DEPARTMENT OF
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Physikalische Chemie - Direktor: Prof. Dr. Martin Wolf
Special Seminar
Host: T. Kampfrath

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 11:00 am
All are invited to meet around 10:40 am for a chat with coffee & cookies.
PC Seminar Room, G 2.06, Faradayweg 4
Prof. Dr. Hans Christian Schneider
Theoretical Semiconductor Optics and Quantum Electronics, State Research Center OPTIMAS, Physics Department, University of Kaiserslautern
Magnetization Dynamics in Ferri- and Ferromagnets: Microscopic Dynamics of Simple Model Systems
Optically induced magnetization dynamics on sub-picosecond timescales in the ferromagnetic transition metals nickel, iron, and cobalt, has been investigated for 20 years, but there is still a fundamental disagreement about the underlying microscopic mechanism(s). In recent years, intriguing magnetization dynamics have also been found in magnetic systems with exchange coupling between different sublattices, such as GdFeCo.
In this talk I will discuss theoretical models that include the exchange interaction and/or spin orbit coupling and and a microscopic description of scattering mechanisms (electron-phonon, electron-electron) that can be used to explain the experimental findings.
In the case of exchange coupled ferrimagnets, our calculations show how the exchange scattering is responsible for ultrafast dynamics and the occurrence of a transient-ferromagnetic-like states. For the 3d ferromagnets, our studies show in microscopic detail how the spin angular momentum is “lost” due to electronic scattering mechanisms, and how a time-dependent quasi-particle band structure may explain the ultrafast demagnetization in materials with a small magnetic