Experimental and theoretical investigations of the C-O stretch vibration of CO on a stepped platinum surface (Pt(5 3 3)) reveal distinct differences between spectra obtained with reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and sum-frequency generation (SFG). The SFG data reveal large variations in the C-O stretch intensity with increasing coverage, whereas the RAIRS data show a continuous increase. The data can be quantitatively reproduced using a model that accounts for the different dependence of SFG and RAIRS on the dipole-dipole coupling.

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Backus, E.H.G, & Bonn, M. (2005). A quantitative comparison between reflection absorption infrared and sum-frequency generation spectroscopy. Chem. Phys. Lett., 412, 152–157. doi:10.1016/j.cplett.2005.06.118