MFM microscopy of magnetic stripes which were prepared by pulsed laser lithography at periods of 1 µm and 650 nm. Dark and bright colors correspond to magnetization pointing out-of-plane in different directions. For details see publication: Stärk et al., Nanotechnology 26, 205302 (2015), doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/20/205302

C11 – Control of magnetic domains and domain walls by thermal gradients

Funding period: 01/2012 – 12/2019

Principal investigators: Johannes Boneberg, Mikhail Fonin 

Scientific staff: Philipp Graus, Philipp Möhrke (consultant)
Former members: Martin Stärk, Stephen Riedel

In the project we study how magnetic domains and domain walls can be controlled by temperature gradients. By illumination of laser light in form of an interference pattern of a ns-laser pulse or by focused cw- and fs-laser local temperature gradients are created which induce changes in the magnetic domain configuration. By comparison of the effect of different illumination schemes and simulations of the resulting temperatures the mechanisms leading to changes in the domain structure shall be identified.

For further information please also refer to the group websites: AG Scheer/Boneberg GroupAG Fonin

List of publications


  • T. B. Möller, A. Ganser, M. Kratt, S. Dickreuter, R. Waitz, E. Scheer, J. Boneberg, and P. Leiderer
    Fast quantitative optical detection of heat dissipation by surface plasmon polaritons
    Nanoscale 10, 11894 (2018) - DOI: 10.1039/c8nr02489h


  • A. Ofarim, B. Kopp, T. Möller, L. Martin, J. Boneberg, P.  Leiderer, and E. Scheer
    Thermo-voltage measurements of atomic contacts at low temperature
    Beilstein J. of Nanotechnol.  7 , 767 (2016) - DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.7.68
  • T. Pfadler, T. Kiel, M. Stärk, J. F. M. Werra, C. Matyssek, D. Sommer, J. Boneberg, Kurt Busch, J. Weickert, and L. Schmidt-Mendee
    Structure-induced resonant tail-state regime absorption in polymer: fullerene bulk-heterojunction solar cells
    Phys. Rev. B 93, 205305 (2016) - DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.205305


  • T. Pfadler, M. Stärk, E. Zimmermann, M. Putnik, J. Boneberg, J. Weickert, and L. Schmidt-Mende
    A comparison of light-coupling into high and low index nanostructured photovoltaic thin films
    APL Mat. 3, 066101 (2015) - DOI: 10.1063/1.4921955
  • M. Stärk, F. Schlickeiser, D. Nissen, B. Hebler, P. Graus, D. Hinzke, E. Scheer, P. Leiderer, M. Fonin, M. Albrecht, U. Nowak, and J. Boneberg
    Controlling the magnetic structure of Co/Pd thin films by direct laser interference patterning
    Nanotechnology 26, 205302 (2015) - DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/20/205302


  • I. Martin-Fabiani, S. Riedel, D. Rueda, J. Siegel, J. Boneberg, T.A. Ezquerra, and A. Nogales
    Micro- and submicrostructuring thin polymer films with two and three-beam single pulse laser interference lithography
    Langmuir 30, 8973 (2014) - DOI: 10.1021/la5021059
  • A. Ganser, D. Benner, R. Waitz, J. Boneberg, E. Scheer, and P. Leiderer
    Time-resolved optical measurement of thermal transport by surface plasmon polaritons in thin metal stripes
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 191119 (2014)- DOI: 10.1063/1.4901956


  • S. Riedel, T. Geldhauser, E. Scheer, P. Leiderer, F. Enderle, A. Plettl, and J. Boneberg
    Pulsed Laser Interference Lithography: Principles and Applications, Advances in Nanotechnology – Physics, Chemistry and biology of functional nanostructures
    Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, ISBN 978-3-00-039257-3, 355-372 (2013)


  • S. Riedel, P. Leiderer, E. Scheer, and J. Boneberg
    Pulsed Laser Interference Patterning of Metallic Thin Films
    Acta Phys. Pol. A 121, 385 (2012)