Determination of the infrared complex magnetoconductivity tensor in itinerant ferromagnets from Faraday and Kerr measurements

M. H. Kim, G. Acbas, M. H. Yang, I. Ohkubo, H. Christen, D. Mandrus, M. A. Scarpulla, O. D. Dubon, Z. Schlesinger, P. Khalifah, J. Cerne

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Abstract

We present measurement and analysis techniques that allow the complete complex magnetoconductivity tensor to be determined from midinfrared (11-1.6 μm; 100-800 meV) measurements of the complex Faraday (θF) and Kerr (θK) angles. Since this approach involves measurement of the geometry (orientation axis and ellipticity of the polarization) of transmitted and reflected light, no absolute transmittance or reflectance measurements are required. Thick-film transmission and reflection equations are used to convert the complex θF and θK into the complex longitudinal conductivity σxx and the complex transverse (Hall) conductivity σxy. θF and θK are measured in a Ga1-x Mnx As and SrRu O3 films. The resulting σxx is compared to the values obtained from conventional transmittance and reflectance measurements, as well as the results from Kramers-Kronig analysis of reflectance measurements on similar films.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214416
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume75
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2007

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