All-optical magnetic recording with circularly polarized light.


We experimentally demonstrate that the magnetization can be reversed in a reproducible manner by a single 40 femtosecond circularly polarized laser pulse, without any applied magnetic field. This optically induced ultrafast magnetization reversal previously believed impossible is the combined result of femtosecond laser heating of the magnetic system to… (More)


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@article{Stanciu2007AllopticalMR, title={All-optical magnetic recording with circularly polarized light.}, author={Carol Stanciu and Fredrik Hansteen and A. V. Kimel and A. Kirilyuk and Atsuko Tsukamoto and Akira Itoh and Th. H. M. Rasing}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2007}, volume={99 4}, pages={047601} }