We report on carbon monoxide desorption and oxidation induced by 400 nm femtosecond laser excitation on the O/Ru(0001) surface probed by time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy (TR-XAS) at the carbon K-edge. The experiments were performed under constant background pressures of CO (6 x 10(-8) Torr) and O-2 (3 x 10(-8) Torr). Under these conditions, we detect two transient CO species with narrow 2 pi* peaks, suggesting little 2 pi* interaction with the surface. Based on polarization measurements, we find that these two species have opposing orientations: (1) CO favoring a more perpendicular orientation and (2) CO favoring a more parallel orientation with respect to the surface. We also directly detect gas-phase CO2 using a mass spectrometer and observe weak signatures of bent adsorbed CO2 at slightly higher x-ray energies than the 2 pi* region. These results are compared to previously reported TR-XAS results at the O K-edge, where the CO background pressure was three times lower (2 x 10(-8) Torr) while maintaining the same O-2 pressure. At the lower CO pressure, in the CO 2 pi* region, we observed adsorbed CO and a distribution of OC-O bond lengths close to the CO oxidation transition state, with little indication of gas-like CO. The shift toward "gas-like " CO species may be explained by the higher CO exposure, which blocks O adsorption, decreasing O coverage and increasing CO coverage. These effects decrease the CO desorption barrier through dipole-dipole interaction while simultaneously increasing the CO oxidation barrier.

Symmetry-resolved CO desorption and oxidation dynamics on O/Ru(0001) probed at the C K-edge by ultrafast x-ray spectroscopy

Dell'Angela, Martina;Capotondi, Flavio;Costantini, Roberto;
2022-01-01

Abstract

We report on carbon monoxide desorption and oxidation induced by 400 nm femtosecond laser excitation on the O/Ru(0001) surface probed by time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy (TR-XAS) at the carbon K-edge. The experiments were performed under constant background pressures of CO (6 x 10(-8) Torr) and O-2 (3 x 10(-8) Torr). Under these conditions, we detect two transient CO species with narrow 2 pi* peaks, suggesting little 2 pi* interaction with the surface. Based on polarization measurements, we find that these two species have opposing orientations: (1) CO favoring a more perpendicular orientation and (2) CO favoring a more parallel orientation with respect to the surface. We also directly detect gas-phase CO2 using a mass spectrometer and observe weak signatures of bent adsorbed CO2 at slightly higher x-ray energies than the 2 pi* region. These results are compared to previously reported TR-XAS results at the O K-edge, where the CO background pressure was three times lower (2 x 10(-8) Torr) while maintaining the same O-2 pressure. At the lower CO pressure, in the CO 2 pi* region, we observed adsorbed CO and a distribution of OC-O bond lengths close to the CO oxidation transition state, with little indication of gas-like CO. The shift toward "gas-like " CO species may be explained by the higher CO exposure, which blocks O adsorption, decreasing O coverage and increasing CO coverage. These effects decrease the CO desorption barrier through dipole-dipole interaction while simultaneously increasing the CO oxidation barrier.
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