Suppression of all-optical switching in He +-irradiated Co/Pt multilayers: influence of the domain-wall energy

Abstract : The observation of all-optical helicity-dependent switching (AO-HDS) in ferri- and ferro-magnetic materials depends not only on the saturation magnetization, but on the magnetic domain size which takes into account the competition between the demagnetizing energy and the domain wall (DW) energy. In this paper, we study the optical response of Co/Pt multilayers for which perpendicular magnetic anisotropy can be tuned using He+ -irradiation. This allows us to correlate the observation of AO-HDS with the magnetic properties of the He+ -irradiated multilayer. These results give direct evidence of the crucial role of the DW energy in the laser-induced switching process.
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Mohammed Salah El Hadri, Michel Hehn, Grégory Malinowski, Cyrille Beigne, Eric Fullerton, et al.. Suppression of all-optical switching in He +-irradiated Co/Pt multilayers: influence of the domain-wall energy. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, IOP Publishing, 2018, 51 (21), pp.215004. ⟨10.1088/1361-6463/aabf2b⟩. ⟨hal-01950851⟩

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