A Local Approach to Ultrafast Magnetization Dynamics in Ferromagnetic Transition Metals

  • W. TöwsEmail author
  • G. M. Pastor
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 159)


A many-body theory of femtosecond laser-induced magnetization dynamics in itinerant ferromagnets is presented, which includes Coulomb and spin-orbit interactions, as well as interatomic hybridizations on the same footing. Applications to small systems demonstrate that ultrafast demagnetization can be understood as a purely electronic spin-orbit coupling triggered mechanism.


Angular Momentum Orbital Angular Momentum Local Magnetic Moment Magnetization Dynamic Pulse Pump Energy 
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One of the authors (W.T.) thanks the Otto-Braun Foundation for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Für PhysikUniversität KasselKasselGermany

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