Research Abstract



The vectorial control of magnetization by light

2011年6月21日 Nature Communications 2 : 362 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1366


神田 夏輝1,樋口 卓也1,清水 裕勝1,小西 邦昭1,2,吉岡 孝高1,3 & 五神 真1,2,3

  1. 東京大学大学院工学系研究科物理工学専攻 / CREST
  2. 東京大学大学院工学系研究科附属光量子科学研究センター
  3. 東京大学大学院理学系研究科物理学専攻
Application of coherent light–matter interactions has recently been extended to the ultrafast control of magnetization. An important but unrealized technique is the manipulation of magnetization vector motion to make it follow an arbitrarily designed multidimensional trajectory. Here we demonstrate a full manipulation of two-dimensional magnetic oscillations in antiferromagnetic NiO with a pair of polarization-twisted femtosecond laser pulses. We employ Raman-type nonlinear optical processes, wherein magnetic oscillations are impulsively induced with a controlled initial phase. Their azimuthal angle follows well-defined selection rules that have been determined by the symmetries of the materials. We emphasize that the temporal variation of the laser-pulse polarization angle enables us to control the phase and amplitude of the two degenerate modes, independently. These results lead to a new concept of the vectorial control of magnetization by light.