Indexed on: 01 Nov '09Published on: 01 Nov '09Published in: Physics - Materials Science
We investigated with XMCD-PEEM magnetic imaging the magnetization reversal processes of N\'eel caps inside Bloch walls in self-assembled, micron-sized Fe(110) dots with flux-closure magnetic state. In most cases the magnetic-dependent processes are symmetric in field, as expected. However, some dots show pronounced asymmetric behaviors. Micromagnetic simulations suggest that the geometrical features (and their asymmetry) of the dots strongly affect the switching mechanism of the N\'eel caps.