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Solid Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films


  • Well established standard textbook around the world at many universities and research institutions

  • Most comprehensive textbook on surfaces, interfaces and thin films in one volume

  • Didactically well written textbook with exercises after the chapters

  • Theoretical concepts and experimental techniques and practical applications presented

  • In 5th edition new material topics about the surfaces of the important class of group III-nitride and high k-oxide/semiconductor heterostructures added


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

Table of contents

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, their vibronic and electronic properties as well as fundamentals of adsorption are treated. Because of their importance in modern information technology and nanostructure physics particular emphasis is paid to electronic surface and interface states, semiconductor space charge layers and heterostructures as well as to superconductor/semiconductor interfaces and magnetic thin films. The latter topic was significantly extended in this new edition by more details about the giant magnetoresistance and a section about the spin-transfer torque mechanism including one new problem as exercise. Two new panels about Kerr-effect and spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy were added, too. Furthermore, the meanwhile important group III-nitride surfaces and high-k oxide/semiconductor interfaces are shortly discussed in this new 5th edition of the book.


Adsorption Anistropy effects in thin magnetic films Giant Magnetor Group III-nitride surfaces High K-oxide/semiconductor heterostructures Kerr effect Nano-CMOS technology Semiconductor interfaces Spin polarized Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy Surfaces science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Bio- und NanosystemeForschungszentrum Jülich GmbHJülichGermany

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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From the reviews of the fifth edition:

“This book, which is now in its fifth edition, is used as a text in many universities around the world. It offers clear coverage of both theoretical and experimental aspects of the treated subjects, making it almost unique in the area of surfaces and interfaces. … The book also contains panels that review basic concepts and applications. … book is a must-have for anybody studying solid-state physics. It is highly recommended for advanced students and researchers in the area of solid-state physics and nanotechnology.” (Daniela Dragoman, Optics & Photonics News, March, 2011)