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Semiclassical perturbation theory for diffraction in heavy atom surface scattering

AuthorsMiret-Artés, Salvador ; Daon, Shauli; Pollak, Eli
Issue Date2012
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
CitationJournal of Chemical Physics 136 :204707 (2012)
AbstractThe semiclassical perturbation theory formalism of Hubbard and Miller [J. Chem. Phys. 78, 1801 (1983)] for atom surface scattering is used to explore the possibility of observation of heavy atom diffractive scattering. In the limit of vanishing the semiclassical theory is shown to reduce to the classical perturbation theory. The quantum diffraction pattern is sensitive to the characteristics of the beam of incoming particles. Necessary conditions for observation of quantum diffraction are derived for the angular width of the incoming beam. An analytic expression for the angular distribution as a function of the angular and momentum variance of the incoming beam is obtained. We show both analytically and through some numerical results that increasing the angular width of the incident beam leads to decoherence of the quantum diffraction peaks and one approaches the classical limit. However, the incoherence of the beam in the parallel direction does not destroy the diffraction pattern. We consider the specific example of Ar atoms scattered from a rigid LiF(100) surface. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1063/1.4722339
issn: 0021-9606
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