Phenomenology of Surface Reconstruction

  • J. Villain
  • J. L. Rouviere
  • I. Vilfan
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 267)


Reconstruction is one of the most fascinating phenomena in surface physics, since it occurs on clean surfaces. In the first part, surfaces and grain boundaries of semi-conductors with diamond structure will be addressed. The various structures which arise from the tendency to preserve four-fold coordination as much as possible will be described and interpreted in terms of dangling bonds and phenomenological potentials. Then the reconstruction of noble metals will be described and related to current theories based on conflicting sp and d electrons and phenomenological potentials. Finally the “deconstruction” phase transition of the (110) face of Au and Pt will be addressed. Its Ising or roughening nature will be discussed in the light of recent experiments, and related to a wetting transition of steps.


Domain Wall Grain Boundary Surface Atom Universality Class Dangling Bond 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Villain
    • 1
  • J. L. Rouviere
    • 1
  • I. Vilfan
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre d Etudes Nucleaires de Grenoble 85 XDRF/MDNGrenoble CedexFrance
  2. 2.Institut Jozef StefanLjubljanaJugoslavija

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