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Transition absorption as a mechanism of surface photoelectron emission from metals

Physica Status Solidi RRL. 2015. Vol. 9. No. 10. P. 570-574.
Transition absorption of a photon by an electron passing through a boundary between two media with different permittivities is described both classically and quantum mechanically. Transition absorption is shown to make a substantial contribution to photoelectron emission at a metal/semiconductor interface in nanoplasmonic systems, and is put forth as a possible microscopic mechanism of the surface photoelectric effect in photodetectors and solar cells containing plasmonic nanoparticles.