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Physical Review Letters
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Correlation between Kinetic-Energy Transfer to Rotation and to Phonons in Gas-Surface Collisions of NO with Ag(111)

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Abstract

Velocities of NO molecules scattered from Ag(111) have been measured as a function of rotational state for a wide range of incidence energies and angles. We find that increasing rotational excitation is accompanied by decreasing energy transfer to phonons. Results agree quantitatively with an extensive trajectory simulation employing a realistic multidimensional interaction potential, which shows that this correlation is mediated largely by the orientation angle of the colliding molecule. A simple kinematic model suggests that this behavior is a general feature of molecule-surface scattering. © 1986 The American Physical Society.

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20 Oct 1986

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Physical Review Letters

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