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Surface Physics: Course Outline (PH-614)

Surface Physics: An Introduction is a much improved and extended version of my earlier online lecture notes on the same subject. It is updated to contain some of the most recent developments in the area, such as graphene or the topological insulators.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to surface processes.
  • Thermodynamic ideas of surfaces.
  • Surface energy and the Wulff theorem.
  • The Terrace-Ledge-Kink Model.
  • Introduction to surface reconstructions and surface electronics.
  • Examination of Surfaces:Structure.
  • Chemical analysis and microscopy.
  • Diffraction techniques for structure.
  • Inelastic scattering techniques for analysis.
  • microscopic examination of surfaces Including UHV-based electron and scanned probe microscopy.
  • AFM/STM.
  • Synchrotron radiation (EXAFS).
  • Atomic processes in adsorption.
  • Surface processes in physic- and chemi-sorption.
  • Phase diagrams and phase transitions in mono and multilayers.
  • Chemisorptions and chemical reactions.
  • Equilibrium forms and crystal growth mechanisms.
  • Equilibrium evaporation and growth forms.
  • Surface steps and crystal growth.
  • Surface diffusion.
  • Phase transitions and faceting.

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