A study of tailored domain wall geometries in ferromagnetic nanowires using Lorentz microscopy

Hoang, Duc Quang (2011) A study of tailored domain wall geometries in ferromagnetic nanowires using Lorentz microscopy. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This workpresentsresults on the degree of asymmetry in Transverse Domain Walls (TDWs) by means of micro-magnetic simulation and Lorentz microscopy. Here, head-to-head (H2H)-TDWs were simulated in straight permalloy(Py)-Ni80Fe20nanowires. This aimsto explore how to define symmetry and asymmetry of TDWs viaa quantitative measurement of symmetry/asymmetry as described bya correlation between magnetization components (Mx, My) and region areas (A1, A2) inside TDWs. Experimentally, curved nanowires ofdiffering widths were patterned by Focussed-Ion-Beam (FIB) irradiation. Lorentz microscopy experiments indicate that the degree of asymmetry of TDWs in the curved nanowires is strongly affected by structural effects, i.e.degree of edge roughness. Our results are a new route-map of quantitative measurement for transition between symmetric and asymmetric TDWs.The results are helpful for the determination ofTDW configurations inthe static state after the application of a magnetic field orelectrical current pulse when TDWs are driven by magnetic field or current.Indeed, our results may support a greater understanding of DW creation and propagation in magnetic nanowires which are of interest for concepts of high-density and ultrafast nonvolatile data storage devices such as racetrack memory and magnetic logic gates.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: McVitie, Dr. Stephen and Maclaren, Dr. Donald
Date of Award: 2011
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2011-4255
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 10:26
Last Modified: 08 May 2013 10:28
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/4255

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