Carley, R.; Döbrich, K.; Frietsch, B.; Gahl, C.; Teichmann, M.; Schwarzkopf, O.; Wernet, P.; Weinelt, M.: Femtosecond Laser Excitation Drives Ferromagnetic Gadolinium out of Magnetic Equilibrium. Physical Review Letters 109 (2012), p. 057401/1-4
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The temporal evolution of the exchange-split DELTA2-like SIGMA valence bands of the 4f-ferromagnet gadolinium after femtosecond laser excitation has been studied using angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy based on high-order harmonic generation. The ultrafast drop of the exchange splitting reflects the magnetic response seen in femtosecond magnetic dichroism experiments. However, while the minority valence band reacts immediately, the response of the majority counterpart is delayed by 1 picosecond and is only half as fast. These findings demonstrate that laser excitation drives the valence band structure out of magnetic equilibrium.