Intrinsic nonadiabatic topological torque in magnetic skyrmions and vortices

Collins Ashu Akosa, Papa Birame Ndiaye, Aurelien Manchon

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We propose that topological spin currents flowing in topologically nontrivial magnetic textures, such as magnetic skyrmions and vortices, produce an intrinsic nonadiabatic torque of the form Tt∼[(∂xm×∂ym)·m]∂ym. We show that this torque, which is absent in one-dimensional domain walls and/or nontopological textures, is responsible for the enhanced nonadiabaticity parameter observed in magnetic vortices compared to one-dimensional textures. The impact of this torque on the motion of magnetic skyrmions is expected to be crucial, especially to determine their robustness against defects and pinning centers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 28 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-CRG URF/1/1693-01
Acknowledgements: C.A. and A.M. acknowledges financial support from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through the Award No. OSR-CRG URF/1/1693-01 from the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). The authors thank M. Kläui, Kyung-Jin Lee, Gen Tatara, A. Bisig, and A. Abbout for inspiring discussions.


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