Driving magnetic skyrmions with microwave fields

Research paper by Weiwei Wang, Marijan Beg, Bin Zhang, Wolfgang Kuch, Hans Fangohr

Indexed on: 08 Jul '15Published on: 08 Jul '15Published in: Physics - Materials Science


We show theoretically by numerically solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation with a classical spin model on a two-dimensional system that both magnetic skyrmions and skyrmion lattices can be moved with microwave magnetic fields. The mechanism is enabled by breaking the axial symmetry of the skyrmion, for example through application of a static in-plane external field. The net velocity of the skyrmion depends on the frequency and amplitude of the microwave fields as well as the strength of the in-plane field. The maximum velocity is found where the frequency of the microwave coincides with the resonance frequency of the breathing mode of the skyrmions.