Electron energy loss spectroscopy is used to compare atop CO at two sites on Pt(335): on the flat (111) terrace and on the step edge. The cross section for the C-O stretch overtone of the terrace species is not significantly larger than that of the edge species. Previous experiments have shown that the vibrational frequency of terrace CO responds much less to applied electrostatic field than does ... read moreedge CO, even though their ir cross sections are about the same. The present experiment shows that CO has similar molecular properties at the two sites: a chemical explanation for the different Stark tuning rates is ruled out. The difference could be due to spatial variation of the electric field. Local screening of almost all the static electric field at terrace sites is one possibility, but a simple jellium model is unable to explain the observed effect. Interaction of the molecular quadrupole moment with the spatially varying field near the surface is also important.read less
"CO on Pt(335): Vibrational overtones and site dependence of the vibrational Stark effect," J.S. Luo, R.G. Tobin, David K. Lambert, Galen B. Fisher and Craig L. DiMaggio, J. Chem. Phys. 99, 1347 (1993). http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.465380.