Department of Surface Physics



Department was founded in 1991 on the base of Laboratory of Controlled Microstructure Growth supervised by Correspondent Member of RAS V.G. Lifshits.

Initially, the Laboratory was a part of the Department of Artificial Intelligence, which was founded in 1974 by professor Ph.G. Staros.

Total number of employees 52
Researchers 33
Dr. Sc. 8
PhD 24


Main research directions

  • Physics of submonolayer microstructures on silicon
  • Design of new semiconductor devices and materials based on ultra-high-vacuum technologies


Department serves as a base for

  • Center for joint investigations "Far-Eastern Center for Diagnostics of Solid Surfaces"
  • Scientific-Educational Center "Nanophysics and Nanotechnology" of the Far-Eastern National University, including University Department of Physics and Technology of Materials for Semiconductor Microelectronics (founded in 1989 by Correspondent Member of RAS V.G. Lifshits)
  • Joint Laboratory with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology 

Department actively participates in the long-term programs and contracts with universities and research institutes of Germany, Hungary, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.



  • Lifshits V. G., Saranin A. A., Zotov A. V. Surface Phases on Silicon. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester. 1994. 454 p.
  • Lifshits V. G., Oura K., Saranin A. A., Zotov A. V. Metallic adsorbates on Semiconductor Surfaces. In Physics of Covered Solid Surfaces, Bonzel H. P., editor, volume III/42 of Landolt-Bornstein (New Series), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. 2001. P.259-419.
  • Oura K., Lifshits V. G., Saranin A. A., Zotov A. V., Katayama M. Surface Science. An Introduction. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York. 2003. 440 p.