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Imaging the internal electronic structure of a surface adsorbate with low energy ions

  • Author(s): Yarmoff, Jory A
  • Yang, Y
  • Sroubek, Z
  • et al.
Abstract

Time-of-flight spectra were collected for 2.5 keV Li-7(+) backscattered from Fe surfaces covered with submonolayers of iodine. Li singly scattered from the adatoms has a consistently larger neutral fraction than for scattering from the substrate, implying a region of positive charge atop the iodine. The neutral fraction decreases for off-normal exit angles, indicating a nonuniform charge distribution around the polarizable adsorbates. This demonstrates that ion scattering can image the internal electronic structure of an adatom and provides an explanation for anomalous work function changes.

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