Sample Abstract for ISIF 2012

Photo-Magnetic Effect in Epitaxial Self-Assembled SrRuO3-CoFe2O4
Nanostructure Thin Film
Heng-Jui Liu1, Chen-Wei Liang2, Qing He5, Yu-Ze Chen1, Long-Yi Chen3,
Yung-Shun Chien4, Jan-Chi Yang2, Ying-Hua Heish2, Su-Jien Lin1, Chih-Wei
Luo3, Yu-Lun Chueh1, Yi-Chun Chen4, and Ying-Hao Chu2,*
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University,
Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University,
Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan
Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan
Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan
Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California
94720, USA
Self-assemble vertical nanostructures take their advantages of high interface-to-volume ratio
and can be used to design new functionalities by the choice of proper combination of
constituents. However, most of the studies up to date have been stressing on the functional
controllability of the nanostructures using external electric or magnetic fields. In this study,
we want to introduce light (or photons) as the external control parameter to a self-assembled
nanostructure system. For this purpose, photo-strictive SrRuO3 (SRO) and magneto-strictive
CoFe2O4 (CFO) have been chosen to reveal the “photo-magnetic” coupling effect. We have
successfully synthesized oxide nanostructures with CFO nanopillars embedded in SRO
matrix. CFO suffers a vertical compressive stress from constraint of SRO matrix, which
exhibit a strong magnetic anisotropy along normal direction. We then performed the
illumination experiment on the intimately assembled nanostructures thin films and leads to a
light-induced, ultrafast change in magnetization of the CoFe2O4 nanopillars. Our work
demonstrates a new concept on oxide nanostructure design and engineering and opens a
pathway alternative to the traditional routes for the explorations of new photo-magnetic
coupling mechanism.
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