The fabrication of reproducible superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tips Academic Article uri icon


  • Superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tips have been fabricated with a high degree of reproducibility. The fabrication process relies on sequential deposition of superconducting Pb and a proximity-coupled Ag capping layer onto a Pt/Ir tip. The tips were characterized by tunneling into both normal-metal and superconducting films. The simplicity of the fabrication process, along with the stability and reproducibility of the tips, clear the way for tunneling studies with a well-characterized, scannable superconducting electrode. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Naaman, O., Teizer, W., & Dynes, R. C.

citation count

  • 23

publication date

  • January 2001