Date of Award:

8-1995

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Physics

Committee Chair(s)

John Robert Dennison

Committee

John Robert Dennison

Committee

D. Mark Riffe

Committee

Jan J. Sojka

Committee

James P. Shaver

Abstract

The physisorption of Kr on graphitic amorphous carbon (g-C) has been investigated using a statistical approach. The interaction energy calculation process (i) established a structural model of g-C and (ii) determined the adsorbate-adsorbate and the adsorbate-substrate interaction potentials on g-C.

The structural model of g-C was divided into three regions. For the interaction potential between a Kr atom and a carbon atom the short and medium range order of g-C was described with a discrete medium model based on three ring clusters using ring statistics from Beeman's continuous random network C1120 model of g-C. For the intermediate distance region, Beeman's radial distribution function was used to model g-C. A homogenous and isotropic continuous medium model was used at large distances.

The Kr-Kr and Kr-g-C interaction potentials used for Kr on g-C, which are pair-wise Lennard-Jones 6-12 potentials, are similar to Kr on graphite potentials. the validity of the model for g-C and the potentials were verified though calculations for Kr on graphite. Results compared favorably with recent literature values.

The interaction energy calculation results for Kr on a g-C substrate assert that (i) Kr adlayers will form on g-C, (ii) the structure of the Kr adlayer is governed by the substrate corrugation at low coverage and by the Kr-Kr interaction at high coverage, and (iii) there is no direct relation between the structure of Kr adlayers on g-C and those on graphite. The average binding energy of Kr on g-C is comparable with that on graphite, but the corrugation of g-C is perhaps six times that of a graphite substrate. The wrinkling of the g-C surface, due to the presence of a distribution of 5-, 6-, and 7- membered rings, is responsible for this large corrugation of the g-C substrate.

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