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Phys Rev Lett. 2001 May 14;86(20):4588-91.

Diffusion kinetics in the Pd/Cu(001) surface alloy.

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Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890, USA.


We use atom-tracking scanning tunneling microscopy to study the diffusion of Pd in the Pd/Cu(001) surface alloy as a function of temperature. By following the motion of individual Pd atoms incorporated in the surface, we show that Pd diffuses by a vacancy-exchange mechanism. We measure an activation energy for the diffusion of incorporated Pd atoms of 0.88 eV, which is in good agreement with our ab initio calculated energy of 0.94 eV.

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