In order to understand the first steps of the Cu(1 0 0) oxidation we performed first principles calculations for on-surface and sub-surface oxygen on this surface. According to our calculations, the adsorption energies for all on-surface site oxygen atoms increase, whereas the energies of the sub-surface atoms decrease with the increasing oxygen coverage. At coverage 1 ML and higher on the reconstructed surface, structures including both on- and sub-surface atoms are energetically more favourable than structures consisting only of on-surface adsorbates. On the ideal (1 0 0) surface this change can be perceived at coverage 0.75 ML.
- Density functional calculations
- Single crystal surfaces