• Michel A. Van Hove
  • Shuk Yin Tong
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 2)


The interference phenomenon involved in the scattering of low-energy electrons from a solid is among the first successful demonstrations of the predictions of modern quantum mechanics. The pioneering experiments were performed by DAVISSON and GERMER in 1925–27 [1]. From the very start, they recognized the potential of using this scattering from the surface region to study geometric positions of surface atoms. Incident electrons in the energy range 10–400 eV penetrate not more than 5–10 Å into the surface region. The wave interference basic to LEED contains an abundance of information about the geometrical configuration of atoms at surfaces.


Multiple Scattering Surface Crystallography Atomic Thermal Vibration Modern Quantum Mechanic Thermal Vibration Amplitude 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel A. Van Hove
    • 1
  • Shuk Yin Tong
    • 2
  1. 1.Materials and Molecular Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Department of ChemistryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Surface Studies Laboratory, Department of PhysicsUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA

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