Monte Carlo Calculations Pertaining to the Transport of Hot Electrons in Metals
Abstract
Monte Carlo calculations are applied to the problem of "hot" electron motion in metals, and measured values of attenuation length, L, are related to values of the mean free paths for electronelectron scattering l_{e}, and electronphonon scattering l_{p}. Calculations are done for both specular and diffuse reflectance of electrons at the boundaries of the metal films and for values of the average loss per electronphonon collision, ∆E_{p}, of 0.001, 0.01, 0.02, and 0.03 eV. If the values of l_{p} obtained from conductivity measurements are used, the following values or limits are found for l_{e} using experimentally determined values of L for electrons with excess energies about 0.9 eV: Au, l_{e}>4000 Å Ag, l_{e}=900 Å, and Pd, l_{e}=900 Å. These results are compared with the theory of Quinn.
 Publication:

Physical Review
 Pub Date:
 July 1964
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRev.135.A495
 Bibcode:
 1964PhRv..135..495S