Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 18, 2006 - Science - 646 pages
Writing a textbook is an undertaking that requires strong motivation, strong enough to carry out almost two years of solid work in this case. My motivation arose from three sources. The first was the ever-increasing pressure of our German administration on research institutions and individuals to divert time and attention from the pursuit of research into achieving politically determined five-year plans and milestones. The challenge of writing a textbook helped me to maintain my integrity as a scientist and served as an escape. A second source of motivation lay in my attempt to understand transport pr- esses at the solid/electrolyte interface within the framework of concepts developed for solid surfaces in vacuum. These concepts provide logical connections between the properties of single atoms and large ensembles of atoms by describing the physics on an ever-coarser mesh. The transfer to the solid/electrolyte interface proved nontrivial, the greatest obstacle being that terms such as surface tension denote different quantities in surface physics and electrochemistry. Furthermore, I came to realize that not infrequently identical quantities and concepts carry diff- ent names in the two disciplines. I felt challenged by the task of bringing the two worlds together. Thus a distinct feature of this volume is that, wherever approp- ate, it treats surfaces in vacuum and in an electrolyte side-by-side. The final motivation unfolded during the course of the work itself.

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Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Statistical Thermodynamics of Surfaces
Vibrational Excitations at Surfaces
Electronic Properties 379
Surface Brillouin Zones 613
Subject Index
List of Common Acronyms

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About the author (2006)

Since 1974 Director at the Institute of Interface Physics and Vacuum Research, Presently Institute of Thin Films and Interfaces

1986 Medard W. Welch Award of ther American Vacuum Society: "For the development of high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy and its application to the characterization of surfaces and adsorbates"

1989 Regent's Professor, University of California, Irvine

1991 Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Solid State Physics (with G. Ertl und J.P. Toennies)

1993 Miller Research professor, University of California, Berkeley