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Physics: Prof. dr. T.H.M. Rasing, University of Nijmegen: Controlling magnetism by light


13 March 2008 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Physics: Prof. dr. T.H.M. Rasing
Affiliation: University of Nijmegen
Title: Controlling magnetism by light
Date: 13-03-2008
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


The interaction of light with magnetic matter is well known: magneto optical Faraday or Kerr effects are frequently used to probe the magnetic state of materials. or manipulate the polarisation of light .

The inverse effects are less known but certainly as fascinating: with light one can manipulate matter, for example orient their spins. Using femtosecond laser pulses we have recently demonstrated that one can thus generate ultrashort and very strong (~Tesla’s) magnetic field pulses that provide unprecedented means for the generation, manipulation and coherent control of magnetic order on very short time scales.

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