Adhesion properties of hydrogen on Sb(111) probed by helium atom scattering
Institute of Experimental Physics, Graz University of Technology - Petersgasse 16, 8010 Graz, Austria
Received: 18 February 2016
Accepted: 7 June 2016
We have carried out a series of helium atom scattering measurements in order to characterise the adsorption properties of hydrogen on antimony(111). Molecular hydrogen does not adsorb at temperatures above 110 K in contrast to pre-dissociated atomic hydrogen. Depending on the substrate temperature, two different adlayer phases of atomic hydrogen on Sb(111) occur. At low substrate temperatures (110 K), the deposited hydrogen layer does not show any ordering while we observe a perfectly ordered H/Sb(111) structure for deposition at room temperature. Furthermore, the amorphous hydrogen layer deposited at low temperature forms an ordered overlayer upon heating the crystal to room temperature. Hydrogen starts to desorb at which corresponds to a desorption energy of . Using measurements of the helium reflectivity during hydrogen exposure at different surface temperatures, we conclude that the initial sticking coefficient of atomic hydrogen on Sb(111) decreases with increasing surface temperature. Furthermore, the scattering cross-section for the diffuse scattering of helium from hydrogen on Sb(111) is determined as .
PACS: 68.43.-h – Chemisorption/physisorption: adsorbates on surfaces / 68.49.Bc – Atom scattering from surfaces (diffraction and energy transfer) / 34.35.+a – Interactions of atoms and molecules with surfaces
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