Mobile Néel skyrmions at room temperature: Status and future

Wanjun Jiang, Wei Zhang, Guoqiang Yu, M. Benjamin Jungfleisch, Pramey Upadhyaya, Hamoud Somaily, John E. Pearson, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, Kang L. Wang, Olle Heinonen, Suzanne G.E. Te Velthuis, Axel Hoffmann

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Magnetic skyrmions are topologically protected spin textures that exhibit many fascinating features. As compared to the well-studied cryogenic Bloch skyrmions in bulk materials, we focus on the room-temperature Néel skyrmions in thin-film systems with an interfacial broken inversion symmetry in this article. Specifically, we show the stabilization, the creation, and the implementation of Néel skyrmions that are enabled by the electrical current-induced spin-orbit torques. Towards the nanoscale Néel skyrmions, we further discuss the challenges from both material optimization and imaging characterization perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055602
JournalAIP Advances
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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