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Publication Citation: Vectorial second-harmonic magneto-optic kerr effect measurement

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Author(s): Pavel Kabos; Anthony B. Kos; Thomas J. Silva;
Title: Vectorial second-harmonic magneto-optic kerr effect measurement
Published: May 01, 2000
Abstract: A significant modification of an existing experimental technique based on the second-harmonic magneto-optical Kerr effect (SH-MOKE) is introduced. With a p-polarized pumping optical wave incident upon a magnetic film, the transverse component of magnetization causes a change in the second-harmonic generation efficiency of the material and the longitudinal component of the magnetization produces a change in the polarization rotation and/or ellipicity of the second-harmonic signal. This permits simultaneous hectorial measurement of the in-plane magnetization components. Examples of measured hysteresis loops from 50 nm thick permalloy films and procedures for SH-MOKE signal calibration are presented.
Citation: Journal of Applied Physics
Volume: 87
Issue: 9
Pages: pp. 5980 - 5982
Keywords: hysteresis,magnetic thin film,vectorial magnetizaition measurement
Research Areas: Electromagnetics
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