The Master Equation

  • Hans Jürgen Kreuzer
  • Zbigniew Wojciech Gortel
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 1)


Physisorption kinetics must be based on kinetic equations that reflect the microscopic dynamics imposed by the Hamiltonian (2.176) and that take advan-tage of the statistical properties of the coupled gas-solid system. Theories have been worked out that start from the master equation, the Fokker-Planck equation, the Kramers equation, or the Langevin equation. In this and the next four chapters we will concentrate on the master equation approach. In Chap. 8 we will then derive the simpler kinetic equations from the master equation and discuss the work based on them.


Markov Process Surface Potential Master Equation Detailed Balance Microscopic Dynamic 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Jürgen Kreuzer
    • 1
  • Zbigniew Wojciech Gortel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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