Propagation and control of nanoscale magnetic-droplet solitons

Hoefer, Mark, Sommacal, Matteo and Silva, Tom (2012) Propagation and control of nanoscale magnetic-droplet solitons. Physical Review B, 85 (21). p. 214433. ISSN 1098-0121

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.214433

Abstract

The propagation and controlled manipulation of strongly nonlinear, two-dimensional solitonic states in a thin, anisotropic ferromagnet are theoretically demonstrated. It has been recently proposed that spin-polarized currents in a nanocontact device could be used to nucleate a stationary dissipative droplet soliton. Here, an external magnetic field is introduced to accelerate and control the propagation of the soliton in a lossy medium. Soliton perturbation theory corroborated by two-dimensional micromagnetic simulations predicts several intriguing physical effects, including the acceleration of a stationary soliton by a magnetic field gradient, the stabilization of a stationary droplet by a uniform control field in the absence of spin torque, and the ability to control the soliton’s speed by use of a time-varying, spatially uniform external field. Soliton propagation distances approach 10 μm in low-loss media, suggesting that droplet solitons could be viable information carriers in future spintronic applications, analogous to optical solitons in fiber optic communications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G100 Mathematics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 10:16
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13207

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