Detection of adsorbate overlayer structural transitions using sum-frequency generation spectroscopy
2015 (English)In: Surface Science, ISSN 0039-6028, E-ISSN 1879-2758, Vol. 633, 77-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We demonstrate that temperature-programmed vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy has a unique sensitivity to certain adsorbate overlayer structural transitions. In the CO stretching vibration of co-adsorbed CO/O(2x1)/Ru(0001) we observe pronounced dips in the spectral intensity as the adsorbate overlayer undergoes structural transitions with temperature. Combining with temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) a more complete picture of temperature-dependent structural transitions is obtained. We extract kinetic parameters from the SFG data and obtain good agreement with TPD when both techniques see the same transition. Infrared-infrared visible SFG is used to determine changes in inter-adsorbate coupling that allow us to experimentally assign the structural transitions. Furthermore, density functional theory calculations of the proposed structures and energetics are performed to verify the experimental assignments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 633, 77-81 p.
Vibrational spectroscopy, Sum-frequency generation, Surface science, Density functional theory calculations
Research subject Chemical Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114344DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2014.11.006ISI: 000348336000011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114344DiVA: diva2:793755