A sensitive midinfrared (MIR, 900-1100 (Formula presented), 112-136 meV) photoelastic polarization modulation technique is used to measure simultaneously Faraday rotation and circular dichroism in thin metal films. These two quantities determine the complex ac Hall conductivity. This technique is applied to study Au and Cu thin films at temperatures in the range (300 K >T > 20 K), and magnetic fields up to 8 T. The Hall frequency (Formula presented) is consistent with band theory predictions. We report a measurement of the MIR Hall scattering rate (Formula presented) which is significantly lower than that derived from Drude analysis of zero magnetic field MIR transmission measurements. This difference is qualitatively explained in terms of the anisotropy of the Fermi surface in Au and Cu.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics