We have measured the visible light spectrum emitted by hydrogen atoms adsorbed on an Ni(110) surface, excited by the tunneling current from the scanning tunneling microscope. The spectrum contains periodic fine structures, whose period corresponds to the vertical vibrational energy of the adsorbed H atom. This energy showed the expected isotope shift when H was replaced by deuterium, and further it depended on the H-atom chain length.
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