The suitability of surface X-ray diffraction to study the structure of chemisorbed layers of light gas molecules is discussed. The sensitivity of the technique, for well ordered adlayers, is comparable to that of Auger spectroscopy (around 10-2 monolayers). Surface crystallography is illustrated for CO/Rh(111) under UHV and also for CO/Au(111) near atmospheric pressure.
Correspondenc to: J. Alvarez.
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