Microscopic model for femtosecond magnetization dynamics

B. Koopmans, H.H.J.E. Kicken, M. Kampen, van, W.J.M. Jonge, de

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We present a microscopic model that explains quenching of the magnetization of ferromagnetic transition metals such as nickel within a picosecond after laser excitation.Our model describes the interactions between a Fermi sea of (spinless) electrons, an ensemble of two level oscillators representing the phonon system, and a magnetic degree of freedom described by the Weiss model.An Elliot–Yafet type of spin-flip probability aEY is included for each electron–phonon (e–p) scattering event.We show that even though the demagnetization in our model is mediated by phonon scattering, it is possible to obtain a demagnetization time that is shorter than the e–p equilibration (and even thermalization) time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-275
JournalJournal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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