Vibrationally promoted electron emission at a metal surface: electron kinetic energy distributions

Jerry LaRue, Tim Schaefer, Daniel Matsiev, Luis Velarde, N. Hendrik Nahler, Daniel J. Auerbach, Alec M. Wodtke

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We report the first direct measurement of the kinetic energy of exoelectrons produced by collisions of vibrationally excited molecules with a low work function metal surface exhibiting electron excitations of 64% (most probable) and 95% (maximum) of the initial vibrational energy. This remarkable efficiency for vibrational-to-electronic energy transfer is in good agreement with previous results suggesting the coupling of multiple vibrational quanta to a single electron.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-99
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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