Researchers report on electric field controlled motion in Skyrmions

Researchers from Shinshu University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, Kyoto University and Nanyang Technological University have experimentally demonstrated a breakthrough in manipulation of skyrmions using only electric field.

The team, led by Professor Xiaoxi Liu of Shinshu University, designed and fabricated magnetic multilayer films in the form of racetracks where the thickness of the films had a slope. They demonstrated that many skyrmion bubbles can be created and directionally displaced about 10 micrometres by applying a voltage as low as 9 volt in a repeatable manner. They also found that the domain wall displacement and velocity induced by the variation of electric field are proportional to the absolute value of voltage.

Researchers develop a new technique for ultra-fast teraherz spintronics switching

Researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a method to partially switch between specific magnetic states at Thz frequencies. The researchers used short high-frequency pulses of terahertz radiation to flip the electron spins in ferromagnetic manganese arsenide (MnAs).

Tokyo University TeraHerz Spintronics MnAsSuch techniques have been attempted before, but the magnitude change in the magnetization of the MnAs was too small - but in this current research a 20% change was achieved. Such a technique could be used in the future to create Thz spintronics devices - one that operate at a much faster rate compared to today's Ghz electronics devices.