Surface Science, Vol. 446 (1-2) (2000) pp. 112-118
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Molecular motion to substrate step edges

J.H. Ferris1, J.G. Kushmerick2, J.A. Johnson3 and P.S. Weiss *

Department of Chemistry, 152 Davey Laboratory, University Park, PA 16802, USA

Received 15 July 1999; accepted 1 October 1999


Upon adsorption at low temperature, isolated benzene molecules are attracted and move to step edges on the Ni{110} surface. The molecules had well-defined incident trajectories onto a Ni{110} crystal maintained at 4K so as to prevent thermally activated diffusion. We used low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to measure the excess density of molecules at step edges, the adsorbate distributions on terraces, and the mean accommodation lengths. The incident azimuthal direction is not significant compared to the strong local attraction of the substrate step edges.

Keywords: Molecular motion; Nickel; Scanning tunneling microscopy; Step edges

1 Present address: Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Frick Laboratory, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.

2 Present address: Biomolecular Materials and Interfaces, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185, USA.

3 Present address: Commonwealth Governor's School, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, USA.

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