KENBIKYO Vol.48▶No.1 2013
■Feature Articles: Spin-Polarized Electron Technology

Spin-Polarized Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: STM Magnetic Imaging of Nano Materials

Toyo Kazu Yamada

Abstract: Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy (SP-STM) shows surface electronic spin and quantum structures of nano materials, such as single atoms, single molecules, nano-clusters, with a resolution of atomic scale. With a combination of SP-STM spectroscopy mode we can directly observe the electronic spin band structures near the Fermi energy (±3 eV) of nano materials, and therefore this technique is one of the most powerful tools for development of new nano spintronics devices.

Key words: Surface magnetism, Nano magnetism, Scanning tunneling microscopy, Scannnig tunneling spectroscopy, Spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy