The electronic properties of thin films of Na on Cu(1 1 1) and their interaction with water have been investigated at room temperature by high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. The first Na layer is characterized by two features tentatively assigned to charge density waves. The second Na layer grows as small islands. The loss spectrum of this layer shows a feature at 3.0 eV identified as a Mie resonance. Increasing alkali coverage, Na islands form a continuous film, as indicated by the appearance of a Na surface plasmon and by the disappearance of the Mie resonance. Water vapour strongly interacts with Na layers as shown by the OH–Na vibration whose frequency shifts from 36 meV to 53 meV as a function of alkali coverage.
1 Jul 2007
Volume: 601 Issue: 13 Pages: 2656-2659