Theory of coherent molecule to surface electron injection: An analytical model

S. Ramakrishna, T. Seideman*, F. Willig, V. May

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Electron transfer from a molecular level to empty continuum levels of a substrate is described theoretically. Using a quasicontinuum approach to model the substrate, analytical expressions pertaining to the time-dependent probability among the various levels of the substrate is presented along with its extension to coherently excited molecular vibrational modes. Hidden time scales and dynamics are revealed in the analysis and possible experiments to observe the new results are suggested. We note the applicability of the model to the description of a variety of other phenomena that are formally similar to the electron injection problem, although pertaining to different physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-594
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Heterogeneous electron transfer
  • Photoinduced ultrafast dynamics
  • Vibrational wavepackets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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