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Electron-hole pair damping of vibration, thin film resistivity

  1. May 18, 2012 #1
    I'm reading something about adsorbate induced surface resistivity changes in thin metal films
    and there is often mentioning of electron-hole pair damping, as for example:
    "electron-hole pair damping of the parallel(to the surface of thin film) frustrated vibration of the adsorbate(molecules/atoms) ... "

    I don't understand what this means clearly, is it that vibration of the adsorbate decays
    by producing e-h pairs in the thin film ? But why would that happen ?
    Also what is meant by frustrated vibration, what frustrated means in this context ?
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