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Peter N. Henriksen

Professor Emeritus of Physics and Chemistry
Condensed Matter Experiment

Phone: (330) 972 - 6054
E-Mail: pnh@physics.uakron.edu

Dr. Peter N. Henriksen


  • Ph.D., Physics - University of Georgia - 1968
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Florida - 1968-70


Surface Science:
Characterization of thin metal films grown epitaxially and/or amorphously on a variety of substrates; scanning probe microscopy; programmed thermal desorption; electron diffraction; metal-insulator-metal tunnel junction; vibrational spectroscopy.

A major area of research in surface science is thin film growth and characterization. Of particular interest is the onset of epitaxial growth and critical island size for metal films. Four vacuum chambers are available for film growth. Presently growth characterization is limited to scanning probe microscopy (one ambient STM/AFM and one UHV STM), reverse-view electron diffraction, and measurements of electronic properties such as Hall voltages and magnetoresistance. Related to the thin film work is the study of mechanisms by which molecular compounds adsorb on the surface of highly reflective metal films. Chemical compounds of particular interest are those related to adhesion or lubrication. Techniques used for these studies are inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and programmed thermal desorption (PTD) spectroscopy.


Recent Publications:

    "Easily Realized Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectrometer", Y. Wang, R.R. Mallik, and P.N. Henriksen, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 64, 890 (1993).

    "Crystallographic Structure and Defects in Epitaxial Bismuth Films Grown on Mica", H. Wang, J. Jing, R.R. Mallik, H.T. Chu, and P.N. Henriksen, J. Crystal Growth 130, 571 (1993).

    "Onset of Crystal Growth of Bismuth on Graphite: An Atomic Force Microscopy Study", H. Wang, J. Jing, and P.N. Henriksen, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 11, 1987 (1993).

    "Rearrangement of Au(111) Surface as a Result of Scanning with Scanning Tunneling/Atomic Force Microscopes", H. Wang, J. Jing, H.T. Chu, and P.N. Henriksen, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 11, 2000 (1993).

    "Reflection Infrared Study of the Xe-CO Interaction on Pt(335): A New Method for Site Assignment of Chemisorbed Species", Jiazhan Xu, P.N. Henriksen, and John T. Yates, Jr., Langmuir, 10, 3663 (1994).

    "Production and Separation of C60 and C70 as an Undergraduate Experiment", D.S. Bradley, J.L. Massey, R.R. Mallik, and P.N. Henriksen, Amer. J. Phys., 62, 85 (1994).

    "Linear Polarization Demonstration/Puzzle", P.N. Henriksen, Physics Teacher, 32, 425 (1994).

    "Comparison of the Vibrational Spectra of Pyruvic Acid on Alumina using Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy (IETS) and Fourier Transform Multiple Reflection Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy (MRAIRS)", S. Devdas, R.R. Mallik, R. Coast, and P.N. Henriksen, Surface Science 326 327-334 (1995).

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