Riccardo Hertel

Riccardo received his Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1999 and his Habilitation from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, in 2005. He is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen and works at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Solid State Research, where he is leading a research group on micro- and nanomagnetism.

Riccardo Hertel Published September 8, 2009

Optics | Magnetism

Magnetic switching is typically a continuous process, where a field pulse rotates a magnet from up to down, but it is now possible to do this faster — and with all-optical methods — by first quenching the magnetization to zero and then repolarizing it in the opposite direction.