Electron-spin-resonance STM on iron atoms in silicon

Y. Manassen, I. Mukhopadhyay, N. Ramesh Rao

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Electron-spin-resonance-scanning tunneling microscopy (ESR)-(STM) of iron atoms in silicon was observed: Si(111) surfaces were covered with iron atoms and annealed. This gives surfaces covered with small islands of different silicide phases. We could detect an ESR-STM signal that corresponds to a g value of 2.07. The signal was split by magnetic field modulation, and phase-sensitive detection was applied. This shows that electron-spin-resonance (ESR)-STM signals can be detected on a surface that is imaged with atomic resolution and that it is possible to observe a (Formula presented) spin center. Getting absorption (instead of the expected derivative) line shapes with phase-sensitive detection is explained by the asymmetry in the line shape, which is a result of a rapid scan of the signal. Then, when the integration time of the phase sensitive detector is close to the time it takes to sweep the linewidth of the signal, absorption line shapes are observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16223-16228
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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