134.192 Surface Physics and -Analytics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the concepts and research questions in modern surface physics.  They should also be able to  critically evaluate the suitability of surface characterization techniques for a variety of applications in fundamental and applied research.

Subject of course

Fundamentals of the most important methods for the analysis of the chemical composition of surfaces (Auger Electron Spectroscopy, Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy) and  the crystallographic structure (Low Energy Electron Diffraction, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy).  Extension of the models known from solid state physics to the surfaces of solids. Models to describe the interaction of atoms and molecules with solid surfaces (adsorption, desorption and nucleation). Model for describing the segregation at surface and description of the crystallograhic structure of surfaces (reconstruction and relaxation). Physics of nanostructures. Scriptum is available at every lecture

Teaching methods

The material and theoretical background is explained during class. Discussions of case studies are supplemented by interactive exercises.  It is possible to visit the surface physics laboratory. 

Mode of examination


Additional information







Course dates

Thu16:30 - 17:0001.10.2020 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96062751637?pwd=ZkRUWnlkUFFZb2pEdm55ZzFteTBNdz09 (LIVE)Briefing: DIEBOLD

Examination modalities

The understanding of the physical and chemical concepts of surface science will be discussed together with the student. 


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.10.2020 10:00 30.01.2021 11:00

Registration modalities

Registration is also possible per email




For lecture notes for Part I (Surface Analysis) -> See Physikalische Analytik (134.048)

For lecture for notes Part II (Surface Physics) - send an email to diebold@iap.tuwien.ac.at