Experimental study of optical and magnetic-optic properties of noble metal Ag

Shi Hu Deng*, Song You Wang, Jing Li, Zhu Liu, Yue Li Chen, Yue Mei Yang, Liang Yao Chen, Hui Liu, Xixiang Zhang, David Lynch

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The magneto-optic and optical properties of evaporated and sputtered Ag were studied experimentally and theoretically. An apparent Kerr effect near 3.9 eV was observed at room temperature. It was found to originate from the small off-diagonal term of dielectric function tensor, induced by the free electron movement under an applied magnetic field. The special optical properties near 3.9 eV due to the strong plasma absorption affect the line shape of the spectrum. The simulations, based on the classic Drude model, show the effective electron mass m * = 0.8 m0. This provides a new method to experimentally determine the effective electron mass and other parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-174
Number of pages2
JournalWuli Xuebao/Acta Physica Sinica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Drude model
  • Magneto-optical Kerr effect
  • Noble metal Ag

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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