Magneto-Optical Stokes Polarimetry and Nanostructured Magnetic Materials
Abstract:Stokes parameters fully characterize the polarization state of light in an experimentally accessible manner. Photoelastic modulator (PEM) based Stokes polarimetry offers a very high sensitivity which is particularly suitable for the investigation of the magneto-optical properties of nanostructured magnetic materials. In this paper, we shall describe a robust methodology recently developed by us that utilizes a dual PEM setup. As an example of its application, we report on the magneto-optical characteristics of focused Ga ion beam patterned Fe films. We have investigated Ga ion irradiation of single-layer polycrystalline Fe films deposited on Si3N4 substrates, which allows us to study the effects of ion implantation with minimum added complications. Complemented by structural and other characterization techniques, the absolute measurement of magneto-optical effects through the determination of Stokes parameters has enabled us to effectively separate the various contributions from film thinning due to sputtering, structural modifications and compositional changes caused by Ga incorporation. A comparison is also made between the magneto-optical behavior of patterned thin films and that of anodic aluminum oxide embedded magnetic nanowire arrays.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-02-01
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