Cottam and Tilley provide an introduction to the properties of wave-like excitations associated with surfaces and interfaces. The emphasis is on acoustic, optic and magnetic excitations, and apart from one section on liquid surfaces, the text concentrates on solids. The important topic of superlattices is also discussed, in which the different kinds of excitation are considered from a unified point of view.
Throughout the book, the authors are careful to relate theory and experiment and all of the most important experimental techniques are described. The theoretical treatment assumes only a knowledge of undergraduate physics, except for Green function methods that are used in a few sections; these methods are developed in an appendix. The book also contains extensive references, enabling the reader to consult the research and review literature. Each of the main chapters contains problems to allow the reader to develop topics presented in the text.
Table of Contents
BASIC CONCEPTS AND BULK PROPERTIES
Bulk models and properties
SINGLE-SURFACE, FILM AND RELATED EXCITATIONS
Surface phonons and elastic modes
Surface magnetostatic and Dipole-exchange modes
Other Surface Excitations
EXCITATIONS IN MULTILAYER STRUCTURES
Nonmagnetic layered structures and superlattices
Magnetic layered structures and superlattices
Nonlinear optics and nonlinear magnetics
Nonmagnetic surfaces and superlattices
Magnetic surfaces and superlattices
APPENDIX: Green Functions and Linear-Response Theory