We observed ultra-short laser pulse-induced transient optical anisotropy in a LaMnO3 thin film. The anisotropy was induced by laser pulse irradiation with a fluence of less than 0.1 mJ/cm2 at room temperature. The transmittance and reflectance showed strong dependence on the polarization states of the pulses. For parallel and perpendicular polarization states, there exists a difference of approximately 0.2% for transmittance and 0.05% for reflectance at 0.3 ps after the irradiation with a pump pulse, respectively. The theoretical values for optical transmittance and reflectance with an assumption of an orbital ordering of 3d eg electrons in Mn3+ ions showed good agreement with the experimental results, demonstrating that the transient optical anisotropy in LaMnO3 thin film is due to the photo-induced symmetry-breaking of orbital ordering in excited states.
|Applied Physics Letters
|Published - Mar 2 2015
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