Vansteenkiste, Arne and Chou, K. W. and Weigand, M. and Curcic, M. and Sackmann, V. and Stoll, H. and Tyliszczak, T. and Woltersdorf, Georg and Back, Christian and Schütz, G. and Waeyenberge, B. Van (2009) X-ray imaging of the dynamic magnetic vortex core deformation. Nature Physics 5 (5), pp. 332-334.
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Magnetic thin-film square- or disc-shaped nanostructures with adequate dimensions exhibit a magnetic vortex state: the magnetization vectors lie in the film plane and curl around the structure centre. At the very centre of the vortex, a small, stable core exists where the magnetization points either up or down1, 2. The discovery of an easy core reversal mechanism3 did not only open the possibility of using such systems as magnetic memories, but also initiated the fundamental investigation of the core switching mechanism itself4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Theoretical modelling predicted that the reversal is mediated by the creation and annihilation of a vortex–antivortex pair3, 4, 16, but experimental support has been lacking until now. We used high-resolution time-resolved magnetic X-ray microscopy to experimentally reveal the first step of the reversal process: the dynamic deformation of the vortex core. In addition, we have measured a critical vortex velocity above which reversal must occur5, 17. Both observations support the previously proposed reversal mechanism.
|Institutions:||Physics > Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics > Chair Professor Back > Group Christian Back|
|Projects:||SFB 689: Spinphänomene in reduzierten Dimensionen|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 530 Physics|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Partially|
|Deposited On:||29 Jun 2009 11:47|
|Last Modified:||06 Jul 2010 11:40|