Adsorption spectroscopy by polariton-induced desorption (ASPID)

Jesús Reyes, Frank O. Goodman, Milton W. Cole

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A new spectroscopic technique is proposed as a means of determining the energy and momentum of adsorbed atoms and molecules. The method, abbreviated to ASPID (adsorption spectroscopy by polariton-induced desorption), uses surface phonon polaritons (SPPs) to desorb atoms. Because one may create nearly-monoenergetic SPPs, the binding energy range is determined directly from the spectrum of final energies. A kinematical analysis may be used to analyze adatom momenta, and hence band structures. The angular distribution of the SPP-desorbed atoms may be used to monitor adsorbed-film temperature. We provide an estimate of the SPP desorption rate, and conclude that the proposed experiment is feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-250
Number of pages30
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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