Structure of the clean Ta(100) surface
Surface Science Letters 123(1): L709-L716
The clean Ta(100) surface and some aspects of hydrogen adsorption have been studied by LEED and AES. The thorough examination of LEED patterns did not provide any evidence for an atomic reconstruction of the clean surface over the entire temperature range investigated, 150-600 K. The r-factor analysis used for comparison between measured and calculated I-V spectra yields a contraction of the topmost layer spacing of about 11% and an expansion of the second layer spacing of about 1% compared to the bulk value. The hydrogen adsorption does not induce any superstructures, but small hydrogen exposures lass then 1 L influence I-V spectra substantially.