Laser-Induced Magnetization Dynamics

  • Bert Koopmans
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 87)


During the past few years, a wealth of new data on laser-induced ultra-fast magnetization dynamics in ferromagnetic metals has become available. Many of the recent approaches employed time-resolved magneto-optical strategies. In principle, these experiments have provided detailed insight into the fundamental physics involved, but it has become clear that the magneto-optical view is rather indirect. Utmost care is needed in analyzing transient magneto-optical studies. Among phenomena triggered by a short laser pulse are ultrafast demagnetization, dichroic state filling, piezo-optical effects and laser-induced precession. This chapter discusses the interplay between optics and magnetism in the ultrafast regime; provides quantitative analysis of experimental schemes; and includes a historical review of experiments and theory on laser-induced magnetic phenomena, predominantly concentrating on ferromagnetic transition metals. Particular emphasis is on the subtle interpretation of experiments and recent breakthroughs therein.


Probe Pulse Laser Heating Magnetization Dynamics Itinerant Ferromagnet Ferromagnetic Nickel 
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  • Bert Koopmans
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  1. 1.Center for NanoMaterials (cNM) and COBRA Research Institute, Department of Applied PhysicsEindhoven University of TechnologyMB, EindhovenThe Netherlands

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