We investigated adsorbed states of CO on Pt(997) at 11 K using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. At 11 K, thermal migration is suppressed and thus the initial chemisorption at terrace sites and step sites is controlled by the transient mobility of the adsorbing molecule. The initial occupation ratio between atop CO on the terrace and atop CO at the step is directly determined to be 3.6:1. With a simple isotropic migration model, we estimated the mean lateral displacement from the first impact point to the initial chemisorption site to be 6.8 Å. We also discuss the origin of transient mobility of CO on metal surfaces.
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