Practical Guide to Surface Science and Spectroscopy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080497785

Practical Guide to Surface Science and Spectroscopy

1st Edition

Authors: Yip-Wah Chung
eBook ISBN: 9780080497785
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd December 2012
Page Count: 160
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Practical Guide to Surface Science and Spectroscopy provides a practical introduction to surface science as well as describes the basic analytical techniques that researchers use to understand what occurs at the surfaces of materials and at their interfaces. These techniques include auger electron spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, inelastic scattering of electrons and ions, low energy electron diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, and interfacial segregation. Understanding the behavior of materials at their surfaces is essential for materials scientists and engineers as they design and fabricate microelectronics and semiconductor devices.

The book gives over 100 examples, discussion questions and problems with varying levels of difficulty. Included with this book is a CD-ROM, which not only contains the same information, but also provides many elements of animation and interaction that are not easily emulated on paper. In diverse subject matters ranging from the operation of ion pumps, computer-assisted data acquisition to tapping mode atomic force microscopy, the interactive component is especially helpful in conveying difficult concepts and retention of important information. The succinct style and organization of this practical guide is ideal for anyone who wants to get up to speed on a given topic in surface spectroscopy or phenomenon within a reasonable amount of time.

Key Features

  • Both theory and practice are emphasized
  • Logical organization allows one to get up to speed on any given topic quickly
  • Numerous examples, questions for discussion and practice problems are included
  • The CD includes animation and interactive elements that help to convey difficult concepts


Primary Market(s) Features to Emphasize Undergraduates /first-year graduate students: logical organization and easy-to-understand presentation, numerous examples and practice problems, accompanying CD with lots of animation and interactive elements that help to convey difficult concepts and to retain important information.

Secondary Market(s) Features to Emphasize Practicing scientists and engineering: logical organization and easy-to-understand presentation, numerous examples and practice problems, focus on both theory and practice, accompanying CD with lots of animation and interactive elements that help to convey difficult concepts, learn about the nuances of any surface analytical technique quickly in a self-contained text.

Table of Contents

  1. Basic concepts in ultrahigh vacuum and surface preparation What is surface science? Need for ultrahigh vacuum Achieving ultrahigh vacuum Pressure measurements Preparation of clean surfaces Operation principles of different pumps Mean free paths of electrons in solids Classification of surface spectroscopies Electron scattering from solid surfaces Electron energy analyzers Other considerations in the use of electron analyzers.

  2. Auger electron spectroscopy Auger electron emission Experimental aspects Sensitivity of Auger electron spectroscopy Energies and shapes of Auger peaks, chemical effects Intensity of Auger electron emission Profile analysis Scanning Auger microprobe Quantitative analysis

  3. Photoelectron spectroscopy The photoelectric effect Photon sources Detectors Element identification Chemical and relaxation shift Chemical bonding on surfaces Band structure studies Extended x_ray absorption fine structure Special applications

  4. Inelastic scattering of electrons and ions One_electron excitations Many_electron excitations Surface vibrations Ion scattering spectroscopy Secondary ion mass spectrometry

  5. Low energy electron diffraction Electron diffraction Nomenclature Experimental aspects Selected properties of the surface reciprocal space Kinematic theory Applications of the kinematic theory

  6. Scanning probe microscopy History of scanning tunneling microscopy Review of tunneling Principle and experimental aspects of STM STM image interpretation STM applications and concerns Principle and experimental aspects of atomic force microscopy Different AFM modes Variants of STM and AFM

  7. Thermodynamics of surfaces Gibbs adsorption equation One_component systems Multi_component systems Surface composition of binary alloys

  8. Electronic properties of surfaces Surface states The surface space charge region in semiconductors Surface dipoles on metal surfaces Work function measurements The negative electron affinity effect The metal_semiconductor interface

  9. Chemical bonding on surfaces Heat of adsorption Pressure effects Promoters, poisons and ensemble effects Surface compounds Local character of the surface chemical bond Generalized theory of adsorption Thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces Electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces of bulk composition Unified model of segregation Environmental effects and interfaces Gas-surface interactions Langmuir adsorption isotherm Case studies

  10. Image processing Typical image filters Contrast enhancements Surface roughness parameters Fractal analysis Hardcopy outputs

  11. NanoindentationIntroduction to nanoindentation Experimental aspects and analysis Applications and precautions Case studies


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About the Author

Yip-Wah Chung

Affiliations and Expertise

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.


@qu:"...excellent compact survey...the writing is clear, there are good discussion questions and problems as well as good diagrams." @source:--Choice, October 2001

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