TITLE

Observation of a scanning tunneling microscopy induced photocurrent during ballistic electron emission microscopy

AUTHOR(S)
Heller, E. R.; Pelz, J. P.
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;6/2/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 22, p3919
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We report that a scanning tunneling microscope induced photocurrent (STM–PC) can occur during ballistic electron emission microscopy (BEEM) measurements on Schottky-barrier samples with typical efficiency of 10[sup -4]–10[sup -6] and apparent BEEM threshold slightly above the substrate semiconductor band gap. This STM–PC resembles normal BEEM current, and hence, can interfere with BEEM measurements of structures with intrinsically low signal and/or intrinsic BEEM threshold voltage larger than the substrate band gap. We discuss a simple test for the existence of STM–PC during BEEM measurements. © 2003 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
9885196

 

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