Steering and Isotope Effects in the Dissociative Adsorption of H2/Pd(100)

  • Axel Gross
  • Matthias Scheffler
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The interaction of hydrogen with many transition metal surfaces is characterized by a coexistence of activated with non-activated paths to adsorption with a broad distribution of barrier heights. By performing six-dimensional quantum dynamical and classical molecular dynamics calculations using the same potential energy surface derived from ab initio calculations for the system H2/Pd(100) we show that these features of the potential energy surface lead to strong steering effects in the dissociative adsorption dynamics. The adsorption dynamics shows only a small isotope effect which is purely due to the quantum nature of hydrogen.


Potential Energy Surface Isotope Effect Dissociative Adsorption Initial Kinetic Energy Sticking Probability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Axel Gross
    • 1
  • Matthias Scheffler
    • 1
  1. 1.Fritz-Haber-InstitutDahlemGermany

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