The interaction of oxygen with alkalis (Na, K) on Ni(111) was studied by high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. Loss measurements revealed for the first time a softening of the O-Ni bond and, simultaneously, a strengthening of the alkali-Ni bond in the alkali+O coadsorbed phase, in perfect agreement with recent theoretical calculations. The weakening of the O-Ni bond was ascribed to the alkali-induced filling of the O 2p(z) antibonding orbitals. Different physical mechanisms were discussed for explaining the strengthening of the alkali-substrate bond whenever alkalis are coadsorbed with O adatoms.
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|Titolo:||Evidences of alkali-induced softening of the oxygen-substrate bond|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|