In this chapter an account will be given of how electromagnetic radiation interacts with magnetic films either deposited singly on a substrate or as part of a multilayer structure designed to enhance the interaction. The account will be mainly at a phenomenological and macroscopic level, although the atomic origins of the macroscopic magneto-optical constants of materials will be considered in general terms in connection with theories of dispersion. The relevance of well-established principles of thin film optics will be emphasised with specific reference to the topical application of magneto-optical interactions in the “read-out” process of magneto-optical recording.
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- Thin Film Magneto-Optics
P. H. Lissberger
- Springer Netherlands