Abstract

The dependence of waveguiding loss on the magnetization of a Fe micromagnet embedded into the (Al,Ga)As optical waveguide was examined as a possible readout method for the spin-photon memory. The optical detection of the magnetization direction of a Fe micromagnet was demonstrated for the micromagnet sizes of 3μm×4μm and 3μm×8μm with signal-to-noise ratios of 4.8 and 6 dB, respectively. In the case of smaller sizes, the use of spin injection from the micromagnet into a semiconductor optical amplifier was proposed for the optical detection of the magnetization.

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