Magneto-optical Kerr spectroscopy of (Ga,Mn)(As,P) ferromagnetic layers: Experiments and k.p theory

Abstract : We present a theoretical and experimental study of the magneto-optical properties of thin (Ga,Mn) (As,P) layers on GaAs substrates with varying phosphorus fractions. Using a 40-band k.p model as well as an antiferromagnetic (s, p)-d exchange interaction, we calculate the dielectric tensor, the Kerr rotation angle, and the ellipticity in the interband transition region. Our calculations are validated through a set of accurate comparisons with experimental results. The Kerr ellipticity peak is found to be 2 to 3 times larger than the Kerr rotation angle both experimentally and theoretically. This work will enable to optimize the magneto-optical effects in these layers for maximum sensitivity in ultra-fast magnetization dynamics and domain microscopy experiments. Published by AIP Publishing.
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M Yahyaoui, H Riahi, A Maaref, K Boujdaria, Aristide Lemaître, et al.. Magneto-optical Kerr spectroscopy of (Ga,Mn)(As,P) ferromagnetic layers: Experiments and k.p theory. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2017, 121 (12), pp.125702. ⟨10.1063/1.4979205⟩. ⟨hal-01522882⟩

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