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Coexistence of Bloch and Néel walls in a collinear antiferromagnet

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Wörnle M. S., Welter P., Giraldo M., Lottermoser T., Fiebig M., Gambardella P., Degen C. L.,
Project Spin-orbitronics in ferromagnets and antiferromagnets
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Physical Review B
Volume (Issue) 103(9)
Page(s) 094426 - 094426
Title of proceedings Physical Review B
DOI 10.1103/physrevb.103.094426

Open Access

URL https://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.103.094426
Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)

Abstract

We resolve the domain-wall structure of the model antiferromagnet Cr2O3 using nanoscale scanning diamond magnetometry and second-harmonic-generation microscopy. We find that the 180∘ domain walls are predominantly Bloch-like, and can coexist with Néel walls in crystals with significant in-plane anisotropy. In the latter case, Néel walls that run perpendicular to a magnetic easy axis acquire a well-defined chirality. We further report quantitative measurement of the domain-wall width and surface magnetization. Our results provide fundamental input and an experimental methodology for the understanding of domain walls in pure, intrinsic antiferromagnets, which is relevant to achieve electrical control of domain-wall motion in antiferromagnetic compounds.
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