An Introduction to Surface Diffusion Measurements

  • M. C. Tringides
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 360)


A brief overview of the contents of the book is attempted as a guide to the diverse topics discussed. Starting from the basic definition of surface diffusion, different coefficients (i.e. tracer vs. collective) are defined, how diffusion currents are generated (i.e. from equilibrium or non-equilibrium driving forces) is discussed and the relation between atomistic and collective processes measured in different experiments is emphasized. A table listing the currently used methods to study surface diffusion is presented.


Surface Diffusion Diffusion Barrier Atomistic Process Diffusion Current Tracer Diffusion 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. Tringides
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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