This book emphasises both experimental and theoretical aspects of surface, interface and thin film physics. Compa- red to the earlier editions, which bore the title "Surfaces and Interfaces of Solid Materials", the book now places more emphasis on thin films, including also their superconducting and ferromagnetic properties. The present 4th edition thus presents techniques of preparing well-defined solid surfaces and interfaces, fundamental aspects of adsorption and layer growth, as well as basic models for the descripti- on of structural, vibronic and electronic properties of sur- faces, interfaces and thin films. Because of their importan- ce for modern information technology, significant attention is paid to the electronic properties of semiconductor inter- faces and heterostructures. Collective phenomena , such as superconductivity and ferromagnetism, also feature promi- nently. Experimental sections covering essential measurement and preparation techniques are presented in separate panels.
Surface and Interface Physics: Its Definition and Importance.- Preparation of Well-Defined Surfaces and Interfaces.- Morphology and Structure of Surfaces and Interfaces.- Scattering from Surfaces.- Surface Phonons.- Electronic Surface States.- Space-Charge Layers at Semiconductor Interfaces.- Metal-Semiconductor Junctions, and Semiconductor Heterostructures.- Collective Phenomena at Interfaces: Superconductivity and Ferromagnetism.- Adsorption on Solid Surfaces.