Structural transitions of skyrmion lattices in synthetic antiferromagnets

Etienne van Walsem, Rembert A. Duine, J. Lucassen, R. Lavrijsen, H. J.M. Swagten

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Abstract

Thin magnetic films with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions are known to host skyrmion crystals, which typically have a hexagonal lattice structure. We investigate skyrmion-lattice configurations in synthetic antiferromagnets, i.e., a bilayer of thin magnetic films that is coupled antiferromagnetically. By means of Monte Carlo simulations, we find that by tuning the interlayer coupling the skyrmion lattice structure can be tuned from square to hexagonal. We give a simple interpretation for the existence of this transition based on the fact that for synthetic antiferromagnetic coupling the skyrmions in different layers repel each other and form each others' dual lattice. Our findings may be useful to experimentally switch between two lattice configurations to, for example, modify spin-wave propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064402
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume100
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2019

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