Photoelectron diffraction at low energies: The applicability of single scattering calculations

B. Utter, R. A. Bartynski

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The energy dependence of the 4f core level photoemission intensity from Ta(100) has been modeled at low electron kinetic energies using the single scattering cluster (SSC) approximation. The results show a strikingly similar shape to that of a full multiple scattering calculation, particular at electron kinetic energies less than 75 eV. A comparison with the experimentally measured surface/bulk core level intensity oscillations indicates that the first interlayer spacing of the Ta(100) surface is contracted by 11 ± 3%, consistent with previous determinations. These results suggest that SSC calculations can model low energy photoelectron diffraction data from surface shifted core levels with sufficient accuracy to enable a quantitative structural determination of clean, unreconstructed surfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L226-L230
JournalSurface Science
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 10 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Photoelectron diffraction
  • Semi-empirical models and model calculations
  • Tantalum


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