Photoinduced effect in a ferromagnetic perovskite La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 was investigated by femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. By utilizing magneto-optical Kerr rotation as a probe, the photoinduced dynamics of the spins was observed independently of the quasiparticle relaxation dynamics. The low-energy optical conductivity decreases immediately after photoexcitation without changing magnetization, and subsequently the demagnetization occurs in a strongly temperature-dependent manner. The photoinduced demagnetization shows critical slowing down with the time constant up to 1.4 ns when the spin temperature after photoexcitation reaches near the Curie temperature. Such a slow response of a spin system indicates good thermal insulation between quasiparticles and a spin system, suggesting small spin-orbit interaction.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2003 Nov 25|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics