Surface Mobilities on Solid Materials

Fundamental Concepts and Applications

  • Vu Thien Binh

Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 86)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. Surface Diffusion: Theoretical Aspects

  4. Surface Diffusion: Atomic Level

  5. Surface Diffusion: Foreign Adsorbate Mass Transport

  6. Surface Diffusion: Self-Diffusion Mass Trasnport

  7. Surface Diffusion: Its Role in Some Fundamental and Applied Sciences

  8. Surface Diffusion: Recent Works (Abstracts)

    1. W. Zweger, G. De Lorenzi, G. Jacucci, V. Pontikis, Hans-Werner Fink, Vu Thien Binh et al.
      Pages 555-575
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 577-585

About this book


The surface of solids had long been considered simply the external boundary which determined the outside appearance of the solids but had no intrinsic character of its own. The concept that surfaces have specific properties and are the first and foremost means of communication between individual things and the rest of the universe is fairly new, coming into prominence only in the early sixties. This new concept of surface properties was the result of a vast accumulation of knowledge due to recent development of research in this area. This breakthrough of surface science resulted from the combined action of four factors: (i) control of surface sample prep­ aration, (ii) control of the surface's environment, (iii) improve­ ment of measurement tools and techniques, and (iv) the importance of surface properties in many new industrial areas. Nearly eighty techniques are now available to help us answer to the following questions: what is the surface structure or arrangement of surface atoms? what are the atomic species present? what is the spatial distribution of foreign atoms? what are the nature and distribution of possible defects on the surface? what is the electronic structure of the surface atoms? what is the motion of atoms on the surface? In general, two or more analytical techniques are used concurrently to assure unequivocal answers to problems. Different techniques employ different combina. tions of incident probes and the scattered or secondary particles that convey information regarding the sur­ faces.


communication control correlation crystal diffusion environment gold materials metals molecular dynamics nature structure surface science surfaces thin films

Editors and affiliations

  • Vu Thien Binh
    • 1
  1. 1.Claude Bernard Lyon 1 UniversityVilleurbanneFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4345-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4343-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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