Laser-induced spin protection and switching in a specially designed magnetic dot: A theoretical investigation
Department of Physics, Indiana State University - Terre Haute, IN 47809, USA
2 Office of the Chancellor and Center for Nanoscience, Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Physics & Astronomy, University of Missouri-St. Louis - St. Louis, MO 63121, USA
Accepted: 8 March 2011
Most laser-induced femtosecond magnetism investigations are done in magnetic thin films. Nanostructured magnetic dots, with their reduced dimensionality, present new opportunities for spin manipulation. Here we predict that if a magnetic dot has a dipole-forbidden transition between the lowest occupied molecular orbital (LUMO) and the highest unoccupied molecular orbital (HOMO), but a dipole-allowed transition between LUMO+1 and HOMO, electromagnetically induced transparency can be used to prevent ultrafast laser-induced spin momentum reduction, or spin protection. This is realized through a strong dump pulse to funnel the population into LUMO+1. If the time delay between the pump and dump pulses is longer than 60 fs, a population inversion starts and spin switching is achieved. These predictions are detectable experimentally.
PACS: 75.78.Jp – Ultrafast magnetization dynamics and switching / 75.50.-y – Studies of specific magnetic materials / 78.47.jb – Transient absorption
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