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Magnetic resonance imaging of single atoms on a surface

Willke, Philip ORCID iD icon; Yang, Kai; Bae, Yujeong; Heinrich, Andreas J.; Lutz, Christopher P.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revolutionized diagnostic medicine and biomedical research by allowing a noninvasive access to spin ensembles. To enhance MRI resolution to the nanometer scale, new approaches including scanning probe methods have been used in recent years, which culminated in detection of individual spins. This allowed three-dimensional (3D) visualization of organic samples and of sophisticated spin-structures. Here, we demonstrate for the first time MRI of individual atoms on a surface. The setup, implemented in a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope (STM), uses single-atom electron spin resonance (ESR) to achieve sub-Ångström resolution exceeding the spatial resolution of previous experiments by one to two orders of magnitude. We find that MRI scans of different atomic species and probe tips lead to unique signatures in the resonance images. These signatures reveal the magnetic interactions between the tip and the atom, in particular magnetic dipolar and exchange interaction.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Physikalisches Institut (PHI)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 10.2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000119954
Umfang 11 S.
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 01.07.2019
Nachgewiesen in arXiv
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