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Experimental Investigations of Surface Melting

  • J. W. M. Frenken
  • J. P. Toennies
  • Ch Wöll
  • B. Pluis
  • A. W. Denier van der Gon
  • J. F. van der Veen
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 11)

Abstract

Surface order-disorder transitions form an exciting new area in modern surface science. Among these phase transitions in a system of reduced dimensionality, surface melting is receiving special attention in view of its possible role in initiating bulk melting. Surface melting involves a positional disordering of a crystal lattice in the surface region, at temperatures just below the melting point Tm of the crystal. The first thoughts about such a phenomenon have already been formulated in the 19th century [1]. Since then, theoretical studies [2,3] as well as computer simulations [4] have yielded detailed predictions concerning the melting transition for semi-infinite media and for thin films.

Keywords

Surface Orientation Surface Melting Melting Transition Bulk Melting Point Backscatter Proton 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. M. Frenken
    • 1
  • J. P. Toennies
    • 1
  • Ch Wöll
    • 1
  • B. Pluis
    • 2
  • A. W. Denier van der Gon
    • 2
  • J. F. van der Veen
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für StrömungsforschungGöttingenFed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular PhysicsSJ AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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