Ultrafast single-pulse all-optical switching in synthetic ferrimagnetic Tb/Co/Gd multilayers

Julian Hintermayr, Pingzhi Li, Roy H. Rosenkamp, Youri L.W. van Hees, Junta Igarashi, Stéphane Mangin, Reinoud Lavrijsen, Gregory Malinowski, Bert Koopmans

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In this work, we investigate single-shot all-optical switching (AOS) in Tb/Co/Gd/Co/Tb multilayers in an attempt to establish AOS in synthetic ferrimagnets with high magnetic anisotropy. In particular, we study the effect of varying Tb thicknesses to disentangle the role of the two rare earth elements. Even though the role of magnetic compensation has been considered to be crucial, we find that the threshold fluence for switching is largely independent of the Tb content. Moreover, we identify the timescale for the magnetization to cross zero to be within the first ps after laser excitation using time-resolved MOKE. We conclude that the switching is governed mostly by interactions between Co and Gd.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2023


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