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PGI-1 Talk: Dr. Börge Göbel

Beyond skyrmions: alternative magnetic quasiparticles

17 Jun 2020 11:30

MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


Magnetic skyrmions have attracted enormous research interest since their discovery a decade ago. Especially the non-trivial real-space topology of these nano-whirls leads to fundamentally interesting and technologically relevant effects – the skyrmion Hall effect of the texture and the topological Hall effect of the electrons.

Furthermore, it grants skyrmions in a ferromagnetic surrounding great stability even at small sizes, making skyrmions aspirants to become the carriers of information in the future. Still, the utilization of skyrmions in spintronic devices has not been achieved yet, among others, due to shortcomings in their current-driven motion. In this talk, we present recent trends in the field of topological spin textures that go beyond skyrmions. The majority of these objects can be considered the combination of multiple skyrmions or the skyrmion analogues in different magnetic surroundings, as well as three-dimensional generalizations. We classify the alternative magnetic quasiparticles – some of them observed experimentally, others theoretical predictions – and present the most relevant and auspicious advantages of this emerging field.

A special focus is on magnetic antiskyrmions, bimerons, antiferromagnetic skyrmions and hopfions. These objects exhibit advantageous emergent electrodynamic effects compared to skyrmions, either due to their lower symmetry or due to a compensated topological charge.


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