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Femtosecond formation dynamics of the spin Seebeck effect revealed by terahertz spectroscopy

Femtosecond formation dynamics of the spin Seebeck effect revealed by terahertz spectroscopy

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SEIFERT, Tom S., Samridh JAISWAL, Joseph BARKER, Sebastian T. WEBER, Ilya RAZDOLSKI, Joel CRAMER, Sebastian T. B. GÖNNENWEIN, Martin WOLF, Mathias KLÄUI, Tobias KAMPFRATH, 2018. Femtosecond formation dynamics of the spin Seebeck effect revealed by terahertz spectroscopy. In: Nature Communications. Nature Publishing Group. 9, 2899. eISSN 2041-1723. Available under: doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05135-2

@article{Seifert2018Femto-52288, title={Femtosecond formation dynamics of the spin Seebeck effect revealed by terahertz spectroscopy}, year={2018}, doi={10.1038/s41467-018-05135-2}, volume={9}, journal={Nature Communications}, author={Seifert, Tom S. and Jaiswal, Samridh and Barker, Joseph and Weber, Sebastian T. and Razdolski, Ilya and Cramer, Joel and Gönnenwein, Sebastian T. B. and Wolf, Martin and Kläui, Mathias and Kampfrath, Tobias}, note={Article Number: 2899} }

Razdolski, Ilya eng Kampfrath, Tobias 2021-01-05T10:54:53Z Weber, Sebastian T. Weber, Sebastian T. Kampfrath, Tobias Wolf, Martin Femtosecond formation dynamics of the spin Seebeck effect revealed by terahertz spectroscopy Barker, Joseph Seifert, Tom S. Kläui, Mathias Barker, Joseph 2018 Seifert, Tom S. Understanding the transfer of spin angular momentum is essential in modern magnetism research. A model case is the generation of magnons in magnetic insulators by heating an adjacent metal film. Here, we reveal the initial steps of this spin Seebeck effect with <27 fs time resolution using terahertz spectroscopy on bilayers of ferrimagnetic yttrium iron garnet and platinum. Upon exciting the metal with an infrared laser pulse, a spin Seebeck current js arises on the same ~100 fs time scale on which the metal electrons thermalize. This observation highlights that efficient spin transfer critically relies on carrier multiplication and is driven by conduction electrons scattering off the metal-insulator interface. Analytical modeling shows that the electrons' dynamics are almost instantaneously imprinted onto js because their spins have a correlation time of only ~4 fs and deflect the ferrimagnetic moments without inertia. Applications in material characterization, interface probing, spin-noise spectroscopy and terahertz spin pumping emerge. Cramer, Joel Razdolski, Ilya Cramer, Joel Wolf, Martin Gönnenwein, Sebastian T. B. Kläui, Mathias Jaiswal, Samridh Gönnenwein, Sebastian T. B. Jaiswal, Samridh Attribution 4.0 International 2021-01-05T10:54:53Z

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