The technological demand to bump the Gigahertz switching speed limit of today's magnetic memory and logic devices into the Terahertz regime underlies the entire field of spin-electronics and integrated multi-functional nano-devices. In this talk, I use theory and experiment to show how all-optical switching based on the quantum-mechanical manipulation of spins with a train of laser pulses could meet this challenge. The creation of magnetic correlations within femtoseconds, i.e. faster than one period of lattice oscillations, reveals a new temporal regime of magnetism. This field opened new directions for manipulating materials out-of-equilibrium using Terahertz, Mid-infrared, and X-ray pulses.
Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics
Perakis , I. (2013). Quantum Tricks in the Shadows of Relativity and the Coulomb Force: Teaching Devices and Students How to Think Ultra-Fast. .