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.
- 9 assignments (60 %)
- Presentation (40 %)