Surface physics

Course Code :2001WETSUP
Study domain:Physics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Francois Peeters

3. Course contents *

From a technical point of view, surfaces are very important. Each solid has a surface and this is the way it interacts with the surrounding. Surface physics deals with the chemical composition and the arrangement of atoms at a surface. Both experimental observation and theoretical study of their mechanical, electronic and chemical properties will be studied.This course concentrates on metallic and semiconductor surfaces. Fundamental concepts in surface physics will be discussed. The accent will be on basic principles, their experimental consequences and demonstration of their application on simple models. The students will have to present a present day research topic in the field of surface physics.

Content:
1. Introduction
2. Electronic structure at surfaces: simple models
3. Electronic structure at surfaces: materials
4. Surface phonons and polaritons
5. Adsorption on solid surfaces
6. Surface reactions