We study a theoretical model of virtual scanning tunneling microscopy (VSTM): a proposed application of interlayer tunneling in a bilayer system to locally probe a two-dimensional electron system (2DES) in a semiconductor heterostructure. We consider tunneling for the case where transport in the 2DESs is ballistic and show that the zero-bias anomaly is suppressed by extremely efficient screening. Since such an anomaly would complicate the interpretation of data from VSTM, this result is encouraging for efforts to implement such a microscopy technique.
|Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
|Published - 15 Dec 2010