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A cryogenic scanning near-field optical microscope with shear-force gapwidth control

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5 Author(s)
Kramer, A. ; Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH-Zentrum, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland ; Segura, J.-M. ; Hunkeler, A. ; Renn, A.
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We present a scanning near-field optical microscope designed for nanoscale optical imaging and spectroscopy as well as simultaneous tuning fork shear-force topographic imaging at cryogenic temperatures. The whole setup is immersed in superfluid helium (T=1.8 K). In this medium we observe resonance frequency fluctuations of the tuning fork sensor with an amplitude of Δν≈5%–10% of the full width at half-maximum of the resonance. Possible reasons for the occurrence of the frequency fluctuations are discussed. A stable gapwidth feedback can still be achieved if the set value of the frequency shift is chosen slightly larger than the fluctuation amplitude. As an example we demonstrate shear-force topographic imaging of a silicon grating in superfluid helium. © 2002 American Institute of Physics.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:73 ,  Issue: 8 )