Dynamics and inertia of skyrmionic spin structures

Buttner, F and Moutafis, C and Schneider, M and Kruger, B and Gunther, C M and Geilhufe, J and Schmising, C v K and Mohanty, J and Pfau, B and Schaffert, S and Bisig, A and Foerster, M and Schulz, T and Vaz, C A F and Franken, J H and Swagten, H J M and Klaui, M and Eisebitt, S (2015) Dynamics and inertia of skyrmionic spin structures. Nature Physics, 11. pp. 225-228. ISSN 1745-2473

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Abstract

Skyrmions are topologically protected winding vector fields characterized by a spherical topology. Magnetic skyrmions can arise as the result of the interplay of various interactions, including exchange, dipolar and anisotropy energy in the case of magnetic bubbles and an additional Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in the case of chiral skyrmions. Whereas the static and low-frequency dynamics of skyrmions are already well under control, their gigahertz dynamical behaviour has not been directly observed in real space. Here, we image the gigahertz gyrotropic eigenmode dynamics of a single magnetic bubble and use its trajectory to experimentally confirm its skyrmion topology. The particular trajectory points to the presence of strong inertia, with a mass much larger than predicted by existing theories. This mass is endowed by the topological confinement of the skyrmion and the energy associated with its size change. It is thereby expected to be found in all skyrmionic structures in magnetic systems and beyond. Our experiments demonstrate that the mass term plays a key role in describing skyrmion dynamics..

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Additional Information: Supplementary information - http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v11/n3/full/nphys3234.html#supplementary-information
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 08:09
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 10:57
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/1399
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3234
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