The angular and velocity distributions of desorbing products N2 and O2 were studied in a steady-state NO + CO reaction on Pd(110) and Rh(110) by cross-correlation time-of-flight techniques. The CO2 desorption sharply collimated along the surface normal on both surfaces. On the other hand, N2 desorption on Pd(110) sharply collimated along about 40° off the surface normal in the plane along the  direction below around 650 K, yielding a translational temperature of about 3600 K. At higher temperatures, the normally directed desorption was relatively enhanced. On Rh(110), desorbing N2 sharply collimated along the surface normal, yielding a translational temperature of about 2500 K. The inclined desorption was assigned to the decomposition of the intermediate, N2O(a) → N2(g) + O(a), and the normally directed component was proposed to be due to the associative desorption of adsorbed nitrogen atoms, 2N(a) → N2(g). The branching of these pathways was analyzed on Pd(110).
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