Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A Announces Special Issue on Surface Analysis
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology is soliciting research articles for publication in a Special Nov/Dec 2013 Issue on Surface Analysis.
This Special Issue will be dedicated to the science and technology of Surface Analysis. Research articles based on material presented during Surface Analysis 2013, (35th Annual Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis) are especially welcome. However, the special issue will be open to all articles on the science and technology of surface analysis even if they were not presented at the Symposium. The Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology is soliciting all articles that will highlight recent major breakthroughs, progress, and challenges in surface analysis techniques and their application to thin films, semiconductors, composites, ceramics, polymers, biomaterials, catalysts, tribology, adhesion, and other material systems.
Manuscript deadline: June 15, 2013
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Modeling Atomic Friction: The Promise and the Possible Pitfalls
Yalin Dong, Qunyang Li, and Ashlie Martini
J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31, 030801 (2013)
Friction affects almost every moving device, from the massive machines that stamp out car parts to the atomic force microscopes that probe surfaces in nanoscale detail. Yet despite its ubiquitous nature, friction is still something of a mystery. "Friction is a very complex process," explains Ashlie Martini, an assistant professor in the school of engineering at the University of California, Merced. "The underlying mechanisms are dependent on everything under the sun, so it's extremely difficult to understand."
The Silver Lining: New Visualizations Reveal Silver Growth That May Improve Semiconductors
Cory H. Mullet and Shirley Chiang
J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31, 020602 (2013)
In the science of the very-small - where nanoscale materials are one-billionth of a meter in size and researchers strive to measure reactions one atom at a time -understanding what happens on material surfaces is a challenge.
Yet to scientists seeking to improve the performance of many of our beloved electronic devices that rely on semiconductors, the activities of small molecules on metals are vitally important: These interactions drive modern technology, particularly the class of materials known as metal on semiconductor systems. A formidable challenge is that nanomaterials are visible only with highly specialized analytical techniques and technology.