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Control of coherent magnetization precession in GaMnAs by ultrafast optical excitation
Author(s): J. Qi; Y. Xu; X. Liu; J. K. Furdyna; I. E. Perakis; N. Tolk
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Paper Abstract

We report comprehensive temperature and photoexcitation intensity dependent studies of the photoinduced magnetization precession in Ga1-xMnxAs (x = 0.035) by time-resolved Kerr rotation measurements. We observe coherent oscillations of local Mn spins triggered by an ultrafast photo-induced reorientation of the easy axis due to changes in the magnetic anisotropy. The amplitude saturation of these oscillations above certain pump intensity is indicative of stabilization of the magnetic easy axis orientation on temperatures above ~Tc/2. We find that the observed magnetization precession damping (Gilbert damping) is strongly dependent on pump laser intensity, but largely independent of ambient temperature.

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Date Published: 4 January 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6839, Nonlinear Optics: Technologies and Applications, 68390J (4 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.755487
Show Author Affiliations
J. Qi, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Y. Xu, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
X. Liu, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
J. K. Furdyna, Univ. of Notre Dame (United States)
I. E. Perakis, Univ. of Crete (Greece)
N. Tolk, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6839:
Nonlinear Optics: Technologies and Applications
Yiping Cui; Qihuang Gong; Yuen-Ron Shen, Editor(s)

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