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Nanoscale Surface Phenomena:
Towards Control and Exploitation

Behaviour at the nanoscale cannot be extrapolated from knowledge of macroscopic properties; the only productive strategy is from the bottom up (i.e. a rigorous investigation at the atomistic level). In this context, the group has developed a new approach to the understanding of surface structure and symmetry, which provides a new perspective on the issues surrounding facetted and/or rough roughened surfaces. These ideas feed through to the interpretation of experiments, for example our STM work on the atomically rough and/or facetted reconstructions of Pt{531} and Cu{531} surfaces. We also maintain an interest in surface nanomagnetism, in particular relating to the deposition of magnetic overlayers on stepped and kinked substrates.

Related techniques

Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM)
Density Functional Theory (DFT)

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