An adiabatic model of chemisorbed molecules: electron spectroscopy and excited-state potential-energy surfaces

D. R. Jennison, E. B. Stechel, A. R. Burns

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We review models that have been used to understand excited states of chemisorbed species, focussing on CO and NO, and encounter problems in attempting to fit all observables. We then introduce a new model. We show that a purely-electronic adiabatic approximation leads to an accurate solution for the system wavefunction in the limit that the molecule-substrate interaction is weak. This produces a configuration-interaction theory that has a Hubbard-like form. We derive semi-empirical parameters for the NO:Pt(111) system and find that the transfer integral for the 2π-substrate interaction is small for all choices of the screened electron-electron interaction, U. This suggests, for this system, that the substrate indeed adiabatically follows the fluctuations in adsorbate charge which are inherent in a covalent bond. We propose that our model is robust and applies to many adsorbed molecules. We then investigate low-lying excited-states of the metal-molecule bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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