Path sampling for lifetimes of metastable magnetic skyrmions and direct comparison with Kramers’ method


Our recent study on the lifetime of magnetic skyrmions, led by Louise Desplat, has just appeared as a Rapid Communication in Physical Review B. We studied the issue of thermal stability theoretically using two distinct methods. The first involves a generalisation of Kramer’s framework to multidimensional phase spaces due to Langer, while the second is […]

Machine learning #sciart


Here is a proposal we submitted for the cover of the Nature Electronics issue in which our recent paper appeared. It features a stylised representation of the different antiskyrmion trajectories used as inputs into the classification algorithm, based on machine learning, that we employed to generate the phase diagram in Fig. 2 of the paper. […]

Trochoidal dynamics and pair generation in skyrmion and antiskyrmion dynamics driven by spin-orbit torques


In a collaboration with colleagues at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Uppsala Universitet, and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, we have shown theoretically that skyrmions and antiskyrmions can behave very differently under spin-orbit torques. One key finding is that antiskyrmions can undergo trochoidal motion, which is analogous to Walker breakdown in domain wall dynamics. This threshold defines a speed […]

Imaging antiferromagnets with a single spin magnetometer


A consortium of research groups from the Universtié de Montpellier, Université Paris-Saclay, Universität Basel, CEA Saclay, and the Synchrotron SOLEIL has demonstrated the first real-space imaging of antiferromagnetic spin spirals in the multiferroic material bismuth iron oxide. The technique involves quantum sensing with a single spin magnetometer. A nice overview of this work can be […]