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The Journal of Chemical Physics
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Dynamics of the activated dissociative chemisorption of N2 on W(110): A molecular beam study

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Molecular beam techniques have been used to study the dissociative chemisorption of nitrogen on W(110). Chemisorption probabilities have been measured as a function of incidence angle θi and kinetic energy Ei surface coverage and temperature. In addition, angular scattering distributions have been measured for a range of conditions and LEED has been used to examine surface structure. The initial (zero coverage limit) sticking probability is found to depend strongly on the incidence energy, scaling approximately with Ei, rather than with the velocity component normal to the surface. This probability is ≤3×10-3 for E i≤30 kJ mol-1, and rises by more than a factor of 100 by ∼100 kJ mol-1, where it levels off at ∼0.35. It is argued that this behavior arises due to a strong chemical interaction prior to the barrier to dissociation. Angular scattering distributions revealed predominately quasispecular scattering with evidence as well for a diffuse component at low energies. The sticking probability falls steadily with increasing surface coverage and a saturation coverage of ∼0.25 atomic ML is observed for E i∼10 kJ mol-1. At higher incidence kinetic energies, this saturation coverage increases to ∼0.5 ML at 200 kJ mol-1. LEED structures are also reported, corresponding to coverages of 0.25, 0.3, 0.5, and 0.52 ML. The 0.25 and 0.5 ML structures are identified as p(2×2) and c(4×2), respectively, for which structure models are proposed. © 1986 American Institute of Physics.

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01 Jan 1986

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The Journal of Chemical Physics

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