- Line numbers for Spring 2009 registration: 26960 (NAN 546) or 26962 (PHY 598 ST).
Both line numbers are valid, but I'd prefer you all to use the NAN 546 registration to
simplify course administration. On-line registration is also available for NAN 546, with
line number 27600. We have a Blackboard Shell for the NAN 546 course number,
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 Blackboard facilities 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 2009
initial Timetable, 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 2009 will be on
Tuesday, January 20 at 1.30-2.45 in PSF 462. Students who don't make this time should
come on Thursday, Jan 22, and contact me 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, etc, is needed. If you are not at the beginning of the course,
you will be at the end..!
- 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; If I am not there, leave a message on the machine
indicating how I can contact you, or use e-mail.
- My whereabouts and e-mail address can be found by clicking here.