Interaction of gaseous H atoms with Cu(100) surfaces: Adsorption, absorption, and abstraction

  • Kolovos-Vellianitis D
  • Kammler T
  • Küppers J
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Abstract

The interaction of H atoms with clean and D-covered Cu(100) surfaces was studied with LEED, TPD and direct product detection methods. H(D) exposure of Cu(100) surfaces leads to a p(2×2) reconstruction and adsorbed and absorbed species. Absorbed H(D) desorbs via recombination between 150 and 200 K according to a zero order rate law with 0.35 eV activation energy. Adsorbed species desorb via second order between 200 and 350 K. Abstraction of D by gaseous H at 80 K leads to HD and D2formation, with 1% of the adsorbed D occurring in homonuclear products. These and the HD kinetics contradict the operation of an Eley-Rideal mechanism, but are in accordance with the operation of a hot-atom mechanism. Absorbed D is not abstracted. The D abstraction kinetics exhibit significant differences from that measured on Cu(111) surfaces and suggest that abstraction is sensitive to the surface structure of a substrate.

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Authors

  • D. Kolovos-Vellianitis

  • Th Kammler

  • J. Küppers

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