Strong vibrational mode signatures in surface alloys

A. Khater, H. Grimech, J. Lapujoulade, F. Fabre

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    A formalism for calculating the surface phonon dispersion curves in surface alloys, is presented, using the matching technique and an effective field approach that goes beyond the virtual crystal approximation. Numerical results are exemplified for the [010] direction in the PtcCu1 - c first layer alloy on a Cu(001) substrate, for random and Ising correlated distributions of Pt and Cu atoms. For different Pt concentrations, the surface alloy is characterized strongly by different mode signatures in the window of the projected bulk phonon distribution on the Cu(001) surface, at energies of ~ 20 meV. The initial Rayleigh mode shifts are significant, and another Rayleigh mode appears, with increasing Pt concentrations. This second mode distinguishes between random and correlated distributions within instrument resolution of He scattering and EELS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)381-382
    Number of pages2
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue numberC
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1991


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry

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    Khater, A., Grimech, H., Lapujoulade, J., & Fabre, F. (1991). Strong vibrational mode signatures in surface alloys. Surface Science, 251-252(C), 381-382.