The energy distribution of particles ejected from single crystal surfaces has been calculated using classical dynamics. The model utilizes a microcrystallite of 4 layers with ~60 atoms/layer which is bombarded by 600 eV Ar+ at normal incidence. Calculations have been performed for the clean (100) face of copper as well as for copper with oxygen placed in various coverages and site geometries. The energy distributions for Cu, O, Cu2, CuO and Cu3 are reported for this system. The distribution for clean Cu exhibits structure which is shown to arise from preferred ejection mechanisms in the crystal. For oxygen adsorbates, the effect of the oxygen binding energy on the peak in the energy distribution of the ejected oxygen atoms is examined by arbitrarily varying the well-depth of the Cu-O pair potential. In general, higher values of the binding energy produce a maximum in the curve at higher energies and also produce a broader energy distribution. The O2 and Cu2 dimer distributions are found to peak at approximately the same energy as the O and Cu curves when compared on a kinetic energy/particle basis, although their widths are considerably smaller. Finally, we predict that the CuO energy distribution should be wider than either the Cu2 or O2 distributions since it results from the convolution of the Cu and O distributions which are quite different.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry