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Vacuum, Surfaces and Thin Films

Module PH2223

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2018 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2018SS 2017SS 2015

Basic Information

PH2223 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered once.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2223 is Wolfgang Kreuzpaintner.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  1. Vacuumphysics and -technology: kinetic gas theory, gas transport, vacuum pumps, measuring vacuum pressures, vacuum systems
  2. Surfaces: ideal surfaces, atomic surface structures, reconstrutced surfaces, surface excitations
  3. Surface analytics: crystal symmetries of surfaces, short range order, surface structures, chemical composition of surfaces, determination of thickness of thin films.
  4. Thin film preparation: theory and models of thin film growth, methods of thin film growth

Learning Outcome

After participating in this modul, the students will have acquired knowledge on

  1. design and construction of vacuum systems, their technology and applications
  2. physical effects occurring on surfaces of a bulk material and on interfaces between two or more thin film structures and will be able to chose the right technique to analyse them
  3. the available techniques for preparation of surfaces and thin film structures


No special previous knowledge or qualification other than the general qualification for Masters level studies are required.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Vacuum, Surfaces and Thin Films Wed, 16:00–18:00, PH HS3
UE 2 Exercise to Vacuum, Surfaces and Thin Films

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vorlesung: (aufgeweichter) Frontalunterricht

Übung: Arbeitsunterricht (Übungsaufgaben rechnen), Diskussionen und weitergehende Erläuterungen zum Vorlesungsstoff


Tafelanschrieb bzw. Präsentation

Übungsaufgaben (Fallbeispiele) und Lösungen zum Download


K. L. Chopra "Thin Film Phenomena" Mcgraw-Hill

A. Zangwill "Physics at Surfaces", Cambridge Univ. Press

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

There will be an oral exam of 25 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using comprehension questions and sample calculations.

For example an assignment in the exam might be: What main characteristica would a vacuum thin film deposition system have to have for the following application: xyz?

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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