Femtosecond optical response was investigated on a perovskite-type cobalt oxide, Pr0.5Ca0.5CoO3 during an insulator-metal (I-M) transition accompanied with the change in spin configuration. After photoirradiation at 30 K, the reflectivity showed a sudden and large increase with subsequent variation depending on the observed photon energy. An exact calculation of Maxwell's equations for the Pr0.5Ca0.5CoO3 after the photoirradiation enabled us to observe the ultrafast dynamics of I-M phase transition and the motion of the photonically created metallic domain at the velocity of ultrasonic wave.
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