On-line SPICE-SPIN+X Seminars

On-line Seminar: 14.04.2021 - 15:00 German Time

Magneto-Seebeck microscopy of spin-orbit-torque driven domain wall motion in a collinear antiferromagnet

Jörg Wunderlich, Regensburg University

We introduce a novel microscopy for antiferromagnetic nanostructures based on the local generation and detection of photo-currents. We apply this method to the collinear and fully compensated antiferromagnet CuMnAs where the photocurrents result from the local variation of the magneto-Seebeck effect (MSE). Using a scattering near-field microscope, we display narrow 180-degree domain walls (DWs) and provide experimental evidence for reversible spin-orbit torque-driven domain wall motion of 180-degree domain walls. MSE-based microscopy can be applied in principle to the large class of conductive antiferromagnets. Unlike the established X-ray linear dichroism microscopy based on large-area synchrotrons, photocurrent-based microscopy can be easily performed with ordinary laboratory equipment.

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