VO 134.326, opens an external URL in a new window 2.0h 3.0 ETCS

Michael Schmid & Gareth Parkison

The course is offered each summer semester, usually in English. For participants, the presentation slides are available in English via TISS, opens an external URL in a new window; there are also lecture notes in German.

Surface science forms the basis for many processes in physics and chemistry – catalysis, corrosion, growth of thin films, etc. – and it also provides techniques for characterizing materials and nanotechnology devices. Surface physics is a very active field, there are still many new things to be discovered!

The first part of the course will deal with the devices used for surface physics, including a short introduction into (ultrahigh-)vacuum physics and technology. The second part is devoted to the methods for analyzing surfaces, such as scanning probe microscopies (STM, AFM), chemical analysis (XPS, AES, SIMS, ion scattering), diffraction methods and desorption spectroscopy.