L-shell filling of N6+ and O7+ ions from a clean and LiF-covered Au(111) surface

H Khemliche*, T Schlatholter, R Hoekstra, R Morgenstern

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Abstract

We report on a high-resolution Auger spectroscopy study of the interaction of N6+ and O7+ ions with a clean and a LiF-covered Au(111) target. The electron spectra from collisions on Au(111) and LiF-covered Au(111) are distinctly different. The ones resulting from the interaction with Au(111) covered with one monolayer of LiF resemble spectra taken on bulk LIF, which, in contrast to LiF-covered Au(111), is an insulator. On the Au(111) surface and for scattering geometries preventing projectile penetration below the first atomic layer, a more efficient L-shell filling for O7+ than for N6+ ions is observed. Surprisingly enough, for a single monolayer of LiF on Au the total K Auger intensity of nitrogen is nearly 30% larger as compared to the clean Au(111) target, while for oxygen no enhancement is found. These findings demonstrate that, for specific projectile-target systems (e.g., N-LiF), an efficient mechanism that fills the projectile L shell is active well before the projectiles reach the surface, so that KLL electrons are emitted at an early stage of the interaction. [S1050-2947(99)04010-X].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3800-3808
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume60
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov-1999

Keywords

  • HIGHLY-CHARGED IONS
  • SLOW MULTICHARGED IONS
  • ABOVE-SURFACE
  • HOLLOW ATOMS
  • GRAZING-INCIDENCE
  • METAL-SURFACES
  • BARRIER MODEL
  • NEUTRALIZATION
  • COLLISIONS
  • SCATTERING

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