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Steve Blankenship

Steve Blankenship is an Instrumentation Specialist in the Electron Physics Group in the CNST. He received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Mary Washington, and a M.S. degree in Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University for research in surface science. Steve is an expert on computer-aided design (CAD) of experimental apparatus and instruments. His surface science background coupled with his engineering expertise has led to the design and construction of state-of-the-art experimental apparatus and instruments within the CNST. Most notably are his contributions to the design and construction of scanning tunneling microscopy systems that operate in ultra-high vacuum, at cryogenic temperatures, and in high magnetic fields. While Steve’s main expertise is in designing and building surface science instrumentation and molecular beam epitaxy systems, his knowledge and abilities allow him to assist CNST staff with all phases of diverse experimental design, construction, system maintenance, and troubleshooting of complex problems. His contributions to the CNST research program are widely acknowledged in CNST publications. In 2013, Steve was honored by the American Vacuum Society (AVS) where he received the George T. Hanyo Award for his contributions to the scanning tunneling microscopy user facility.

Selected Publications
  • Real-Space Imaging of Structural Transitions in the Vortex Lattice of V3Si, C.E. Sosolik, J. A. Stroscio, M. D. Stiles, E. W. Hudson, S. R. Blankenship, A. P. Fein, R. J. Celotta, Physical Review Letters 68(14), 140503-1 (2003).
  • A Facility for Nanoscience Research: An Overview, J. A. Stroscio, E. W. Hudson, S. R. Blankenship, R. J. Celotta, and A. P. Fein, in Proceedings of the SPIE, Nanostructure Science, Metrology, and Technology, 4608, ed. by M.C. Peckerar and M.T. Postek, Gaithersburg, MD, (2002) p. 112.
  • A Low Temperature STM System for the Study of Quantum and Spin Electronic Systems, J. A. Stroscio, R. J. Celotta, S. R. Blankenship, E. W. Hudson, and A. P. Fein, in Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Quantum Functional Devices, November 15, 2000.
  • Electronic Structure and Crystalline Coherence in Fe/Si Multilayers, J. A. Carlisle, S. R. Blankenship, R. N. Smith, A. Chaiken, R. P. Michel, T. Van Buuren, L. J. Terminello, J. J. Jia, D. L. Callcott, and D. L. Ederer, Journal of Cluster Science 10(4), 591-599 (1999).
  • Reconstructions of Ag on High-Index Silicon Surfaces, S. R. Blankenship, H. H. Song, A. A. Baski, and J. A. Carlisle, Jounal of Vacuum Science & Technology A 17(4), 1615-1620 (1999).
Staff Photo - Steve Blankenship


Instrumentation Specialist
Electron Physics Group


B.S. Physics, University of Mary Washington

M.S. Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University


Phone: 301-975-3714
Email: steve.blankenship@nist.gov