Optical Absorption Spectroscopy at Interfaces

  • Andreas ErbeEmail author
  • Adnan Sarfraz
  • Cigdem Toparli
  • Kai Schwenzfeier
  • Fang Niu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 917)


This chapter summarises the physical principles of optical absorption spectroscopy and its use for the characterisation of surfaces and interfaces. After a brief discussion of the fundamentals of absorption spectroscopy and its relation to quantum mechanics, the chapter discusses the basics of optics at interfaces, focusing on the absorption of light by molecules in the interfacial region. Because of fundamental similarities, the chapter will touch on spectroscopy of both electronic and vibrational transitions, with a strong focus on infrared absorption experiments. There is a brief discussion, with reference to examples, of experiments in internal and external reflection geometry, including a brief discussion of the measurement of spectra on different classes of substrates (metallic vs. transparent).


High Occupied Molecular Orbital Lower Unoccupied Molecular Orbital Dielectric Function Attenuate Total Reflection Internal Reflection 
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This work is supported by the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (EXC 1069) funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. C. T. thanks the International Max Planck Research School for Surface and Interface Engineering in Advanced Materials (IMPRS-SurMat) for a scholarship. The authors thank Prof. M. Stratmann for continuous support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Erbe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adnan Sarfraz
    • 1
  • Cigdem Toparli
    • 1
  • Kai Schwenzfeier
    • 1
  • Fang Niu
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbHDüsseldorfGermany

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