Kampfrath, Tobias and Sell, Alexander and Klatt, Gregor and Pashkin, Alexej and Mährlein, Sebastian and Dekorsy, Thomas and Wolf, Martin and Fiebig, Manfred and Leitenstorfer, Alfred and Huber, Rupert (2011) Coherent terahertz control of antiferromagnetic spin waves. Nature Photonics 5, pp. 31-34.
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Ultrafast charge and spin excitations in the elusive terahertz regime1, 2 of the electromagnetic spectrum play a pivotal role in condensed matter3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. The electric field of free-space terahertz pulses has provided a direct gateway to manipulating the motion of charges on the femtosecond timescale6, 7, 8, 9. Here, we complement this process by showing that the magnetic component of intense terahertz transients enables ultrafast control of the spin degree of freedom. Single-cycle terahertz pulses switch on and off coherent spin waves in antiferromagnetic NiO at frequencies as high as 1 THz. An optical probe pulse with a duration of 8 fs follows the terahertz-induced magnetic dynamics directly in the time domain and verifies that the terahertz field addresses spins selectively by means of the Zeeman interaction. This concept provides a universal ultrafast means to control previously inaccessible magnetic excitations in the electronic ground state.
|Institutions:||Physics > Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics > Chair Professor Huber > Group Rupert Huber|
|Keywords:||Spectroscopy; Ultrafast photonics; Terahertz optics|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 530 Physics|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Unknown|
|Deposited On:||21 Jan 2011 09:08|
|Last Modified:||21 Jul 2011 02:05|