Simple theory of hot electron dynamics observed by femtosecond ellipsometry
Journal of Applied Physics
American Institute of Physics
The dynamics of the linear and angular momenta of hot electrons in metals are of key importance for the design and operation of hot electron devices such as spin and tunnel valve transistors. The corresponding relaxation times are expected to lie in the subpicosecond range and must be studied with experimental techniques of adequate (femtosecond) temporal resolution. Here we report a simple theory of the ultrafast ellipsometric response of metals after excitation with femtosecond optical pulses. Although developed in the relaxation time approximation, the theory allows electron linear and angular momentum relaxation times to be extracted.
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Vol. 99 (8), article 08P903