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Welcome at the website of the Surface Science Division!

The Atomic Physics and Surface Science Division (Abteilung für Atom- und Oberflächenphysik, AOP) at the Institute of Experimental Physics in Linz was established in 1997. In May 2018 it was renamed the Surface Science Division (Abteilung für Oberflächenphysik, AOP).

Present research topics include:

  • the characterization of solid surfaces at the atomic scale
  • the adsorption and growth of thin metal and molecular films
  • the fabrication and characterization of nanostructures
  • the kinetics of adsorption and desorption
  • the electronic, magnetic and chemical properties of surfaces, thin films and nanostructures
  • thin film analysis (structure, morphology and composition)

Technical developments at the AOP include the design of electronic devices and the construction of scientific instruments - such as the development of the hardware and control electronics for scanning probe microscopes and optical spectrometers for surface analysis.

The AOP is also heavily engaged in teaching, opens an external URL in a new window, both in elementary physics courses as well as in specialized classes and seminars related to our various research activities.




Logo Abteilung Oberflächenphysik

Surface Science Division AOP


o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Zeppenfeld


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Physics Building Ground Floor Room P009


+43 732 2468 5310