Microscopy and Microanalysis

Techniques Development

Nanoprobe Fourier-Transform Photoabsorption Spectroscopy Using a Supercontinuum Light Source

Kiyoshiro Ishibea1, Satoru Nakadaa1, Yutaka Meraa1 and Koji Maedaa1 c1

a1 Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-5686, Japan


A scheme of photoabsorption spectroscopy based on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been developed by using a supercontinuum light as the wideband light source of a Fourier transform interferometer for spectroscopic measurements. The performance was demonstrated for a sample of GaAs. The proof-of-concept test showed that the use of the supercontinuum light instead of halogen lamps greatly enhances the signal-to-noise ratio due to the high brilliance of the supercontinuum light emitted from a small core of the photonic crystal fiber that enables tight focusing of the spectroscopy light onto the sample beneath the STM tip.

(Received August 22 2011)

(Accepted January 24 2012)