Diamond Light Source Proceedings

Poster paper

Mechanical systems for a synchrotron X-ray-enhanced scanning tunnelling microscope

C. Preissnera1 c1, V. Rosea1 and C. Pittsa1

a1 Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA


Synchrotron X-ray-enhanced scanning tunnelling microscopy (SXSTM) is a novel technique by which materials can be studied with elemental-sensitive and nanometre-spatial resolution. This poster covers the mechanical engineering design for the prototype SXSTM instrument. System performance and sample handling requirements along with the desire to use existing components constrained the design. The SXSTM needs to be mechanically and acoustically isolated from the environment. In addition, all sample preparations are done in situ, and thus, the sample and SXSTM tips need to be prepared and moved inside the vacuum chamber with a wobble stick. The final design incorporates an Advanced Photon Source-designed vacuum chamber, existing components and commercial parts to provide the user with a robust prototype system to demonstrate the impact of this new technique.

(Received June 14 2010)

(Accepted September 22 2010)


c1 Email address for correspondence: preissne@aps.anl.gov