Direct observation of photoinduced magnetization in a relaxor ferromagnet

Y. Okimoto, Y. Ogimoto, M. Matsubara, Y. Tomioka, T. Kageyama, T. Hasegawa, H. Koinuma, M. Kawasaki, Y. Tokura

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Persistent ferromagnetic magnetization (M) as large as 0.6μB per Mn site can be induced by irradiating visible laser pulses on a thin film of 1% Cr-doped Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3. The enhancement of M upon the photoexcitation was also confirmed by the scanning superconducting quantum interference device microscope as an increase of magnetic field from ferromagnetic domains. The observed photoinduced transition from a metastable charge/orbital ordered state into a ferromagnetic one is likely to be assisted by the microscopic phase separation characteristic of such a relaxor ferromagnet as the present Cr-doped manganite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-1033
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Feb 11


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