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Magnetic microscopy/metrology potential of metamaterials using nanosized spherical particle arrays
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Paper Abstract

Techniques for imaging and characterizing magnetic samples have been widely used in many areas of research involving magnetic materials. Nowadays, magnetic microscopy techniques play a critical role in characterizing magnetic thin film structures. In considering the various techniques, optical techniques offer some unique advantages over alternative techniques (e.g. MFM), as they are least affected by magnetic noise and, for the same underlying reasons, have also proven to be more suitable for "high speed" magnetization measurements of magnetization dynamics, which are increasingly important in many of today's research scopes. At the same time, development of metamaterials are opening the doors for newly behaving materials, such as those demonstrating negative refractive index, potentially useful in a variety of applications, such as imaging. Metamaterials deploying arrays of silicon particles, and even alternating silicon particles and split ring resonators have recently been shown to demonstrate interesting behavior, such as negative magnetic susceptibility and large resonant peaks in the Terahertz regime. Such high frequencies offer the potential bandwidth of extraordinarily fast dynamics, which are increasingly being generated in magnetic materials, for example, in optically-induced demagnetization and all-optical magnetic recording. Here, initial investigations toward ultra high-speed imaging and/or information extraction from magnetic samples is discussed considering metamaterials deploying mainly spherical particle arrays. In addition to the frequency spectrums of the system, the response of the system to external magnetic fields and background permeability changes due to external fields are investigated. Our results suggest a significant potential of metamaterials for use in probing information from magnetic materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8204, Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices, 82042V (23 December 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.904893
Show Author Affiliations
Kwaku Eason, A*STAR - Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
Boris Luk'yanchuk, A*STAR - Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
Yi Zhou, A*STAR - Data Storage Institute (Singapore)
Andrey E. Miroshnichenko, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Yuri S. Kivshar, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8204:
Smart Nano-Micro Materials and Devices
Saulius Juodkazis; Min Gu, Editor(s)

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