A system for measurement of domain wall motion in amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys

J. R. Calkins, M. F. Ruane, M. Mansuripur

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A system has been developed for measuring domain wall motion in amorphous rare earth-transition metal alloys. A one-dimensional scanning technique is utilized oscillating a focused HeNe laser spot over the magnetization pattern in the film. Domain walls are detected through the polar Kerr effect as the spot scans the film. A magnetic field is applied to the film in order to move the domain walls. The maximum line scanning rate is about 250 Hz. The spot diameter at a 632.8 nm wavelength is limited to about 8 µm by the 0.46 numerical aperture of the focusing objective. the beam waist of the laser. and aberrations. The domain wall position can be measured to within ±1 µm. The apparatus is described and domain wall motion measurements are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2314-2316
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes


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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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