This up-to-date handbook covers the main topics of preparation, characterization and properties of complex metal-based layer systems. The authors -- an outstanding group of researchers -- discuss advanced methods for structure, chemical and electronic state characterization with reference to the properties of thin functional layers.
This second edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the rapid progress taking place in the field, including, for example, investigations of the interface between barrier layer and dielectrics in metallization systems, spin-torque induced magnetic switching in spintronics, the development of new metallization technologies for migration-resistant SAW devices, and advancements in the nanoanalytics of thin functional layers.
In addition, several new sections and chapters highlight new and timely research topics, with a whole chapter now devoted to photovoltaics.
As such, the book addresses materials specialists in industry, especially in microelectronics, as well as scientists, while also recommended for advanced studies in materials science, analytics, surface and solid state science.
Klaus Wetzig is Director of the Leibniz Institute of Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden. His research interests include materials analysis and microstructures, especially electron microscopy of functional materials, characterization of thin films for electronics, and nanostructural features in general.
Claus Michael Schneider is Director at the Institute of Solid State Research of the Research Center Julich (IFF-IEE). His research interests include solid state physics, thin film systems and surface magnetism as well as the physics of nanostructures.