Scattering of Thermal Energy Atoms

from Disordered Surfaces

  • Editors
  • Poelsema Bene 
  • George Comsa

Part of the Springer Tracts in Modern Physics book series (STMP, volume 115)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Poelsema Bene, George Comsa
    Pages 1-3
  3. Poelsema Bene, George Comsa
    Pages 4-8
  4. Poelsema Bene, George Comsa
    Pages 9-28
  5. Poelsema Bene, George Comsa
    Pages 83-99
  6. Back Matter

About this book


A variety of novel applications for the investigation of disordered surfaces by beams of thermal energy atoms are discussed and illustrated by numerous examples. A straightforward semiclassical approach is introduced to yield a remarkably detailed insight into the lateral distributions of diffuse scatterers such as adsorbates, vacancies and atomic steps. The recent discovery that the long range Van der Waals force is the cause of the unusually large cross-sections for diffuse He-scattering on individual defects and impurities led the authors to propose a new methods of surface analysis. They introduce a semiclassical method, the overlap approach, to give a simple and detailed description of He-scattering from disordered surfaces. The method yields subtle, otherwise hardly obtainable information on the nature of interactions between diffuse scatterers. The authors address such questions as the lateral distribution of adsorbates, two-dimensional phase transitions, surface diffusions, and the morphology of growing or sputtered layers.


crystal diffusion phase transition scattering surface surface analysis

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-50358-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-45983-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0081-3869
  • Series Online ISSN 1615-0430
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