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Ultrafast laser generated strain in granular and continuous FePt thin films
von Reppert, A.; Willig, L.; Pudell, J.-E.; Rössle, M.; Leitenberger, W.; Herzog, M.; Ganss, F.; Hellwig, O.; Bargheer, M.
We employ ultrafast X-ray diffraction to compare the lattice dynamics of laser-excited continuous and granular FePt films on MgO (100) substrates. Contrary to recent results on free-standing granular films, we observe in both cases a pronounced and long-lasting out-of-plane expansion. We attribute this discrepancy to the in-plane expansion, which is suppressed by symmetry in continuous films. Granular films on substrates are less constrained and already show a reduced out-of-plane contraction. Via the Poisson effect, out-of-plane contractions drive in-plane expansion and vice versa. Consistently, the granular film exhibits a short-lived out-of-plane contraction driven by ultrafast demagnetization which is followed by a reduced and delayed expansion. From the acoustic reflections of the observed strain waves at the film-substrate interface, we extract a 13% reduction of the elastic constants in thin 10 nm FePt films compared to bulk-like samples.
Keywords: Epitaxy; Poisson's ratio; Magnetic devices; Magnetic materials; Stress strain relations; Thin films; Ultrafast X-ray diffraction; Lattice dynamics; Phonons; Elastic modulus
Applied Physics Letters 113(2018), 123101
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