Comparing ultrafast demagnitization rates between competing models for finite temperature magnetism

A.J. Schellekens, B. Koopmans

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Abstract

We investigate a recent controversy in ultrafast magnetization dynamics by comparing the demagnetization rates from two frequently used but competing descriptions for finite temperature magnetism, namely a rigid band structure Stoner-like approach and a system of localized spins. The calculations on the localized spin system show a demagnetization rate and time comparable to experimentally obtained values, whereas the rigid band approach yields negligible demagnetization, even when the microscopic spin-flip process is assumed to be instantaneous. This shows that rigid band structure calculations will never be in quantitative agreement with experiments, irrespective of the investigated microscopic scattering mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Article number217204
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume110
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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