Electronic, magnetic and phononic excitations as competing drivers of lattice motion: Ultrafast x‐ray diffraction experiments
- Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 80115
- Lecturer: Prof. Matias Bargheer
- Contact person: Peter Oppeneer
Ultrafast X‐ray diffraction (UXRD) experiments provide a unique access to coherent longitudinal acoustic phonons (coherent strain wave packets) and heat transport at the nanoscale (flow of incoherent excitations). Bragg‐peak shifts are especially useful experimental observables in nano‐layered systems, and contemporary laser‐based sources of hard x‐rays with femtosecond pulse duration have sufficient x‐ray flux and stability to analyze the dynamics of films with single‐digit nanometer thickness.
This presentation will show that UXRD can be considered as an emerging tool of materials science by highlighting various experiments on heterostructures composed of simple metals, semiconductors and insulators as well as nanoscale materials with long range order such as ferroelectric, ferroelastic and (anti‐)ferromagnetic materials.
In order to establish a basis of our analysis of ultrafast (non‐)thermal expansion, I will discuss the concept of macroscopic Grüneisen parameters for the electronic, magnetic, and phononic system as well as a thermodynamic framework of thermal expansion. Based on this description we can appreciate that ultrafast lattice contraction can result from ultrafast entropy changes in the spin system, which are termed “demagnetization” in the literature of ultrafast magnetism. In UXRD experiments with double‐pump excitation we can distinguish different contributions to the thermal expansion by saturating the excitation of one of the contributing quasiparticles.