Quantum state resolved studies of copper-H₂ system and electronic spectroscopy of Cu(100)

Uka, Arban
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Hydrogen quantum state resolved energy losses upon scattering from copper are studied using molecular beam techniques and quantum state-specific detection methods. Also clean copper and hydrogen and oxygen covered copper surfaces were studied using electron spectroscopy. There are many questions about the nature of molecule-surface dynamics and the processes. The relative role of the different degrees of freedom in the reaction and the importance of non-adiabatic effects have been two of these questions. These two questions motivated this work. Energy loss in the elastic scattering of H₂(v=1. J=1) and H₂(v=0, J=1) molecular quantum states is measured as a function of incident translational energy at two surface temperatures. The energy loss process is shown to agree to the Baule classical model for energy ranges 74-150 meV for the excited vibrationally state and 74-125 for the ground vibrational state. Results suggest that translational energy is more effective that vibrational energy in the observed process. Theoretical models have been able to explain several processes using nonadiabatic models where friction coefficient tensor is included. Results in this thesis suggest that the energy loss in the elastic scattering is a nonadiabatic one. Electron spectroscopy studies showed that the surface plasmon intensity is very sensitive to surface contamination. Using this property, surface-only sensitive virtual temperature programmed desorption (VTPD) is developed. A better understanding of unique behavior of hydrogen covered Cu(100) was gained.