TITLE

Noise reduction technique for scanning tunneling microscopy

AUTHOR(S)
Abraham, David W.; Williams, C. C.; Wickramasinghe, H. K.
PUB. DATE
October 1988
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;10/17/1988, Vol. 53 Issue 16, p1503
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Noise stemming from mechanical vibration, electronic noise, or low frequency (1/f power spectrum) inherent in the tunneling process, often limits the resolution, speed, or range of application of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We demonstrate a technique for minimizing the effect of these noise sources on the STM image. In our method, the tunneling tip is vibrated parallel to the sample surface at a frequency f0, above that of the feedback response frequency. Two signals are obtained simultaneously: the conventional topography, and a differential image corresponding to the amplitude of current modulation at f0. The resultant ac signal can be simply related to the normal STM topographic image, with significant improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio.
ACCESSION #
9828480

 

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