STM-induced hydrogen desorption via a hole resonance

K. Stokbro, C. Thirstrup, M. Sakurai, U. Quaade, Ben Yu-Kuang Hu, F. Perez-Murano, F. Grey

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    We report STM-induced desorption of H from Si(100)-H(2 × 1) at negative sample bias. The desorption rate exhibits a power-law dependence on current and a maximum desorption rate at -7V. The desorption is explained by vibrational heating of H due to inelastic scattering of tunneling holes with the Si-H 5α hole resonance. The dependence of desorption rate on current and bias is analyzed using a novel approach for calculating inelastic scattering, which includes the effect of the electric field between tip and sample. We show that the maximum desorption rate at -7V is due to a maximum fraction of inelastically scattered electrons at the onset of the field emission regime. © 1998 The American Physical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2618-2621
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


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