NO electronic desorption processes from step sites on Pt(112): A comparison between photo- and electron-stimulated desorption

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

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Abstract

Using Fourier-transform infrared reflectance absorption spectroscopy as a surface analytical method, the total photo- and electron-stimulated desorption cross sections for specific chemisorbed NO species on the steps of Pt(112) have been measured. These species-specific cross sections for photo-and electron stimulated desorption are compared with each other. An unexpected result was obtained for photo-stimulated desorption; using photons with an energy of 3.5 eV; bridged-NO desorbs with a higher cross section (1.1×10-22 cm2) than terminal-NO (6.1×10-23 cm2). For electron stimulated desorption, using electrons of an energy of 275 eV, the opposite is observed. Terminal-NO desorbs with a higher cross section (2.3×10-18 cm2) than bridged-NO, with a cross section of 8.7×10-19 cm2. The photo-stimulated process is discussed within the "hot electron" model, and it is postulated that the higher expected quenching rate of the NO-(a) species produced from the more strongly-bound bridged-NO is more than compensated by propagation of the short-lived intermediate NO-(a) toward the metal surface. This leads to a closer approach to the surface of NO-(a) produced from bridged-NO than from terminal-NO, giving a higher probability of photodesorption of bridged-NO compared to terminal-NO. For the bridged-NO species, this is due .to a steeper slope of the NO -(a) potential energy surface at the Franck-Condon excitation point compared to the slope for the terminal-NO which is initially located further from the surface. Electron stimulated desorption yields the expected relationship between the total desorption cross section for bridged- and terminal-NO, with the more strongly-bound bridged-NO having the smaller cross section. Here it is postulated that bridged- and terminal-NO connect to highly-excited NO states which do not differ so much in their dynamical interaction with the surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4373-4378
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume101
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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