Time-resolved X-ray diffraction studies of laser-induced acoustic wave propagation in bilayer metallic thin crystals Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. Phonon propagation across the interface of a Cu/Ag(111) bilayer and transient lattice disorder, induced by a femtosecond 267 nm pulse, in Ag(111) crystal have been measured by means of time resolved X-ray diffraction. A "blast" force due to thermal stress induced by suddenly heated electrons is formed within two picoseconds after excitation and its "blast wave" propagation through the interface and Ag (111) crystal was monitored by the shift and broadening of the rocking curve, I vs. ω, as a function of time after excitation. Lattice disorder, contraction and expansion as well as thermal strain formation and wave propagation have also been measured. The experimental data and mechanism proposed are supported by theoretical simulations.

author list (cited authors)

  • Er, A. O., Tang, J., Chen, J., & Rentzepis, P. M.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • September 2014