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IM2652 Surface Physics, Basic Course 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IM2652 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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.

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 disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Solid State Physics (Kittel or equivalent).

Recommended prerequisites

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

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

"Take-home" exam.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IM2652

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Replaced by SK2764 as from autumn term 2017.