Master courses


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 compulsary for students of this track.


The objective of the course is to make the student with a few basic pinciples, processes and features in the field of surface and thin films. With this content the student should be able to read a typical article published in this field and be able to extract the important issues. The context of these issues in relation to the basic principles and processes can be given.