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Ferrimagnetic Tb-Fe based heterostructures: Intriguing properties and applications

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 11:00
nanoGUNE seminar room, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, Donostia - San Sebastian
Manfred Albrecht, University of Augsburg, Germany
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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 pre-sented.  
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 fer-rimagnetic 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 cir-cular 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 [7], 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 (TbxFe1−x) alloys for the entire range of Tb content (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) under different external applied magnetic fields [8]. 

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