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Imaging of dynamic processes on surfaces by light


Rotermund,  Harm-Hinrich
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Rotermund, H.-H. (1997). Imaging of dynamic processes on surfaces by light. Surface Science Reports, 29(7-8), 265-364. doi:10.1016/S0167-5729(97)00012-5.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0008-B4CA-9
This work focuses on imaging of dynamic processes on surfaces, using light to illuminate the area of interest. The methods discussed here are those in which the photoelectrons emitted from or the light reflected off the surface are measured. While the first approach is well-known since electron microscopy was invented and has been used in surface science applications for a decade, genuine optical microscope methods using polarized light were first developed in 1995 for imaging surface reactions. The results discussed here are from different fields of surface research. These include the imaging of adsorption phenomena, surface diffusion and growth processes. The main emphasis will be on pattern formation of surface reactions under strictly controlled parameters. The most recent techniques expand the range of observable pressure conditions by many orders of magnitude, thus bridging the pressure gap in imaging surface reactions.