Finite Debye-Waller factor for "classical" atom-surface scattering (bibtex)

by Kieron Burke and W. Kohn

Abstract:

We consider atom-surface scattering at low surface temperature, fixed incident energy, and fixed interaction potential. We examine the limit as the mass m of the incident particle \textrightarrow$\infty$, and thus its de Broglie wavelength \textrightarrow0. We show that in this \textquoteleft\textquoteleftclassical\textquoteright\textquoteright limit, at zero temperature, the Debye-Waller factor, i.e., the probability of strictly elastic scattering (a quantum effect), tends to a finite limit (<1). We propose scattering of 20-meV Ar atoms from cold Cu(111) as a promising experiment to verify this effect, and estimate the Debye-Waller factor for this system.

Reference:

Finite Debye-Waller factor for "classical" atom-surface scattering Kieron Burke and W. Kohn, Phys. Rev. B 43, 2477-2489 (1991).

Bibtex Entry:

@article{BK91, Pub-num = {004}, Abstract = {We consider atom-surface scattering at low surface temperature, fixed incident energy, and fixed interaction potential. We examine the limit as the mass m of the incident particle {\textrightarrow}$\infty$, and thus its de Broglie wavelength {\textrightarrow}0. We show that in this {\textquoteleft}{\textquoteleft}classical{\textquoteright}{\textquoteright} limit, at zero temperature, the Debye-Waller factor, i.e., the probability of strictly elastic scattering (a quantum effect), tends to a finite limit (<1). We propose scattering of 20-meV Ar atoms from cold Cu(111) as a promising experiment to verify this effect, and estimate the Debye-Waller factor for this system.}, Author = {Kieron Burke and W. Kohn}, Date-Modified = {2013-02-12 00:16:04 +0000}, Doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.43.2477}, Journal = {Phys. Rev. B}, Month = {Feb}, Number = {4}, Pages = {2477-2489}, Publisher = {American Physical Society}, Title = {Finite Debye-Waller factor for ``classical" atom-surface scattering}, Volume = {43}, Year = {1991}, url = {http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevB.43.2477}, publisher = {American Physical Society}, Bdsk-Url-1 = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.43.2477}}

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