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Title: Local Optical Spectroscopies for Subnanometer Spatial Resolution Chemical Imaging

The evanescently coupled photon scanning tunneling microscopes (STMs) have special requirements in terms of stability and optical access. We have made substantial improvements to the stability, resolution, and noise floor of our custom-built visible-photon STM, and will translate these advances to our infrared instrument. Double vibration isolation of the STM base with a damping system achieved increased rigidity, giving high tunneling junction stability for long-duration and high-power illumination. Light frequency modulation with an optical chopper and phase-sensitive detection now enhance the signal-to-noise ratio of the tunneling junction during irradiation.
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Technical Report
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The Pennsylvania State University
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; nanoscience, scanning tunneling microscopy, photoreaction, solar