Present and Proposed Uses of Low-Energy Electron Diffraction in Studying Surfaces

  • Lester H. Germer


At the present time the physics of surfaces may represent the frontier of all of solid-state physics. It is the field that is least understood, probably because sufficiently sensitive techniques have not been available. There are now sharp, new methods for studying surfaces, and the backwardness of this field of science may be nearly ended. The new techniques include low-energy electron diffraction, field ion microscopy, infrared absorption, and other spectroscopic techniques. It is guessed that, of the first two, low-energy electron diffraction will be the more important, although both have a field of usefulness. This paper concerns only low-energy electron diffraction or LEED.


Indium Antimonide Commercial Equipment LEED Pattern Tungsten Crystal Tungsten Surface 
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© Plenum Press 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lester H. Germer
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  1. 1.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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