Course Synopses

16:750:627 SURFACE SCIENCE I (3)

  • Course Description:

    Introduction to structure and dynamics of clean surfaces, atoms and molecules on surfaces, and interfaces. Topics include: atomistic description of geometrical structure, surface morphology, electronic structure, surface composition, and theoretical and experimental bases of modern experimental methods.

    The purpose of the course is to acquaint students in physics, chemistry, materials science and electrical engineering with the static and dynamic behavior of clean and adsorbate-covered solid surfaces and interfaces, from both theoretical and experimental points of view. Topics will include geometrical structure, surface morphology, electronic structure, surface composition, kinetics and dynamics (adsorption, scattering, vibrations, diffusion, desorption), structure and reactivity of surface molecules, non-thermal excitations of surfaces, catalysis and surface reactions. We will discuss surfaces of metals, oxides and semiconductors, as well as solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces. Modern ultrahigh vacuum experimental methods will be discussed: theoretical basis, experimental aspects, and data interpretation. Topical lectures by guest lecturers addressing thin films, nanostructures and low-dimensional systems will also be offered.

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