Classical scattering of Atoms by a model surface

James R. Klein, Milton W. Cole

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

19 Scopus citations


A classical model of atom/surface scattering is presented in which the gas-surface interaction consists of a corrugated hard wall plus attractive square well. New analytic solutions for the scattering intensity for monoenergetic beams are given for both one- and two-dimensional surfaces. Explicit formulae for trapping probabilities and rainbow angles are obtained. An oven beam velocity distribution is incorporated into the model, and calculated results are presented both for in-plane and out-of-plane scattering. Comparisons are made with the Ne/LiF data of Smith, O'Keefe, and Palmer and with the classical calculations of McClure. Objections to the classical rainbow scattering interpretation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-288
Number of pages20
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Classical scattering of Atoms by a model surface'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this