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Photon emission in thin films observed by scanning tunneling microscopy
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FIG. 1.

STL emission spectrum from CIS thin films at , , and . Acquisition . The effect of excitation density (electron-beam current ) on the CL spectrum is shown for comparison. Because the spectra are not shown to scale, the readout noise of the detector can be used for estimating the relative intensities.

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FIG. 2.

Bias dependence of the photon intensity in CIS thin films, measured under the excitation provided by the STM: , . We identify a threshold at about . Below this, STL is excited by direct recombination of tunneling electrons. Above the threshold, STL results from electron-hole recombination. The points at and establish the noise level of these measurements.

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FIG. 3.

(a) A constant current mode STM image and corresponding photon maps (raw data), which are acquired simultaneously while the tip is scanning the CIS surface: (b) , , . (c) , , . . , . The arrows on (c) correspond to the withdrawal of the STM tip during the scanning. (d) STL line scans at and obtained across the suspected grain boundaries at locations and , as indicated on the images.


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Scitation: Photon emission in CuInSe2 thin films observed by scanning tunneling microscopy