Tungsten single atom tips have been prepared from a single crystal W(111) oriented wire using the chemical assisted field evaporation and etching method. Etching to a single atom tip occurs through a symmetric structure and leads to a predictable last atom unlike etching with polycrystalline tips. The single atom tip formation procedure is shown in an atom by atom removal process. Rebuilds of single atom tips occur on the same crystalline axis as the original tip such that ion emission emanates along a fixed direction for all tip rebuilds. This preparation method could be utilized and developed to prepare single atom tips for ion source development.
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Research Article| April 18 2012
Creation and recovery of a W(111) single atom gas field ion source
Jason L. Pitters;
Jason L. Pitters, Radovan Urban, Robert A. Wolkow; Creation and recovery of a W(111) single atom gas field ion source. J. Chem. Phys. 21 April 2012; 136 (15): 154704. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3702209
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