Mechanisms of Skyrmion and Skyrmion Crystal Formation from the Conical Phase Kim, Tae-Hoon Zhao, Haijun Xu, Ben Jensen, Brandt King, Alexander Kramer, Matthew Nan, Cewen Ke, Liquin Zhou, Lin
dc.contributor.department Ames Laboratory
dc.contributor.department Materials Science and Engineering 2020-04-22T22:23:09.000 2020-06-29T23:24:27Z 2020-06-29T23:24:27Z 2021-03-23 2020-03-23
dc.description.abstract <p>Real-space topological magnetic structures such as skyrmions and merons are promising candidates for information storage and transport. However, the microscopic mechanisms that control their formation and evolution are still unclear. Here, using in situ Lorentz transmission electron microscopy, we demonstrate that skyrmion crystals (SkXs) can nucleate, grow, and evolve from the conical phase in the same ways that real nanocrystals form from vapors or solutions. More intriguingly, individual skyrmions can also “reproduce” by division in a mitosis-like process that allows them to annihilate SkX lattice imperfections, which is not available to crystals made of mass-conserving particles. Combined string method and micromagnetic calculations show that competition between repulsive and attractive interactions between skyrmions governs particle-like SkX growth, but nonconservative SkX growth appears to be defect mediated. Our results provide insights toward manipulating magnetic topological states by applying established crystal growth theory, adapted to account for the new process of skyrmion mitosis.</p>
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dc.relation.ispartofseries IS-J 10191; IS-J 10177
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dc.source.uri 10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c00080
dc.subject.disciplines Materials Chemistry
dc.subject.disciplines Materials Science and Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
dc.subject.keywords Magnetic skyrmion
dc.subject.keywords skyrmion crystal
dc.subject.keywords nucleation
dc.subject.keywords growth mechanism
dc.subject.keywords Lorentz-TEM
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dc.title Mechanisms of Skyrmion and Skyrmion Crystal Formation from the Conical Phase
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