TITLE

Coverage, lateral order, and vibrations of atomic nitrogen on Ru(0001)

AUTHOR(S)
Dietrich, H.; Jacobi, K.; Ertl, G.
PUB. DATE
November 1996
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;11/15/1996, Vol. 105 Issue 19, p8944
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The N/Ru(0001) system was studied by thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), and high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (HREELS). Atomic nitrogen was prepared by NH3 decomposition at sample temperatures decreasing from 500 to 350 K during NH3 exposure. A maximum N coverage of θN=0.38 could thus be achieved. [square_root_of_3], split 2×2 and 2×2 LEED patterns were observed for decreasing θN. After NH3 decomposition and before annealing the sample to a temperature above 400 K, the surface is composed of adsorbed N, H, and NH species. This composite layer exhibits a split [square_root_of_3] LEED pattern due to domains of size 4 with heavy walls. This phase decays through dissociation of NH leading to sharp first-order type desorption peaks of H2 and N2. From the weak intensity of the ν(Ru–NH) stretch mode it is concluded that NH is adsorbed at threefold-hollow sites. The energy of the ν(Ru–N) mode shifts from 70.5 to 75.5 meV when θN is increased from 0.25 to 0.38. © 1996 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
7645306

 

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