Diffusion at Surfaces: Introductory Remarks

  • E. Zeitler
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 12)


As a motto for this introduction to the chapter on surface diffusion, I have chosen the very last sentence of Einstein’s famous and incisive paper [1] in which he relates the coefficient of diffusion to the (root mean square) displacement of a particle and the time elapsed between the initial and the final observation. Even he, Albert Einstein, asks for experimental confirmation of his deductions. Since the three contributions here are experimental observations and measurements, it seems that Einstein’s hope is being fulfilled.


Debye Temperature Root Mean Square Amplitude Interference Microscope Corrugation Amplitude Increase Binding Energy 
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    A. Einstein: Ann. Phys. 17, 549 (1905)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    S. Chandrasekhar: Rev. Mod. Phys. 15, 1 (1943)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Zeitler
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  1. 1.Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-GesellschaftBerlin-Dahlem (33)Germany

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