H.‐J. Guntherodt

Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France

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Publications (137)236.58 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: A low-temperature scanning force microscope (SFM) operating in ultrahigh vacuum was used to study the interaction between a sharp but unreactive oxidized silicon tip and a Si(111) 7 X 7 surface. Weakly corrugated but, nevertheless, atomically resolved images were obtained over a relatively large range of tip-sample distance. The measured short-range interaction potential and image contrast can be explained by an electrostatic interaction that results from a dipole moment induced in the tip by the distribution of electronic charge among the dangling bonds on the surface. The experiments presented here demonstrate the potential of SFM to quantitatively map even weak, physical interactions with atomic scale resolution. Such experiments should lead to a better understanding of surface reactivity and local charge-transfer effects induced by adsorbates or defects at surfaces.
    Physical Review B 07/2003; 68(3). · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Summary form only given. The Magnetic Force Microscope (MFM) has become a major tool for characterizing and evaluating read and write heads, written tracks and material performance in magnetic data storage. However, standard MFM techniques suffer from the following problems that limit their application to image the bit structure as the storage density advances towards 1 Tbit/in<sup>2</sup>: the lack of lateral resolution and measurement sensitivity on a nanometer scale; the difficulty of relating the measured signal to the stray field; and the ability to separate the topography and magnetic signal. The techniques to obtain a high lateral resolution and achieve a complete separation of topography and magnetism, were developed with sophisticated MFMs built for fundamental research. These instruments are not suitable for industrial applications due to their complexity and restrictions regarding the sample size. In order to overcome these limitations a novel room temperature MFM (QMFM), with a focus on industrial standard applications, has been developed at the University of. Basel.
    Joint NAPMRC 2003. Digest of Technical Papers [Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference 2003]; 02/2003
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    ABSTRACT: Atomically resolved scanning force microscopy images and force versus distance measurements at low temperatures on a cleaved NiO (001) single crystal are reported. The force-distance data are well modeled with a capacitive force in the distance range of 0.5 to 20 nm. The residual forces at smaller tip-sample distances show a maximum attraction of 2.3 nN and decay within 0.2 nm. They show a steplike behavior associated with an increase in dissipation signal. This steplike behavior can be explained by interaction of more than one atom of the tip or of the surface.
    Physical Review B 01/2003; 67(8). · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Summary form only given. The bit size in magnetic recording has reached the resolution limit of presently available magnetic force microscopes. The next generation of magnetic force microscopes are expected to measure the magnetic field quantitatively, obtain a lateral resolution below 10 nm, and achieve a complete separation between topographical and magnetic information.
  • G Hilscher, R Haferl, H Kirchmayr, M Muller, H -J Guntherodt
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    ABSTRACT: Magnetic susceptibility and Mossbauer measurements are reported for amorphous (Fe1-xNix)77Si10B13 in a Ni concentration range 0.85<or=x<or=1, where the breakdown of magnetism occurs. The authors propose a magnetic phase diagram in which, for x<0.91, long-range magnetic order undergoes a transition to a cluster-glass state. The pronounced influence of magnetic clusters upon the temperature and field dependence of the magnetisation is reflected in strongly curved Arrott plots and gives rise to spin-wave contributions even for alloys with low Curie temperatures. The fairly high ratio of the paramagnetic moment to the spontaneous moment is discussed in terms of a recent theory by Wagner and Wohlfarth (1980).
    Journal of Physics F Metal Physics 11/2000; 11(11):2429.
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    ABSTRACT: The X-ray emission spectra of Pd and Zr in glassy Pd30Zr70 have been measured and are compared with the emissions from pure polycrystalline Pd and Zr samples. The local contributions to the total density of states are obtained from the alloy measurements and located with respect to the Fermi level by means of core-level binding energy determinations. The interesting alloying effects are analysed and discussed in relation to a new cluster approximation and previous photoemission measurements.
    Journal of Physics F Metal Physics 11/2000; 11(4):L95.
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    ABSTRACT: The electronic structure of glassy and crystalline CuxTe1-x (0<or=x<or=0.58) alloys has been investigated with ultraviolet photo-electron spectroscopy (UPS). X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) have been used to characterise the samples. The UPS data indicate a metal-to-semiconductor transition near x=0.45.
    Journal of Physics C Solid State Physics 11/2000; 20(31):5233.
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    ABSTRACT: The atomic and electronic structures of amorphous and crystalline Mg-Zn alloys are studied by computer simulation, electronic band-structure calculations and photoemission measurements. The spectra for the metallic glasses and for pure crystalline zinc show a narrow band of Zn 3d states centred at a binding energy EB of about -9.7 eV, overlapping the bottom of a broad sp band. There are indications of a minimum in the electronic density of states at the Fermi level for the glasses and for the pure metals. Molecular dynamics and potential-energy mapping calculations based on pseudopotential-derived interatomic forces are used to construct models for the atomic structure, with no other input than the composition and the atomic numbers and atomic weights of the components. The analysis of these models-which are in reasonable agreement with X-ray and neutron diffraction data-shows that the local topology of the glassy structure is very similar to that of the stable crystalline intermetallic compounds. The glassy structure is best described as a disordered tetrahedral close packing with a weak tendency to chemical short-range order whose precise degree remains to be detailed. The linearised muffin-tin orbital method in the atomic sphere approximation is used to perform self-consistent calculations of the electronic DOS of crystalline Mg and Zn, of the hexagonal Laves phase MgZn2 and of 'amorphous' supercells (each containing 60 atoms) representing glassy MgZn2 and Mg7Zn3 alloys. In each case the authors find a minimum in the DOS at EF, and d bands centred at EB approximately=-7.5 eV. A transition-state calculation shows that the d-band position in the photoemission spectra is shifted relative to the electronic eigenvalue due to self-energy corrections. Photoemission and X-ray emission intensities are calculated from the partial local DOS and the self-consistent potentials in a single-scatterer final-state approximation. The comparison with experimental confirms the validity of the electronic structure calculations. The work represents one of the first ab initio calculations of the atomic and the electronic structure of a metallic glass, and the first confirmation of the existence of a minimum in the electronic DOS at EF. The relevance of the DOS minimum to the structure-potential relationship and to the stability of the glassy phase is discussed.
    Journal of Physics F Metal Physics 11/2000; 18(12):2583.
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    ABSTRACT: A low temperature scanning force microscope (SFM) operating in a dynamic mode in ultrahigh vacuum was used to study the Si(111)- (7x7) surface at 7.2 K. Not only the twelve adatoms but also the six rest atoms of the unit cell are clearly resolved for the first time with SFM. In addition, the first measurements of the short range chemical bonding forces above specific atomic sites are presented. The data are in good agreement with first principles computations and indicate that the nearest atoms in the tip and sample relax significantly when the tip is within a few A of the surface.
    Physical Review Letters 04/2000; 84(12):2642-5. · 7.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sliding friction between the tip of a friction force microscope and NaCl(100) was studied to deduce the velocity dependence of friction forces on the atomic scale. A logarithmic dependence of the mean friction force is revealed at low velocities. The experimental data are interpreted in terms of a modified Tomlinson model which is based on reaction rate theory.
    Physical Review Letters 03/2000; 84(6):1172-5. · 7.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We present quantitative and qualitative detection of analyte vapors using a microfabricated silicon cantilever array. To observe transduction of physical and chemical processes into nanomechanical motion of the cantilever, swelling of a polymer layer on the cantilever is monitored during exposure to the analyte. This motion is tracked by a beam-deflection technique using a time multiplexing scheme. The response pattern of eight cantilevers is analyzed via principal component analysis (PCA) and artificial neural network (ANN) techniques, which facilitates the application of the device as an artificial chemical nose. Analytes tested comprise chemical solvents, a homologous series of primary alcohols, and natural flavors. First differential measurements of surface stress change due to protein adsorption on a cantilever array are shown using a liquid cell.
    Ultramicroscopy 03/2000; 82(1-4):1-9. · 2.47 Impact Factor
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    Conference Proceeding: The nanomechanical NOSE
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    ABSTRACT: We present a novel chemical sensor based on a microfabricated array of silicon cantilevers. Individual cantilevers are sensitized for the detection of analytes using metal coatings. Analyte molecules chemisorbing or physisorbing on the cantilever coating and chemical reactions produce a change in interfacial stress between analyte molecules and cantilever. This leads to a nanomechanical response of the cantilever, i.e. bending. The bending is read out using a time-multiplexed optical beam-deflection technique. From magnitude and temporal evolution of the bending, quantitative information on analyte species and concentration is derived. Here, we demonstrate the detection of ethene and water vapor with such a nanomechanical nose
    Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 1999. MEMS '99. Twelfth IEEE International Conference on; 02/1999
  • A Moser, H J Hug, T Jung, U D Schwarz, H -J Guntherodt
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    ABSTRACT: The authors have built a fibre optic force microscope scan head which scans the cantilever relative to a fixed sample. The design enables the fibre-to-cantilever distance to be altered by moving the fibre relative to the fixed cantilever. This design feature is particularly important when using the variable deflection mode and for acquiring force versus distance curves. The interferometer system reaches a resolution of 0.01 nm (peak-to-peak).
    Measurement Science and Technology 12/1998; 4(7):769. · 1.44 Impact Factor
  • T Schaub, R Wiesendanger, H -J Guntherodt
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    ABSTRACT: When short pulses are superimposed on the bias voltage of a scanning tunneling microscope, Au tips produce hillocks on an Au surface, as has already been shown. Other tip materials such as Fe, Ni, or Pt also seem to create features on an Au surface-mounds or holes-but with less reliability. The strong electrostatic force between the tip and the surface during a voltage pulse is considered to account for the observed surface modifications and reliabilities. Furthermore, the rate of diffusion of some created hillocks has been measured. The determined values for the coefficient of diffusion are similar for all hillocks produced with different tips. Possible implications for the composition of the created structures are discussed.
    Nanotechnology 12/1998; 3(2):77. · 3.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Photoemission spectra of the valence-band of Hume-Rothery-type Ag45Cu35Ge20 and Ag37.5Cu37.5Ge25 metallic glasses are reported. In the present measurements and in contrast to previous measurements on liquid-quenched samples of these alloys the authors avoid any sputter-cleaning procedure prior to the spectroscopy by vapour quenching the samples in the preparation chamber of the spectrometer. Whereas in the liquid-quenched samples no indications of distinct structure-induced effects in the electronic density of states near EF have been observed, in the new samples the existence of a minimum can clearly be seen and so the earlier conclusion is partly corrected by this paper. Structural influences on the density of states exist and can be detected by photoelectron spectroscopy in electronic states with large dispersion such as s and p states. In addition they show that the decrease of the density of states towards EF cannot be discussed in terms of sp-d hybridization effects as stated previously.
    Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 12/1998; 2(37):7699. · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The authors have designed a level detector for liquid nitrogen, which is based on the use of high-Tc superconducting materials. Level detection is performed by resistance measurements of superconducting sensors. The transition temperature of the superconductors is set to a value slightly above the boiling point of the corresponding liquid. This is achieved by a partial replacement of barium by strontium in Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x. The authors discuss in more detail the set-up used to test the detectors.
    Superconductor Science and Technology 12/1998; 1(4):218. · 2.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Effects of thermal relaxation on amorphous SiAu films are investigated by means of photoelectron spectroscopy and measurements of the electrical resistivity and specific heat. Annealing of the films in the amorphous state increases the resistivity and reduces the electronic density of states at the Fermi energy. These relaxation effects can be reversed by irradiation with 5 keV argon ions at low temperature. The results are discussed in the framework of structural relaxation, clustering and a scaling theory given by McMillan (1981).
    Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 12/1998; 2(34):7115. · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Photoemission spectra are reported, from the valence band region, obtained through UPS He II, He I and MXPS measurements, using liquid-quenched (Ag0.5Cu0.5)100-xGex metallic glass samples with Ge contents of x=20, 22.5 and 25. Band calculations performed for hypothetical (Cu3Au-type) Ag3Ge and Cu3Ge compounds reveal essentially the same features in the valence band as those established from the present spectroscopic data. In addition, these data confirm that the density of states decreases smoothly towards the Fermi level without there being any indication of a distinct minimum or maximum. The authors conclude that the observed declining slope near the Fermi level reflects the d band tail, which is enhanced due to the sp-d hybridisation effect. Any structure-induced effect, if it exists, is too small to be detected by the UPS measurements. Combining present results with those established previously from measurements of electronic specific heats, they are led to believe that the stability of an amorphous structure cannot be discussed solely in terms of a structure-induced perturbation on the total density of states.
    Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 12/1998; 1(7):1365. · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sequential position readout from a microfabricated array of eight cantilever-type sensors (silicon technology) is demonstrated. In comparison with single sensors we find that mechanical disturbances from noise, such as from vibrations, turbulent gas flow, or abrupt pressure changes, can be effectively removed in array sensors by recording difference signals with respect to reference cantilevers. We demonstrate that chemically specific responses can be extracted in a noisy environment using a sensor to detect specific chemical interactions and an uncoated cantilever as reference. © 1998 American Institute of Physics.
    Applied Physics Letters 02/1998; · 3.79 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

477 Citations
236.58 Total Impact Points


  • 2000
    • Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • Vienna University of Technology
      • Institute of Solid State Physics
      Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 1982–1999
    • Universität Basel
      • Institut für Physiologie
      Bâle, Basel-City, Switzerland
  • 1996
    • Paul Scherrer Institut
      Aargau, Switzerland
  • 1993
    • Trinity College Dublin
      • School of Physics
      Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
  • 1987
    • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
      • Department of Condensed Matter Physics
      Madrid, Madrid, Spain