Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Spin Polarization of Secondary Electrons in Transition Metals: Theory

Published

Author(s)

David R. Penn, S Apell, S Girvin

Abstract

A theory of the spin polarization of the secondary electrons in transition metals and glasses is presented. In contrast to the secondary-electron intensity distribution, the spin polarization is shown to yield useful information about the electron-electron interaction. The ratio of the lifetimes of majority- to minority-spin electrons can be determined directly from the measured values of the spin polarization P(E) by τ{uarr}(E)/τ{darr} (E) = [(1-pB)/(1+pb)][1+P(E)]/[1-P(E)], where pB is the bulk magnetization. The theory is applied to both Fe and Ni.
Citation
Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)
Volume
32
Issue
12

Citation

Penn, D. , Apell, S. and Girvin, S. (1985), Spin Polarization of Secondary Electrons in Transition Metals: Theory, Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics) (Accessed June 15, 2024)

Issues

If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact reflib@nist.gov.

Created January 1, 1985, Updated February 19, 2017