Reconstruction of Atomic Adsorption Sites
The 3D perspective image of a postassium adsorbate on a nickel (001) surface (K/Ni(001)),
shown above, was calculated by a holographic
reconstruction algorithm from a set of simulated diffuse LEED
patterns where the K atoms were taken to be adsorbed in four-fold
hollow sites on the Ni(001) surface. The artificial red sphere at the origin of the
coordinate system was placed there to represent the potassium adsorbate atom.
The holographic reconstruction data shows the surface data in relation to the adsorbate
atom in a bubble format where the size and color intensity of the spheres
combine to give a density mapping of the most likely positions of the Ni atoms.
Looking at the figure, the positions of the 4 symmetric
nearest-neighbor Ni atoms in the top surface layer below the K atom can be
discerned as can the position of the Ni atom directly below the K atom
in the second surface layer. The algorithm employed here is described in the
paper by D. K. Saldin and X. Chen,
Phys. Rev. B
52, 2941 (1995).
This 3D perspective image was reconstructed using the same holographic computer
algorithm as the above with data measured from a set of
experimental diffuse LEED patterns for the same K/Ni(001) surface.
The experimental data were measured by the research group headed by
Prof. K. Heinz
of the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany. The same information can be
discerened as to the positions of the neighboring Ni atoms in the surface beneath
the K adsorbate atom. See the paper by
D. K. Saldin, K. Reuter, P. L. De Andres, H. Wedler, X. Chen, J. B. Pendry,
and K. Heinz, Phys. Rev. B
54, 8172 (1996).
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