A versatile low-temperature scanning tunneling microscope

Ch Renner, Ph Niedermann, A. D. Kent, O. Fischer

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    We present a new scanning tunneling microscope (STM) developed specifically for use at low temperatures within a standard helium cryostat. This compact STM (diameter 25 mm and length 61 mm) has been designed to be compatible with a superconducting magnet. It incorporates a novel approach system which operates in any orientation including the vertical one, without any mechanical connections to the STM. It is able to translate a sample by 30 A steps in any orientation. The coarse and the fine approach are driven by a single piezoelectric tube via inertial slip-stick motion of the sample holder. During the coarse approach, the translator can be moved over 15 mm at 0.25 mm/s against gravity. We have operated this STM down to 1.6 K and we have obtained images with atomic resolution on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) and NbSe2 from 300 K down to 90 K. This partially thermal compensated instrument is able to monitor temperature dependent surface changes on atomic scale in real time.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)330-332
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1990

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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