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Development of probe-to-probe approach method for an independently controlled dual-probe scanning tunneling microscope

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Matsui, Atsuteru ; Graduate School of Integrated Science, Yokohama City University, Seto, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0027, Japan ; Shigeta, Yukichi

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We developed a method of fast probe-to-probe approach for an independently controlled dual-probe scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which is essential to measure the transport property of nanostructures, without scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In the approach method, inchworm motors are used as the coarse positioning devices, which are controlled with a personal computer. The method enables an automatic approach of the probe to the other probe within a short time (typically 30 min). After the approach, a real distance between contact points of each probe tip to a sample can be measured from the overlapped part of the STM images obtained with individual probe. The approach method without SEM is also useful to measure the charge transport in the atmosphere, which will be essential for measurement of the bio molecules.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:78 ,  Issue: 10 )