FYS-2506 Surface Science of Photonic Nanomaterials, 5 cr


Suitable for postgraduate studies.


Mika Valden


After completing the course, the student will be able to interrelate the main physicochemical surface and interface properties with the light-matter interaction of photonic materials. The student will learn how the surface and interface properties can be employed to control the nanoscale phenomena governing the optical response. During the course the student will be able to evaluate how the surface and interface mediated processes can be utilized to develop technologically relevant material properties in photonic applications by participating in tutorial learning sessions (teams of 4-6 students) based on the shared expertise of the team members. The student will master the skills required to report the results of the learning assignments using online learning management system as well as in the form of a research report.


Sisältö Ydinsisältö Täydentävä tietämys Erityistietämys
1. Surface structure: Ordered structures on surfaces. Surface defects. Relaxation. Reconstruction.  Adsorbate-Induced restructuring.  Low energy electron diffraction. 
2. Interfaces: Stress and strain. Surface tension. Non-equilibrium surface process.  Surface energy. Strain energy. Segregation.   Growth modes on surfaces. Molecular Beam Epitaxy. 
3. Electronic states: Electronic band structure of solids. Surface space charge. Work function.   Nanoscale systems. Energy levels at interfaces.  Electron excitation at surfaces. Scanning tunneling microscopy. 
4. Molecular bonding on surfaces. Chemisorption. Physisorption.  Thin films. Atomic layer deposition.  Photoelectron spectroscopy. 

Ohjeita opiskelijalle osaamisen tasojen saavuttamiseksi

The final grade of the course is defined by week performance, Midterm and Endterm electronic exams and a research report that is based on a project assignment, which is to be completed as a result of a team work. The assessment of the course is either numeric on the grade scale of 0 - 5 or Pass/Fail and will be decided together with the teacher and the students at the beginning of the course. The numeric assessment is based on weighting the week performance by 40%, Midterm and Endterm exam results by 40% and the research report by 20%. Instructions how to achieve the learning outcomes of the week performance and the project assignment can be found from the Moodle. This course is based on a blended learning method with 'flipped classroom' type of activities, so please bring your laptop/tablet/smart phone to the learning sessions.


Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)


Completion parts must belong to the same implementation


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Other online content             Yes   


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Päivittäjä: Ullgren Sini, 10.04.2019