The Electronic Structure of Surfaces and Interfaces

  • F. Flores
Part of the Physics of Solids and Liquids book series (PSLI)


Surfaces and interfaces are important in chemisorption, catalysis, microelectronic devices, etc. In a sense, a surface is a defect: translational invariance is broken. This prevents us applying Bloch’s theorem, although Flochet’s theorem enters the picture: solutions forbidden by the infinite crystal can now be allowed inside the finite crystal. This introduces new states, surface states, which may be important in some specific cases. Semiconductors are the best example for which those new states play an important role, the reason being that new states appear at the Fermi level. These states are crucial to understanding junctions between, say, metals and semiconductors, and for clean semiconductor surfaces.


Fermi Level Surface State Semiconductor Surface Dangling Bond Surface Band 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Flores
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  1. 1.Departamento de Fìsica del Estado SòlidoUniversidad Autònoma, CantoblancoMadrid 34Spain

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