Superposition of emergent monopole and antimonopole in CoTb thin films

Physical Review Letters American Physical Society 127 (2021) 217201

Authors:

Yao Guang, Kejing Ran, Junwei Zhang, Yizhou Liu, Senfu Zhang, Xuepeng Qiu, Yong Peng, Xixiang Zhang, Markus Weigand, Joachim Graefe, Gisela Schuetz, Gerrit van der Laan, Thorsten Hesjedal, Shilei Zhang, Guoqiang Yu, Xiufeng Han

Abstract:

A three-dimensional singular point that consists of two oppositely aligned emergent monopoles is identified in continuous CoTb thin films, as confirmed by complementary techniques of resonant elastic x-ray scattering, Lorentz transmission electron microscopy, and scanning transmission x-ray microscopy. This new type of topological defect can be regarded as a superposition of an emergent magnetic monopole and an antimonopole, around which the source and drain of the magnetic flux overlap in space. We experimentally prove that the observed spin twist seen in Lorentz transmission electron microscopy reveals the cross-section of the superimposed three-dimensional structure, providing a straightforward strategy for the observation of magnetic singularities. Such a quasi particle provides an excellent platform for studying the rich physics of emergent electromagnetism.

Substrate dependent reduction of Gilbert damping in annealed Heusler alloy thin films grown on group IV semiconductors

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 119:17 (2021) ARTN 172404

Authors:

CJ Love, B Kuerbanjiang, A Kerrigan, S Yamada, K Hamaya, G van der Laan, VK Lazarov, SA Cavill

Magnetic topological insulator heterostructures: a review

Advanced Materials Wiley (2021)

Authors:

Jieyi Liu, Thorsten Hesjedal

Abstract:

Topological insulators (TIs) provide intriguing prospects for the future of spintronics due to their large spin–orbit coupling and dissipationless, counter-propagating conduction channels in the surface state. The combination of topological properties and magnetic order can lead to new quantum states including the quantum anomalous Hall effect that was first experimentally realized in Cr-doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films. Since magnetic doping can introduce detrimental effects, requiring very low operational temperatures, alternative approaches are explored. Proximity coupling to magnetically ordered systems is an obvious option, with the prospect to raise the temperature for observing the various quantum effects. Here, an overview of proximity coupling and interfacial effects in TI heterostructures is presented, which provides a versatile materials platform for tuning the magnetic and topological properties of these exciting materials. An introduction is first given to the heterostructure growth by molecular beam epitaxy and suitable structural, electronic, and magnetic characterization techniques. Going beyond transition-metal-doped and undoped TI heterostructures, examples of heterostructures are discussed, including rare-earth-doped TIs, magnetic insulators, and antiferromagnets, which lead to exotic phenomena such as skyrmions and exchange bias. Finally, an outlook on novel heterostructures such as intrinsic magnetic TIs and systems including 2D materials is given.

Periodically modulated skyrmion strings in Cu2OSeO3

npj Quantum Materials Springer Nature 6:2021 (2021) 73

Authors:

Dm Burn, Richard Brearton, Kj Ran, Shilei Zhang, G van der Laan, Thorsten Hesjedal

Abstract:

Magnetic skyrmions are vortex-like spin textures, which are usually treated as two-dimensional objects. In their lattice state, they form well-ordered, hexagonal structures, which have been studied in great detail. To obtain a three-dimensional (3D) skyrmion crystal, these planes can be envisaged to be stacked up forming skyrmion strings in the third dimension. Here, we report the observation of a 3D skyrmion phase in Cu2OSeO3 by carrying out reciprocal space mapping in resonant elastic x-ray scattering. We observe regions in the magnetic field-cooling phase diagram in which the skyrmion phase apparently coexists with the conical phase. However, such a coexistence is forbidden due to symmetry arguments. Instead, the skyrmion strings themselves are periodically modulated along their axes, as confirmed by micromagnetic simulations. The periodic modulation is in fact a necessary consequence of the evolution of the skyrmion phase out of the conical state, and should therefore be a universal property of skyrmion strings in chiral helimagnets.

Defect-correlated skyrmions and controllable generation in perpendicularly magnetized CoFeB ultrathin films

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 119:6 (2021) ARTN 062402

Authors:

Haihong Yin, Xiangyu Zheng, Junlin Wang, Yu Zhou, Balati Kuerbanjiang, Guanqi Li, Xianyang Lu, Kaiyu Tong, Yichuan Wang, Jing Wu, Vlado K Lazarov, Richard FL Evans, Roy W Chantrell, Jianwang Cai, Bo Liu, Hao Meng, Yongbing Xu