Reaction induced by a scanning tunneling microscope: Theory and application

S. Alavi, T. Seideman*

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A theoretical framework to study chemical dynamics triggered by inelastic, resonance-mediated electron transfer in tip-adsorbate-substrate junctions was developed. The framework was applied to the prototypical H/Si desorption problem in the energy regime of the σ → σ* transition. An electronic lifetime of τ≈1.2 fs was extracted by fitting the theoretical results to measured yield versus voltage curves. Consistent with previous conclusions, τ was found insensitive to the substrate temperature within the limited range probed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1882-1890
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 22 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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