Photo-atomic effect: Temperature dependence of the photodesorption of Na and \(\) from polymer surfaces
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Alkali metals adsorbed to surface films of the polymer poydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have been shown to exhibit a unique photodesorption behavior, characterized by a frequency threshold and high efficiency. In this work, the temperature dependence of the photodesorption yields of Na and Na 2 from PDMS surfaces were measured between room temperature and 183 K. Over most of the temperature range, the yields exhibited an Arrhenius behavior characterized by thermal activation energies of 0.36 eV and 0.34 eV for Na and Na 2 , respectively. These values are suggestive of a surface diffusion as one of the elementary steps in the photodesorption mechanism. Moreover, the similarity of the two values indicates that the same elementary step applies to the desorption of both Na and Na 2 .
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