Athermal all-optical femtosecond magnetization reversal in GdFeCo

Hohlfeld, J.; Stanciu, C. D.; Rebei, A.
April 2009
Applied Physics Letters;4/13/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 15, p152504
Academic Journal
Magnetization reversal in GdFeCo by circularly polarized light is shown to occur at the femtosecond time scale. In contrast to the well-known laser-assisted magnetization reversal based on the laser heating, we here demonstrate that this femtosecond all-optical magnetization reversal is more efficient at lower temperatures. Both of these findings make all-optical recording on rare-earth transition metal alloys a promising technique for stable magnetic storage with high data rates.


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