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Field-induced chirality in the helix structure of Ho/Y multilayers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Physics.
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2014 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 89, no 5, 054406- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the net chirality in the spin helix structure of Ho/Y multilayers induced by an in-plane applied magnetic field. The lifting of degeneracy of the chiral symmetry was revealed by means of polarized neutron reflectometry. Three samples of different thicknesses of the Ho and Y layers were grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. The chiral states are degenerated upon zero field cooling below the critical temperature TN=115±3 K. The chirality parameter γ rises during the field cooling procedure in the field range from 0 to 1 T and saturates at a value of 0.12±0.01. The chirality appears stepwise below TN and depends weakly on temperature. The phenomenon is interpreted in terms of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction appearing at the interface between the Ho and Y layers.

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2014. Vol. 89, no 5, 054406- p.
Keyword [en]
Rare earths, magnetism, superlattices, neutron scattering
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Condensed Matter Physics
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Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-218329DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.054406ISI: 000332374300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-218329DiVA: diva2:695423
Available from: 2014-02-11 Created: 2014-02-11 Last updated: 2014-04-09Bibliographically approved

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