
This paper is a theoretical study on the photoemission properties of metallic photocathodes in the high intensity ultrashort laser pulse regime, using Fourier and nonFourier models. First of all the Fouriermodel was used. Next an analysis of the electron gas heating phenomenon and how this phenomenon leads to coupled heat equations (two temperature models). The authors also try to show that it is possible to use, in the second approximation, a nonFourier model instead of two temperature models, using a single temperature hypothesis (the electron gas temperature equals with the lattice temperature). The distributions for thermal fields and photocurrents function of space, time, laserintensity, incident angle and relaxation time are also represented.

