Chirality, i.e., the right- and left-handedness of structure, is one of the key concepts in many fields of science including biology, chemistry and physics, and its manipulation is an issue of vital importance. The electron spins in solids can form chiral configurations. In perovskite manganites RMnO3 (R=Tb, Dy,⋯etc), the Mn-spins form a cycloidal structure, which nduces ferroelectric polarization (P) through the relativistic spin-orbit interaction. This magnetism-induced ferroelectricity (multiferroics) and associated infrared-active spin waves (electromagnons) open a promising route to control the spins by purely electric means in a very short time. In this paper, we show theoretically with an accurate spin Hamiltonian for TbMnO3 that a picosecond optical pulse can switch the spin chirality by intensely exciting the electromagnons with a terahertz frequency.
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Jan 1|
|Event||International Conference on Frustration in Condensed Matter, ICFCM - Sendai, Japan|
Duration: 2011 Jan 11 → 2011 Jan 14
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)