This book brings together detailed discussions by leading experts on the various innovative aspects of thin films growth, deposition and characterization techniques, and new thin film materials and devices. It addresses through the different viewpoints of the contributors, the major problem of thin films science - the relation between the energy of the condensing species and the resulting properties of the films. Some of the issues considered include energetic condensation, bombardment stabilization, pulsed electron beam ablation, orientation and self-organization of organic, ferroelectric and nanoparticle thin films. Several chapters focus on applications such as the recent developments in organic optoelectronics, large area electronic technology and superconducting thin film devices.
Growth mechanisms of poly-crystalline thin films, P. Barna and M. Adamik; the SQUID magnetometer - an application of thin film superconductors, M.S. Colclough; present status of the thin film industry, M. Croset; energetic condensation during thin film growth, J. Cuomo; characterization of thin films by spectroscopic ellipsometry, B. Drevillon; organizational aspects in Langmuir Blodgett thin films, P. Ganguly; heteroepitaxy of stable and unstable Fe silicides, H. von Kanel et al; optoelectronic thin film devices with conjugated polymers and oligomers, G. Leising; bombardment stabilization of c-BN, R. Messier et al; pulsed electron beam ablation, G. Muller and C. Schultheiss; thin films for large area electronics, D. Pribat et al; XRD line broadening and texture analysis of thin films, P. Scardi; self-polarization nature of ferro-electric thin films, I.M. Sem et al; fundamental properties and developments of metallic and semiconducting thin film nanoparticles, A. Stella; orientation-controlled organic thin films, H. Yanagi.