Influence of the local atom configuration on a hexagonal skyrmion lattice

Nano Lett. 2015 May 13;15(5):3280-5. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b00506. Epub 2015 Apr 15.


Spin-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy is used to reveal a commensurate hexagonal nanoskyrmion lattice in the hcp stacked Fe monolayer on Ir(111). The exact nature of the spin configuration is due to magnetic interactions between the Fe atoms and the Ir substrate, either originating from polarization effects, or due to a three-site hopping mechanism of the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction leading to a canting of the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya vector with respect to the interface.

Keywords: DM-interaction; STM; Skyrmions; TAMR; magnetism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't