About the course
This is a concept oriented introduction to the field of surface physics and nanophysics with particular emphasis on static and dynamic properties all from atomic/molecular viewpoint. We will focus on central unifying concepts and experimental techniques needed for understanding the properties of systems of interest. The symbiosis between experimental and theoretical approaches is emphasized.
Knowledge about crystal structure, diffraction, lattice waves in periodic structures and related thermal properties, free electron theory of metals, the diffraction models of energy band structure with applications to metals, semiconductors and insulators for bulk 3D systems at the level of a fundamental solid state physics course. Furthermore some basic knowledge of statistical physics is welcome.