Abstract

The magneto-optical Kerr effect, especially the Kerr slope, is of great significance to magneto-optical devices. Herein, we developed a method to tune the magneto-optical effect by the nanograting cross section. Both the simulation and experiment confirm that the resonance strength of the plasmon can be modulated by the nanograting cross section, resulting in the large Kerr slope and Kerr rotation. By designing the nanograting cross section, we obtained the Kerr slope of 0.397°/nm, which is 4 orders of magnitude higher than the reported results. And the Kerr rotation of the magnetic nanograting reaches up to 1.218°, which is 24 times higher than the flat Co film. Such a huge enhancement on the Kerr slope and the Kerr rotation may have profound applications in magneto-optical devices in the future.

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