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Nanophotonics devices based on magnetic materials
Author(s): Jean-Yves Bigot; Mircea Vomir; Marie Barthélémy; Michele Albrecht; Abdelghani Laraoui
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Paper Abstract

Magneto-optics and nanophotonics offer promising developments for applications in various technological sectors like data manipulation and storage, bio-imaging or optical sensors. Towards such purposes we show that it is advantageous to combine ultrafast magnetism performed with ultrashort laser pulses together with nanophotonics performed on various magnetic materials. Firstly, we discuss the important physical mechanisms underlying the control of magneto-optical nanodevices with femtosecond laser pulses. Secondly, we give examples of magneto-optical patterning which can be used for switching or for realizing diffractive magneto-optics. For example, individual ferromagnetic CoPt3 dots can be manipulated at the femtosecond time scale using confocal magneto-optical Kerr microscopy. Alternatively one can pattern such dots and control their size and shape. Patterning magnetic arrays on ferromagnetic metals with light pulses is also potentially very attractive for diffractive structures. Thirdly, we describe the advantages of performing coherent magneto-optics. In particular, transparent magnetic materials like Garnets are well adapted for making self diffractive magneto-optical devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 January 2012
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8268, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices IX, 82682U (21 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915653
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Jean-Yves Bigot, CNRS, Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, Univ. de Strasbourg (France)
Mircea Vomir, CNRS, Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, Univ. de Strasbourg (France)
Marie Barthélémy, CNRS, Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, Univ. de Strasbourg (France)
Michele Albrecht, CNRS, Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, Univ. de Strasbourg (France)
Abdelghani Laraoui, CNRS, Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, Univ. de Strasbourg (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8268:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices IX
Manijeh Razeghi; Eric Tournie; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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