Volume 81, Number 3, February 2008
Article Number 37007
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 03 January 2008
EPL, 81 (2008) 37007
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/81/37007

Interaction potential for fast Ne atoms in front of LiF(001) surface

A. Schüller1, K. Gärtner2 and H. Winter1

1  Institut für Physik, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin - Brook-Taylor-Str. 6, D-12489 Berlin-Adlershof, Germany
2  Institut für Festkörperphysik, Universität Jena - Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany

received 5 September 2007; accepted in final form 4 December 2007; published February 2008
published online 3 January 2008

Fast Ne atoms with energies from 3 to 70 keV are scattered under a grazing angle of incidence from a flat and clean LiF(001) surface. For scattering along low-index directions (axial surface channeling) we observe pronounced peaks in the angular distributions of scattered projectiles which can be attributed to rainbow scattering. On the basis of classical trajectory calculations we derive from the rainbow angles the effective interaction potential of Ne atoms in front of LiF(001) and the underlying interatomic pair potentials in the eV energy range. Fair agreement with the data is found for individual pair potentials calculated from Hartree-Fock wave functions where the charge state of Li and F in the ionic crystal is taken into account.

79.20.Rf - Atomic, molecular, and ion beam impact and interactions with surfaces.
79.60.Bm - Clean metal, semiconductor, and insulator surfaces.
34.20.Cf - Interatomic potentials and forces.

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