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July 3-8, 2005 Sapporo Convention Center, Japan.
Introduction - STM'05


You are all kindly invited to participate in the 13th International Conference on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/Spectroscopy and Related Techniques (STM'05), which will be held at the Sapporo Convention Center in Japan from July 3 until July 8, 2005. We hope for the participation of everyone active in the field of scanning probe microscopy and related technologies to report on the latest developments in a lively, stimulating and interactive atmosphere. This biennial conference was organized for the first time in Santiago de Compostela in 1986 and subsequently in Oxnard (1987), Oxford (1988), Oarai (1989), Baltimore (1990), Interlaken (1991), Beijing (1993), Snow Mass Colorado (1995), Hamburg (1997), Seoul (1999), Vancouver (2001) and Eindhoven (2003).

This year, the conference is held in conjunction with The 13th International Colloquium on Scanning Probe Microscopy (ICSPM13). ICSPM has been held under the sponsorship of Japan Society of Applided Physics, and was originally a series of the conference on SPM organized in 1985 first to stimulate the SPM related science and technology which were growing in Japan. In 1993, the conference was reorganized as an international colloquium and has been held annually.

Scope and Topics

The conference will cover recent advances in scanning probe techniques like STM, AFM and SNOM. Fields of interest are:

  • Bio- & macromolecules and polymers
  • Semiconductor and metal surface structure
  • Adsorbates and reactions on semiconductor and metal surfaces
  • Magnetic systems
  • Nanotubes and 1-D wires
  • Catalysis & electrochemistry
  • Nano-optical phenomena
  • Interaction within and between single molecules
  • Atom and molecular manipulation
  • Nano-patterning
  • Oxides
  • Cells and biological systems
  • Theory of probe-matter interactions
  • Tip preparation and functionalisation
  • Bottom-up process
  • Molecular electronics

Contributions to the scientific program regarding all aspects and application of these techniques are welcome.


Plenary, invited and contributed talks, poster presentations and vendor exhibitions will constitute the program. You are kindly invited to submit an abstract to participate in the conference. On the basis of the submitted abstracts a selection will be made of contributions to be presented as an invited or contributed talk or as a poster. All accepted abstracts become part of an abstract book, to be distributed at the conference. Conference participants are invited to contribute a paper, which must contain new material preferably unpublished at the time of the conference. These papers will be published in the official proceedings of the conference.


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