Kerr rotation in Cu, Ag, and Au driven by spin accumulation and spin-orbit coupling
- Kerr rotation in Cu, Ag, and Au driven by spin accumulation and spin-orbit coupling
- 최경민; David G. Cahill
- spin accumulation; spin-orbit coupling
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- Physical review B, Condensed matter and materials physics
- VOL 90, NO 214432
- We measure transient spin accumulation in Cu, Ag, and Au by time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect. The transient spin current is generated by ultrafast demagnetization of a ferromagnetic [Co/Pt] layer, and spin accumulates in an adjacent normal metal, Cu, Ag, or Au by spin diffusion. The magnitude of the Kerr rotation is described by an off-diagonal conductivity tensor that is proportional to spin accumulation and spin-orbit coupling. From comparisons between observed Kerr rotations and calculated spin accumulations, we determine the strength of spin-orbit coupling of conduction electrons in Cu, Ag, and Au to be 0.02, 0.01, and 0.12eV, respectively.
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