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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 222, Issue 5, pp 1161–1175 | Cite as

Optical pump-probe scanning tunneling microscopy for probing ultrafast dynamics on the nanoscale

  • S. Yoshida
  • Y. Terada
  • M. Yokota
  • O. Takeuchi
  • H. Oigawa
  • H. Shigekawa
Review Interfaces and Surfaces

Abstract

The development of a method for exploring the ultrafast transient dynamics in small organized structures with high spatial resolution is expected to be a basis for further advances in current science and technology. Recently, we have developed a new microscopy technique by combining scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with ultrashort-pulse laser technology, which enables the visualization of ultrafast carrier dynamics even on the single-atomic level. A nonequilibrium carrier distribution is generated using ultrashort laser pulses and its relaxation processes are probed by STM using the optical pump-probe method realized in STM by the pulse-picking technique. In this paper, the fundamentals of the new microscopy technique are overviewed.

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GaAs European Physical Journal Special Topic Scan Tunneling Microscopy Pump Pulse Probe Pulse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Yoshida
    • 1
  • Y. Terada
    • 1
  • M. Yokota
    • 1
  • O. Takeuchi
    • 1
  • H. Oigawa
    • 1
  • H. Shigekawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Pure and Applied SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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