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Ultramicroscopy
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Resolution in the scanning tunneling microscope

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Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used for many atomic-scale observations of metal and semiconductor surfaces. Experience has shown that a variety of effects must be considered in interpreting high-resolution data. For example, images may be distorted by the motion of tip or surface atoms which results from tip-surface interactions at small tunnel gaps. Lower-resolution studies generally appear to be quite reliable. Empirical limits on image interpretation are discussed for some of the metal, molecule and semiconductor systems which we have measured. © 1992.

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02 Nov 1992

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Ultramicroscopy

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