Studying Complex Surface Dynamical Systems Using Helium-3 Spin-Echo Spectroscopy

  • Barbara A. J.┬áLechner

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Barbara A. J. Lechner
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  3. Barbara A. J. Lechner
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About this book


Chemical reactions and growth processes on surfaces depend on the diffusion and re-orientation of the adsorbate molecules. A fundamental understanding of the forces guiding surface motion is thus of utmost importance for the advancement of many fields of science and technology. To date, our understanding of the principles underlying surface dynamics remains extremely limited, due to the difficulties involved in measuring these processes experimentally. The helium-3 spin-echo (HeSE) technique is uniquely capable of probing such surface dynamical phenomena. The present thesis extends the field of application of HeSE from atomic and small molecular systems to more complex systems. Improvements to the supersonic helium beam source, a key component of the spectrometer, as well as a detailed investigation of a range of five-membered aromatic adsorbate species are presented. The thesis provides a comprehensive description of many aspects of the HeSE method - instrumentation, measurement and data analysis - and as such offers a valuable introduction for newcomers to the field.


Adsorbate Diffusion Cyclopentadienyl Molecule on Surface Five-Membered Aromatic Molecules Helium Atom Scattering Helium-3 Spin-Echo High-Intensity Supersonic Beam Source Molecular Dynamics Simulations Pyrrole Molecule on Surface Surface Dynamics Thiophe Molecule on Surface

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara A. J.┬áLechner
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryMaterials Sciences DivisionsBerkeley CA 94720USA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-01179-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-01180-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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