Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy

Proceedings of the International Conference, and Symposium on Electron Tunneling University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, May 25–27, 1977

  • Thomas Wolfram

Part of the Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences book series (SSSOL, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Review of Inelastic Electron Tunneling

  3. Applications of Inelastic Electron Tunneling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. R. V. Coleman, James M. Clark, C. S. Korman
      Pages 34-60
    3. H. W. White, L. M. Godwin, T. Wolfram
      Pages 70-77
  4. Theoretical Aspects of Electron Tunneling

  5. Discussions and Comments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. J. G. Adler, M. K. Konkin, R. Magno
      Pages 146-153
    3. Louis Sherman
      Pages 154-156
  6. Molecular Adsorption on Non-Metallic Surfaces

  7. New Applications of IETS

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. R. C. Jaklevic, M. R. Gaerttner
      Pages 193-201
    3. S. de Cheveigné, J. Klein, A. Léger
      Pages 202-209
    4. John Lambe, S. L. McCarthy
      Pages 210-217
  8. Elastic Tunneling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. R. C. Dynes
      Pages 228-228
    3. R. Meservey
      Pages 230-237
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-242

About these proceedings


Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscop~ or lETS, provides a unique technique for electronically monitoring the vibrational modes of molecul (;5 adsorbed on a metal oxide surface. Since the discovery of the phenomena by JAKLEVIC and LM1BE in 1966, lETS has been developed by a number of scientists as a method for studying the surface chemistry of molecular species adsorbed on aluminum oxide. Recent applications of lETS include investigations of physical and chemical adsorption of hydrocarbons, studies of catalysis by metal particles, detection and identification of trace substances in air and water, and studies of biological molecules and electron damage to such molecules. lETS has been employed to investigate adhesive materials, and studies are currently in prog­ ress to investigate corrosion species and corrosion inhibitors on aluminum and its alloys. Electronic transitions of molecules have also been studied by lETS. The recent development of the "external doping" technique, whereby molecu­ lar species can be introduced into fabricated tunnel junctions, opens the door for a vast new array of surface chemical studies by lETS. lETS is rap­ idly becoming an important tool for the study of surface and interface phe­ nomena. In addition to its role in surface studies, inelastic tunneling has proved extremely valuable for the study of the electronic properties of thin metallic films, and the recent discovery of light emission from inelastic tunneling promises to be of some importance in the area of device physics.


Tunneleffekt Tunnelspektroskopie catalysis chemistry corrosion inhibitor spectroscopy surface transitions

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Wolfram
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Arts and Science, Department of PhysicsUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81230-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81228-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0171-1873
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