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Title: Excitation of coupled spin–orbit dynamics in cobalt oxide by femtosecond laser pulses
Authors: Satoh, Takuya
Iida, Ryugo
Higuchi, Takuya
Fujii, Yasuhiro
Koreeda, Akitoshi
Ueda, Hiroaki  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Shimura, Tsutomu
Kuroda, Kazuo
Butrim, V. I.
Ivanov, B. A.
Author's alias: 佐藤, 琢哉
飯田, 隆吾
藤井, 康裕
是枝, 聡肇
植田, 浩明
志村, 努
黒田, 和男
Keywords: Electronic and spintronic devices
Ultrafast photonics
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2017
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal title: Nature Communications
Volume: 8
Thesis number: 638
Abstract: Ultrafast control of magnets using femtosecond light pulses attracts interest regarding applications and fundamental physics of magnetism. Antiferromagnets are promising materials with magnon frequencies extending into the terahertz range. Visible or near-infrared light interacts mainly with the electronic orbital angular momentum. In many magnets, however, in particular with iron-group ions, the orbital momentum is almost quenched by the crystal field. Thus, the interaction of magnons with light is hampered, because it is only mediated by weak unquenching of the orbital momentum by spin–orbit interactions. Here we report all-optical excitation of magnons with frequencies up to 9 THz in antiferromagnetic CoO with an unquenched orbital momentum. In CoO, magnon modes are coupled oscillations of spin and orbital momenta with comparable amplitudes. We demonstrate excitations of magnon modes by directly coupling light with electronic orbital angular momentum, providing possibilities to develop magneto-optical devices operating at several terahertz with high output-to-input ratio.
Description: 超短光パルスで磁性体中に大振幅テラヘルツ・スピン波を励起 --超高速・高効率磁気光学デバイスへ期待--. 京都大学プレスリリース. 2017-09-29.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/s41467-017-00616-2
PubMed ID: 28935962
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