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Title: Evidence for oxygen-island formation on Al(111): Cluster-model theory and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Author: Bagus, Paul S.
Brundle, C. R.
Illas i Riera, Francesc
Parmigiani, Fulvio
Polzonetti, G.
Keywords: Espectroscòpia de fotoelectrons
Fotoemissió
Clústers
Photoelectron spectroscopy
Photoemission
Clusters
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: The American Physical Society
Abstract: The O 1s x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectrum for Al(111)/O at 300 K shows two components whose behavior as a function of time and variation of detection angle are consistent with either (a) a surface species represented by the higher binding-energy (BE) component and a subsurface species represented by the lower BE component, or (b) small close-packed oxygen islands with the interior atoms represented by the lower BE component and the perimeter atoms by the higher BE component. We have modeled both situations using ab initio Hartree-Fock wave functions for clusters of Al and O atoms. For an O atom in a threefold site, it was found that a below-surface position gave a higher O 1s BE than an above-surface position, incompatible with interpretation (a). This change in the O 1s BE could arise because the bond for O to Al may have a more covalent character when the O is below the surface than when it is above the surface. We present evidence consistent with this view. An O adatom island with all the O atoms in threefold sites gives calculated O 1s BE's which are significantly higher for the perimeter O atoms. Further, the results for an isolated O island without the Al substrate present also give higher BE¿s for the perimeter atoms. Both these results are consistent with interpretation (b). Published scanning-tunneling-microscopy data supports the suggestion that the chemisorbed state consists of small, close-packed islands, whereas the presence of two vibrational modes in high-resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy data has been interpreted as representing surface and subsurface oxygen atoms. In light of the present results, we suggest that a vibrational interpretation in terms of interior and perimeter adatoms should be considered.
Note: Reproducció digital del document publicat en format paper, proporcionada per PROLA i http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.44.9025
It is part of: Physical Review B, 1991, vol. 44, núm. 16, p. 9025-9034.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2445/9826
ISSN: 0163-1829
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