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Physical Review Letters
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State-specific dynamics of D2 desorption from Cu(111): The role of molecular rotational motion in activated adsorption-desorption dynamics

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Abstract

We report state-specific kinetic energy distributions for D2 desorbed from Cu(111), which we have analyzed to obtain state-specific functions for adsorption probability versus kinetic energy. The dependence of these functions on vibrational state is in agreement with previous adsorption measurements. The dependence of the adsorption functions on rotational state J reveals a complex dynamical role for rotation in activated adsorption. As a function of J, the translational energy required for adsorption first increases slightly as J increases from 0 to 5 and then decreases markedly with higher J. © 1992 The American Physical Society.

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02 Nov 1992

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Physical Review Letters

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