Some Remarks on the Scattering of Electrons from a Metallic Surface

  • D. W. Essex
  • Colm T. Whelan
Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PAMO)


The potential for an electron near a metal surface is required for many problems in surface physics and, in particular, for quantitative analysis of the recent reflection mode (e,2e) experiments 1. Detailed investigations of low energy electron diffraction (LEED) data 2 has established that the surface potential can be written in the form is accurately described by a three parameter potential in which the parameters are determined by a fit to density functional theory calculations. We write the potential 2 in the form


Metal Surface Metal Atom Image Plane Work Function Surface Potential 
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  1. 1.
    Iacobucci, S., Marassi, L., Camilloni, R., Nannarone, S. and Stefani, G. Reflection (e,2e) spectroscopy on surfaces Phys. Rev. B 51 1995 p. 10252Google Scholar
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    Jennings, P. J., Jones R. O. and Weinert, M. Phys.Rev. B 37 1988 p.6113ADSGoogle Scholar
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    Essex, D. W. and Whelan, C. T. Journal de Physique 1998 In press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. W. Essex
    • 1
  • Colm T. Whelan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeEngland

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