Surface plasmon scattering on flat surfaces at grazing incidence

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This paper reports a study of surface plasmon excitation on the flat, oxide-covered aluminum surface, using high energy electrons which pass the surface at a finite, and sometimes large, impact parameter. The scattering probability dependence on impact parameter agrees qualitatively with classical, quasi-static calculations, which assume that the materials are characterized by homogeneous dielectric constants. A broad intensity maximum near 16 eV is identified as a surface plasmon made possible by the frequency dependence of the aluminum oxide dielectric constant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation

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