Electron stimulated desorption of NO from step sites on Pt(112): The role of chemisorption site geometry on the cross section

U. Heiz, J. Xu, J. T. Yates

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Abstract

The electronic excitation of adsorbed NO on Pt(112) has been observed to cause mainly desorption. Species-specific total desorption cross sections of terminally bound and bridged-bound NO present exclusively on the step sites of Pt(112) have been measured using Fourier transform infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (FT-IRAS) as a sensitive detector of the surface coverage of various chemisorbed NO species. Other electron stimulated processes which might influence the measurement of these cross sections, such as electron stimulated fragmentation, site-exchange, and occupied site density effects have been found to be unimportant. It was found for 275 eV electrons that terminally bound NO desorbs with a larger cross section (2.3 × 10-18 cm2) than bridged-bound NO, which has a desorption cross section of 8.7 × 10-19 cm2. This is the expected relationship between the total desorption cross sections for these two species, with the smaller cross section being observed for the bridged NO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3925-3929
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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