Authors: Benedek, Giorgio; Miret-Artés, Salvador; Manson, Joseph R.; Toennies, Jan P.

Journal: Nanomaterials

Publication date: 2023/11/22

DOI: 10.3390/nano13232997

Abstract: Recently, it was demonstrated that inelastic helium atom scattering from conducting surfaces provides a direct measurement of the surface electron–phonon coupling constant (mass enhancement factor λ) via the temperature or the incident wave vector dependence of the Debye–Waller exponent. Here, previous published as well as unpublished helium atom scattering diffraction data from the vicinal surfaces of copper (Cu(11α), with α = 3, 5, 7) and aluminum (Al(221) and Al(332)) were analyzed to determine λ. The results suggested an enhancement with respect to the corresponding data for the low-index surfaces (111) and (001) above the roughening transition temperature. The specific role of steps compared to that of terraces is briefly discussed.