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Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Insulating Films

Paper for Advanced Solid State Physics class, Dmitri Y. Petrovykh.

Physics Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA (1999)

  1. 1 STM and STS of Bulk Insulators
    2 STS of Thin Film Insulators
  2. 1 Tunneling Current Theory
    2 Tunneling Barrier Parameters
    3 The Simplest Model for T(E,V)
    4 Thermal Broadening Included
    5 More Accurate Tunneling Probabilities
  3. Possible Additional Effects
  4. Acknowledgments & References

IV Acknowledgments

This work would not have been possible without the guidance of my advisor Prof. F. Himpsel and very helpful discussions with Prof. D. Huber. I would like also to thank fellow graduate students R. Boutchko and R. Haslinger for sharing their experiences regarding numerical methods.


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