Electron transition probabilities in elementary electron-phonon scattering processes using electron-energy-loss spectroscopy: Application to graphite

Hirofumi Yanagisawa, Toma Yorisaki, Ryota Niikura, Shuhei Kato, Yasuchika Ishida, Kenji Kamide, Chuhei Oshima

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We have investigated coupling constants in elementary electron-phonon scattering processes on a graphite surface by the combined use of high-resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and very low-energy electron diffraction (VLEED). HREELS is used to measure the modulations of electron transition probabilities from incoming electrons in vacuum to outgoing electrons in vacuum where the transition includes one-phonon scattering processes inside a solid. Determining the electronic band structures of graphite with VLEED, we defined electronic states of the solid surface that electrons entered before and after scattering off phonons. Thus, we observed that the measured electron transition probabilities significantly depended on whether the electrons were in a bulk Bloch state or an evanescent state before scattering off the phonons. This result clearly indicates that the measured electron transition probabilities reflect the strength of the coupling constants in the solid.

Original languageEnglish
Article number235430
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 21


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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