Abstract

Femtosecond thermoreflectance data for thin films and bulk quantities of Au, Cr, and Al are compared with the parabolic two-step thermal diffusion model for the purpose of determining the electron-phonon coupling factor. The thin films were evaporated and sputtered onto different substrates to produce films that vary structurally. The measurement of the electron-phonon coupling factor is shown to be sensitive to grain size and film thickness. The thin-film thermoreflectance data are compared with that of the corresponding bulk material and to a theoretical model relating the coupling rate to the grain-boundary scattering and size effects on the mean free path of the relevant energy carrier.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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