It has been 30 years since the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) was invented by G Binnig and H Rohrer. Rapid developments have made STM increasingly powerful as an extremely versatile technique for many disciplines in condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology and other areas. As a state-of-the-art growth method, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is a gifted technique for epitaxial growth with atomic-level control. In this paper, by giving several examples, we will show that an STM-MBE combined system is more powerful and unique for studies on low-dimensional and new functional materials.
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