Color mapping by scanning tunneling microscopy: Chemical analysis of metal surfaces

Downes, Andrew; Guaino, Philippe; Dumas, Philippe
January 2002
Applied Physics Letters;1/21/2002, Vol. 80 Issue 3, p380
Academic Journal
We present true color maps of a metal surface imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Light emission spectra were acquired at each imaging pixel, and converted into a real color map. A rough gold film was shown to exhibit minimal color changes across the sample, so spectra are dependent on material and not sample geometry, due to a small radius tip. A larger tip was still able to distinguish between Ag and Cu clusters with ∼10 nm resolution, despite the onset of geometric effects. We conclude that color mapping represents an ideal way of identifying metals in STM on the nanometer scale. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.


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