Applied Physics A

, Volume 71, Issue 5, pp 485–491

Transport and dynamics of optically excited electrons in metals

Authors

  • M. Aeschlimann
    • Laboratory for Technical Chemistry, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • M. Bauer
    • Laboratory for Technical Chemistry, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • S. Pawlik
    • Laboratory for Technical Chemistry, ETH Zürich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
  • R. Knorren
    • Institut für Theoretische Physik, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, Germany
  • G. Bouzerar
    • Institut für Theoretische Physik, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, Germany
  • K.H. Bennemann
    • Institut für Theoretische Physik, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, Germany

DOI: 10.1007/s003390000704

Cite this article as:
Aeschlimann, M., Bauer, M., Pawlik, S. et al. Appl Phys A (2000) 71: 485. doi:10.1007/s003390000704

Abstract.

Time-resolved two-photon photoemission, based on the equal-pulse correlation technique, is used to measure the energy relaxation and the transport of the photoexcited carriers in thin Ag and Au films. The energy-dependent relaxation time shows a significant thickness dependence in the Ag film, whereas for Au a much smaller effect is observed. These experimental observations are compared with a theoretical model based on the Boltzmann equation, which includes secondary (Auger) electrons and transport. A good agreement between experimental and theoretical results is found for Au. However, in our calculations, we did not find any significant change in the thickness dependence in the case of Ag. In order to explain the strong effect in Ag, we discuss the possibility of surface excitations.

PACS: 72.15.Lh; 78.47.+p; 73.50.Bk

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