Dynamics of Molecular Motion at Single-Crystal Surfaces

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Science  03 Feb 1984:
Vol. 223, Issue 4635, pp. 445-450
DOI: 10.1126/science.223.4635.445


Dramatic advances in our understanding of the motion of individual atoms and molecules at single-crystal surfaces have been made within the past 5 years. Recent experimental and theoretical studies of the interaction of nitric oxide with metal surfaces illustrate the depth of understanding now obtainable. General principles, applicable to a broader range of molecule-surface encounters, have begun to emerge out of the systematic and in-depth analyses of these and related studies.