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Single-shot imaging of ultrafast all-optical magnetization dynamics with a spatio-temporal resolution

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posted on 2023-01-12, 14:11 authored by T. Zalewski, A. Stupakiewicz
We present a laboratory system for single-shot magneto-optical (MO) imaging of ultrafast magnetization dynamics with high-sensitivity of MO rotation. We create a stack of MO images repeatedly employing a single pair of a pump and defocused probe pulses to induce and visualize MO changes in the sample. Both laser beams are independently wavelength-tunable allowing for a flexible, resonant adjustable two-color pump and probe scheme. To increase the MO contrast the probe beam is spatially filtered. We performed the all-optical switching experiment in Co-doped yttrium iron garnet films (YIG:Co) to demonstrate the capability of the presented method. We determine the spatial-temporal distribution of the effective field of photo-induced anisotropy driving the all-optical switching of the magnetization in YIG:Co film without an external magnetic field. Moreover, using this imaging method, we tracked the process of the laser-induced magnetization precession.



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