Magnetically Charged Superdomain Walls In Square Artificial Spin Ice
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Magnetically Charged Superdomain Walls In Square Artificial Spin Ice

  • Author(s): Lee, JCT
  • Mishra, SK
  • Bhat, VS
  • Streubel, R
  • Farmer, B
  • Shi, X
  • Long, LED
  • McNulty, I
  • Fischer, P
  • Kevan, SD
  • Roy, S
  • et al.
Abstract

We report direct evidence that magnetically charged superdomain walls form spontaneously in two dimensional square artificial spin ice nanostructures in response to external magnetic fields. These extended magnetic defects were revealed by the development of internal structure, which varies as a function of applied magnetic field, within the Bragg peaks of resonant soft x-ray magnetic scattering patterns. Magnetically charged superdomain walls extend over tens of lattice sites and do not necessarily align with the applied field. Our results illustrate a novel approach to detect hierarchical magnetic structures within spin textures.

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