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Ultrafast optically induced spin transfer in ferromagnetic alloys



Moritz Hofherr, Soren Hauser, J. K. Dewhurst, Phoebe Tengdin, S Sakshath, Hans Nembach, Tobias Weber, Justin Shaw, Thomas J. Silva, H C. Kapteyn, M Cinchetti, B Rethfeld, M M. Murnane, D Steil, B Stadtmuller, S Sharma, Martin Aeschlimann, S Mathias


The vision of using light to manipulate electronic and spin excitations in materials on their fundamental time and length scales requires new approaches in experiment and theory to observe and understand these excitations. The ultimate speed limit for all-optical manipulation requires control schemes for which the electronic or magnetic subsystems of the materials are coherently manipulated on the time scale of the laser excitation pulse. In our work, we provide experimental evidence of such a direct, ultrafast, and coherent spin transfer between two magnetic subsystems of an alloy of Fe and Ni. Our experimental findings are fully supported by time-dependent density functional theory simulations and, hence, suggest the possibility of coherently controlling spin dynamics on subfemtosecond time scales, i.e., the birth of the research area of attomagnetism.
Science Advances


Ultrafast demagnetization, spin dynamics, high harmonic generation


Hofherr, M. , Hauser, S. , Dewhurst, J. , Tengdin, P. , Sakshath, S. , Nembach, H. , Weber, T. , Shaw, J. , Silva, T. , Kapteyn, H. , Cinchetti, M. , Rethfeld, B. , Murnane, M. , Steil, D. , Stadtmuller, B. , Sharma, S. , Aeschlimann, M. and Mathias, S. (2020), Ultrafast optically induced spin transfer in ferromagnetic alloys, Science Advances, [online],, (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created January 16, 2020, Updated October 12, 2021