Dec 8 – 9, 2022
Europe/Berlin timezone

Small-angle neutron scattering of kinetically driven skyrmion lattice motion

Dec 9, 2022, 2:00 PM


Board: P-034
Poster Quantum Phenomena Poster Session


Denis Mettus (Technische Universität München)


Skyrmions are topologically non-trivial spin textures that exhibit an exceptionally efficient coupling to spin currents, notably spin-polarized charge currents and magnon currents as observed in MnSi, FeGe, and Cu2OSeO3 [1, 2, 3]. This raises the question for the microscopic mechanisms that control the pinning of the skyrmion lattice, and how they depend on the topology, electronic structure, and disorder.

We report neutron scattering measurements of kinetically driven skyrmion lattice unpinning and motion by means of Time-Involved Small Angle Neutron scattering Experiment (TISANE) [4]. By interlocking the phases of neutron pulse, sample modulation, and detector signal, the technique allows to record data without major sacrifice in intensity at time-scales down to micro-seconds and provides a direct insight on the skyrmion lattice motion.

In our study we examined the unpinning process under changing field orientation for different materials including the metallic systems Mn1−𝑥Fe𝑥Si and the insulator Cu2OSeO3. We discuss our results in the light of methodological aspects of the TISANE technique and recent theoretical predictions of walking skyrmions.

[1] T. Schulz et al., Nat. Phys. 8, 301-304 (2012).
[2] K. Everschor et al., PRB 86, 054432 (2012).
[3] S. Zang et al., Nat. Comm. 9, 2115 (2018).
[4] S. Mühlbauer et al., New J. Phys. 18, 075017 (2016).

Primary authors

Denis Mettus (Technische Universität München) Alfonso Chacon Andreas Bauer (Technische Universität München) Sebastian Muehlbauer Alla Bezvershenko (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne) Lukas Heinen (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne) Prof. Achim Rosch (Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne) Christian Pfleiderer

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