Publications in Scientific Journals:

C. Klein, A. Eichler, E.L.D. Hebenstreit, G. Pauer, R. Koller, A. Winkler, M. Schmid, P. Varga:
"When Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Gets the Wrong Adsorption Site: H on Rh(100)";
Physical Review Letters, 90 (2003), 17; 176101-1 - 176101-4.

English abstract:
At low tunneling resistance, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of a Rh(100) surface with adsorbed hydrogen reproducibly show protrusions in all bridge
sites of the surface, leading to a naive interpretation of all bridge sites being occupied with H atoms. Using quantitative low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and
temperature programmed desorption we find a much lower H coverage, with most H atoms in fourfold hollow sites. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations
show that the STM result is due to the influence of the tip, attracting the mobile H atoms into bridge sites. This demonstrates that STM images of highly mobile
adsorbates can be strongly misleading and underlines the importance of additional analysis techniques

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