Spontaneous atomic-scale magnetic skyrmion lattice in two dimensions

  title={Spontaneous atomic-scale magnetic skyrmion lattice in two dimensions},
  author={S. Heinze and K. Bergmann and M. Menzel and Jens Brede and A. Kubetzka and R. Wiesendanger and G. Bihlmayer and S. Bl{\"u}gel},
  journal={Nature Physics},
  • S. Heinze, K. Bergmann, +5 authors S. Blügel
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • Nature Physics
  • Skyrmions are topologically protected field configurations with particle-like properties that play an important role in various fields of science. Recently, skyrmions have been observed to be stabilized by an external magnetic field in bulk magnets. Here, we describe a two-dimensional square lattice of skyrmions on the atomic length scale as the magnetic ground state of a hexagonal Fe film of one-atomic-layer thickness on the Ir(111) surface. Using spin-polarized scanning tunnelling microscopy… CONTINUE READING
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