Ultrafast manipulation of hard x-rays by efficient Bragg switches

M. Herzog, W. Leitenberger, R. Shayduk, R. M. Van Der Veen, C. J. Milne, S. L. Johnson, I. Vrejoiu, M. Alexe, D. Hesse, M. Bargheer

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We experimentally demonstrate efficient switching of the hard x-ray Bragg reflectivity of a SrRuO3 / SrTiO3 superlattice by optical excitation of large-amplitude coherent acoustic superlattice phonons. The rocking curve changes drastically on a 1 ps timescale. The (0 0 116) reflection is almost extinguished (δR/R0 =-0.91), while the (0 0 118) reflection increases by more than an order of magnitude (δR/ R0 =24.1). The change of the x-ray structure factor depends nonlinearly on the phonon amplitude, allowing manipulation of the x-ray response on a timescale considerably shorter than the phonon period. Numerical simulations for a superlattice with slightly changed geometry and realistic parameters predict a switching-contrast ratio δR/R0 of 700 with high reflectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number161906
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 19 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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