- Line numbers for Spring 2011 registration: 17865 (NAN 546), 22054 (PHY 546)
or 22125 (MSE 546). All these line numbers are valid. We have a Blackboard Shell for the
combined sections, which will be useful for various aspects, including submission of reports.
- Lectures/ Discussions. We have lecture/discussion sessions twice per week on
Tuesdays/ Thursdays, but in addition I will be providing materials and responding to
emails. We will sort out group email arrangements to suit the participants, which may
include students using the Group discussion features in Blackboard, or something more informal.
- Book references will be provided, and reference will be
made to the original literature, and to resources on the web. The 2011 draft
Timetable, an initial Assignments
page, and a page of Web-based Resources are on the web;
these will be further developed as the course proceeds.
- The first meeting in 2011 will be on Tuesday, January 18 at 1.30-2.45 in ECG G-wing room (G320).
Students who don't make this time should come on Thursday, Jan 20. The first two weeks of the course are
being taught by Dr Peter Bennett. If you don't make the first class, please contact me and Dr Bennett by
email as soon as possible.
- The books needed are in the
ASU Noble Library and are currently
For those who have not attended a course on Surface Physics, a start should be made to
look at one of the basic textbooks: M. Prutton 'Introduction to Surface Physics' (Oxford,1994);
D.P. Woodruff and T.A. Delchar 'Modern Techniques of Surface Science'
(Cambridge, 1986 and 1994); A. Zangwill 'Physics at Surfaces' (Cambridge,
1988). The established text which is closest in spirit to the course is H. Lüth
'Surfaces and Interfaces of Solids' (Springer, 1993 and 1995). The 4th Edition of
Lüth's book is called 'Solid Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films' (Springer, 2001).
My own book,
J.A. Venables 'Introduction to Surface and Thin Film Processes' (Cambridge, 2000)
has been published as a result of giving this course over several years;
it comments on these books and is complementary to them; there are section by section
updates, which should also be consulted. A relatively new
(2006) book by H. Ibach is available, and we will look at this book as appropriate.
Students should consider purchasing the book which is closest to their needs, and have
access to several of the others.
- Assignments: There will be 3 forms of assignment: problems,
presentations by students, and essays/mini-projects, with a substantial
element of choice. Access to the web is by now essential and familiarity with Mozilla or
Internet Explorer, Web of Science, etc, is needed.
- Office Hours: Tu 3:00-4:40 pm, W 1.30-2.45, Th 3.00-3.45 pm in PSB-137, or by
appointment: phone (480) 965-1675; Please use email exclusively for the first two weeks of this course,
or contact Dr Bennett.
- My whereabouts and e-mail address can be found by clicking here.