Voltage-modified Kerr magnetometer has been widely used to measure the voltage-modulated magnetic properties in multiferroic magnetic/ferroelectric heterostructures, where the Kerr signal change is considered to be in proportion to magnetization change, i.e., the magneto-optical Kerr effect. However, the total Kerr signal changes might also incorporate contribution from the electro-optical effect of the ferroelectric layer in the multiferroic heterostructure. Here, we evaluate quantitatively, by combining analytical calculations with experimental observations, such electro-optical contribution in the total voltage-induced Kerr signal changes with comparison to those from Kerr effect via converse magnetoelectric coupling. Influences of several parameters, including the magnetic film thickness on the Kerr signal changes, are also investigated.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)