Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2020 - 09.04.2020

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Peter Liljeroth (

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Not lectured (2018-2019)

III- IV (2019-2020)

Lectured every other year.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student will be familiar with the concepts and experimental techniques in surface physics and be able to follow scientific literature on the topic. The student will also get an overview of the cutting-edge topics in condensed-matter physics involving surfaces.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Concepts and techniques in surface science. Atomic-scale imaging and nanostructure manipulation. Electronic and structural properties of surfaces. Applications in surface processes, including catalysis, etching and thin-film growth.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

This course will discuss the basic concepts of surface physics, including electronic and structural properties of surfaces and the typical experimental techniques used to study them. We will place a special emphasis on experimental techniques capable of yielding atomic scale information of surfaces (focussing on scanning probe microscopies). In addition to the usual concepts related to surface electronic structure (reconstructions, work function, electronic surface states), we will also overview some cutting edge topics in condensed-matter physics involving surfaces (two-dimensional materials, topological surface states). Applications in surface processes, including catalysis and thin-film growth will also be discussed.topics 

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Topical essay, short presentation, and an exam

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Exam contributes 5/6 of the grade and the remaining 1/6 comes from the topical essay. Calculation exercises will give additional points.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

36 + 24 (3 + 2)

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

The course consists of 3 hours of lectures per week (running over two periods) and 10 exercise sessions.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

P. Hofmann ”Surface Physics: An Introduction”, ebook, ISBN 978-87-996090-0-0 (

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

The text book is P. Hofmann, Surface Physics: An Introduction, ebook, ISBN 978-87-996090-1-7 ( Additional material (e.g. review articles) will be provided during the course.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Tfy-3.4331 Surface Physics

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.


Registration and further information