Soviet Physics Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 1341–1348 | Cite as

Plasmon photoelectric effect from alkali halides

  • N. B. Gornyi
  • E. N. Makarova


The existence of the plasmon photoelectric effect was postulated elsewhere by one of the authors. In the plasmon photoelectric effect, incident photons excite plasmons in the solid; the decay of plasmons excites electrons. The emergence of these electrons from the solid is responsible for a group of photoelectrons of definite energy. The existence of the plasmon photoelectric effect is confirmed by comparison of spectral photoelectric yield data with electron energy loss spectra in 16 alkali halides. The presence of the plasmon photoelectric effect explains additional peaks observed with some alkali halides in the energy spectra of photoelectrons. These peaks were not understood previously.


Energy Loss Energy Spectrum Electron Energy Halide Yield Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. B. Gornyi
    • 1
  • E. N. Makarova
    • 1
  1. 1.M. A. Bonch-Bruevich Institute of Electrical CommunicationsLeningrad

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