Two complementary techniques, i.e. low-energy ion scattering in the neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) mode and energy resolved He atom scattering (HAS) are combined to study the adatom formation mechanism on Ag(110). The NICISS spectra have been collected between 300 and 900 K along the <001>, <1-12> and <1-10> azimuthal directions while HAS measurements of the diffuse elastic peak has been performed along the <1-10> directions between 190 and 800 K. Both techniques are sensitive to surface disorder and HAS data have been corrected by using the NICISS results in particular on the anharmonicity estimated through a two atoms scattering model. In fact, above 500 K surface anharmonicity is clearly detected and accompanies the proliferation of thermal induced defects. Without this anharmonic correction the adatom formation energy Ea is too low and similar to the surface diffusion barrier. Instead, including the anharmonicity the estimate, Ea = (0.38 ± 0.03) eV, is in excellent agreement with the predictions of molecular dynamics simulations.

Mechanism of adatom formation on Ag(110) studied by combined quasi-elasticHe atom scattering and low energy ion scattering

BRACCO, GIANANGELO
2005

Abstract

Two complementary techniques, i.e. low-energy ion scattering in the neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) mode and energy resolved He atom scattering (HAS) are combined to study the adatom formation mechanism on Ag(110). The NICISS spectra have been collected between 300 and 900 K along the <001>, <1-12> and <1-10> azimuthal directions while HAS measurements of the diffuse elastic peak has been performed along the <1-10> directions between 190 and 800 K. Both techniques are sensitive to surface disorder and HAS data have been corrected by using the NICISS results in particular on the anharmonicity estimated through a two atoms scattering model. In fact, above 500 K surface anharmonicity is clearly detected and accompanies the proliferation of thermal induced defects. Without this anharmonic correction the adatom formation energy Ea is too low and similar to the surface diffusion barrier. Instead, including the anharmonicity the estimate, Ea = (0.38 ± 0.03) eV, is in excellent agreement with the predictions of molecular dynamics simulations.
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