially take the asymmetrical positions between 3-fold face-centered cubic (fcc) hollow and bridge sites on Au(111), tilting from the substrate surface. Theoretical simulation gives apparent average tilted angles of 58 degrees and 68 degrees for p-FTP and o-FTP with respect to the surface normal, respectively. This simulation shows that o-FTP is more inclined to lie down toward the Au(111) surface compared to p-FTP. The difference between p-FTP and o-FTP SAM structures can be qualitatively understood in terms of the variation of intermolecular dipole-dipole orientation. This suggests that, besides well-known Au-S and pi-pi interactions, electrostatic interactions including dipole-dipole, quadrupole-quadrupole, and dipole-quadrupole interactions might also play an important role in influencing the SAM structures formed by aromatic thiols with a permanent dipole moment.

  16. Molecular design driving tetraporphyrin self-assembly on graphite: a joint STM, electrochemical and computational study.

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    El Garah, M; Santana Bonilla, A; Ciesielski, A; Gualandi, A; Mengozzi, L; Fiorani, A; Iurlo, M; Marcaccio, M; Gutierrez, R; Rapino, S; Calvaresi, M; Zerbetto, F; Cuniberti, G; Cozzi, P G; Paolucci, F; Samorì, P

    2016-07-14

    Tuning the intermolecular interactions among suitably designed molecules forming highly ordered self-assembled monolayers is a viable approach to control their organization at the supramolecular level. Such a tuning is particularly important when applied to sophisticated molecules combining functional units which possess specific electronic properties, such as electron/energy transfer, in order to develop multifunctional systems. Here we have synthesized two tetraferrocene-porphyrin derivatives that by design can selectively self-assemble at the graphite/liquid interface into either face-on or edge-on monolayer-thick architectures. The former supramolecular arrangement consists of two-dimensional planar networks based on hydrogen bonding among adjacent molecules whereas the latter relies on columnar assembly generated through intermolecular van der Waals interactions. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) at the solid-liquid interface has been corroborated by cyclic voltammetry measurements and assessed by theoretical calculations to gain multiscale insight into the arrangement of the molecule with respect to the basal plane of the surface. The STM analysis allowed the visualization of these assemblies with a sub-nanometer resolution, and cyclic voltammetry measurements provided direct evidence of the interactions of porphyrin and ferrocene with the graphite surface and offered also insight into the dynamics within the face-on and edge-on assemblies. The experimental findings were supported by theoretical calculations to shed light on the electronic and other physical properties of both assemblies. The capability to engineer the functional nanopatterns through self-assembly of porphyrins containing ferrocene units is a key step toward the bottom-up construction of multifunctional molecular nanostructures and nanodevices.

  17. The Sentinel-3 Surface Topography Mission (S-3 STM): Level 2 SAR Ocean Retracker

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    Dinardo, S.; Lucas, B.; Benveniste, J.

    2015-12-01

    The SRAL Radar Altimeter, on board of the ESA Mission Sentinel-3 (S-3), has the capacity to operate either in the Pulse-Limited Mode (also known as LRM) or in the novel Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mode. Thanks to the initial results from SAR Altimetry obtained exploiting CryoSat-2 data, lately the interest by the scientific community in this new technology has significantly increased and consequently the definition of accurate processing methodologies (along with validation strategies) has now assumed a capital importance. In this paper, we present the algorithm proposed to retrieve from S-3 STM SAR return waveforms the standard ocean geophysical parameters (ocean topography, wave height and sigma nought) and the validation results that have been so far achieved exploiting the CryoSat-2 data as well as the simulated data. The inversion method (retracking) to extract from the return waveform the geophysical information is a curve best-fitting scheme based on the bounded Levenberg-Marquardt Least-Squares Estimation Method (LEVMAR-LSE). The S-3 STM SAR Ocean retracking algorithm adopts, as return waveform’s model, the “SAMOSA” model [Ray et al, 2014], named after the R&D project SAMOSA (led by Satoc and funded by ESA), in which it has been initially developed. The SAMOSA model is a physically-based model that offers a complete description of a SAR Altimeter return waveform from ocean surface, expressed in the form of maps of reflected power in Delay-Doppler space (also known as stack) or expressed as multilooked echoes. SAMOSA is able to account for an elliptical antenna pattern, mispointing errors in roll and yaw, surface scattering pattern, non-linear ocean wave statistics and spherical Earth surface effects. In spite of its truly comprehensive character, the SAMOSA model comes with a compact analytical formulation expressed in term of Modified Bessel functions. The specifications of the retracking algorithm have been gathered in a technical document (DPM

  18. Electronic Structure of the Cuprate Superconducting and Pseudogap Phases from Spectroscopic Imaging STM

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    Davis, J.C.; Schmidt, A.R.; Fujita, K.; Kim, E.-A.; Lawler, M.J.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Lee, D.-H.

    2011-06-21

    We survey the use of spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (SI-STM) to probe the electronic structure of underdoped cuprates. Two distinct classes of electronic states are observed in both the d-wave superconducting (dSC) and the pseudogap (PG) phases. The first class consists of the dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations of a homogeneous d-wave superconductor, existing below a lower energy scale E = {Delta}{sub 0}. We find that the Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference (QPI) signatures of delocalized Cooper pairing are restricted to a k-space arc, which terminates near the lines connecting k = {+-}({pi}/a{sub 0},0) to k = {+-}(0,{pi}/a{sub 0}). This arc shrinks continuously with decreasing hole density such that Luttinger's theorem could be satisfied if it represents the front side of a hole-pocket that is bounded behind by the lines between k = {+-}({pi}/a{sub 0},0) and k = {+-}(0,{pi}/a{sub 0}). In both phases, the only broken symmetries detected for the |E| < {Delta}{sub 0} states are those of a d-wave superconductor. The second class of states occurs proximate to the PG energy scale E = {Delta}{sub 1}. Here the non-dispersive electronic structure breaks the expected 90{sup o}-rotational symmetry of electronic structure within each unit cell, at least down to 180{sup o}-rotational symmetry. This electronic symmetry breaking was first detected as an electronic inequivalence at the two oxygen sites within each unit cell by using a measure of nematic (C{sub 2}) symmetry. Incommensurate non-dispersive conductance modulations, locally breaking both rotational and translational symmetries, coexist with this intra-unit-cell electronic symmetry breaking at E = {Delta}{sub 1}. Their characteristic wavevector Q is determined by the k-space points where Bogoliubov QPI terminates and therefore changes continuously with doping. The distinct broken electronic symmetry states (intra-unit-cell and finite Q) coexisting at E {approx} {Delta}{sub 1} are

  19. Monolayer-by-monolayer compositional analysis of InAs/InAsSb superlattices with cross-sectional STM

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    Wood, M. R.; Kanedy, K.; Lopez, F.; ...

    2015-02-23

    In this paper, we use cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to reconstruct the monolayer-by-monolayer composition profile across a representative subset of MBE-grown InAs/InAsSb superlattice layers and find that antimony segregation frustrates the intended compositional discontinuities across both antimonide-on-arsenide and arsenide-on-antimonide heterojunctions. Graded, rather than abrupt, interfaces are formed in either case. We likewise find that the incorporated antimony per superlattice period varies measurably from beginning to end of the multilayer stack. Finally, although the intended antimony discontinuities predict significant discrepancies with respect to the experimentally observed high-resolution x-ray diffraction spectrum, dynamical simulations based on the STM-derived profiles provide an excellentmore » quantitative match to all important aspects of the x-ray data.« less

  20. Formation of dense nitroxide radical layers on the Au(1 1 1) substrate for ESN-STM measurement

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    Krukowski, P.; Kozlowski, W.; Olejniczak, W.; Klusek, Z.; Puchalski, M.; Dabrowski, P.; Kowalczyk, P. J.; Gwozdzinski, K.; Grabowski, G.

    2008-12-01

    Ultra high vacuum scanning tunnelling microscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy were used to investigate ISL and TEMPOL piperidine nitroxides molecules deposited on the Au(1 1 1) substrate by the drop-cast method. The STM results suggest that both compounds form dense layers on Au(1 1 1) with high molecular mobility observed during imaging process. High resolution STM topographies of both compounds suggest a well-defined molecular order which can be ascribed to the presence of self-assembly mechanism during layers formation. The EPR results indicated that both compounds deposited on the Au(1 1 1) substrate were not reduced retaining their paramagnetic properties. The significance of the results obtained in the field of single spin detection is briefly outlined.

  1. Electrosynthesis of poly(para)phenylene in an ionic liquid: cyclic voltammetry and in situ STM/tunnelling spectroscopy studies.

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    Carstens, T; El Abedin, S Zein; Endres, F

    2008-02-22

    The electropolymerization of benzene in the air and water-stable ionic liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate (HMIm)FAP is investigated. The study comprises cyclic voltammetry, IR and in situ STM/tunnelling spectroscopy measurements. The IR results indicate that poly(para)phenylene is the end product of the electropolymerization of benzene in the employed ionic liquid. The resulting conjugation lengths of the product fall between 19 and 21. A polymer reference electrode is used successfully for the electrochemical polymerization of benzene. The first in situ STM results show that the electropolymerization of benzene in the ionic liquid can be probed on the nanoscale and the band gap of the prepared polymer can be determined. The electrodeposited polymer film obtained at a constant potential of 1.0 V vs PPP (polyparaphenylene) exhibits a band gap of 2.9+/-0.2 eV.

  2. Monolayer-by-monolayer compositional analysis of InAs/InAsSb superlattices with cross-sectional STM

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    Wood, M. R.; Kanedy, K.; Lopez, F.; Weimer, M.; Klem, J. F.; Hawkins, S. D.; Shaner, E. A.; Kim, J. K.

    2015-02-23

    In this paper, we use cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to reconstruct the monolayer-by-monolayer composition profile across a representative subset of MBE-grown InAs/InAsSb superlattice layers and find that antimony segregation frustrates the intended compositional discontinuities across both antimonide-on-arsenide and arsenide-on-antimonide heterojunctions. Graded, rather than abrupt, interfaces are formed in either case. We likewise find that the incorporated antimony per superlattice period varies measurably from beginning to end of the multilayer stack. Finally, although the intended antimony discontinuities predict significant discrepancies with respect to the experimentally observed high-resolution x-ray diffraction spectrum, dynamical simulations based on the STM-derived profiles provide an excellent quantitative match to all important aspects of the x-ray data.

  3. Effect of Cholesterol and Equex-STM Addition to an Egg Yolk Extender on Pure Spanish Stallion Cryopreserved Sperm

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    Gil, Lidia; Galindo-Cardiel, Iván; Malo, C.; González, N.; Álvarez, C.

    2013-01-01

    Cholesterol and Equex-STM are frequently added to different commercial and experimental extenders improving postthawing sperm quality. Doses of 125–150 mM of cholesterol from pig liver and 0.5–0.7% of Equex-STM were evaluated in a standard eggyolk extender (Martin et al., 1979). Six ejaculates per stallion from six pure Spanish stallions (6–8 years old) were collected in Martin's extender (B) and different mixtures of 125 mM-0.5% (I), 125 mM-0.7% (II), 150 mM-0.5% (III), and 150 mM-0.7% (IV) were added to original Martin's extender. Samples were frozen in 0.5 mL straws (100 × 106 spermatozoa) and thawed (21 s., 37°C water bath). After thawing the following parameters were evaluated: viability (V), motility (computer assisted sperm analysis, CASA; % nonprogressive NP; % progressive MP), hipoosmotic swelling test (HOST), acrosome integrity (A), fluorescence test (FL), and resistance test (RT). Sperm quality was significantly affected by stallion (in the parameters V, VI, NP, MP, HOST, A, FL, and RT), extraction (VI, NP, MP, HOST, A, and FL), and the different combinations of Equex-STM-cholesterol (FL). We concluded that 0.5% of Equex-STM mixed with 125 mM of cholesterol has obtained better sperm quality results than those of original Martin's extender, showing a simple and economic improvement of this home-made practical seminal extender. PMID:24416597

  4. Performance mapping of the STM4-120 kinematic Stirling engine using a statistical design of experiments method

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    Powell, M. A.; Rawlinson, K. S.

    A kinetic Stirling cycle engine, the Stirling Thermal Motors (STM) STM4-120, was tested at the Sandia National Laboratories Engine Test Facility (ETF) from March 1989-August 1992. Sandia is interested in determining this engine's potential for solar-thermal-electric applications. The last round of testing was conducted from July-August 1992 using Sandia-designed gas-fired heat pipe evaporators as the heat input system to the engine. The STM4-120 was performance mapped over a range of sodium vapor temperatures, cooling water temperatures, and cycle pressures. The resulting shaft power output levels ranged from 5-9 kW. The engine demonstrated high conversion efficiency (24-31%) even though the power output level was less than 40% of the rated output of 25 kW. The engine had been previously derated from 25 kW to 10 kW shaft power due to mechanical limitations that were identified by STM during parallel testing at their facility in Ann Arbor, MI. A statistical method was used to design the experiment, to choose the experimental points, and to generate correlation equations describing the engine performance given the operating parameters. The testing was truncated due to a failure of the heat pipe system caused by entrainment of liquid sodium in the condenser section of the heat pipes. Enough data was gathered to generate the correlations and to demonstrate the experimental technique. The correlation is accurate in the experimental space and is simple enough for use in hand calculations and spreadsheet-based system models. Use of this method can simplify the construction of accurate performance and economic models of systems in which the engine is a component. The purpose of this paper is to present the method used to design the experiments and to analyze the performance data.

  5. Comparing the Effects of 10-Hz Repetitive TMS on Tasks of Visual STM and Attention

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    Emrich, Stephen M.; Johnson, Jeffrey S.; Sutterer, David W.; Postle, Bradley R.

    2016-01-01

    Numerous studies have demonstrated that visual STM (VSTM) and attention are tightly linked processes that share a number of neuroanatomical substrates. Here, we used repetitive TMS (rTMS) along with simultaneous EEG to examine the causal relationship between intraparietal sulcus functioning and performance on tasks of attention and VSTM. Participants performed two tasks in which they were required to attend to or remember colored items over a brief interval, with 10-Hz rTMS applied on some of the trials. Although no overall behavioral changes were observed across either task, rTMS did affect individual performance on both the attention and VSTM tasks in a manner that was predicted by individual differences in baseline performance. Furthermore, rTMS also affected ongoing oscillations in the alpha and beta bands, and these changes were related to the observed change in behavioral performance. The results reveal a causal relationship between intraparietal sulcus activity and tasks measuring both visual attention and VSTM. PMID:27626224

  6. Self-assembly of trimetallic nitride template fullerenes on surfaces studied by STM

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    Leigh, D. F.; Nörenberg, C.; Cattaneo, D.; Owen, J. H. G.; Porfyrakis, K.; Li Bassi, A.; Ardavan, A.; Briggs, G. A. D.

    2007-07-01

    Trimetallic nitride template fullerenes have been deposited onto a variety of substrates in order to elucidate the substrate-fullerene interactions. We have investigated self-assembled island formation and molecular detail of Er 3N@C 80 and Sc 3N@C 80 on Ag/Si(1 1 1), Au(1 1 1)/mica, Si(1 1 1), and Si(0 0 1) using variable temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). At room temperature, the fullerenes self-assemble into monolayer-high hexagonal close-packed islands on Ag-passivated Si(1 1 1) whereas annealing at elevated temperatures (250-300 °C) is necessary for the self-assembly of close-packed islands on Au(1 1 1). Intra-molecular resolution of the fullerenes has been achieved at liquid nitrogen temperature on Ag/Si(1 1 1) and already at room temperature on Si(0 0 1), when the rotation of the fullerenes is frozen. Whereas the bonding between the fullerenes and Si surfaces is mainly covalent, it appears to be mainly van-der-Waals on the other surfaces.

  7. Underpotential deposition of Cd on Ag(1 1 1): an in situ STM study

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    García, S. G.; Salinas, D. R.; Staikov, G.

    2005-02-01

    The kinetics and mechanism of Cd underpotential deposition (UPD) and involved surface alloy formation processes in the system Ag(1 1 1)/Cd 2+, SO42-, are studied by means of combined electrochemical measurements and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The results show that the UPD process starts with a formation of an expanded (diluted) adlayer with a superlattice structure Ag(1 1 1)- (√{3}×√{19})R23.4°. In the underpotential range 50 mV < Δ E < 80 mV this adlayer transforms to a condensed close packed Cd monolayer via a first order phase transition. At long polarization times the condensed monolayer undergoes structural changes involving place exchange processes between Cd atoms and surface Ag atoms. A formation of a second Cd monolayer and a significant Ag-Cd surface alloying take place at lower underpotentials (Δ E < 50 mV). The kinetics of surface alloying are analyzed on the basis of a recently proposed diffusion model including a relatively fast initial formation of a very thin surface alloy film and a subsequent slow alloy growth controlled by solid state diffusion. The anodic dealloying results in an appearance of monatomically deep pits, which disappear quickly at relatively high underpotentials (Δ E > 550 mV) indicating a high mobility of surface Ag atoms.

  8. Beam tests of CALET with BBM electronics and STM at CERN-SPS

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    Tamura, Tadahisa

    We have been developing flight hardware of CALET (CALorimetric Electron Telescope) to observe electrons, gamma rays, and nuclei at the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) on the International Space Station (ISS). The main calorimeter of CALET consists of a charge detector (CHD) to identify particles by charge, an imaging calorimeter (IMC) to determine incident angles and shower starting points, and a total absorption calorimeter (TASC) to measure energies and to discriminate electromagnetic particles from nuclei. We carried out beam experiments at CERN-SPS to confirm consistency between our simulation and beam test data. It is important for performance check and flight data analyses. We assembled a Beam Test Model detector by using BBM (Bread Board Model) of front end electronics and STM (Structure and Thermal Model) of CHD, IMC, and TASC for electron/proton runs in 2012. We made ion runs mainly to test CHD readout with BBM front end electronics in 2013. Basic results of the beam tests will be reported here.

  9. STM observation of a box-shaped graphene nanostructure appeared after mechanical cleavage of pyrolytic graphite

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    Lapshin, Rostislav V.

    2016-01-01

    A description is given of a three-dimensional box-shaped graphene (BSG) nanostructure formed/uncovered by mechanical cleavage of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). The discovered nanostructure is a multilayer system of parallel hollow channels located along the surface and having quadrangular cross-section. The thickness of the channel walls/facets is approximately equal to 1 nm. The typical width of channel facets makes about 25 nm, the channel length is 390 nm and more. The investigation of the found nanostructure by means of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) allows us to draw a conclusion that it is possible to make spatial constructions of graphene similar to the discovered one by mechanical compression, bending, splitting, and shifting graphite surface layers. The distinctive features of such constructions are the following: simplicity of the preparation method, small contact area between graphene planes and a substrate, large surface area, nanometer cross-sectional sizes of the channels, large aspect ratio. Potential fields of application include: ultra-sensitive detectors, high-performance catalytic cells, nanochannels for DNA manipulation, nanomechanical resonators, electron multiplication channels, high-capacity sorbents for hydrogen storage.

  10. The origin of EL2 family evidenced by STM direct observations of individual photoquenching behaviors

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    Hida, Akira; Mera, Yutaka; Maeda, Koji

    2003-12-01

    Abundant point defects in low-temperature grown (LT-) GaAs, presumably As antisite defects, exhibit a photo-induced transformation at low temperatures with an excitation spectrum very close to that obtained for the macroscopic photoquenching effect of EL2 centers. Some of the defects do not exhibit the photo-induced transformation, disfavoring the hypothesis of variants of EL2-like centers differing in the atomic structures. The unquenchable EL2 centers are commonly located near the interface between the LT-GaAs epi-layer and the n-GaAs substrate. Separate macroscopic photoluminescence experiments showed that the photoquenching efficiency is strongly decreased by external compressive stress, which suggests that the absence of the phototransformation behavior in some centers was due to a local stress field induced by the lattice mismatch between the epi-layer and the substrate. This is shown by STM-electric field modulation spectroscopy that the epi-layer was locally strained to a different degree depending on the position from the interface. Therefore, we conclude that the EL2 variants are the result of the spatial variation of the internal stress environment that is felt by the EL2 centers in an identical atomic structure.

  11. Supramolecular order and structural dynamics: A STM study of 2H-tetraphenylporphycene on Cu(111)

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    Stark, Michael; Träg, Johannes; Ditze, Stefanie; Steinrück, Hans-Peter; Marbach, Hubertus; Brenner, Wolfgang; Jux, Norbert

    2015-03-14

    The adsorption of 2H-tetraphenylporphycene (2HTPPc) on Cu(111) was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). At medium coverages, supramolecular ordered islands are observed. The individual 2HTPPc molecules appear as two pairs of intense protrusions which are separated by an elongated depression. In the islands, the molecules are organized in rows oriented along one of the close packed Cu(111) substrate rows; the structure is stabilized by T-type interactions of the phenyl substituents of neighboring molecules. Two types of rows are observed, namely, highly ordered rows in which all molecules exhibit the same orientation, and less ordered rows in which the molecules exhibit two perpendicular orientations. Altogether, three different azimuthal orientations of 2HTPPc are observed within one domain, all of them rotated by 15° ± 1° relative to one closed packed Cu direction. The highly ordered rows are always separated by either one or two less ordered rows, with the latter structure being the thermodynamically more stable one. The situation in the islands is highly dynamic, such that molecules in the less ordered rows occasionally change orientation, also complete highly ordered rows can move. The supramolecular order and structural dynamics are discussed on the basis of the specific molecule-substrate and molecule-molecule interactions.

  12. Nanopatterning of Donor/Acceptor Hybrid Supramolecular Architectures on HOPG: An STM Study

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    Wang, Ling; Chen, Qing; Pan, Ge-Bo; Wan, Li-Jun; Zhang, Shiming; Zhan, Xiaowei; Northrop, Brian H.; Stang, Peter J.

    2009-01-01

    Hybrid supramolecular architectures have been fabricated with acceptor 1,4-bis(4-pyridylethynyl)-2,3-bis-dodecyloxy-benzene (PBP) and donor 2,6-bis(3,4,5-tris-dodecyloxy-phenyl)dithieno[3,2-b:2′,3′-d]thiophene (DTT) compounds on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surfaces and their structures and molecular conductance are characterized by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS). Stable, one-component adlayers of PBP and DTT are also investigated. The coadsorption of two-component mixtures of PBP and DTT results in a variety of hybrid nanopattern architectures that differ from those of their respective one-component surface assemblies. Adjusting the acceptor/donor molar ratio in mixed adlayer assemblies results in dramatic changes in the structure of the hybrid nanopatterns. STS measurements indicate that the HOMO and LUMO energy levels of PBP and DTT on an HOPG surface are relatively insensitive to changes in the hybrid supramolecular architectures. These results provide important insight into the design and fabrication of two-dimensional hybrid supramolecular architectures. PMID:18783221

  13. Recoding between two types of STM representation revealed by the dynamics of memory search.

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    Leszczyński, Marcin; Myers, Nicholas E; Akyürek, Elkan G; Schubö, Anna

    2012-03-01

    Visual STM (VSTM) is thought to be related to visual attention in several ways. Attention controls access to VSTM during memory encoding and plays a role in the maintenance of stored information by strengthening memorized content. We investigated the involvement of visual attention in recall from VSTM. In two experiments, we measured electrophysiological markers of attention in a memory search task with varying intervals between VSTM encoding and recall, and so we were able to track recoding of representations in memory. Results confirmed the involvement of attention in VSTM recall. However, the amplitude of the N2pc and N3rs components, which mark orienting of attention and search within VSTM, decreased as a function of delay. Conversely, the amplitude of the P3 and sustained posterior contralateral negativity components increased as a function of delay, effectively the opposite of the N2pc and N3rs modulations. These effects were only observed when verbal memory was not taxed. Thus, the results suggested that gradual recoding from visuospatial orienting of attention into verbal recall mechanisms takes place from short to long retention intervals. Interestingly, recall at longer delays was faster than at short delays, indicating that verbal representation is coupled with faster responses. These results extend the orienting-of-attention hypothesis by including an account of representational recoding during short-term consolidation and its consequences for recall from VSTM.

  14. Two-dimensional boron based nanomaterials: electronic, vibrational, Raman, and STM signatures

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    Massote, Daniel V. P.; Liang, Liangbo; Kharche, Neerav; Meunier, Vincent

    Because boron has only three electrons on its outer shell, planar mono-elemental boron nanostructures are expected to be much more challenging to assemble than their carbon counterparts. Several studies proposed schemes in which boron is stabilized to form flat semiconducting sheets consisting of a hexagonal lattice of boron atoms with partial hexagon filling (PRL 99 115501, ACSNano 6 7443-7453) . Other structures were proposed based on results from an evolutionary algorithm (PRL 112 085502). These structures are metallic and one even features a distorted Dirac cone near the Fermi level. Experimental evidence for 2D boron is still lacking but the recently proposed molecular synthesis of a flat all-boron molecule is a promising route to achieve this goal (Nat.Comms. 5 3113). Our research aims at providing a first-principles based description of these materials' properties to help in their identification. DFT is used to calculate phonon dispersion and associated Raman scattering spectra. We report some marked discrepancy between our findings and results from the recent literature and address the deviation using two methods for phonon dispersion. We also simulated STM images at various bias potentials to reveal the electronic symmetry of each material.

  15. STM imaging, spectroscopy and manipulation of a self-assembled PTCDI monolayer on epitaxial graphene.

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    Yang, H; Mayne, A J; Comtet, G; Dujardin, G; Kuk, Y; Sonnet, Ph; Stauffer, L; Nagarajan, S; Gourdon, A

    2013-04-14

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STS), and manipulation studies were performed on an ordered self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of N,N'-bis(1-hexylheptyl)perylene-3,4:9,10-bis(dicarboximide) molecules on epitaxial graphene on hexagonal silicon carbide - SiC(0001). Four novel aspects of the molecular SAM on graphene are presented. Molecules adsorb in both armchair and zig-zag configurations, giving rise to six orientations of the molecular layer with respect to the underlying substrate. The interaction between the molecules and the graphene surface shifts the LUMO towards the Fermi level, inducing a charge transfer and the opening of a band gap in the graphene, with the LUMO inside. This decouples the LUMO from the surface rendering it invisible in the dI/dV spectroscopy. The HOMO only becomes visible at short tip-surface distances, as its energy lies within the band gap of the SiC substrate. Finally, the observed molecular defects are very particular, being composed exclusively of molecular dimers. These molecular dimers have a stronger interaction with the graphene than other molecules.

  16. FI-STM study of hydrogen adsorption on Si(100) surface

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    Hua, Lu; Xiang-dong, Wang; Motai, K.; Hashizume, T.; Sakurai, T.

    1992-11-01

    Chemisorption of atomic hydrogen on the Si(100)2 × 1 surface has been investigated in detail by using a field ion-scanning tunneling microscope (FI-STM). The results showed that the adsorption geometry changed from the 2 × 1 monohydride phase to the 1 × 1 dihydride phase with increasing exposure of hydrogen. The data of desorption of the hydrogen-saturated Si surface showed that on annealing at 670 K the surface becomes highly disordered: the 1 × 1 dihydride structure is eliminated and the 2 × 1 reconstructed monohydride is also hardly to identify. When the temperature rises to as high as 730 K, the surface is dominated by the 2 × 1 structure with missing dimer rows, and some adatom chains occur on the Si substrate terraces. We attribute the formation of these atomic chains to an epitaxial growth of Si atoms which are formed by the dissociation of SiHx (x = 1, 2, 3 or 4) compounds on the Si surface.

  17. STM/AFM studies of the evolution of morphology of electroplated Ni/W alloys

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    Zhu, L.; Younes, O.; Ashkenasy, N.; Shacham-Diamand, Y.; Gileadi, E.

    2002-11-01

    The surface morphology evolution of Ni/W alloys was studied, as a function of the alloy composition. Using the modified plating baths developed in our laboratory recently, electroplated Ni/W alloys with different W content, in the range of 7-67 atom percent (a/o), can be obtained. This was found to lead to different structures, ranging from polycrystalline fcc-Ni type structure to amorphous, followed by orthorhombic with increasing W content in the alloy. Powder XRD was studied to determine the crystal structures. Ex situ STM, AFM and SEM were used to study in detail the surface morphologies of the different alloys, and their evolution with increasing W content. The important findings are that a mixture of two crystalline forms can give rise to an amorphous structure. Hillocks that are usually a characteristic of epitaxial growth can also exist in the amorphous alloys. Oriented scratches caused by stress can also be formed. Up to 20 a/o of W is deposited in the alloys in crystalline form, with the fcc-Ni type structure. Between 20 and about 40 a/o an amorphous structure is observed, and above that an orthorhombic crystal structure is seen, which is characteristic of the NiW binary alloy. Careful choice of the composition of the plating bath allowed us to deposit an alloy containing 67 a/o W, which corresponds to the composition NiW 2.

  18. Dy uniform film morphologies on graphene studied with SPA-LEED and STM

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    McDougall, D.; Hattab, H.; Hershberger, M. T.; Hupalo, M.; Horn von Hoegen, M.; Thiel, P. A.; Tringides, M. C.

    2016-07-01

    The use of graphene for microelectronics and spintronic applications requires strategies for metals to wet graphene and to grow layer-by-layer. This is especially important when metals will be used as electrical contacts or as spin filters. Extensive work in the literature so far has shown that this is very challenging, since practically all metals grow 3D, with multi-height islands forming easily. Reasons for the 3D morphology are the much weaker metal carbon bond when compared to the metal cohesive energy and the role of Coulomb repulsion of the poorly screened charges at the metal graphene interface. We employed the complementary techniques of SPA-LEED and STM to study the growth of Dy on graphene. It was found that under kinetic limitations it is possible to fully cover graphene with a bilayer Dy film, by growing well below room temperature in stepwise deposition experiments. Lastly, the Dy film, however, is amorphous but ways to crystallize it within the 2D morphology are possible, since long range order improves at higher growth temperature.

  19. Dy uniform film morphologies on graphene studied with SPA-LEED and STM

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    McDougall, D.; Hattab, H.; Hershberger, M. T.; ...

    2016-07-01

    The use of graphene for microelectronics and spintronic applications requires strategies for metals to wet graphene and to grow layer-by-layer. This is especially important when metals will be used as electrical contacts or as spin filters. Extensive work in the literature so far has shown that this is very challenging, since practically all metals grow 3D, with multi-height islands forming easily. Reasons for the 3D morphology are the much weaker metal carbon bond when compared to the metal cohesive energy and the role of Coulomb repulsion of the poorly screened charges at the metal graphene interface. We employed the complementarymore » techniques of SPA-LEED and STM to study the growth of Dy on graphene. It was found that under kinetic limitations it is possible to fully cover graphene with a bilayer Dy film, by growing well below room temperature in stepwise deposition experiments. Lastly, the Dy film, however, is amorphous but ways to crystallize it within the 2D morphology are possible, since long range order improves at higher growth temperature.« less

  20. Comparative investigation of underpotential deposition of Ag from aqueous and ionic electrolytes: An electrochemical and in situ STM study.

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    Borissov, D; Aravinda, C L; Freyland, W

    2005-06-16

    Underpotential deposition (UPD) of Ag on Au(111) has been studied with two different electrolytes: aqueous 0.1 M H2SO4 solution in comparison with the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride BMICl + AlCl3. Of particular interest is the distinct behavior of 2D phase formation at both interfaces, which has been investigated by cyclic and linear sweep voltammetry in combination with in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). It is found that one monolayer (ML) of Ag is formed in the UPD region in both electrolytes. In aqueous solution, atomically resolved STM images at 500 mV versus Ag/Ag+ show a (3 x 3) adlayer of Ag, whereas after sweeping the potential just before the commencement of the bulk Ag deposition, a transition from expanded (3 x 3) to pseudomorphic ML of Ag on Au(111) occurs. In BMICl-AlCl3, the first UPD process of Ag exhibits two peaks at 410 and 230 mV indicating that two distinct processes on the surface take place. For the first time, STM images with atomic resolution reveal a transition from an inhomogeneous to an ordered phase with a (square root of 3 x square root of 3)R30 degrees structure and an adsorption of AlCl4- anions having a superlattice of (1.65 x square root of 3)R30 degrees preceding the deposition of Ag.

  1. SIESTA study of c-GaN(001)-4x1 surface reconstruction: Tetramers andtheir STM images.

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    Sandler, Nancy; Ordejon, Pablo

    2005-03-01

    Recent STM, STS and RHEED studies [1] on cubic GaN(001), grown using rf MBE under Ga-rich conditions, have revealed a surface structure consistent with predicted tetramer formation [2,3]. STM images reveal a surface consisting of rows aligned along the [110] direction with a periodicity along the [110] direction of about 12.8 å. STS measurements indicate the semiconducting nature of the surface and RHEED patterns of the surface provide further evidence of a periodicity consistent with tetramer formation. We report on a first principle study of this particular surface reconstruction using the SIESTA code [4], a self-consistent density functional method using standard norm-conserving pseudo-potentials and a flexible numerical linear combination of atomic orbitals basis set. Band structure calculations are in good agreement with previously reported results and the STM images obtained reproduce experimental observations. [1] H. Al-Brithen, M. Haider, A. Smith, N. Sandler and P. Ordejon. Submitted to PRL. [2] Neugebauer et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 3097 (1998) [3] Feuillet et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 70, 24 (1997) [4] D. Sanchez-Portal, P. Ordejon, E. Artacho, and J. M. Soler, Int. Journ. of Quant. Chem. 65, 453 (1999).

  2. A Role for the EAL-Like Protein STM1344 in Regulation of CsgD Expression and Motility in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium▿

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    Simm, Roger; Remminghorst, Uwe; Ahmad, Irfan; Zakikhany, Katherina; Römling, Ute

    2009-01-01

    The bacterial second messenger cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) regulates the transition between sessility and motility. In Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, the expression of CsgD, the regulator of multicellular rdar morphotype behavior, is a major target of c-di-GMP signaling. CsgD expression is positively regulated by at least two diguanylate cyclases, GGDEF domain proteins, and negatively regulated by at least four phosphodiesterases, EAL domain proteins. Here, we show that in contrast to EAL domain proteins acting as phosphodiesterases, the EAL-like protein STM1344 regulated CsgD expression positively and motility negatively. STM1344, however, did not have a role in c-di-GMP turnover and also did not bind the nucleotide. STM1344 acted upstream of the phosphodiesterases STM1703 and STM3611, previously identified to participate in CsgD downregulation, where it repressed their expression. Consequently, although STM1344 has not retained a direct role in c-di-GMP metabolism, it still participates in the regulation of c-di-GMP turnover and has a role in the transition between sessility and motility. PMID:19376870

  3. In vivo vascular wall tissue characterization using a strain tensor measuring (STM) technique for flow-mediated vasodilation analyses

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    Mahmoud, Ahmed M.; Frisbee, Jefferson C.; D'Audiffret, Alexandre; Mukdadi, Osama M.

    2009-10-01

    Endothelial dysfunction is considered to be a key factor in the development of atherosclerosis, and the measurement of flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD) in brachial and other conduit arteries has become a common method to assess the status of endothelial function in vivo. Based on the direct relationship between the FMD response and local shear stress on the conduit brachial artery endothelium, we hypothesize that measuring relevant changes in the brachial wall strain tensor would provide a non-invasive tool for assessing vascular mechanics during post-occlusion reactive hyperemia. Direct measurement of the wall strain tensor due to FMD has not yet been reported in the literature. In this work, a noninvasive direct ultrasound-based strain tensor measuring (STM) technique is presented to assess changes in the mechanical parameters of the vascular wall during post-occlusion reactive hyperemia and/or FMD, including local velocities and displacements, diameter change, local strain tensor and strain rates. The STM technique utilizes sequences of B-mode ultrasound images as its input with no extra hardware requirement, and its algorithm starts with segmenting a region of interest within the artery and providing the acquisition parameters. Then a block matching technique based on speckle tracking is employed to measure the frame-to-frame local velocities. Displacements, diameter change, local strain tensor and strain rates are then calculated by integrating or differentiating velocity components. The accuracy of the STM algorithm was assessed in vitro using phantom studies, where an average error of 7% was reported using different displacement ranging from 100 µm to 1000 µm. Furthermore, in vivo studies using human subjects were performed to test the STM algorithm during pre- and post-occlusion. Good correlations (|r| >0.5, P < 0.05) were found between the post-occlusion responses of diameter change and local wall strains. Results indicate the validity and versatility of

  4. Os layers spontaneously deposited on the Pt(111) electrode : XPS, STM and GIF-XAS study.

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    Rhee, C. K.; Wakisaka, M.; Tolmachev, Y.; Johnston, C.; Haasch, R.; Attenkofer, K.; Lu, G. Q.; You, H.; Wieckowski, A.; Univ. of Illinois Champaigh-Urbana

    2003-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) characterized adlayers of spontaneously deposited osmium on a Pt(111) electrode were investigated using ex-situ X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and in-situ grazing incidence fluorescence X-ray absorption spectroscopy (GIF-XAS). After a single spontaneous deposition, monoatomic (or nearly monoatomic) nanoislands of osmium are formed. The island diameter varies from 2 to 5 nm depending on the Os coverage, which in turn is adjusted by varying the concentration of the Os precursor salt (OsCl3) in the deposition bath and/or by the deposition time. XPS reveals three oxidation states: a metallic Os (the 4f7/2 core level binding energy of 50.8 eV), Os(IV) (51.5 eV) and Os(VIII) (52.4 eV). The metallic osmium exists at potentials below 500 mV (vs. RHE) while above 500 mV osmium is oxidized to Os(IV). Electrodissolution of osmium begins above 900 mV and occurs simultaneously with platinum oxidation. At ca. 1200 mV V versus the RHE reference, the oxidation state of some small amounts of osmium that survive dissolution is the Os(VIII). We demonstrate, for the first time, that mixed or odd valencies of osmium exist on the platinum surface at potentials higher that 800 mV. In-situ GIF-XAS measurements of an Os LIII edge also reveal the presence of three Os oxidation states. Namely, below the electrode potential of 400 mV, the X-ray fluorescent energy at maximum absorption is 10.8765 keV, and is characteristic of the metallic Os. In the potential range between 500 and 1000 mV this energy is gradually shifted to higher values, assignable to higher valencies of osmium, like Os(IV). This tendency continues to higher potentials consistent with the third, highly oxidized osmium form present, most likely Os(VIII). The variation of the 'raw edge jump height' of Os with the electrode potential, which is equivalent to a drop in osmium surface concentration, demonstrates that the electrochemical stripping of Os begins below 1.0 V versus RHE, as

  5. Synthesis, electrochemistry, STM investigation of oligothiophene self-assemblies with superior structural order and electronic properties

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    Kuo, Cheng-Yu; Liu, Yinghao; Yarotski, Dmitry; Li, Hao; Xu, Ping; Yen, Hung-Ju; Tretiak, Sergei; Wang, Hsing-Lin

    2016-12-01

    Three oligothiophene (terthiophene, tetrathiophene and pentathiophene) derivatives are synthesized and their monolayer self-assemblies on gold (Au) are prepared via Au-S covalent bond. Our UV-Vis experimental characterization of solution reveals the dependence of the optical properties on the conjugation length of the oligothiophenes, which compares well with Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) simulations of spectra of individual chromophores. Photoluminescent spectra of thin films show pronounced red shifts compared to that of solutions, suggesting strong inter-oligomer interactions. The comparative studies of cyclic voltammograms of tetrathiophene from solution, cast film and self-assembled monolayer (SAM) indicate presence of one, two, and three oxidized species in these samples, respectively, suggesting a very strong electronic coupling between tetrathiophene molecules in the SAM. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging of SAMs of the tetrathiophene on an atomically flat Au surface exhibits formation of monolayer assemblies with molecular order, and the molecular packing appears to show an overlay of oligothiophene molecules on top of another one. In contrast, the trimer and pentamer images show only aggregated species lacking long-range order on the molecular level. Such trends in going from disordered-ordered-disordered monolayer assemblies are mainly due to a delicate balance between inter-chromophore π-π couplings, hydrophobic interaction and the propensity to form Au-S covalent bond. Such hypothesis has been validated by our computational results suggesting different interaction patterns of oligothiophenes with odd numbered and even numbered thiophene repeat units placed in a dimer configuration. Observed correlations between oligomer geometry and structural order of monolayer assembly elucidate important structure-property relationships and have implications for these molecular structures in organic optoelectronic devices and energy

  6. Growth of nanocrystalline MoO3 on Au(111) studied by in-situ STM

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    Biener, M M; Biener, J; Schalek, R; Friend, C M

    2004-04-22

    The growth of nanocrystalline MoO{sub 3} islands on Au(111) using physical vapor deposition of Mo has been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The growth conditions affect the shape and distribution of the MoO{sub 3} nanostructures, providing a means of preparing materials with different percentages of edge sites that may have different chemical and physical properties than atoms in the interior of the nanostructures. MoO{sub 3} islands were prepared by physical vapor deposition of Mo and subsequent oxidation by NO{sub 2}exposure at temperatures between 450 K and 600 K. They exhibit a crystalline structure with a c(4x2) periodicity relative to unreconstructed Au(111). While the atomic-scale structure is identical to that of MoO{sub 3} islands prepared by chemical vapor deposition, we demonstrate that the distribution of MoO{sub 3} islands on the Au(111) surface reflects the distribution of Mo clusters prior to oxidation although the growth of MoO{sub 3} involves long-range mass transport via volatile MoO{sub 3} precursor species. The island morphology is kinetically controlled at 450 K, whereas an equilibrium shape is approached at higher preparation temperatures or after prolonged annealing at the elevated temperature. Mo deposition at or above 525 K leads to the formation of a Mo-Au surface alloy as indicated by the observation of embedded MoO{sub 3} islands after oxidation by NO{sub 2}. Au vacancy islands, formed when Mo and Au dealloy to produce vacancies, are observed for these growth conditions.

  7. Computer simulation of STM images of vertical heterostructures of graphene/hexagonal boron nitride with intercalated atoms

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    Kim, Gunn; Lee, Junsu

    Using density functional theory, we did computational simulations of scanning tunneling microscopy of vertical graphene/hexagonal boron nitride heterostructures with an intercalated atom (Li, K, Cr, Mn, Co or Cu). A plane-wave basis set was employed with a kinetic energy of 400 eV. The form of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof type was utilized for the exchange-correlation energy functional. To obtain the more accurate result, the van der Waals interaction was also considered. In the computer-simulated scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images in the Tersoff-Hamann scheme, we demonstrated that the single impurity atom between Gr and hBN sheets is detectable. We observed three different STM patterns on the graphene side. These can be classified by group 1 (Li, Co, and Cu), group 2 (Cr and Mn), and group 3 (K), which have hexagonal, circular, and wide bright spot patterns around the impurity atom, respectively. Although Co and Cu are both in group 1, the Co atom shows stronger d orbital character than the Cu atom. Interestingly, in the case of the Co atom, the simulated STM images are quite different at bias voltages of -0.1 V and +0.1 V. While C pz-Co dyz hybridization occurs at the bias voltage of -0.1 V, C pz-Co dxz hybridization occurs at the bias voltage of +0.1 V. GK and JL were supported by the Basic Science Research program (2013R1A2009131) through the National Research Foundation of Korea.

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

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    Mantsevich, V. N. Maslova, N. S.; Cao, G. Y.

    2015-08-15

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

  9. Self-organization of surfactant molecules on solid surface: an STM study of sodium alkyl sulfonates [rapid communication

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    Yin, Xiu-Li; Wan, Li-Jun; Yang, Zheng-Yu; Yu, Jia-Yong

    2005-02-01

    Adsorption and self-organization of sodium alkyl sulfonates (STS and SHS) on HOPG have been studied by using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Both SHS and STS molecules adsorb on HOPG surface and form long-range well-ordered monolayers. The molecular rows and the axes of alkyl chain of the molecules cross each other at angles of 60° and 90° in the STS and SHS layers, respectively. Molecular details such as sulfonate functional group (head) and alkyl chain are clearly imaged. The neighboring molecules in different rows form a "head to head" configuration. Structural models for the molecular arrangement of the two adlayers are proposed.

  10. Pb deposition on I-coated Au(111). UHV-EC and EC-STM studies.

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    Kim, Youn-Geun; Kim, Jay Yu; Thambidurai, Chandru; Stickney, John L

    2007-02-27

    This article concerns the growth of an atomic layer of Pb on the Au(111)( radical3 x radical3)R30 degrees -I structure. The importance of this study lies in the use of Pb underpotential deposition (UPD) as a sacrificial layer in surface-limited redox replacement (SLRR). SLRR reactions are being applied in the formation of metal nanofilms via electrochemical atomic layer deposition (ALD). Pb UPD is a surface-limited reaction, and if it is placed in a solution of ions of a more noble metal, redox replacement can occur, but limited by the amount of Pb present. Pb UPD is a candidate for use as a sacrificial layer for replacement by any more noble element. It has been used by this group for both Cu and Pt nanofilm formation using electrochemical ALD. The I atom layer was intended to facilitate electrochemical annealing during nanofilm growth. Two distinctly different Pb atomic layer structures are reported, studied using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with an electrochemical flow cell and ultrahigh vacuum surface analysis combined directly with electrochemical reactions (UHV-EC). Starting with the initial Au(111)( radical3 x radical3)R30 degrees -I, 1/3 monolayer of I on the Au(111) surface, Pb deposition began at approximately 0.1 V. The first Pb UPD structure was observed just below -0.2 V and displayed a (2 x radical3)-rect unit cell, for a structure composed of 1/4 monolayer each of Pb and I. The I atoms fit in Pb 4-fold sites, on the Au(111) surface. The structure was present in domains rotated by 120 degrees. Deposition to -0.4 V resulted in complete loss of the I atoms and formation of a Pb monolayer on the Au(111), which produced a Moiré pattern, due to the Pb and Au lattice mismatch. These structures represent two well-defined starting points for the growth of nanofilms of other more noble elements. It is apparent from these studies that the adsorption of I- on Pb is weak, and it will rinse away. If Pb is used as a sacrificial metal in an

  11. UHV-STM of single-walled carbon nanotubes in registration with the atomic lattices of silicon surfaces

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    Albrecht, Peter

    2005-03-01

    A room-temperature UHV-STM is used to elucidate the registration dependence of the electronic and mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) adsorbed onto silicon surfaces. The SWCNTs are deposited onto the Si surface in situ using a dry contact transfer (DCT) technique [1], with the resultant pristine SWCNT-Si interface enabling a joint atomic-resolution topographic and spectroscopic study of individual SWCNTs on both clean and H-passivated Si(100)-2x1 surfaces. Pronounced variations in the I-V and dI/dV-V spectra acquired along an isolated SWCNT were found to correlate with a transition from parallel to perpendicular alignment of the tube with respect to the dimer rows of the clean Si surface. Recent theoretical work [2] suggests that SWCNT-Si alignment is indeed energetically favorable and may give rise to novel nanotube-surface interactions unobserved in previous STM studies of SWCNTs in contact with a metallic substrate. [1] P.M. Albrecht and J.W. Lyding, APL 83, 5029 (2003). [2] W. Orellana, R.H. Miwa, and A. Fazzio, PRL 91, 166802 (2003).

  12. FTIR spectroscopic analysis and STM studies of electroluminescent Eu(DBM) 3 bath thin films vacuum deposited onto Au surface

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    Dovbeshko, G.; Fesenko, O.; Fedorovich, R.; Gavrilko, T.; Marchenko, A.; Puchkovska, G.; Viduta, L.; Naumovets, A.; Chubich, D.; Vitukhnovskii, A.; Fichou, D.

    2006-07-01

    Molecular organization and morphology of vacuum deposited (VD) thin films of the europium complex of europium(dibenzoylmethanato) 3(bathophenanthroline) (Eu(DBM) 3 bath) from metal-organic planar light-emitting nanocomposites consisting of gold island films and VD Eu(DBM) 3 bath film were investigated by FTIR spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). It has been found that thermal evaporation in vacuum does not cause chemical decomposition of Eu(DBM) 3 bath, and that the obtained films are essentially amorphous. Reflection-absorption IR spectra show no predominant orientation of Eu(DBM) 3 bath molecules in the films with respect to the substrate. With the STM method, the morphology and structure of the near-surface layers of Eu(DBM) 3 bath films were characterized, and it was found that they consist of self-assembled molecular dimers closely packed along the Au [110] steps on the Au(111) terrace. With increase of the Eu(DBM) 3 bath film thickness, the ordered structure is lost.

  13. EC-STM study of the initial stages of the electrochemical Au(1 1 1)-Cd alloy formation

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    Schlaup, Christian; Horch, Sebastian

    2015-02-01

    We have studied the formation of an Au(1 1 1)-Cd alloy in a H2SO4 electrolyte by means of electrochemical STM (EC-STM). To this end, we first characterized the underpotential deposited (upd) Cd overlayers on Au(1 1 1) electrodes. We confirmed the existence of two upd phases on the reconstructed Au(1 1 1) surface, of which the first can be described with a (4 ×√{ 3}) unit cell and the second one with a (3 ×√{ 3}) unit cell in coexistence with a (2 ×√{ 3}) unit cell. At more negative potentials, an alloy with the Au(1 1 1) substrate is formed. In order to obtain a deeper insight into the alloying process, we had to avoid further Cd deposition at these potentials. This was achieved by exchanging the electrolyte after Cd deposition for a Cd-free solution under potential control. We found that the Au-Cd alloy exhibits an atomic structure with a close to square unit cell and locally interferes with the pattern of the Au(1 1 1) "herringbone" reconstruction. This Au-Cd alloy increases the overpotential for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) by about 130 mV.

  14. High resolution electrochemical STM : new structural results for underpotentially deposited Cu on Au(111) in acid sulfate solution.

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    Sieradzki, Karl; Vasiljevic, Natasa; Viyannalage, L.K.T.; Dimitrov, Nikolay

    2007-09-01

    Adsorption of sulfate assists Cu monolayer underpotential deposition (upd) on Au(111) in a unique way, rendering two distinct structural stages: (i) formation of a low-density Cu phase at coverage of 2/3 ML known as the ({radical}3 x {radical}3) R30{sup o} or honeycomb phase; (ii) formation of a complete monolayer, i.e., Cu-(1 x 1) phase pseudomorphic with respect to underlying Au(111) substrate. In this paper we present new structural in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results for this system. We show and discuss the STM imaging of the copper honeycomb superstructure probed underneath the co-adsorbed ({radical}3 x {radical}3)R30{sup o} sulfate adlayer in the low-density phase. High resolution imaging during the phase transition from the low to high density copper phase unambiguously shows the existence of an ordered sulfate structure p(2 x 2) on the pseudomorphic Cu-(1 x 1) layer. The new structure is seen during the co-existence of two copper phases as well as upon completion of the Cu-(1 x 1) monolayer. While supported by earlier chronocoulometric measurements in the same system, the new structural results raise questions that need to be addressed in a future work.

  15. An STM study of C 60 adsorption on Si(100)-(2 × 1) surfaces: from physisorption to chemisorption

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    Chen, Dong; Sarid, Dror

    1995-05-01

    The adsorption of C 60 molecules on Si(100)-(2 × 1) surfaces before and after annealing has been studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). For room temperature deposition, the STM images reveal that the C 60 molecules adsorb predominantly at the four-dimer sites in the troughs between dimer rows. C 60 molecules bonded to two-dimer sites are also observed in small molecular clusters forming even at a low coverage. The nature of the interaction between the adsorbates and the Si(100)-(2 × 1) surface is explained in terms of a dipole-induced dipole interaction. Subsequent annealing of the samples to 600°C changes the adsorption characteristics of the C 60 molecules. First, the annealing causes a strong covalent bonding between the carbon atoms of the C 60 molecules and the silicon atoms of the substrate, and modifies the bonding sites of the adsorbates from locations in the troughs to locations on the dimer rows. Second, the annealing causes some initial surface diffusion and clustering of the C 60 molecules, which now tend to stick to the ends, rather than the sides, of the dimer rows. Furthermore, after the annealing process, it is observed that small silicon islands form on the substrate terraces along with isolated and clustered adsorbates.

  16. STM/STS Study of Surface Modification Effect on Bandgap Structure of Ti2C with -OH, -F, and -H

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    Jung, Seong Jun; Lai, Shen; Jeong, Taehwan; Lee, Sungjoo; Song, Young Jae

    In this presentation, we present Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Spectroscopy (STS) study of bandgap structures of surface-modified Ti2C with -OH, -F, and -O in atomic scale. Since the discovery of new two dimensional (2D) materials like graphene, various 2D materials including transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) have been intensively investigated. There are, however, still scientific issues to apply them to the device fabrications for controlling the appropriate bandgap structure with high field effect mobility. Recently another 2D materials of transition metal carbide (TMC), Ti2CTx with modifiable surface group Tx(-OH, -F, and -O) was suggested. [S. Lai et. al, Nanoscale (2015), DOI: 10.1039/C5NR06513E]. This 2D material shows that the mobility at room temperature is less sensitive to the measured transport bandgap, which can imply that Ti2CTx can be a strong candidate of 2D TMC for application to the future electronic devices. Surface modification on the electronic structure of Ti2C by -OH, -F, and -O is, therefore, investigated by STM and STS in atomic scale. More scientific results will be further discussed in the presentation. This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Korean government (Grant Numbers: 2015R1A1A1A05027585, 2011­0030046, IBS- R011­D1, 2014M3C1A3053024 and 2015M3A7B4050455).

  17. Current oscillations in ultra-small superconducting Nb-Nb junctions formed by STM at mK temperatures

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    Dreyer, Michael; Roychowdhury, Anita; Dana, Rami

    2014-03-01

    Using etched Nb STM tips we formed ultra-small tunnel junctions on a Nb crystal at an effective temperature of ~ 200 mK using an Oxford dilution refrigerator. The Nb crystal was prepared in UHV and then transferred into the mK STM. The resulting superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junction displayed several sub-gap features from multiple Andreev reflections to a zero bias conductance peak. The latter showed features of a Josephson junction in the phase diffusion limit with side structures due to the electrical environment. Upon microwave irradiation the peak split into multiple peaks in accordance with theory, verifying Josephson tunneling. In addition we observed bias dependent oscillations of the tunneling current. The oscillations where recorded at a rate of 10 kS/s while acquiring conventional dI/dV or I(V) spectroscopic curves. Histograms of the current for each bias voltage step then reveal the nature of the oscillation. It ranges from multiple states in certain bias regions through pure oscillations to supercurrent-normal switching. Fourier transform of the current show in some cases a bias dependence of the main frequencies. Possible causes will be discussed.

  18. In Situ Studies of Surface Mobility on Noble Metal Model Catalysts Using STM and XPS at Ambient Pressure

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    Butcher, Derek Robert

    2010-06-01

    High Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (HP-STM) and Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy were used to study the structural properties and catalytic behavior of noble metal surfaces at high pressure. HP-STM was used to study the structural rearrangement of the top most atomic surface layer of the metal surfaces in response to changes in gas pressure and reactive conditions. AP-XPS was applied to single crystal and nanoparticle systems to monitor changes in the chemical composition of the surface layer in response to changing gas conditions. STM studies on the Pt(100) crystal face showed the lifting of the Pt(100)-hex surface reconstruction in the presence of CO, H2, and Benzene. The gas adsorption and subsequent charge transfer relieves the surface strain caused by the low coordination number of the (100) surface atoms allowing the formation of a (1 x 1) surface structure commensurate with the bulk terminated crystal structure. The surface phase change causes a transformation of the surface layer from hexagonal packing geometry to a four-fold symmetric surface which is rich in atomic defects. Lifting the hex reconstruction at room temperature resulted in a surface structure decorated with 2-3 nm Pt adatom islands with a high density of step edge sites. Annealing the surface at a modest temperature (150 C) in the presence of a high pressure of CO or H2 increased the surface diffusion of the Pt atoms causing the adatom islands to aggregate reducing the surface concentration of low coordination defect sites. Ethylene hydrogenation was studied on the Pt(100) surface using HP-STM. At low pressure, the lifting of the hex reconstruction was observed in the STM images. Increasing the ethylene pressure to 1 Torr, was found to regenerate the hexagonally symmetric reconstructed phase. At room temperature ethylene undergoes a structural rearrangement to form ethylidyne. Ethylidyne preferentially binds at the three-fold hollow sites, which

  19. Development of a toolbox of organic synthetic reactions that can be induced on individual molecules by STM

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    Ludwig Bartels

    2003-09-25

    OAK B262 Final Report DOE Grant No.: DE-FG03-01ER15263 ''Development of a toolbox of organic synthetic reactions that can be induced on individual molecules by STM'' Abstract Bommisetty V. Rao, Ki-Young Kwon, Robert Perry, Luke Nysen, Gregory Pavin, Qibin Zhang, Casey Dugger and Ludwig Bartels University of California at Riverside, Pierce Hall, Riverside, CA92521, email: Ludwig.Bartels@ucr.edu The key scientific objective of this project is the development of a set of reliable techniques for the addressal of specific bonds of individual molecules in order to assemble functional molecules on a metal surface at single-atom precision. Success in this direction will open up a conceptually novel route to single molecule chemistry, which can provide its products at any desired surface location without involving any lithographic steps at all. In the course of this project a number of halo-substituted aryls and alkyls where investigated with special concern to two properties: clean deposition of the reactants from the gas phase on metallic surfaces and STM-based addressability of individual substituents of them. In order to prevent contamination of the sample by deposition of solvent residue, a special depositions source was developed that uses a skimmed molecular beam. Exemplary substances studied were 1,3-iodobromobenzene (IBB), 3 bromopropionitrile (BPN) and 4,4'-dibromobiphenyl (DBB). In STM-induced reactions, IBB shows concerted activation of both halogens, which does not allow the individual addressal of one bond at a time. The concept of individual addressabilities of bonds in bi-substituted molecule was confirmed by use of BPN. This reactant is, however, strongly bound to the substrate and, hence, not very suitable for the assembly of larger aggregates, even if the nitrile group could be activated. We found individual activation of one of the bromines of DBB. This molecule lies flat on the surface and it is a promising candidate for the assembly of larger molecular

  20. STM observations of organometallic complexes on the TiO 2(1 1 0) and Si(1 1 1) surfaces

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    Maeda, Y.; Okumura, M.; Daté, M.; Tsubota, S.; Haruta, M.

    2002-08-01

    Gas-phase grafting of organometallic complexes is a relatively new technique for preparing supported metal catalysts. In order to understand the initial stage in this method, we have performed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observations of organo-gold and -iridium complexes adsorbed on TiO 2(1 1 0) and Si(1 1 1) surfaces before and after annealing in an ultra-high vacuum. The STM observations revealed that the surface structure was strongly dependent on the interaction between the surface and individual molecules, and the presence of oxygen atoms on the surface.

  1. STM/STS investigations of fullerene C(60), endohedral metallofullerenes M C(82) and carbon nanotubes

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    Lin, Nian

    , ..., and crystalline islands, while Dy@Csb{82} molecules still aggregate as 3-D clusters. The intermolecular interaction is believed to be dominated by a dipole-dipole interaction. After experiencing a strong electric field applied by an STM tip, the Nd@Csb{82} molecules will undergo a structural transformation from the close-packing to ring like configurations. The rings are well-shaped (as a hexagonal polygon), well-numbered (consisting of six or multiples of six molecules) and stable. The mechanism of the tip-driven transformation are discussed. We suggest that molecules within these rings are bonded covalently. As a byproduct, we found a new path to generate carbon nanotubes. After the overlaying mixture of Csb{60} and M@Csb{82} on an HOPG surface has been irradiated with KeV electrons, carbon nanotubes are observed laying on the surface. They are straight, clean and have diameters in the range of 2-50 nm and length up to 3 mum. The detailed atomic images of the tube walls show helical arrangements of the honeycomb structure of a graphite (0001) surface. The formation mechanism of these tubes also is discussed. Future research directions are identified. The systematic study of Lanthanide's endohedral fullerenes would uncover the roles of the metal atoms. More detailed understanding of the formation of the rings and the nanotubes from endohedral metallofullerenes could lead to finding methods for their mass production and novel applications.* ftn*Originally published in DAI Vol. 58, No. 11. Reprinted here with corrected author name.

  2. Characteristics, finite element analysis, test description, and preliminary test results of the STM4-120 kinematic Stirling engine

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    Linker, K.L.; Rawlinson, K.S.; Smith, G.

    1991-10-01

    The Department of Energy's Solar Thermal Program has as one of its program elements the development and evaluation of conversion device technologies applicable to dish-electric systems. The primary research and development combines a conversion device (heat engine), solar receiver, and generator mounted at the focus of a parabolic dish concentrator. The Stirling-cycle heat engine was identified as the conversion device for dish-electric with the most potential for meeting the program's goals for efficiency, reliability, and installed cost. To advance the technology toward commercialization, Sandia National Laboratories has acquired a Stirling Thermal Motors, Inc., kinematic Stirling engine, STM4-120, for evaluation. The engine is being bench-tested at Sandia's Engine Test Facility and will be combined later with a solar receiver for on-sun evaluation. This report presents the engine characteristics, finite element analyses of critical engine components, test system layout, instrumentation, and preliminary performance results from the bench test.

  3. Computing Ro in a population with heterogeneity in sexual activity and proportionate mixing using a STM-solver

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    Gutierrez A., Natalia A.

    2014-06-01

    A model to determinate the reproductive basic number, detonated Ro, for the case of population with heterogeneity in sexual activity and proportionate mixing is solved using computer algebra and SMT solvers. Specifically Maple and Z3 were used. The code for the solution of the model was written in Z3-Python, but it can also be played by Z3-SMT-Lib. Ro represents an algebraic synthesis of every epidemiological parameter. Numerical simulations were done to prove the effectiveness of the model and the code. The algebraic structure of Ro suggests the possible control measurements that should be implemented to avoid the propagation of the sexual transmitted diseases. The obtained results are important on the computational epidemiology field. As a future investigation, it is suggested to apply the STM solvers to analyze models for other kinds of epidemic diseases.

  4. Ordering of Zn-centered porphyrin and phthalocyanine on TiO2(011): STM studies

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    Godlewski, Szymon; Such, Bartosz; Pawlak, Rémy; Hinaut, Antoine; Jöhr, Res; Glatzel, Thilo; Meyer, Ernst; Szymonski, Marek

    2017-01-01

    Zn(II)phthalocyanine molecules (ZnPc) were thermally deposited on a rutile TiO2(011) surface and on Zn(II)meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) wetting layers at room temperature and after elevated temperature thermal processing. The molecular homo- and heterostructures were characterized by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at room temperature and their geometrical arrangement and degree of ordering are compared with the previously studied copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and ZnTPP heterostructures. It was found that the central metal atom may play some role in ordering and growth of phthalocyanine/ZnTPP heterostructures, causing differences in stability of upright standing ZnPc versus CuPc molecular chains at given thermal annealing conditions. PMID:28144569

  5. Ordering of Zn-centered porphyrin and phthalocyanine on TiO2(011): STM studies.

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    Olszowski, Piotr; Zajac, Lukasz; Godlewski, Szymon; Such, Bartosz; Pawlak, Rémy; Hinaut, Antoine; Jöhr, Res; Glatzel, Thilo; Meyer, Ernst; Szymonski, Marek

    2017-01-01

    Zn(II)phthalocyanine molecules (ZnPc) were thermally deposited on a rutile TiO2(011) surface and on Zn(II)meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) wetting layers at room temperature and after elevated temperature thermal processing. The molecular homo- and heterostructures were characterized by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at room temperature and their geometrical arrangement and degree of ordering are compared with the previously studied copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and ZnTPP heterostructures. It was found that the central metal atom may play some role in ordering and growth of phthalocyanine/ZnTPP heterostructures, causing differences in stability of upright standing ZnPc versus CuPc molecular chains at given thermal annealing conditions.

  6. Development of an automatic measuring device for total sugar content in chlortetracycline fermenter based on STM32

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    Liu, Ruochen; Chen, Xiangguang; Yao, Minpu; Huang, Suyi; Ma, Deshou; Zhou, Biao

    2017-01-01

    Because fermented liquid in chlortetracycline fermenter has high viscosity and complex composition, conventional instruments can't directly measure its total sugar content of fermented liquid. At present, offline artificial sampling measurement is usually the way to measuring total sugar content in chlortetracycline Fermenter. it will take too much time and manpower to finish the measurement., and the results will bring the lag of control process. To realize automatic measurement of total sugar content in chlortetracycline fermenter, we developed an automatic measuring device for total sugar content based on STM32 microcomputer. It can not only realize the function of automatic sampling, filtering, measuring of fermented liquid and automatic washing of the device, but also can make the measuring results display in the field and finish data communication. The experiment results show that the automatic measuring device of total sugar content in chlortetracycline fermenter can meet the demand of practical application.

  7. Road-Mapping the Way Forward for Sentinel-3 STM SAR-Mode Waveform Retracking over Water Surfaces

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    Benveniste, Jérôme; Cotton, David; Dinardo, Salvatore; Lucas, Bruno Manuel; Martin-Puig, Cristina; Ray, Chris; Clarizia, Maria Paola; Gommenginger, Christine

    2013-04-01

    . However, since the ultimate goal of the SAMOSA project is to deliver to the Sentinel-3 Surface Topography Mission Product and Algorithm Development (S-3 STM PAD) a Detailed Processing Model of a SAR ocean waveform re-tracker based on the best SAMOSA model to operationally re-track Sentinel-3 STM SAR-Mode L1b waveforms, the need for the full mathematical complexity of the SAMOSA2 model was re-evaluated. With this in mind, the SAMOSA team assessed a number of simplifications that can transform the SAMOSA2 model into a lighter, computationally more efficient, purely analytical formulation for input into the SAR re-tracker scheme for the Sentinel-3 STM PAD. The simplifications that have been considered involve the omission in the model of second order effects such as non-linear terms in the model, ocean surface skewness, and electromagnetic bias. Their impact has been evaluated. This SAMOSA3 model has the advantage to be a pure analytical solution, expressed by means of modified Bessel functions of first and second kind and returns no singularities for the full range of the gate bins. An extensive validation was performed. First equivalence between SAMOSA3, SAMOSA2 & SAMOSA1 models was confirmed and then a a sensitivity study on the input parameters and the re-tracking approach was carried out. Finally, the SAMOSA3 Model and re-tracker was applied to Cryosat-2 L1B SAR waveforms and the performance was studied as well as the sensitivity to mispointing. Two areas were chosen as representative of the high and low ocean dynamics regions, respectively the South Norwegian Sea and the Caspian Sea. Finally the SAMOSA3 output was validated against in situ wave buoy measurements. An overview of these results will be shown here.

  8. Design, testing, and commercialization plans for the SAIC/STM 20 kW{sub e} solar dish/Stirling system

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    Beninga, K.J.; Davenport, R.L.; Johansson, S.N.

    1995-12-31

    As a part of the US Department of Energy`s (DOE) Utility-Scale Joint-Venture Program, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Stirling Thermal Motors (STM) have teamed to produce a solar dish/Stirling system for utility electricity generation. The 90 m{sup 2} dish concentrator consists of 16 stretched membrane mirror facets on a truss structure with an azimuth/elevation gear drive. The design modifies a faceted stretched membrane dish design developed previously by SAIC and WGA, Inc. in order to simplify the structure and reduce manufacturing costs, The Stirling engine used in the system is the STM 4-120 kinematic Stirling engine. It features variable swash plate control and a direct absorption solar receiver with hydrogen as the operating fluid. A prototype dish/Stirling system has been installed at a test site near Golden, Colorado and is now undergoing tests. The optical and thermal performance of the dish is being characterized using a Coldwater calorimeter and the optical Beam Characterization System (BCS) developed by Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After completion of the dish characterization tests, the STM engine will be installed on the dish and system power generation and efficiency will be measured. This paper presents a summary of the SAIC/STM dish/Stirling system design and gives results from initial testing of the system. Also described are SAIC`s plans for manufacturing and commercialization of the dish/Stirling system to utilities and other markets in the US and abroad.

  9. STM Studies of Spin-­Orbit Coupled Phases in Real-­ and Momentum-­Space

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    Madhavan, Vidya

    2016-10-17

    The recently discovered class of spin-orbit coupled materials with interesting topological character are fascinating both from fundamental as well as application point of view. Two striking examples are 3D topological insulators (TIs) and topological crystalline insulators (TCIs). These materials host linearly dispersing (Dirac like) surface states with an odd number of Dirac nodes and are predicted to carry a quantized half-integer value of the axion field. The non-trivial topological properties of TIs and TCIs arise from strong spin-orbit coupling leading to an inverted band structure; which also leads to the chiral spin texture in momentum space. In this project we used low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) to study materials with topological phases in real- and momentum-space. We studied both single crystals and thin films of topological materials which are susceptible to being tuned by doping, strain or gating, allowing us to explore their physical properties in the most interesting regimes and set the stage for future technological applications. .

  10. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, Auger and STM Characterization of Epitaxial Graphene grown on 6H-SiC (0001)

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    Nelson, Florence; Diebold, Alain C.; Sandin, Andreas; Dougherty, Dan; Aspnes, Dave; Rowe, Jack

    2012-02-01

    Graphene grown by the thermal decomposition of SiC has become of interest to the semiconductor industry due to its unique, high-mobility electronic structure. The growth is of a more scalable nature when compared to exfoliated flakes produced from the ``scotch tape'' method. The resulting film rests on a ``buffer layer'' separating the graphene from the underlying substrate, which is thought to consist of a mixture of sp^2 and non-sp^2 bonding due to the sp^3 bonding of the SiC substrate. The mobilities of the graphene layer have previously been shown to differ from that of the interface layer. We investigate the difference in the optical response of the two layers using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and find a red-shift of the ˜4.5 eV absorbance found in graphene due to the exciton-domianted transition at the M point of the Brilloun Zone. The structural characterization of the films are performed through Auger and STM on substrates which were cleaned by CMP and chemical etching methods prior to the epitaxial growth in UHV.

  11. Characteristics, finite element analysis, test description, and preliminary test results of the STM4-120 kinematic Stirling engine

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    Linker, K.L.; Rawlinson, K.S.; Smith, G.

    1991-10-01

    The Department of Energy`s Solar Thermal Program has as one of its program elements the development and evaluation of conversion device technologies applicable to dish-electric systems. The primary research and development combines a conversion device (heat engine), solar receiver, and generator mounted at the focus of a parabolic dish concentrator. The Stirling-cycle heat engine was identified as the conversion device for dish-electric with the most potential for meeting the program`s goals for efficiency, reliability, and installed cost. To advance the technology toward commercialization, Sandia National Laboratories has acquired a Stirling Thermal Motors, Inc., kinematic Stirling engine, STM4-120, for evaluation. The engine is being bench-tested at Sandia`s Engine Test Facility and will be combined later with a solar receiver for on-sun evaluation. This report presents the engine characteristics, finite element analyses of critical engine components, test system layout, instrumentation, and preliminary performance results from the bench test.

  12. Sulfidation of a Cu submonolayer at the Au(1 1 1)/electrolyte interface An in situ STM study

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    Friebel, Daniel; Schlaup, Christian; Broekmann, Peter; Wandelt, Klaus

    2006-07-01

    We describe the electrochemical preparation of an ultrathin copper sulfide film on Au(1 1 1) and its structural characterization by in situ STM. The first step, underpotential deposition of a Cu submonolayer from CuSO 4/H 2SO 4 solution, is followed by two electrolyte exchanges for (i) Cu-free (blank) H 2SO 4 solution and (ii) NaOH/Na 2S solution. The well-known (√3 × √3) R30° structure of the upd Cu layer is stable in the blank electrolyte for at least 2 h. After exposure to bisulfide, the Cu layer contracts and forms two-dimensional islands of two distinct ordered surface phases, i.e. a rectangular and, at higher potentials, a hexagonal phase, with Cu-free Au(1 1 1) regions between them, the latter exhibiting the characteristic (√3 × √3) R30°-S adlayer structure. Potential changes lead to a complex phase behaviour including HS - ⇆ S x oxidation/reduction and, at strongly anodic potentials, dissolution of the Cu adlayer.

  13. Atomically Precise Prediction of 2D Self-Assembly of Weakly Bonded Nanostructures: STM Insight into Concentration-Dependent Architectures.

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    El Garah, Mohamed; Dianat, Arezoo; Cadeddu, Andrea; Gutierrez, Rafael; Cecchini, Marco; Cook, Timothy R; Ciesielski, Artur; Stang, Peter J; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-01-20

    A joint experimental and computational study is reported on the concentration-dependant self-assembly of a flat C3 -symmetric molecule on a graphite surface. As a model system a tripodal molecule, 1,3,5-tris(pyridin-3-ylethynyl)benzene, has been chosen, which can adopt either C3h or Cs symmetry when planar, as a result of pyridyl rotation along the alkynyl spacers. Density functional theory (DFT) simulations of 2D nanopatterns with different surface coverage reveal that the molecule can generate different types of self-assembled motifs. The stability of fourteen 2D patterns and the influence of concentration are analyzed. It is found that ordered, densely packed monolayers and 2D porous networks are obtained at high and low concentrations, respectively. A concentration-dependent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) investigation of this molecular self-assembly system at a solution/graphite interface reveals four supramolecular motifs, which are in perfect agreement with those predicted by simulations. Therefore, this DFT method represents a key step forward toward the atomically precise prediction of molecular self-assembly on surfaces and at interfaces.

  14. STM/STS study of the superconducting gap in SmFeAsO1-xFx

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    Kawashima, Yuki; Ichimura, Koichi; Katono, Kazuhiro; Kurosawa, Tohru; Oda, Migaku; Tanda, Satoshi; Kamihara, Yoichi; Hosono, Hideo

    2015-02-01

    We report an electron tunneling study of SmFeAsO1-xFx in the low doping region (x=0, 0.045, 0.046, 0.069) by low temperature UHV-STM/STS. Superconducting gaps are observed for each superconducting sample x=0.045 (Tc=12.9 K), x=0.046 (Tc=32.9 K) and x=0.069 (Tc=46.9 K). We obtained corresponding superconducting gap size of ΔSC = 9.5 ± 0.5 meV, 9.75±0.25 meV and 11±1 meV. While Tc increases, ΔSC is kept the same. This suggests that the effective attractive interaction is the same and that there is some mechanism that suppresses the superconductivity in the low doping region. On the other hand, similar gap structures were found in a non-superconducting sample with x=0 at 7.8 K. The obtained gap size was ΔN = 8.5 ± 1.5 meV, which is almost the same as the superconducting gap in the superconducting samples (x=0.045, 0.046, 0.069).

  15. Features of Superconducting Gaps Revealed by STM/STS in Iron Based Superconductors With and Without Hole Pockets

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    Wen, Hai-Hu; Hai-Hu Wen Team

    The pairing mechanism and gap structure in iron based superconductors (IBS) remains unresolved. We have conducted extensive STM/STS study on the Na(Fe1-xTx) As (T =Co, Cu, Mn), Ba1-xKxFe2As2KFe2As2, and Li1-xFexOHFeSe single crystals. We found the clear evidence of the in-gap quasi-particle states induced by the non-magnetic Cu impurities in Na(Fe0.97- x Co0.03Cux) As, giving strong evidence of the S+/- pairing. Furthermore, we show the presence of the bosonic mode with the energy identical to that of the neutron resonance and a simple linear relation Ω/kBTc ~ 4.3, being explained a consequence of the S+/-pairing. The STS spectrum in Li1-x FexOHFeSe clearly indicates the presence of double superconducting gaps with Δ1 ~ 14.3 meV and Δ2 ~ 8.6 meV. Further analysis based on QPI allows us to assign the larger (smaller) gap to the outer (inner) hybridized electron pockets. The huge value 2Δ1/kBTc = 8.7 discovered here undoubtedly proves the strong coupling mechanism. This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China.

  16. 1,3,5-Benzenetribenzoic Acid on Cu(111) and Graphene/Cu(111): A Comparative STM Study

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    2016-01-01

    The self-assembly of 1,3,5-benzenetribenzoic acid (BTB) molecules on both Cu(111) and epitaxial graphene grown on Cu(111) were studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. On Cu(111), the BTB molecules were found to mainly arrange in close-packed structures through H-bonding between the (partially) deprotonated carboxylic acid groups. In addition, porous structures formed by intact BTB molecules-and also based on H-bonding-were observed. On graphene grown on Cu(111) the BTB molecules mainly form porous structures accompanied by small patches of disordered close-packed structures. Upon annealing, BTB adsorbed on Cu(111) is fully deprotonated and arranges in the close-packed structure while in contrast on graphene/Cu(111) the porous network is exclusively formed. This shows that the molecular self-assembly behavior is highly dependent on the first substrate layer: one graphene layer is sufficient to considerably alter the interplay of molecule substrate and intermolecular interactions in favor of the latter interactions. PMID:27588158

  17. Transmission measurement based on STM observation to detect the penetration depth of low-energy heavy ions in botanic samples

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    Liu, Feng; Wang, Yugang; Xue, Jianming; Wang, Sixue; Du, Guanhua; Zhao, Weijiang

    2003-01-01

    The penetration depth of low-energy heavy ions in botanic samples was detected with a new transmission measurement. In the measurement, highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) pieces were placed behind the botanic samples with certain thickness. During the irradiation of heavy ions with energy of tens of keV, the energetic particles transmitted from those samples were received by the HOPG pieces. After irradiation, scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was applied to observe protrusion-like damage induced by these transmitted ions on the surface of the HOPG. The statistical average number density of protrusions and the minimum transmission rate of the low-energy heavy ions can be obtained. The detection efficiency of the new method for low-energy heavy ions was about 0.1-1 and the background in the measurement can be reduced to as low as 1.0 x 10(8) protrusions/cm2. With this method, the penetration depth of the energetic particles was detected to be no less than 60 micrometers in kidney bean slices when the slices were irradiated by 100 keVAr+ ion at the fluence of 5 x 10(16) ions/cm2. c2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Acquisition and diversification of tendrilled leaves in Bignonieae (Bignoniaceae) involved changes in expression patterns of SHOOTMERISTEMLESS (STM), LEAFY/FLORICAULA (LFY/FLO), and PHANTASTICA (PHAN).

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    Sousa-Baena, Mariane Silveira; Lohmann, Lúcia G; Rossi, Magdalena; Sinha, Neelima R

    2014-02-01

    Leaves have undergone structural modifications over evolutionary time, and presently exist in many forms. For instance, in Fabaceae and Bignoniaceae, leaf parts can be modified into tendrils. Currently, no data are available on genic control of tendrilled leaf development outside Fabaceae. Here, we conducted a detailed study of three representatives of Bignonieae: Amphilophium buccinatorium, Dolichandra unguis-cati, and Bignonia callistegioides, bearing multifid, trifid, and simple-tendrilled leaves, respectively. We investigated the structure of their petioles, petiolules, leaflets, and tendrils through histological analyses. Additionally, the expression of SHOOTMERISTEMLESS (STM), PHANTASTICA (PHAN), and LEAFY/FLORICAULA (LFY/FLO) during leaf development was analyzed by in situ hybridizations. Tendrils share some anatomical similarities with leaflets, but not with other leaf parts. Transcripts of both STM and LFY/FLO were detected in leaf primordia, associated with regions from which leaflets and tendril branches originate. PHAN expression was found to be polarized in branched tendrils, but not in simple tendrils. In Bignonieae, tendrils are modified leaflets that, as a result of premature completion of development, become bladeless organs. Bignonieae leaves develop differently from those of peas, as both LFY/FLO and STM are expressed in developing leaves of Bignonieae. Moreover, PHAN is probably involved in tendril diversification in Bignonieae, as it has distinct expression patterns in different leaf types.

  19. New sub-family of lysozyme-like proteins shows no catalytic activity: crystallographic and biochemical study of STM3605 protein from Salmonella Typhimurium

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    Michalska, Karolina; Brown, Roslyn N.; Li, Hui; Jedrzejczak, Robert; Niemann, George; Heffron, Fred; Cort, John R.; Adkins, Joshua N.; Babnigg, Gyorgy; Joachimiak, Andrzej

    2013-03-01

    Phage viruses that infect prokaryotes integrate their genome into the host chromosome; thus, microbial genomes typically contain genetic remnants of both recent and ancient phage infections. Often phage genes occur in clusters of atypical G+C content that reflect integration of the foreign DNA. However, some phage genes occur in isolation without other phage gene neighbors, probably resulting from horizontal gene transfer. In these cases, the phage gene product is unlikely to function as a component of a mature phage particle, and instead may have been co-opted by the host for its own benefit. The product of one such gene from Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, STM3605, encodes a protein with modest sequence similarity to phage-like lysozyme (N-acetylmuramidase) but appears to lack essential catalytic residues that are strictly conserved in all lysozymes. Close homologs in other bacteria share this characteristic. The structure of the STM3605 protein was characterized by X-ray crystallography, and functional assays showed that it is a stable, folded protein whose structure closely resembles lysozyme. However, this protein is unlikely to hydrolyze peptidoglycan. Instead, STM3605 is presumed to have evolved an alternative function because it shows some lytic activity and partitions to micelles.

  20. Structure of the GaP(001)-4×2-In surface investigated with LEED, STM, photoelectron spectroscopy, and ab initio calculations

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    Shimomura, M.; Ichikawa, D.; Srivastava, G. P.; Liu, K. Z.; Fukuda, Y.

    2008-09-01

    Surface structures at the initial stage of indium adsorption on GaP(001) are studied by low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), photoelectron spectroscopy (PES), and ab initio calculations. After indium deposition on the P -rich GaP(001)-2×1 surface followed by annealing at 400-450°C , ×4 LEED spots were observed along the [110] direction. STM images obtained after 400°C annealing show a 4×2-In reconstruction with row and hump structures. PES result for the 4×2-In surface shows existence of In atoms in two different chemical environments; one with In-In bonding and the other with In surrounded by phosphorus atoms at the surface. These LEED, STM, and PES results are consistent with the ζ structure, which was proposed for cation-rich clean surfaces of III-V semiconductors containing arsenic or antimony. Several plausible models derived from the original ζ model are examined by first-principles calculations for the GaP(001)-4×2-In surface.

  1. Vibrational spectra of nanowires measured using laser doppler vibrometry and STM studies of epitaxial graphene : an LDRD fellowship report.

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    Biedermann, Laura Butler

    2009-09-01

    , their vibration spectra was more extensively studied. The thermal vibration spectra of Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles was measured under both ambient and low-vacuum conditions. The operational deflection shapes of the vibrating Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles was also measured, allowing confirmation of the eigenmodes of vibration. The modulus of the crystalline nanoneedles was 84.3 {+-} 1.0 GPa. Gas damping is the dominate mechanism of energy loss for nanowires oscillating under ambient conditions. The measured quality factors, Q, of oscillation are in line with theoretical predictions of air damping in the free molecular gas damping regime. In the free molecular regime, Q{sub gas} is linearly proportional to the density and diameter of the nanowire and inversely proportional to the air pressure. Since the density of the Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles is three times that of the MWNTs, the Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles have greater Q at atmospheric pressures. Our initial measurements of Q for Ag{sub 2}Ga nanoneedles in low-vacuum (10 Torr) suggest that the intrinsic Q of these nanoneedles may be on the order of 1000. The epitaxial carbon that grows after heating (000{bar 1}) silicon carbide (SiC) to high temperatures (1450-1600) in vacuum was also studied. At these high temperatures, the surface Si atoms sublime and the remaining C atoms reconstruct to form graphene. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) were used to characterize the quality of the few-layer graphene (FLG) surface. The XPS studies were useful in confirming the graphitic composition and measuring the thickness of the FLG samples. STM studies revealed a wide variety of nanometer-scale features that include sharp carbon-rich ridges, moire superlattices, one-dimensional line defects, and grain boundaries. By imaging these features with atomic scale resolution, considerable insight into the growth mechanisms of FLG on the carbon-face of SiC is obtained.

  2. The structure and reactivity of adsorbates on stepped Rh and Pt surfaces investigated by LEED, HREELS, TPD, XPS and STM

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    Batteas, J.D. |

    1995-06-01

    Defects on surfaces such as steps play an important role in surface chemistry. In order to obtain an understanding of the influence of steps in surface chemical reactions, the structure and reactivity of small molecules (O{sub 2}, CO, H{sub 2}S, and C{sub 2}H{sub 4}) on atomically stepped surfaces of RH and Pt have been investigated. The detailed structures of CO and oxygen bonded to the Rh(110) surface were determined. The CO molecules bond near the short bridge sites with the CO molecular axis tilted approximately 24{degree} from the surface normal. Oxygen atoms are bound asymmetrically in the 3-fold fcc hollow-sites to the (111) facets of the steps. The interactions of CO and oxygen on the Rh(311) surface were examined. The reaction of CO with the ordered phases of O shows two distinct reaction channels, a low temperature reaction limited channel (200 K) and a high temperature diffusion limited channel (350 K). Models of the reaction geometry and dynamics are proposed. The thermal decomposition of ethylene was examined on the Rh(311) surface. The stable decomposition species (C{sub 2}H, CH and C{sub 2}) are formed near 300 K, approximately 100 K lower on the stepped Rh(311) than on the flatter Rh(111) surface. The formation of these species at lower temperatures is attributed to the stepped nature of the surface. Finally, in situ STM was used to examine surface structural changes of a stepped Pt(111) crystal under coadsorption of sulfur and CO. This is the first direct evidence for a new mechanism by which a surface covered with an unreactive, strongly chemisorbed overlayer can form new sites, for bonding and reactions to occur, by massive surface restructuring at the step edges. This new surface phenomenon answers some of the puzzles of metal surface catalysis and its implications are described. 278 refs.

  3. In situ STM study of Cu(111) surface structure and corrosion in pure and benzotriazole-containing sulfuric acid solution

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    Polewska, W.; Vogt, M.R.; Magnussen, O.M.; Behm, R.J.

    1999-11-25

    The authors present results of an in situ STM study on the surface structure and anodic dissolution of Cu(111) electrodes in pure 0.01 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution and in solution containing the corrosion inhibitor benzotriazole (BTAH), which is aimed at an atomistic understanding of the dissolution process and the inhibitor effects. The initial stages of Cu dissolution as well as the adsorption of BTAH are pronouncedly influenced by the presence of the ordered sulfate adlayer, which forms in the double layer potential regime and induces a reconstruction of the underlying Cu surface layer, together with a reorientation of the steps along the close-packed lattice directions. Cu dissolution in pure H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution proceeds by a step flow mechanism. The onset of dissolution is critically affected by the relative orientation of the sulfate adlayer on the lower terrace side, with the stability being highest for steps running perpendicular to the close-packed sulfate rows. The retracting steps often expose apparently disordered areas, which are attributed to a disordered sulfate adlayer on a Cu surface where, because of kinetic limitations, a well-ordered reconstruction has not yet reformed. BTAH adsorption is only observed in the potential regime of the ordered sulfate adlayer. The BTAH adlayer is highly defective, which is attributed to the removal of the reconstruction due to sulfate adlayer displacement. Islands with poorly ordered 1D chain structures are surrounded by areas with no resolved structure. Cu dissolution inhibition is manifested by an anodic shift in the onset of dissolution as well as by the blocking of the step flow etch mechanism, reflecting a stabilization of the Cu steps by adsorbed BTAH. Dissolution at higher potentials proceeds predominantly via formation of monolayer etch pits. When the potential is reversed back into the double layer regime, smoothening of the surface is observed with a rate that increases strongly with decreasing

  4. Diguanylate Cyclases AdrA and STM1987 Regulate Salmonella enterica Exopolysaccharide Production during Plant Colonization in an Environment-Dependent Manner

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    Cowles, Kimberly N.; Willis, David K.; Engel, Tyler N.; Jones, Jeffrey B.

    2015-01-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that despite exposure to harsh environmental stresses, Salmonella enterica successfully persists on plants, utilizing fresh produce as a vector to animal hosts. Among the important S. enterica plant colonization factors are those involved in biofilm formation. S. enterica biofilm formation is controlled by the signaling molecule cyclic di-GMP and represents a sessile lifestyle on surfaces that protects the bacterium from environmental factors. Thus, the transition from a motile, planktonic lifestyle to a sessile lifestyle may represent a vital step in bacterial success. This study examined the mechanisms of S. enterica plant colonization, including the role of diguanylate cyclases (DGCs) and phosphodiesterases (PDEs), the enzymes involved in cyclic di-GMP metabolism. We found that two biofilm components, cellulose and curli, are differentially required at distinct stages in root colonization and that the DGC STM1987 regulates cellulose production in this environment independent of AdrA, the DGC that controls the majority of in vitro cellulose production. In addition, we identified a new function for AdrA in the transcriptional regulation of colanic acid and demonstrated that adrA and colanic acid biosynthesis are associated with S. enterica desiccation tolerance on the leaf surface. Finally, two PDEs with known roles in motility, STM1344 and STM1697, had competitive defects in the phyllosphere, suggesting that regulation of motility is crucial for S. enterica survival in this niche. Our results indicate that specific conditions influence the contribution of individual DGCs and PDEs to bacterial success, perhaps reflective of differential responses to environmental stimuli. PMID:26655751

  5. A safe vaccine (DV-STM-07) against Salmonella infection prevents abortion and confers protective immunity to the pregnant and new born mice.

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    Negi, Vidya Devi; Nagarajan, Arvindhan G; Chakravortty, Dipshikha

    2010-02-10

    Pregnancy is a transient immuno-compromised condition which has evolved to avoid the immune rejection of the fetus by the maternal immune system. The altered immune response of the pregnant female leads to increased susceptibility to invading pathogens, resulting in abortion and congenital defects of the fetus and a subnormal response to vaccination. Active vaccination during pregnancy may lead to abortion induced by heightened cell mediated immune response. In this study, we have administered the highly attenuated vaccine strain DeltapmrG-HM-D (DV-STM-07) in female mice before the onset of pregnancy and followed the immune reaction against challenge with virulent S. Typhimurium in pregnant mice. Here we demonstrate that DV-STM-07 vaccine gives protection against Salmonella in pregnant mice and also prevents Salmonella induced abortion. This protection is conferred by directing the immune response towards Th2 activation and Th1 suppression. The low Th1 response prevents abortion. The use of live attenuated vaccine just before pregnancy carries the risk of transmission to the fetus. We have shown that this vaccine is safe as the vaccine strain is quickly eliminated from the mother and is not transmitted to the fetus. This vaccine also confers immunity to the new born mice of vaccinated mothers. Since there is no evidence of the vaccine candidate reaching the new born mice, we hypothesize that it may be due to trans-colostral transfer of protective anti-Salmonella antibodies. These results suggest that our vaccine DV-STM-07 can be very useful in preventing abortion in the pregnant individuals and confer immunity to the new born. Since there are no such vaccine candidates which can be given to the new born and to the pregnant women, this vaccine holds a very bright future to combat Salmonella induced pregnancy loss.

  6. Cannabidiol-2',6'-dimethyl ether stimulates body weight gain in apolipoprotein E-deficient BALB/c. KOR/Stm Slc-Apoe(shl) mice.

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    Takeda, Shuso; Hirota, Rena; Teradaira, Sari; Takeda-Imoto, Masumi; Watanabe, Kazuhito; Toda, Akihisa; Aramaki, Hironori

    2015-12-01

    The biological activities of cannabidiol (CBD), a major non-psychotropic constituent of the fiber-type cannabis plant, have been examined in detail (e.g., CBD modulation of body weight in mice and rats). However, few studies have investigated the biological activities of cannabidiol-2',6'-dimethyl ether (CBDD), a dimethyl ether derivative of the parent CBD. We herein focused on the effects of CBDD on body weight changes in mice, and demonstrated that it stimulated body weight gain in apolipoprotein E (ApoE)-deficient BALB/c. KOR/Stm Slc-Apoe(shl) mice, especially between 10 and 20 weeks of age.

  7. Synthesis, magnetic properties, and STM spectroscopy of cobalt(II) Cubanes [Co(II) (4)(Cl)(4)(HL)(4)].

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    Scheurer, Andreas; Ako, Ayuk M; Saalfrank, Rolf W; Heinemann, Frank W; Hampel, Frank; Petukhov, Konstantin; Gieb, Klaus; Stocker, Michael; Müller, Paul

    2010-04-26

    Reaction of cobalt(II) chloride hexahydrate with N-substituted diethanolamines H(2)L(2-4) (3) in the presence of LiH in anhydrous THF leads under anaerobic conditions to the formation of three isostructural tetranuclear cobalt(II) complexes [Co(II) (4)(Cl)(4)(HL(2-4))(4)] (4) with a [Co(4)(mu(3)-O)(4)](4+) cubane core. According to X-ray structural analyses, the complexes 4 a,c crystallize in the tetragonal space group I4(1)/a, whereas for complex 4 b the tetragonal space group P$\\bar 4$ was found. In the solid state the orientation of the cubane cores and the formation of a 3D framework were controlled by the ligand substituents of the cobalt(II) cubanes 4. This also allowed detailed magnetic investigations on single crystals. The analysis of the SQUID magnetic susceptibility data for 4 a gave intramolecular ferromagnetic couplings of the cobalt(II) ions (J(1) approximately 20.4 K, J(2) approximately 7.6 K), resulting in an S=6 ground-state multiplet. The anisotropy was found to be of the easy-axis type (D=-1.55 K) with a resulting anisotropy barrier of Delta approximately 55.8 K. Two-dimensional electron-gas (2DEG) Hall magnetization measurements revealed that complex 4 a is a single-molecule magnet and shows hysteretic magnetization characteristics with typical temperature and sweep-rate dependencies below a blocking temperature of about 4.4 K. The hysteresis loops collapse at zero field owing to fast quantum tunneling of the magnetization (QTM). The structural and electronic properties of cobalt(II) cubane 4 a, deposited on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface, were investigated by means of STM and current imaging tunneling spectroscopy (CITS) at RT and standard atmospheric pressure. In CITS measurements the rather large contrast found at the expected locations of the metal centers of the molecules indicated the presence of a strongly localized LUMO.

  8. First-principles investigation for M(CO)n/Ag(110) (M=Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, and Ag; n=1, 2) systems: Geometries, STM images, and vibrational frequencies

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    Yuan, Lan-Feng; Yang, Jinlong; Li, Qunxiang; Zhu, Qing-Shi

    2002-01-01

    Fe, Cu atoms and CO molecules were manipulated with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) on a Ag(110) surface, and one or two CO can transfer from the surface and bond with a metal atom through the STM tip [H. J. Lee and W. Ho, Science 286, 1719 (1999); Phys. Rev. B 61, R16347 (2000)]. We perform a density-functional cluster model investigation for the systems. The experimental geometries are validated and understood using the frontier orbital theory. The STM topographic images are reproduced. The vibrational frequencies of the adsorbate systems are obtained by diagonalizing the second-derivative matrices and are in excellent agreement with the experimental measurements. The geometries and C-O stretch frequencies are predicted for systems with the adsorbate metal atom being Co, Ni, Zn, and Ag. These systems can be divided to two classes, and each class exhibits a different set of properties.

  9. Epitaxial deposition of silver ultra-fine nano-clusters on defect-free surfaces of HOPG-derived few-layer graphene in a UHV multi-chamber by in situ STM, ex situ XPS, and ab initio calculations

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    2012-01-01

    The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT simulations. The Ag clusters appeared spherical with size distribution averaging approximately 2 nm in diameter. STM revealed the preferred site for the position of the Ag atom in the C-benzene ring of graphene. Of the three sites, the C-C bridge, the C-hexagon hollow, and the direct top of the C atom, Ag prefers to stay on top of the C atom, contrary to expectation of the hexagon-close packing. Ab initio calculations confirm the lowest potential energy between Ag and the graphene structure to be at the exact site determined from STM imaging. PMID:22395057

  10. Epitaxial deposition of silver ultra-fine nano-clusters on defect-free surfaces of HOPG-derived few-layer graphene in a UHV multi-chamber by in situ STM, ex situ XPS, and ab initio calculations

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    Ndlovu, Gebhu F.; Roos, Wiets D.; Wang, Zhiming M.; Asante, Joseph KO; Mashapa, Matete G.; Jafta, Charl J.; Mwakikunga, Bonex W.; Hillie, Kenneth T.

    2012-03-01

    The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT simulations. The Ag clusters appeared spherical with size distribution averaging approximately 2 nm in diameter. STM revealed the preferred site for the position of the Ag atom in the C-benzene ring of graphene. Of the three sites, the C-C bridge, the C-hexagon hollow, and the direct top of the C atom, Ag prefers to stay on top of the C atom, contrary to expectation of the hexagon-close packing. Ab initio calculations confirm the lowest potential energy between Ag and the graphene structure to be at the exact site determined from STM imaging.

  11. Epitaxial deposition of silver ultra-fine nano-clusters on defect-free surfaces of HOPG-derived few-layer graphene in a UHV multi-chamber by in situ STM, ex situ XPS, and ab initio calculations.

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    Ndlovu, Gebhu F; Roos, Wiets D; Wang, Zhiming M; Asante, Joseph Ko; Mashapa, Matete G; Jafta, Charl J; Mwakikunga, Bonex W; Hillie, Kenneth T

    2012-03-06

    The growth of three-dimensional ultra-fine spherical nano-particles of silver on few layers of graphene derived from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in ultra-high vacuum were characterized using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energetics of the Ag clusters was determined by DFT simulations. The Ag clusters appeared spherical with size distribution averaging approximately 2 nm in diameter. STM revealed the preferred site for the position of the Ag atom in the C-benzene ring of graphene. Of the three sites, the C-C bridge, the C-hexagon hollow, and the direct top of the C atom, Ag prefers to stay on top of the C atom, contrary to expectation of the hexagon-close packing. Ab initio calculations confirm the lowest potential energy between Ag and the graphene structure to be at the exact site determined from STM imaging.

  12. Growth and analysis of polymorphic graphene with STM and LEEM-IV for applications in molecular self-assembly and organic electronics

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    Grady, Maxwell; Ohta, Taisuke; Diaconescu, Bogdan; Dai, Zhongwei; Pohl, Karsten

    Graphene has aroused tremendous interest due to its remarkable electronic and mechanical properties, and is of interest for use in organic electronic devices such as organic photovoltaic cells. We present an analysis of a novel graphene system grown on Ru (0001) in the presence of atomic hydrogen and carbon vapor using STM and LEEM-IV. Structural studies completed with STM show a wide array of moire superlattice sizes ranging from 0.9 to 3.0 nm. Preliminary LEEM and LEEM-IV results confirm the presence of ordered graphene atop the Ru (0001) surface. Investigation using LEEM-IV provides information about the carbon layer thickness; also, micro-LEED-IV determines the precise atomic reconstruction of the interface region. In this regard, we believe the hydrogen present in the system to be interstitial at the carbon-ruthenium interface thus passivating the ruthenium surface, decoupling, and lifting the carbon layer from the substrate. The structural polymorphism displayed by this system is of interest for the study of directed self-assembly. Control over moire size can aid in future work using graphene as a template for self-assembled growth of organic electronics. This work was performed in part at CINT (DE-AC04-94AL85000). Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the US DOE NNSA (DE-AC04-94AL85000).

  13. Local density of states measurements via STM and TS on clean fresh cleaved HOPG and Gold thin films on HOPG under ambient conditions

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    Morean, Casey; Marijczuk, Roman; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG) has many applications in physics and engineering thus understanding affiliated physical and chemical phenomena is important. This also makes HOPG an important and interesting system to study. This is an investigation of surfaces of HOPG and Au thin films (ranging about 20nm) via Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Tunneling Spectroscopy (TS) with a Pt-Ir tip equipped Nanosurf Naio STM. In this investigation, clean fresh cleaved HOPG substrates were used. Surfaces of HOPG and Au sputter deposited at different film thicknesses were imaged via constant current mode to assess the surface consistency and roughness. Consistent atomic resolution images were obtained. The systems were then investigated via TS by applied tip voltage (V) vs. tunneling current (I) curves. These spectroscopic data were then used to assess the local density of states (LDOS) and the surface variation of LDOS. The discussion will attempt to assess the surface electronic environment of these systems in relation to the Au deposition and variation of Au thicknesses on HOPG. Since measurements were carried out in ambient conditions this adds to the complexity which will also be discussed. Lock Haven University Nanotechnology Program.

  14. Measurement of mesoscopic Si:P delta-doped devices fabricated by rapid STM hydrogen depassivation lithography via field-emission

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

    2014-03-01

    Recently, a method to fabricate nanoelectronic and quantum devices has been developed that utilizes scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to place dopants (P) into Si with deterministic atomic-precision. Dopant placement is achieved via STM hydrogen depassivation lithography (HDL). Typically HDL is performed in a low-voltage tunneling mode where electrons desorb one H at a time, which requires extremely slow scan rates. Here, we introduce a high-voltage field-emission HDL, increasing patterning scan rate by an order of magnitude. Using the field-emission mode, we fabricated several HDL-patterned Si:P delta-doped devices, including a microscale multi-terminal Hall Effect device and a nanoscale quantum point contact. Low temperature transport measurements of the Hall device reveal a dopant density of 1014 cm-2, resistance of 2 k Ω/square, and mobility of 30 cm2/Vs. The quantum point contact showed a blockaded voltage range of 80 mV, comparable to other similar devices patterned using conventional HDL. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, a U.S. DOE, Office of Basic Energy Sciences user facility. The work was supported by the Sandia National Laboratories Directed Research and Development Program. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin Company, for the U. S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  15. Transformation of self-assembly of a TTF derivative at the 1-phenyloctane/HOPG interface studied by STM--from a nanoporous network to a linear structure

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    Xu, Jing; Xiao, Xunwen; Deng, Ke; Zeng, Qingdao

    2016-01-01

    The self-assembly of a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative (EDTTF) and a 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy)-benzene (TCDB) heterobilayer nanostructure at the 1-phenyloctane/HOPG interface under ambient conditions has been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). EDTTF and TCDB could co-assemble into a brand new hexagonal network with one of the largest nano-cavities. Finally, the nanoporous network would transform into a more stable linear structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to reveal the formation mechanism.The self-assembly of a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) derivative (EDTTF) and a 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy)-benzene (TCDB) heterobilayer nanostructure at the 1-phenyloctane/HOPG interface under ambient conditions has been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). EDTTF and TCDB could co-assemble into a brand new hexagonal network with one of the largest nano-cavities. Finally, the nanoporous network would transform into a more stable linear structure. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to reveal the formation mechanism. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07345f

  16. On-surface synthesis of two-dimensional imine polymers with a tunable band gap: a combined STM, DFT and Monte Carlo investigation

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    Xu, Lirong; Yu, Yanxia; Lin, Jianbin; Zhou, Xin; Tian, Wei Quan; Nieckarz, Damian; Szabelski, Pawel; Lei, Shengbin

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional polymers are of great interest for many potential applications in nanotechnology. The preparation of crystalline 2D polymers with a tunable band gap is critical for their applications in nano-electronics and optoelectronics. In this work, we try to tune the band gap of 2D imine polymers by expanding the conjugation of the backbone of aromatic diamines both laterally and longitudinally. STM characterization reveals that the regularity of the 2D polymers can be affected by the existence of lateral bulky groups. Density functional theory (DFT) simulations discovered a significant narrowing of the band gap of imine 2D polymers upon the expansion of the conjugation of the monomer backbone, which has been confirmed experimentally by UV absorption measurements. Monte Carlo simulations help us to gain further insight into the controlling factors of the formation of regular 2D polymers, which demonstrated that based on the all rigid assumption, the coexistence of different conformations of the imine moiety has a significant effect on the regularity of the imine 2D polymers.Two-dimensional polymers are of great interest for many potential applications in nanotechnology. The preparation of crystalline 2D polymers with a tunable band gap is critical for their applications in nano-electronics and optoelectronics. In this work, we try to tune the band gap of 2D imine polymers by expanding the conjugation of the backbone of aromatic diamines both laterally and longitudinally. STM characterization reveals that the regularity of the 2D polymers can be affected by the existence of lateral bulky groups. Density functional theory (DFT) simulations discovered a significant narrowing of the band gap of imine 2D polymers upon the expansion of the conjugation of the monomer backbone, which has been confirmed experimentally by UV absorption measurements. Monte Carlo simulations help us to gain further insight into the controlling factors of the formation of regular 2D

  17. Clustering effects in a low coverage deposition of gold on the GaAs( 0 0 1 )-β2(2×4) surface: an STM-UHV and theoretical study

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    Amore Bonapasta, A.; Scavia, G.; Buda, F.

    2002-11-01

    A comparative study of gold deposition on the GaAs(0 0 1)-β2(2×4) surface based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)-ultra high vacuum (UHV) and Car-Parrinello calculations has been carried out. The theoretical results show that the preferential reactive sites of an isolated Au adatom on the GaAs surface drive a self-organizing process of further Au adatoms onto the surface, thus determining an Au clusterization onto the two-As-dimer cell. On the other hand, STM-UHV images reveal, for Au depositions <1 ML, a decorating effect of gold towards the GaAs(0 0 1)-β2(2×4) unit cell. In detail, gold clusters tend to cover the two-As-dimer cell without modifying the (2×4) reconstruction, in agreement with the theoretical results. Moreover, a fine comparison between the STM images of gold clusters and the theoretical results reveals that each of these clusters can be composed of four Au adatoms directly interacting with the two As dimers of the GaAs unit cell. An STM-UHV analysis of the surface for a deposition >1 ML suggests that gold clusterizes into 3D clusters rather than forming a 2D layer.

  18. Modeling STM tips by single absorbed atoms on W(100) films: 3d, 4d and 5d transition metal atoms

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    Hofer, Werner; Redinger, Josef; Kresse, Georg; Podloucky, Raimund

    2000-03-01

    In order to provide comprehensive data on the electronic structure of realistic STM-tips we have calculated W(100) films with single 3d, 4d and 5d transition metal apex atoms by first principles molecular dynamics and full potential methods. Molecular dynamics using ultrasoft pseudopotentials (VASP) has been used to determine the relaxation of the surface layers. The electronic structure of the relaxed film has been calculated by a first principles full potential method with two-dimensional boundary conditions (FLEUR), which seems most suitable to reproduce subtle surface effects. The results suggest that the chemical nature of the tip apex determines to a high degree achievable corrugations and that correct results for the current and corrugation values in a perturbation approach can only be obtained by including the full electronic structure of the tip.

  19. In situ STM investigation of spinodal decomposition and surface alloying during underpotential deposition of Cd on Au(111) from an ionic liquid.

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    Pan, Ge-Bo; Freyland, Werner

    2007-07-07

    The electrodeposition and anodic dissolution of Cd on Au(111) in an acidic chloroaluminate ionic liquid (MBIC-AlCl(3), 42 : 58 mol%) have been investigated by cyclic voltammetry and in situ STM. In the Cd underpotential deposition region, various nanostructures can be distinguished. At a potential of 0.95 V vs. Al/Al(iii), a transformation from a well ordered AlCl(4)(-) adlayer to a ( radical3 x radical19) superstructure, presumably due to Cd-AlCl(4)(-) coadsorption, is observed. Reducing the potential to 0.45 V, surface alloying of Cd and Au occurs, which is evidenced for the first time by typical spinodal structures occurring both during deposition and dissolution of the surface alloy layer having a hexagonal structure. At still lower potentials below 0.21 V, a layer-by-layer growth of bulk Cd sets in.

  20. A general model of metal underpotential deposition in the presence of thiol-based additives based on an in situ STM study.

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    Yanson, Yuriy; Frenken, Joost W M; Rost, Marcel J

    2011-09-21

    Bis(3-sulfopropyl)disulfide (SPS) is a common additive in commercial copper electroplating baths. We have studied the influence of SPS on Cu underpotential deposition (UPD) on a Au(111) single crystal surface by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (EC-STM). By combining our results with the results from the literature we propose a model that describes different stages of Cu UPD in the presence of SPS. Further analysis shows that our model is also applicable to a more general case of UPD of different metals, e.g. Cu and Ag, on a thiol-modified single-crystal surface, where the bond between the substrate and the thiol is adatom mediated. In addition, we have verified our model by in situ observation of the lifting of the Herringbone reconstruction on the Au(111) surface by Cu UPD.

  1. STM and DFT study of the Gd wetting layer reconstructions on the Si(0 0 1)-2 × 1 surface

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    Harrison, B. C.; Ryan, Peter; Boland, John J.

    2005-05-01

    This paper presents a structural study of the 2 × 8 and 2 × 7 wetting layer reconstructions that occur on the Si(1 0 0) surface following Gadolinium deposition at elevated temperatures. Scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory calculations were used to analyze the detailed structure of the wetting layer. The maxima observed in STM images are consistent with the location of metal atoms determined by geometry optimized DFT calculations. In the 2 × 8 reconstruction metal atoms occupy the dimer positions but with a modulation in height that serves to lower the stress along the dimer row direction. The 2 × 7 reconstruction is formed by the redistribution of metal atoms of the 2 × 8 reconstruction, where the metal can occupy either the dimer position or a bridging site between two silicon atoms.

  2. Complete Genome sequence of Burkholderia phymatum STM815T, a broad host range and efficient nitrogen-fixing symbiont of Mimosa species

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    Moulin, Lionel; Klonowska, Agnieszka; Caroline, Bournaud; Booth, Kristina; Vriezen, Jan A.C.; Melkonian, Rémy; James, Euan K.; Young, J. Peter W.; Bena, Gilles; Hauser, Loren; Land, Miriam; Kyrpides, Nikos; Bruce, David; Chain, Patrick; Copeland, Alex; Pitluck, Sam; Woyke, Tanja; Lizotte-Waniewski, Michelle; Bristow, Jim; Riley, Margaret

    2014-01-01

    Burkholderia phymatum is a soil bacterium able to develop a nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with species of the legume genus Mimosa, and is frequently found associated specifically with Mimosa pudica. The type strain of the species, STM 815T, was isolated from a root nodule in French Guiana in 2000. The strain is an aerobic, motile, non-spore forming, Gram-negative rod, and is a highly competitive strain for nodulation compared to other Mimosa symbionts, as it also nodulates a broad range of other legume genera and species. The 8,676,562 bp genome is composed of two chromosomes (3,479,187 and 2,697,374 bp), a megaplasmid (1,904,893 bp) and a plasmid hosting the symbiotic functions (595,108 bp). PMID:25197461

  3. Complete Genome sequence of Burkholderia phymatum STM815, a broad host range and efficient nitrogen-fixing symbiont of Mimosa species

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    Moulin, Lionel; Klonowska, Agnieszka; Caroline, Bournaud; Booth, Kristina; Vriezen, Jan A.C.; Melkonian, Remy; James, Euan; Young, Peter W.; Bena, Gilles; Hauser, Loren John; Land, Miriam L; Kyrpides, Nikos C; Bruce, David; Chain, Patrick S. G.; Copeland, A; Pitluck, Sam; Woyke, Tanja; Lizotte-Waniewski, Michelle; Bristow, James; Riley, Monica

    2014-01-01

    Burkholderia phymatum is a soil bacterium able to develop a nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with species of the legume genus Mimosa, and is frequently found associated specifically with Mimosa pudica. The type strain of the species, STM 815T, was isolated from a root nodule in French Guiana in 2000. The strain is an aerobic, motile, non-spore forming, Gram-negative rod, and is a highly competitive strain for nodulation compared to other Mimosa symbionts, as it also nodulates a broad range of other legume genera and species. The 8,676,562 bp genome is composed of two chromosomes (3,479,187 and 2,697,374 bp), a megaplasmid (1,904,893 bp) and a plasmid hosting the symbiotic functions (595,108 bp).

  4. STM study on nonionic fluorosurfactant zonyl FSN Self-Assembly on Au(100): [array: see text] molecular lattice, corrugations, and adsorbate-enhanced mobility.

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    Yan, Jiawei; Tang, Yongan; Sun, Chunfeng; Su, Yuzhuan; Mao, Bingwei

    2010-03-16

    Nonionic fluorosurfactant zonyl FSN self-assembly on Au(100) is investigated by using scanning tunneling microscopy under ambient conditions. High-resolution STM images reveal that a [array: see text] arrangement of the FSN SAMs is formed on Au(100). Different from the uniform structure of FSN SAMs on Au(111), the adsorption sites of FSN molecules on Au(100) change gradually and form a kind of corrugated structure. The change in the adsorption sites probably originates from the repulsive force among FSN molecules because the nearest-neighbor distance of FSN molecules is 0.41 nm, which is smaller than 0.50 nm on Au(111). The mobility of surface atoms on the Au substrate is enhanced by the interaction between FSN molecules and the Au substrate; therefore, no Au island is observed on the FSN-SAM-covered Au(100).

  5. An STM study on nonionic fluorosurfactant zonyl FSN self-assembly on Au(111): large domains, few defects, and good stability.

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    Tang, Yongan; Yan, Jiawei; Zhou, Xiaoshun; Fu, Yongchun; Mao, Bingwei

    2008-12-02

    Nonionic Fluorosurfactant Zonyl FSN self-assembly on Au(111) is investigated with scanning tunneling microscopy under ambient conditions. STM reveals that the FSN forms SAMs on Au(l11) with very large domain size and almost no defects. A (mean square root of 3 x mean square root of 3)R3 degree arrangement of the FSN SAM on Au(111) is observed. The SAMs show excellent chemical stability and last for at least a month in atmospheric conditions. The structure and stability of the FSN SAMs are compared with those of alkanethiols SAMs. It is expected that FSN may serve as a new kind of molecule to form SAMs for surface modification, which would benefit wider applications for various purposes.

  6. In situ STM imaging of bis-3-sodiumsulfopropyl-disulfide molecules adsorbed on copper film electrodeposited on Pt(111) single crystal electrode.

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    Tu, HsinLing; Yen, PoYu; Chen, Sihzih; Yau, ShuehLin; Dow, Wei-Ping; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2011-06-07

    The adsorption of bis-3-sodiumsulfopropyldi-sulfide (SPS) on metal electrodes in chloride-containing media has been intensively studied to unveil its accelerating effect on Cu electrodeposition. Molecular resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging technique was used in this study to explore the adsorption and decomposition of SPS molecules concurring with the electrodeposition of copper on an ordered Pt(111) electrode in 0.1 M HClO(4) + 1 mM Cu(ClO(4))(2) + 1 mM KCl. Depending on the potential of Pt(111), SPS molecules could react, adsorb, and decompose at chloride-capped Cu films. A submonolayer of Cu adatoms classified as the underpotential deposition (UPD) layer at 0.4 V (vs Ag/AgCl) was completely displaced by SPS molecules, possibly occurring via RSSR (SPS) + Cl-Cu-Pt → RS(-)-Pt(+) + RS(-) (MPS) + Cu(2+) + Cl(-), where MPS is 3-mercaptopropanesulfonate. By contrast, at 0.2 V, where a full monolayer of Cu was presumed to be deposited, SPS molecules were adsorbed in local (4 × 4) structures at the lower ends of step ledges. Bulk Cu deposition driven by a small overpotential (η < 50 mV) proceeded slowly to yield an atomically smooth Cu deposit at the very beginning (<5 layers). On a bilayer Cu deposit, the chloride adlayer was still adsorbed to afford SPS admolecules arranged in a unique 1D striped phase. SPS molecules could decompose into MPS upon further Cu deposition, as a (2 × 2)-MPS structure was observed with prolonged in situ STM imaging. It was possible to visualize either SPS admolecules in the upper plane or chloride adlayer sitting underneath upon switching the imaging conditions. Overall, this study established a MPS molecular film adsorbed to the chloride adlayer sitting atop the Cu deposit.

  7. A size, shape and concentration controlled self-assembling structure with host-guest recognition at the liquid-solid interface studied by STM

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    Shen, Mengqi; Luo, Zhouyang; Zhang, Siqi; Wang, Shuai; Cao, Lili; Geng, Yanfang; Deng, Ke; Zhao, Dahui; Duan, Wubiao; Zeng, Qingdao

    2016-06-01

    In the present investigation, we reported the fabrication of host networks formed by two newly prepared phenanthrene-butadiynylene macrocycles (PBMs) at the liquid-solid interface. Size, shape and concentration controlled experiments have been performed to investigate the PBMs/coronene (COR) host-guest system with the structural polymorphism phenomenon. Initially, PBM1 could form a regular linear network structure and PBM2 form a well-ordered nanoporous network structure. When the COR molecules were introduced, the self-assembled structure of PBM1 remained unchanged, while COR could be entrapped into the cavities of the PBM2 nanoporous network, and the co-assembly of the PBM2/COR host-guest systems underwent a structural transformation with the increase of concentration of COR. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are utilized to reveal the formation mechanism of the molecular nanoarrays controlled by the solution concentration.In the present investigation, we reported the fabrication of host networks formed by two newly prepared phenanthrene-butadiynylene macrocycles (PBMs) at the liquid-solid interface. Size, shape and concentration controlled experiments have been performed to investigate the PBMs/coronene (COR) host-guest system with the structural polymorphism phenomenon. Initially, PBM1 could form a regular linear network structure and PBM2 form a well-ordered nanoporous network structure. When the COR molecules were introduced, the self-assembled structure of PBM1 remained unchanged, while COR could be entrapped into the cavities of the PBM2 nanoporous network, and the co-assembly of the PBM2/COR host-guest systems underwent a structural transformation with the increase of concentration of COR. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements and density functional theory (DFT) calculations are utilized to reveal the formation mechanism of the molecular nanoarrays controlled by the solution

  8. Transient Charge Transfer Processes at Surfaces: From Ion Scattering to Laser-, Tunnel-junction-, and STM- Initiated Hot-Electron Femtochemistry

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    Gadzuk, J. W.

    2000-03-01

    Transient charge transfer (CT) between solid surfaces and external atoms, molecules, or clusters can give rise to time-dependent forces that drive a broad class of processes involving energy transfer between excited electronic states and the nuclear motion(translational, vibrational, and/or rotational arrow TVR) of the external entity. Realizations of such CT processes occur in ion-surface scattering, resonant electron spectroscopy, surface femtochemistry (initiated by hot electrons produced both by ultrafast pulsed lasers and by solid state devices such as a tunnel junction, STM, or photo-excited thin film structure), and in STM atom-manipulation and switching.(J. W. Gadzuk, Phys. Rev. Letters, 76), 4234 (1996); J. Elec. Spect. 98-99, 321 (1999). Ion scattering, as practiced by Barbara Cooper and coworkers, involves mainly T-to-electronic energy flow whereas the hot-electron processes depend upon the time-reversed excited electron-to-TVR direction of energy flow. Viewed from this perspective, it is apparent that a single, unified theoretical framework, which will be presented here, can/should be used to most effectively organize our understanding and to guide us in chosing future directions of experimental inquiry. The crucial role of multiple CT events in such processes has recently been under study. New theoretical insights into this important aspect of the many-faceted family of dynamic CT processes at surfaces will also be discussed, particularly with respect to femtosecond-laser-initiated events.(Special Issue of Chem. Phys. on "Electron Dynamics in Metals" (in press).) note

  9. Efficient method for the simulation of STM images. II. Application to clean Rh(111) and Rh(111)+c(4{times}2)-2S

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    Cerda, J.; Yoon, A. |; Van Hove, M.A.; Sautet, P. |; Salmeron, M.; Somorjai, G.A. |

    1997-12-01

    We apply our recently developed Green-function formalism for the simulation of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images to the clean Rh(111) and the Rh(111)+c(4{times}2)-2S systems. The former represents a test case in order to study the adequacy of the extended H{umlt u}ckel theory (EHT) as an approximation to the Hamiltonian matrix elements of the entire system. It is shown that, via a suitable parametrization of the atomic-orbital basis set, the EHT provides a reasonable description of the electronic structure of the sample and the tip, together with the interactions at the STM interface. When the same parametrization scheme is applied to the Rh(111)+c(4{times}2)-2S system, we find a good agreement with the experimental images by considering a Pt tip with its apex terminated in a Pt or S atom. More specifically, the two inequivalent maxima per unit cell that appear in the images are unambiguously assigned to a S atom adsorbed at the hcp site (brightest maximum) and to another S atom at the fcc site. Furthermore, the simulations for each tip termination can be associated to two different types of experimental images which could be acquired in a reproducible way. At the same time, and after a detailed study on the relevance of most of the parameters involved in the calculation, some general criteria for the estimation of their value, prior to the STM calculation, are established. Finally, an analysis of the tunneling current on the Rh(111) system allows us to identify the Rh-d{sub z{sup 2}} orbitals at the surface as the main states responsible for the atomic resolution. It is also found that the most relevant probing orbitals at the tip apex are those with axial symmetry along the surface normal; for the S ended tip, it is the S-p{sub z} orbital which dominates by far the current, whereas, for the Pt-ended tip, first the Pt-s and next the {minus}d{sub z{sup 2}} provide the major contributions. The better resolution obtained with the former tip is a consequence

  10. Electrodeposition of copper on a Pt(111) electrode in sulfuric acid containing poly(ethylene glycol) and chloride ions as probed by in situ STM.

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    Fu, YunLin; Pao, Te; Chen, Sih-Zih; Yau, ShuehLin; Dow, Wei-Ping; Lee, Yuh-Lang

    2012-07-03

    This study employed real-time in situ STM imaging to examine the adsorption of PEG molecules on Pt(111) modified by a monolayer of copper adatoms and the subsequent bulk Cu deposition in 1 M H(2)SO(4) + 1 mM CuSO(4)+ 1 mM KCl + 88 μM PEG. At the end of Cu underpotential deposition (~0.35 V vs Ag/AgCl), a highly ordered Pt(111)-(√3 × √7)-Cu + HSO(4)(-) structure was observed in 1 M H(2)SO(4) + 1 mM CuSO(4). This adlattice restructured upon the introduction of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG, molecular weight 200) and chloride anions. At the onset potential for bulk Cu deposition (~0 V), a Pt(111)-(√3 × √3)R30°-Cu + Cl(-) structure was imaged with a tunneling current of 0.5 nA and a bias voltage of 100 mV. Lowering the tunneling current to 0.2 nA yielded a (4 × 4) structure, presumably because of adsorbed PEG200 molecules. The subsequent nucleation and deposition processes of Cu in solution containing PEG and Cl(-) were examined, revealing the nucleation of 2- to 3-nm-wide CuCl clusters on an atomically smooth Pt(111) surface at overpotentials of less than 50 mV. With larger overpotential (η > 150 mV), Cu deposition seemed to bypass the production of CuCl species, leading to layered Cu deposition, starting preferentially at step defects, followed by lateral growth to cover the entire Pt electrode surface. These processes were observed with both PEG200 and 4000, although the former tended to produce more CuCl nanoclusters. Raising [H(2)SO(4)] to 1 M substantiates the suppressing effect of PEG on Cu deposition. This STM study provided atomic- or molecular-level insight into the effect of PEG additives on the deposition of Cu.

  11. Isolation of Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Paratyphi B dT+, or Salmonella Java, from Indonesia and alteration of the d-tartrate fermentation phenotype by disrupting the ORF STM 3356.

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    Han, Kyung Ho; Choi, Seon Young; Lee, Je Hee; Lee, Hyejon; Shin, Eun Hee; Agtini, Magdarina D; von Seidlein, Lorenz; Ochiai, R Leon; Clemens, John D; Wain, John; Hahn, Ji-Sook; Lee, Bok Kwon; Song, Manki; Chun, Jongsik; Kim, Dong Wook

    2006-12-01

    Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Paratyphi B [O1,4,(5),12 : Hb : 1,2] can cause either an enteric fever (paratyphoid fever) or self-limiting gastroenteritis in humans. The d-tartrate non-fermenting variant S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Paratyphi B dT- (S. Paratyphi B) is the causative agent of paratyphoid fever, and the d-tartrate fermenting variant S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Paratyphi B dT+ (S. Paratyphi B dT+; formerly called Salmonella Java) causes gastroenteritis. S. Java is currently recognized as an emerging problem worldwide. Twelve dT+ S. Java isolates were collected in Indonesia between 2000 and 2002. One-third of them contained Salmonella genomic island 1 (SGI1), which gives the multidrug-resistant phenotype to the bacteria. In this study, a PCR-based method to detect a single nucleotide difference responsible for the inability to ferment d-tartrate, reported elsewhere, was validated. The d-tartrate fermenting phenotype of S. Java was converted to the non-fermenting phenotype by the disruption of the ORF STM 3356, and the d-tartrate non-fermenting phenotype of the ORF STM 3356-disrupted strain and the dT- reference strain was changed to the dT+ phenotype by complementing ORF STM 3356 in trans. The results show that the dT+ phenotype requires a functional product encoded by STM 3356, and support the use of the PCR-based discrimination method for S. Paratyphi B and S. Java as the standard differentiation method.

  12. On-surface synthesis of two-dimensional imine polymers with a tunable band gap: a combined STM, DFT and Monte Carlo investigation.

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    Xu, Lirong; Yu, Yanxia; Lin, Jianbin; Zhou, Xin; Tian, Wei Quan; Nieckarz, Damian; Szabelski, Pawel; Lei, Shengbin

    2016-04-28

    Two-dimensional polymers are of great interest for many potential applications in nanotechnology. The preparation of crystalline 2D polymers with a tunable band gap is critical for their applications in nano-electronics and optoelectronics. In this work, we try to tune the band gap of 2D imine polymers by expanding the conjugation of the backbone of aromatic diamines both laterally and longitudinally. STM characterization reveals that the regularity of the 2D polymers can be affected by the existence of lateral bulky groups. Density functional theory (DFT) simulations discovered a significant narrowing of the band gap of imine 2D polymers upon the expansion of the conjugation of the monomer backbone, which has been confirmed experimentally by UV absorption measurements. Monte Carlo simulations help us to gain further insight into the controlling factors of the formation of regular 2D polymers, which demonstrated that based on the all rigid assumption, the coexistence of different conformations of the imine moiety has a significant effect on the regularity of the imine 2D polymers.

  13. A combined STM and SPA-LEED study of the “explosive” nucleation and collective diffusion in Pb/Si(111)

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    Hattab, H.; Hupalo, M.; Hershberger, M. T.; ...

    2015-08-20

    A novel type of very fast nucleation was recently found in Pb/Si(111) with 4- to 7-layer high islands becoming crystalline in an “explosive” way, when the Pb deposited amount in the wetting layer is compressed to θc ~ 1.22 ML, well above the metallic Pb(111) density. This “explosive” nucleation is very different from classical nucleation when island growth is more gradual and islands grow in size by single adatom aggregation [8]. In order to identify the key parameters that control the nucleation we used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spot profile analysis low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED). It was foundmore » that the number and duration of steps in iterative deposition used to approach θc and the flux rate have dramatic effects on the crystallization process. Larger depositions over shorter times induce greater spatial coverage fluctuations, so local areas can reach the critical coverage θc easier. This can trigger the collective motion of the wetting layer from far away to build the Pb islands “explosively”. Here, the SPA-LEED experiments show that even low flux experiments in iterative deposition experiments can trigger transfer of material to the superstable 7-layer islands, as seen from the stronger satellite rings close to the (00) spot.« less

  14. A combined STM and SPA-LEED study of the “explosive” nucleation and collective diffusion in Pb/Si(111)

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    Hattab, H.; Hupalo, M.; Hershberger, M. T.; Horn von Hoegen, M.; Tringides, M. C.

    2015-08-20

    A novel type of very fast nucleation was recently found in Pb/Si(111) with 4- to 7-layer high islands becoming crystalline in an “explosive” way, when the Pb deposited amount in the wetting layer is compressed to θc ~ 1.22 ML, well above the metallic Pb(111) density. This “explosive” nucleation is very different from classical nucleation when island growth is more gradual and islands grow in size by single adatom aggregation [8]. In order to identify the key parameters that control the nucleation we used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spot profile analysis low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED). It was found that the number and duration of steps in iterative deposition used to approach θc and the flux rate have dramatic effects on the crystallization process. Larger depositions over shorter times induce greater spatial coverage fluctuations, so local areas can reach the critical coverage θc easier. This can trigger the collective motion of the wetting layer from far away to build the Pb islands “explosively”. Here, the SPA-LEED experiments show that even low flux experiments in iterative deposition experiments can trigger transfer of material to the superstable 7-layer islands, as seen from the stronger satellite rings close to the (00) spot.

  15. Direct evidence of molecular aggregation and degradation mechanism of organic light-emitting diodes under joule heating: an STM and photoluminescence study.

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    Gong, Jian-Ru; Wan, Li-Jun; Lei, Sheng-Bin; Bai, Chun-Li; Zhang, Xiao-Hong; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2005-02-10

    The Joule heating effect on electroluminescent efficiency is important in the degradation origin of organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements were performed on the guest molecule BT (1,4-bis(benzothiazole-vinyl) benzene), host molecule TPBI (2, 2',2' '-(1,3,5-phenylene)tris-[1-phenyl-1H-benzimidazole]), and their mixture deposited on an HOPG surface to study the OLED degradation mechanism due to thermal heating. At room temperature, BT and TPBI in the mixed layer show good compatibility and high PL intensity, but at higher temperatures, they show phase separation and aggregation into their own domains and a concomitant decrease in PL intensity. The PL intensity loss suggests ineffective energy transfer from TPBI to BT due to phase separation, which may cause OLED degradation. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) results show that the band gaps of TPBI and BT remain unchanged with the annealing temperature, suggesting that the heat-induced decay of OLED is related to the interfacial structural change rather than the respective molecular band gap. The results provide direct evidence showing how the molecular structures of the mixed layer vary and affect the PL intensity due to temperature.

  16. In situ STM studies of zinc in aqueous solutions containing PEG DiAcid inhibitor: Correlation with electrochemical performances of zinc-air fuel cells

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    Cohen-Hyams, Tzipi; Ziengerman, Yuli; Ein-Eli, Yair

    Electrochemical performance of prismatic zinc-air fuel cells comprising zinc anode gel containing poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG 600) and poly(ethylene glycol) bis(carboxymethyl) ether (PEG DiAcid 600) as corrosion inhibitor were studied. It was found that in addition to the low zinc corrosion rates obtained from cells utilizing PEG DiAcid 600 as corrosion inhibitor, both analog and global mobile system (GSM) discharge capacities and potential plateaus, in a wide range of temperatures were higher once PEG DiAcid was added to the zinc gel mixtures. The results obtained from in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies of zinc substrates immersed in deionized (DI) water containing inhibitors reveal that the film produced on the zinc metal in the presence of PEG DiAcid is by far thinner than the film produced by other inhibitors such as PEG 600 and polyoxyethylene alkyl phosphate ester acid (GAFAC RA 600). These studies also reveal that the addition of PEG DiAcid forms an adherent and a complete protective coverage, while the addition of PEG 600 and GAFAC RA 600 resulted in an incomplete coverage with the appearance of pits and terraces, indicating on a restricted inhibition performance of these two polymers compared with PEG DiAcid. These studies suggest a low interface resistivity of zinc immersed in alkaline solution containing PEG DiAcid, which is expressed in a higher working potential and increased cell capacity in different temperatures at two discharge modes of analog and GSM.

  17. Coulomb blockade and charge ordering in a few layers of TTF-TCNQ investigated by low-temperature STM/STS

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    Jeon, Seokmin; Maksymovych, Petro

    In contrast to the vast effort on bulk crystal phases of the prototypical organic charge-transfer complex, TTF-TCNQ, study of low-dimensional phases has been limited to monolayer phases on substrates. In this state, however, none of the physics of the bulk phase is observed owing to the overwhelming effect of the substrate. We investigate the molecular structure and electronic properties of a few layers of TTF-TCNQ grown on Au(111) and Ag(111) using STM/STS at 4.3 K. By decoupling the molecular electronic state from the metal surface, we have made the first observation of the effect of confinement on the electronic properties of TTF-TCNQ. STS reveals a plethora of sharp features due to molecular orbitals, each influenced by charge-transfer between the molecules. We hypothesize the existence of a Mott-insulator state in 3-layer islands, with a Coulomb gap of ~1 eV. In contrast, the corresponding bulk phase is a Peierls insulator with a gap of ~20 meV. The root cause of the nanoscale phase is traced to simultaneous electron confinement and structural frustration, which dramatically modify the energy balance of self-ionization allowing for integer charge transfer. These studies open broad opportunities to explore correlated electron physics in molecular systems. This research was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

  18. Adsorption of the ionic liquid [BMP][TFSA] on Au(111) and Ag(111): substrate effects on the structure formation investigated by STM

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    Alwast, Dorothea; Wagner, Nadja

    2013-01-01

    Summary In order to resolve substrate effects on the adlayer structure and structure formation and on the substrate–adsorbate and adsorbate–adsorbate interactions, we investigated the adsorption of thin films of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [BMP][TFSA] on the close-packed Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy, under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions in the temperature range between about 100 K and 293 K. At room temperature, highly mobile 2D liquid adsorbate phases were observed on both surfaces. At low temperatures, around 100 K, different adsorbed IL phases were found to coexist on these surfaces, both on silver and gold: a long-range ordered (‘2D crystalline’) phase and a short-range ordered (‘2D glass’) phase. Both phases exhibit different characteristics on the two surfaces. On Au(111), the surface reconstruction plays a major role in the structure formation of the 2D crystalline phase. In combination with recent density functional theory calculations, the sub-molecularly resolved STM images allow to clearly discriminate between the [BMP]+ cation and [TFSA]− anion. PMID:24367760

  19. Halogen bonding versus hydrogen bonding induced 2D self-assembled nanostructures at the liquid-solid interface revealed by STM.

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    Wu, Yican; Li, Jinxing; Yuan, Yinlun; Dong, Meiqiu; Zha, Bao; Miao, Xinrui; Hu, Yi; Deng, Wenli

    2017-01-25

    We design a bifunctional molecule (5-bromo-2-hexadecyloxy-benzoic acid, 5-BHBA) with a bromine atom and a carboxyl group and its two-dimensional self-assembly is experimentally and theoretically investigated by using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The supramolecular self-organization of 5-BHBA in two different solvents (1-octanoic acid and n-hexadecane) at the liquid-solid interface at different solution concentrations is obviously different due to the cooperative and competitive intermolecular halogen and hydrogen bonds. Three kinds of nanoarchitectures composed of dimers, trimers and tetramers are formed at the 1-octanoic acid/graphite interface based on -COOHHOOC-, triangular C[double bond, length as m-dash]OBrH-C, -BrO(H), BrBr, and OH interactions. Furthermore, by using n-hexadecane as the solvent, two kinds of self-assembled linear patterns can be observed due to the coadsorption, in which the dimers are formed by intermolecular -COOHHOOC- hydrogen bonds. The molecule-solvent and solvent-solvent van der Waals force and intermolecular hydrogen bonds dominate the formation of coadsorbed patterns. We propose that the cooperative and competitive halogen and hydrogen bonds are related to the polarity of the solvent and the type of molecule-solvent interaction. The intermolecular binding energy of different dimers and their stability are supported by theoretical calculations. The result provides a new and innovative insight to induce the 2D self-assembled nanostructures by halogen and hydrogen bonds at the liquid-solid interface.

  20. Electrodeposition of Al in 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide ionic liquids: in situ STM and EQCM studies.

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    Moustafa, E M; El Abedin, S Zein; Shkurankov, A; Zschippang, E; Saad, A Y; Bund, A; Endres, F

    2007-05-10

    In the present paper, the electrodeposition of Al on flame-annealed Au(111) and polycrystalline Au substrates in two air- and water-stable ionic liquids namely, 1-butyl-1-methyl-pyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, [Py(1,4)]Tf(2)N, and 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, [EMIm]Tf(2)N, has been investigated by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM), and cyclic voltammetry. The cyclic voltammogram of aluminum deposition and stripping on Au(111) in the upper phase of the biphasic mixture of AlCl(3)/[EMIm]Tf(2)N at room temperature (25 degrees C) shows that the electrodeposition process is completely reversible as also evidenced by in situ STM and EQCM studies. Additionally, a cathodic peak at an electrode potential of about 0.55 V vs Al/Al(III) is correlated to the aluminum UPD process that was evidenced by in situ STM. A surface alloying of Al with Au at the early stage of deposition occurs. It has been found that the Au(111) surface is subject to a restructuring/reconstruction in the upper phase of the biphasic mixture of AlCl(3)/[Py(1,4)]Tf(2)N at room temperature (25 degrees C) and that the deposition is not fully reversible. Furthermore, the underpotential deposition of Al in [Py(1,4)]Tf(2)N is not as clear as in [EMIm]Tf(2)N. The frequency shift in the EQCM experiments in [Py(1,4)]Tf(2)N shows a surprising result as an increase in frequency and a decrease in damping with bulk aluminum deposition at potentials more negative than -1.8 V was observed at room temperature. However, at 100 degrees C there is a frequency decrease with ongoing Al deposition. At -2.0 V vs Al/Al(III), a bulk aluminum deposition sets in.

  1. The dense α-√3 × √3Pb/Si(1 1 1) phase: A comprehensive STM and SPA-LEED study of ordering, phase transitions and interactions

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    Stepanovsky, S.; Yakes, M.; Yeh, V.; Hupalo, M.; Tringides, M. C.

    2006-04-01

    The T- θ phase diagram for the system Pb/Si(1 1 1) was determined in the coverage range 6/5 ML < θ < 4/3 ML from complementary STM and SPA-LEED experiments. This coverage is within the range where a "Devil's Staircase" (DS) has been realized. The numerous DS phases answer conflicting information in the Pb/Si(1 1 1) literature and update the previously published phase diagram. The measurements reveal the thermal stability of the different linear DS phases with the transition temperature found to be a function of phase period. Because of additional complexity in the experimental system (i.e. two-dimensionality and 3-fold symmetry) the linear DS phases transform at higher temperature into commensurate phases of 3-fold symmetry HIC (historically named "hexagonal incommensurate phase"). Different types of HIC phases have been discovered differing in the size of the supercell built out of √3 × √3 domains separated by domain walls of the √7 × √3 phase. The detailed structures of these HIC phases (coverage, binding site, twist angle, etc.) have been deduced from the comparison of STM images and diffraction patterns. After heating the system to even higher temperature the HIC phase transforms into the disordered phase. For sufficiently high coverage a SIC ("striped incommensurate phase" which is also built from √3 × √3 domains but meandering √7 × √3 domain walls) is observed which also disorders at high temperatures.

  2. In situ STM investigation of the lithium underpotential deposition on Au(111) in the air- and water-stable ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide.

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    Gasparotto, L H S; Borisenko, N; Bocchi, N; El Abedin, S Zein; Endres, F

    2009-12-21

    In the present paper the underpotential deposition (UPD) of lithium on Au(111) from 0.5 mol L(-1) LiTFSA in the air- and water stable ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, [Py(1,4)]TFSA, has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The pure [Py(1,4)]TFSA was found to be inert in the potential regime investigated. The results show that the lithium UPD on Au(111) in [Py(1,4)]TFSA begins at potentials considerably positive to the electrode potential of bulk deposition and follows a layer-by-layer mechanism with the formation of at least two monolayers. A large number of monoatomically deep pits appear when the potential reaches positive values, which is an indication that a Li-Au alloy was formed.

  3. Stress and Structure Evolution during Copper/Gold(111) - (22 multiply the square root of 3) Heteroepitaxy: An In-Situ Study with UHV-STM (Ultra High Vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy)

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    Nah, Jungwoo

    This research focuses on the stress and structure evolution observed in-situ during the earliest stages of thin film growth in Cu on Au(111)-reconstruction. For the research, an ultra high vacuum-scanning tunneling microscopy (UHV-STM) system was modified to have the additional capabilities of in-situ deposition and in-situ stress evolution monitoring. The design and fabrication processes for the modifications are explained in detail. The deposition source enabled imaging during the deposition of Cu thin films, while also being columnar enough to avoid negatively impacting the function of the microscope. It was found that the stress-induced changes in piezo voltage occurred over a substantially longer time scale and larger piezo scale than used during imaging, allowing for the deconvolution of the two sources of piezo voltage change. The intrinsic stress evolution observed at the onset of Cu growth was tensile in character and reached a maximum of 0.19 N/m at approximately 0.8ML, with an average tensile slope of 1.0GPa. As the film thickness increased beyond 0.8 ML, the stress became less tensile as the observation of disordered stripe and trigon patterns of misfit dislocations began to appear. The transport of atoms from the surface of enlarged Cu islands into the strained layer played an important role in this stage, because they effectively reduce the activation barrier for the formation of the observed surface structures. A rich array of structures were observed in the work presented here including stripe, disordered stripe and trigon patterns co-existing in a single Cu layer. Heteroepitaxial systems in existing literature showed a uniform structure in the single layer. The non-uniform structures in the single layer of this work may be attributed to the room temperature Cu growth, which can kinetically limit uniform pattern formation. The development of the UHV-STM system with additional capabilities for this work is expected to contribute to research for the

  4. Structural and electronic properties of ultrathin FeSe films grown on Bi2Se3(0 0 0 1) studied by STM/STS

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    Singh, Udai Raj; Warmuth, Jonas; Markmann, Verena; Wiebe, Jens; Wiesendanger, Roland

    2017-01-01

    We report scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) studies on one and two unit cell (UC) high FeSe thin films grown on Bi2Se3(0 0 0 1). In our thin films, we find the tetragonal phase of FeSe and dumb-bell shaped defects oriented along Se-Se bond directions. In addition, we observe striped moiré patterns with a periodicity of (7.3  ±  0.1) nm generated by the mismatch between the FeSe lattice and the Bi2Se3 lattice. We could not find any signature of a superconducting gap in the tunneling spectra measured on the surface of one and two UC thick islands of FeSe down to 6.5 K. The spectra rather show an asymmetric behavior across and a finite density of states at the Fermi level (E F) resembling those taken in the normal state of bulk FeSe.

  5. Modulation of Biofilm-Formation in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium by the Periplasmic DsbA/DsbB Oxidoreductase System Requires the GGDEF-EAL Domain Protein STM3615

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    Römling, Ute; Rhen, Mikael

    2014-01-01

    In Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium), biofilm-formation is controlled by the cytoplasmic intracellular small-molecular second messenger cyclic 3′, 5′-di- guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP) through the activities of GGDEF and EAL domain proteins. Here we describe that deleting either dsbA or dsbB, respectively encoding a periplasmic protein disulfide oxidase and a cytoplasmic membrane disulfide oxidoreductase, resulted in increased biofilm-formation on solid medium. This increased biofilm-formation, defined as a red, dry and rough (rdar) colony morphotype, paralleled with enhanced expression of the biofilm master regulator CsgD and the biofilm-associated fimbrial subunit CsgA. Deleting csgD in either dsb mutant abrogated the enhanced biofilm-formation. Likewise, overexpression of the c-di-GMP phosphodiesterase YhjH, or mutationally inactivating the CsgD activator EAL-domain protein YdiV, reduced biofilm-formation in either of the dsb mutants. Intriguingly, deleting the GGDEF-EAL domain protein gene STM3615 (yhjK), previously not connected to rdar morphotype development, also abrogated the escalated rdar morphotype formation in dsb mutant backgrounds. Enhanced biofilm-formation in dsb mutants was furthermore annulled by exposure to the protein disulfide catalyst copper chloride. When analyzed for the effect of exogenous reducing stress on biofilm-formation, both dsb mutants initially showed an escalated rdar morphotype development that later dissolved to reveal a smooth mucoid colony morphotype. From these results we conclude that biofilm-development in S. Typhimurium is affected by periplasmic protein disulphide bond status through CsgD, and discuss the involvement of selected GGDEF/EAL domain protein(s) as signaling mediators. PMID:25153529

  6. Ba termination of Ge(001) studied with STM.

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    Koczorowski, W; Grzela, T; Radny, M W; Schofield, S R; Capellini, G; Czajka, R; Schroeder, T; Curson, N J

    2015-04-17

    We use controlled annealing to tune the interfacial properties of a sub-monolayer and monolayer coverages of Ba atoms deposited on Ge(001), enabling the generation of either of two fundamentally distinct interfacial phases, as revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy. Firstly we identify the two key structural phases associated with this adsorption system, namely on-top adsorption and surface alloy formation, by performing a deposition and annealing experiment at a coverage low enough (∼0.15 ML) that isolated Ba-related features can be individually resolved. Subsequently we investigate the monolayer coverage case, of interest for passivation schemes of future Ge based devices, for which we find that the thermal evaporation of Ba onto a Ge(001) surface at room temperature results in on-top adsorption. This separation (lack of intermixing) between Ba and Ge layers is retained through successive annealing steps to temperatures of 470, 570, 670 and 770 K although a gradual ordering of the Ba layer is observed at 570 K and above, accompanied by a decrease in Ba layer density. Annealing above 770 K produces the 2D surface alloy phase accompanied by strain relief through monolayer height trench formation. An annealing temperature of 1070 K sees a further change in surface morphology but retention of the 2D surface alloy characteristic. These results are discussed in view of their possible implications for future semiconductor integrated circuit technology.

  7. Donor wave functions in Si gauged by STM images

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    Saraiva, A. L.; Salfi, J.; Bocquel, J.; Voisin, B.; Rogge, S.; Capaz, Rodrigo B.; Calderón, M. J.; Koiller, Belita

    2016-01-01

    The triumph of effective mass theory in describing the energy spectrum of dopants does not guarantee that the model wave functions will withstand an experimental test. Such wave functions have recently been probed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy, revealing localized patterns of resonantly enhanced tunneling currents. We show that the shape of the conducting splotches resembles a cut through Kohn-Luttinger (KL) hydrogenic envelopes, which modulate the interfering Bloch states of conduction electrons. All the nonmonotonic features of the current profile are consistent with the charge density fluctuations observed between successive {001 } atomic planes, including a counterintuitive reduction of the symmetry—a heritage of the lowered point group symmetry at these planes. A model-independent analysis of the diffraction figure constrains the value of the electron wave vector to k0=(0.82 ±0.03 ) (2 π /aSi) . Unlike prior measurements, averaged over a sizable density of electrons, this estimate is obtained directly from isolated electrons. We further investigate the model-specific anisotropy of the wave function envelope, related to the effective mass anisotropy. This anisotropy appears in the KL variational wave function envelope as the ratio between Bohr radii b /a . We demonstrate that the central-cell-corrected estimates for this ratio are encouragingly accurate, leading to the conclusion that the KL theory is a valid model not only for energies but for wave functions as well.

  8. STM characterization of a graphitized SiC(0001)surface

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    Brar, Victor; Zhang, Yuanbo; Yayon, Yossi; Ohta, Taisuke; McChesney, Jessica; Rotenberg, Eli; Crommie, Mike

    2007-03-01

    The two-dimensional electron gas in a single graphene sheet exhibits unique properties due the cone-shaped electron band structure near the Fermi energy. Recently the growth of a single layer of graphene on SiC(0001) has been demonstrated, opening new possibilities for fabricating large scale graphene-based devices. We have performed scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy of single and bi-layer graphene films on SiC(0001). Atomically resolved topographs and dI/dV maps show clear differences between the single and bi-layer surfaces at different length scales. We have characterized the energy dependence and spatial distribution of the electron local density of states in these single and bi-layer films.

  9. STM Images of Cytokeratin and Binding IgG Antibody

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    Vernetti, L. A.; Sarid, D.; Gandolfi, A. J.; Cress, A. E.; Nagle, R. B.; McCuskey, R.; Hameroff, S. R.

    1991-12-01

    In this paper we present scanning tunneling microscopy images of cytokeratin proteins and a monoclonal anti-cytokeratin IgG antibody bound to their carboxyl terminal end. The images are consistent with current models of cytokeratin assembly inferred from biochemical analysis, electron microscopy evaluation of disintegrating cytokeratin filaments, and chemical cross-linking of coiled-coils.

  10. Nano-patterning and single electron tunnelling using STM

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    Hu, Xiaoming; Sarid, D.; von Blanckenhagen, P.

    1999-06-01

    A scanning tunnelling microscope with a gold tip was used to create clusters and form nano-dots, lines and corrals on a clean stepped Si(111) surface by applying a series of bias pulses to the tip-sample tunnelling junction. Nano-dots with diameters as small as a few nm can be realized. By decreasing the distances between nano-dots, it is possible to create continuous nano-lines of a few nm wide and over a few hundred nm long, which can be used as connections between micro- and nano-electronic components. A nano-corral of about 40 nm in diameter formed by many Au dots of a few nm in diameter each was also created on the Si(111) surface. Single electron tunnelling effects through nano-dots were studied and it was found that `Coulomb staircases' can be observed in the I-V (current-voltage) curve at room temperature through an Au tip-Au cluster-Si substrate double junction system.

  11. Combination STM/AFM and AFM Images of Magnetic Domains

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    Yi, L.; Gallagher, M.; Howells, S.; Chen, T.; Sarid, D.

    1991-12-01

    By employing a cantilevered tip in a scanning tunneling microscope, one obtains images that show an enhancement of features associated with forces whose derivatives vary along the direction of scanning. The theory of this process is described together with experimental results showing magnetic domains on a gold coated floppy disk. Also shown are atomic force microscopy images of a ferrofluid-developed magnetic tape.

  12. STM tip-mediated mass transport on Cu surfaces

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    Sun, Y. S. N.; Huang, R. Z.; Gao, T. F.; Zhang, R. J.; Wang, Y. M.

    2015-02-01

    Atomic-scale simulations are performed to study atomic motion on Cu surfaces to illustrate the effect of the scanning tunneling microscopy tip on mass transport (MT) in the surfaces and on top of the Co island in heteroepitaxial Co/Cu(0 0 1) and Co/Cu(1 1 1) systems. First we investigate tip-induced atomic motion of Co atoms embedded in the Cu(0 0 1) surface at zero bias voltage. With the help of the tip, the Co atom in the surface can freely diffuse toward its nearby vacancy site. So-called vacancy mechanism is used to interpret this phenomenon. Then tip-mediated atomic motion of Co adatoms on the Co islands supported by a Cu(1 1 1) surface is studied. It is revealed that the tip has a significant effect on the diffusion of adatoms on the islands and interlayer mass transport at the island edge. Interlayer mass transport at the island edge is found to depend strongly on the tip height and the lateral distance from the tip. By calculating the diffusion barriers, it is found that the jumping diffusion barrier on the island can be zero by the tip vertical manipulation while the Ehrlich-Schwoebel diffusion barrier at the island edge can be reduced by the tip lateral manipulation. Thus, the quality of thin films can be improved by controlling MT in and/or on the surface.

  13. Spectroscopic STM studies of single gold(III) porphyrin molecules.

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    Müllegger, Stefan; Schöfberger, Wolfgang; Rashidi, Mohammad; Reith, Lorenz M; Koch, Reinhold

    2009-12-16

    Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, a well-established technique for single-molecule investigations in an ultrahigh vacuum environment, has been used to study the electronic properties of Au(III) 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (AuTPP) molecules on Au(111) at the submolecular scale. AuTPP serves as a model system for chemotherapeutically relevant Au(III) porphyrins. For the first time, real-space images and local scanning tunneling spectroscopy data of the frontier molecular orbitals of AuTPP are presented. A comparison with results from density functional theory reveals significant deviations from gas-phase behavior due to a non-negligible molecule/substrate interaction. We identify the oxidation state of the central metal ion in the adsorbed AuTPP as Au(3+).

  14. STM imaging of vortex cores states in superconducting graphene

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    Ji, Yu; Ovadia, Maoz; Hoffman, Jennifer; Lee, Gil-Ho; Philip Kim Collaboration; Wenjing Fang Collaboration

    Graphene becomes superconducting via the proximity effect when it comes in good contact with a superconductor. In the presence of a magnetic field, superconducting vortices will form and will each contain Andreev bound states. If the normal electrons in the vortices have a Dirac dispersion and they are surface bound states, the zero modes of the Dirac dispersion are then Majorana fermions. We investigate the electronic properties of graphene on superconducting NbN and search for these vortex bound states using our home built low temperature scanning tunneling microscope. Harvard University.

  15. STM study of C60F18 high dipole moment molecules on Au(111)

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    Bairagi, K.; Bellec, A.; Chumakov, R. G.; Menshikov, K. A.; Lagoute, J.; Chacon, C.; Girard, Y.; Rousset, S.; Repain, V.; Lebedev, A. M.; Sukhanov, L. P.; Svechnikov, N. Yu.; Stankevich, V. G.

    2015-11-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy studies of C60F18 molecules deposited on Au(111) are reported and compared to C60 molecules both at liquid helium temperature and room temperature (RT). Whereas adsorption and electronic properties of C60F18 single molecules were studied at low temperature (LT), self-assemblies were investigated at RT. In both cases, the fluorine atoms of the C60F18 molecules are pointed towards the surface. Individual C60F18 molecules on Au(111) have a HOMO-LUMO gap of 2.9 eV. The self-assembled islands exhibit a close-packed hexagonal lattice with amorphous borders. The comparison with C60 molecules clearly demonstrates the influence of the C60F18 electric dipole moment (EDM) on the electronic properties of single molecules and on the thermodynamics of self-assembled islands. Besides, the apparent height value of a separate molecule increases in a self-assembly environment as a result of a depolarization phenomenon.

  16. Adsorption and Dissociation of Disilane on Si(001) Studied by STM

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    1993-05-01

    Avenue Madison, Wi 53706 Abstract The surface-adsorbed fragments resulting from the room- temperature adsorbtion and dissociation of disilane (Si 2 H 6...on the dissociation process. By heating disilane-dosed silicon surfaces, we 3 can also observe directly the epitaxial growth of silicon from these...controlling electronics, have been described previously [13, 14]. All experiments are carried out at room temperature in an ion- pumped UHV stainless

  17. A detailed study on the thermal endurance of Kapton HNTM and Upilex STM

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    Heltzel, S.; Semprimoschnig, C. O. A.

    2003-09-01

    Assessing the thermal endurance by isothermal testing in a Thermogravimetric Analyser (TGA) is a time consuming method. A quicker method is to perform kinetic modelling on several decomposition curves. Four temperature scans at different heating rates were recorded with the TGA for two thermal control foils, Kapton HN and Upilex S. Two methods of kinetic modelling were used to calculate the activation energy, i.e. the ASTM E 1641 and the approach of Model Free Kinetics (MFK). The first assumes a constant value for the activation energy whereas the latter calculates it as a function of the conversion. With the activation energy it is possible to make a lifetime prediction that indicates the mass loss that occurs at a certain temperature for a certain duration. The lifetime predictions are used to compare the two materials and also the two modelling methods. The modelling is verified by comparing the results to isothermal TGA tests and thermal ageing of samples in high vacuum chambers at 350°C for durations up to half a year and in combination with UV irradiation screening tests. All the performed experiments indicate that Upilex S has a better thermal endurance than Kapton HN. The results of the kinetic modelling are in good agreement with the isothermal experiments in the TGA and in the vacuum facilities. The MFK approach for kinetic modelling was found to be more adequate than the ASTM method.

  18. Bending and buckling of narrow armchair graphene nanoribbons via STM manipulation

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    van der Lit, Joost; Jacobse, Peter H.; Vanmaekelbergh, Daniel; Swart, Ingmar

    2015-05-01

    Semiconducting graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are envisioned to play an important role in future electronics. This requires the GNRs to be placed on a surface where they may become strained. Theory predicts that axial strain, i.e. in-plane bending of the GNR, will cause a change in the band gap of the GNR. This may negatively affect device performance. Using the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope we controllably bent and buckled atomically well-defined narrow armchair GNR and subsequently probed the changes in the local density of states. These experiments show that the band gap of 7-ac-GNR is very robust to in-plane bending and out-of-plane buckling.

  19. The impact of information technology and networks: new perspectives for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing

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    De Kemp, Arnoud

    This contribution is a strongly abbreviated notation of a much longer presentation at the Workshop on Strategies and Techniques of Information for Astronomy, organized by the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg on 21/22 June 1996. The process of publishing will undergo dramatic changes due to the influences of information technology and networks. The publishing business as a whole will shift from traditional print- and paper-based organisations to a fully digital workflow from author to end-user. Electronic publishing has moved from pre-print activities to digital preprints on a variety of servers, but still most scientific documentation is printed and not only for archival purposes. In this short contribution, a plea is made for new rules in scientific communication that authors, editors, publishers, societies, libraries and users can recognize. In addition, in the electronic age we need more security for copyright, transactions over networks and against misuse in general.

  20. Variable temperature STM study of Co deposition on a dodecanethiol self assembled monolayer

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    Breitwieser, Romain; Campiglio, Paolo; Chacon, Cyril; Repain, Vincent; Nemausat, Ruidy; Girard, Yann; Lagoute, Jérôme; Rousset, Sylvie

    2012-02-01

    The present scanning tunneling microscopy study reports on the growth processes of Co vapor-deposited on a dodecanethiol (DDT) self-assembled monolayer (SAM)/Au(111). We observe strongly modified surface and depth diffusions of Co adatoms depending on the growth temperature. Co deposited at 300 K shows an extremely incomplete regime of condensation on the organic layer. Besides, Co penetrates the DDT monolayer and resides at the DDT/Au(111) interface as 2D clusters. This phenomenon takes place through defects in the SAM which are transient channels. In contrast, Co deposited at 50 K shows a complete condensation and nucleates on defects of the SAM layer as 3D islands sitting most likely on top of the DDTs. These results are of interest in the growing field of organic spintronics where the quality of the organic/ferromagnetic interface is a key issue.

  1. Embedded image processing engine using ARM cortex-M4 based STM32F407 microcontroller

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    Samaiya, Devesh

    2014-10-06

    Due to advancement in low cost, easily available, yet powerful hardware and revolution in open source software, urge to make newer, more interactive machines and electronic systems have increased manifold among engineers. To make system more interactive, designers need easy to use sensor systems. Giving the boon of vision to machines was never easy, though it is not impossible these days; it is still not easy and expensive. This work presents a low cost, moderate performance and programmable Image processing engine. This Image processing engine is able to capture real time images, can store the images in the permanent storage and can perform preprogrammed image processing operations on the captured images.

  2. Tailored Organic Molecular Growth on Silicon Studied by STM and DFT

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    Wagner, Sean; Huang, Bing; Park, Changwon; Feng, Jiagui; Yoon, Mina; Zhang, Pengpeng

    2015-03-01

    Control of highly ordered organic molecular thin films with extended π systems is currently of intense interest for integrating molecules into modern electronics due to their tunable nature. Selection of molecules and substrates can lead to desired transport properties such as charge transfer, charge injection, exciton diffusion, etc., at the hetero-interface, which is crucial to the development of organic and molecular electronics. Combining scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory, we show that by appropriately choosing the coordinated transition-metal ion in metal phthalocyanine, the strength of the molecule-substrate interaction can be tailored, allowing for the molecular ordering and orientation at the hetero-interface with the silicon substrate to be tuned accordingly. This mechanism provides new control over the delicately balanced molecule-substrate and intermolecular interactions, offering a route towards well-ordered organic molecular growth. Experimental work is funded by the U. S. DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program (DE-SC0006400) through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Theory work conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. DOE.

  3. A RHEED/MBE-STM investigation of the static and dynamic InAs(001) surface

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    Bomphrey, J. J.; Ashwin, M. J.; Jones, T. S.

    2017-02-01

    We report here the temperature-dependent incorporation kinetics of dimeric arsenic in InAs(001) homoepitaxy, using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). Surface reconstructions, in combination with the RHEED investigation have provided insight into the growth of InAs(001), developing an accurate method of controlling the V:III ratio, which has been utilised to probe the low temperature epitaxial growth of indium arsenide epitaxial layers.

  4. Intramolecular features of individual C 60 molecules on Si(100) observed by STM

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    Yao, Xiaowei; Ruskell, Todd G.; Workman, Richard K.; Sarid, Dror; Chen, Dong

    1996-12-01

    Intramolecular features (IMF) of a variety of individual C 60 molecules adsorbed on an Si(100)-(2 × 1) surface have been imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Features of individual C 60 molecules clearly show the local density of states superimposed on their cage structure. Both physisorbed (pre-annealed) and chemisorbed (post-annealed) species have been imaged on the same surface, exhibiting characteristics that depend on their bonding nature. Intramolecular features of a physisorbed C 60 molecule and of two chemisorbed molecules are presented.

  5. Visualized Multiprobe Electrical Impedance Measurements with STM Tips Using Shear Force Feedback Control

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    Botaya, Luis; Coromina, Xavier; Samitier, Josep; Puig-Vidal, Manel; Otero, Jorge

    2016-01-01

    Here we devise a multiprobe electrical measurement system based on quartz tuning forks (QTFs) and metallic tips capable of having full 3D control over the position of the probes. The system is based on the use of bent tungsten tips that are placed in mechanical contact (glue-free solution) with a QTF sensor. Shear forces acting in the probe are measured to control the tip-sample distance in the Z direction. Moreover, the tilting of the tip allows the visualization of the experiment under the optical microscope, allowing the coordination of the probes in X and Y directions. Meanwhile, the metallic tips are connected to a current–voltage amplifier circuit to measure the currents and thus the impedance of the studied samples. We discuss here the different aspects that must be addressed when conducting these multiprobe experiments, such as the amplitude of oscillation, shear force distance control, and wire tilting. Different results obtained in the measurement of calibration samples and microparticles are presented. They demonstrate the feasibility of the system to measure the impedance of the samples with a full 3D control on the position of the nanotips. PMID:27231911

  6. Theoretical and STM Studies of the Electronic Structure of Metal/Semiconductor/Hydrogen Systems

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    1992-11-19

    P. Blaha and K. Schwartz, 1. Phys. F 17, 899 (1987). [9] M.Y. Chou. P. K. Lam, and M. L. Cohen, Phys. Rev. B 28, 4179 (1983). (10] T. L. Loucks and...and H. Partridge, private communication. 22. G. Pichler, A.M. Lyyra, P.D. Kleiber, W.C. Stwalley, R. Hammer, K.M. Sando and H.H. Michels , Chem. Phys

  7. Single Molecule Switches and Molecular Self-Assembly: Low Temperature STM Investigations and Manipulations

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    Iancu, Violeta

    2006-08-01

    This dissertation is devoted to single molecule investigations and manipulations of two porphyrin-based molecules, chlorophyll-a and Co-popphyrin. The molecules are absorbed on metallic substrates and studied at low temperatures using a scanning tunneling microscope. The electronic, structural and mechanical properties of the molecules are investigated in detail with atomic level precision. Chlorophyll-a is the key ingredient in photosynthesis processes while Co-porphyrin is a magnetic molecule that represents the recent emerging field of molecular spintronics. Using the scanning tunneling microscope tip and the substrate as electrodes, and the molecules as active ingredients, single molecule switches made of these two molecules are demonstrated. The first switch, a multiple and reversible mechanical switch, is realized by using chlorophyll-a where the energy transfer of a single tunneling electron is used to rotate a C-C bond of the molecule's tail on a Au(111) surface. Here, the det

  8. Low-temperature STM studies of electronic properties of microbial nanowires

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    Walsh, Kathy; Lampa-Pastirk, Sanela; Veazey, Joshua; Reguera, Gemma; Tessmer, Stuart

    2013-03-01

    Geobacter sulfurreducens expresses pili that act as electrically conductive nanowires. These microbial nanowires transport metabolically generated electrons outside the cell body to electron acceptors in the organism's environment. We have performed scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy on these pili in an endeavor to elucidate the mechanism of conductivity. In particular, we will discuss spectroscopy curves acquired at a temperature of 77 K. This work supported by the NSF-MCB Grant No. 1021948 and a Strategic Partnership Grant from the Michigan State University Foundation. K.W. acknowledges support from a U.S. Department of Education GAANN fellowship.

  9. Accessing topological superconductivity via a combined STM and renormalization group analysis.

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    Elster, Lars; Platt, Christian; Thomale, Ronny; Hanke, Werner; Hankiewicz, Ewelina M

    2015-09-08

    The search for topological superconductors has recently become a key issue in condensed matter physics, because of their possible relevance to provide a platform for Majorana bound states, non-Abelian statistics, and quantum computing. Here we propose a new scheme which links as directly as possible the experimental search to a material-based microscopic theory for topological superconductivity. For this, the analysis of scanning tunnelling microscopy, which typically uses a phenomenological ansatz for the superconductor gap functions, is elevated to a theory, where a multi-orbital functional renormalization group analysis allows for an unbiased microscopic determination of the material-dependent pairing potentials. The combined approach is highlighted for paradigmatic hexagonal systems, such as doped graphene and water-intercalated sodium cobaltates, where lattice symmetry and electronic correlations yield a propensity for a chiral singlet topological superconductor. We demonstrate that our microscopic material-oriented procedure is necessary to uniquely resolve a topological superconductor state.

  10. Adsorption and thermal treatments of 1-dodecene on Si(100) investigated by STM

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    Liu, H. W.; Fujikawa, Y.; Sadowski, J. T.; ...

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the atomic behaviour of long-chain 1-dodecene adsorbed on Si(100) using a scanning tunnelling microscope with an exposure of 30 to 2.4 Langmuirs. Unlike previous reports on short-chain molecules, remarkable self-ordered assembly of molecules is not observed at room temperature, which is possibly attributed to the asymmetric molecular structure with long chains of 1-dodecene. After annealing at 500–580 °C, ordered patterns form with a c(4 × 4) structure, accompanied with thermal decomposition of molecules.

  11. STM studies of GeSi thin layers epitaxially grown on Si(111)

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    Motta, N.; Sgarlata, A.; De Crescenzi, M.; Derrien, J.

    1996-08-01

    Ge/Si alloys were prepared in UHV by solid phase epitaxy on Si(111) substrates. The alloy formation, as a function of the evaporation rate and the Ge layer thickness has been followed in situ by RHEED and scanning tunneling microscopy. The 5 × 5 surface reconstruction appeared after annealing at 450°C Ge layers (up to 10 Å thick), obtained from a low rate Knudsen cell evaporator. In this case a nearly flat and uniform layer of reconstructed alloy was observed. When using an e-gun high rate evaporator we needed to anneal the Ge layer up to 780°C to obtain a 5 × 5 reconstruction. The grown layer was not flat, with many steps and Ge clusters; at high coverages (10 Å and more) large Ge islands appeared. Moreover, we then succeeded in visualizing at atomic resolution the top of some of these Ge islands which displayed a 2 × 1 reconstruction, probably induced from the high compressive strain due to the lattice mismatch with the substrate. We suggest that this unusual behavior could be connected to the high evaporation rate, which helped the direct formation of Ge microcrystals on the Si substrate during the deposition process.

  12. Theory of Fano Resonances in Graphene: The Kondo effect probed by STM

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    Wehling, T.O.

    2010-06-02

    We consider the theory of Kondo effect and Fano factor energy dependence for magnetic impurity (Co) on graphene. We have performed a first principles calculation and find that the two dimensional E{sub 1} representation made of d{sub xz}, d{sub yz} orbitals is likely to be responsible for the hybridization and ultimately Kondo screening for cobalt on graphene. There are few high symmetry sites where magnetic impurity atom can be adsorbed. For the case of Co atom in the middle of hexagon of carbon lattice we find anomalously large Fano q-factor, q {approx} 80 and strongly suppressed coupling to conduction band. This anomaly is a striking example of quantum mechanical interference related to the Berry phase inherent to graphene band structure.

  13. Direct visualization of photoinduced glassy dynamics on the amorphous silicon carbide surface by STM movies

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    Nguyen, Duc; Nienhaus, Lea; Haasch, Richard T.; Lyding, Joseph; Gruebele, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Glassy dynamics can be controlled by light irradiation. Sub- and above-bandgap irradiation cause numerous phenomena in glasses including photorelaxation, photoexpansion, photodarkening and pohtoinduced fluidity. We used scanning tunneling microscopy to study surface glassy dynamics of amorphous silicon carbide irradiated with above- bandgap 532 nm light. Surface clusters of ~ 4-5 glass forming unit in diameter hop mostly in a two-state fashion, both without and with irradiation. Upon irradiation, the average surface hopping activity increases by a factor of 3. A very long (~1 day) movie of individual clusters with varying laser power density provides direct evidence for photoinduced enhanced hopping on the glass surfaces. We propose two mechanisms: heating and electronic for the photoenhanced surface dynamics.

  14. Micromechanisms of brittle fracture: STM, TEM and electron channeling analysis. Final report

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    Gerberich, W.W.

    1997-01-01

    The original thrust of this grant was to apply newly developed techniques in scanning tunneling and transmission electron microscopy to elucidate the mechanism of brittle fracture. This grant spun-off several new directions in that some of the findings on bulk structural materials could be utilized on thin films or intermetallic single crystals. Modeling and material evaluation efforts in this grant are represented in a figure. Out of this grant evolved the field the author has designated as Contact Fracture Mechanics. By appropriate modeling of stress and strain distribution fields around normal indentations or scratch tracks, various measures of thin film fracture or decohesion and brittle fracture of low ductility intermetallics is possible. These measures of fracture resistance in small volumes are still evolving and as such no standard technique or analysis has been uniformly accepted. For brittle ceramics and ceramic films, there are a number of acceptable analyses such as those published by Lawn, Evans and Hutchinson. For more dissipative systems involving metallic or polymeric films and/or substrates, there is still much to be accomplished as can be surmised from some of the findings in the present grant. In Section 2 the author reviews the funding history and accomplishments associated mostly with bulk brittle fracture. This is followed by Section 3 which covers more recent work on using novel techniques to evaluate fracture in low ductility single crystals or thin films using micromechanical probes. Basically Section 3 outlines how the recent work fits in with the goals of defining contact fracture mechanics and gives an overview of how the several examples in Section 4 (the Appendices) fit into this framework.

  15. Self-assembled Ge, Sb and Al nanostructures on graphite: comparative STM studies

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    Kushvaha, S. S.; Yan, Z.; Xiao, W.; Xu, M.-J.; Xue, Q.-K.; Wang, X.-S.

    2007-04-01

    The growth of Ge, Sb and Al nanostructures on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) have been studied comparatively using scanning tunnelling microscopy in ultra-high vacuum. Clusters and crystallites of these elements were grown along HOPG steps in the initial stage. But the nanoparticles of these three elements show quite different size distributions and morphological evolution in later growth stages. Using different deposition flux and amount, Ge clusters with self-limiting height, cluster chains and double-layer ramified cluster islands were obtained on HOPG at room temperature (RT). Compact crystalline Ge islands with high-index facets were observed after annealing at 600 K following RT deposition. Three-dimensional (3D) spherical islands, 2D thin films and 1D nanorods of Sb have been synthesized using different fluxes on HOPG at RT. With higher flux and a substrate temperature of 375 K, only crystalline 2D and 1D structures of Sb were obtained. When Al was deposited on HOPG at RT, the growth and coalescence of clusters formed initially result in flat Al crystallites with (111) top facet. After more deposition, craters were observed on top of the flattened Al islands resulting from a few smaller islands merging together. The mobile Al islands on HOPG can be pinned by Sb. The morphology difference of observed nanostructures reflects unique energetic and kinetic properties of atoms and clusters of each element.

  16. Electronic properties of epitaxial silicene: a LT-STM/STS study

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    Fleurence, Antoine; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Ozaki, Taisuke; Yamada-Takamura, Yukiko; Yoshida, Yasuo; Hasegawa, Yukio

    2013-03-01

    The astonishing properties of silicene, the Si-counterpart of graphene, together with pioneering experimental observations, triggered in the very recent years, an exponentially increasing interest for this atom-thick material, both at fundamental level and for applications in high-speed electronic devices. We demonstrated, that the spontaneous segregation of silicon on (0001) surface of zirconium diboride (ZrB2) thin films epitaxied on Si(111) wafers gives rise to a wide-scale uniform two-dimensional silicene sheet. The silicene nature of the honeycomb structure imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy is evidenced by the observation of gap-opened π-electronic bands. The band gap opening is primarily due the specifically imprinted buckling. Here, we present the results of a low-temperature scanning tunneling spectroscopy investigation, which evidences the n-doped nature of silicene. The mapping of the local density of states, together with density functional theory give precious insights into the microscopic origin of the electronic bands of silicene. In particular, it shows the correlation between the degree of sp2 hybridization of different Si atoms in the internal structure and the character of the electronic bands.

  17. Geometrical Mechanism versus Electronic Mechanism: STM Images for Vacancies at the GaAs(110) Surface.

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    Allen, Roland; Harper, John; Lengel, George; Weimer, Michael

    1998-03-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy has provided considerable information on vacancies at the GaAs(110) surface. (PRL 72), 836 (1994); 77, 119 (1996);79, 3312 and 3314 (1997). Among many other observed features, it is found that the two nearest neighbors have brightened images, suggesting upward displacements. Recently an alternative interpretation was proposed: The neighbors supposedly rebond to subsurface atoms, but with a rearrangement of the electronic states which more than compensates for the resulting downward displacements. This picture is based on LDA calculations which disagree with one another and with experiment. The most critical prediction of the electronic mechanism, however, is that the brightening of the nearest-neighbor images should disappear as the bias voltage is increased. This prediction has now been disconfirmed: The measured surface profile remains essentially unchanged as \\varepsilon_F-\\varepsilon_CBM is increased from 0.6 to 1.4 eV, indicating that a robust geometrical interpretation is more appropriate than one based solely on electronic effects.

  18. Large molecules on surfaces: deposition and intramolecular STM manipulation by directional forces

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    Grill, Leonhard

    2010-03-01

    Intramolecular manipulation of single molecules on a surface with a scanning tunnelling microscope enables the controlled modification of their structure and, consequently, their physical and chemical properties. This review presents examples of intramolecular manipulation experiments with rather large molecules, driven by directional, i.e. chemical or electrostatic, forces between tip and molecule. It is shown how various regimes of forces can be explored and characterized with one and the same manipulation of a single molecule by changing the tip-surface distance. Furthermore, different deposition techniques under ultrahigh vacuum conditions are discussed because the increasing functionality of such molecules can lead to fragmentation during the heating step, making their clean deposition difficult.

  19. Stabilizing forces acting on ZnO polar surfaces: STM, LEED, and DFT

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    Xu, H.; Dong, L.; Shi, X. Q.; Van Hove, M. A.; Ho, W. K.; Lin, N.; Wu, H. S.; Tong, S. Y.

    2014-06-01

    New understanding has been reached on competing forces acting to stabilize the polar surfaces of intrinsic ZnO. To compensate an accumulating dipole moment normal to ionic planes, the Madelung electrostatic force and the bonding ability of undercoordinated Zn ions compete to deplete more Zn atoms from the (0001) face and more O atoms from the (0001¯) face. In this competition, the former mechanism wins because it provides very low energy binding sites for O ions at face-centered-cubic registries on both surfaces. On the Zn-face, a distorted tetrahedral structure is formed, while on the O-face, a vertical Y structure is formed. In both structures, O ions form the topmost atomic plane. The reconstructed polar surfaces containing these novel structures have cleavage energy of 2.36 J/m2, comparable to that of nonpolar surfaces and in agreement with experimental observation. An earlier structure found on the Zn-face annealed at below 1000 K is stabilized mainly by the Madelung electrostatic force and is a metastable structure of that surface.

  20. Transport characteristics of a single multiwall carbon nanotube by bending in SEM and STM

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    Kim, Suenne; Kim, Jeehoon; Berg, Morgann; de Lozanne, Alex

    2007-03-01

    Multiwall carbon nanotubes(MWCNTs) were grown on a W wire by chemical vapor deposition(CVD). Two homebuilt xyz-walkers were employed to manipulate individual CNTs in our scanning electron microscope (SEM). To improve the electrical and mechanical contact to a second electrode, we welded the CNT by delivering gas to the welding point while focusing the SEM beam on the same spot. The bending dependent I-V characteristics were observed in situ in the SEM at room temperature. We will measure the transport properties by bending the same MWCNT (already measured in SEM) inside our ultrahigh vacuum low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (UHV-LTSTM). We will also compare the bending properties of MWCNTs at different temperatures.

  1. Real-space observation of metal-insulator transition at complex oxide heterointerface with cross-sectional STM

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    Chiu, Ya-Ping; Lin, Jheng-Cyuan; Thanh, Tra-Vu; Lin, Tai-Te; Huang, Po-Cheng; Huang, Bo-Chao; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Chu, Ying-Hao

    We report the direct observation of tunable electronic property through visible light at LaAlO3 / SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) complex oxide heterointerface using cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (XSTM/S). Many researches have shown that for the interface to be conducting, the thickness of LAO should be equal to or greater than the critical value 4 unit cells (u.c.). With LAO surface modification by Au clusters, interfacial two-dimensional electron gas presents a giant optical switching effect under visible light illuminated. In this study, through the interaction between photons and electrons system, a direct observation of the evolution of electronic structures from insulating to conducting has been revealed in the LAO (3u.c.)/STO model using the technique of cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Results clearly reveal the changes in the built-in electric field in LAO and the band bending in the STO adjacent to the interface after light illumination. National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan; Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

  2. In-situ STM studies of thallium underpotential deposition on Au(111) single-crystal electrode in acid solution

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    Polewska, Wanda; Adzic, Radoslav

    1999-04-01

    The structure of electrodeposited Tl adlayers on Au(111) in 0.1 M. HClO4 has been investigated using in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy method. Incommensurate, rotated hexagonal (RHCP) Tl adlayer was found, within a wide potential window, between Tl bulk deposition at -0.7 V and -0.4 V. This adlayer is closely packed with Tl interatomic distance of 3.4 +/- 0.2 angstroms, its rotation from the gold substrate axis is 60 +/- 10 and its coverage is 0.74. At slightly more positive potentials, between -0.45 V and -0.37 V, low coverage 2 X 2 phase of Tl was found, coexisting together with RHCP monolayer. At the potential region between -0.35 V and 0.8 V both ordered Tl phases disappeared and instead the formation of considerable amount of pits at the surface has been observed.

  3. Different growth mechanisms of Ge by Stranski-Krastanow on Si (111) and (001) surfaces: An STM study

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    Teys, S. A.

    2017-01-01

    Structural and morphological features of the wetting layer formation and the transition to the three-dimensional Ge growth on (111) and (100) Si surfaces under quasi-equilibrium growth conditions were studied by means of scanning tunneling microscopy. The mechanism of the transition from the wetting layer to the three-dimensional Ge growth on Si was demonstrated. The principal differences and general trends of the atomic processes involved in the wetting layers formation on substrates with different orientations were demonstrated. The Ge growth is accompanied by the Ge atom redistribution and partial strain relaxation due to the formation of new surfaces, vacancies and surface structures of a decreased density. The analysis of three-dimensional Ge islands sites nucleation of after the wetting layer formation was carried out on the (111) surface. The transition to the three-dimensional growth at the Si(100) surface begins with single {105} facets nucleation on the rough Ge(100) surface.

  4. Sulfur-induced mobilization of Au surface atoms on Au(1 1 1) studied by real-time STM

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    Biener, Monika M.; Biener, Juergen; Friend, Cynthia M.

    2007-04-01

    The interaction of sulfur with gold surfaces has attracted considerable interest due to numerous technological applications such as the formation of self-assembled monolayers and as a chemical sensor. Here, we report on the interaction of sulfur with Au(1 1 1) at two different temperatures (300 K and 420 K) studied by real-time scanning tunnelling microscopy, low energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy. In the low coverage regime (<0.1 ML), S adsorption lifts the herringbone reconstruction of the clean Au(1 1 1) surface indicating a lateral expansion of the surface layer. An ordered (√3 × √3) R30° sulfur adlayer develops as the coverage reaches ˜0.3 ML. At higher S coverages (>0.3 ML) gold surface atoms are removed from regular terrace sites and incorporated into a growing gold sulfide phase. At 300 K this process leads to the formation of a rough pit and mound surface morphology. This gold sulfide exhibits short-range order and an incommensurate, long-range ordered AuS phase develops upon annealing at 450-525 K. In contrast, formation of an ordered AuS phase via rapid step-retraction rather than etch pit formation is observed during S-interaction with Au(1 1 1) surfaces at 420 K. Our results shed new light on the S-Au(1 1 1) interaction.

  5. Effects of spin–orbit coupling and many-body correlations in STM transport through copper phthalocyanine

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    Donarini, Andrea; Grifoni, Milena

    2015-01-01

    Summary The interplay of exchange correlations and spin–orbit interaction (SOI) on the many-body spectrum of a copper phtalocyanine (CuPc) molecule and their signatures in transport are investigated. We first derive a minimal model Hamiltonian in a basis of frontier orbitals that is able to reproduce experimentally observed singlet–triplet splittings. In a second step SOI effects are included perturbatively. Major consequences of the SOI are the splitting of former degenerate levels and a magnetic anisotropy, which can be captured by an effective low-energy spin Hamiltonian. We show that scanning tunneling microscopy-based magnetoconductance measurements can yield clear signatures of both these SOI-induced effects. PMID:26885457

  6. Effects of spin-orbit coupling and many-body correlations in STM transport through copper phthalocyanine.

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    Siegert, Benjamin; Donarini, Andrea; Grifoni, Milena

    2015-01-01

    The interplay of exchange correlations and spin-orbit interaction (SOI) on the many-body spectrum of a copper phtalocyanine (CuPc) molecule and their signatures in transport are investigated. We first derive a minimal model Hamiltonian in a basis of frontier orbitals that is able to reproduce experimentally observed singlet-triplet splittings. In a second step SOI effects are included perturbatively. Major consequences of the SOI are the splitting of former degenerate levels and a magnetic anisotropy, which can be captured by an effective low-energy spin Hamiltonian. We show that scanning tunneling microscopy-based magnetoconductance measurements can yield clear signatures of both these SOI-induced effects.

  7. Force field analysis suggests a lowering of diffusion barriers in atomic manipulation due to presence of STM tip.

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    Emmrich, Matthias; Schneiderbauer, Maximilian; Huber, Ferdinand; Weymouth, Alfred J; Okabayashi, Norio; Giessibl, Franz J

    2015-04-10

    We study the physics of atomic manipulation of CO on a Cu(111) surface by combined scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy at liquid helium temperatures. In atomic manipulation, an adsorbed atom or molecule is arranged on the surface using the interaction of the adsorbate with substrate and tip. While previous experiments are consistent with a linear superposition model of tip and substrate forces, we find that the force threshold depends on the force field of the tip. Here, we use carbon monoxide front atom identification (COFI) to characterize the tip's force field. Tips that show COFI profiles with an attractive center can manipulate CO in any direction while tips with a repulsive center can only manipulate in certain directions. The force thresholds are independent of bias voltage in a range from 1 to 10 mV and independent of temperature in a range of 4.5 to 7.5 K.

  8. Geometry versus Electronic Structure in STM Images of the Arsenic Vacancy at the GaAs(110) Surface.

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    Allen, R. E.; Harper, J.; Weimer, M.; Lengel, G.

    1998-03-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy has provided considerable experimental information concerning the arsenic vacancy at the GaAs(110) surface.(PRL 72), 836 (1994); 77, 119 (1996); 79, 3312 and 3314 (1997). Among other features, this defect is characterized by an increase in the tunneling current over symmetrically-situated nearest neighbors that suggests upward displacements. An alternative interpretation was recently proposed: These neighbors supposedly rebond to subsurface atoms, but with a rearrangement of the electronic states that more than compensates for the resulting downward displacements. This picture is based on LDA calculations that disagree with several important experimental facts. A central assertion of the proposed electronic mechanism is that the increased tunneling current over nearest neighbors will disappear as the bias voltage is increased. This assertion is contradicted by experiment: The measured surface profile remains essentially unchanged as \\varepsilon_F-\\varepsilon_CBM is increased from 0.6 to 1.4 eV, indicating a robust geometrical interpretation is more appropriate than one based solely on electronic effects.

  9. Generation of constant-amplitude radio-frequency sweeps at a tunnel junction for spin resonance STM

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    Paul, William; Baumann, Susanne; Lutz, Christopher P.; Heinrich, Andreas J.

    2016-07-01

    We describe the measurement and successful compensation of the radio-frequency transfer function of a scanning tunneling microscope over a wide frequency range (15.5-35.5 GHz) and with high dynamic range (>50 dB). The precise compensation of cabling resonances and attenuations is critical for the production of constant-voltage frequency sweeps for electric-field driven electron spin resonance (ESR) experiments. We also demonstrate that a well-calibrated tunnel junction voltage is necessary to avoid spurious ESR peaks that can arise due to a non-flat transfer function.

  10. STM observation of the chemical reaction of atomic hydrogen on the N-adsorbed Cu(001) surface

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    Hattori, Takuma; Yamada, Masamichi; Komori, Fumio

    2017-01-01

    Chemical reaction of atomic hydrogen with the N-adsorbed Cu(001) surfaces was investigated at room temperature by scanning tunnel microscopy. At the low exposure of atomic hydrogen, it reacted with the N atoms and turned to be the NH species on the surface. The reaction rate is proportional to the amount of the unreacted N atoms. By increasing the exposure of atomic hydrogen from this condition, the amount of nitrogen species on the surface decreased. This is attributed to the formation of ammonia and its desorption from the surface. The NH species on the surface turn to NH3 through the surface NH2 species by atomic hydrogen. Coexistence of the clean Cu surface enhances the rate of ammonia formation owing to atomic hydrogen migrating on the clean surface.

  11. Design, fabrication, and testing of a sodium evaporator for the STM4-120 kinematic Stirling engine

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    Rawlinson, K.S.; Adkins, D.R.

    1995-05-01

    This report describes the development and testing of a compact heat-pipe heat exchanger kW(e) designed to transfer thermal energy from hot combustion gases to the heater tubes of a 25-kW(e) Stirling engine. In this system, sodium evaporates from a surface that is heated by a stream of hot gases. The liquid metal then condenses on the heater tubes of a Stirling engine, where energy is transferred to the engine`s helium working fluid. Tests on a prototype unit illustrated that a compact (8 cm {times} 13 cm {times} 16 cm) sodium evaporator can routinely transfer 15 kW(t) of energy at an operating vapor temperature of 760 C. Four of these prototype units were eventually used to power a 25-kW(e) Stirling engine system. Design details and test results from the prototype unit are presented in this report.

  12. Formation of low-dimensional GaN on trenched Si(5 5 12), probed by STM and XPS

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    Kumar, Mahesh; Kumar, Praveen; Devi, Pooja; Shivaprasad, S. M.

    2016-03-01

    We report the formation of self-assembled nanostructures of GaN, with controlled size and shape on the trenched planar Si (5 5 12) surface. Adsorbing low coverages of Ga on Si (5 5 12) forms 1D arrays of Ga adatoms. The Ga adsorbed Si surface is annealed to 300 °C, which results in the formation of Ga 2D nanoparticles (NPs). These Ga NPs were exposed to various fluence of energetic 2 keV {{{{N}}}2}+ ions followed by annealing which yields GaN nanostructures self-assembled along the < \\bar{1}10> direction. These studies were performed in ultrahigh vacuum using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy and ex situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, to observe the structural and chemical evolution of the interface.

  13. Narrow Au(111) terraces decorated by self-organized Co nanowires: a low-temperature STM/STS investigation.

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    Schouteden, K; Van Haesendonck, C

    2010-06-30

    Deposition of Co atoms on Au(111) surfaces leads to the formation of self-organized bilayer Co nanowires at the step edges between adjacent narrow Au(111) terraces. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy at low temperatures is used to probe the influence of the finite dimensions on the local density of states for both the Co wires and the narrow Au terraces. Confinement of Au surface state electrons to narrow Au terraces causes a shift of the Au surface state onset energy to higher energies. For the Co nanowires discrete energy levels are observed. Moreover, standing wave patterns occur at the surface of both the Au and the Co. The patterns increase in complexity with increasing energy. All Co nanowires formed at the edges of narrow Au terraces reveal a characteristic maximum in the local density of states at a significantly different energy when compared to the Co islands that are formed on large Au terraces. The experimental results can be interpreted in terms of a simple particle-in-a-box model.

  14. Nano-scale characterization of binary self-assembled monolayers under an ambient condition with STM and TERS.

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    Horimoto, Noriko N; Tomizawa, Shigeru; Fujita, Yasuhiko; Kajimoto, Shinji; Fukumura, Hiroshi

    2014-09-07

    Gold surfaces were modified by benzyl-mercaptan (BM) and then partly replaced with benzenethiol (BT), which formed binary self-assembled monolayers (SAM). Initially BT randomly replaced BM in the monolayer, but at long exchange times >15 nm radius domains were observed with specific relative composition of BT and BM.

  15. Dynamics of 2D adislands formed by sulfur adsorption on an O/Cu(110) nanotemplate: an STM study

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    Budinská, Zuzana; Wiame, Frédéric; Maurice, Vincent; Marcus, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    We report on the stability of large sulfur islands, formed by exposing the nanostructured O/Cu(110) surface to H2S. We have found that these islands, composed of several hundreds of atoms, show a dynamic behavior at room temperature and undergo both Smoluchowski and Ostwald ripening. An additional decay mechanism has been observed at sub-saturation sulfur coverages. The island decay can be described by a classical power law. However, oscillatory deviations from the model have been observed and possible reasons for their occurrence are discussed. At saturation sulfur coverage, the islands are still mobile and undergo ripening, but no decay is observed. In these conditions, a new nanostructured S/Cu(110) surface is formed.

  16. Exploration of complex multilayer film growth morphologies: STM analysis and predictive atomistic modeling for Ag on Ag(111)

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    Li, Maozhi; Chung, P.W.; Cox, E.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.; Evans, J.W.

    2008-01-03

    Scanning tunneling microscopy studies are integrated with development of a realistic atomistic model to both characterize and elucidate the complex mounded morphologies formed by deposition of Ag on Ag(111) at 150 and 180 K. Threefold symmetric lateral shapes of islands and mounds are shown to reflect the influence of a nonuniform step edge barrier inhibiting interlayer transport. Modeling of structure at the mound peaks leads to a sensitive estimate of the magnitude of this large barrier.

  17. Determination of metal atoms incorporated in molecular intermediates: an STM study of acetylide on Ag(1 1 0)

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    Guo, X.-C.; Madix, R. J.

    2004-08-01

    Many inorganic molecular intermediates, such as imide, nitrate, and sulfite, incorporate a stoichiometric number of added metal atoms into their structures on Ag(1 1 0) or Cu(1 1 0). In this paper an example of such general behavior is illustrated with an organic molecular intermediate--acetylide (C 2) on Ag(1 1 0). Acetylide is produced by reacting acetylene with oxygen atoms on the Ag(1 1 0)- p(2 × 1)-O surface. Acetylides form row structures along the <1 1¯ 0> axis, which, as coverage increases, are compressed along the <0 0 1> axis to form nominal " p(2 × 2)", " p(2 × 3)", " p(2 × 1)", and " p(14 × 1)" structures. The final acetylide structure incorporates 0.55 ML silver atoms, which may be released upon titration with acetic acid. A buckled structure is proposed where acetylide bonds to two added silver atoms in a linear configuration in the trough along the <1 1¯ 0> axis with seven equally spaced silver atoms in a p(13 × 1) unit cell.

  18. STM study of the preparation of clean Ta(110) and the subsequent growth of two-dimensional Fe islands

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    Eelbo, T.; Zdravkov, V. I.; Wiesendanger, R.

    2016-11-01

    This report deals with the preparation of a clean Ta(110) surface, investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy as well as by low-energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy. The surface initially exhibits a surface reconstruction induced by oxygen contamination. This reconstruction can be removed by annealing at high temperatures under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The reconstruction-free surface reveals a surface resonance at a bias voltage of about -500 mV. The stages of the transformation are presented and discussed. In a next step, Fe islands were grown on top of Ta(110) and investigated subsequently. An intermixing regime was identified for annealing temperatures of (550-590) K.

  19. Epitaxial growth of CeO{sub 2}(111) film on Ru(0001): Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) study

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    Hasegawa, Tomo; Shahed, Syed Mohammad Fakruddin; Sainoo, Yasuyuki; Beniya, Atsushi; Isomura, Noritake; Watanabe, Yoshihide; Komeda, Tadahiro

    2014-01-28

    We formed an epitaxial film of CeO{sub 2}(111) by sublimating Ce atoms on Ru(0001) surface kept at elevated temperature in an oxygen ambient. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurement revealed a decrease of Ce{sup 4+}/Ce{sup 3+} ratio in a small temperature window of the growth temperature between 1070 and 1096 K, which corresponds to the reduction of the CeO{sub 2}(111). Scanning tunneling microscope image showed that a film with a wide terrace and a sharp step edge was obtained when the film was grown at the temperatures close to the reduction temperature, and the terrace width observed on the sample grown at 1060 K was more than twice of that grown at 1040 K. On the surface grown above the reduction temperature, the surface with a wide terrace and a sharp step was confirmed, but small dots were also seen in the terrace part, which are considerably Ce atoms adsorbed at the oxygen vacancies on the reduced surface. This experiment demonstrated that it is required to use the substrate temperature close to the reduction temperature to obtain CeO{sub 2}(111) with wide terrace width and sharp step edges.

  20. GaAs Deposition on the (100) and (110) Planes of Gold by Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy (ECALE). A LEED, AES and STM Study

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    1992-05-26

    ECALE is based on the alternated underpotential deposition (UPD) of atomic layers of different elements to form a compound. Oxidative UPD of As and...based on the alternated underpotential deposition (UPD) of atomic layers of different elements to form a compound. Oxidative UPD of As and reductive UPD...potential control. Stoichiometric coverages of Ga and As were obtained on the (100) and (110) surfaces when Ga was underpotentially deposited on the As

  1. Sharp organic interface of molecular C60 chains and a pentacene derivative SAM on Au(788): A combined STM & DFT study

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    Wang, Jun; Tang, Jian-Ming; Larson, Amanda M.; Miller, Glen P.; Pohl, Karsten

    2013-12-01

    Controlling the molecular structure of the donor-acceptor interface is essential to overcoming the efficiency bottleneck in organic photovoltaics. We present a study of self-assembled fullerene (C60) molecular chains on perfectly ordered 6,13-dichloropentacene (DCP) monolayers forming on a vicinal Au(788) surface using scanning tunneling microscopy in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. DCP is a novel pentacene derivative optimized for photovoltaic applications. The molecules form a brick-wall patterned centered rectangular lattice with the long axis parallel to the monatomic steps that separate the 3.9 nm wide Au(111) terraces. The strong interaction between the C60 molecules and the gold substrate is well screened by the DCP monolayer. At submonolayer C60 coverage, the fullerene molecules form long parallel chains, 1.1 nm apart, with a rectangular arrangement instead of the expected close-packed configuration along the upper step edges. The perfectly ordered DCP structure is unaffected by the C60 chain formation. The controlled sharp highly-ordered organic interface has the potential to improve the conversion efficiency in organic photovoltaics.

  2. SU-F-BRE-16: VMAT Commissioning and Quality Assurance (QA) of An Elekta Synergy-STM Linac Using ICOM Test HarnessTM

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    Nguyen, A; Rajaguru, P; He, R; Yang, C; Kaurin, D; Paul, T; Plowman, A

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To establish a set of tests based on the iCOM software that can be used to commission and perform periodic QA of VMAT delivery on the Elekta Synergy-S, commonly known as the Beam Modulator (BM). Methods: iCOM is used to create and deliver customized treatment fields to characterize the system in terms of 1) MLC positioning accuracy under static and dynamic delivery with full gantry rotation, 2) MLC positioning with known errors, 3) Maximum dose rate, 4) Maximum MLC speed, 5) Maximum gantry speed, 6) Synchronization: gantry speed versus dose rate, and 7) Synchronization: MLC speed versus dose rate. The resulting images were captured on the iView GT and exported in DICOM format to Dosimetry Check™ system for visual and quantitative analysis. For the initial commissioning phase, the system tests described should be supplemented with extensive patient QAs covering all clinically relevant treatment sites. Results: The system performance test suite showed that on our Synergy-S, MLC positioning was accurate under both static and dynamic deliveries. Intentional errors of 1 mm were also easily identified on both static and dynamic picket fence tests. Maximum dose rate was verified with stop watch to be consistently between 475-480 MU/min. Maximum gantry speed and MLC speed were 5.5 degree/s and 2.5 cm/s respectively. After accounting for beam flatness, both synchronization tests, gantry versus dose rate and MLC speed versus dose rate, were successful as the fields were uniform across the strips and there were no obvious cold/hot spots. Conclusion: VMAT commissioning and quality assurance should include machine characterization tests in addition to patient QAs. Elekta iCOM is a valuable tool for the design of customized VMAT field with specific MU, MLC leaf positions, dose rate, and indirect control of MLC and gantry speed at each of its control points.

  3. Squeezing and stretching Pd thin films: A high-resolution STM study of Pd/Au(111) and Pd/Cu(111) bimetallics

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    Blecher, Mishan E.; Lewis, Emily A.; Pronschinske, Alex; Murphy, Colin J.; Mattera, Michael F. G.; Liriano, Melissa L.; Sykes, E. Charles H.

    2016-04-01

    Pd bimetallic alloys are promising catalysts, especially for heterogeneous reactions involving hydrogen, as they exhibit increased activity and reduced demand for expensive precious metals. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we examine the structure of Pd thin films on Cu(111) and Au(111) and demonstrate compression and expansion, respectively, of the bulk Pd lattice constant in the film. The relative binding strength of H to the two surfaces, inferred via tip-induced diffusion barriers, suggests that the strain in these systems may alter adsorbate binding and corroborates well-known trends in d-band shifts calculated by the density functional theory. Modification to the topography and activity of Pd films based on the choice of substrate metal illustrates the value of bimetallic systems for designing less expensive, tunable catalysts.

  4. Handling L2 Input in Phonological STM: The Effect of Non-L1 Phonetic Segments and Non-L1 Phonotactics on Nonword Repetition

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    Kovacs, Gabor; Racsmany, Mihaly

    2008-01-01

    This article reports on an experiment comparing the effects of three discrete types of deviance from native language (L1) phonetics and phonology on verbal short-term memory performance. A nonword repetition task was used to measure the recall of four stimulus types: (a) high-probability L1-sounding nonwords, (b) low-probability L1-sounding…

  5. Controlled impurity study and observation of a bosonic mode in iron based superconductors by STM measurements: implications for the pairing symmetry and mechanism

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    Wen, Hai-Hu

    2014-03-01

    The pairing mechanism in the iron pnictides remains unresolved yet. The pairing model based on the magnetic origin predicts a sign reversal gap on the electron and hole Fermi pockets, leading to the S+/- pairing, however, a more conventional S++ pairing gap was suggested based on the orbital fluctuation mediated pairing. Here we show the clear evidence of the in-gap quasi-particle states induced by the non- or very weak magnetic Cu impurities in Na(Fe0 . 97 - xCo0.03Cux) As by measuring the scanning tunneling spectroscopy, giving strong evidence of the S+/- pairing. Furthermore, we show the presence of the bosonic mode with the energy identical to that of the neutron resonance with a simple linear relation Ω/kBTc ~ 4.3 in several systems. This mode can also be explained very well as the consequence of the S+/- pairing. These observations strongly suggest that the antiferromagnetic spin fluctuation is the key factor for superconductivity. In collaboration with: Huan Yang, Zhenyu Wang, Delong Fang, Lei Shan, Qiangua Wang, Chenglin Zhang, and Pengcheng Dai, et al.

  6. Coexistence of Two Electronic Nano-Phases on a CH3NH3PbI3-xClx Surface Observed in STM Measurements.

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    Yost, Andrew J; Pimachev, Artem; Ho, Chun-Chih; Darling, Seth B; Wang, Leeyih; Su, Wei-Fang; Dahnovsky, Yuri; Chien, TeYu

    2016-10-10

    Scanning tunneling microscopy is utilized to investigate the local density of states of a CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite in cross-sectional geometry. Two electronic phases, 10-20 nm in size, with different electronic properties inside the CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite layer are observed by the dI/dV mapping and point spectra. A power law dependence of the dI/dV point spectra is revealed. In addition, the distinct electronic phases are found to have preferential orientations close to the normal direction of the film surface. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the observed electronic phases are associated with local deviation of I/Cl ratio, rather than different orientations of the electric dipole moments in the ferroelectric phases. By comparing the calculated results with experimental data we conclude that phase A (lower contrast in dI/dV mapping at -2.0 V bias) contains a lower I/Cl ratio than that in phase B (higher contrast in dI/dV).

  7. Measuring Complementary Electronic Structure Properties of both Deposited and Gas Phase Clusters using STM, UPS, and PES: Size-Selected Clusters on Surfaces

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    Bowen, Kit H.

    2014-03-05

    In this project, we studied size-selected cluster interactions with surfaces, with other clusters on surfaces, and with external stimuli. These studies focused on mobility as a function of cluster size, surface morphologies as a function of composition and coverage, ion-induced modification and reactivity of clusters as a function of composition, the structural evolution of cluster cuboids culminating in the characterization of theoretically-predicted “baby crystal” clusters, and unusual fractal pattern formation due to deposition.

  8. Multistage nucleation of two-dimensional Si islands on Si(111)-7x7 during MBE growth: STM experiments and extended rate-equation model

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    Filimonov, Sergey; Cherepanov, Vasily; Voigtlaender, Bert; Hervieu, Yuri

    2007-07-15

    The submonolayer density of two-dimensional (2D) islands in Si/Si(111)-7x7 molecular beam epitaxy is measured using scanning tunneling microscopy. At a relatively low deposition temperature of 673 K, the density of 2D islands is a power function of the deposition flux N{sub 2D}{proportional_to}F{sup {chi}} with the exponent {chi}=0.24 being smaller than that predicted by the standard nucleation theory. The nonstandard scaling of the 2D island density is explained by the multistage character of the nucleation process on the Si(111)-7x7 surface which involves consecutive stages of formation of stable Si clusters, formation of pairs of clusters, and transformation of the cluster pairs to 2D islands. Using an extended rate-equation model, we analyze the temperature and growth rate dependencies of the density of single clusters, cluster pairs, and 2D islands and show that an activation barrier of {approx}1.26 eV delays the transformation of cluster pairs to 2D islands. The delayed transformation of cluster pairs to 2D islands is the reason for the nonstandard scaling of the 2D island density observed at low deposition temperatures.

  9. Coexistence of two electronic nano-phases on a CH3NH3PbI3–xClx surface observed in STM measurements

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    Yost, Andrew J.; Pimachev, Artem; Ho, Chun -Chih; ...

    2016-10-10

    Scanning tunneling microscopy is utilized to investigate the local density of states of a CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite in cross-sectional geometry. Two electronic phases, 10-20 nm in size, with different electronic properties inside the CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite layer are observed by the dI/ dV mapping and point spectra. A power law dependence of the dI/dV point spectra is revealed. In addition, the distinct electronic phases are found to have preferential orientations close to the normal direction of the film surface. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the observed electronic phases are associated with local deviation of I/Cl ratio, rather than different orientations ofmore » the electric dipole moments in the ferroelectric phases. Furthermore, by comparing the calculated results with experimental data we conclude that phase A (lower contrast in dI/dV mapping at -2.0 V bias) contains a lower I/Cl ratio than that in phase B (higher contrast in dI/dV).« less

  10. Preparation of Chemically Etched Tips for Ambient Instructional Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Zaccardi, Margot J.; Winkelmann, Kurt; Olson, Joel A.

    2010-01-01

    A first-year laboratory experiment that utilizes concepts of electrochemical tip etching for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is described. This experiment can be used in conjunction with any STM experiment. Students electrochemically etch gold STM tips using a time-efficient method, which can then be used in an instructional grade STM that…

  11. Explaining Semantic Short-Term Memory Deficits: Evidence for the Critical Role of Semantic Control

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    Hoffman, Paul; Jefferies, Elizabeth; Lambon Ralph, Matthew A.

    2011-01-01

    Patients with apparently selective short-term memory (STM) deficits for semantic information have played an important role in developing multi-store theories of STM and challenge the idea that verbal STM is supported by maintaining activation in the language system. We propose that semantic STM deficits are not as selective as previously thought…

  12. The heterogeneity of verbal short-term memory impairment in aphasia.

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    Majerus, Steve; Attout, Lucie; Artielle, Marie-Amélie; Van der Kaa, Marie-Anne

    2015-10-01

    Verbal short-term memory (STM) impairment represents a frequent and long-lasting deficit in aphasia, and it will prevent patients from recovering fully functional language abilities. The aim of this study was to obtain a more precise understanding of the nature of verbal STM impairment in aphasia, by determining whether verbal STM impairment is merely a consequence of underlying language impairment, as suggested by linguistic accounts of verbal STM, or whether verbal STM impairment reflects an additional, specific deficit. We investigated this question by contrasting item-based STM measures, supposed to depend strongly upon language activation, and order-based STM measures, supposed to reflect the operation of specific, serial order maintenance mechanisms, in a sample of patients with single-word processing deficits at the phonological and/or lexical level. A group-level analysis showed robust impairment for both item and serial order STM aspects in the aphasic group relative to an age-matched control group. An analysis of individual profiles revealed an important heterogeneity of verbal STM profiles, with patients presenting either selective item STM deficits, selective order STM deficits, generalized item and serial order STM deficits or no significant STM impairment. Item but not serial order STM impairment correlated with the severity of phonological impairment. These results disconfirm a strong version of the linguistic account of verbal STM impairment in aphasia, by showing variable impairment to both item and serial order processing aspects of verbal STM.

  13. Intrinsically disordered and pliable Starmaker-like protein from medaka (Oryzias latipes) controls the formation of calcium carbonate crystals.

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    Różycka, Mirosława; Wojtas, Magdalena; Jakób, Michał; Stigloher, Christian; Grzeszkowiak, Mikołaj; Mazur, Maciej; Ożyhar, Andrzej

    2014-01-01

    Fish otoliths, biominerals composed of calcium carbonate with a small amount of organic matrix, are involved in the functioning of the inner ear. Starmaker (Stm) from zebrafish (Danio rerio) was the first protein found to be capable of controlling the formation of otoliths. Recently, a gene was identified encoding the Starmaker-like (Stm-l) protein from medaka (Oryzias latipes), a putative homologue of Stm and human dentine sialophosphoprotein. Although there is no sequence similarity between Stm-l and Stm, Stm-l was suggested to be involved in the biomineralization of otoliths, as had been observed for Stm even before. The molecular properties and functioning of Stm-l as a putative regulatory protein in otolith formation have not been characterized yet. A comprehensive biochemical and biophysical analysis of recombinant Stm-l, along with in silico examinations, indicated that Stm-l exhibits properties of a coil-like intrinsically disordered protein. Stm-l possesses an elongated and pliable structure that is able to adopt a more ordered and rigid conformation under the influence of different factors. An in vitro assay of the biomineralization activity of Stm-l indicated that Stm-l affected the size, shape and number of calcium carbonate crystals. The functional significance of intrinsically disordered properties of Stm-l and the possible role of this protein in controlling the formation of calcium carbonate crystals is discussed.

  14. Intrinsically Disordered and Pliable Starmaker-Like Protein from Medaka (Oryzias latipes) Controls the Formation of Calcium Carbonate Crystals

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    Różycka, Mirosława; Wojtas, Magdalena; Jakób, Michał; Stigloher, Christian; Grzeszkowiak, Mikołaj; Mazur, Maciej; Ożyhar, Andrzej

    2014-01-01

    Fish otoliths, biominerals composed of calcium carbonate with a small amount of organic matrix, are involved in the functioning of the inner ear. Starmaker (Stm) from zebrafish (Danio rerio) was the first protein found to be capable of controlling the formation of otoliths. Recently, a gene was identified encoding the Starmaker-like (Stm-l) protein from medaka (Oryzias latipes), a putative homologue of Stm and human dentine sialophosphoprotein. Although there is no sequence similarity between Stm-l and Stm, Stm-l was suggested to be involved in the biomineralization of otoliths, as had been observed for Stm even before. The molecular properties and functioning of Stm-l as a putative regulatory protein in otolith formation have not been characterized yet. A comprehensive biochemical and biophysical analysis of recombinant Stm-l, along with in silico examinations, indicated that Stm-l exhibits properties of a coil-like intrinsically disordered protein. Stm-l possesses an elongated and pliable structure that is able to adopt a more ordered and rigid conformation under the influence of different factors. An in vitro assay of the biomineralization activity of Stm-l indicated that Stm-l affected the size, shape and number of calcium carbonate crystals. The functional significance of intrinsically disordered properties of Stm-l and the possible role of this protein in controlling the formation of calcium carbonate crystals is discussed. PMID:25490041

  15. Proteomic Analysis of Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium Isolated from RAW 264.7 Macrophages: identification of a novel protein that contributes to the replication of serovar Typhimurium inside macrophages

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    Shi, Liang; Adkins, Joshua N.; Coleman, James R.; Schepmoes, Athena A.; Dohnalkova, Alice; Mottaz, Heather M.; Norbeck, Angela D.; Purvine, Samuel O.; Manes, Nathan P.; Smallwood, Heather S.; Wang, Haixing H.; Forbes, John; Gros, Philippe; Uzzau, Sergio; Rodland, Karin D.; Heffron, Fred; Smith, Richard D.; Squier, Thomas C.

    2006-09-01

    ABSTRACT: To evade host resistance mechanisms, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (STM), a facultative intracellular pathogen, must alter its proteome following macrophage infection. To identify new colonization and virulence factors that mediate STM pathogenesis, we have isolated STM cells from RAW 264.7 macrophages at various time-points following infection and used a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS)-based proteomic approach to detect the changes in STM protein abundances. Because host resistance to STM infection is strongly modulated by the expression of a functional host resistant regulator, i.e., natural resistance associated macrophage protein 1 (Nramp1, also called Slc11a1), we have also examined the effects of Nramp1 activity on the changes of STM protein abundances. A total of 315 STM proteins have been identified from isolated STM cells, which are largely house-keeping proteins whose abundances remain relatively constant during the time-course of infection. However, 39 STM proteins are strongly induced after infection, suggesting their involvement in modulating colonization and infection. Of the 39 induced proteins, 6 proteins are specifically modulated by Nramp1 activity, including STM3117, as well as STM3118-3119 whose time-dependent abundance changes were confirmed using Western blot analysis. Deletion of the gene encoding STM3117 resulted in a dramatic reduction in the ability of STM to colonize wild-type RAW 264.7 macrophages, demonstrating a critical involvement of STM3117 in promoting the replication of STM inside macrophages. The predicted function common for STM3117-3119 is biosynthesis and modification of the peptidoglycan layer of STM cell wall, emphasizing their important roles in the colonization of macrophages by Salmonella.

  16. Extracellular serine proteases from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: Screening, isolation and heterologous expression in E. coli.

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    Ribitsch, D; Heumann, S; Karl, W; Gerlach, J; Leber, R; Birner-Gruenberger, R; Gruber, K; Eiteljoerg, I; Remler, P; Siegert, P; Lange, J; Maurer, K H; Berg, G; Guebitz, G M; Schwab, H

    2012-01-01

    A large strain collection comprising antagonistic bacteria was screened for novel detergent proteases. Several strains displayed protease activity on agar plates containing skim milk but were inactive in liquid media. Encapsulation of cells in alginate beads induced protease production. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia emerged as best performer under washing conditions. For identification of wash-active proteases, four extracellular serine proteases called StmPr1, StmPr2, StmPr3 and StmPr4 were cloned. StmPr2 and StmPr4 were sufficiently overexpressed in E. coli. Expression of StmPr1 and StmPr3 resulted in unprocessed, insoluble protein. Truncation of most of the C-terminal domain which has been identified by enzyme modeling succeeded in expression of soluble, active StmPr1 but failed in case of StmPr3. From laundry application tests StmPr2 turned out to be a highly wash-active protease at 45°C. Specific activity of StmPr2 determined with suc-L-Ala-L-Ala-L-Pro-l-Phe-p-nitroanilide as the substrate was 17±2U/mg. In addition we determined the kinetic parameters and cleavage preferences of protease StmPr2.

  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. Nanoscale Measurements of Magnetism & Spin Coherence in Semiconductors

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    2016-06-14

    characterize spin information on the atomic scale. In particular, we have developed the capability to perform spin polarized STM reliably using a vector...ferromangnetism in atomic chains of Fe and demonstrated that spin-orbit coupling at the surface of Pb can be detected with spin-polarized STM...on the atomic scale. In particular, we have developed the capability to perform spin polarized STM reliably using a vector magnet STM system and have

  19. Serial-Order Short-Term Memory Predicts Vocabulary Development: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study

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    Leclercq, Anne-Lise; Majerus, Steve

    2010-01-01

    Serial-order short-term memory (STM), as opposed to item STM, has been shown to be very consistently associated with lexical learning abilities in cross-sectional study designs. This study investigated longitudinal predictions between serial-order STM and vocabulary development. Tasks maximizing the temporary retention of either serial-order or…

  20. Evidence for a Specific Impairment of Serial Order Short-Term Memory in Dyslexic Children

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    Perez, Trecy Martinez; Majerus, Steve; Mahot, Aline; Poncelet, Martine

    2012-01-01

    In order to better understand the nature of verbal short-term memory (STM) deficits in dyslexic children, the present study used the distinction between item and serial order retention capacities in STM tasks. According to recent STM models, storage of verbal item information depends very directly upon the richness of underlying phonological and…

  1. Transcriptional, Posttranscriptional, and Posttranslational Regulation of SHOOT MERISTEMLESS Gene Expression in Arabidopsis Determines Gene Function in the Shoot Apex1[OPEN

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    Aguilar-Martínez, José Antonio; Uchida, Naoyuki; Townsley, Brad; West, Donnelly Ann; Yanez, Andrea; Lynn, Nafeesa; Kimura, Seisuke

    2015-01-01

    The activity of SHOOT MERISTEMLESS (STM) is required for the functioning of the shoot apical meristem (SAM). STM is expressed in the SAM but is down-regulated at the site of leaf initiation. STM is also required for the formation of compound leaves. However, how the activity of STM is regulated at the transcriptional, posttranscriptional, and posttranslational levels is poorly understood. We previously found two conserved noncoding sequences in the promoters of STM-like genes across angiosperms, the K-box and the RB-box. Here, we characterize the function of the RB-box in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). The RB-box, along with the K-box, regulates the expression of STM in leaf sinuses, which are areas on the leaf blade with meristematic potential. The RB-box also contributes to restrict STM expression to the SAM. We identified FAR1-RELATED SEQUENCES-RELATED FACTOR1 (FRF1) as a binding factor to the RB-box region. FRF1 is an uncharacterized member of a subfamily of four truncated proteins related to the FAR1-RELATED SEQUENCES factors. Internal deletion analysis of the STM promoter identified a region required to repress the expression of STM in hypocotyls. Expression of STM in leaf primordia under the control of the JAGGED promoter produced plants with partially undifferentiated leaves. We further found that the ELK domain has a role in the posttranslational regulation of STM by affecting the nuclear localization of STM. PMID:25524441

  2. Explaining semantic short-term memory deficits: Evidence for the critical role of semantic control

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    Hoffman, Paul; Jefferies, Elizabeth; Lambon Ralph, Matthew A.

    2011-01-01

    Patients with apparently selective short-term memory (STM) deficits for semantic information have played an important role in developing multi-store theories of STM and challenge the idea that verbal STM is supported by maintaining activation in the language system. We propose that semantic STM deficits are not as selective as previously thought and can occur as a result of mild disruption to semantic control processes, i.e., mechanisms that bias semantic processing towards task-relevant aspects of knowledge and away from irrelevant information. We tested three semantic STM patients with tasks that tapped four aspects of semantic control: (i) resolving ambiguity between word meanings, (ii) sensitivity to cues, (iii) ignoring irrelevant information and (iv) detecting weak semantic associations. All were impaired in conditions requiring more semantic control, irrespective of the STM demands of the task, suggesting a mild, but task-general, deficit in regulating semantic knowledge. This mild deficit has a disproportionate effect on STM tasks because they have high intrinsic control demands: in STM tasks, control is required to keep information active when it is no longer available in the environment and to manage competition between items held in memory simultaneously. By re-interpreting the core deficit in semantic STM patients in this way, we are able to explain their apparently selective impairment without the need for a specialised STM store. Instead, we argue that semantic STM patients occupy the mildest end of spectrum of semantic control disorders. PMID:21195105

  3. 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.

  4. Quantitative analysis of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy images for surface structure determination: Sulfur on Re(0001)

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    Ogletree, D.F.; Dunphy, J.C.; Salmeron, M.B.; Sautet, P. |

    1993-02-01

    Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) images of adsorbed atoms and molecules on single crystal substrates provide important information on surface structure and order. In many cases images are interpreted qualitatively based on other information on the system. To obtain quantitative information, a theoretical analysis of the STM image is required. A new method of calculating STM images is presented that includes a full description of the STM tip and surface structure. This method is applied to experimental STM images of sulfur adsorbed on Re(0001). Effects of adsorption site, adsorbate geometry, tip composition and tunnel gap resistance on STM image contrast are analyzed. The chemical identity of tip apex atom and substrate subsurface structure are both shown to significantly affect STM image contrast.

  5. 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.

  6. "I know your name, but not your number"--Patients with verbal short-term memory deficits are impaired in learning sequences of digits.

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    Bormann, Tobias; Seyboth, Margret; Umarova, Roza; Weiller, Cornelius

    2015-06-01

    Studies on verbal learning in patients with impaired verbal short-term memory (vSTM) have revealed dissociations among types of verbal information. Patients with impaired vSTM are able to learn lists of known words but fail to acquire new word forms. This suggests that vSTM is involved in new word learning. The present study assessed both new word learning and the learning of digit sequences in two patients with impaired vSTM. In two experiments, participants were required to learn people's names, ages and professions, or their four digit 'phone numbers'. The STM patients were impaired on learning unknown family names and phone numbers, but managed to acquire other verbal information. In contrast, a patient with a severe verbal episodic memory impairment was impaired across information types. These results indicate verbal STM involvement in the learning of digit sequences.

  7. Study of the Surface Morphology of Thermally Annealed Copper Foils and Various Transfer Methods for Graphene

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    2013-01-01

    been studied by Optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) as a function of heat treatment. This...studied by Optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) as a function of heat treatment. This study...studied by Optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) as a function of heat treatment. This study

  8. Atom world based on nano-forces: 25 years of atomic force microscopy.

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    Morita, Seizo

    2011-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has opened up the new nanoworlds of scanning probe microscopy. STM is the first-generation atomic tool that can image, evaluate and manipulate individual atoms and consequently can create nanostructures by true bottom-up methods based on atom-by-atom manipulation. Atomic force microscopy is a second-generation atomic tool that has followed the footsteps of STM, and which is now opening doors to a new atom world based on using nanoscale forces.

  9. Atomic resolution images of graphite in air

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    Grigg, D.A.; Shedd, G.M.; Griffis, D.; Russell, P.E.

    1988-12-01

    One sample used for proof of operation for atomic resolution in STM is highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). This sample has been imaged with many different STM`s obtaining similar results. Atomic resolution images of HOPG have now been obtained using an STM designed and built at the Precision Engineering Center. This paper discusses the theoretical predictions and experimental results obtained in imaging of HOPG.

  10. Correlates of nonmedical use of stimulants and methamphetamine use in a national sample

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    Chen, Lian-Yu; Strain, Eric C.; Alexandre, Pierre Kébreau; Alexander, G. Caleb; Mojtabai, Ramin; Martins, Silvia S.

    2014-01-01

    Background Despite chemical similarities, ADHD stimulants and methamphetamine have distinct use patterns in the community. This study compared the characteristics of nonmedical ADHD stimulants users and methamphetamine users in a household sample. Methods In data from the 2009–2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, adult and adolescent stimulant users were categorized into three mutually exclusive subgroups: nonmedical ADHD stimulant users only (STM users), methamphetamine users (METH users), and both nonmedical ADHD stimulant and methamphetamine users (STM/METH users). Multivariate logistic regression analyses identified the substance comorbidity, mental health, and deviant behavior characteristics associated with these three groups. Results Compared to adolescent STM users, STM/METH users were more likely to be female, younger and uninsured while METH users were more likely to be younger, in a minority group and from a higher-income family. Compared to adult STM users, METH and STM/METH users were more likely to be male, older, uninsured, no longer married, and to be from rural areas. Adolescent METH users were more likely than STM users to report illegal drug use while adult METH users were less likely to report prescription drug use than their STM user counterparts. Overall, adult and adolescent STM/METH users were more likely to report substance use, mental health problems and deviant behaviors compared to STM users. Conclusion The characteristics of STM users differ from METH and STM/METH users, and their associations with substance use and psychiatric comorbidities differ by age. Findings have implications for understanding the risks for stimulant use in different age subgroups. PMID:24583271

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. The Nature of Verbal Short-Term Impairment in Dyslexia: The Importance of Serial Order

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    Majerus, Steve; Cowan, Nelson

    2016-01-01

    Verbal short-term memory (STM) impairment is one of the most consistent associated deficits observed in developmental reading disorders such as dyslexia. Few studies have addressed the nature of this STM impairment, especially as regards the ability to temporarily store serial order information. This question is important as studies in typically developing children have shown that serial order STM abilities are predictors of oral and written language development. Associated serial order STM deficits in dyslexia may therefore further increase the learning difficulties in these populations. In this mini review, we show that specific serial order STM impairment is frequently reported in both dyslexic children and adults with a history of dyslexia. Serial order STM impairment appears to occur for the retention of both verbal and visuo-spatial sequence information. Serial order STM impairment is, however, not a characteristic of every individual dyslexic subject and is not specific to dyslexia. Future studies need to determine whether serial order STM impairment is a risk factor which, in association with phonological processing deficits, can lead to dyslexia or whether serial order STM impairment reflects associated deficits causally unrelated to dyslexia. PMID:27752247

  14. 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

  15. Studies on the topology of the renal type II NaPi-cotransporter.

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    Lambert, G; Traebert, M; Hernando, N; Biber, J; Murer, H

    1999-05-01

    The rat type II sodium/phosphate cotransporter (NaPi-2) is a 85- to 90-kDa glycosylated protein located at the proximal tubular brush border membrane. Hydropathy predictions suggest eight transmembrane domains (sTM) with a large glycosylated loop between sTM 3 and sTM 4. We have studied the membrane topology of NaPi-2 expressed in oocytes. A 33-amino-acid fragment containing the FLAG epitope was inserted into seven loops connecting the sTMs and into the NH2- and COOH-ends of the protein. FLAG-antibody binding suggested that the loops connecting sTM 1 and sTM 2 as well as sTM 3 and sTM 4 are located extracellularly. Based on the lack of FLAG-antibody binding we suggest intracellular locations for the NH2- and COOH-termini and the region connecting sTM 4 and sTM 5. Immunoprecipitation studies of in vitro translated protein also suggest that the NH2-terminus is sited extracellularly. In immunohistochemical studies with NaPi-2-transfected MDCK cells, an interaction with NH2- and COOH- terminal antipeptide antibodies could only be obtained after membrane permeabilization. The presented data are an experimental documentation of the intracellular location of the NH2- and COOH-termini, and of the extracellular location of extracellular loops 1 and 2.

  16. Atomic resolution noncontact atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy of TiO2(110)-(1 x 1) and - (1 x 2): simultaneous imaging of surface structures and electronic states.

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    Ashino, M; Sugawara, Y; Morita, S; Ishikawa, M

    2001-05-07

    We present simultaneous imaging of TiO2(110)-(1 x 1) and - (1 x 2) using noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The surface topography was imaged under NC-AFM feedback, while the surface electronic states were imaged by STM. The image contrasts of NC-AFM and STM were antiphase in (1 x 1) and in phase in (1 x 2). The uppermost oxygen and Ti atoms underneath were, respectively, imaged by NC-AFM and STM. The NC-AFM image contrast was close to the true surface topography in (1 x 2), but reduced in (1 x 1).

  17. The geometry of Bi nanolines on Si(0 0 1)

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    Miwa, R. H.; MacLeod, J. M.; Srivastava, G. P.; McLean, A. B.

    2005-05-01

    A study of the Bi nanoline geometry on Si(0 0 1) has been performed using a combination of ab initio theoretical technique and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). Our calculations demonstrate decisively that the recently proposed Haiku geometry is a lower energy configuration than any of the previously proposed line geometries. Furthermore, we have made comparisons between STM constant-current topographs of the lines and Tersoff-Haman STM simulations. Although the Haiku and the Miki geometries both reproduce the main features of the constant-current topographs, the simulated STM images of the Miki geometry have a dark stripe between the dimer rows that does not correspond well with experiment.

  18. Coexistence of two electronic nano-phases on a CH3NH3PbI3–xClx surface observed in STM measurements

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    Yost, Andrew J.; Pimachev, Artem; Ho, Chun -Chih; Darling, Seth B.; Wang, Leeyih; Su, Wei -Fang; Dahnovsky, Yuri; Chien, TeYu

    2016-10-10

    Scanning tunneling microscopy is utilized to investigate the local density of states of a CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite in cross-sectional geometry. Two electronic phases, 10-20 nm in size, with different electronic properties inside the CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite layer are observed by the dI/ dV mapping and point spectra. A power law dependence of the dI/dV point spectra is revealed. In addition, the distinct electronic phases are found to have preferential orientations close to the normal direction of the film surface. Density functional theory calculations indicate that the observed electronic phases are associated with local deviation of I/Cl ratio, rather than different orientations of the electric dipole moments in the ferroelectric phases. Furthermore, by comparing the calculated results with experimental data we conclude that phase A (lower contrast in dI/dV mapping at -2.0 V bias) contains a lower I/Cl ratio than that in phase B (higher contrast in dI/dV).

  19. Two proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) paralogs from the tropical sea cucumber (Stichopus monotuberculatus): Molecular characterization and inducible expression with immune challenge.

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    Ren, Chunhua; Chen, Ting; Jiang, Xiao; Sun, Hongyan; Qian, Jing; Hu, Chaoqun; Wang, Yanhong

    2016-09-01

    Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a multifunctional protein that widely exists in eukaryotic species. In this study, two PCSK9 paralogs, named StmPCSK9-1 and StmPCSK9-2, were identified from the tropical sea cucumber (Stichopus monotuberculatus). The cDNAs of StmPCSK9-1 and StmPCSK9-2 are 1330 kb and 1508 kb in size, respectively. The open reading frames (ORF) for StmPCSK9-1 and StmPCSK9-2 cDNAs are 1128 and 1167 bp in length, encoding the proteins of 375 and 388 amino acids with the deduced molecular weights of 38.76 and 41.07 kDa, respectively. In accord with other members in PCSK9 family, the two StmPCSK9 paralogs possessed the inhibitor_I9 and peptidase_S8 functional domains, seven active sites, a catalytic triad and two calcium binding sites. For the gene structure, the splicing of the two StmPCSK9 paralogs was relatively conserved. In addition, the mRNA expression of StmPCSK9-1 and StmPCSK9-2 was only detected in the sea cucumber intestine and coelomocytes, and the expression levels of both the two StmPCSK9 paralogs were higher in intestine. Moreover, StmPCSK9-2 was found to be a cytoplasm protein without signal peptide, and show no response to the immune challenge. On the contrary, StmPCSK9-1 was a secreted protein and the transcriptional expression of StmPCSK9-1 was significantly up-regulated by lipopolysaccharides (LPS) treatment and slightly down-regulated by polyriboinosinic polyribocytidylic acid [Poly (I:C)] challenge in in vitro experiments performed in the cultural primary coelomocytes, suggesting that the StmPCSK9-1 may play critical roles in the innate immune defense of sea cucumber, S. monotuberculatus, against bacterial and/or viral infections.

  20. Overexpression of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi recA gene confers fluoroquinolone resistance in Escherichia coli DH5α

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    Yassien, M.A.M.; Elfaky, M.A.

    2015-01-01

    A spontaneous fluoroquinolone-resistant mutant (STM1) was isolated from its parent Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) clinical isolate. Unlike its parent isolate, this mutant has selective resistance to fluoroquinolones without any change in its sensitivity to various other antibiotics. DNA gyrase assays revealed that the fluoroquinolone resistance phenotype of the STM1 mutant did not result from alteration of the fluoroquinolone sensitivity of the DNA gyrase isolated from it. To study the mechanism of fluoroquinolone resistance, a genomic library from the STM1 mutant was constructed in Escherichia coli DH5α and two recombinant plasmids were obtained. Only one of these plasmids (STM1-A) conferred the selective fluoroquinolone resistance phenotype to E. coli DH5α. The chromosomal insert from STM1-A, digested with EcoRI and HindIII restriction endonucleases, produced two DNA fragments and these were cloned separately into pUC19 thereby generating two new plasmids, STM1-A1 and STM1-A2. Only STM1-A1 conferred the selective fluoroquinolone resistance phenotype to E. coli DH5α. Sequence and subcloning analyses of STM1-A1 showed the presence of an intact RecA open reading frame. Unlike that of the wild-type E. coli DH5α, protein analysis of a crude STM1-A1 extract showed overexpression of a 40 kDa protein. Western blotting confirmed the 40 kDa protein band to be RecA. When a RecA PCR product was cloned into pGEM-T and introduced into E. coli DH5α, the STM1-A11 subclone retained fluoroquinolone resistance. These results suggest that overexpression of RecA causes selective fluoroquinolone resistance in E. coli DH5α. PMID:26375447

  1. Auditory Short-Term Memory Capacity Correlates with Gray Matter Density in the Left Posterior STS in Cognitively Normal and Dyslexic Adults

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    Richardson, Fiona M.; Ramsden, Sue; Ellis, Caroline; Burnett, Stephanie; Megnin, Odette; Catmur, Caroline; Schofield, Tom M.; Leff, Alex P.; Price, Cathy J.

    2011-01-01

    A central feature of auditory STM is its item-limited processing capacity. We investigated whether auditory STM capacity correlated with regional gray and white matter in the structural MRI images from 74 healthy adults, 40 of whom had a prior diagnosis of developmental dyslexia whereas 34 had no history of any cognitive impairment. Using…

  2. "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).

  3. Two-Step Regulation of a Meristematic Cell Population Acting in Shoot Branching in Arabidopsis

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    Tian, Caihuan; Wang, Jin; Xu, Tengfei; Xu, Yan; Ohno, Carolyn; Sablowski, Robert; Heisler, Marcus G.; Theres, Klaus; Wang, Ying

    2016-01-01

    Shoot branching requires the establishment of new meristems harboring stem cells; this phenomenon raises questions about the precise regulation of meristematic fate. In seed plants, these new meristems initiate in leaf axils to enable lateral shoot branching. Using live-cell imaging of leaf axil cells, we show that the initiation of axillary meristems requires a meristematic cell population continuously expressing the meristem marker SHOOT MERISTEMLESS (STM). The maintenance of STM expression depends on the leaf axil auxin minimum. Ectopic expression of STM is insufficient to activate axillary buds formation from plants that have lost leaf axil STM expressing cells. This suggests that some cells undergo irreversible commitment to a developmental fate. In more mature leaves, REVOLUTA (REV) directly up-regulates STM expression in leaf axil meristematic cells, but not in differentiated cells, to establish axillary meristems. Cell type-specific binding of REV to the STM region correlates with epigenetic modifications. Our data favor a threshold model for axillary meristem initiation, in which low levels of STM maintain meristematic competence and high levels of STM lead to meristem initiation. PMID:27398935

  4. Current status of the state-and-transition framework

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    State-and-transition models (STM) have been widely adopted as a tool for explaining plant community dynamics and response to disturbance within rangeland ecosystems. Our understanding of the STM concepts has advanced substantially since they were introduced by Westoby et al. (1989) and modified by ...

  5. Visuospatial Support for Verbal Short-Term Memory in Individuals with Down Syndrome

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    Duarte, Cintia Perez; Covre, Priscila; Braga, Ana Claudia; de Macedo, Elizeu Coutinho

    2011-01-01

    Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) tend to have impaired verbal short-term memory (STM), which persists even when visual support is provided for carrying out verbal tasks. Objective: The current study aims to investigate whether visuospatial support, rather than just visual, can compensate for verbal STM deficits in these individuals. The…

  6. 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.

  7. The Generality of Working Memory Capacity: A Latent-Variable Approach to Verbal and Visuospatial Memory Span and Reasoning

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    Kane, Michael J.; Hambrick, David Z.; Tuholski, Stephen W.; Wilhelm, Oliver; Payne, Tabitha W.; Engle, Randall W.

    2004-01-01

    A latent-variable study examined whether verbal and visuospatial working memory (WM) capacity measures reflect a primarily domain-general construct by testing 236 participants in 3 span tests each of verbal WM. visuospatial WM, verbal short-term memory (STM), and visuospatial STM. as well as in tests of verbal and spatial reasoning and general…

  8. Lexical Learning in Bilingual Adults: The Relative Importance of Short-Term Memory for Serial Order and Phonological Knowledge

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    Majerus, Steve; Poncelet, Martine; Van der Linden, Martial; Weekes, Brendan S.

    2008-01-01

    Studies of monolingual speakers have shown a strong association between lexical learning and short-term memory (STM) capacity, especially STM for serial order information. At the same time, studies of bilingual speakers suggest that phonological knowledge is the main factor that drives lexical learning. This study tested these two hypotheses…

  9. Short-Term and Working Memory Skills in Primary School-Aged Children with Specific Language Impairment and Children with Pragmatic Language Impairment: Phonological, Linguistic and Visuo-Spatial Aspects

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    Freed, Jenny; Lockton, Elaine; Adams, Catherine

    2012-01-01

    Background: Children with specific language impairment (CwSLI) are consistently reported to have short-term memory (STM) and working memory (WM) difficulties. Aim: To compare STM and WM abilities in CwSLI with children with pragmatic language impairment (CwPLI). Methods & Procedures: Primary school-aged CwSLI (n = 12) and CwPLI (n = 23) were…

  10. Verbal Short-Term Memory Reflects the Organization of Long-Term Memory: Further Evidence from Short-Term Memory for Emotional Words

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    Majerus, Steve; D'Argembeau, Arnaud

    2011-01-01

    Many studies suggest that long-term lexical-semantic knowledge is an important determinant of verbal short-term memory (STM) performance. This study explored the impact of emotional valence on word immediate serial recall as a further lexico-semantic long-term memory (LTM) effect on STM. This effect is particularly interesting for the study of…

  11. Adaptive Production Systems

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    1974-12-01

    Melton, A. W., and Marton. E. (Eds.). Coding Processes in Human Memory, Washington, DC , Winston and Sons, 1972. Newell. A. Production systems...STM (1 A ’) (ACTION (USED) (DEP (NEXT B))) (B ?) (LOC A) (A ?) (B ?) ( SEPIc ’ fiAB) 16 TRUE IN PS STM (NEXT A) (1 A?) (ACTION (USED) (DEP (NEXT B

  12. Relations between Short-term Memory Deficits, Semantic Processing, and Executive Function

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    Allen, Corinne M.; Martin, Randi C.; Martin, Nadine

    2012-01-01

    Background Previous research has suggested separable short-term memory (STM) buffers for the maintenance of phonological and lexical-semantic information, as some patients with aphasia show better ability to retain semantic than phonological information and others show the reverse. Recently, researchers have proposed that deficits to the maintenance of semantic information in STM are related to executive control abilities. Aims The present study investigated the relationship of executive function abilities with semantic and phonological short-term memory (STM) and semantic processing in such patients, as some previous research has suggested that semantic STM deficits and semantic processing abilities are critically related to specific or general executive function deficits. Method and Procedures 20 patients with aphasia and STM deficits were tested on measures of short-term retention, semantic processing, and both complex and simple executive function tasks. Outcome and Results In correlational analyses, we found no relation between semantic STM and performance on simple or complex executive function tasks. In contrast, phonological STM was related to executive function performance in tasks that had a verbal component, suggesting that performance in some executive function tasks depends on maintaining or rehearsing phonological codes. Although semantic STM was not related to executive function ability, performance on semantic processing tasks was related to executive function, perhaps due to similar executive task requirements in both semantic processing and executive function tasks. Conclusions Implications for treatment and interpretations of executive deficits are discussed. PMID:22736889

  13. A Single Brief Burst Induces GluR1-Dependent Associative Short-Term Potentiation: A Potential Mechanism for Short-Term Memory

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    Erickson, Martha A.; Maramara, Lauren A.; Lisman, John

    2010-01-01

    Recent work showed that short-term memory (STM) is selectively reduced in GluR1 knockout mice. This raises the possibility that a form of synaptic modification dependent on GluR1 might underlie STM. Studies of synaptic plasticity have shown that stimuli too weak to induce long-term potentiation induce short-term potentiation (STP), a phenomenon…

  14. Phonological and Sensory Short-Term Memory Are Correlates and Both Affected in Developmental Dyslexia

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    Laasonen, Marja; Virsu, Veijo; Oinonen, Suvi; Sandbacka, Mirja; Salakari, Anita; Service, Elisabet

    2012-01-01

    We investigated whether poor short-term memory (STM) in developmental dyslexia affects the processing of sensory stimulus sequences in addition to phonological material. STM for brief binary non-verbal stimuli (light flashes, tone bursts, finger touches, and their crossmodal combinations) was studied in 20 Finnish adults with dyslexia and 24…

  15. Electrophysiological Correlates of Improved Short-Term Memory for Emotional Faces

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    Langeslag, Sandra J. E.; Morgan, Helen M.; Jackson, Margaret C.; Linden, David E. J.; Van Strien, Jan W.

    2009-01-01

    Long-term memory (LTM) is enhanced for emotional information, but the influence of stimulus emotionality on short-term memory (STM) is less clear. We examined the electrophysiological correlates of improved visual STM for emotional face identity, focusing on the P1, N170, P3b and N250r event-related potential (ERP) components. These correlates are…

  16. Improving resolution of public health surveillance for human Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection: 3 years of prospective multiple-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA)

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    2012-01-01

    Background Prospective typing of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (STM) by multiple-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA) can assist in identifying clusters of STM cases that might otherwise have gone unrecognised, as well as sources of sporadic and outbreak cases. This paper describes the dynamics of human STM infection in a prospective study of STM MLVA typing for public health surveillance. Methods During a three-year period between August 2007 and September 2010 all confirmed STM isolates were fingerprinted using MLVA as part of the New South Wales (NSW) state public health surveillance program. Results A total of 4,920 STM isolates were typed and a subset of 4,377 human isolates was included in the analysis. The STM spectrum was dominated by a small number of phage types, including DT170 (44.6% of all isolates), DT135 (13.9%), DT9 (10.8%), DT44 (4.5%) and DT126 (4.5%). There was a difference in the discriminatory power of MLVA types within endemic phage types: Simpson's index of diversity ranged from 0.109 and 0.113 for DTs 9 and 135 to 0.172 and 0.269 for DTs 170 and 44, respectively. 66 distinct STM clusters were observed ranging in size from 5 to 180 cases and in duration from 4 weeks to 25 weeks. 43 clusters had novel MLVA types and 23 represented recurrences of previously recorded MLVA types. The diversity of the STM population remained relatively constant over time. The gradual increase in the number of STM cases during the study was not related to significant changes in the number of clusters or their size. 667 different MLVA types or patterns were observed. Conclusions Prospective MLVA typing of STM allows the detection of community outbreaks and demonstrates the sustained level of STM diversity that accompanies the increasing incidence of human STM infections. The monitoring of novel and persistent MLVA types offers a new benchmark for STM surveillance. A part of this study was presented at the MEEGID × (Molecular Epidemiology

  17. Scanning tunneling microscopy characterization of the geometric and electronic structure of hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces

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    Kaiser, W. J.; Bell, L. D.; Hecht, M. H.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1988-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) methods are used to characterize hydrogen-terminated Si surfaces prepared by a novel method. The surface preparation method is used to expose the Si-SiO2 interface. STM images directly reveal the topographic structure of the Si-SiO2 interface. The dependence of interface topography on oxide preparation conditions observed by STM is compared to the results of conventional surface characterization methods. Also, the electronic structure of the hydrogen-terminated surface is studied by STM spectroscopy. The near-ideal electronic structure of this surface enables direct tunnel spectroscopy measurements of Schottky barrier phenomena. In addition, this method enables probing of semiconductor subsurface properties by STM.

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

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    Ding, X D; Wang, Y Z; Xiong, X M; Du, X S; Zhang, J X

    2012-04-01

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

  19. A new yeast translation initiation factor suppresses a mutation in the eIF-4A RNA helicase.

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    Coppolecchia, R; Buser, P; Stotz, A; Linder, P

    1993-01-01

    We have isolated a gene, STM1, which encodes a new translation initiation factor from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The gene acts, if present on a multicopy plasmid, as a suppressor of a temperature-sensitive mutation in eIF-4A. The single copy STM1 gene is not essential, but disruption causes a slow growth phenotype. Analysis of polysomes from a strain carrying a disrupted stm1 allele shows a clear defect in translation initiation as shown by a strong reduction in polysomes and an increase in the monosomes. Sequence analysis revealed interesting features of the putative Stm1 protein. Comparison of the entire protein sequence with databanks showed some similarity with the human eIF-4B protein. The Stm1 protein has potential RNP1 and RNP2 motifs characteristic for RNA-binding proteins. The protein also contains six highly conserved direct repeats of 21-26 amino acids and one partial repeat. Images PMID:8404866

  20. Fabrication and Characterization of Low-Dimensional Nanostructures using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Fujita, Daisuke; Sagisaka, Keisuke; Onishi, Keiko; Ohgi, Taizo

    Recent developments of fabrication, manipulation and characterization techniques at nanometer scale for low-dimensional nanostructures using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) are reviewed. Firstly two reliable methods for metallic nanostructure formation using tip material transfer are introduced. Secondly STM-manipulation of Au nanoclusters grown on self-assembled monolayers is introduced, where single electron tunneling effect is clearly observable using tunneling spectroscopy. As a new type of STM manipulation, a reversible control method of surface periodic structures (phases) on Si(100) at low temperatures is introduced. Finally using a single atom deposition technique using a controlled point contact, fabrication of one-dimensional quantum well on a single dimer row of Si(100) surface is explained. Combining the fabrication and characterization capabilities of STM in various environments, STM can be a powerful tool for the exploration of nanotechnology and nanoscience.

  1. Proteome of Salmonella Enterica SerotypeTyphimurium Grown in a Low Mg2+/pH Medium

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    Shi, Liang; Ansong, Charles; Smallwood, Heather S.; Rommereim, Leah M.; McDermott, Jason E.; Brewer, Heather M.; Norbeck, Angela D.; Taylor, Ronald C.; Gustin, Jean K.; Heffron, Fred; Smith, Richard D.; Adkins, Joshua N.

    2009-09-01

    The facultative intracellular pathogen Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (STM) must replicate within host macrophages in order to establish systemic infection in susceptible mice. In an effort to identify new STM proteins that help the bacterium colonize macrophages, we have cultured STM cells with a low pH/low magnesium medium (MgM) under two different conditions termed MgM-Shock and MgM-Dilution and investigated the impacts of these culturing conditions on the STM proteome by using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)-based proteomics. LC-MS/MS results showed that alteration of culturing conditions affected a group of STM proteins differently. Compared to MgM-Shock, MgM-Dilution induced more proteins of the Salmonella-pathogenecity island 2-type III secretion system (SPI2-T3SS). The abundances of the proteins used for cobalamin biosynthesis increased under MgM-Shock condition but decreased under MgM-Dilution condition, while those proteins used for thiamine or biotin biosynthesis were not affected under the former condition but increased under the latter condition. Western-blot (WB) analysis confirmed the LC-MS/MS results. Because cobalamin, thiamine and biotin play different roles in STM metabolism, differential induction of the proteins involved in their biosyntheses suggests that the metabolic states of STM cells under these conditions differ considerably. WB analysis also showed that the abundances of SPI2-T3SS proteins SsaQ and SseE and biotin biosynthesis proteins BioB and BioD increased after STM infection of RAW 264.7 macrophages. Deletion of the gene encoding BioB reduced the ability of STM to replicate inside the macrophages, demonstrating for the first time the involvement of a biotin synthesis protein in STM colonization of macrophages.

  2. Dynamic soft tissue mobilisation increases hamstring flexibility in healthy male subjects

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    Hopper, D; Deacon, S; Das, S; Jain, A; Riddell, D; Hall, T; Briffa, K; Vicenzino, B.

    2005-01-01

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of dynamic soft tissue mobilisation (STM) on hamstring flexibility in healthy male subjects. Methods: Forty five males volunteered to participate in a randomised, controlled single blind design study. Volunteers were randomised to either control, classic STM, or dynamic STM intervention. The control group was positioned prone for 5 min. The classic STM group received standard STM techniques performed in a neutral prone position for 5 min. The dynamic STM group received all elements of classic STM followed by distal to proximal longitudinal strokes performed during passive, active, and eccentric loading of the hamstring. Only specific areas of tissue tightness were treated during the dynamic phase. Hamstring flexibility was quantified as hip flexion angle (HFA) which was the difference between the total range of straight leg raise and the range of pelvic rotation. Pre- and post-testing was conducted for the subjects in each group. A one-way ANCOVA followed by pairwise post-hoc comparisons was used to determine whether change in HFA differed between groups. The α level was set at 0.05. Results: Increase in hamstring flexibility was significantly greater in the dynamic STM group than either the control or classic STM groups with mean (standard deviation) increase in degrees in the HFA measures of 4.7 (4.8), –0.04 (4.8), and 1.3 (3.8), respectively. Conclusions: Dynamic soft tissue mobilisation (STM) significantly increased hamstring flexibility in healthy male subjects. PMID:16118294

  3. Spectrotemporal Modulation Detection and Speech Perception by Cochlear Implant Users.

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    Won, Jong Ho; Moon, Il Joon; Jin, Sunhwa; Park, Heesung; Woo, Jihwan; Cho, Yang-Sun; Chung, Won-Ho; Hong, Sung Hwa

    2015-01-01

    Spectrotemporal modulation (STM) detection performance was examined for cochlear implant (CI) users. The test involved discriminating between an unmodulated steady noise and a modulated stimulus. The modulated stimulus presents frequency modulation patterns that change in frequency over time. In order to examine STM detection performance for different modulation conditions, two different temporal modulation rates (5 and 10 Hz) and three different spectral modulation densities (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 cycles/octave) were employed, producing a total 6 different STM stimulus conditions. In order to explore how electric hearing constrains STM sensitivity for CI users differently from acoustic hearing, normal-hearing (NH) and hearing-impaired (HI) listeners were also tested on the same tasks. STM detection performance was best in NH subjects, followed by HI subjects. On average, CI subjects showed poorest performance, but some CI subjects showed high levels of STM detection performance that was comparable to acoustic hearing. Significant correlations were found between STM detection performance and speech identification performance in quiet and in noise. In order to understand the relative contribution of spectral and temporal modulation cues to speech perception abilities for CI users, spectral and temporal modulation detection was performed separately and related to STM detection and speech perception performance. The results suggest that that slow spectral modulation rather than slow temporal modulation may be important for determining speech perception capabilities for CI users. Lastly, test-retest reliability for STM detection was good with no learning. The present study demonstrates that STM detection may be a useful tool to evaluate the ability of CI sound processing strategies to deliver clinically pertinent acoustic modulation information.

  4. Spectrotemporal Modulation Detection and Speech Perception by Cochlear Implant Users

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    Won, Jong Ho; Moon, Il Joon; Jin, Sunhwa; Park, Heesung; Woo, Jihwan; Cho, Yang-Sun; Chung, Won-Ho; Hong, Sung Hwa

    2015-01-01

    Spectrotemporal modulation (STM) detection performance was examined for cochlear implant (CI) users. The test involved discriminating between an unmodulated steady noise and a modulated stimulus. The modulated stimulus presents frequency modulation patterns that change in frequency over time. In order to examine STM detection performance for different modulation conditions, two different temporal modulation rates (5 and 10 Hz) and three different spectral modulation densities (0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 cycles/octave) were employed, producing a total 6 different STM stimulus conditions. In order to explore how electric hearing constrains STM sensitivity for CI users differently from acoustic hearing, normal-hearing (NH) and hearing-impaired (HI) listeners were also tested on the same tasks. STM detection performance was best in NH subjects, followed by HI subjects. On average, CI subjects showed poorest performance, but some CI subjects showed high levels of STM detection performance that was comparable to acoustic hearing. Significant correlations were found between STM detection performance and speech identification performance in quiet and in noise. In order to understand the relative contribution of spectral and temporal modulation cues to speech perception abilities for CI users, spectral and temporal modulation detection was performed separately and related to STM detection and speech perception performance. The results suggest that that slow spectral modulation rather than slow temporal modulation may be important for determining speech perception capabilities for CI users. Lastly, test–retest reliability for STM detection was good with no learning. The present study demonstrates that STM detection may be a useful tool to evaluate the ability of CI sound processing strategies to deliver clinically pertinent acoustic modulation information. PMID:26485715

  5. 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.

  6. The role of short-term memory and visuo-spatial skills in numerical magnitude processing: Evidence from Turner syndrome

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    Noël, Marie-Pascale; Nassogne, Marie-Cécile; Rousselle, Laurence

    2017-01-01

    Most studies on magnitude representation have focused on the visual modality with no possibility of disentangling the influence of visuo-spatial skills and short-term memory (STM) abilities on quantification processes. This study examines this issue in patients with Turner syndrome (TS), a genetic condition characterized by a specific cognitive profile frequently associating poor mathematical achievement, low spatial skills and reduced STM abilities. In order to identify the influence of visuo-spatial and STM processing on numerical magnitude abilities, twenty female participants with TS and twenty control female participants matched for verbal IQ and education level were administered a series of magnitude comparison tasks. The tasks differed on the nature of the magnitude to be processed (continuous, discrete and symbolic magnitude), on visuo-spatial processing requirement (no/high) and on STM demands (low in simultaneous presentation vs. high in sequential presentation). Our results showed a lower acuity when participants with TS compared the numerical magnitudes of stimuli presented sequentially (low visuo-spatial processing and high STM load: Dot sequence and Sound sequence) while no difference was observed in the numerical comparison of sets presented simultaneously. In addition, the group difference in sequential tasks disappeared when controlling for STM abilities. Finally, both groups demonstrated similar performance when comparing continuous or symbolic magnitude stimuli and they exhibited comparable subitizing abilities. These results highlight the importance of STM abilities in extracting numerosity through a sequential presentation and underline the importance of considering the impact of format presentation on magnitude judgments. PMID:28222116

  7. The role of short-term memory and visuo-spatial skills in numerical magnitude processing: Evidence from Turner syndrome.

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    Attout, Lucie; Noël, Marie-Pascale; Nassogne, Marie-Cécile; Rousselle, Laurence

    2017-01-01

    Most studies on magnitude representation have focused on the visual modality with no possibility of disentangling the influence of visuo-spatial skills and short-term memory (STM) abilities on quantification processes. This study examines this issue in patients with Turner syndrome (TS), a genetic condition characterized by a specific cognitive profile frequently associating poor mathematical achievement, low spatial skills and reduced STM abilities. In order to identify the influence of visuo-spatial and STM processing on numerical magnitude abilities, twenty female participants with TS and twenty control female participants matched for verbal IQ and education level were administered a series of magnitude comparison tasks. The tasks differed on the nature of the magnitude to be processed (continuous, discrete and symbolic magnitude), on visuo-spatial processing requirement (no/high) and on STM demands (low in simultaneous presentation vs. high in sequential presentation). Our results showed a lower acuity when participants with TS compared the numerical magnitudes of stimuli presented sequentially (low visuo-spatial processing and high STM load: Dot sequence and Sound sequence) while no difference was observed in the numerical comparison of sets presented simultaneously. In addition, the group difference in sequential tasks disappeared when controlling for STM abilities. Finally, both groups demonstrated similar performance when comparing continuous or symbolic magnitude stimuli and they exhibited comparable subitizing abilities. These results highlight the importance of STM abilities in extracting numerosity through a sequential presentation and underline the importance of considering the impact of format presentation on magnitude judgments.

  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. Relational and conjunctive binding functions dissociate in short-term memory.

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    Parra, Mario A; Fabi, Katia; Luzzi, Simona; Cubelli, Roberto; Hernandez Valdez, Maria; Della Sala, Sergio

    2015-02-01

    Remembering complex events requires binding features within unified objects (conjunctions) and holding associations between objects (relations). Recent studies suggest that the two functions dissociate in long-term memory (LTM). Less is known about their functional organization in short-term memory (STM). The present study investigated this issue in patient AE affected by a stroke which caused damage to brain regions known to be relevant for relational functions both in LTM and in STM (i.e., the hippocampus). The assessment involved a battery of standard neuropsychological tasks and STM binding tasks. One STM binding task (Experiment 1) presented common objects and common colors forming either pairs (relations) or integrated objects (conjunctions). Free recall of relations or conjunctions was assessed. A second STM binding task used random polygons and non-primary colors instead (Experiment 2). Memory was assessed by selecting the features that made up the relations or the conjunctions from a set of single polygons and a set of single colors. The neuropsychological assessment revealed impaired delayed memory in AE. AE's pronounced relational STM binding deficits contrasted with his completely preserved conjunctive binding functions in both Experiments 1 and 2. Only 2.35% and 1.14% of the population were expected to have a discrepancy more extreme than that presented by AE in Experiments 1 and 2, respectively. Processing relations and conjunctions of very elementary nonspatial features in STM led to dissociating performances in AE. These findings may inform current theories of memory decline such as those linked to cognitive aging.

  10. Connections among several chaos feedback control approaches and chaotic vibration control of mechanical systems

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    Yang, Dixiong; Zhou, Jilei

    2014-11-01

    This study reveals the essential connections among several popular chaos feedback control approaches, such as delayed feedback control (DFC), stability transformation method (STM), adaptive adjustment method (AAM), parameter adjustment method, relaxed Newton method, and speed feedback control method (SFCM), etc. Meanwhile, the generality and practical applicability of these approaches are evaluated and compared. It is shown that for discrete chaotic maps, STM can be regarded as a kind of predictive feedback control, and AAM is actually a special case of STM which is merely effective for a particular dynamical system. The parameter adjustment method is only a different expression of the relaxed Newton method, and both of them represent just one search direction of STM, i.e., the gradient direction. Moreover, the intrinsic relation between the STM and SFCM for controlling the equilibrium of continuous autonomous systems is investigated, indicating that STM can be viewed as a special form of the SFCM. Finally, both the STM and SFCM are extended to control the chaotic vibrations of non-autonomous mechanical systems effectively.

  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. Identification and functional analysis of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium PmrA-regulated genes.

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    Tamayo, Rita; Prouty, Angela M; Gunn, John S

    2005-02-01

    The PmrA-PmrB two-component regulatory system of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is activated in vivo and plays an important role in resistance to cationic antimicrobial peptides. Resistance is partly mediated by modifications to the lipopolysaccharide. To identify new PmrA-regulated genes, microarray analysis was undertaken comparing cDNA derived from PmrA-constitutive and PmrA-null strains. A combination of RT-PCR and transcriptional analysis confirmed the inclusion of six new loci in the PmrA-PmrB regulon: STM1253, STM1269, STM4118, STM0459, STM3968 and STM4568. These loci did not affect the ability to grow in high iron conditions, the ability to modify lipid A with aminoarabinose, or virulence. STM4118, a putative phosphoethanolamine phosphotransferase, had a minor effect on polymyxin resistance, whereas the remaining genes had no role in polymyxin resistance. Although several of the identified loci lacked the consensus PmrA binding site, PmrA was demonstrated to bind the promoter of a PmrA-activated gene lacking the consensus site. A more complete definition of the PmrA-PmrB regulon will provide a better understanding of its role in host and non-host environments.

  13. The differential recruitment of short-term memory and executive functions during time, number, and length perception: An individual differences approach.

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    Ogden, Ruth S; Samuels, Michael; Simmons, Fiona; Wearden, John; Montgomery, Catharine

    2017-01-16

    Developmental, behavioural, and neurological similarities in the processing of different magnitudes (time, number, space) support the existence of a common magnitude processing system (e.g., a theory of magnitude, ATOM). It is, however, unclear whether the recruitment of wider cognitive resources (short-term memory, STM; and executive function) during magnitude processing is similar across magnitude domains or is domain specific. The current study used an individual differences approach to examine the relationship between STM, executive function, and magnitude processing. In two experiments, participants completed number, length, and duration bisection tasks to assess magnitude processing and tasks that have been shown to assess STM span and executive component processes. The results suggest that the recruitment of STM and executive resources differed for the different magnitude domains. Duration perception was associated with access, inhibition, and STM span. Length processing was associated with updating, and number processing was associated with access to semantic memory. For duration and length, greater difficulty in the magnitude judgement task resulted in more relationships to STM and executive function. It is suggested that duration perception may be more demanding of STM and executive resources because it is represented sequentially, unlike length and number which can be represented nonsequentially.

  14. Identification and functional characterization of a novel antistasin/WAP-like serine protease inhibitor from the tropical sea cucumber, Stichopus monotuberculatus.

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    Yan, Aifen; Ren, Chunhua; Chen, Ting; Jiang, Xiao; Sun, Hongyan; Hu, Chaoqun

    2016-10-27

    A novel antistasin/WAP-like serine protease inhibitor, named as StmAW-SPI, was identified from sea cucumber (Stichopus monotuberculatus) and functionally characterized in this study. The full-length cDNA of StmAW-SPI is 1917 bp in length with a 72 bp 5'-untranslated region (UTR), a 294 bp 3'-UTR and a 1551 bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a protein of 516 amino acids with a deduced molecular weight of 54.56 kDa. The StmAW-SPI protein has 5-fold internal repeats (IRs) of antistasin domain and 6-fold IRs of WAP domain. For the gene structure, StmAW-SPI contains 10 exons separated by 9 introns. The StmAW-SPI mRNA expression pattern was determined using quantitative real-time PCR. The highest level of StmAW-SPI was found in the intestine, followed by coelomocytes, gonad, body wall and respiratory tree. The StmAW-SPI expressions were significantly up-regulated after polyriboinosinic polyribocytidylic acid [Poly (I:C)] or lipopolysaccharides (LPS) challenge in in vitro experiments performed in primary coelomocytes. In addition, the serine protease inhibitory activity and bacterial protease inhibitory activity of StmAW-SPI were examined, and the antibacterial activity was also demonstrated in this study. Our study, as a whole, suggested that StmAW-SPI might play a critical role in the innate immune defense of sea cucumber against microbial infections, by not only inactivating the serine protease but also inhibiting the growth of pathogens.

  15. 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.

  16. Regulating the interactions of adsorbates on surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy manipulation.

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    Sun, Qiang; Xu, Wei

    2014-09-15

    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) manipulation has received wide attention in the surface science community since the pioneering work of Eigler to construct surface nanostructures in an atom by atom fashion. Lots of scientists have been inspired and devoted to study the surface issues with the help of STM manipulations and great achievements have been obtained. In this Minireview, we mainly describe the recent progress in applying STM manipulations to regulate the inter-adsorbate and adsorbate-substrate interactions on solid surfaces. It was shown that this technique could not only differentiate intermolecular interactions but also construct molecular nanostructures by regulating different kinds of inter-adsorbate interactions or adsorbate-substrate interactions.

  17. 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.

  18. Study of sulfur adlayers on Au(1 1 1) from basic hydrolysis of piperazine bis(dithiocarbamate) sodium salt

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    Martínez, Javier A.; Valenzuela, José; Hernandez-Tamargo, Carlos E.; Cao-Milán, Roberto; Herrera, José A.; Díaz, Jesús A.; Farías, Mario H.; Mikosch, Hans; Hernández, Mayra P.

    2015-08-01

    Sulfur adlayers on Au(1 1 1) were obtained after the interaction of a gold substrate with an alkaline solution of piperazine bis(dithiocarbamate) sodium salt. Characterization of the sulfur modified gold surface was performed by means of X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. XPS signals indicated the presence of S-Au bonds, monomeric and polymeric sulfur, and absence of nitrogen and sodium. Images from STM showed the formation of quasi-rectangular octomers in coexistence with another phase. A DFT model using the arrangement of sulfur dimers on the Au(1 1 1) surface effectively reproduced the experimental STM images.

  19. Single molecule spectrum of rhodamine 6G on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite

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    Uehara, Y.; Ushioda, S.

    2005-05-01

    We have measured the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) light emission spectrum of a single molecule of rhodamine 6G (R6G) adsorbed on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). Since the HOPG substrate radiates no STM light, we have succeeded in observing the spectrum radiated by R6G alone. The spectrum agrees well with the photoluminescence spectrum of R6G on HOPG with the exception of two structures that may arise from a triplet state whose transition is forbidden in photoluminescence. Based on this agreement, we have determined the STM light emission mechanism of adsorbed R6G.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 1Surface structure of cleaved (001) USB2 single crystal surface

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    Chen, Shao-ping

    2009-01-01

    We have achieved what we believe to be the first atomic resolution STM images for a uranium compound USb2 taken at room temperature. The a, b, and c lattice parameters in the images confirm that the tetragonal USb2crystals cleave on the (00 I) basal plane as expected. Our calculations indicate a symmetric cut between Sb planes to be the most favorable cleavage plane and U atoms to be responsible for most ofthe density of states measured by STM. Since the spacing between Sb atoms and between U atoms is the same, STM topography only cannot unambiguously identify the surface atom species.

  4. Sensing Current and Forces with SPM

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    Park, Jeong Y.; Maier, Sabine; Hendriksen, Bas; Salmeron, Miquel

    2010-07-02

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) are well established techniques to image surfaces and to probe material properties at the atomic and molecular scale. In this review, we show hybrid combinations of AFM and STM that bring together the best of two worlds: the simultaneous detection of atomic scale forces and conduction properties. We illustrate with several examples how the detection of forces during STM and the detection of currents during AFM can give valuable additional information of the nanoscale material properties.

  5. Adsorption of PTCDA on Si(001) − 2 × 1 surface

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    Suzuki, Takayuki Yagyu, Kazuma; Tochihara, Hiroshi; Yoshimoto, Yoshihide

    2015-03-14

    Adsorption structures of the 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) molecule on the clean Si(001) − 2 × 1 surface were investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments in conjunction with first principles theoretical calculations. Four dominant adsorption structures were observed in the STM experiments and their atomic coordinates on the Si(001) surface were determined by comparison between the experimental STM images and the theoretical simulations. Maximizing the number of the Si—O bonds is more crucial than that of the Si—C bonds in the PTCDA adsorption.

  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. 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.

  8. Perspective: Structure and dynamics of water at surfaces probed by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy.

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    Guo, Jing; Bian, Ke; Lin, Zeren; Jiang, Ying

    2016-10-28

    The detailed and precise understanding of water-solid interaction largely relies on the development of atomic-scale experimental techniques, among which scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has proven to be a noteworthy example. In this perspective, we review the recent advances of STM techniques in imaging, spectroscopy, and manipulation of water molecules. We discuss how those newly developed techniques are applied to probe the structure and dynamics of water at solid surfaces with single-molecule and even submolecular resolution, paying particular attention to the ability of accessing the degree of freedom of hydrogen. In the end, we present an outlook on the directions of future STM studies of water-solid interfaces as well as the challenges faced by this field. Some new scanning probe techniques beyond STM are also envisaged.

  9. Inflammation boosts bacteriophage transfer between Salmonella spp.

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    Diard, Médéric; Bakkeren, Erik; Cornuault, Jeffrey K; Moor, Kathrin; Hausmann, Annika; Sellin, Mikael E; Loverdo, Claude; Aertsen, Abram; Ackermann, Martin; De Paepe, Marianne; Slack, Emma; Hardt, Wolf-Dietrich

    2017-03-17

    Bacteriophage transfer (lysogenic conversion) promotes bacterial virulence evolution. There is limited understanding of the factors that determine lysogenic conversion dynamics within infected hosts. A murine Salmonella Typhimurium (STm) diarrhea model was used to study the transfer of SopEΦ, a prophage from STm SL1344, to STm ATCC14028S. Gut inflammation and enteric disease triggered >55% lysogenic conversion of ATCC14028S within 3 days. Without inflammation, SopEΦ transfer was reduced by up to 10(5)-fold. This was because inflammation (e.g., reactive oxygen species, reactive nitrogen species, hypochlorite) triggers the bacterial SOS response, boosts expression of the phage antirepressor Tum, and thereby promotes free phage production and subsequent transfer. Mucosal vaccination prevented a dense intestinal STm population from inducing inflammation and consequently abolished SopEΦ transfer. Vaccination may be a general strategy for blocking pathogen evolution that requires disease-driven transfer of temperate bacteriophages.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Oxidation effects on cleaved multiple quantum well surfaces in air observed by scanning probe microscopy

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    Howells, S.; Gallagher, M. J.; Chen, T.; Pax, P.; Sarid, D.

    1992-08-01

    The paper presents the first atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of cleaved InGaAs/InP multiple quantum wells and compares them with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images taken of the same heterostructure. The images were stable in air for over a day. Based on these results, it is proposed that the mechanism for contrast in the images is due to an oxide layer that grows primarily on the InGaAs wells and not on the InP barriers. Both STM and AFM clearly resolve the individual wells of the heterostructure, although STM measured a larger corrugation than an AFM. STM also exhibited superior lateral resolution of about 2 nm, while AFM had a lateral resolution of approximately 6 nm.

  13. Structure of a zinc oxide ultra-thin film on Rh(100)

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    Yuhara, J.; Kato, D.; Matsui, T.; Mizuno, S.

    2015-11-07

    The structural parameters of ultra-thin zinc oxide films on Rh(100) are investigated using low-energy electron diffraction intensity (LEED I–V) curves, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations. From the analysis of LEED I–V curves and DFT calculations, two optimized models A and B are determined. Their structures are basically similar to the planer h-BN ZnO(0001) structure, although some oxygen atoms protrude from the surface, associated with an in-plane shift of Zn atoms. From a comparison of experimental STM images and simulated STM images, majority and minority structures observed in the STM images represent the two optimized models A and B, respectively.

  14. 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.

  15. Spatial metrology of dopants in silicon with exact lattice site precision.

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    Usman, M; Bocquel, J; Salfi, J; Voisin, B; Tankasala, A; Rahman, R; Simmons, M Y; Rogge, S; Hollenberg, L C L

    2016-09-01

    Scaling of Si-based nanoelectronics has reached the regime where device function is affected not only by the presence of individual dopants, but also by their positions in the crystal. Determination of the precise dopant location is an unsolved problem in applications from channel doping in ultrascaled transistors to quantum information processing. Here, we establish a metrology combining low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) imaging and a comprehensive quantum treatment of the dopant-STM system to pinpoint the exact coordinates of the dopant in the Si crystal. The technique is underpinned by the observation that STM images contain atomic-sized features in ordered patterns that are highly sensitive to the STM tip orbital and the absolute dopant lattice site. The demonstrated ability to determine the locations of P and As dopants to 5 nm depths will provide critical information for the design and optimization of nanoscale devices for classical and quantum computing applications.

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  17. Spatial metrology of dopants in silicon with exact lattice site precision

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    Usman, M.; Bocquel, J.; Salfi, J.; Voisin, B.; Tankasala, A.; Rahman, R.; Simmons, M. Y.; Rogge, S.; Hollenberg, L. C. L.

    2016-09-01

    Scaling of Si-based nanoelectronics has reached the regime where device function is affected not only by the presence of individual dopants, but also by their positions in the crystal. Determination of the precise dopant location is an unsolved problem in applications from channel doping in ultrascaled transistors to quantum information processing. Here, we establish a metrology combining low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) imaging and a comprehensive quantum treatment of the dopant-STM system to pinpoint the exact coordinates of the dopant in the Si crystal. The technique is underpinned by the observation that STM images contain atomic-sized features in ordered patterns that are highly sensitive to the STM tip orbital and the absolute dopant lattice site. The demonstrated ability to determine the locations of P and As dopants to 5 nm depths will provide critical information for the design and optimization of nanoscale devices for classical and quantum computing applications.

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  19. Glutamine synthetase I-deficiency in Mesorhizobium loti differentially affects nodule development and activity in Lotus japonicus.

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    Chungopast, Sirinapa; Thapanapongworakul, Pilunthana; Matsuura, Hiroyuki; Van Dao, Tan; Asahi, Toshimasa; Tada, Kuninao; Tajima, Shigeyuki; Nomura, Mika

    2014-03-01

    In this study, we focused on the effect of glutamine synthetase (GSI) activity in Mesorhizobium loti on the symbiosis between the host plant, Lotus japonicus, and the bacteroids. We used a signature-tagged mutant of M. loti (STM30) with a transposon inserted into the GSI (mll0343) gene. The L. japonicus plants inoculated with STM30 had significantly more nodules, and the occurrence of senesced nodules was much higher than in plants inoculated with the wild-type. The acetylene reduction activity (ARA) per nodule inoculated with STM30 was lowered compared to the control. Also, the concentration of chlorophyll, glutamine, and asparagine in leaves of STM30-infected plants was found to be reduced. Taken together, these data demonstrate that a GSI deficiency in M. loti differentially affects legume-rhizobia symbiosis by modifying nodule development and metabolic processes.

  20. Perspective: Structure and dynamics of water at surfaces probed by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Guo, Jing; Bian, Ke; Lin, Zeren; Jiang, Ying

    2016-10-01

    The detailed and precise understanding of water-solid interaction largely relies on the development of atomic-scale experimental techniques, among which scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has proven to be a noteworthy example. In this perspective, we review the recent advances of STM techniques in imaging, spectroscopy, and manipulation of water molecules. We discuss how those newly developed techniques are applied to probe the structure and dynamics of water at solid surfaces with single-molecule and even submolecular resolution, paying particular attention to the ability of accessing the degree of freedom of hydrogen. In the end, we present an outlook on the directions of future STM studies of water-solid interfaces as well as the challenges faced by this field. Some new scanning probe techniques beyond STM are also envisaged.

  1. Stimulation of 5-HT1A, 5-HT1B, 5-HT2A/2C, 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 receptors or 5-HT uptake inhibition: short- and long-term memory.

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    Meneses, Alfredo

    2007-11-22

    In order to determine whether short- (STM) and long-term memory (LTM) function in serial or parallel manner, serotonin (5-hydroxtryptamine, 5-HT) receptor agonists were tested in autoshaping task. Results show that control-vehicle animals were modestly but significantly mastering the autoshaping task as illustrated by memory scores between STM and LTM. Thus, post-training administration of 8-OHDPAT (agonist for 5-HT(1A/7) receptors) only at 0.250 and 0.500 mg/kg impaired both STM and LTM. CGS12066 (agonist for 5-HT(1B)) produced biphasic affects, at 5.0 mg/kg impaired STM but at 1.0 and 10.0 mg/kg, respectively, improved or impaired LTM. DOI (agonist for 5-HT(2A/2C) receptors) dose-dependently impaired STM and, at 10.0 mg/kg only impaired LTM. Both, STM and LTM were impaired by either mCPP (mainly agonist for 5-HT(2C) receptors) or mesulergine (mainly antagonist for 5-HT(2C) receptors) lower dose. The 5-HT(3) agonist mCPBG at 1.0 impaired STM and its higher dose impaired both STM and LTM. RS67333 (partial agonist for 5-HT(4) receptors), at 5.0 and 10.0 mg/kg facilitated both STM and LTM. The higher dose of fluoxetine (a 5-HT uptake inhibitor) improved both STM and LTM. Using as head-pokes during CS as an indirect measure of food-intake showed that of 30 memory changes, 21 of these were unrelated to the former. While some STM or LTM impairments can be attributed to decrements in food-intake, but not memory changes (either increase or decreases) produced by 8-OHDPAT, CGS12066, RS67333 or fluoxetine. Except for animals treated with DOI, mCPBG or fluoxetine, other groups treated with 5-HT agonists 6 h following autoshaping training showed similar LTM and unmodified CS-head-pokes scores.

  2. High Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and High PressureX-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy Studies of Adsorbate Structure,Composition and Mobility during Catalytic Reactions on A Model SingleCrystal

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    Montano, Max O.

    2006-01-01

    Our research focuses on taking advantage of the ability of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to operate at high-temperatures and high-pressures while still providing real-time atomic resolution images. We also utilize high-pressure x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HPXPS) to monitor systems under identical conditions thus giving us chemical information to compare and contrast with the structural and dynamic data provided by STM.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The first echinoderm poly-U-binding factor 60 kDa (PUF60) from sea cucumber (Stichopus monotuberculatus): Molecular characterization, inducible expression and involvement of apoptosis.

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    Ren, Chunhua; Chen, Ting; Sun, Hongyan; Jiang, Xiao; Hu, Chaoqun; Qian, Jing; Wang, Yanhong

    2015-11-01

    Poly-U-binding factor 60 kDa (PUF60), also known as Ro RNA binding protein (RoBPI) and FBP interacting repressor (FIR), is a multifunctional protein that is involved in a variety of nuclear processes including pre-mRNA splicing, apoptosis and transcription regulation. In this study, the first echinoderm PUF60 named StmPUF60 was identified from sea cucumber (Stichopus monotuberculatus). The StmPUF60 cDNA is 4503 bp in length, containing a 5'-untranslated region (UTR) of 34 bp, a 3'-UTR of 2963 bp and an open reading frame (ORF) of 1506 bp that encoding a protein of 501 amino acids with a deduced molecular weight of 54.15 kDa and a predicted isoelectric point of 5.15. The putative StmPUF60 protein possesses all the main characteristics of known PUF60 proteins, including two RNA recognition motifs (RRM1 and RRM2), a C-terminal PUMP domain and two conserved nucleic acid-binding ribonucleoprotein sequences (RNP1 and RNP2). For the gene structure, StmPUF60 contains nine exons separated by eight introns. In addition, the highest level of StmPUF60 mRNA expression was noticed in the gonad, followed by coelomocytes, intestine, respiratory tree and body wall. In in vivo experiments, the expression of StmPUF60 mRNA in coelomocytes and intestine was significantly up-regulated by lipopolysaccharides (LPS) challenge, suggesting that the sea cucumber PUF60 might play critical roles in the innate immune defense against bacterial infections. Moreover, we further confirmed that overexpressed StmPUF60 could induce apoptosis, and this function of StmPUF60 may be one of the innate immune defense mechanisms for sea cucumber against pathogen infections.

  6. Visual processing in reading disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and its contribution to basic reading ability

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    Kibby, Michelle Y.; Dyer, Sarah M.; Vadnais, Sarah A.; Jagger, Audreyana C.; Casher, Gabriel A.; Stacy, Maria

    2015-01-01

    Whether visual processing deficits are common in reading disorders (RD), and related to reading ability in general, has been debated for decades. The type of visual processing affected also is debated, although visual discrimination and short-term memory (STM) may be more commonly related to reading ability. Reading disorders are frequently comorbid with ADHD, and children with ADHD often have subclinical reading problems. Hence, children with ADHD were used as a comparison group in this study. ADHD and RD may be dissociated in terms of visual processing. Whereas RD may be associated with deficits in visual discrimination and STM for order, ADHD is associated with deficits in visual-spatial processing. Thus, we hypothesized that children with RD would perform worse than controls and children with ADHD only on a measure of visual discrimination and a measure of visual STM that requires memory for order. We expected all groups would perform comparably on the measure of visual STM that does not require sequential processing. We found children with RD or ADHD were commensurate to controls on measures of visual discrimination and visual STM that do not require sequential processing. In contrast, both RD groups (RD, RD/ADHD) performed worse than controls on the measure of visual STM that requires memory for order, and children with comorbid RD/ADHD performed worse than those with ADHD. In addition, of the three visual measures, only sequential visual STM predicted reading ability. Hence, our findings suggest there is a deficit in visual sequential STM that is specific to RD and is related to basic reading ability. The source of this deficit is worthy of further research, but it may include both reduced memory for order and poorer verbal mediation. PMID:26579020

  7. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy, and Related Techniques

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    1992-02-26

    primary surface contaminants on electrochemically etched tunpten STM tips as CO. graphite, WC, and tungsten oxide (B55). Several unusual STM tips...the energy density of states by a contamination -induced peak, charging of electron traps, and resonant tunneling in a double- barier quantum well...inequivalent molecules in the unit cell of a free standing tetracene crystal (D371). Atomic resolution on different faces of the conductive perylene radical

  8. The Value of Continuous ST-Segment Monitoring in the Emergency Department.

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    Bovino, Leonie Rose; Funk, Marjorie; Pelter, Michele M; Desai, Mayur M; Jefferson, Vanessa; Andrews, Laura Kierol; Forte, Kenneth

    2015-01-01

    Practice standards for electrocardiographic monitoring recommend continuous ST-segment monitoring (C-STM) in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with signs and/or symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but few studies have evaluated its use in the ED. We compared time to diagnosis and 30-day adverse events before and after implementation of C-STM. We also evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of C-STM in detecting ischemia and infarction. We prospectively studied 163 adults (preintervention: n = 78; intervention: n = 85) in a single ED and stratified them into low (n = 51), intermediate (n = 100), or high (n = 12) risk using History, ECG, Age, Risk factors, and Troponin (HEART) scores. The principal investigator monitored participants, activating C-STM on bedside monitors in the intervention phase. We used likelihood ratios (LRs) as the measure of diagnostic accuracy. Overall, 9% of participants were diagnosed with ACS. Median time to diagnosis did not differ before and after implementation of C-STM (5.55 vs. 5.98 hr; p = 0.43). In risk-stratified analyses, no significant pre-/postdifference in time to diagnosis was found in low-, intermediate-, or high-risk participants. There was no difference in the rate of 30-day adverse events before versus after C-STM implementation (11.5% vs. 10.6%; p = 0.85). The +LR and -LR of C-STM for ischemia were 24.0 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.4, 412.0) and 0.3 (95% CI: 0.02, 2.9), respectively, and for infarction were 13.7 (95% CI: 1.7, 112.3) and 0.7 (95% CI: 0.3, 1.5), respectively. Use of C-STM did not provide added diagnostic benefit for patients with signs and/or symptoms of myocardial ischemia in the ED.

  9. From Soccer-Ball and Rugby-Ball to Giant Fullerene Molecules:. a Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy Study

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    Chen, Ting; Sarid, Dror

    Thin films of carbon fullerene molecules, Cn, prepared on metallic substrates are studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) under both ambient and ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The STM and AFM images provide real-space atomic-resolution views of these fascinating molecules and their monolayer growth on metal surfaces which reflect both the intermolecular interactions and interactions with the underlying substrates.

  10. Novel Two-Step Hierarchical Screening of Mutant Pools Reveals Mutants under Selection in Chicks

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    Yang, Hee-Jeong; Bogomolnaya, Lydia M.; Elfenbein, Johanna R.; Endicott-Yazdani, Tiana; Reynolds, M. Megan; Porwollik, Steffen; Cheng, Pui; Xia, Xiao-Qin

    2016-01-01

    Contaminated chicken/egg products are major sources of human salmonellosis, yet the strategies used by Salmonella to colonize chickens are poorly understood. We applied a novel two-step hierarchical procedure to identify new genes important for colonization and persistence of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in chickens. A library of 182 S. Typhimurium mutants each containing a targeted deletion of a group of contiguous genes (for a total of 2,069 genes deleted) was used to identify regions under selection at 1, 3, and 9 days postinfection in chicks. Mutants in 11 regions were under selection at all assayed times (colonization mutants), and mutants in 15 regions were under selection only at day 9 (persistence mutants). We assembled a pool of 92 mutants, each deleted for a single gene, representing nearly all genes in nine regions under selection. Twelve single gene deletion mutants were under selection in this assay, and we confirmed 6 of 9 of these candidate mutants via competitive infections and complementation analysis in chicks. STM0580, STM1295, STM1297, STM3612, STM3615, and STM3734 are needed for Salmonella to colonize and persist in chicks and were not previously associated with this ability. One of these key genes, STM1297 (selD), is required for anaerobic growth and supports the ability to utilize formate under these conditions, suggesting that metabolism of formate is important during infection. We report a hierarchical screening strategy to interrogate large portions of the genome during infection of animals using pools of mutants of low complexity. Using this strategy, we identified six genes not previously known to be needed during infection in chicks, and one of these (STM1297) suggests an important role for formate metabolism during infection. PMID:26857572

  11. Discovery of Salmonella Virulence Factors Translocated via Outer Membrane Vesicles to Murine Macrophages.

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    Yoon, Hyunjin; Ansong, Charles; Adkins, Joshua N.; Heffron, Fred

    2011-06-01

    We have previously shown that the regulators SpvR, FruR, IHF, PhoP/PhoQ, SsrA/SsrB, SlyA, Hnr, RpoE, SmpB, CsrA, RpoS, Crp, OmpR/EnvZ, and Hfq are essential for Salmonella Typhimurium virulence in mice. Here we use quantitative LC-MS-based proteomics profiling of in-frame deletion mutants of these 14 regulators to identify proteins that are coordinately regulated by these virulence regulators and are thus presumably novel factors contributing to Salmonella pathogenesis. Putative candidate proteins from proteomics analysis were determined, which exhibited similar abundance profiles to those of Salmonella pathogenicity island (SPI)-2 type III secretion system (TTSS) proteins. A subset of 5 proteins including STM0082, STM1548, PdgL, STM1633, and STM3595 was selected for further analysis. All 5 proteins were expressed inside macrophage cells and STM0082 (SrfN) was secreted into host cytoplasm. Furthermore, deletion of STM0082 attenuated virulence in mice when administered intraperitoneally as determined by competitive index. srfN transcription was positively regulated by SsrAB, however, secretion was independent of SPI-2 TTSS as well as SPI-1 TTSS and flagella. Proteins including PagK and STM2585A, which are positively regulated by PhoP/PhoQ, have sec signal peptides as predicted for SrfN and were secreted into macrophage cytoplasm regardless of SPI-2 TTSS. Isolation of outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) revealed the presence of SrfN, PagK, and STM2585A inside vesicle compartments. This result is the first case showing delivery of virulence effectors via OMVs in S. Typhimurium. Moreover, Hfq regulation of SrfN translation suggests that small non-coding RNAs may be responsible for regulating effector protein expression.

  12. Proteomic Investigation of the Time Course Responses of RAW 264.7 Macrophages to Infection with Salmonella enterica

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    Shi, Liang; Chowdhury, Saiful M.; Smallwood, Heather S.; Yoon, Hyunjin; Mottaz-Brewer, Heather M.; Norbeck, Angela D.; McDermott, Jason E.; Clauss, Therese RW; Heffron, Fred; Smith, Richard D.; Adkins, Joshua N.

    2009-08-01

    Macrophages plan important roles in controlling Salmonella-mediated systemic infection. To investigate the responses of macrophages to Salmonella infection, we infected RAW 264.7 macrophages with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (STM) and then performed a comparative liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry [LC-MS(/MS)]-based proteomics analysis of the infected macrophages. A total of 1006 macrophage and 115 STM proteins were indentified from this study. Most of STM proteins were found at late stage of the time course of infection, consistent with the fact that STM proliferates inside RAW 264.7 macrophages. Majority of the identified macrophage proteins were house keeping-related, including cytoplasmic superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), whose peptide abundances were relatively constant during the time course of infection. Compared to those in no infection control, the peptide abundances of 244 macrophage proteins (or 24% of total indentified macrophage proteins) changed considerably after STM infection. The functions of these STM infection-affected macrophage proteins were diverse and ranged from production of antibacterial nitric oxide (i.e., inducible nitric oxide synthase or iNOS) or production of prostaglandin H2 (i.e., prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2, also know as cyclooxygenase-2 or COX-2) to regulation of intracellular traffic (e.g., sorting nexin or SNX 5, 6 and 9), demonstrating a global impact of STM infection on macrophage proteome. Western-blot analysis not only confirmed the LC-MS(/MS) results of SOD1, COX-2 and iNOS, but also revealed that the protein abundances of mitochondrial SOD2 increased after STM infection, indicating an infection-induced oxidative stress in mitochondria.

  13. Spin microscope based on optically detected magnetic resonance

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    Berman, Gennady P.; Chernobrod, Boris M.

    2010-07-13

    The invention relates to scanning magnetic microscope which has a photoluminescent nanoprobe implanted in the tip apex of an atomic force microscope (AFM), a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) and exhibits optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) in the vicinity of unpaired electron spins or nuclear magnetic moments in the sample material. The described spin microscope has demonstrated nanoscale lateral resolution and single spin sensitivity for the AFM and STM embodiments.

  14. Spin microscope based on optically detected magnetic resonance

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    Berman, Gennady P.; Chernobrod, Boris M.

    2010-06-29

    The invention relates to scanning magnetic microscope which has a photoluminescent nanoprobe implanted in the tip apex of an atomic force microscope (AFM), a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) and exhibits optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) in the vicinity of unpaired electron spins or nuclear magnetic moments in the sample material. The described spin microscope has demonstrated nanoscale lateral resolution and single spin sensitivity for the AFM and STM embodiments.

  15. Spin microscope based on optically detected magnetic resonance

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    Berman, Gennady P.; Chernobrod, Boris M.

    2009-11-10

    The invention relates to scanning magnetic microscope which has a photoluminescent nanoprobe implanted in the tip apex of an atomic force microscope (AFM), a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) and exhibits optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) in the vicinity of impaired electron spins or nuclear magnetic moments in the sample material. The described spin microscope has demonstrated nanoscale lateral resolution and single spin sensitivity for the AFM and STM embodiments.

  16. Spin microscope based on optically detected magnetic resonance

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    Berman, Gennady P.; Chernobrod, Boris M.

    2007-12-11

    The invention relates to scanning magnetic microscope which has a photoluminescent nanoprobe implanted in the tip apex of an atomic force microscope (AFM), a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) and exhibits optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) in the vicinity of unpaired electron spins or nuclear magnetic moments in the sample material. The described spin microscope has demonstrated nanoscale lateral resolution and single spin sensitivity for the AFM and STM embodiments.

  17. Real-Time Distributed Algorithms for Visual and Battlefield Reasoning

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    2006-08-01

    in many fields (e.g. designers of disk servers try to merge requests to read addresses on disk to reduce the search time on disk; designers of... designed algorithms to optimally split the set of N task conditions into such buckets. • We then analyzed the complexity of this problem and...in the preceding sections. The STM is a collection of modules documenting this effort. The STM modules themselves involve the design and

  18. Do serotonin(1-7) receptors modulate short and long-term memory?

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    Meneses, A

    2007-05-01

    Evidence from invertebrates to human studies indicates that serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) system modulates short- (STM) and long-term memory (LTM). This work is primarily focused on analyzing the contribution of 5-HT, cholinergic and glutamatergic receptors as well as protein synthesis to STM and LTM of an autoshaping learning task. It was observed that the inhibition of hippocampal protein synthesis or new mRNA did not produce a significant effect on autoshaping STM performance but it did impair LTM. Both non-contingent protein inhibition and 5-HT depletion showed no effects. It was basically the non-selective 5-HT receptor antagonist cyproheptadine, which facilitated STM. However, the blockade of glutamatergic and cholinergic transmission impaired STM. In contrast, the selective 5-HT(1B) receptor antagonist SB-224289 facilitated both STM and LTM. Selective receptor antagonists for the 5-HT(1A) (WAY100635), 5-HT(1D) (GR127935), 5-HT(2A) (MDL100907), 5-HT(2C/2B) (SB-200646), 5-HT(3) (ondansetron) or 5-HT(4) (GR125487), 5-HT(6) (Ro 04-6790, SB-399885 and SB-35713) or 5-HT(7) (SB-269970) did not impact STM. Nevertheless, WAY100635, MDL100907, SB-200646, GR125487, Ro 04-6790, SB-399885 or SB-357134 facilitated LTM. Notably, some of these changes shown to be independent of food-intake. Concomitantly, these data indicate that '5-HT tone via 5-HT(1B) receptors' might function in a serial manner from STM to LTM, whereas working in parallel using 5-HT(1A), 5-HT(2A), 5-HT(2B/2C), 5-HT(4), or 5-HT(6) receptors.

  19. Effects of d-amphetamine on short- and long-term memory in spontaneously hypertensive, Wistar-Kyoto and Sprague-Dawley rats.

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    Meneses, A; Ponce-Lopez, T; Tellez, R; Gonzalez, R; Castillo, C; Gasbarri, A

    2011-01-01

    Diverse studies indicate that the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with alterations in encoding processes, including working or short-term memory. Some ADHD dysfunctional domains are reflected in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR). Here SHR-saline group showed significantly poor STM and LTM relative to SD and WKY saline rats. SD and WKY rats treated with d-amphetamine displayed better STM and LTM, compared to SD-vehicle, WKY-vehicle or SHR-d-amphetamine groups.

  20. Design and Analysis of Complex D-Regions in Reinforced Concrete Structures

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    Yindeesuk, Sukit

    2009-01-01

    STM design provisions, such as those in Appendix A of ACI318-08, consist of rules for evaluating the capacity of the load-resisting truss that is idealized to carry the forces through the D-Region. These code rules were primarily derived from test data on simple D-Regions such as deep beams and corbels. However, these STM provisions are taken as…

  1. Influence of Surface Steps on Molecular Beam Epitaxy of Topological Insulators

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    2014-05-10

    of the combinatorial substrate Atomic force microscopy was used to carry out most of the investigations on the step structures of the...combinatorial substrate. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was also used to study the structure in-situ. Nevertheless the field of view of STM is more...orientation. By using scanning probe microscopy , we can investigate how different miscut angles and orientations influence the growth process. The

  2. 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.

  3. Impaired visual short-term memory capacity is distinctively associated with structural connectivity of the posterior thalamic radiation and the splenium of the corpus callosum in preterm-born adults.

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    Menegaux, Aurore; Meng, Chun; Neitzel, Julia; Bäuml, Josef G; Müller, Hermann J; Bartmann, Peter; Wolke, Dieter; Wohlschläger, Afra M; Finke, Kathrin; Sorg, Christian

    2017-02-07

    Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk for lasting changes in both the cortico-thalamic system and attention; however, the link between cortico-thalamic and attention changes is as yet little understood. In preterm newborns, cortico-cortical and cortico-thalamic structural connectivity are distinctively altered, with increased local clustering for cortico-cortical and decreased integrity for cortico-thalamic connectivity. In preterm-born adults, among the various attention functions, visual short-term memory (vSTM) capacity is selectively impaired. We hypothesized distinct associations between vSTM capacity and the structural integrity of cortico-thalamic and cortico-cortical connections, respectively, in preterm-born adults. A whole-report paradigm of briefly presented letter arrays based on the computationally formalized Theory of Visual Attention (TVA) was used to quantify parameter vSTM capacity in 26 preterm- and 21 full-term-born adults. Fractional anisotropy (FA) of posterior thalamic radiations and the splenium of the corpus callosum obtained by diffusion tensor imaging were analyzed by tract-based spatial statistics and used as proxies for cortico-thalamic and cortico-cortical structural connectivity. The relationship between vSTM capacity and cortico-thalamic and cortico-cortical connectivity, respectively, was significantly modified by prematurity. In full-term-born adults, the higher FA in the right posterior thalamic radiation the higher vSTM capacity; in preterm-born adults this FA-vSTM-relationship was inversed. In the splenium, higher FA was correlated with higher vSTM capacity in preterm-born adults, whereas no significant relationship was evident in full-term-born adults. These results indicate distinct associations between cortico-thalamic and cortico-cortical integrity and vSTM capacity in preterm-and full-term-born adults. Data suggest compensatory cortico-cortical fiber re-organization for attention deficits after preterm delivery.

  4. Multiple neural states of representation in short-term memory? It's a matter of attention.

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    Larocque, Joshua J; Lewis-Peacock, Jarrod A; Postle, Bradley R

    2014-01-01

    Short-term memory (STM) refers to the capacity-limited retention of information over a brief period of time, and working memory (WM) refers to the manipulation and use of that information to guide behavior. In recent years it has become apparent that STM and WM interact and overlap with other cognitive processes, including attention (the selection of a subset of information for further processing) and long-term memory (LTM-the encoding and retention of an effectively unlimited amount of information for a much longer period of time). Broadly speaking, there have been two classes of memory models: systems models, which posit distinct stores for STM and LTM (Atkinson and Shiffrin, 1968; Baddeley and Hitch, 1974); and state-based models, which posit a common store with different activation states corresponding to STM and LTM (Cowan, 1995; McElree, 1996; Oberauer, 2002). In this paper, we will focus on state-based accounts of STM. First, we will consider several theoretical models that postulate, based on considerable behavioral evidence, that information in STM can exist in multiple representational states. We will then consider how neural data from recent studies of STM can inform and constrain these theoretical models. In the process we will highlight the inferential advantage of multivariate, information-based analyses of neuroimaging data (fMRI and electroencephalography (EEG)) over conventional activation-based analysis approaches (Postle, in press). We will conclude by addressing lingering questions regarding the fractionation of STM, highlighting differences between the attention to information vs. the retention of information during brief memory delays.

  5. 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).

  6. A Salmonella Regulator Modulates Intestinal Colonization and Use of Phosphonoacetic Acid

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    Elfenbein, Johanna R.; Knodler, Leigh A.; Schaeffer, Allison R.; Faber, Franziska; Bäumler, Andreas J.; Andrews-Polymenis, Helene L.

    2017-01-01

    Many microorganisms produce phosphonates, molecules characterized by stable carbon-phosphorus bonds that store phosphorus or act as antimicrobials. The role of phosphonates in the marine biosphere is well characterized but the role of these molecules in the intestine is poorly understood. Salmonella enterica uses its virulence factors to influence the host immune response to compete with the host and normal microflora for nutrients. Salmonella cannot produce phosphonates but encodes the enzymes to use them suggesting that it is exposed to phosphonates during its life cycle. The role of phosphonates during enteric salmonellosis is unexplored. We have previously shown that STM3602, encoding a putative regulator of phosphonate metabolism, is needed for colonization in calves. Here, we report that the necessity of STM3602 in colonization of the murine intestine results from multiple factors. STM3602 is needed for full activation of the type-3 secretion system-1 and for optimal invasion of epithelial cells. The ΔSTM3602 mutant grows poorly in phosphonoacetic acid (PA) as the sole phosphorus source, but can use 2-aminoethylphosphonate. PhnA, an enzyme required for PA breakdown, is not controlled by STM3602 suggesting an additional mechanism for utilization of PA in S. Typhimurium. Finally, the requirement of STM3602 for intestinal colonization differs depending on the composition of the microflora. Our data suggest that STM3602 has multiple regulatory targets that are necessary for survival within the microbial community in the intestine. Determination of the members of the STM3602 regulon may illuminate new pathways needed for colonization of the host. PMID:28361036

  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

    1989-09-15

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Memory integration in amnesia: prior knowledge supports verbal short-term memory.

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    Race, Elizabeth; Palombo, Daniela J; Cadden, Margaret; Burke, Keely; Verfaellie, Mieke

    2015-04-01

    Short-term memory (STM) and long-term memory (LTM) have traditionally been considered cognitively distinct. However, it is known that STM can improve when to-be-remembered information appears in contexts that make contact with prior knowledge, suggesting a more interactive relationship between STM and LTM. The current study investigated whether the ability to leverage LTM in support of STM critically depends on the integrity of the hippocampus. Specifically, we investigated whether the hippocampus differentially supports between-domain versus within-domain STM-LTM integration given prior evidence that the representational domain of the elements being integrated in memory is a critical determinant of whether memory performance depends on the hippocampus. In Experiment 1, we investigated hippocampal contributions to within-domain STM-LTM integration by testing whether immediate verbal recall of words improves in MTL amnesic patients when words are presented in familiar verbal contexts (meaningful sentences) compared to unfamiliar verbal contexts (random word lists). Patients demonstrated a robust sentence superiority effect, whereby verbal STM performance improved in familiar compared to unfamiliar verbal contexts, and the magnitude of this effect did not differ from that in controls. In Experiment 2, we investigated hippocampal contributions to between-domain STM-LTM integration by testing whether immediate verbal recall of digits improves in MTL amnesic patients when digits are presented in a familiar visuospatial context (a typical keypad layout) compared to an unfamiliar visuospatial context (a random keypad layout). Immediate verbal recall improved in both patients and controls when digits were presented in the familiar compared to the unfamiliar keypad array, indicating a preserved ability to integrate activated verbal information with stored visuospatial knowledge. Together, these results demonstrate that immediate verbal recall in amnesia can benefit from two

  10. How do subvocal rehearsal and general attentional resources contribute to verbal short-term memory span?

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    Morra, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    Whether rehearsal has a causal role in verbal STM has been controversial in the literature. Recent theories of working memory emphasize a role of attentional resources, but leave unclear how they contribute to verbal STM. Two experiments (with 49 and 102 adult participants, respectively) followed up previous studies with children, aiming to clarify the contributions of attentional capacity and rehearsal to verbal STM. Word length and presentation modality were manipulated. Experiment 1 focused on order errors, Experiment 2 on predicting individual differences in span from attentional capacity and articulation rate. Structural equation modeling showed clearly a major role of attentional capacity as a predictor of verbal STM span; but was inconclusive on whether rehearsal efficiency is an additional cause or a consequence of verbal STM. The effects of word length and modality on STM were replicated; a significant interaction was also found, showing a larger modality effect for long than short words, which replicates a previous finding on children. Item errors occurred more often with long words and correlated negatively with articulation rate. This set of findings seems to point to a role of rehearsal in maintaining item information. The probability of order errors per position increased linearly with list length. A revised version of a neo-Piagetian model was fit to the data of Experiment 2. That model was based on two parameters: attentional capacity (independently measured) and a free parameter representing loss of partly-activated information. The model could partly account for the results, but underestimated STM performance of the participants with smaller attentional capacity. It is concluded that modeling of verbal STM should consider individual and developmental differences in attentional capacity, rehearsal rate, and (perhaps) order representation. PMID:25798114

  11. ADHD Subtype Differences in Reinforcement Sensitivity and Visuospatial Working Memory.

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    Dovis, Sebastiaan; Van der Oord, Saskia; Wiers, Reinout W; Prins, Pier J M

    2015-01-01

    Both cognitive and motivational deficits are thought to give rise to the problems in the combined (ADHD-C) and inattentive subtype (ADHD-I) of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In both subtypes one of the most prominent cognitive weaknesses appears to be in visuospatial working memory (WM), which is composed of short-term memory (STM) and a central executive (CE). In children with ADHD-C, both STM and the CE seem impaired, and together with motivational impairments, give rise to their deficits in visuospatial WM. In children with ADHD-I, no studies investigated these WM components and their interplay with motivational impairments. Effects of a standard (feedback only) and a high level of reinforcement (feedback + 10 euros) on visuospatial WM-, STM-, and CE performance were examined in 27 children with ADHD-I (restrictive-subtype), 70 children with ADHD-C, and 40 typically developing controls (aged 9-12). In both ADHD-subtypes CE and WM performance was worse than in controls. STM performance of children with ADHD-I was, in contrast to that of children with ADHD-C, not different from controls. STM and WM performance was worse in ADHD-C than in ADHD-I, whereas CE-related performance did not differ. High reinforcement improved STM and WM performance in both subtypes but not in controls. This improvement was equally pronounced in both subtypes. High reinforcement did not improve CE-related performance. Both subtypes have equally pronounced motivational deficits, which have detrimental effects on their visuospatial STM and WM performance. In contrast to children with ADHD-C, children with ADHD-I seem unimpaired on visuospatial STM; only an impaired CE and motivational impairments give rise to their deficits in visuospatial WM.

  12. What part of working memory is not working in ADHD? Short-term memory, the central executive and effects of reinforcement.

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    Dovis, Sebastiaan; Van der Oord, Saskia; Wiers, Reinout W; Prins, Pier J M

    2013-08-01

    Deficits in Working Memory (WM) are related to symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In children with ADHD visuospatial WM is most impaired. WM is composed of Short-Term Memory (STM) and a Central Executive (CE). Therefore, deficits in either or both STM and the CE may account for WM impairments in children with ADHD. WM-component studies investigating this find deficits in both STM and the CE. However, recent studies show that not only cognitive deficits, but also motivational deficits give rise to the aberrant WM performance of children with ADHD. To date, the influence of these motivational deficits on the components of WM has not been investigated. This study examined the effects of a standard (feedback-only) and a high level of reinforcement (feedback + 10 euros) on the visuospatial WM-, visuospatial STM-, and the CE performance of 86 children with ADHD and 62 typically-developing controls. With standard reinforcement the STM, CE, and WM performance of children with ADHD was worse than that of controls. High reinforcement improved STM and WM performance more in children with ADHD than in controls, but was unable to normalize their performance. High reinforcement did not appear to improve the CE-related performance of children with ADHD and controls. Motivational deficits have a detrimental effect on both the visuospatial WM performance and the STM performance of children with ADHD. Aside from motivational deficits, both the visuospatial STM and the CE of children with ADHD are impaired, and give rise to their deficits in visuospatial WM.

  13. Multiple neural states of representation in short-term memory? It’s a matter of attention

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    LaRocque, Joshua J.; Lewis-Peacock, Jarrod A.; Postle, Bradley R.

    2014-01-01

    Short-term memory (STM) refers to the capacity-limited retention of information over a brief period of time, and working memory (WM) refers to the manipulation and use of that information to guide behavior. In recent years it has become apparent that STM and WM interact and overlap with other cognitive processes, including attention (the selection of a subset of information for further processing) and long-term memory (LTM—the encoding and retention of an effectively unlimited amount of information for a much longer period of time). Broadly speaking, there have been two classes of memory models: systems models, which posit distinct stores for STM and LTM (Atkinson and Shiffrin, 1968; Baddeley and Hitch, 1974); and state-based models, which posit a common store with different activation states corresponding to STM and LTM (Cowan, 1995; McElree, 1996; Oberauer, 2002). In this paper, we will focus on state-based accounts of STM. First, we will consider several theoretical models that postulate, based on considerable behavioral evidence, that information in STM can exist in multiple representational states. We will then consider how neural data from recent studies of STM can inform and constrain these theoretical models. In the process we will highlight the inferential advantage of multivariate, information-based analyses of neuroimaging data (fMRI and electroencephalography (EEG)) over conventional activation-based analysis approaches (Postle, in press). We will conclude by addressing lingering questions regarding the fractionation of STM, highlighting differences between the attention to information vs. the retention of information during brief memory delays. PMID:24478671

  14. Advanced Processing and Characterization Technologies. Fabrication and Characterization of Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices and Integrated Circuits Held in Clearwater, Florida on 8-10 May 1991. American Vacuum Society Series 10

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    1992-07-01

    TRAXS ................... 56 S. lno Spectroscopy and Luminescence with STM on Ill-V Epitaxial Multilayers .......... 60 0. Albrektsen, S.F. Alvarado ...TRAXS ................... 56 S. Io Spectroscopy and Luminescence with STM on Ill-V Epitaxial Multilayers .......... 60 0. Albret en S.F. Alvarado , H.P...discussions. This work was supported by DARPA grant MDA 972 88 5 1006. 1/ I. Yokota, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 1A 2075 (1961); B. B. Varga , PFiys. Rev. 137A

  15. Nanoscale strain engineering on the surface of a bulk TiO2 crystal.

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    Potapenko, Denis V; Li, Zhisheng; Kysar, Jeffery W; Osgood, Richard M

    2014-11-12

    Arrays of highly strained 5-25 nm-wide regions have been prepared on rutile TiO2(110) surface through a low energy Ar ion bombardment technique. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and an innovative STM tip-triggered nanoexplosion approach we show experimentally that the protrusions arise from subsurface Ar-filled pockets. Continuum mechanics modeling gives good estimates of the corresponding elastic deformation. Surface strain values of up to 4% have been deduced.

  16. Shifting the Voltage Drop in Electron Transport Through a Single Molecule.

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    Karan, Sujoy; Jacob, David; Karolak, Michael; Hamann, Christian; Wang, Yongfeng; Weismann, Alexander; Lichtenstein, Alexander I; Berndt, Richard

    2015-07-03

    A Mn-porphyrin was contacted on Au(111) in a low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Differential conductance spectra show a zero-bias resonance that is due to an underscreened Kondo effect according to many-body calculations. When the Mn center is contacted by the STM tip, the spectrum appears to invert along the voltage axis. A drastic change in the electrostatic potential of the molecule involving a small geometric relaxation is found to cause this observation.

  17. Spin microscope based on optically detected magnetic resonance

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    Berman, Gennady P.; Chernobrod, Boris M.

    2009-10-27

    The invention relates to scanning magnetic microscope which has a photoluminescent nanoprobe implanted in the tip apex of an atomic force microscope (AFM), a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) and exhibits optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) in the vicinity of unpaired electron spins or nuclear magnetic moments in the sample material. The described spin microscope has demonstrated nanoscale lateral resolution and single spin sensitivity for the AFM and STM embodiments.

  18. Novel Two-Step Hierarchical Screening of Mutant Pools Reveals Mutants under Selection in Chicks.

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    Yang, Hee-Jeong; Bogomolnaya, Lydia M; Elfenbein, Johanna R; Endicott-Yazdani, Tiana; Reynolds, M Megan; Porwollik, Steffen; Cheng, Pui; Xia, Xiao-Qin; McClelland, Michael; Andrews-Polymenis, Helene

    2016-04-01

    Contaminated chicken/egg products are major sources of human salmonellosis, yet the strategies used by Salmonella to colonize chickens are poorly understood. We applied a novel two-step hierarchical procedure to identify new genes important for colonization and persistence of Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium in chickens. A library of 182 S. Typhimurium mutants each containing a targeted deletion of a group of contiguous genes (for a total of 2,069 genes deleted) was used to identify regions under selection at 1, 3, and 9 days postinfection in chicks. Mutants in 11 regions were under selection at all assayed times (colonization mutants), and mutants in 15 regions were under selection only at day 9 (persistence mutants). We assembled a pool of 92 mutants, each deleted for a single gene, representing nearly all genes in nine regions under selection. Twelve single gene deletion mutants were under selection in this assay, and we confirmed 6 of 9 of these candidate mutants via competitive infections and complementation analysis in chicks. STM0580, STM1295, STM1297, STM3612, STM3615, and STM3734 are needed for Salmonella to colonize and persist in chicks and were not previously associated with this ability. One of these key genes, STM1297 (selD), is required for anaerobic growth and supports the ability to utilize formate under these conditions, suggesting that metabolism of formate is important during infection. We report a hierarchical screening strategy to interrogate large portions of the genome during infection of animals using pools of mutants of low complexity. Using this strategy, we identified six genes not previously known to be needed during infection in chicks, and one of these (STM1297) suggests an important role for formate metabolism during infection.

  19. Multi-Functional Scanning Probe Microscope for Imaging of Soft Surfaces and Interfaces

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    2014-10-31

    SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: This proposal requests the purchase of a RHK Technology ATM 300 Ambient Environment Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM...ES) U.S. Army Research Office P.O. Box 12211 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211 Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, soft materials, bio/abio...proposal requests the purchase of a RHK Technology ATM 300 Ambient Environment Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) for atomic- and molecular-resolution

  20. Short-Term Memory Depends on Dissociable Medial Temporal Lobe Regions in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment.

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    Das, Sandhitsu R; Mancuso, Lauren; Olson, Ingrid R; Arnold, Steven E; Wolk, David A

    2016-05-01

    Short-term memory (STM) has generally been thought to be independent of the medial temporal lobe (MTL) in contrast to long-term memory (LTM). Prodromal Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a condition in which the MTL is a major early focus of pathology and LTM is thought disproportionately affected relative to STM. However, recent studies have suggested a role for the MTL in STM, particularly hippocampus, when binding of different elements is required. Other work has suggested involvement of extrahippocampal MTL structures, particularly in STM tasks that involve item-level memory. We examined STM for individual objects, locations, and object-location conjunctions in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often associated with prodromal AD. Relative to age-matched, cognitively normal controls, MCI patients not only displayed impairment on object-location conjunctions but were similarly impaired for non-bound objects and locations. Moreover, across all participants, these conditions displayed dissociable correlations of cortical thinning along the long axis of the MTL and associated cortical nodes of anterior and posterior MTL networks. These findings support the role of the MTL in visual STM tasks and the division of labor of MTL in support of different types of memory representations, overlapping with findings in LTM.

  1. 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.

  2. Verbal and musical short-term memory: Variety of auditory disorders after stroke.

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    Hirel, Catherine; Nighoghossian, Norbert; Lévêque, Yohana; Hannoun, Salem; Fornoni, Lesly; Daligault, Sébastien; Bouchet, Patrick; Jung, Julien; Tillmann, Barbara; Caclin, Anne

    2017-04-01

    Auditory cognitive deficits after stroke may concern language and/or music processing, resulting in aphasia and/or amusia. The aim of the present study was to assess the potential deficits of auditory short-term memory for verbal and musical material after stroke and their underlying cerebral correlates with a Voxel-based Lesion Symptom Mapping approach (VLSM). Patients with an ischemic stroke in the right (N=10) or left (N=10) middle cerebral artery territory and matched control participants (N=14) were tested with a detailed neuropsychological assessment including global cognitive functions, music perception and language tasks. All participants then performed verbal and musical auditory short-term memory (STM) tasks that were implemented in the same way for both materials. Participants had to indicate whether series of four words or four tones presented in pairs, were the same or different. To detect domain-general STM deficits, they also had to perform a visual STM task. Behavioral results showed that patients had lower performance for the STM tasks in comparison with control participants, regardless of the material (words, tones, visual) and the lesion side. The individual patient data showed a double dissociation between some patients exhibiting verbal deficits without musical deficits or the reverse. Exploratory VLSM analyses suggested that dorsal pathways are involved in verbal (phonetic), musical (melodic), and visual STM, while the ventral auditory pathway is involved in musical STM.

  3. Growth response to ionic and osmotic stress of NaCl in salt-tolerant and salt-sensitive maize.

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    Zhao, Ke-Fu; Song, Jie; Fan, Hai; Zhou, San; Zhao, Meng

    2010-05-01

    Salt-tolerant maize (STM) and salt-sensitive maize (SSM) were treated with 100 mM NaCl for 1, 3 and 6 d and the contents of Na+ and Cl(-) (cps) of different organelles of leaf cells determined by X-ray microanalysis. The results showed that Na+ and Cl(-) entered the cytoplasm, vacuole, chloroplast and apoplast simultaneously. When STM and SSM were treated in 100 mM NaCl at atmospheric pressure (-P) and with pressure equivalent to the osmotic pressure of the NaCl (+P), the dry weights of STM (+P) and SSM (+P) plants were greater than that of STM (-P) and SSM (-P) plants, showing that the inhibitory effect of salt on plant growth was at least partially due to the osmotic effect of the NaCl. When STM and SSM were treated with NaCl and iso-osmotic polyethlene glycol, the dry weights of plants given the iso-osmotic polyethlene glycol treatment were lower for both maize lines than that of the NaCl-treated plants. Our data show that under NaCl stress, both STM and SSM seedlings simultaneously suffered from osmotic and ion stresses.

  4. Atomic scale study of corrugating and anticorrugating states on the bare Si(1 0 0) surface

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    Yengui, Mayssa; Pinto, Henry P.; Leszczynski, Jerzy; Riedel, Damien

    2015-02-01

    In this article, we study the origin of the corrugating and anticorrugating states through the electronic properties of the Si(1 0 0) surface via a low-temperature (9 K) scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Our study is based on the analysis of the STM topographies corrugation variations when related to the shift of the local density of states (LDOS) maximum in the [1 \\bar{{1}} 0] direction. Our experimental results are correlated with numerical simulations using the density-functional theory with hybrid Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE06) functional to simulate the STM topographies, the projected density of states variations at different depths in the silicon surface as well as the three dimensional partial charge density distributions in real-space. This work reveals that the Si(1 0 0) surface exhibits two anticorrugating states at +0.8 and +2.8 V that are associated with a phase shift of the LDOS maximum in the unoccupied states STM topographies. By comparing the calculated data with our experimental results, we have been able to identify the link between the variations of the STM topographies corrugation and the shift of the LDOS maximum observed experimentally. Each surface voltage at which the STM topographies corrugation drops is defined as anticorrugating states. In addition, we have evidenced a sharp jump in the tunnel current when the second LDOS maximum shift is probed, whose origin is discussed and associated with the presence of Van Hove singularities.

  5. Thalamo-Cortical Disruption Contributes to Short-Term Memory Deficits in Patients with Medial Temporal Lobe Damage.

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    Voets, Natalie L; Menke, Ricarda A L; Jbabdi, Saad; Husain, Masud; Stacey, Richard; Carpenter, Katherine; Adcock, Jane E

    2015-11-01

    Short-term (STM) and long-term memory (LTM) have largely been considered as separate brain systems reflecting fronto-parietal and medial temporal lobe (MTL) functions, respectively. This functional dichotomy has been called into question by evidence of deficits on aspects of working memory in patients with MTL damage, suggesting a potentially direct hippocampal contribution to STM. As the hippocampus has direct anatomical connections with the thalamus, we tested the hypothesis that damage to thalamic nuclei regulating cortico-cortical interactions may contribute to STM deficits in patients with hippocampal dysfunction. We used diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging-based tractography to identify anatomical subdivisions in patients with MTL epilepsy. From these, we measured resting-state functional connectivity with detailed cortical divisions of the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes. Whereas thalamo-temporal functional connectivity reflected LTM performance, thalamo-prefrontal functional connectivity specifically predicted STM performance. Notably, patients with hippocampal volume loss showed thalamic volume loss, most prominent in the pulvinar region, not detected in patients with normal hippocampal volumes. Aberrant thalamo-cortical connectivity in the epileptic hemisphere was mirrored in a loss of behavioral association with STM performance specifically in patients with hippocampal atrophy. These findings identify thalamo-cortical disruption as a potential mechanism contributing to STM deficits in the context of MTL damage.

  6. Thalamo-Cortical Disruption Contributes to Short-Term Memory Deficits in Patients with Medial Temporal Lobe Damage

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    Voets, Natalie L.; Menke, Ricarda A. L.; Jbabdi, Saad; Husain, Masud; Stacey, Richard; Carpenter, Katherine; Adcock, Jane E.

    2015-01-01

    Short-term (STM) and long-term memory (LTM) have largely been considered as separate brain systems reflecting fronto-parietal and medial temporal lobe (MTL) functions, respectively. This functional dichotomy has been called into question by evidence of deficits on aspects of working memory in patients with MTL damage, suggesting a potentially direct hippocampal contribution to STM. As the hippocampus has direct anatomical connections with the thalamus, we tested the hypothesis that damage to thalamic nuclei regulating cortico-cortical interactions may contribute to STM deficits in patients with hippocampal dysfunction. We used diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging-based tractography to identify anatomical subdivisions in patients with MTL epilepsy. From these, we measured resting-state functional connectivity with detailed cortical divisions of the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes. Whereas thalamo-temporal functional connectivity reflected LTM performance, thalamo-prefrontal functional connectivity specifically predicted STM performance. Notably, patients with hippocampal volume loss showed thalamic volume loss, most prominent in the pulvinar region, not detected in patients with normal hippocampal volumes. Aberrant thalamo-cortical connectivity in the epileptic hemisphere was mirrored in a loss of behavioral association with STM performance specifically in patients with hippocampal atrophy. These findings identify thalamo-cortical disruption as a potential mechanism contributing to STM deficits in the context of MTL damage. PMID:26009613

  7. Out with the old? The role of selective attention in retaining targets in partial report.

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    Lindsey, Dakota R B; Bundesen, Claus; Kyllingsbæk, Søren; Petersen, Anders; Logan, Gordon D

    2017-01-01

    In the partial-report task, subjects are asked to report only a portion of the items presented. Selective attention chooses which objects to represent in short-term memory (STM) on the basis of their relevance. Because STM is limited in capacity, one must sometimes choose which objects are removed from memory in light of new relevant information. We tested the hypothesis that the choices among newly presented information and old information in STM involve the same process-that both are acts of selective attention. We tested this hypothesis using a two-display partial-report procedure. In this procedure, subjects had to select and retain relevant letters (targets) from two sequentially presented displays. If selection in perception and retention in STM are the same process, then irrelevant letters (distractors) in the second display, which demanded attention because of their similarity to the targets, should have decreased target report from the first display. This effect was not obtained in any of four experiments. Thus, choosing objects to keep in STM is not the same process as choosing new objects to bring into STM.

  8. Salmonella contamination of cereal ingredients for animal feeds.

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    Davies, R H; Wales, A D

    2013-10-25

    Cereal ingredients for animal feedstuffs may become contaminated by Salmonella on their farms of origin. This is often concentrated in multiple foci, owing to contamination by rodents and other wildlife which may be missed by routine sampling, and may involve serovars of particular public health significance, such as Salmonella Typhimurium (STM). The study examined such contamination in domestically-produced cereal ingredients in the United Kingdom. Cereal-producing farms with associated cattle or pig enterprises (43) and feedmills (6) were investigated, following the isolation of STM from their premises (feedmills) or STM DT104 from their livestock (farms) by routine surveillance. Cereal samples from feedmills yielded two STM isolates from the same premises, of the same phage types as were isolated from wild bird faeces at ingredient intake and product loading areas. Farm investigations identified numerous Salmonella serovars, including STM, on grain harvesting and handling equipment, in grain storage areas, and in wildlife samples. Mice were removed from one pig farm and shed Salmonella Derby and Salmonella Bovismorbificans for 10 months afterwards. Grain stores more than one kilometre away from livestock areas were rarely found to be contaminated with STM. The principal issues with Salmonella contamination of cereals appeared to be the use of livestock areas as temporary grain stores on cattle farms, and access to stored grain by wildlife and domestic animals.

  9. Converging functional magnetic resonance imaging evidence for a role of the left inferior frontal lobe in semantic retention during language comprehension.

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    Hamilton, A Cris; Martin, Randi C; Burton, Philip C

    2009-12-01

    Increasing evidence supports dissociable short-term memory (STM) capacities for semantic and phonological representations. Cognitive neuropsychological data suggest that damage to the left inferior and middle frontal gyri are associated with deficits of semantic STM, while damage to inferior parietal areas is associated with deficits of phonological STM. Patients identified as having semantic STM deficits are also impaired on a number of language comprehension and production paradigms. We used one such comprehension task derived from cognitive neuropsychological data to test predictions with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) using healthy participants. Using a task that required participants to make semantic anomaly judgements, we found significantly greater activation in areas of the left inferior frontal and middle frontal gyri for phrases that required maintenance of multiple words for eventual integration with a subsequent noun or verb. These data are consistent with our previous patient studies (Hanten & Martin, 2000; R. C. Martin & He, 2004; R. C. Martin & Romani, 1994 ) that suggest that semantic STM is associated with the left inferior and middle frontal gyri and that deficits of semantic STM have particular consequences for comprehension tasks that require maintenance of several word meanings in unintegrated form.

  10. Impaired semantic knowledge underlies the reduced verbal short-term storage capacity in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Peters, Frédéric; Majerus, Steve; De Baerdemaeker, Julie; Salmon, Eric; Collette, Fabienne

    2009-12-01

    A decrease in verbal short-term memory (STM) capacity is consistently observed in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although this impairment has been mainly attributed to attentional deficits during encoding and maintenance, the progressive deterioration of semantic knowledge in early stages of AD may also be an important determinant of poor STM performance. The aim of this study was to examine the influence of semantic knowledge on verbal short-term memory storage capacity in normal aging and in AD by exploring the impact of word imageability on STM performance. Sixteen patients suffering from mild AD, 16 healthy elderly subjects and 16 young subjects performed an immediate serial recall task using word lists containing high or low imageability words. All participant groups recalled more high imageability words than low imageability words, but the effect of word imageability on verbal STM was greater in AD patients than in both the young and the elderly control groups. More precisely, AD patients showed a marked decrease in STM performance when presented with lists of low imageability words, whereas recall of high imageability words was relatively well preserved. Furthermore, AD patients displayed an abnormal proportion of phonological errors in the low imageability condition. Overall, these results indicate that the support of semantic knowledge on STM performance was impaired for lists of low imageability words in AD patients. More generally, these findings suggest that the deterioration of semantic knowledge is partly responsible for the poor verbal short-term storage capacity observed in AD.

  11. Analysis of Two Complementary Single-Gene Deletion Mutant Libraries of Salmonella Typhimurium in Intraperitoneal Infection of BALB/c Mice.

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    Silva-Valenzuela, Cecilia A; Molina-Quiroz, Roberto C; Desai, Prerak; Valenzuela, Camila; Porwollik, Steffen; Zhao, Ming; Hoffman, Robert M; Andrews-Polymenis, Helene; Contreras, Inés; Santiviago, Carlos A; McClelland, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Two pools of individual single gene deletion (SGD) mutants of S. Typhimurium 14028s encompassing deletions of 3,923 annotated non-essential ORFs and sRNAs were screened by intraperitoneal (IP) injection in BALB/c mice followed by recovery from spleen and liver 2 days post infection. The relative abundance of each mutant was measured by microarray hybridization. The two mutant libraries differed in the orientation of the antibiotic resistance cassettes (either sense-oriented Kan(R), SGD-K, or antisense-oriented Cam(R), SGD-C). Consistent systemic colonization defects were observed in both libraries and both organs for hundreds of mutants of genes previously reported to be important after IP injection in this animal model, and for about 100 new candidate genes required for systemic colonization. Four mutants with a range of apparent fitness defects were confirmed using competitive infections with the wild-type parental strain: ΔSTM0286, ΔSTM0551, ΔSTM2363, and ΔSTM3356. Two mutants, ΔSTM0286 and ΔSTM2363, were then complemented in trans with a plasmid encoding an intact copy of the corresponding wild-type gene, and regained the ability to fully colonize BALB/c mice systemically. These results suggest the presence of many more undiscovered Salmonella genes with phenotypes in IP infection of BALB/c mice, and validate the libraries for application to other systems.

  12. Analysis of Two Complementary Single-Gene Deletion Mutant Libraries of Salmonella Typhimurium in Intraperitoneal Infection of BALB/c Mice

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    Silva-Valenzuela, Cecilia A.; Molina-Quiroz, Roberto C.; Desai, Prerak; Valenzuela, Camila; Porwollik, Steffen; Zhao, Ming; Hoffman, Robert M.; Andrews-Polymenis, Helene; Contreras, Inés; Santiviago, Carlos A.; McClelland, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Two pools of individual single gene deletion (SGD) mutants of S. Typhimurium 14028s encompassing deletions of 3,923 annotated non-essential ORFs and sRNAs were screened by intraperitoneal (IP) injection in BALB/c mice followed by recovery from spleen and liver 2 days post infection. The relative abundance of each mutant was measured by microarray hybridization. The two mutant libraries differed in the orientation of the antibiotic resistance cassettes (either sense-oriented KanR, SGD-K, or antisense-oriented CamR, SGD-C). Consistent systemic colonization defects were observed in both libraries and both organs for hundreds of mutants of genes previously reported to be important after IP injection in this animal model, and for about 100 new candidate genes required for systemic colonization. Four mutants with a range of apparent fitness defects were confirmed using competitive infections with the wild-type parental strain: ΔSTM0286, ΔSTM0551, ΔSTM2363, and ΔSTM3356. Two mutants, ΔSTM0286 and ΔSTM2363, were then complemented in trans with a plasmid encoding an intact copy of the corresponding wild-type gene, and regained the ability to fully colonize BALB/c mice systemically. These results suggest the presence of many more undiscovered Salmonella genes with phenotypes in IP infection of BALB/c mice, and validate the libraries for application to other systems. PMID:26779130

  13. 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

  14. Plasma soluble thrombomodulin levels are associated with mortality in the acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Calfee, Carolyn S.; Liu, Kathleen D.; Kangelaris, Kirsten; Hansen, Helen; Pawlikowska, Ludmila; Ware, Lorraine B.; Alkhouli, Mustafa F.; Abbot, Jason; Matthay, Michael A.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Thombomodulin (TM) is an activator of protein C and a biomarker for endothelial injury. We hypothesized that (1) elevated plasma levels would be associated with clinical outcomes and (2) polymorphisms in the TM gene would be associated with plasma levels. Patients We studied 449 patients enrolled in the Fluid and Catheter Treatment Trial (FACTT) for whom both plasma and DNA were available. We used logistic regression and receiver operator curves (ROC) to test for associations between soluble TM (sTM) and mortality at 60 days. Measurements and results Plasma sTM levels were higher in non-survivors than survivors at baseline [median 147 (IQR, 95–218) vs. 89 (56–129) ng/mL, p < 0.0001] and on day 3 after study enrollment [205 (146–302) vs. 127 (85–189), p < 0.0001]. The odds of death increased by 2.4 (95 %CI 1.5–3.8, p < 0.001), and by 2.8 (1.7–4.7, P < 0.001) for every log increase in baseline and day 3 sTM levels, respectively, after adjustment for age, race, gender, severity of illness, fluid management strategy, baseline creatinine, and non-pulmonary sepsis as the primary cause of ARDS. By ROC analysis, plasma sTM levels discriminated between non-survivors and survivors [AUC = 72 % (66–78 %) vs. AUC = 54 % for severity based on Berlin criteria). Addition of sTM improved discrimination based on APACHE III from 77 to 80 % (P < 0.03). sTM levels at baseline were not statistically different among subjects stratified by genotypes of tag SNPs in the TM gene. Conclusions Higher plasma sTM levels are associated with increased mortality in ARDS. The lack of association between the sTM levels and genetic variants suggests that the increased levels of sTM may reflect severity of endothelial damage rather than genetic heterogeneity. These findings underscore the importance of endothelial injury in ARDS pathogenesis and suggest that, in combination with clinical markers, sTM could contribute to risk stratification. PMID:25643902

  15. Remediation of language processing in aphasia: Improving activation and maintenance of linguistic representations in (verbal) short-term memory

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    Kalinyak-Fliszar, Michelene; Kohen, Francine; Martin, Nadine

    2012-01-01

    Background Verbal short-term memory (STM) impairments are invariably present in aphasia. Word processing involves a minimal form of verbal STM, i.e., the time course over which semantic and phonological representations are activated and maintained until they are comprehended, produced, or repeated. Thus it is reasonable that impairments of word processing and verbal STM may co-occur. The co-occurrence of language and STM impairments in aphasia has motivated an active area of research that has revealed much about the relationship of these two systems and the effect of their impairment on language function and verbal learning (Freedman & Martin, 2001; Martin & Saffran, 1999; Trojano & Grossi, 1995). In keeping with this view a number of researchers have developed treatment protocols to improve verbal STM in order to improve language function (e.g., Koenig-Bruhin & Studer-Eichenberger, 2007). This account of aphasia predicts that treatment of a fundamental ability, such as STM, which supports language function, should lead to improvements that generalise to content and tasks beyond those implemented in treatment. Aims We investigated the efficacy of a treatment for language impairment that targets two language support processes: verbal short-term memory (STM) and executive processing, in the context of a language task (repetition). We hypothesised that treatment of these abilities would improve repetition abilities and performance on other language tasks that require STM. Method A single-participant, multiple-baseline, multiple-probe design across behaviours was used with a participant with conduction aphasia. The treatment involved repetition of words and nonwords under three “interval” conditions, which varied the time between hearing and repeating the stimulus. Measures of treatment effects included acquisition, maintenance, and follow-up data, effect sizes, and pre- and post-treatment performance on a test battery that varies the STM and executive function

  16. Spectrotemporal Modulation Sensitivity as a Predictor of Speech-Reception Performance in Noise With Hearing Aids

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    Danielsson, Henrik; Hällgren, Mathias; Stenfelt, Stefan; Rönnberg, Jerker; Lunner, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    The audiogram predicts <30% of the variance in speech-reception thresholds (SRTs) for hearing-impaired (HI) listeners fitted with individualized frequency-dependent gain. The remaining variance could reflect suprathreshold distortion in the auditory pathways or nonauditory factors such as cognitive processing. The relationship between a measure of suprathreshold auditory function—spectrotemporal modulation (STM) sensitivity—and SRTs in noise was examined for 154 HI listeners fitted with individualized frequency-specific gain. SRTs were measured for 65-dB SPL sentences presented in speech-weighted noise or four-talker babble to an individually programmed master hearing aid, with the output of an ear-simulating coupler played through insert earphones. Modulation-depth detection thresholds were measured over headphones for STM (2cycles/octave density, 4-Hz rate) applied to an 85-dB SPL, 2-kHz lowpass-filtered pink-noise carrier. SRTs were correlated with both the high-frequency (2–6 kHz) pure-tone average (HFA; R2 = .31) and STM sensitivity (R2 = .28). Combined with the HFA, STM sensitivity significantly improved the SRT prediction (ΔR2 = .13; total R2 = .44). The remaining unaccounted variance might be attributable to variability in cognitive function and other dimensions of suprathreshold distortion. STM sensitivity was most critical in predicting SRTs for listeners < 65 years old or with HFA <53 dB HL. Results are discussed in the context of previous work suggesting that STM sensitivity for low rates and low-frequency carriers is impaired by a reduced ability to use temporal fine-structure information to detect dynamic spectra. STM detection is a fast test of suprathreshold auditory function for frequencies <2 kHz that complements the HFA to predict variability in hearing-aid outcomes for speech perception in noise. PMID:27815546

  17. Single-molecule chemistry of metal phthalocyanine on noble metal surfaces.

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    Li, Zhenyu; Li, Bin; Yang, Jinlong; Hou, Jian Guo

    2010-07-20

    To develop new functional materials and nanoscale electronics, researchers would like to accurately describe and precisely control the quantum state of a single molecule on a surface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), combined with first-principles simulations, provides a powerful technique for acquiring this level of understanding. Traditionally, metal phthalocyanine (MPc) molecules, composed of a metal atom surrounded by a ligand ring, have been used as dyes and pigments. Recently, MPc molecules have shown great promise as components of light-emitting diodes, field-effect transistors, photovoltaic cells, and single-molecule devices. In this Account, we describe recent research on the characterization and control of adsorption and electronic states of a single MPc molecule on noble metal surfaces. In general, the electronic and magnetic properties of a MPc molecule largely depend on the type of metal ion within the phthalocyanine ligand and the type of surface on which the molecule is adsorbed. However, with the STM technique, we can use on-site molecular "surgery" to manipulate the structure and the properties of the molecule. For example, STM can induce a dehydrogenation reaction of the MPc, which allows us to control the Kondo effect, which describes the spin polarization of the molecule and its interaction with the complex environment. A specially designed STM tip can allow researchers to detect certain molecule-surface hybrid states that are not accessible by other techniques. By matching the local orbital symmetry of the STM tip and the molecule, we can generate the negative differential resistance effect in the formed molecular junction. This orbital symmetry based mechanism is extremely robust and does not critically depend on the geometry of the STM tip. In summary, this simple model system, a MPc molecule absorbed on a noble metal surface, demonstrates the power of STM for quantum characterization and manipulation of single molecules, highlighting the

  18. The effects of the 5-HT(6) receptor agonist EMD and the 5-HT(7) receptor agonist AS19 on memory formation.

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    Meneses, A; Perez-Garcia, G; Liy-Salmeron, G; Flores-Galvez, D; Castillo, C; Castillo, E

    2008-12-16

    Growing evidence indicates that 5-hydrohytryptamine (5-HT) receptors mediate learning and memory. Particularly interesting are 5-HT(6) and 5-HT(7) receptors, which are localized in brain areas involved in memory formation. Interestingly, recently selective 5-HT(6) and 5-HT(7) receptor agonists and antagonists have become available. Previous evidence indicates that 5-HT(6) or 5-HT(7) receptors antagonists had no effects, improved memory formation and/or reversed amnesia. Herein, the effects of EMD (a 5-HT(6) receptor agonist) and AS19 (a 5-HT(7) receptor agonist) in the associative learning task of autoshaping were studied. Post-training systemic administration of EMD (1-10 mg/kg) or AS19 (1-10 mg/kg) were tested in short-term memory (STM) and long-term memory (LTM). Results showed that only EMD 5.0mg/kg impaired both STM and LTM. AS19 at 1-10 mg/kg significantly impaired STM but not LTM. In those groups used to test only LTM, EMD impaired it; while AS19 improved LTM. Moreover, in the interaction experiments, the STM EMD-impairment effect was partially reversed by the selective 5-HT(6) receptor antagonist SB-399885 (10 mg/kg). The STM AS19-impairment effect (5.0 mg/kg) was not altered by the selective 5-HT(1A) antagonist WAY 100635 (0.3 mg/kg) but reversed by the selective 5-HT(7) receptor antagonist SB-269970 (10.0 mg/kg). The AS19-SB-269970 combination impaired LTM. Taken together these data suggest that the stimulation of 5-HT(6) impaired both STM and LTM. 5-HT(7) receptors stimulation impaired STM but improved LTM. And these results are discussed in the context of their possible neural bases.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Soft versus hard junction formation for α-terthiophene molecular wires and their charge transfer complexes

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    Vezzoli, Andrea; Grace, Iain M.; Brooke, Carly; Nichols, Richard J.; Lambert, Colin J.; Higgins, Simon J.

    2017-03-01

    We used a range of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM)-based methods to conduct a detailed study of single molecule junction conductance enhancement upon charge transfer complex formation, using bis(thiaalkyl)arene molecular wires as electron donors and tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) as an electron acceptor. Using the "hard" STM break junction (STM-BJ) method, in which a Au STM tip is pushed into a Au substrate and then withdrawn in the presence of molecules, we see a single, very broad, peak in the resulting conductance histogram when all data are used; the conductance enhancement is 25-fold for a terthiophene donor and 15-fold for a phenyl group. After rational data selection, in which only current-distance curves that contain a current plateau >0.2 nm long are used in the conductance histogram, three sharper peaks are resolved in the histograms for the charge transfer complexes; two substantially lower-conductance peaks are resolved for the uncomplexed molecules. Using the "soft" STM I(s) technique, in which initial contact between tip and substrate is avoided and the current limit is about an order of magnitude lower, we were able to resolve two peaks for the uncomplexed molecules depending upon the initial set point current (i.e., tip height), one at the same value as the lower of the two data-selected STM-BJ histogram peaks and an additional peak beyond the low-current limit for the STM-BJ experiment. For the terthiophene, the low, medium, and high conductance peaks for the TCNE complex are, respectively, ca. 70, 70, and 46 times higher in conductance than the corresponding peaks for the free molecule.

  2. Determination of surface structure of cleaved (001) USb2 single crystal

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    Chen, Shao-ping; Hawley, Marilyn; Bauer, Eric D; Stockum, Phil B; Manoharan, Hari C

    2009-01-01

    We have achieved what we believe to be the first atomic resolution STM images for a uranium compound taken at room temperature. The a, b, and c lattice parameters in the images confirm that the USb{sub 2} crystals cleave on the (001) basal plane as expected. The a and b dimensions were equal, with the atoms arranged in a cubic pattern. Our calculations indicate a symmetric cut between Sb planes to be the most favorable cleavage plane and U atoms to be responsible for most of the DOS measured by STM. Some strange features associated with vacancies were observed in the STM win be discussed in conjunction with ab initio calculations. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the power of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques combined with a theoretical underpinning to determine the surface atomic structure and properties of actinide materials, such as the quasi 2-dimensional uranium dipnictide USb{sub 2} single crystal, thereby contributing to the understanding of their surface structural and electronic properties. The members of this interesting UX{sub 2} (X=P, As, Sb, Bi) series of compounds display dual localized and itinerant 5f electron behavior within the same compound due to the hybridization of the 5f orbitals with the conduction band. With the exception of UO{sub 2}, which has to be studied at elevated temperature to generate enough carriers for STM imaging, STM techniques have not been applied successfully to the characterization of the surface atomic structure of any other single crystal actinide compound, to the best of our knowledge. However, STM has been used to a limited extent for the study of some cerium compounds. STM probes electronic properties at the atomic level and can directly provide information about the local density of filled and empty states (LDOS) states simultaneously. A STM topograph provides the local atomic arrangement and spacing of the atoms on the surface, local defect structures (e.g. steps, vacancies, and kink sites

  3. Structure of cleaved (001) USb2 single crystal

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    Chen, Shao-ping; Hawley, Marilyn; Bauer, Eric D; Stockum, Phil B; Manoharan, Hari C

    2009-01-01

    We have achieved what we believe to be the first atomic resolution STM images for a uranium compound taken at room temperature. The a, b, and c lattice parameters in the images confirm that the USb{sub 2} crystals cleave on the (001) basal plane as expected. The a and b dimensions were equal, with the atoms arranged in a cubic pattern. Our calculations indicate a symmetric cut between Sb planes to be the most favorable cleavage plane and U atoms to be responsible for most of the DOS measured by STM. Some strange features observed in the STM will be discussed in conjunction with ab initio calculations. The purpose of this work is to demonstrate the power of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) techniques combined with a theoretical underpinning to determine the surface atomic structure and properties of actinide materials, such as the quasi 2-dimensional uranium dipnictide USb{sub 2} single crystal, thereby contributing to the understanding of their surface structural and electronic properties. The members of this interesting UX{sub 2} (X=P, As, Sb, Bi) series of compounds display dual localized and itinerant 5f electron behavior within the same compound due to the hybridization of the 5f orbitals with the conduction band. With the exception of UO{sub 2}, which has to be studied at elevated temperature to generate enough carriers for STM imaging, STM techniques have not been applied successfully to the characterization of the surface atomic structure of any other single crystal actinide compound, to the best of our knowledge. However, STM has been used to a limited extent for the study of some cerium compounds. STM probes electronic properties at the atomic level and can directly provide information about the local density of filled and empty states (LDOS) states simultaneously. A STM topograph provides the local atomic arrangement and spacing of the atoms on the surface, local defect structures (e.g. steps, vacancies, and kink sites) and the presence of contaminants

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy imaging of Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 structure and intrinsic molecular states.

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    Guo, Haiming; Wang, Yeliang; Du, Shixuan; Gao, Hong-jun

    2014-10-01

    We review our achievements in exploring the high resolution imaging of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) on the surface and adsorbates in a ultra-high vacuum system, by modifying the STM tip or introducing a decoupled layer onto the substrate. With an ultra-sharp tip, the highest resolution of Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 reconstruction can be achieved, in which all the rest atoms and adatoms are observed simultaneously with high contrast. Further functionalization of STM tips can realize selective imaging of inherent molecular states. The electronic states of perylene and metal-phthalocyanine molecules are resolved with special decorated tips on metal substrates at low temperature. Moreover, we present two kinds of buffer layer: an organic molecular layer and epitaxially grown graphene to decouple the molecular electronic structure from the influence of the underlying metallic substrate and allow the direct imaging of the intrinsic orbitals of the adsorbed molecules. Theoretical calculations and STM simulations, based on first-principle density function theory, are performed in order to understand and verify the mechanism of high-resolution images. We propose that our results provide impactful routes to pursue the goal of higher resolution, more detailed information and extensive properties for future STM applications.

  7. Functional group-selective adsorption using scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Min, Young Hwan; Park, Eun Hee; Kim, Do Hwan; Kim, Sehun

    2012-04-24

    In this study, we selectively enhanced two types of adsorption of 3-mercaptoisobutyric acid on a Ge(100) surface by using the tunneling electrons from an STM and the catalytic effect of an STM tip. 3-Mercaptoisobutyric acid has two functional groups: a carboxylic acid group at one end of the molecule and a thiol group at the other end. It was found that the adsorption occurring through the carboxylic acid group was selectively enhanced by the application of electrons tunneling between an STM tip and the surface. Using this enhancement, it was possible to make thiol group-terminated surfaces at any desired location. In addition, via the use of a tungsten STM tip coated with a tungsten oxide (WO(3)) layer, we selectively catalyzed the adsorption through the thiol group. Using this catalysis, it was possible to generate carboxylic acid group-terminated surfaces at any desired location. This functional group-selective adsorption using STM could be applied in positive lithographic methods to produce semiconductor substrates terminated by desired functional groups.

  8. Analysis and Prediction of Ice Shedding for a Full-Scale Heated Tail Rotor

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    Kreeger, Richard E.; Work, Andrew; Douglass, Rebekah; Gazella, Matthew; Koster, Zakery; Turk, Jodi

    2016-01-01

    When helicopters are to fly in icing conditions, it is necessary to consider the possibility of ice shed from the rotor blades. In 2013, a series of tests were conducted on a heated tail rotor at NASA Glenn's Icing Research Tunnel (IRT). The tests produced several shed events that were captured on camera. Three of these shed events were captured at a sufficiently high frame rate to obtain multiple images of the shed ice in flight that had a sufficiently long section of shed ice for analysis. Analysis of these shed events is presented and compared to an analytical Shedding Trajectory Model (STM). The STM is developed and assumes that the ice breaks off instantly as it reaches the end of the blade, while frictional and viscous forces are used as parameters to fit the STM. The trajectory of each shed is compared to that predicted by the STM, where the STM provides information of the shed group of ice as a whole. The limitations of the model's underlying assumptions are discussed in comparison to experimental shed events.

  9. Gold nanoparticle-based enzyme-linked antibody-aptamer sandwich assay for detection of Salmonella Typhimurium.

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    Wu, Wenhe; Li, Jun; Pan, Dun; Li, Jiang; Song, Shiping; Rong, Mingge; Li, Zixi; Gao, Jimin; Lu, Jianxin

    2014-10-08

    Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) provides a convenient means for the detection of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (STM), which is important for rapid diagnosis of foodborne pathogens. However, conventional ELISA is limited by antibody-antigen immunoreactions and suffers from poor sensitivity and tedious sample pretreatment. Therefore, development of novel ELISA remains challenging. Herein, we designed a comprehensive strategy for rapid, sensitive, and quantitative detection of STM with high specificity by gold nanoparticle-based enzyme-linked antibody-aptamer sandwich (nano-ELAAS) method. STM was captured and preconcentrated from samples with aptamer-modified magnetic particles, followed by binding with detector antibodies. Then nanoprobes carrying a large amount of reporter antibodies and horseradish peroxidase molecules were used for colorimetric signal amplification. Under the optimized reaction conditions, the nano-ELAAS assay had a quantitative detection range from 1 × 10(3) to 1 × 10(8) CFU mL(-1), a limit of detection of 1 × 10(3) CFU mL(-1), and a selectivity of >10-fold for STM in samples containing other bacteria at higher concentration with an assay time less than 3 h. In addition, the developed nanoprobes were improved in terms of detection range and/or sensitivity when compared with two commercial enzyme-labeled antibody signal reporters. Finally, the nano-ELAAS method was demonstrated to work well in milk samples, a common source of STM contamination.

  10. Thirty per cent contrast in secondary-electron imaging by scanning field-emission microscopy

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    Zanin, D. A.; De Pietro, L. G.; Peter, Q.; Kostanyan, A.; Cabrera, H.; Vindigni, A.; Bähler, Th.; Pescia, D.; Ramsperger, U.

    2016-11-01

    We perform scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) in a regime where primary electrons are field-emitted from the tip and excite secondary electrons out of the target-the scanning field-emission microscopy regime (SFM). In the SFM mode, a secondary-electron contrast as high as 30% is observed when imaging a monoatomic step between a clean W(110)- and an Fe-covered W(110)-terrace. This is a figure of contrast comparable to STM. The apparent width of the monoatomic step attains the 1 nm mark, i.e. it is only marginally worse than the corresponding width observed in STM. The origin of the unexpected strong contrast in SFM is the material dependence of the secondary-electron yield and not the dependence of the transported current on the tip-target distance, typical of STM: accordingly, we expect that a technology combining STM and SFM will highlight complementary aspects of a surface while simultaneously making electrons, selected with nanometre spatial precision, available to a macroscopic environment for further processing.

  11. Adlayer structures of anthracenthiol on Au(111) after removal of covering multilayers with probe scan

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    Azzam, Waleed

    2016-05-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of anthracene-2-thiol (AnT) on Au(111) have been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A preparation of AnT-SAMs from ethanolic solutions results in a deposition of multilayer films. As a result, the general features that have been frequently observed for different systems of thiol-modified gold surfaces are hidden in AnT-SAMs. The thin overlayers on top of the chemisorbed anthracenethiolate monolayer are removed by the STM-tip after a repetitive scanning over the same part of the SAM at nondestructive imaging conditions. After ∼2 h of consecutive and continuous STM scanning, smooth AnT-SAM surfaces were formed. The polished surfaces contain vacancy depressions rather than the elevated gold islands which are typically formed after the adsorption of purely aromatic thiols such as AnT on Au(111). The STM data showed the coexistence of two distinct stable commensurate phases, namely, α and β. High-resolution STM images revealed a (√{ 3 } × 8) structure for the α phase and a (√{ 7 } × 4) R11° structure for the β phase whose unit cells contain, respectively, four and two molecules. The β phase was found to be 50% less densely packed than the α phase. The lower molecular density of the β phase should be correlated with a significantly larger tilt angle of the AnT molecular backbone with respect to the surface normal.

  12. 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.

  13. The Historical Antecedents of the UPR School of Tropical Medicine.

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    Mayo-Santana, Raúl; Peña-Carro, Lucy; Rabionet, Silvia E

    2016-06-01

    This article deals with the historical antecedents of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) School of Tropical Medicine (STM) under the auspices of Columbia University. It presents a general view of the social, institutional and conceptual factors that were correlated with the establishment of the STM. The authors start by examining the historical continuities and discontinuities present during the imperial transitions between Spanish colonial and U.S. military medicine at the turn of the 20th century. The clarification of these changes is important for the proper understanding of the emergence of tropical medicine in Puerto Rico, marked by the identification of the biological determinant of the so called "peasants' anemia." The essay focuses on two institutional precursor events: the Puerto Rico Anemia Commissions (1904-1908) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1912-1914). Their nature and work paved the way for the establishment of the STM. The notions of tropical medicine and diseases are considered as historical concepts. The support of the Rockefeller Foundation to several significant public health activities in Puerto Rico is also examined. Finally, the social and health conditions which prevailed at the time of the creation of the STM have been summarized. In general, the article provides a sense of historical context deemed essential to understand the emergence and evolution of the STM.

  14. Marvels and Shadows: Science and Education at the University of Puerto Rico School of Tropical Medicine under the Auspices of Columbia University: An Introduction.

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    Mayo-Santana, Raúl; Rabionet, Silvia E; Peña-Carro, Lucy; Serrano, Adelfa E

    2016-06-01

    This essay introduces a series of five historical articles on the scientific and educational contributions of the University of Puerto Rico School of Tropical Medicine (STM), under the auspices of Columbia University (1926-1949), to the fields of tropical medicine and public health. The articles will appear in several consecutive issues, and will address various themes as follows: 1) historical antecedents of the STM, particularly institutional precedents; 2) the educational legacy of the STM; 3) a history of the STM scientific journal ("The Puerto Rico Journal of Public Health and Tropical Medicine"); 4) the scientific practices and representations that prevailed at the institution; and, 5) a brief sociocultural history of malaria in Puerto Rico, mainly from the perspective of the STM's scientific and public health activities. The authors have systematically and comprehensively studied a wide variety of documents from different sources based on multiple archives in Puerto Rico, the United States and England. The authors treat the fluid meanings of the examined historical encounters from a research perspective that privilege complex reciprocal interactions, multiple adaptations and elaborate sociocultural constructs present in a collaborative exemplar of the modernity of medical science in a neocolonial tropical context.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Thirty per cent contrast in secondary-electron imaging by scanning field-emission microscopy

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    De Pietro, L. G.; Peter, Q.; Kostanyan, A.; Cabrera, H.; Vindigni, A.; Bähler, Th.; Pescia, D.; Ramsperger, U.

    2016-01-01

    We perform scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) in a regime where primary electrons are field-emitted from the tip and excite secondary electrons out of the target—the scanning field-emission microscopy regime (SFM). In the SFM mode, a secondary-electron contrast as high as 30% is observed when imaging a monoatomic step between a clean W(110)- and an Fe-covered W(110)-terrace. This is a figure of contrast comparable to STM. The apparent width of the monoatomic step attains the 1 nm mark, i.e. it is only marginally worse than the corresponding width observed in STM. The origin of the unexpected strong contrast in SFM is the material dependence of the secondary-electron yield and not the dependence of the transported current on the tip–target distance, typical of STM: accordingly, we expect that a technology combining STM and SFM will highlight complementary aspects of a surface while simultaneously making electrons, selected with nanometre spatial precision, available to a macroscopic environment for further processing. PMID:27956876

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

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

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

  19. Role of 5-HT1-7 receptors in short- and long-term memory for an autoshaping task: intrahippocampal manipulations.

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    Liy-Salmeron, Gustavo; Meneses, Alfredo

    2007-05-25

    It was previously reported that brain areas containing serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) receptors mediate memory consolidation as well as short (STM)- and long-term memory (LTM). Here the effects of systemic and intrahippocampal administration of 5-HT agonists and antagonists on an autoshaping learning task were explored, which requires hippocampal translation and transduction as well as 5-HT receptors expression. As previously reported ketamine (glutamatergic antagonist) and two well-known amnesic drugs, scopolamine (cholinergic antagonist) and dizocilpine (NMDA antagonist) impaired STM but not LTM; dizocilpine even improved the latter. Since ketamine produces hallucinations and impairs memory in humans, we address the question if well-known antipsychotic haloperidol and clozapine might affect STM deficit. Indeed, systemic administration of clozapineSTM deficit. Considering that clozapine and haloperidol are antagonists for dopaminergic D2 and 5-HT(1A/2A/6/7) receptors, systemic and intrahippocampal administration of 5-HT drugs were further explored. The ketamine STM-induced deficit was blocked by 8-OHDPAT (5-HT(1A/7) agonist) and SB-399885 (a 5-HT(6) antagonist) but not by 5-HT(1B), 5-HT(2) and 5-HT(7) antagonists, thus implicating 5-HT(1A/7) and 5-HT(6) receptors. These data also suggest that ketamine (at 10 mg/kg) represents a reliable pharmacological tool to explore memory deficits related to hippocampus and schizophrenia.

  20. Thirty per cent contrast in secondary-electron imaging by scanning field-emission microscopy.

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    Zanin, D A; De Pietro, L G; Peter, Q; Kostanyan, A; Cabrera, H; Vindigni, A; Bähler, Th; Pescia, D; Ramsperger, U

    2016-11-01

    We perform scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) in a regime where primary electrons are field-emitted from the tip and excite secondary electrons out of the target-the scanning field-emission microscopy regime (SFM). In the SFM mode, a secondary-electron contrast as high as 30% is observed when imaging a monoatomic step between a clean W(110)- and an Fe-covered W(110)-terrace. This is a figure of contrast comparable to STM. The apparent width of the monoatomic step attains the 1 nm mark, i.e. it is only marginally worse than the corresponding width observed in STM. The origin of the unexpected strong contrast in SFM is the material dependence of the secondary-electron yield and not the dependence of the transported current on the tip-target distance, typical of STM: accordingly, we expect that a technology combining STM and SFM will highlight complementary aspects of a surface while simultaneously making electrons, selected with nanometre spatial precision, available to a macroscopic environment for further processing.

  1. Tip induced mechanical deformation of epitaxial graphene grown on reconstructed 6H-SiC(0001) surface during scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy studies

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    Morán Meza, José Antonio; Lubin, Christophe; Thoyer, François; Cousty, Jacques

    2015-06-01

    The structural and mechanical properties of an epitaxial graphene (EG) monolayer thermally grown on top of a 6H-SiC(0001) surface were studied by combined dynamic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM). Experimental STM, dynamic STM and AFM images of EG on 6H-SiC(0001) show a lattice with a 1.9 nm period corresponding to the (6 × 6) quasi-cell of the SiC surface. The corrugation amplitude of this (6 × 6) quasi-cell, measured from AFM topographies, increases with the setpoint value of the frequency shift Δf (15-20 Hz, repulsive interaction). Excitation variations map obtained simultaneously with the AFM topography shows that larger dissipation values are measured in between the topographical bumps of the (6 × 6) quasi-cell. These results demonstrate that the AFM tip deforms the graphene monolayer. During recording in dynamic STM mode, a frequency shift (Δf) map is obtained in which Δf values range from 41 to 47 Hz (repulsive interaction). As a result, we deduced that the STM tip, also, provokes local mechanical distortions of the graphene monolayer. The origin of these tip-induced distortions is discussed in terms of electronic and mechanical properties of EG on 6H-SiC(0001).

  2. Tip induced mechanical deformation of epitaxial graphene grown on reconstructed 6H-SiC(0001) surface during scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy studies.

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    Meza, José Antonio Morán; Lubin, Christophe; Thoyer, François; Cousty, Jacques

    2015-01-26

    The structural and mechanical properties of an epitaxial graphene (EG) monolayer thermally grown on top of a 6H-SiC(0001) surface were studied by combined dynamic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM). Experimental STM, dynamic STM and AFM images of EG on 6H-SiC(0001) show a lattice with a 1.9 nm period corresponding to the (6 × 6) quasi-cell of the SiC surface. The corrugation amplitude of this (6 × 6) quasi-cell, measured from AFM topographies, increases with the setpoint value of the frequency shift Δf (15-20 Hz, repulsive interaction). Excitation variations map obtained simultaneously with the AFM topography shows that larger dissipation values are measured in between the topographical bumps of the (6 × 6) quasi-cell. These results demonstrate that the AFM tip deforms the graphene monolayer. During recording in dynamic STM mode, a frequency shift (Δf) map is obtained in which Δf values range from 41 to 47 Hz (repulsive interaction). As a result, we deduced that the STM tip, also, provokes local mechanical distortions of the graphene monolayer. The origin of these tip-induced distortions is discussed in terms of electronic and mechanical properties of EG on 6H-SiC(0001).

  3. 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.

  4. Specification of reproductive meristems requires the combined function of SHOOT MERISTEMLESS and floral integrators FLOWERING LOCUS T and FD during Arabidopsis inflorescence development.

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    Smith, Harley M S; Ung, Nolan; Lal, Shruti; Courtier, Jennifer

    2011-01-01

    In Arabidopsis floral meristems are specified on the periphery of the inflorescence meristem by the combined activities of the FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT)-FD complex and the flower meristem identity gene LEAFY. The floral specification activity of FT is dependent upon two related BELL1-like homeobox (BLH) genes PENNYWISE (PNY) and POUND-FOOLISH (PNF) which are required for floral evocation. PNY and PNF interact with a subset of KNOTTED1-LIKE homeobox proteins including SHOOT MERISTEMLESS (STM). Genetic analyses show that these BLH proteins function with STM to specify flowers and internodes during inflorescence development. In this study, experimental evidence demonstrates that the specification of flower and coflorescence meristems requires the combined activities of FT-FD and STM. FT and FD also regulate meristem maintenance during inflorescence development. In plants with reduced STM function, ectopic FT and FD promote the formation of axillary meristems during inflorescence development. Lastly, gene expression studies indicate that STM functions with FT-FD and AGAMOUS-LIKE 24 (AGL24)-SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONTANS1 (SOC1) complexes to up-regulate flower meristem identity genes during inflorescence development.

  5. Dynamic Force Imaging and Spectroscopy of Individual Molecules

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    Repp, Jascha

    2014-03-01

    In atomic force microscopy (AFM) the qPlus sensor facilitates the use of metallic tips, which are typically used in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and thereby facilitates combined STM and AFM experiments at cryogenic temperatures. The use of CO-functionalized tips as has been introduced recently by Gross and co-workers enabled unprecedented resolution and thereby fostered the rapid recent development of the field. We made use of the complementary information that STM and AFM can provide in different contexts. When applied to STM-based single-molecule synthesis, the combination of these techniques enables a direct quantification of the interplay of geometry and electronic coupling in metal-organic complexes in real space. Further, we combined STM on semiconductors with Kelvin probe force spectroscopy (KPFS) performed simultaneously in the same setup with the very same tip. This combination of tools allows us to experimentally recover the zero point of the energy scale usually being obscured due to so-called tip-induced band bending when measuring on surfaces of semiconductors. Finally, we used KPFS with sub-molecular resolution to image the polarity of individual bonds.

  6. Partially overlapping sensorimotor networks underlie speech praxis and verbal short-term memory: evidence from apraxia of speech following acute stroke.

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    Hickok, Gregory; Rogalsky, Corianne; Chen, Rong; Herskovits, Edward H; Townsley, Sarah; Hillis, Argye E

    2014-01-01

    We tested the hypothesis that motor planning and programming of speech articulation and verbal short-term memory (vSTM) depend on partially overlapping networks of neural regions. We evaluated this proposal by testing 76 individuals with acute ischemic stroke for impairment in motor planning of speech articulation (apraxia of speech, AOS) and vSTM in the first day of stroke, before the opportunity for recovery or reorganization of structure-function relationships. We also evaluated areas of both infarct and low blood flow that might have contributed to AOS or impaired vSTM in each person. We found that AOS was associated with tissue dysfunction in motor-related areas (posterior primary motor cortex, pars opercularis; premotor cortex, insula) and sensory-related areas (primary somatosensory cortex, secondary somatosensory cortex, parietal operculum/auditory cortex); while impaired vSTM was associated with primarily motor-related areas (pars opercularis and pars triangularis, premotor cortex, and primary motor cortex). These results are consistent with the hypothesis, also supported by functional imaging data, that both speech praxis and vSTM rely on partially overlapping networks of brain regions.

  7. Complex regulatory network encompassing the Csr, c-di-GMP and motility systems of Salmonella Typhimurium.

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    Jonas, Kristina; Edwards, Adrianne N; Ahmad, Irfan; Romeo, Tony; Römling, Ute; Melefors, Ojar

    2010-02-01

    Bacterial survival depends on the ability to switch between sessile and motile lifestyles in response to changing environmental conditions. In many species, this switch is governed by (3'-5')-cyclic-diguanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), a signalling molecule, which is metabolized by proteins containing GGDEF and/or EAL domains. Salmonella Typhimurium contains 20 such proteins. Here, we show that the RNA-binding protein CsrA regulates the expression of eight genes encoding GGDEF, GGDEF-EAL and EAL domain proteins. CsrA bound directly to the mRNA leaders of five of these genes, suggesting that it may regulate these genes post-transcriptionally. The c-di-GMP-specific phosphodiesterase STM3611, which reciprocally controls flagella function and production of biofilm matrix components, was regulated by CsrA binding to the mRNA, but was also indirectly regulated by CsrA through the FlhDC/FliA flagella cascade and STM1344. STM1344 is an unconventional (c-di-GMP-inactive) EAL domain protein, recently identified as a negative regulator of flagella gene expression. Here, we demonstrate that CsrA directly downregulates expression of STM1344, which in turn regulates STM3611 through fliA and thus reciprocally controls motility and biofilm factors. Altogether, our data reveal that the concerted and complex regulation of several genes encoding GGDEF/EAL domain proteins allows CsrA to control the motility-sessility switch in S. Typhimurium at multiple levels.

  8. Refinement of Strut-and-Tie Model for Reinforced Concrete Deep Beams.

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    Panjehpour, Mohammad; Chai, Hwa Kian; Voo, Yen Lei

    2015-01-01

    Deep beams are commonly used in tall buildings, offshore structures, and foundations. According to many codes and standards, strut-and-tie model (STM) is recommended as a rational approach for deep beam analyses. This research focuses on the STM recommended by ACI 318-11 and AASHTO LRFD and uses experimental results to modify the strut effectiveness factor in STM for reinforced concrete (RC) deep beams. This study aims to refine STM through the strut effectiveness factor and increase result accuracy. Six RC deep beams with different shear span to effective-depth ratios (a/d) of 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, and 2.00 were experimentally tested under a four-point bending set-up. The ultimate shear strength of deep beams obtained from non-linear finite element modeling and STM recommended by ACI 318-11 as well as AASHTO LRFD (2012) were compared with the experimental results. An empirical equation was proposed to modify the principal tensile strain value in the bottle-shaped strut of deep beams. The equation of the strut effectiveness factor from AASHTTO LRFD was then modified through the aforementioned empirical equation. An investigation on the failure mode and crack propagation in RC deep beams subjected to load was also conducted.

  9. 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.

  10. Refinement of Strut-and-Tie Model for Reinforced Concrete Deep Beams

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    Panjehpour, Mohammad; Chai, Hwa Kian; Voo, Yen Lei

    2015-01-01

    Deep beams are commonly used in tall buildings, offshore structures, and foundations. According to many codes and standards, strut-and-tie model (STM) is recommended as a rational approach for deep beam analyses. This research focuses on the STM recommended by ACI 318-11 and AASHTO LRFD and uses experimental results to modify the strut effectiveness factor in STM for reinforced concrete (RC) deep beams. This study aims to refine STM through the strut effectiveness factor and increase result accuracy. Six RC deep beams with different shear span to effective-depth ratios (a/d) of 0.75, 1.00, 1.25, 1.50, 1.75, and 2.00 were experimentally tested under a four-point bending set-up. The ultimate shear strength of deep beams obtained from non-linear finite element modeling and STM recommended by ACI 318-11 as well as AASHTO LRFD (2012) were compared with the experimental results. An empirical equation was proposed to modify the principal tensile strain value in the bottle-shaped strut of deep beams. The equation of the strut effectiveness factor from AASHTTO LRFD was then modified through the aforementioned empirical equation. An investigation on the failure mode and crack propagation in RC deep beams subjected to load was also conducted. PMID:26110268

  11. Thrombomodulin promotes diabetic wound healing by regulating toll-like receptor 4 expression.

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    Cheng, Tsung-Lin; Lai, Chao-Han; Chen, Po-Ku; Cho, Chia-Fong; Hsu, Yun-Yan; Wang, Kuan-Chieh; Lin, Wei-Ling; Chang, Bi-Ing; Liu, Shi-Kai; Wu, Yu-Ting; Hsu, Chao-Kai; Shi, Guey-Yueh; Wu, Hua-Lin

    2015-06-01

    Keratinocyte-expressed thrombomodulin (TM) and the released soluble TM (sTM) have been demonstrated to promote wound healing. However, the effects of high glucose on TM expression in keratinocytes and the role of TM in diabetic ulcer remain unclear. In this study, we demonstrated that expressions of TM and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) were both downregulated in high-glucose cultured human keratinocytes and in skin keratinocytes of diabetic patients. In addition, the wound-triggered upregulation of TM and sTM production was abolished in both high-glucose cultured human keratinocytes and streptozotocin-induced diabetic mouse skin. Furthermore, supplementation of recombinant sTM could increase TLR4 expression and promote cutaneous wound healing in both high-glucose cultured human keratinocytes and diabetic mice. However, in Tlr4-deleted mice, which exhibited delayed wound healing, the therapeutic benefit of recombinant sTM was abrogated. Moreover, our results showed that tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) expression in keratinocytes was dose-dependently upregulated by glucose, and TNF-α treatment downregulated the expression of TM and TLR4. Taken together, high-glucose environment reduces the expression of TM and TLR4 in keratinocytes possibly through the action of TNF-α, and recombinant sTM can increase the TLR4 expression and promote wound healing under diabetic condition.

  12. Atomic species identification at the (101) anatase surface by simultaneous scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy

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    Stetsovych, Oleksandr; Todorović, Milica; Shimizu, Tomoko K.; Moreno, César; Ryan, James William; León, Carmen Pérez; Sagisaka, Keisuke; Palomares, Emilio; Matolín, Vladimír; Fujita, Daisuke; Perez, Ruben; Custance, Oscar

    2015-01-01

    Anatase is a pivotal material in devices for energy-harvesting applications and catalysis. Methods for the accurate characterization of this reducible oxide at the atomic scale are critical in the exploration of outstanding properties for technological developments. Here we combine atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), supported by first-principles calculations, for the simultaneous imaging and unambiguous identification of atomic species at the (101) anatase surface. We demonstrate that dynamic AFM-STM operation allows atomic resolution imaging within the material's band gap. Based on key distinguishing features extracted from calculations and experiments, we identify candidates for the most common surface defects. Our results pave the way for the understanding of surface processes, like adsorption of metal dopants and photoactive molecules, that are fundamental for the catalytic and photovoltaic applications of anatase, and demonstrate the potential of dynamic AFM-STM for the characterization of wide band gap materials. PMID:26118408

  13. Binding modes of thioflavin T molecules to prion peptide assemblies identified by using scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Mao, Xiaobo; Guo, Yuanyuan; Wang, Chenxuan; Zhang, Min; Ma, Xiaojing; Liu, Lei; Niu, Lin; Zeng, Qingdao; Yang, Yanlian; Wang, Chen

    2011-06-15

    The widely used method to monitor the aggregation process of amyloid peptide is thioflavin T (ThT) assay, while the detailed molecular mechanism is still not clear. In this work, we report here the direct identification of the binding modes of ThT molecules with the prion peptide GNNQQNY by using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The assembly structures of GNNQQNY were first observed by STM on a graphite surface, and the introduction of ThT molecules to the surface facilitated the STM observations of the adsorption conformations of ThT with peptide strands. ThT molecules are apt to adsorb on the peptide assembly with β-sheet structure and oriented parallel with the peptide strands adopting four different binding modes. This effort could benefit the understanding of the mechanisms of the interactions between labeling species or inhibitory ligands and amyloid peptides, which is keenly needed for developing diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

  14. Structural reconstruction and spontaneous formation of Fe polynuclears: a self-assembly of Fe-porphyrin coordination chains on Au(111) revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Wang, Yuxu; Zhou, Kun; Shi, Ziliang; Ma, Yu-Qiang

    2016-06-07

    A self-assembled Fe-porphyrin coordination chain structure on a Au(111) surface is investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), revealing structural reconstruction resulting from an alternative change of molecular orientations and spontaneous formation of uniformly sized Fe polynuclears. The alternation of the molecular orientations is ascribed to the cooperation of the attractive coordination and the intermolecular steric repulsion as elucidated by high-resolution STM observations. Furthermore, chemical control experiments are carried out to determine the number of atoms in an Fe polynuclear, suggesting a tentative Fe dinuclear-module that serves not only as a coordination center to link porphyrin units together but also as a "dangling" site for further functionalization by a guest terpyridine ligand. The chain structure and the Fe polynuclears are stable up to 320 K as revealed by real-time STM scanning. Annealing at higher temperatures converts the chain structure into a two-dimensional coordination structure.

  15. Highly Sensitive Electrical Detection of HIV-1 Virus Based on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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    Lee, Jin-Ho; Kim, Byung-Chan; Oh, Byung-Keun; Choi, Jeong-Woo

    2015-02-01

    A highly sensitive immunosensor based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) was developed for the first time to detect living material such as HIV-1 virus by gold (Au) nanoparticle and fragmented antibody complex. Fragmented antibodies were pre-immobilized on the Au surface, then HIV-1 virus like particles (HIV-1 VLPs) and Au-nanoparticle and fragmented antibody complexes were applied to develop sandwich assay. The developed surface morphology and the current profile of fabricated immunosensing element were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and investigated with STM. The power spectrum derived from the current profile was found to be related with concentrations of HIV-1 VLPs. Using the electrical detection method based on current mapping profile of STM, living material such as virus, HIV-1 VLPs, was able to be detected successfully. The proposed technique can be a promising method to construct the highly sensitive and efficient sensor for detecting viruses and other living materials.

  16. Nonlinear femtosecond laser induced scanning tunneling microscopy.

    PubMed

    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.

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

    PubMed

    Wang, Kangkang; Rosenmann, Daniel; Holt, Martin; Winarski, Robert; Hla, Saw-Wai; Rose, Volker

    2013-06-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    Wang Kangkang; Rosenmann, Daniel; Holt, Martin; Winarski, Robert; Hla, Saw-Wai; Rose, Volker

    2013-06-15

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

  1. Status of Standardization Projects

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-06-30

    MS51446 DIGESTION APPARATUS NITROGEN EA A5 943 944 944 A EA MS 99 MB N D 6630 0556 15 MS51447 FLUOROMETER EA A5 943 944 944 A EA MS 99 MB N D 6630 0556... BROILER SLF CLN ELEC GL H5 942 951 943 Y GL YD1 99 GS U 7310 0846 MIL-K-43943A KETTLES STM JKTD TWIN 5 GAL GL H5 942 951 951 A GL 99 GS N 7310 0847...MIL-B-43928A BROILER CONVEYORIZED INFRAR YDV H5 942 952 952 A YDl 99 N 7310 0848 RR-K-195J 1 KETTLE STM JCKTD SS STM HTD GL H5 942 951 951 A GL YDV 99

  2. Single-molecule chemistry and physics explored by low-temperature scanning probe microscopy.

    PubMed

    Swart, Ingmar; Gross, Leo; Liljeroth, Peter

    2011-08-28

    It is well known that scanning probe techniques such as scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) routinely offer atomic scale information on the geometric and the electronic structure of solids. Recent developments in STM and especially in non-contact AFM have allowed imaging and spectroscopy of individual molecules on surfaces with unprecedented spatial resolution, which makes it possible to study chemistry and physics at the single molecule level. In this feature article, we first review the physical concepts underlying image contrast in STM and AFM. We then focus on the key experimental considerations and use selected examples to demonstrate the capabilities of modern day low-temperature scanning probe microscopy in providing chemical insight at the single molecule level.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  5. Real-space visualization of conformation-independent oligothiophene electronic structure

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    Taber, Benjamen N.; Kislitsyn, Dmitry A.; Gervasi, Christian F.; Mills, Jon M.; Rosenfield, Ariel E.; Zhang, Lei; Mannsfeld, Stefan C. B.; Prell, James S.; Briseno, Alejandro L.; Nazin, George V.

    2016-05-01

    We present scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) investigations of the electronic structures of different alkyl-substituted oligothiophenes on the Au(111) surface. STM imaging showed that on Au(111), oligothiophenes adopted distinct straight and bent conformations. By combining STS maps with STM images, we visualize, in real space, particle-in-a-box-like oligothiophene molecular orbitals. We demonstrate that different planar conformers with significant geometrical distortions of oligothiophene backbones surprisingly exhibit very similar electronic structures, indicating a low degree of conformation-induced electronic disorder. The agreement of these results with gas-phase density functional theory calculations implies that the oligothiophene interaction with the Au(111) surface is generally insensitive to molecular conformation.

  6. Real-space visualization of conformation-independent oligothiophene electronic structure.

    PubMed

    Taber, Benjamen N; Kislitsyn, Dmitry A; Gervasi, Christian F; Mills, Jon M; Rosenfield, Ariel E; Zhang, Lei; Mannsfeld, Stefan C B; Prell, James S; Briseno, Alejandro L; Nazin, George V

    2016-05-21

    We present scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS) investigations of the electronic structures of different alkyl-substituted oligothiophenes on the Au(111) surface. STM imaging showed that on Au(111), oligothiophenes adopted distinct straight and bent conformations. By combining STS maps with STM images, we visualize, in real space, particle-in-a-box-like oligothiophene molecular orbitals. We demonstrate that different planar conformers with significant geometrical distortions of oligothiophene backbones surprisingly exhibit very similar electronic structures, indicating a low degree of conformation-induced electronic disorder. The agreement of these results with gas-phase density functional theory calculations implies that the oligothiophene interaction with the Au(111) surface is generally insensitive to molecular conformation.

  7. Optothermal response of plasmonic nanofocusing lens under picosecond laser irradiation

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    Du, Z.; Chen, C.; Traverso, L.; Xu, X.; Pan, L.; Chao, I.-H.; Lavine, A. S.

    2014-03-01

    This work studied the optothermal response of plasmonic nanofocusing structures under picosecond pulsed laser irradiation. The surface plasmon polariton is simulated to calculate the optical energy dissipation as the Joule heating source and the thermal transport process is studied using a two temperature model (TTM). At the picosecond time scale that we are interested in, the Fourier heat equation is used to study the electron thermal transport and the hyperbolic heat equation is used to study the lattice thermal transport. For comparison, the single temperature model (STM) is also studied. The difference between TTM and STM indicates that TTM provides more accurate estimates in the picosecond time scale and the STM results are only reliable when the local electron and lattice temperature difference is negligible.

  8. Conditions for the formation of nanostructures on electrode surfaces during atomic scale scratching

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    Nielinger, Michael; Berenz, Peter; Xiao, Xiaoyin; Baltruschat, Helmut

    2005-12-01

    A nanoscale place selective electrochemical deposition of foreign metals on different single crystal electrodes induced by a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) tip was achieved by scanning with the STM tip very closely to an electrode surface which is covered by a monolayer of a foreign metal by underpotential deposition (UPD). Measuring the minimal conductance G, which is necessary for generating nanostructures, shows that a point contact between the STM tip and the UPD covered surface is formed. This is considered to be responsible for the tip-induced deposition. On Au(1 1 1) in Cu 2+ containing solutions at potentials positive of submonolayer formation, nanoscale scratches are achieved in this way, whereas in the absence of any foreign metal ions only large defects are introduced under the same conditions.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  10. Method and apparatus for differential spectroscopic atomic-imaging using scanning tunneling microscopy

    DOEpatents

    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.

  11. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Surface Structures of Icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe Quasicrystals

    SciTech Connect

    Cai, Tanhong

    2001-01-01

    Three papers are included in this dissertation. The first paper: ''Structural aspects of the fivefold quasicrystalline Al-Cu-Fe surface from STM and dynamical LEED studies'', is in press with ''Surface Science''. The second paper: ''An STM study of the atomic structure of the icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe fivefold surface'' is submitted to ''Physical Review B, Rapid Communication''. The third paper: ''Pseudomorphic starfish: arrangement of extrinsic metal atoms on a quasicrystalline substrate'' is submitted to ''Nature''. Following the third paper are general conclusions and appendices that document the published paper ''Structural aspects of the three-fold surface of icosahedral Al-Pd-Mn'' (appearing in volume 461, issue 1-3 of ''Surface Science'' on page L521-L527, 2000), the design as well as the specifications of the aluminum evaporator used in the aluminum deposition study in this dissertation, an extended discussion of the aluminum deposition on the quasicrystalline surface, and the STM database.

  12. Water-Mediated Proton Hopping on an Iron Oxide Surface

    SciTech Connect

    Merte, L. R.; Peng, Guowen; Bechstein, Ralf; Rieboldt, Felix; Farberow, Carrie A.; Grabow, Lars C.; Kudernatsch, Wilhelmine; Wendt, Stefen; Laegsgaard, E.; Mavrikakis, Manos; Besenbacher, Fleming

    2012-05-18

    The diffusion of hydrogen atoms across solid oxide surfaces is often assumed to be accelerated by the presence of water molecules. Here we present a high-resolution, high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) study of the diffusion of H atoms on an FeO thin film. STM movies directly reveal a water-mediated hydrogen diffusion mechanism on the oxide surface at temperatures between 100 and 300 kelvin. Density functional theory calculations and isotope-exchange experiments confirm the STM observations, and a proton-transfer mechanism that proceeds via an H3O+-like transition state is revealed. This mechanism differs from that observed previously for rutile TiO2(110), where water dissociation is a key step in proton diffusion.

  13. Structure of high-index GaAs surfaces - the discovery of the stable GaAs(2511) surface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jacobi, K.; Geelhaar, L.; Márquez, J.

    We present a brief overview of surface structures of high-index GaAs surfaces, putting emphasis on recent progress in our own laboratory. By adapting a commercial scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to our molecular beam epitaxy and ultra high vacuum analysis chamber system, we have been able to atomically resolve the GaAs( {1} {1} {3})B(8 ×1), (114)Aα2(2×1), (137), (3715), and (2511) surface structures. In cooperation with P. Kratzer and M. Scheffler from the Theory Department of the Fritz-Haber Institute we determined the structure of some of these surfaces by comparing total-energy calculations and STM image simulations with the atomically resolved STM images. We present the results for the {112}, {113}, and {114} surfaces. Then we describe what led us to proceed into the inner parts of the stereographic triangle and to discover the hitherto unknown stable GaAs(2511) surface.

  14. Compression-Induced Conformation and Orientation Changes in an n-Alkane Monolayer on a Au (111) Surface.

    PubMed

    Endo, Osamu; Nakamura, Masashi; Amemiya, Kenta; Ozaki, Hiroyuki

    2017-04-07

    The influence of the preparation method and adsorbed amount of n-tetratetracontane (n-C44H90) on its orientation in a monolayer on the Au (111) surface is studied by near carbon K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (C K-NEXAFS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ultrahigh vacuum, and infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) at the electrochemical interface in sulfuric acid solution. The n-C44H90 molecules form self-assembled lamellar structures with the chain axis parallel to the surface, as observed by STM. For small amounts adsorbed, the carbon plane is parallel to the surface (flat-on orientation). An increase of the adsorbed amount by ~10-20% induces compression of the lamellar structure either along the lamellar axis or alkyl chain axis. The compressed molecular arrangement is observed by STM and induced conformation and orientation changes is confirmed by in situ IRAS and C K-NEXAFS.

  15. Dopant-Induced Nanoscale Electronic Inhomogeneities in Ca2-xSrxRuO4

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Jiandi; Ismail, #; Moore, R. G.; Wang, S. -C.; Ding, H.; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Plummer, E Ward

    2006-01-01

    Ca{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}RuO{sub 4} single crystals with 0.1 {le} x {le} 2.0 have been studied systematically using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). In contrast with the well-ordered lattice structure, the local density of states at the surface clearly shows a strong doping dependent nanoscale electronic inhomogeneity, regardless of the fact of isovalent substitution. Remarkably, the surface electronic roughness measured by STM and the inverse spectral weight of quasiparticle states determined by ARPES are found to vary with x in the same manner as the bulk in-plane residual resistivity, following the Nordheim rule. For the first time, the surface measurements - especially those with STM - are shown to be in good agreement with the bulk transport results, all clearly indicating a doping-induced electronic disorder in the system.

  16. Possibility of direct exchange diffusion of hydrogen on the Cl/Si(100)-2×1 surface

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    Hsieh, Ming-Feng; Lin, Deng-Sung; Tsay, Shiow-Fon

    2009-07-01

    The diffusion behavior of hydrogen substitutional sites on the chlorine-terminated Si(100) surface was investigated at elevated temperatures using time-lapse scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). STM movies show that each hydrogen atom undergoes Brownian motion within a monochloride dimer row. The position of a hydrogen substitutional site is exchanged directly with that of an immediate neighboring chlorine atom in either the same dimer (intradimer diffusion) or in one of the two adjacent dimers in the same row (intrarow diffusion). Accordingly, conceptual direct exchange diffusion (DED) in a two-dimensional lattice was experimentally observed. Analysis of STM movies at various temperatures yielded rather low attempt frequencies and energy barriers, leading to the suggestion that the diffusion mechanism involves an intermediate low-energy molecular state. Density-functional theory (DFT) calculations were also performed and provided partial support for the proposed diffusion mechanism.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  18. Observation of small metal clusters on graphite surface with scanning tunneling microscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

  19. End station for nanoscale magnetic materials study: Combination of scanning tunneling microscopy and soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Ueno, Tetsuro; Sawada, Masahiro; Namatame, Hirofumi; Kishimizu, Yusuke; Kimura, Akio; Taniguchi, Masaki

    2012-12-15

    We have constructed an end station for nanoscale magnetic materials study at the soft X-ray beamline HiSOR BL-14 at Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center. An ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was installed for an in situ characterization of nanoscale magnetic materials in combination with soft X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) spectroscopy experiment. The STM was connected to the XMCD experimental station via damper bellows to isolate it from environmental vibrations, thus achieving efficient spatial resolution for observing Si(111) surface at atomic resolution. We performed an in situ experiment with STM and XMCD spectroscopy on Co nanoclusters on an Au(111) surface and explored its practical application to investigate magnetic properties for well-characterized nanoscale magnetic materials.

  20. The investigation of cobalt intercalation underneath epitaxial graphene on 6H-SiC(0 0 0 1)

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    Zhang, Yuxi; Zhang, Hanjie; Cai, Yiliang; Song, Junjie; He, Pimo

    2017-02-01

    The intercalation behaviour of cobalt underneath both epitaxial graphene monolayer and bilayer on 6H-SiC(0001) have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT). Upon deposition, cobalt atoms prefer to agglomerate into clusters on the epitaxial graphene. After annealing the sample to 850 °C, the intercalation of the adsorbed cobalt atoms into both monolayer and bilayer epitaxial graphene on SiC takes place, as observed by the atomically resolved STM images. Further studies based on DFT modeling and simulated STM images show that, resulting from the interplay between the intercalated cobalt atoms and the carbon layers sandwiching it, the most energetically favourable intercalation sites of cobalt atoms underneath monolayer and bilayer graphene differ. Furthermore, the results show energy barriers of 0.60 eV and 0.41 eV for cobalt penetration through mono-vacancy defects at monolayer and bilayer graphene.