Understanding magnetotransport signatures in networks of connected permalloy nanowires

B. L. Le, J. Park, J. Sklenar, G. W. Chern, C. Nisoli, J. D. Watts, M. Manno, D. W. Rench, N. Samarth, C. Leighton, P. Schiffer

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The change in electrical resistance associated with the application of an external magnetic field is known as the magnetoresistance (MR). The measured MR is quite complex in the class of connected networks of single-domain ferromagnetic nanowires, known as "artificial spin ice," due to the geometrically induced collective behavior of the nanowire moments. We have conducted a thorough experimental study of the MR of a connected honeycomb artificial spin ice, and we present a simulation methodology for understanding the detailed behavior of this complex correlated magnetic system. Our results demonstrate that the behavior, even at low magnetic fields, can be well described only by including significant contributions from the vertices at which the legs meet, opening the door to new geometrically induced MR phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number060405
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 9 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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