Atomic motions on metal surfaces observed by scanning tunneling microscope (STM)

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Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) has been increasingly applied to elucidate dynamic motions of atoms on metal surfaces and revealed novel characteristics of the atomic motions and their physical mechanisms. Here, a review is given of our present understanding of the atomic motions on metal surfaces obtained from recent STM observations, particularly concentrating on the following three topics ; (1) atomic motions at steps of clean metal surfaces,(2) long-range mass transport during metal thin-film growth and (3) surface kinetics of each adatom of nitrogen and oxygen. Finally, a future view of the STM approach to surface dynamic processes is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-242
Number of pages20
JournalBusshitu Kogaku Kogyo Gijutsu Kenkyusho Hokoku/Journal of the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry


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