We study ultrafast scattering dynamics of hot electrons photoinjected with high excess energies in the Γ valley of the conduction band of GaAs, using time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. At ultrafast rates of the order of 10 fs, the packets in the Γ valley are transformed into hot-electron ensembles (HEEs) quasiequilibrated in momentum space but not in energy space. The energy relaxation of the HEEs takes place as a whole on a longer time scale with rates dependent only on the excess energy, irrespective of the momenta of hot electrons. Both momentum scattering and energy relaxation are ruled by the electron-phonon interaction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics