Course: Physics of surfaces

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Course title Physics of surfaces
Course code KEF/FPOV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Machala Libor, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Ideal and real surface of solid matter. Crystal structure, purity, achievement of atomically pure surfaces, adsorption, desorption, electron structure of surfaces, types of bonding, electronegativity. 2. Work of exit. Theory, dependence on kind of matter and surrounding interactions, measuring and practical reason to measure work of exit. 3. Effect of heat thermoelectron and thermoion emission, surface ionization. 4. Incidence of electromagnetic irradiation. Photoelectron emission, fundamentals of photoemission spectroscopy. 5. Incidence of electrons. Secondary electron-electron emission, electron induced desorption, elastic reflection and diffraction of electrons, inelastic interaction of electrons with a surface, fundamentals of electron spectroscopy. 6. Vibration excitation on the surface of solid matter 7. Methods of study of surfaces of solid matter Microscopy (AFM, STM, UHV STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Conversion electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS), BET physisorption, chemisorption, low energy electron diffraction (LEED), surface X-ray diffraction (SXRD), Secondary Ions Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). 8. Physics of surfaces of nanoobjects, selected application of surface nanostructures (e.g. photocatalysis of water splitting).

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim is to learn students basic methods of study of physical properties of materials. Students are familiarized wit experimental techniques for characterization of surfaces as well.
Knowledge To define the main terms in the field of physics of surfaces. To explain physical phenomena on the surface of materials
Basic course of physics, particularly Mechanics, Optics, Theory of electromagnetic field

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam

Knowledge in the range of lecture content. Regular visit of the lectures is strongly recommended.
Recommended literature
  • Bartovská L.; Šišková M. (2010). Fyzikální chemie povrchů a koloidních soustav. VŠCHT Praha.
  • Harald, I. (2006). Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces. Springer.
  • Kalvoda, L.; Parshin, A. S. (2000). Vybraná témata z fyziky povrchů. Nakladatelství ČVUT.
  • Prutton, M. (1998). Introduction to Surface Physics. Clarendon Press, Oxford.
  • Sharma, V. K.; Klingelhofer, G.; Nishida, T. (2013). Mossbauer Spectroscopy: Applications in Chemistry, Biology, and Nanotechnology.. Wiley.
  • Zangwill, A. (1988). Physics at Surfaces. Cambridge University Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Applied Physics (2015) Physics courses 2 Winter