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Reimer, W.; Penka, Volker; Skottke, Maria; Behm, Rolf Jürgen; Ertl, Gerhard and Moritz, Wolfgang (1987): A leed analysis of the (2×1)H-Ni(110) structure. In: Surface Science, Vol. 186, No. 1-2: pp. 45-54 [PDF, 530kB]


A monolayer of H atoms adsorbed on Ni(110) below 180 K forms a (2×1) structure. The unit cell exhibits a glide symmetry plane and contains two adsorbed atoms. Based on a quantitative comparison between experimental and calculated LEED I/V spectra using standard R-factors the following structure was derived: On the clean Ni(110) surface the separation between the first two atomic layers, d12, is contracted by 8.5%±1.5% with respect to the bulk value; those between the second and third and the third and fourth layer, d23 and d34, are expanded by 3.5%±1.5% and 1%±1.5%, respectively—in agreement with recent other results. In the presence of the H adlayer the contraction of d12 is reduced to 4.5%±1.5%, while the expansion of d23 is not affected within the limits of accuracy. The third interlayer spacing d34 returns to its bulk value. The H atoms occupy threefold-coordinated sites formed by two Ni atoms from the first layer and one Ni atom from the second layer which confirms previous more qualitative conclusions based on He diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy. The bond lengths between H and its neighbouring Ni atoms were determined to be equal, namely 1.72±0.1 Å.

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