Nanoscale Modification of Surfaces and Thin Films
Rathen, Germany, August 30 - September 3, 2009

Scientific Scope

This workshop continues a series started several years ago (2000 Bonassola, Italy; 2002 Trofaiach, Austria; 2005 Bad Honnef, Germany; 2007 Sestri Levante, Italy) devoted to the study of surface nano-patterning induced by ion collisions and other methods.

Substantial advances have been made in recent years in experiments and modelling of these far-from-equilibrium effects on various materials (including metals, semiconductors and dielectrics). More recently, the self-organised nanopattern have been used for several applications in optics, magnetism, and plasmonics.

The focus of this workshop will be on newest experiments on surface and thin film modifications with ion beams and on recent advances in theory and simulations, based on different driving forces. Some related methods based on layer growth, dewetting phenomena etc. as well as direct writing of pattern by beams focused to nanometer scales (like Focused Ion Beams, FIB) will be covered too. Besides the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms leading to the manifold of surface pattern, their applications in different areas and technologies will be in the focus of this workshop. It will be organized within the framework of the German national research group DFG Forschergruppe 845.

Students, graduate students, post-docs, and senior scientists working in this field are strongly invited to participate and present their most recent results.

Main topics covered by the workshop:
  • Experimental studies of ion beam induced formation of nanodots and ripples
  • Pattern formation during layer growth and under photon irradiation
  • Surface patterning at the sub-micron scale by Focused Ion Beams
  • Nanostructuring with single ions and highly charged ion beams
  • Theory and modelling of surface pattern formation during ion erosion and layer deposition
  • Atomistic simulation of surface modifications with ions
  • Modification of optical, electronic, and magnetic properties by nanopatterning
  • Applications of surface nanopatterns
History of the workshop:
  • 2000 Bonassola, Italy
  • 2002 Trofaiach, Austria
  • 2005 Bad Honnef, Germany
  • 2007 Sestri Levante, Italy