An experimental station for surface science has been constructed at the inf
rared beamline (BL43IR) of SPring-8, Japan. The station utilizes synchrotro
n radiation in the energy range of 100-20000 cm(-1) to perform infrared ref
lection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) of surfaces. It consists of an exper
imental section. a preparation chamber. gas handling equipment and a pair o
f focusing optics. In situ observation of vibrational spectra is possible u
sing both IRAS and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy. (C) 2
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