Generation and Hall effect of skyrmions enabled using nonmagnetic point contacts

Zidong Wang, Xichao Zhang, Jing Xia, Le Zhao, Keyu Wu, Guoqiang Yu, Kang L. Wang, Xiaoxi Liu, Suzanne G.E. Te Velthuis, Axel Hoffmann, Yan Zhou, Wanjun Jiang

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The generation and manipulation of magnetic skyrmions are perquisites for any skyrmion-based information processing devices, where skyrmions are used as nonvolatile information carriers. In this work, we report experimentally the skyrmion generation through the usage of a nonmagnetic conducting Ti/Au point contact in a device made of a Ta/CoFeB/TaOx trilayer film. Moreover, the accompanied topological charge-dependent skyrmion dynamics, namely the skyrmion Hall effect, is also observed in the same device. The creation process of a skyrmion has been numerically reproduced through micromagnetic simulations, in which the important role of the skyrmion-antiskyrmion pair formation is identified. The motion and Hall effect of a skyrmion, immediately after its creation, is described using a modified Thiele equation after taking into account the contribution from spatially inhomogeneous spin-orbit torques and the Magnus force. Our results on the simultaneous generation and manipulation of skyrmions using a nonmagnetic point contact are useful for understanding the ultrafast dynamics of skyrmion creation, which could also provide an effective pathway for designing skyrmion-based devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number184426
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 27 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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