Materials Engineering Enabled by Time-Resolved Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect for Spintronic Applications

Dingbin Huang, Dustin Lattery, Xiaojia Wang

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As an updated version of the ultrafast pump-probe laser technique, the time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect (TR-MOKE) methodology enables the detection of magnetization dynamics with superb temporal (sub-picosecond) and spatial (diffraction-limited beam spot) resolutions. It is a powerful tool to characterize material properties and to reveal the rich physics of magnetization dynamics in magnetic thin films, which serve as the essential building blocks for spintronic and magnetic recording devices. In this spotlight article, we will highlight the recent advances in the development of TR-MOKE metrology and its applications for capturing the magnetization dynamics in technologically important spintronic materials. We cover several representative examples based on research activities carried out at the University of Minnesota (UMN), including studies of Gilbert damping, spin-strain coupling, and interlayer exchange coupling of perpendicular magnetic materials. A brief discussion will be also presented, which highlights several other emerging research topics that are potentially enabled by this metrology to form a more comprehensive picture of its applications for emerging materials and technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-127
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Electronic Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 18 2020

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Funding Information:
This work is supported by the Tangshan talent foundation innovation team (20130204D) and funded by S&P Program of Hebei (Grant No.19012204Z).

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  • damping constant
  • perpendicular magnetic anisotropy
  • spintronics
  • time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect
  • ultrafast pump-probe method

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