Spin currents have been shown to play a key role in the ultrafast laser-driven demagnetization process in ferromagnetic thin films. Here, we show that an oscillating spin current can be generated in the film via the application of a femtosecond laser pulse in the visible range. In particular, we prove that the spin current is due to ballistic electrons traveling back and forth in the film. The dependence of the current intensity on the driving electric field is also investigated.
Giovanni Manfredi, Jérôme Hurst, and Paul-Antoine Hervieux, "Ultrafast spin current generation in ferromagnetic thin films," Proc. SPIE 10732, Spintronics XI, 107322V (Presented at SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering: August 22, 2018; Published: 20 September 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2319953.
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