Hydrothermally-Grown ZnO Nanowire Tips for Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
The probe tip is pivotal in determining the resolution and nature of features observed in the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM). We have augmented a conventional Pt/Ir metallic tip with a hydrother-mally grown ZnO nanowire (NW). Atomic resolution imaging of graphite is attained. Current–voltage (IV) characteristics demonstrate an asymmetry stemming from the unintentional n-type doping of the ZnO NW, whereas the expected Schottky barrier at the ZnO-Pt/Ir interface is shown to have negligible effect. Moreover the photoconductivity of the system is investigated, paving the way towards a photodetector capable of atomic resolution.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2012
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