Optical constants of the noble metals determined by reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy

Jani C Ingram, Kenneth W. Nebesny, Jeanne E. Pemberton

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The optical constants for Cu, Ag, and Au determined by reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) using a data treatment method described in the previous paper in this Journal are reported. The purpose of this study is to further test the data treatment method on less free-electron-like metals. The method involves removal of surface effects by deconvolution of data taken with low-energy electrons (200 eV) from data taken with higher energy electrons (1500 eV). The low- and high-energy electron experimental spectra are discussed along with the resulting optical constants. It is found that, although the surface loss contribution to the high-energy electron data is not readily apparent, its contribution does affect the results of the Kramers-Kronig analysis used to determine the complex dielectric function. Thus, some account must taken of the surface loss contribution in order to obtain quantitative information about the optical constants. Along with surface effects, plural-scattering contributions to the spectral response are also removed using deconvolution procedures. Comparison of these results to literature values demonstrates that the data treatment method is successful in closely approximating the optical constants for Cu, Ag, and Au.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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Optical constants
Electron energy loss spectroscopy
Precious metals
noble metals
energy dissipation
electron energy
high energy electrons
Electrons
spectroscopy
Deconvolution
spectral sensitivity
free electrons
Metals
Scattering
scattering
metals
energy

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  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Optical constants of the noble metals determined by reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy. / Ingram, Jani C; Nebesny, Kenneth W.; Pemberton, Jeanne E.

In: Applied Surface Science, Vol. 44, No. 4, 1990, p. 293-300.

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Ingram, Jani C ; Nebesny, Kenneth W. ; Pemberton, Jeanne E. / Optical constants of the noble metals determined by reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy. In: Applied Surface Science. 1990 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 293-300.
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