Oscillatory relaxation of Al(110) reinvestigated by using medium-energy ion scattering

B. W. Busch, Torgny Gustafsson

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Medium-energy ion scattering (MEIS) has been used to investigate the room-temperature structure of clean Al(110). The motivation for this work was the presence of a significant discrepancy between two previous independent low-energy electron diffraction results concerning the sign of the third-to-fourth layer relaxation. We find a damped oscillatory contraction-expansion for the first three interlayer spacings. The relaxation results are (in percent change from the bulk interlayer spacing): Δd12 = -8.5±1.0%, Δd23 = +4.8±1.2% and Δd34 = -3.9±1.4%. These results are compared with other theoretical and experimental values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L1074-L1078
JournalSurface Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 9 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Aluminum
  • Low-index single-crystal surfaces
  • Medium-energy ion scattering (MEIS)
  • Surface relaxation and reconstruction

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