Christos Panagopoulos , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Jeudi 05 Avril 2018 à 14h00, Anphi Urbain, Bâtiment N RdC

Evolution of chiral magnetic textures and their topological Hall signature in Ir/Fe/Co/Pt multilayer films

Division of Physics and Applied Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637371, Singapore

We establish a direct correspondence between skyrmions and their topological Hall signature in multilayer films by combining transport and magnetic force microscopy measurements over a wide range of temperature and magnetic field (H). First, we demonstrate the relationship between the areal density of isolated skyrmions and the magnitude of topological Hall effect (THE) over a 200K temperature range for fixed fields near saturation. Second, as H is swept towards zero, we find that skyrmions aggregate to form worm-like magnetic textures, which carry a large topological charge, and manifest as peaks in the measured THE. Quantitative modelling of these worm textures allows us to explain the field and temperature evolution of THE. Notably, we identify a much larger topological Hall resistivity than prevailing theory predicts for the observed skyrmion density. We suggest that band structure plays an important role in the skyrmion–current coupling, with implications for the impact of the Berry-phase of skyrmions on charge carriers.

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