Effects of tip structure on the generation of metal clusters by an STM tip: a way to control the orientation of nanocrystallites?

M. Mariscal, C. Narambuena, Mario Del Popolo, E.P.M. Leiva

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Abstract

The role of the crystalline orientation of the STM tip in the generation of metal clusters is studied by atom dynamics simulations. When a (111) facet is facing the surface, the process is accompanied by a perturbation of the surface stronger than that observed for more open tip structures. This implies a technological application: the possibility of orienting a nanocrystallite deposited on a tip according to the changes observed in the force on the tip.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)974-980
Number of pages7
JournalNanotechnology
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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