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J Chem Phys. 2008 Jun 14;128(22):224708. doi: 10.1063/1.2924126.

Hyperthermal Ar atom scattering from a C(0001) surface.

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  • 1The James Franck Institute and Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago, 929 E. 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.


Experiments and simulations on the scattering of hyperthermal Ar from a C(0001) surface have been conducted. Measurements of the energy and angular distributions of the scattered Ar flux were made over a range of incident angles, incident energies (2.8-14.1 eV), and surface temperatures (150-700 K). In all cases, the scattering is concentrated in a narrow superspecular peak, with significant energy exchange with the surface. The simulations closely reproduce the experimental observations. Unlike recent experiments on hyperthermal Xe scattering from graphite [Watanabe et al., Eur. Phys. J. D 38, 103 (2006)], the angular dependence of the energy loss is not approximated by the hard cubes model. The simulations are used to investigate why parallel momentum conservation describes Xe scattering, but not Ar scattering, from the surface of graphite. These studies extend our knowledge of gas-surface collisional energy transfer in the hyperthermal regime, and also demonstrate the importance of performing realistic numerical simulations for modeling such encounters.

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