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Direct Evidence of Torque-mediated Optical Magnetism

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posted on 2023-11-30, 18:20 authored by M. Tuan Trinh, Krishnandu Makhal, Elizabeth F. C. Dreyer, Apoorv Shanker, Seong-Jun Yoon, Jinsang Kim, Stephen C. Rand
We report experimental evidence of a mechanism that supports and intensifies induced magnetization at optical frequencies without the intervention of spin-orbit or spin-spin interactions. Energy-resolved spectra of scattered light, recorded at moderate intensities (108 W/cm2) and short timescales (<150 fs) in a series of non-magnetic molecular liquids, reveal the signature of torque dynamics driven jointly by the electric and magnetic field components of light at the molecular level. While past experiments have recorded radiant magnetization from magneto-electric interactions of this type, no evidence has been provided to date of the inelastic librational features expected in cross-polarized light scattering spectra due to the Lorentz force acting in combination with optical magnetic torque. Here, torque is shown to account for inelastic components in the magnetic scattering spectrum under conditions that produce no such features in electric dipole scattering, in excellent agreement with quantum theoretical predictions

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