A photoelectron diffraction study of ordered structures in the chemisorption system Pd(111)-CO

T Giessel, O Schaff, CJ Hirschmugl, V Fernandez, K-M Schindler, A Theobald, S Bao, R Lindsay, W Berndt, AM Bradshaw, Christopher John Baddeley, AF Lee, RM Lambert, DP Woodruff

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Abstract

The adsorption system Pd{lll}-CO gives rise to a series of at least seventeen, sometimes complicated, ordered overlayers. The (root 3 x root 3)R30 degrees and c(4 x 2) phases are formed at coverages of theta=0.33 ML and 0.50 ML, respectively. The results from surface vibrational spectroscopy have hitherto been interpreted in terms of CO adsorbing on threefold symmetric hollow sites in the (root 3 x root 3)R30 degrees phase, but occupying bridge sites in the c(4 x 2) phase. We show in a quantitative photoelectron diffraction study in the scanned energy mode that. whereas hollow sites are indeed occupied in the (root 3x root 3)R30 degrees structure, CO adsorbs in a mixture of fee and hcp hollows in the c(4 x 2) phase. Several structural parameters, in particular the Pd-C layer spacings, have been determined. The result is essentially identical to that obtained for the Ni {111}c(4 x 2)-CO system. It is also inferred that at coverages between 0.33 and 0.50 ML "domain wall", or weakly incommensurate, phases occur in which the percentage of occupied hcp sites increases monotonically as the coverage is raised. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90
Number of pages90
JournalSurface Science
Volume406
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 1998

Keywords

  • surface structure
  • photoelectron diffraction
  • chemisorption
  • palladium
  • carbon monoxide
  • INDEX METAL-SURFACES
  • HIGH COVERAGES
  • CO ADLAYERS
  • ADSORPTION ENERGY
  • LEED
  • OVERLAYERS
  • PRESSURE
  • CU(100)
  • NI(111)
  • HREELS

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