Ordered Surfaces: Structure and Diffraction Pattern

Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 6)


Low-energy electrons can diffract from many assemblies of atoms, including molecules [3.1], liquid surfaces [3.2], and otherwise disordered surfaces [3.3]. However, under the name LEED, this technique has been applied mainly to the study of single-crystal surfaces with a high degree of ordering of the surface atoms, especially as a tool for determining surface structures [3.4]. Therefore we shall be very much concerned with the detailed atomic structure of single-crystal surfaces. This chapter discusses the general properties and the nomenclature of surface structures and their connection with the LEED diffraction pattern that is observed experimentally. In particular, we explore the structural information that the diffraction pattern can provide without consideration of beam intensities.


Reciprocal Lattice Reciprocal Space Spot Intensity Miller Index Reciprocal Lattice Vector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Materials and Molecular Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Department of ChemistryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.Raychem Corp.Menlo ParkUSA

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