Measured angular distributions for O- and Cu+ ejected by 1500-eV Ar+-ion bombardment of chemisorbed oxygen on Cu(001) exhibit anisotropies which vary by greater than a factor of 2. Molecular-dynamics calculations of the ion-impact event agree well with experiment if the oxygen atom is placed in a fourfold coordination site 1.2-1.5 a above the Cu(001) plane. Angle-resolved secondary-ion mass spectrometry is proposed as a powerful new method for the determination of adsorbate positions.
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