Imaging the real shape of nanoclusters in scanning force microscopy

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  • Olli H. Pakarinen
  • Clemens Barth
  • Adam Foster

  • Claude R. Henry

Research units

  • Aix-Marseille Université


A quantitative comparison between experiment and theory is given for the constant height mode imaging of metal nanoclusters in dynamic scanning force microscopy. We explain the fundamental mechanisms in the contrast formation with the help of the system Pd/MgO(001). The comparison shows that the shape and size of nanoclusters are precisely imaged due to the sharpness of the tip’s last nanometer. This quantitative comparison proves our previously proposed model for the contrast formation.


Original languageEnglish
Article number054313
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • AFM, Nanoclusters

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