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Basic Surfaces and their Analysis

Lyudmila V Goncharova


"God made solids, but surfaces were the work of the devil." This statement by Nobel prize winner Wolfgang Paul emphasizes the diabolic nature of surfaces. Since surface properties deviate significantly from the bulk solid state, surface studies can be puzzling, misleading, and quite exciting! This book is an introduction to the basics of surface science including thermodynamics, surface structure, experimental probes, spectroscopy, microscopy, and ion-scattering. Surfaces are the external border of materials to the external worlds, thus by exploring surfaces one can investigate the material. At a fundamental level, surfaces are of great interest as they can be considered as special defect of the bulk material. Introduction of the surface breaks an ideal periodicity in three dimensions leading to structural changes, and introduction of the new electronic and vibrational states. In the last few decades new and exciting surfaces properties have been explored in nanomaterials, low-dimensional structures in electronic and photonic devices, and other numerous applications.

About Editors

Dr Lyudmila Goncharova received her MSc degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University and her PhD degree in Chemistry from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, specializing in surface physics and thermal energy atomic scattering. She joined the University of Western Ontario as an assistant professor of physics in 2007, and became an associate professor in 2014. Her work has been continually funded through NSERC Discovery Grants. Since 2012, Dr Goncharova is a director of the Western Tandetron Accelerator Facility.

Table of Contents

1.      Introduction

2.      Thermodynamics of Surfaces. Equilibrium crystal shape

3.      Surface structure in real and reciprocal space

4.      Experimental Probes and Techniques (Overview)

5.      Electron spectroscopies and microscopies

6.      Photoelectron spectroscopies

7.  Ion scattering and high-resolution ion depth profiling method


Paperback ISBN: 9780750329248

Ebook ISBN: 9781681749532

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6817-4954-9

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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