A quantum mechanical study of recombinative desorption of atomic hydrogen on a metal surface

Jackson, Bret; Persson, Mats
February 1992
Journal of Chemical Physics;2/1/1992, Vol. 96 Issue 3, p2378
Academic Journal
The Eley–Rideal mechanism for the recombinative desorption of hydrogen is examined theoretically. A two-dimensional collinear model is used to describe the interaction between a gas phase atom and an atom bound to a metal surface, which combine to form a desorbing molecule. The model is solved exactly by a fully quantum pseudospectral technique. Reaction probabilities and final molecular vibrational distributions are computed as a function of the kinetic energy of the incident atom, for model Cu and W surfaces. Large amounts of vibrational excitation are found, due to the large exothermicity of the reaction. Isotope effects are examined by replacing the incoming and/or bound H atoms with D.


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