Publication Details (including relevant citation information):
Sean Garrett-Roe, Steven T. Shipman, Paul Szymanski, Matthew L. Strader, Aram Yang, and
Charles B. Harris J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 20307--20378 (2005).
Two-photon photoemission of image potential states above monolayers of p-xylene/Ag(111) shows that electrons with different momenta have very different rise and decay rates as a function of parallel momentum. The dynamics are due to energy and momentum loss (intraband relaxation), which we model as a stochastic process isomorphic to the overdamped motion of a harmonic oscillator. The method extracts a friction coefficient from the data which can be explained by electron-electron scattering in a formalism based on the Lindhard dielectric function. One-electron excitations (interband transistions) dominate the dissipation mechanism, with a smaller contribution from collective electronic excitations (plasmons).
Address (URL): http:/dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp051977z