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Nonequilibrium Electron Interactions in Metal Films

Natalia Del Fatti, Roland Bouffanais, Fabrice Vall\'ee, Christos Flytzanis
Arxiv ID: 0709.0815Last updated: 9/29/2022
Ultrafast relaxation dynamics of an athermal electron distribution is investigated in silver films using a femtosecond pump-probe technique with 18 fs pulses in off-resonant conditions. The results yield evidence for an increase with time of the electron-gas energy loss rate to the lattice and of the free electron damping during the early stages of the electron-gas thermalization. These effects are attributed to transient alterations of the electron average scattering processes due to the athermal nature of the electron gas, in agreement with numerical simulations.

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