Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 147, Issue 3, pp 525-535

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A Compact and Versatile Scanning Tunnelling Microscope with High Energy Resolution for Use in a 3He Cryostat

  • C. DebuschewitzAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz Email author 
  • , F. MünstermannAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz
  • , V. KunejAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz
  • , E. ScheerAffiliated withFachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz

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We present a simple design for a very-low temperature STM for the investigation of mesoscopic superconductors. The nonmagnetic microscope operates in a conventional 3He cryostat at T = 240 mK and in magnetic fields up to B = 1 T. Efficient filtering of all electrical lines at base temperature results in a voltage resolution ≈ 20μ V, which has been tested by measuring the differential conductance of superconducting aluminium. The successful operation in magnetic field is demonstrated by spectroscopy on superconducting aluminium as well as by demonstrating atomic resolution of HOPG.