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Design of an extremely stable low-temperature ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope

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Koslowski, B. ; Abteilung Festkörperphysik, Universität Ulm, D-89069 Ulm, Germany ; Dietrich, Ch. ; Tschetschetkin, A. ; Ziemann, P.

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The design and performance of a scanning tunneling microscope operated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and at low temperature are presented. It allows operating temperatures between 6 K to at least 30 K as well as safe and fast tip/sample transfers. Novel design features resulted in an extremely stable instrument with a noise level of only 0.2 pmrms in the frequency range of 0.5–500 Hz despite a relatively noisy laboratory environment. To demonstrate this behavior, results of test measurements performed on Au(111) and Nb(110) samples are presented.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:77 ,  Issue: 6 )