The dissolution at 400 degrees C of an antimony layer deposited at room temperature on a Cu(111) substrate leads to a surface alloy with a p(root 3x root 3)R 30 degrees x 30 degrees superstructure and a Sb composition of 1/3.We present here a structural study of this Sb-Cu compound by surface X-ray diffraction (SXRD). The best agreement is obtained for a Cu,Sb surface layer with Sb atoms substituting 1/3 of the Cu atoms, over an essentially unperturbed Cu(111) plane. The largest relaxation is undergone by the Sb atoms which rise by 0.32+0.02 Angstrom over the mean plane of its Cu neighbours. No substantial in-plane relaxations were observed. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.