Ferrimagnetic Tb-Fe based heterostructures: Intriguing properties and applications

28.01.2018 von 17:15 bis 18:00

Ultrafast magnetization switching is at the heart of both modern information storage technology and fundamental science. In this regard, it was recently observed that ultra-fast magnetization reversal processes can be induced by circularly polarized laser pulses in ferrimagnetic GdFeCo alloy thin films [1]. This novel observation resulted in a broad range of exciting and challenging fundamental questions, and may enable new applications based on ultra-fast spintronics. An overview of our activities on all-optical switching in ferrimagnetic TbFe films [2-4] will be presented.

In a further study, we tried to combine this AOS property with magnetic thin films with high magnetic anisotropy such as L10 ordered FePt, which are in high demand for ultra high-density magnetic recording. In this attempt FePt-Tb alloy thin films were investigated.

Another intriguing property of ferrimagnetic/ferromagnetic heterostructures is the exchange bias effect. Here, the dependence of the interfacial exchange coupling on the stoichiometry of the ferrimagnetic TbFe layer was analyzed. A large exchange-bias field up to several Tesla is found to be accompanied by an interfacial domain wall as probed by element specific x-ray magnetic circular dichroism absorption measurements [5]. In addition, unexpected results on the exchange bias effect in two coupled ferrimagnetic TbFe layers will be shown [6].

Recently, a new type of THz emitter has been discovered, which is based on the inverse spin Hall effect. These “spintronic” THz emitters can generate a high THz intensity and are broadband up to 30 THz. Here I will show results on the THz emission of a layered spintronic system based on Pt and (TbxFe1x) alloys for the entire range of Tb content (0 x 1) under different external applied magnetic fields [7].


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[2] A. Hassdenteufel et al., Adv. Mater. 25, 3122 (2013)

[3] A. Hassdenteufel et al., Phys. Rev. B 91, 104431 (2015)

[4] B. Hebler et al., Frontiers in Materials 3, 8 (2016)

[5] C. Schubert et al., Phys. Rev. B 87, 054415 (2013)

[6] B. Hebler et al., Phys. Rev. B 95, 104410 (2017)

[7] R. Schneider et al., ACS Photonics 5, 3936 (2018)

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