Atomic, Molecular and Optic Seminar - Thomas Allison (Stony Brook University) Ultrafast Extreme Ultraviolet Photoemission Without Space Charge

January 30, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
4138 Physics Research Building
Thomas Allison (Stony Brook University) 3/16/18 Atomic, Molecular and Optic seminar speaker

Time- and Angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy from surfaces can be used to record the dynamics of electrons and holes in condensed matter on ultrafast time scales. However, ultrafast photoemission experiments using extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) light have previously been limited by either space-charge effects, low photon flux, or limited tuning range. In this article, we describe space-charge-free XUV photoelectron spectroscopy experiments with up to 5 nA of average sample current using a tunable cavity-enhanced high-harmonic source operating at 88 MHz repetition rate. The source delivers > 10^11 photons/s in isolated harmonics to the sample over a broad photon energy range from 18 to 37 eV with a spot size of 58 × 100 μm^2. From photoelectron spectroscopy data, we place conservative upper limits on the XUV pulse duration and photon energy bandwidth of 93 fs and 65 meV, respectively. The high photocurrent, lack of space charge distortions of the photoelectron spectra, and excellent isolation of individual harmonic orders allow us to observe the laser-assisted photoelectric effect with sideband amplitudes as low as 6 \times10^{-4}, enabling time-resolved XUV photoemission experiments in a qualitatively new regime.

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