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Note: In situ cleavage of crystallographic oriented tips for scanning probe microscopy

Wutscher, Thorsten and Giessibl, Franz J. (2011) Note: In situ cleavage of crystallographic oriented tips for scanning probe microscopy. Review of Scientific Instruments 82 (2), 026106.

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We report an in situ method of preparing tips for scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Oriented single-crystal nickel oxide (NiO) rods were diced, using a wafer saw, to prepare artificial breaking points. Two geometries, a single rod and a two-sided cut rod were fabricated. The cleavable tips were mounted to a force sensor based on a quartz tuning fork and cleaved using the coarse approach of the SPM. Atomically resolved force microscopy images of NiO (001) were taken with these NiO tips.

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Item type:Article
Institutions:Physics > Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics > Chair Professor Giessibl > Group Franz J. Giessibl
Projects:SFB 689: Spinphänomene in reduzierten Dimensionen
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Keywords:atomic force microscopy; crystal faces; force sensors; image resolution; nickel compounds; specimen preparation
Dewey Decimal Classification:500 Science > 530 Physics
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:Yes
Item ID:22073
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