Magneto-optical response of isolated and embedded Fe nanoparticles

J. L. Menéndez*, B. Bescós, G. Armelles, A. Cebollada, C. Quintana, E. Navarro, R. Serna, J. Gonzalo, C. N. Afonso, R. Doole, A. K. Petford-Long, D. Hole

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The magneto-optical response of nanometric Fe particles with varying size and shape has been studied, both in sputtered single layers and pulsed laser deposited nanocomposite films. The shape of Fe nanoparticles was controlled by varying growth conditions. An effective medium theory for arbitrary particle shapes has been derived and used to simulate the experimentally measured magneto-optical transverse Kerr spectra. The simulations show that the transverse Kerr magneto-optical spectra depend on the particles shape and correlate well with the experimentally determined spectra. From this result, it is deduced that Fe nanoparticles with dimensions down to 3-4 nm keep their bulk magneto-optical constants. On the other hand, large magneto-optical signals are reported in multilayered structures due to interferential effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1416-1418
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - Jul 2001
Event8th Joint Magnetism and Magnetic Materials -International Magnetic Conference- (MMM-Intermag) - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2001Jan 11 2001


  • Iron nanoparticles
  • Magneto-optics
  • Pulsed laser deposition
  • Sputtering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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