No Access Submitted: 16 January 2018 Accepted: 14 February 2018 Published Online: 05 March 2018
Journal of Applied Physics 123, 093903 (2018);
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  • Ryan Alexander Pepper
  • Marijan Beg
  • David Cortés-Ortuño
  • Thomas Kluyver
  • Marc-Antonio Bisotti
  • Rebecca Carey
  • Mark Vousden
  • Maximilian Albert
  • Weiwei Wang
  • Ondrej Hovorka
  • Hans Fangohr
Recent studies have demonstrated that skyrmionic states can be the ground state in thin-film FeGe disk nanostructures in the absence of a stabilising applied magnetic field. In this work, we advance this understanding by investigating to what extent this stabilisation of skyrmionic structures through confinement exists in geometries that do not match the cylindrical symmetry of the skyrmion—such as squares and triangles. Using simulation, we show that skyrmionic states can form the ground state for a range of system sizes in both triangular and square-shaped FeGe nanostructures of 10 nm thickness in the absence of an applied field. We further provide data to assist in the experimental verification of our prediction; to imitate an experiment where the system is saturated with a strong applied field before the field is removed, we compute the time evolution and show the final equilibrium configuration of magnetization fields, starting from a uniform alignment.
This work was financially supported by EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre Grant EP/L015382/1, EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre Grant EP/G03690X/1, OpenDreamKit Horizon 2020 European Research Infrastructures project (676541), and the EPSRC Programme grant on Skyrmionics (EP/N032128/1). D.C.-O. acknowledges the financial support from CONICYT Chilean scholarship programme Becas Chile (72130061). We acknowledge the use of the University of Southampton IRIDIS High Performance Computing Facility. T.K. acknowledges financial support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. W.W. acknowledges the financial support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11604169).
All data supporting this study are openly available from the Zenodo repository at
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