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History, Scope & Topics


The Symposium (SSS-4) has taken place since 2014, gathering an increasing number of scientists from all over the world. The 4th edition, which will take place in Linz (Austria) from September 13th - 17th 2021, follows the previous workshops held in Vienna (2014) Salzburg (2016), Innsbruck (2018).  [List of history, opens an external URL in a new window]


The aim of this workshop is to provide a platform to present new advances and developments in surface science application, science, and technology and related methods of metrology as well as to encourage interdisciplinary research.

The topics discussed at the workshop are intended to span from science to industrial applications. Contributions from a wide field of surface science applications are welcome.

This symposium will provide a platform for young researchers to exchange experiences and gain knowledge on basics of spectroscopy and related methods as well as on a wide field of ellipsometry applications.

The symposium character will be accentuated for the following elements:

A session "Latest news and Open Problems" will take place where very recent results which are currently not fully understood, unresolved but interesting problems related to spectroscopy & ellipsometry technique and data interpretation, and questions of ellipsometric terminology and standardisation can be discussed. Furthermore this session shall provide the opportunity to explore new fields of ellipsometry applications. Here, especially contributions of young scientists are welcome. The oral sessions will contain short talks with a lot of time for discussion.

Secondly, all speakers are encouraged to present their talk also as a poster in order to initiate further discussion at the poster sessions.

The posters will be shown all the time during the Symposium.

Topics of Interest

  • Magnetooptics, metamaterials, chiral structures, and photonic crystals
  • Rough and structured surfaces
  • Electronic properties and correlated systems
  • Organic and biological materials
  • Photovoltaics, microelectronics, metrology, and industrial applications
  • Latest news, hard- and software