Japanese Journal of Applied Physics

Gold substrates for scanning tunneling microscopy of adsorbed species

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Atomically flat substrates of gold were prepared by evaporation onto cleaved mica for scanning tunneling microscopic and spectroscopic studies of adsorbates. The surface morphology was investigated with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and a scanning electron microscope. The STM data were analyzed through a fractallike statistical procedure. Bulk crystallography was also investigated by means of X-ray diffraction. On the gold substrate showing hydrophilic characteristics, monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett film of cadmium arachidate was deposited, and successfully imaged by STM. © 1991 The Japan Society of Applied Physics.