Velocity Distribution of Laser Photoionized Neutrals Ejected from Methanol-Dosed Aluminum(111) by Electron-Stimulated Desorption
Nonresonant multiphoton ionization at 193 nm wavelength was employed for efficient detection of electron-stimulated neutral desorption from A1(111) dosed with methanol to produce monolayer methoxide coverage. VeloCity spectra were measured by the flight time from the crystal surface to the focal region of the laser beam with a pulsed primary electron beam of 3 keV and the sample at 300 K. Either the C+ or HCO+ photofragment indicated the same non-Boltzmann veloCity spectrum for the neutral parent precursor with a peak kinetic energy of ~0.1 eV. Identical distributions were obtained when the cleaned crystal was pre-oxidized with O2 prior to methanol dosing. As the crystal temperature was raised, HCO+ photoion signal declined steadily, while C+ increased until ~550 K. The total cross section for loss of parent signal with dose of 3 keV electrons was measured to be (2±l)×l0-17 cm2.
KeywordsTotal Cross Section Electron Pulse Velocity Spectrum Saturation Dose Primary Electron Energy
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