Applied Physics Letters

Determining the vibrations between sensor and sample in SQUID microscopy

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Vibrations can cause noise in scanning probe microscopies. Relative vibrations between the scanning sensor and the sample are important but can be more difficult to determine than absolute vibrations or vibrations relative to the laboratory. We measure the noise spectral density in a scanning SQUID microscope as a function of position near a localized source of magnetic field and show that we can determine the spectra of all three components of the relative sensor-sample vibrations. This method is a powerful tool for diagnosing vibrational noise in scanning microscopies.