Nuclear stimulated desorption of isolated cadmium atoms from structured surfaces

Y. Ashkenazy*, I. Kelson, H. H. Bertschat, K. Potzger, A. Weber, W. D. Zeitz

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Measurements of nuclear stimulated desorption (NSD) of 107Cd from a (111) nickel single crystal surface covered with a fraction of a monolayer of palladium were performed. The total desorption probability and the polar angular distribution were determined. An anisotropic distribution with a minimum in the upward direction was found. This distribution is compared with molecular dynamics calculations and is shown to be consistent with desorption from step sites. It is also qualitatively consistent with independent results on similar systems obtained by the perturbed angular correlation method using 111mCd. The total desorption probability agrees with the predicted value. Future work required to turn NSD into a useful analytic tool is discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)L1001-L1005
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 20 Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was partially supported by the United States–Israel Binational Science Foundation and by the Israeli Ministry of Science. One of the authors (I.K) acknowledges the hospitality of ISOLDE/CERN. The authors are indebted to H. Haas for many useful discussions.


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