Ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic heavy metal heterostructures have been widely utilized to efficiently control magnetization via electrical means. Here, we observed in-plane field-like torques induced by a circularly polarized laser pulse in a ferromagnet/nonmagnet heterostructure. The torques significantly increased with decreasing ferromagnetic layer thicknesses. The interfacial field-like optical spin torque was explained by the optical Rashba-Edelstein effect caused by the structural inversion symmetry breaking. This work will aid in the efficient optical manipulation of thin film nanomagnets using optical helicity.
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Oct 8|
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