Structural transitions of skyrmion lattices in synthetic antiferromagnets

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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.
Originele taal-2Engels
Artikelnummer1812.08082v1
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftarXiv.org, e-Print Archive, Physics
StatusGepubliceerd - 19 dec 2018

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magnetic films
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