Theoretical Aspects of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

  • J. Tersoff
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 22)


Since its invention by Binnig, Rohrer, and coworkers [14.1], scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has established itself as a remarkable tool for studying surfaces. This chapter reviews the present theoretical understanding of STM, with emphasis on the interpretation of atomic-resolution STM images. The basic ideas and instrumentation have already been described in detail elsewhere [14.1].


Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Image Small Voltage Tunneling Spectrum Effective Work Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Tersoff
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  1. 1.IBM Research DivisionT.J. Watson Research CenterYorktown HeightsUSA

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