We used two methods to determine the effective electron-phonon coupling constant (G0) in tungsten. Our first principles calculations predict G0 = 1.65 × 1017W m-3 K-1. The temporal decay of the femtosecond-resolution optical reflectivity for a (100) surface of bulk W was measured using a pump-probe scheme and analysed using ab initio parameterised two temperature model, which includes both the effects of the electron-phonon coupling and thermal conduction into bulk. This analysis gives G0 = 1.4(3) × 1017W m-3 K -1, in good agreement with the theoretical prediction. The described effective method of calculating and measuring G0 in bulk materials can be easily extended to other metals.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)