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A brief overview is given of the potential and applications of ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS) for surface investigations. The basic features of the technique and the physical parameter range are discussed. Performance and characteristics of the method are described in two sections dealing with unordered (amorphous or polycrystalline) samples and single-crystal surfaces. The examples given show typical cases of valuable applications of ISS. They include characterisation of supported catalysts, analysis of the changes in surface composition of alloys due to sputtering and segregation, and determination of interatomic distances on single-crystal surfaces as well as their variations due to thermal vibrations.

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Authors: TAGLAUER E, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching bei München (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: South African Journal of Physics, Vol. 12 (1989) No. 1, pp. 30c-33c
Record Number: 199110788 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en