The Rh(110)-p2mg(2 × 1)-2O surface structure determined by automated tensor LEED: structure changes with oxygen coverage Academic Article uri icon


  • Oxygen is dissociatively chemisorbed on Rh(110) and forms an ordered (2 × 1) surface structure at one monolayer coverage. The automated tensor LEED approach has been applied to the determination of atomic positions in the Rh(110)-p2mg(2 × 1)-2O structure. The oxygen atoms are confirmed to be in a zig-zag fashion in the (110) troughs to produce the glide plane symmetry observed in the LEED pattern. The clean surface interlayer relaxations are reduced and the oxygen atoms are bound asymmetrically in the three-fold fcc hollow-sites to the (111) facets of the steps. Two RhO bonds are formed to Rh atoms in the top metal layer with bond lengths of 1.86 ± 0.11 A ̊ and a third RhO bond of 2.07 ± 0.16 A ̊ is formed to a Rh atom in the second metal layer. A novel finding is that the second metal layer Rh atoms are shifted towards the oxygen positions, introducing a zig-zag lateral displacement of the atoms in the row by 0.10 ± 0.07 A ̊. © 1995.

author list (cited authors)

  • Batteas, J. D., Barbieri, A., Starkey, E. K., Van Hove, M. A., & Somorjai, G. A.

citation count

  • 36

publication date

  • September 1995