Influence of the State of the Tungsten Tip on STM Topographic Images of SnSe Surfaces
J. Korean Phy. Soc. 2018; 72: 658~661
Published online March 30, 2018 © 2018 The Korean Physical Society.

Department of Physics, BRL, and EHSRC, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 44610, Korea
We investigate the influence of the W tip’s state on the STM topographic images of SnSe surfaces. The atomic features observed on a SnSe surface in STM topography can dramatically change depending on the W tip’s state. Compared to a typical image of a SnSe surface (Fig. a), the enhanced topography (Fig. b) has a much stronger corrugation amplitude for Sn atoms, as well as a reduced apparent radius of Sn atoms. Also, the atomic features of Se atoms, which are hidden in typical STM images, become observable with a tip in the dz2 state (Fig. d).
PACS numbers: 07.79.Fc, 68.37.Ef,
Keywords: STM, SnSe, Tungsten tip, Tip state

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