Abstract

Nanoscale reversal of the longitudinal magnetization (Mz) is highly desired in the ultrahigh density perpendicular magnetic recording. In this paper, an all-optical method to realize the reversal of Mz with an ultrasmall lateral size through configuring the inverse Faraday effect (IFE) is numerically proposed. This feature is achieved by optical coherent configuration of the IFE in the central and peripheral regions of the focal spot with opposite signs. By increasing the intensity of the peripheral regions to produce destructive interference, the lateral size of the reversed Mz smaller than 30 nm in one dimension in the central region can be achieved. This result is of vital importance for realizing ultrafast nanoscale perpendicular magnetic recording.

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C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
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2013 (1)

2012 (4)

X. Li, T. H. Lan, C. H. Tien, and M. Gu, “Three-dimensional orientation-unlimited polarization encryption by a single optically configured vectorial beam,” Nat. Commun. 3, 998 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

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[Crossref] [PubMed]

2011 (1)

I. Radu, K. Vahaplar, C. Stamm, T. Kachel, N. Pontius, H. A. Dürr, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Transient ferromagnetic-like state mediating ultrafast reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled spins,” Nature 472(7342), 205–208 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

2009 (3)

B. R. Boruah and M. A. A. Neil, “Focal field computation of an arbitrarily polarized beam using Fourier transforms,” Opt. Commun. 282(24), 4660–4667 (2009).
[Crossref]

K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast path for optical magnetization reversal via a strongly nonequilibrium state,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(11), 117201 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Y. Zhang and J. Bai, “Theoretical study on all-optical magnetic recording using a solid immersion lens,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26(1), 176 (2009).
[Crossref]

2008 (1)

Y. Zhang and J. Bai, “High-density all-optical magnetic recording using a high-NA lens illuminated by circularly polarized pulse lights,” Phys. Lett. A 372(41), 6294–6297 (2008).
[Crossref]

2007 (3)

A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, and Th. Rasing, “Femtosecond opto-magnetism: ultrafast laser manipulation of magnetic materials,” Laser Photonics Rev. 1(3), 275–287 (2007).
[Crossref]

C. D. Stanciu, F. Hansteen, A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, and T. Rasing, “All-optical magnetic recording with circularly polarized light,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99(4), 047601 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

R. Di Leonardo, F. Ianni, and G. Ruocco, “Computer generation of optimal holograms for optical trap arrays,” Opt. Express 15(4), 1913–1922 (2007).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

2006 (1)

2005 (1)

A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, P. A. Usachev, R. V. Pisarev, A. M. Balbashov, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast non-thermal control of magnetization by instantaneous photomagnetic pulses,” Nature 435(7042), 655–657 (2005).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

1994 (1)

S. Y. Chou, M. S. Wei, P. R. Krauss, and P. B. Fischer, “Single domain magnetic pillar array of 35 nm diameter and 65 Gbits/in.2 density for ultrahigh density quantum magnetic storage,” J. Appl. Phys. 76(10), 6673 (1994).
[Crossref]

1988 (1)

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

1984 (1)

S. Iwasaki, “Perpendicular magnetic recording – evolution and future,” IEEE Trans. Magn. 20(5), 657–662 (1984).
[Crossref]

1965 (1)

J. P. van der Ziel, P. S. Pershan, and L. D. Malmstrom, “Optically-induced magnetization resulting from the inverse Faraday effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 15(5), 190–193 (1965).
[Crossref]

1963 (1)

P. S. Pershan, “Nonlinear optical properties of solids: energy considerations,” Phys. Rev. 130(3), 919–929 (1963).
[Crossref]

1961 (1)

L. P. Pitaevskii, “Electric forces in a transparent dispersive medium,” Sov. Phys. 12, 1008 (1961).

1959 (1)

B. Richards and E. Wolf, “Electromagnetic diffraction in optical systems II. Structure of the image field in an aplanatic system,” Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A Math. Phys. Sci. 253(1274), 358–379 (1959).
[Crossref]

Aeschlimann, M.

C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Afanasiev, D.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Atxitia, U.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Bai, J.

Y. Zhang and J. Bai, “Theoretical study on all-optical magnetic recording using a solid immersion lens,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26(1), 176 (2009).
[Crossref]

Y. Zhang and J. Bai, “High-density all-optical magnetic recording using a high-NA lens illuminated by circularly polarized pulse lights,” Phys. Lett. A 372(41), 6294–6297 (2008).
[Crossref]

Baibich, M. N.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Balbashov, A. M.

A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, P. A. Usachev, R. V. Pisarev, A. M. Balbashov, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast non-thermal control of magnetization by instantaneous photomagnetic pulses,” Nature 435(7042), 655–657 (2005).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Barker, J.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

I. Radu, K. Vahaplar, C. Stamm, T. Kachel, N. Pontius, H. A. Dürr, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Transient ferromagnetic-like state mediating ultrafast reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled spins,” Nature 472(7342), 205–208 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Boruah, B. R.

B. R. Boruah and M. A. A. Neil, “Focal field computation of an arbitrarily polarized beam using Fourier transforms,” Opt. Commun. 282(24), 4660–4667 (2009).
[Crossref]

Broto, J. M.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Chantrell, R.

K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, S. Gerlach, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “All-optical magnetization reversal by circularly polarized laser pulses: experiment and multiscale modeling,” Phys. Rev. B 85(10), 104402 (2012).
[Crossref]

K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast path for optical magnetization reversal via a strongly nonequilibrium state,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(11), 117201 (2009).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Chantrell, R. W.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

I. Radu, K. Vahaplar, C. Stamm, T. Kachel, N. Pontius, H. A. Dürr, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Transient ferromagnetic-like state mediating ultrafast reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled spins,” Nature 472(7342), 205–208 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Chazelas, J.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Chou, S. Y.

S. Y. Chou, M. S. Wei, P. R. Krauss, and P. B. Fischer, “Single domain magnetic pillar array of 35 nm diameter and 65 Gbits/in.2 density for ultrahigh density quantum magnetic storage,” J. Appl. Phys. 76(10), 6673 (1994).
[Crossref]

Chubykalo-Fesenko, O.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Cinchetti, M.

C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Creuzet, G.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Di Leonardo, R.

Dürr, H. A.

I. Radu, K. Vahaplar, C. Stamm, T. Kachel, N. Pontius, H. A. Dürr, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Transient ferromagnetic-like state mediating ultrafast reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled spins,” Nature 472(7342), 205–208 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

El Moussaoui, S.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Etienne, P.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Evans, R. F. L.

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

I. Radu, K. Vahaplar, C. Stamm, T. Kachel, N. Pontius, H. A. Dürr, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Transient ferromagnetic-like state mediating ultrafast reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled spins,” Nature 472(7342), 205–208 (2011).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Fainman, Y.

C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Fert, A.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Fischer, P. B.

S. Y. Chou, M. S. Wei, P. R. Krauss, and P. B. Fischer, “Single domain magnetic pillar array of 35 nm diameter and 65 Gbits/in.2 density for ultrahigh density quantum magnetic storage,” J. Appl. Phys. 76(10), 6673 (1994).
[Crossref]

Friederich, A.

M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Fullerton, E. E.

C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
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X. Li, T. H. Lan, C. H. Tien, and M. Gu, “Three-dimensional orientation-unlimited polarization encryption by a single optically configured vectorial beam,” Nat. Commun. 3, 998 (2012).
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Tsukamoto, A.

K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, S. Gerlach, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “All-optical magnetization reversal by circularly polarized laser pulses: experiment and multiscale modeling,” Phys. Rev. B 85(10), 104402 (2012).
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K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast path for optical magnetization reversal via a strongly nonequilibrium state,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(11), 117201 (2009).
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C. D. Stanciu, F. Hansteen, A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, and T. Rasing, “All-optical magnetic recording with circularly polarized light,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99(4), 047601 (2007).
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A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, P. A. Usachev, R. V. Pisarev, A. M. Balbashov, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast non-thermal control of magnetization by instantaneous photomagnetic pulses,” Nature 435(7042), 655–657 (2005).
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K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, S. Gerlach, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “All-optical magnetization reversal by circularly polarized laser pulses: experiment and multiscale modeling,” Phys. Rev. B 85(10), 104402 (2012).
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M. N. Baibich, J. M. Broto, A. Fert, F. N. Van Dau, F. Petroff, P. Etienne, G. Creuzet, A. Friederich, and J. Chazelas, “Giant magnetoresistance of (001)Fe/(001)Cr magnetic superlattices,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 61(21), 2472–2475 (1988).
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J. P. van der Ziel, P. S. Pershan, and L. D. Malmstrom, “Optically-induced magnetization resulting from the inverse Faraday effect,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 15(5), 190–193 (1965).
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C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
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A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, and Th. Rasing, “Femtosecond opto-magnetism: ultrafast laser manipulation of magnetic materials,” Laser Photonics Rev. 1(3), 275–287 (2007).
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X. Li, T. H. Lan, C. H. Tien, and M. Gu, “Three-dimensional orientation-unlimited polarization encryption by a single optically configured vectorial beam,” Nat. Commun. 3, 998 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, U. Atxitia, O. Chubykalo-Fesenko, S. El Moussaoui, L. Le Guyader, E. Mengotti, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, D. Afanasiev, B. A. Ivanov, A. M. Kalashnikova, K. Vahaplar, J. Mentink, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Ultrafast heating as a sufficient stimulus for magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet,” Nat. Commun. 3, 666 (2012).
[Crossref] [PubMed]

Nature (2)

I. Radu, K. Vahaplar, C. Stamm, T. Kachel, N. Pontius, H. A. Dürr, T. A. Ostler, J. Barker, R. F. L. Evans, R. W. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, T. Rasing, and A. V. Kimel, “Transient ferromagnetic-like state mediating ultrafast reversal of antiferromagnetically coupled spins,” Nature 472(7342), 205–208 (2011).
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A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, P. A. Usachev, R. V. Pisarev, A. M. Balbashov, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast non-thermal control of magnetization by instantaneous photomagnetic pulses,” Nature 435(7042), 655–657 (2005).
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Y. Zhang and J. Bai, “High-density all-optical magnetic recording using a high-NA lens illuminated by circularly polarized pulse lights,” Phys. Lett. A 372(41), 6294–6297 (2008).
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A. R. Khorsand, M. Savoini, A. Kirilyuk, A. V. Kimel, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, and T. Rasing, “Role of magnetic circular dichroism in all-optical magnetic recording,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 108(12), 127205 (2012).
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C. D. Stanciu, F. Hansteen, A. V. Kimel, A. Kirilyuk, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, and T. Rasing, “All-optical magnetic recording with circularly polarized light,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 99(4), 047601 (2007).
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K. Vahaplar, A. M. Kalashnikova, A. V. Kimel, D. Hinzke, U. Nowak, R. Chantrell, A. Tsukamoto, A. Itoh, A. Kirilyuk, and T. Rasing, “Ultrafast path for optical magnetization reversal via a strongly nonequilibrium state,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(11), 117201 (2009).
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C.-H. Lambert, S. Mangin, B. S. D. Ch. S. Varaprasad, Y. K. Takahashi, M. Hehn, M. Cinchetti, G. Malinowski, K. Hono, Y. Fainman, M. Aeschlimann, and E. E. Fullerton, “All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures,” Science 345(6202), 1337–1340 (2014).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1 Schematic illustration of Mz reversal with an ultrasmall lateral size by the optical coherent method.
Fig. 2
Fig. 2 The formation of x polarization with a π phase difference between the central and the peripheral regions in the focal plane. (a) The cartoon diagram illustrating the generation of the field. (b) (c) (d) The corresponding normalized calculated results. (e) The corresponding cross sections at x = 0 in the focal plane.
Fig. 3
Fig. 3 Polarization conversions in the central and peripheral regions and the distribution of the reversed magnetization generated by the conversed light field. (a) The cartoon diagram illustrating the superposition of the light field. (b)(c) The cross sections of the normalized electric fields and the induced Hzeff at x = 0 in the focal plane. (d)-(f) Distributions of the reversed Mz in the focal plane, x-z plane, and y-z plane, respectively.
Fig. 4
Fig. 4 (a) The variation of the FWHM of the reversed Mz in the central region versus the change of δ. (b) The distribution of the reversed Mz by introducing a grating function in (E)t3 and inserting a slit parallel to the y direction at the back aperture when δ = 20.

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E m (x,y,z)=[ E xm E ym E zm ]={ E tm (θ,ϕ) e ikzcosθ /cosθ},
E t1 (θ,ϕ)= cosθ [ cosθ+ sin 2 ϕ(1cosθ) (cosθ1)cosϕsinϕ sinθcosϕ ],
E t2 (θ,ϕ)= E t1 (θ,ϕ) j=1,2 e i2πNA y 0 λR Δ y j .
E= E 1 +δ· E 2 ,
E t3 (θ,ϕ)= cosθ [ (cosθ1)cosϕsinϕ cosθ+ cos 2 ϕ(1cosθ) sinθsinϕ ].
E total =E+i E 3
H eff =iγ E total × E total * ,
H zeff =2γ E x E y3 e z .

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