Surface Science Group
Department of Physics and Astronomy



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Richard L. Kurtz

Phillip T. Sprunger

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The surface science group at LSU is involved in studies of the surface electronic and geometric structures of metallic nanowires, oxides, thin-films and adsorbates. Our primary tool is synchrotron radiation from the CAMD synchrotron light source where we perform angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. We are also involved in spin-resolved photoemission and dichroism measurements of magnetic materials. In our campus laboratory, we conduct XPS UPS studies to prepare for the CAMD runs. We also study surface atomic structure with several UHV scanning tunneling microscopes. For an introduction into our methods check out how we :

See Atoms on surfaces using a scanning tunneling microscope.
See Electrons counting them one by one as they are knocked off of atoms using x-rays at CAMD.

The "Nanowires and physics in reduced dimensions work" is supported by the NSF Division of Materials Research under DMR-0504654 and the "Surface photo-chemistry of nanoclusters on oxides" is supported by the NSF Chemistry Division under CHE-0615606 and both have been assisted by the Louisiana State Board of Regents