In this Letter, we present a material system with two ferrimagnetic GdxFe100-x layers where the relative orientation of the Fe magnetic moments can be set by temperature in the presence of an external magnetic field. We demonstrate that, depending on the relative alignment of the Fe moments, the spintronic emitter system can be either in a high- or in a low-amplitude terahertz emitting state. Nonmagnetic metal layers with opposite spin Hall angles were utilized for further improvement of the efficiency. This study opens a route for an efficient type of spintronic terahertz emitter system based on the ferrimagnetic properties of rare earth-3d transition metal alloys, which allows switching the emission state from high to low power.
Thermomagnetic control of spintronic THz emission enabled by ferrimagnets
Mario Fix, Robert Schneider, Jannis Bensmann, Steffen Michaelis de Vasconcellos, Rudolf Bratschitsch, Manfred Albrecht; Thermomagnetic control of spintronic THz emission enabled by ferrimagnets. Appl. Phys. Lett. 6 January 2020; 116 (1): 012402. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5132624
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