IM2652 Surface Physics, Basic Course 6.0 credits

Ytfysik, grundkurs

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: autumn 20.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The general goal of the course is to give an understanding that and in which way surfaces and nano structures differ from bulk material, within which fields of science and engineering applications surface phenomena play an important role and how surfaces are analysed expirimentally.  

After the course the student should be able to:

  • judge the importance of surface effects within different areas of science and technology.
  • read a scientific article within the field and extract relevant information. 
  • suggest possible ways to solve a given materials/surface problem, including presenting a hypothesis and choice of analysis methods.
  • judge the strengths and limitations of the different methods.

Course main content

The course gives an introduction to the physics and chemistry of surfaces and its importance and relevance for industrial and scientific applications.  The course starts from Solid State Physics to give an atomistic description of surfaces and nano structures. A large effort is given to a detailed description of different analysis methods; their basic physical principles and their applicability to different issues with the aim to give a "tool box" for surface analysis including surface microsocopy, electron and X-ray based spectroscopies, ion beam analysis and diffracation methods for surfaces.


Solid State Physics (Kittel or equivalent).


Solid Surface, Interfaces and Thin Films, Hans LüthUpplaga: 4 Förlag: Springer År: 0ISBN: 3-540-42331-1 

Övrig litteratur:

Vetenskapliga översiktsartiklar inom området där boken behöver stöd.


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

"Take-home" exam.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Mats Ahmadi Götelid <>

Supplementary information

Replaced by SK2764 as from autumn term 2017. 


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.