Theory of Condensed Matter: Hard Condensed Matter

May 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. in Galilei room 01-128 (Staudinger Weg 9)

Prof. Dr. Jairo Sinova
Institut für Physik, SPICE

Ultrafast magnetism: Recent theory developments
Peter Oppeneer (Uppsala University)

Ultrafast magnetism has become an area of intensive investigations, following the seminal discovery of ultrafast laser-induced demagnetization 20 years ago in Strasbourg. The fundamental mechanisms of ultrafast demagnetization have not unambiguously been uncovered and continue to be debated.
In this seminar I shall present recent theoretical work that aims to quantify how much spin-dissipation mechanisms such as Elliott-Yafet electron-phonon spin-flip scattering, ultrafast magnon generation and superdiffusive spin transport could contribute.
In addition, I shall discuss other recent theoretical contributions to the field, to mention, ab initio theory for all-optical switching, derivation of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation from the fundamental Dirac equation, relativistic theory of spin-photon interaction, and recent theory to go beyond the two-temperature model for describing femtosecond laser- excitation of solids.