This research was supported by the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSC), United States Air Force, under Contract No. F49620-86-C-0009, and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CHE-8620274.
Physical Review B
Molecular structure, Metals -- Surfaces, Boundary value problems
The lifetimes of molecules located close to a sinusoidal grating surface are studied within a classical phenomenological model. The contribution of surface roughness to the molecular decay rate is attributed to the discrepancy between the experiments of Rossetti and Brus and the theory of Chance, Prock, and Silbey. It is found that surface roughness can either enhance or diminish the flat-surface value for the decay rate depending on the emitting frequency, molecule-surface distance, and the molecular orientation.
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