Hybridization of surface waves with organic adlayer librations: A helium atom scattering and density functional perturbation theory study of methyl-si(111)

Ryan D. Brown, Zachary M. Hund, Davide Campi, Leslie E. O'Leary, Nathan S. Lewis, M. Bernasconi, G. Benedek, S. J. Sibener

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The interplay of the librations of a covalently bound organic adlayer with the lattice waves of an underlying semiconductor surface was characterized using helium atom scattering in conjunction with analysis by density functional perturbation theory. The Rayleigh wave dispersion relation of CH3- and CD3-terminated Si(111) surfaces was probed across the entire surface Brillouin zone by the use of inelastic helium atom time-of-flight experiments. The experimentally determined Rayleigh wave dispersion relations were in agreement with those predicted by density functional perturbation theory. The Rayleigh wave for the CH3- and CD3-terminated Si(111) surfaces exhibited a nonsinusoidal line shape, which can be attributed to the hybridization of overlayer librations with the vibrations of the underlying substrate. This combined synthetic, experimental, and theoretical effort clearly demonstrates the impact of hybridization between librations of the overlayer and the substrate lattice waves in determining the overall vibrational band structure of this complex interface.

Original languageEnglish
Article number156102
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Apr 9 2013


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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