Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Characterisation of solid material surfaces and surface layers, preparation of clean solid surfaces for analysis, thermal treatment, ion etching, adsorption, description and adsorption isotherm models (Langmuir et al.) surface structural techniques, LEED (Low Energy Electron Diffraction), STM (Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy), AFM (Atom Force Microscopy), EXAFS (Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure), surface analytical techniques, XPS (X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy), SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry), AES (Auger Electron Spectroscopy), NEXAFS (Near Edge), SEXAFS (Surface), atomic electron binding energies in materials and surfaces, Hartree-Fock methods of calculation of core level binding energy of electrons, laboratory and synchrotron photon sources for performing surface analysis, introductory XPS techniques, spectral analysis in XPS including multiplet splitting, shake-up-off, angle resolved effects and photoelectron diffraction.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Acceptance into an honours or masters program (PSMSC) or (SMNT) or (SZHSN) in the Department of Physics, or approval of Department of Physics postgraduate co-ordinator


Incompatible subjects PHY4HNA, PHY4HNB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAuger and X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy: Practical surface analysisPrescribedBriggs, D, and Seah, M. P, 1995JOHN WILEY AND SONS
ReadingsModern techniques of surface sciencePrescribedWoodruff, D. P, and Delchar.T. A, CAMBRIDGE UP 1988.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Nine 4.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
One 3-hour examinationStudents must pass the laboratory and tutorial component to pass the unit.60
practical laboratory reports and tutorial problem sets (equivalent to 1500 words).40