Synchrotron Radiation Research

Advances in Surface and Interface Science Techniques

  • Robert Z. Bachrach

Part of the Synchrotron Radiation Research book series (SRR, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Robert Z. Bachrach
      Pages 1-59
  3. Absorption

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. A. Bianconi, A. Marcelli
      Pages 63-115
    3. J. E. Rowe
      Pages 117-136
  4. Photoemission Spectroscopy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. W. Eberhardt
      Pages 139-197
    3. Anders Flodström, Ralf Nyholm, Börje Johansson
      Pages 199-251
  5. Ion Spectroscopy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Victor Rehn, Richard A. Rosenberg
      Pages 327-381
  6. Diffraction and Scattering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. P. H. Fuoss, K. S. Liang, P. Eisenberger
      Pages 385-419
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 519-526

About this book


In the summer of 1972, I had the privilege and responsibility of organizing a Gordon Conference on the "High-Energy Spectroscopy of Solids." The Thursday evening session focused on future directions for high-energy spectroscopy. The possibilities associated with synchrotron radiation for future research became a central issue. I was asked to choose the members of the panel and chair the session. Although all five members of the panel went on to have distinguished careers using synchrotron radiation, at the time some of them were skeptical about the future role of synchrotron radiation sources in high-energy photon spectroscopy. The discussion became heated, and many members of the audience spoke, both pro and con. One member of the panel produced a detailed argument that synchrotron radiation would never rival standard X-ray tubes. We found out that there were estimates for properties of synchrotrons that differed by orders of magnitude from those of X-ray tubes. That much uncertainty was expressed at a meeting that took place less than twenty years ago. It is hard to believe that, even though at that time synchrotron radiation was already being used for photoemission studies of solids and surfaces and intershell excitations in solids, the potential impact and importance of this area was not fully realized even by the experts. Today synchrotron radiation is one of the primary tools for studying surfaces, and synchrotron radiation has affected many other areas of condensed-matter physics---even superconductivity.


Absorption EXAFS Photoemission spectroscopy interface science spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Z. Bachrach
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Materials Inc.Santa ClaraUSA
  2. 2.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6442-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-3280-4
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