Magneto-optical light scattering from ferromagnetic surfaces

González, M. U.; Armelles, G.; Martınez Boubeta, C.; Cebollada, A.
January 2003
Applied Physics Letters;1/20/2003, Vol. 82 Issue 3, p421
Academic Journal
We have studied the optical and magneto-optical components of the light scattered by the surface of several Fe films with different morphologies. We present a method, based on the ratio between the optical and magneto-optical components of the scattered intensity, to discern the physical origin, either structural or magnetic corrugation, of the light scattered by these ferromagnetic surfaces. Surface versus bulk magnetic information can be separated by magneto-optical light scattering measurements, the scattered light being more sensitive to magnetization differences between surface and bulk than the reflected one.


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