JETP Letters

, Volume 101, Issue 9, pp 598–602 | Cite as

Thermal emission of hot electrons in a metal

  • M. B. Agranat
  • S. I. Ashitkov
  • A. V. Ovchinnikov
  • D. S. Sitnikov
  • A. A. Yurkevich
  • O. V. Chefonov
  • L. T. Perel’man
  • S. I. Anisimov
  • V. E. Fortov
Optics and Laser Physics


The first reliable observation of emission from a hot gas of free electrons in a metal with a cold lattice is reported. The emission is observed upon the irradiation of the metal with femtosecond laser pulses. The distinctive feature of this emission as compared to the case of equilibrium heating is the dependence of the emission quantum yield on the parameters of the electron-phonon interaction.


JETP Letter Thermal Emission Femtosecond Laser Pulse Streak Camera Spectral Filter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. B. Agranat
    • 1
  • S. I. Ashitkov
    • 1
  • A. V. Ovchinnikov
    • 1
  • D. S. Sitnikov
    • 1
  • A. A. Yurkevich
    • 1
  • O. V. Chefonov
    • 1
  • L. T. Perel’man
    • 2
  • S. I. Anisimov
    • 3
  • V. E. Fortov
    • 1
  1. 1.Joint Institute for High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging and Photonics, BIDMCHarvard UniversityBostonUSA
  3. 3.Landau Institute for Theoretical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesChernogolovka, Moscow regionRussia

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