Aberration corrected spin polarized low energy electron microscope

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Spin Polarized Low Energy Electron Microscopy (SPLEEM) is a powerful tool to reveal the magnetic structure of ferromagnetic surfaces on the atomic depth scale level[1-3]. With aberration corrected LEEM and a high brightness spin polarized electron gun, high spatial resolution will provide more details for ultra-thin ferromagnetic film studies. This study reports the first realization of aberration corrected SPLEEM (AC-SPLEEM). The performance of the setup was tested on ferromagnetic Fe nanoscale islands on a W(110) single crystal, with spatial resolution of 3.3 nm in spin asymmetry images.