Steven Rivers
My research area is experimental surface science.  This means I do experiments to learn about the science that occurs at the surfaces of materials, in thin films, or at the interface between two different materials.  My research students at RIC grow metal films by thermal evaporation of metal shot in vacuum.  The films are deposited on glass or silicon substrates and vary in thickness from a few atomic layers to a fraction of a millimeter.  We examine these films by laser reflectivity, spectrophotometry, and conductivity measurements.
Material Sciences and
Surface Physics