Enhanced magneto-optic Kerr effects in thin magnetic/metallic layered structures

William A. McGahan, Liang Yao Chen, Z. S. Shan, D. J. Sellmyer, John A. Woollam

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Enhanced Kerr rotation spectra are measured in thin magnetic layers on silver. Also, variable angle of incidence spectroscopic ellipsometry is employed to measure the optical dielectric function of both the thin magnetic layer and the underlying thick silver layer. These results are explained quantitatively using the electromagnetic theory for reflection of light from multiple layers of isotropic and gyrotropic materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2479-2481
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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