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Ultrafast Lattice Dynamics in Metal Thin Films and Nano-Particles

This thesis presents the new development of the 3rd generation femtosecond diffractometer (FED) in Professor Jim Cao's group and its application to study ultrafast structural dynamics of solid state materials. The 3rd generation FED prevails its former type and other similar FED instruments by a DC electron gun that can generate much higher energy electron pulses, and a more efficient imaging system. This combination together with miscellaneous improvements significantly boosts the signal-to-noise ratio and thus enables us to study more complex solid state materials. Two main thrusts are discussed in details in this thesis. The first one is the dynamics of coherent phonon generation by ultrafast heating in gold thin film and nano-particles, which emphasizes the electronic thermal stress. The other one is the ultrafast dynamics in Nickel, which shows that the mutual interactions among lattice, spin and electron sub-systems can significantly alter the ultrafast lattice dynamics. In these studies, we exploit the advantage of FED instrument as an ideal tool that can directly and simultaneously monitor the coherent and random motion of lattice. / A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Physics in Partial FulīŦLlment of the
Requirements for the Degree of Ph.D.. / Fall Semester, 2010. / September 23, 2010. / Ultrafast, Lattice dynamics, UED, Time-resoved / Includes bibliographical references. / Jim Cao, Professor Directing Dissertation; Wei Yang, University Representative; Nicholas Bonesteel, Committee Member; Mark Riley, Committee Member; Peng Xiong, Committee Member.
ContributorsWang, Xuan (authoraut), Cao, Jim (professor directing dissertation), Yang, Wei (university representative), Bonesteel, Nicholas (committee member), Riley, Mark (committee member), Xiong, Peng (committee member), Department of Physics (degree granting department), Florida State University (degree granting institution)
PublisherFlorida State University, Florida State University
Source SetsFlorida State University
LanguageEnglish, English
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeText, text
Format1 online resource, computer, application/pdf
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