Inelastic Gas-Surface Scattering. II. Results.
CORNELL UNIV ITHACA NY LAB OF ATOMIC AND SOLID STATE PHYSICS
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Helium and molecular hydrogen scattering from copper is calculated to examine general features of scattering for these systems, especially the quantum mechanics of the scattering process, both for the motion of the particle and the excitations of the lattice. These calculations use an interaction potential chosen to simplify the numerical calculation while retaining the essential physics of the interaction. The scattering calculations show that these approximations quantitatively reproduce experimental results. The scattering probabilities are shown to depend on details of the system like the well depth and the steepness of the potential and assumptions are made to simplify the interaction potential. H2 and D2 inelastic scattering and trapping probabilities show strong enhancement by selecti adsorption resonances and overall changes in scattering intensities due to other more subtle effects of the rotational degrees of freedom. Temperature dependent HD scattering probabilities show the effect of inelastic scattering on rotationally inelastic scattering and selective adsorption resonances.
- Quantum Theory and Relativity