High-resolution scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images of moiré-structured FeO films on Pt(111) were obtained in a number of different tip-dependent imaging modes. For the first time, the STM images are distinguished and interpreted unambiguously with the help of distinct oxygen-vacancy dislocation loops in the FeO moiré structure. The experimental STM results are compared with the results of electronic structure calculations within the DFT+U scheme for a realistic (sqrt(91)xsqrt(91)R5.2 moiré unit cell supported on Pt(111) as well as with the results from previous studies. We find that one type of STM imaging mode, showing both Fe and O atoms, agrees well with simulated STM images, indicating that the simple Tersoff-Hamann theory is partially valid for this imaging mode. In addition, we identify other distinct, element-specific imaging modes which reveal a strong dependence on the specific tip apex state and likely result from specific tip-sample chemical interactions. From the present STM results we show that several of the previously published conclusions for the FeO system have to be revisited.
Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials and Interfaces, 2011, Vol 115, Issue 5, p. 2089-2099