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Laser-induced polarization of a quantum spin system in the steady-state regime


Zvyagin,  A. A.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Zvyagin, A. A. (2016). Laser-induced polarization of a quantum spin system in the steady-state regime. Physical Review B, 93(18): 184407. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.93.184407.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002A-DA83-A
The effect of the circularly polarized laser field on quantum spin systems in the steady-state regime, in which relaxation plays the central role, has been studied. The dynamical mean-field-like theory predicts several general results for the behavior of the time-average magnetization caused by the laser field. The induced magnetization oscillates with the frequency of the laser field (while Rabi-like oscillations, which modulate the latter in the dynamical regime, are damped by the relaxation in the steady-state regime). At high frequencies, that magnetization is determined by the value to which the relaxation process is directed. At low frequencies the slope of that magnetization as a function of the frequency is determined by the strength of the laser field. The anisotropy determines the resonance behavior of the time-averaged magnetization in both the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic cases with nonzero magnetic anisotropy. Nonlinear effects (in the magnitude of the laser field) have been considered. The effect of the laser field on quantum spin systems is maximal in resonance, where the time-averaged magnetization, caused by the laser field, is changed essentially. Out of resonance the changes in the magnetization are relatively small. The resonance effect is caused by the nonzero magnetic anisotropy. The resonance frequency is small (proportional to the anisotropy value) for spin systems with ferromagnetic interactions and enhanced by exchange interactions in the spin systems with antiferromagnetic couplings. We show that it is worthwhile to study the laser-field-induced magnetization of quantum spin systems caused by the high-frequency laser field in the steady-state regime in "easy-axis" antiferromagnetic spin systems (e.g., in Ising-like antiferromagnetic spin-chain materials). The effects of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and the spin-frustration couplings (in the case of the zigzag spin chain) have been analyzed.