Dynamics of adsorption, exchange reactions, and defect formation at solid surfaces Academic Article uri icon


  • In real time computer simulations of reactive atoms incident on solid surfaces, several interesting fundamental processes have been observed. These include (1) a cascade of inelastic collisions between incident atom and substrate atoms that eventually results in equilibration and adsorption; (2) for sufficiently reactive atoms, and sufficiently high substrate temperatures, an exchange reaction in which the adsorbed atom replaces a substrate atom; and (3) the formation of defects as a result of adsorption or exchange events. © 1986.

author list (cited authors)

  • Shumway, S. L., & Allen, R. E.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • December 1986