Helical domain walls in constricted cylindrical NiFe nanowires
Chandra Sekhar, M.
Liew, H. F.
Lew, Wen Siang
Han, G. C.
Date of Issue2012
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Reducing the magnetic shape anisotropy of a cylindrical NiFe nanowire allows the formation of two vortices with opposite chirality at the two ends. At relatively low aspect ratio these two vortices are connected via a gradual rotation of the magnetization over a short region, which forms a three-dimensional helical domain wall. Micromagnetic simulations reveal that it is possible to control the number of helical domain walls in the cylindrical nanowire by geometrical constrictions engineering. A technique to create constricted Ni95Fe5/Ni87Fe13 multilayered nanowires is demonstrated, and magnetic force microscopy imaging was carried out to confirm the prediction of simulated helical domain walls.
Applied physics letters
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