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Course module: 193550020
Surfaces and Thin Layers
Course infoSchedule
Course module193550020
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact H. Wormeester
Lecturer J.M. Sturm
Contactperson for the course H. Wormeester
Lecturer H. Wormeester
Lecturer H.J.W. Zandvliet
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After passing this course the student is;
  • acquainted with basic principles, processes, features and methods of characterization in the field of surface and thin films,
  • able to read a typical article published in this field and be able to extract, present and discuss the important issues,
  • able to give the context of these issues in relation to the basic principles and processes.
The structure and (electronic) properties of both clean and adsorbate covered surfaces are described. The most common tools to study these phenomena, diffraction and scanning probe techniques are introduced in relation to the measured results. The adsorption and desorption of species from surfaces are described. Growth of thin films is an important part of this field and the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of growth are discussed. The electronic structure of surfaces and thin films in relation to their properties is described. This course is part of the track Materials Science and is compulsory for students of this track.

Assessment plan
- 9 assignments (60 %)
- Presentation (40 %)
Participating study
Master Applied Physics
Participating study
Master Nanotechnology
Required materials
Course material
Recommended materials
Course material
Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces H. Ibach. (book is electronically available at the library)
Instructional modes


Self study


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