Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Ultrafast spectroscopy

A glimpse of spin motion

Ultrashort pulses of X-rays from a free-electron laser capture the spatiotemporal evolution of spins in the different crystallographic directions of a complex magnetic material.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: Structure of Sr2IrO4 and schematics of the measuring process.


  1. Dean, M. P. M. et al. Nature Mater. (2016).

  2. Fausti, D. et al. Science 331, 189–191 (2011).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Kubacka, T. et al. Science 343, 1333–1336 (2014).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Park, H. S., Baskin, J. S. & Zewail, A. H. Nano Lett. 10, 3796–3803 (2010).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Stevens, T. E., Kuhl, J. & Merlin, R. Phys. Rev. B 65, 144304 (2002).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Mansart, B. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 110, 4539–4544 (2013).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Fabrizio Carbone.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Carbone, F. A glimpse of spin motion. Nature Mater 15, 593–594 (2016).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing