Electronic structure and surface kinetics of palladium hydride studied with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy

P. A. Bennett, J. C. Fuggle

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X-ray photoelectron spectra and electron-energy-loss spectra (EELS) are presented and interpreted for PdH0.8 prepared by in situ loading and cleaning of a 10-m foil cooled to 80 K. Hydrogenation induces new states with considerable d character 8 eV in the valence band, a slight narrowing of the valence-band spectrum, and a shift of the Fermi level out of the d manifold of states. In the core-line spectra a +0.17-eV binding-energy shift occurs, the asymmetry is reduced, and a shake-up satellite at 6 eV essentially disappears. In the EELS spectra a 7-eV plasmon loss is attenuated and shifted to 5 eV. During degassing experiments, no significant surface depletion is found, and two different rates occur: For concentrations Hx0.65 atomic fraction hydrogen (phase) an activation energy of 8.1-kcal/mole H2 is found, while for Hx0.65 (two-phase region) the rate is 105 slower, but has a similar activation energy of 9.0-kcal/mole H2. During this time the surface contains both and phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6030-6039
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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