PHY420 Electron Spectroscopy

General Information


Dr. Luca Castiglioni

Prof. Dr. Thomas Greber

Dr. Matthias Hengsberger

Dr. Claude Monney

Dr. Zbynek Novotny

Assistant: Kay Waltar
Lecture: Mondays 14:00-15:45, in Y36 K08
    starting on 19. February 2018
Exercises: Mondays 16:00-16:45, in Y36 K08

This course provides an introduction to modern tools for studying the electronic structure of matter. A clear emphasis will be given to applications of electron spectroscopy such as XPS, ARPES and various electron diffraction methods. We will discuss in detail how electronic degrees of freedom such as binding energy, momentum and spin can be probed, and how such methods can be used in time-resolved experiments to study the dynamics of primary excitations, phase transitions and chemical reactions.

The course will be quite balanced between theory and application. Some basic theoretical background about light-matter interaction as well as electronic structure will be provided. The focus is clearly on applications in solid state physics such as chemical analysis of solid surfaces, the determination of atomic surface structure, electronic bandstructure and low-energy excitations, and the measurement of dynamics on ultra-short time scales. We will also discuss basic aspects of atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

The course consists of two hours of lecture per week and one hour of exercises and short talks. Previous knowledge of solid state physics (PHY210 - Festkörperphysik) and basic quantum mechanics (PHY131 - Physik III) is required.

ECTS: 6/3 credit points.


Lecture notes & exercises (password required)



 Date   Lecturer   Topic 
19.02.18 Castiglioni et al. Introduction
26.02.18 Greber Theory of Photoemission, workfunction, IMFP, cross sections
05.03.18 Novotny X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ESCA
12.03.18 Novotny Ambient-pressure XPS, vacuum technology
19.03.18 Greber X-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD)
26.03.18 Monney Angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy ARPES
02.04.18 no lecture Easter Monday
09.04.18 Hengsberger


16.04.18 no lecture Sechseläuten
23.04.18 Castiglioni

Time-resolved photoemission, 2PPE

30.04.18 Castiglioni

(Time-resolved) ARPES from molecules

07.05.18 Novotny Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)
14.05.18 Hengsberger Summary/Overview on electron spectroscopy
21.05.18 no lecture Pentacosta (Pfingsten)
28.05.18 all Exam