We present explicit expressions for one-phonon scattering of atoms from metal surfaces, within the distorted wave Born approximation by including Van der Waals forces. A comparison is made with the recent high-resolution time of flight spectra for He/Ag(1 1 1). We explain in quantitative terms the position and the intensity of the peaks due to scattering from the Rayleigh wave of silver. Also the bulk phonons contribute to the spectra, but the calculated intensities underestimate the data.
Theory of one-phonon scattering of atoms from metal surfaces: application to He:Ag(111) / Bortolani, Virginio; Franchini, Anna; Nizzoli, F.; Santoro, Giorgio; Benedek, G.; Celli, V.; Garcia, N.. - In: SOLID STATE COMMUNICATIONS. - ISSN 0038-1098. - STAMPA. - 12:(1983), pp. 1045-1048. [10.1016/0038-1098(83)90828-1]