Novel in situ cleavage technique for cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy sample preparation

Y. C. Kim*, M. J. Nowakowski, D. N. Seidman

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A novel in situ sample cleavage technique has been developed for fabricating specimens for cross-sectional scanning tunneling microscopy applications. This technique can be easily adapted to any ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope that has coarse motion and tip exchange capabilities. A 90° bent diamond tip attached to a tip holder is used to make micron long scratches on GaAs(001) surfaces along a 〈110〉 direction. The sample is then fractured and the cross-sectional surface is scanned in the conventional way. Atomic resolution images of {110}-type GaAs surfaces are readily and reproducibly obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1922-1924
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996


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