Department of Physics & Astronomy

Jory Yarmoff

Jory Yarmoff

Jory A. Yarmoff


MS&E 202

Physics 1155

Telephone: 951-827-5336
Email: yarmoff@ucr.edu
Fax: 951-827-4529

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Research Interests:

  • Experimental Surface Science
  • Nanometer-Scale Physics
  • Environmental Physics


Ph.D. 1985, University of California, Los Angeles

Current Research:

Professor Jory Yarmoff investigates the physical and chemical properties of solid surfaces. Experimental Surface Science studies in ultra-high vacuum provide an atomic-scale picture of surface geometric, electronic and chemical structures, chemical reactions that occur at surfaces, and the interaction of radiation with surfaces. This work is part of the growing field of nanoscience, and has applications in diverse technological fields including nanoscale devices, microelectronics, catalytic chemistry, and environmental remediation.

 Prof. Yarmoff's research program involves both the application of existing Surface Science techniques to important physical, chemical, technological and environmental problems, as well as the development of new techniques. Current efforts include (1) the use of neutralization during ion scattering as a measure of the electronic structure of adatoms, molecules and nanomaterials, (2) the investigation of the composition, surface structure and chemical adsorption of novel two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and topological insulators, and (3) the development of innovative schemes for the fabrication of nanomaterials. 

Selected Publications: 


  1. J.A. Yarmoff, T.D. Liu, S.R. Qiu and Z. Sroubek, "Mechanism of electron emission from Al(100) bombarded by slow Li+ ions", Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2469-2472 (1998).
  2. W.K. Wang, W.C. Simpson and J.A. Yarmoff, "Passivation versus etching: Adsorption of I2 on InAs(001)", Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 1465-1468 (1998).
  3. S.R. Qiu, H.-F. Lai, and J.A. Yarmoff, "Self-limiting growth of metal fluoride thin films by oxidation reactions employing molecular precursors", Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 1492-1495 (2000).
  4. Y. Yang and J.A. Yarmoff, "Charge Exchange in Li Scattering from Si Surfaces", Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 196102 (2002).
  5. J.A. Yarmoff, Y. Yang and Z. Sroubek, “Imaging the internal electronic structure of a surface adsorbate with low energy ions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 086104 (2003).
  6. G.F. Liu, Z. Sroubek and J.A. Yarmoff, “Detection of Quantum Confined States in Au Nanoclusters by Alkali Ion Scattering”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 216801 (2004).
  7. G.F. Liu, P. Karmakar and J.A. Yarmoff, “Internal Polarization of Oxygen Adatoms on Polycrystalline Ta Investigated by Na-Ion Scattering”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 176104 (2007).
  8. P. Karmakar, G.F. Liu, Z. Sroubek and J.A. Yarmoff, “Ion beam-induced formation and interrogation of Au nanoclusters”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 215502 (2007).
  9. X. He and J.A. Yarmoff, “Correlated electron effects in low energy Sr+ ion scattering”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 176806 (2010).
  10. R.D. Gann, Jinsheng Wen, Zhijun Xu, G.D. Gu and J.A. Yarmoff, “Surface restructuring in sputter-damaged Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ”, Phys. Rev. B 84, 165411 (2011).
  11. R.D. Gann, Z. Sroubek, and J. A. Yarmoff, “Dopant enhanced neutralization of low-energy Li+ scattered from Si(111)”, Phys. Rev. B 85, 165307 (2012).
  12. A.B. Arjad and J.A. Yarmoff, “Ion impact-induced Strong Metal Surface Interaction in Pt/TiO2(110)”, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 23377−23382 (2012).
  13. X. He, W. Zhou, Z. Y. Wang, Y. N. Zhang, J. Shi, R. Q. Wu and J. A. Yarmoff, “Surface Termination of Cleaved Bi2Se3 Investigated by Low Energy Ion Scattering”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 156101 (2013).
  14. W. Zhou, H. Zhu, J.A. Yarmoff, “Termination of Single Crystal Bi2Se3 Surfaces Prepared by Various Methods”, Phys. Rev. B 94, 195408/1-10 (2016).
  15. W. Zhou, H. Zhu, C.M. Valles and J.A. Yarmoff, “Preparation of clean surfaces and Se vacancy formation in Bi2Se3 by ion bombardment and annealing”, Surf. Sci. 662, 67-73 (2017).
  16. C. R. Salvo and J. A. Yarmoff, “A Low-Energy Ion Scattering Approach for Studying Au Nanoclusters Grown on an H2O Buffer Layer”, Langmuir 33, 5439-5445 (2017).



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