Quasiparticle Relaxation Dynamics in Heavy Fermion Compounds

J. Demsar, R. D. Averitt, K. H. Ahn, M. J. Graf, S. A. Trugman, V. V. Kabanov, J. L. Sarrao, A. J. Taylor

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We present the first femtosecond studies of electron-phonon ([Formula presented]-ph) thermalization in heavy-fermion compounds. The [Formula presented]-ph thermalization time [Formula presented] increases below the Kondo temperature by more than 2 orders of magnitude as [Formula presented] is approached. Analysis using the two-temperature model and numerical simulations based on Boltzmanns equations suggest that this anomalous slowing down of the [Formula presented]-ph thermalization derives from the large electronic specific heat and the suppression of scattering between heavy electrons and phonons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 8 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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