Optical Studies of Bonding in Solids
BROWN UNIV PROVIDENCE RI DEPT OF PHYSICS
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The report very briefly summarizes the authors research in the electronic structure of solid surfaces and its influence by chemisorption. Increased attention to these questions is motivated by the desire to understand the basic processes of chemical bonding at surfaces and the need to apply this knowledge to practical use such as in catalysis. Optical absorption experiments, which have proven indispensible in understanding the electronic structure of bulk solids, have seen little application to the study of surface electronic structure. In an effort to use optical spectroscopy more fully in surface studies, the authors applied a highly sensitive reflectance technique to the study of chemisorption on clean metal surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum.
- Physical Chemistry