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Enhanced MOKE magnetometry via Tunable Surface Plasmon resonance

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posted on 2023-01-12, 13:40 authored by Edgar J. Patiño, Leidy Paola Quiroga S, César A. Herreño-Fierro
Here we demonstrate the enhancement of the transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect (TMOKE) signal, in the Otto configuration, due to surface plasmon resonance. We present an architecture where the low index dielectric has a variable thickness. This allows the plasmon resonance to be tuned, depending on the magnetic sample and thus be utilized to enhance the MOKE signal of samples separated from the plasmonic device. We have achieved this by using air as low index dielectric where the evanescent wave extends, preceding to excitation of surface plasmons. The magnetic sample under consideration is a thin layer of cobalt coated by an ultrathin silver layer, on a silicon substrate (Ag/Co/Si). The sample is brought close enough to the prism//Air interface, allowing surface plasmon excitation in the air/Ag interface. This leads to an increase of the TMOKE signal up to ~ 2 per mil with respect to the incident light. This is about 8 times the traditional MOKE signal in the absence of plasmons. This is comparable with previous works using the Kretschmann-Raether configuration. This should find applications in MOKE-related technology by increasing its sensitivity to about one order of magnitude and allowing the magnetic sample to be separated from the plasmonic resonance device.

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