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STM tip-induced creation and annihilation of small Ge clusters and missing dimer vacancies on Ge(001)

Zandvliet, H. J. W.; Wulfhekel, W.; Hendriksen, B. L. M.; Hattink, B. J.; Poelsema, B.

Abstract: We have observed the appearance and disappearance of small Ge clusters and missing dimer vacancies on Ge/(011) during scanning with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) under standard tunneling conditions at room temperature. We claim that these processes are induced by the STM tip. Moreover, we emphasize that the observed features depend on the usage of different W tips, even if prepared following the same procedure and using the same tunneling conditions, suggesting a critical influence of the tip shape.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Physikalisches Institut (PHI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 1998
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.57.1356
ISSN: 1098-0121
KITopen ID: 1000053869
Erschienen in Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Band 57
Heft 3
Seiten 1356-1358
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