Publication Date

Spring 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physics and Astronomy


Peter Beyersdorf

Subject Areas



The focus of this project is to numerically model the phenomenon known as the Magneto Optic Kerr Effect, MOKE, where the interaction between light and surface in the presence of a magnetic field, results in a rotation of the polarization axis of the reflected light, and to develop a method by which to experimentally measure the strength of the interaction. The amount of polarization rotation is proportional to the strength of the magnetic field and changes in polarization can be detected using polarizing optics. This thesis project successfully develops a numerical model for MOKE and an experimental method is outlined in order to measure the change in intensity using polarizing optics.