XPS and XAS investigation of condensed and adsorbed n-octane on a Cu(110) surface
2003 (English)In: Journal of electron spectroscopy and related phenomena, ISSN 0368-2048, Vol. 128, no 2-3, 179-191 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The electronic structure of n-octane adsorbed on Cu(110) is studied by using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in combination with cluster model calculations in the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The molecule is found to be well oriented on the surface, which is seen from the high degree of XAS dichroism. Saturated hydrocarbons are commonly considered to physisorb on metals such as Cu(110), but still the C 1s XAS spectra reveal large changes in the electronic structure of the adsorbed octane relative to the free molecule. We find that the XAS resonances corresponding to the molecular Rydberg-valence states are strongly quenched upon adsorption and that there is a significant hybridization of the molecular valence orbitals with the metal bands. In addition to a precise interpretation of the XAS spectra, we present details on the molecular orbital structure of the adsorbed octane molecule. We also discuss shifts in the relative binding energies of the chemically inequivalent carbon atoms in octane upon adsorption, which lead to a narrower XPS spectrum for the adsorbate than the condensed phase spectrum due to the existence of a new relaxation channel.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2003. Vol. 128, no 2-3, 179-191 p.
XPS; XAS; Condensed and adsorbed n-octane; Cu(110) surface
Research subject Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23160DOI: 10.1016/S0368-2048(02)00282-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23160DiVA: diva2:190456
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1712004-05-132004-05-132009-12-22Bibliographically approved