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Physical Review Letters
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Observation of vacuum tunneling of spin-polarized electrons with the scanning tunneling microscope

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Vacuum tunneling of spin-polarized electrons from a ferromagnetic CrO2 tip into a Cr(001) single crystal has been observed by means of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operated in UHV. Topographic STM images of the Cr(001) surface using a tungsten tip confirm the model of topological antiferromagnetism between ferromagnetic terraces separated by monatomic steps of 0.144 nm height. With CrO2 tips, the measured step-height values alternate around the mean value of 0.144 nm due to an additional contribution from spin-polarized-electron tunneling. © 1990 The American Physical Society.

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09 Jul 1990

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Physical Review Letters

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