A transmission electron microscope study of Néel skyrmion magnetic textures in multilayer thin film systems with large interfacial chiral interaction

McVitie, S., Hughes, S., Fallon, K., McFadzean, S., McGrouther, D., Krajnak, M., Legrand, W., Maccariello, D., Collin, S., Reyren, N., Cros, V., Fert, A., Zeissler, K. and Marrows, C. H. (2018) A transmission electron microscope study of Néel skyrmion magnetic textures in multilayer thin film systems with large interfacial chiral interaction. [Data Collection]

Enlighten Publications URI: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/159422

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Skyrmions in ultrathin ferromagnetic metal (FM)/heavy metal (HM) multilayer systems produced by conventional sputtering methods have recently generated huge interest due to their applications in the field of spintronics. The sandwich structure with two correctly-chosen heavy metal layers provides an additive interfacial exchange interaction which promotes domain wall or skyrmion spin textures that are Néel in character and with a fixed chirality. Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a high resolution method ideally suited to quantitatively image such chiral magnetic configurations. When allied with physical and chemical TEM analysis of both planar and cross-sectional samples, key length scales such as grain size and the chiral variation of the magnetisation variation have been identified and measured. We present data showing the importance of the grain size (mostly < 10 nm) measured from direct imaging and its potential role in describing observed behaviour of isolated skyrmions (diameter < 100 nm). In the latter the region in which the magnetization rotates is measured to be around 30 nm. Such quantitative information on the multiscale magnetisation variations in the system is key to understanding and exploiting the behaviour of skyrmions for future applications in information storage and logic devices.

College / School: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 10:42
Retention date: 10 May 2028
Funder's Name: European Commission (EC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
URI: http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/593

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McVitie, S., Hughes, S., Fallon, K., McFadzean, S., McGrouther, D., Krajnak, M., Legrand, W., Maccariello, D., Collin, S., Reyren, N., Cros, V., Fert, A., Zeissler, K. and Marrows, C. H. (2018); A transmission electron microscope study of Néel skyrmion magnetic textures in multilayer thin film systems with large interfacial chiral interaction

University of Glasgow

DOI: 10.5525/gla.researchdata.593

Retrieved: 2018-11-15