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.

2021W, 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

The course consists of two modules.

I. Module: Surface Characterization Methods (in conjunction with course Physical Analysis, 134.048)

II. Module: Fundamentals of Surface Physics (in conjunction with course Surface Physics, 134.165)


I.1. Introduction und Vacuum Physics and Technology (134.048 Diebold)

I.2. Ion-based techniques  (134.048 Diebold)

I.3. Scanning Probe Microscopy I  (134.048 Diebold)

I.4. Scanning Probe Microscopy II  (134.048 Diebold)

I.5. Particle-Solid Interaction  (134.048 Werner)

I.6. Electron Spectroscopy I  (134.048 Werner)

I.7. Electron Spectroscopy II  (134.048 Werner)

II.1. Introduction, technical requirements, surface crystallography (134.165 Diebold)

II.2. Surfaces of metals, reconstructions (134.165 Diebold) 

II.3. Surface energy, Wulff construction (134.165 Diebold) 

II.4. Low-energy electron diffraction, surface symmetry groups (134.165 Diebold) 

II.5. Surfaces of semiconductors (134.165 Diebold) 




Course dates

Thu15:00 - 17:0007.10.2021 - 18.11.2021FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Fri16:00 - 18:0005.11.2021 - 03.12.2021Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Surface Physics and -Analytics - Single appointments
Thu07.10.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Thu14.10.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Thu21.10.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Thu28.10.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Thu04.11.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Fri05.11.202116:00 - 18:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Thu11.11.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Fri12.11.202116:00 - 18:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Thu18.11.202115:00 - 17:00FH Hörsaal 6 - TPH Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Fri19.11.202116:00 - 18:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Fri26.11.202116:00 - 18:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B Oberflächenphysik und -analytik
Fri03.12.202116:00 - 18:00Sem.R. DB gelb 05 B Oberflächenphysik und -analytik

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
07.10.2021 10:00 05.02.2022 11:00

Registration modalities

Registration is also possible per email



Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 261 Technical Physics Not specified
066 434 Materials Sciences Mandatory
066 460 Physical Energy and Measurement Engineering Mandatory elective


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