Title

Na and K on Al(100) studied by low-energy electron diffraction and high-resolution core-level spectroscopy

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-10-1997

Abstract

Experimental results for Na and K deposited at 100 K on the A1(100) surface using low-energy electron diffraction and high-resolution core-level spectroscopy are presented. Our results show that from a coverage of 0.20 monolayers (ML), Na condenses into dense islands with a local Na coverage of 0.50 ML. In the case of K, the overlayer condenses into islands at a coverage of 0.18 ML, with a local coverage of 0.30 ML. A compilation of various geometric parameters of the present systems and of alkalis on Al(111) suggests that the condensation of K on Al(100) differs from that of other alkalis on Al systems which undergo condensation into two-dimensional islands. Furthermore, all the island-forming structures display an alkali-alkali distance which is expanded relative to the nearest-neighbour distance in the respective alkali metal. The reasons for and implications of this are discussed.

Publication Title

Surface Science

Volume

370

Issue

2-3

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