We demonstrate that laser induced valence band photoemission can be used in the observation of magnetic domain structures with a magnetic circular dichroism photoemission electron microscope (MCD-PEEM). It has been widely considered that valence band photoemission MCD asymmetry is rather small compared to that obtained with x-rays because of its weak spin-orbit coupling. However, we show that the MCD asymmetry is high near the photoemission threshold, permitting us to perform MCD-PEEM experiments. The use of intense and pulsed lasers as excitation sources enables PEEM studies of two-photon photoemission MCD and all optical time resolved MCD.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics