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Solid Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films

  • Expanded and updated edition of a very successful textbook

  • Places emphasis both on theory and experiment, up to latest developments, such as giant magnetoresistance and topological insulators

  • Covers collective phenomena at interfaces, superconductivity, and magnetism

  • Includes easy-to-follow mathematical derivations

  • Expanded coverage includes topics such as the effect of spin-orbit coupling on surface states, plus well-established experimental techniques such as X-ray diffraction and reflection anisotropy spectroscopy


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

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About this book


This book emphasises both experimental and theoretical aspects of surface, interface and thin-film physics. As in previous editions the preparation of surfaces and thin films, their atomic and morphological structure, their vibronic and electronic properties as well as fundamentals of adsorption are treated. Because of their importance in modern information technology and nanostructure research, particular emphasis is paid to electronic surface and interface states, semiconductor space charge layers and heterostructures. A special chapter of the book is devoted to collective phenomena at interfaces and in thin films such as superconductivity and magnetism. The latter topic includes the meanwhile important issues giant magnetoresistance and spin-transfer torque mechanism, both effects being of high interest in information technology. In this new edition, for the first time, the effect of spin-orbit coupling on surface states is treated. In this context the class of the recently detected topological insulators, materials of significant importance for spin electronics, are discussed. Particular emphasis, hereby, is laid on the new type of topologically protected surface states with well-defined spin orientation. Furthermore, some important well established experimental techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD) and reflection anisotropy spectroscopy (RAS), which were missing so far in earlier editions, were added in this new 6th edition of the book.


Adsorption on Solid Surfaces Collective Phenomena at Interfaces Electronic Surface States Giant Magnetoresistance Interface Magnetism and Spin Effects Morphology and Structure of Surfaces Scattering from Surfaces and Thin Films Solid State Physics Textbook Space Charge Layers Superconductor/Semiconductor Interface Surface Phonons Topological Insulators

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Forschungszentrum JülichPeter Grünberg InstituteAachenGermany

About the authors

Hans Lüth was born in Aachen, Germany, in 1940. He received the diploma in physics in 1965 and the doctoral degree (PhD) in physics in 1968, both from the Aachen University of Technology (RWTH). Between 1974 and 1986 he held several guest scientist and visiting professor positions at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Centre (USA), the Universities of Paris (F), Aix-Marseille (F) and Modena (I). Since 1980 he has been professor for physics and since 2000 simultaneously professor for electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen. Additionally, in 1988 he became the director of the Institute of Bio- and Nanosystems at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany. In 2006 and 2007 he was Research Director for Key Technologies at the Research Centre Jülich. For his scientific work and for his globally used text books he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universite de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse-Colmar (F). His research interests center around semiconductor interface physics and quantum electronics.

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