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dc.contributor.advisorZhang, Xixiang
dc.contributor.authorGONG, CHEN
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-05T07:24:34Z
dc.date.available2019-07-03T00:00:00Z
dc.date.issued2018-06-27
dc.identifier.citationGONG, C. H. E. N. (2018). Fabrication and Characterization of Geometrically Confined Fe3Sn2 Skyrmion-based Devices. KAUST Research Repository. https://doi.org/10.25781/KAUST-3UD1C
dc.identifier.doi10.25781/KAUST-3UD1C
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/628036
dc.description.abstractSkyrmion is a topologically protected nanometer-sized spin configuration, which makes it a promising candidate for future memory devices. All skyrmion applications are based on the formation and manipulation of spin textures in nanostructured elements. Therefore, fabrication of geometrically confined skyrmion-based nanodevices is an essential step in the investigation of skyrmion properties. In this study, my research mainly focuses on the fabrication of high-quality Fe3Sn2 nanostripes with different geometric parameters for Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (LTEM) by a focused ion beam (FIB) system. The observation of the skyrmions using LTEM was mainly performed by Dr. Qiang Zhang, although I have deeply involved the discussion on new samples to be fabricated based on the results obtained from LTEM and also performed some LTEM experiments. To investigate the formation process and thermal stability of skyrmions in a geometrically confined environment, I have fabricated more than fifty high-quality nanostripes with a width of 265-4,000 nm. Studying with LTEM, a distinct evolutionary path of stripe-skyrmion transformation is observed after gradually increasing the magnetic field (out-of-plane direction) and the critical magnetic field of skyrmion is found to decrease with an increasing strength of confinements. Moreover, a series of racetrack devices with controlled thicknesses (125-404 nm) is fabricated to study the effect of thickness in skyrmion formation. Overall, in order to obtain less damaged, flat skyrmion-based devices by FIB system, experimental parameters are optimized and fabrication skills are improved. This method develops the possible application of centrosymmetric frustrated magnet Fe3Sn2 in skyrmion-based racetrack devices.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSkyrmions
dc.subjectFocus ion beam system
dc.subjectRacetrack devices
dc.subjectGeometric confinement
dc.titleFabrication and Characterization of Geometrically Confined Fe3Sn2 Skyrmion-based Devices
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
dc.rights.embargodate2019-07-03
thesis.degree.grantorKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology
dc.contributor.committeememberManchon, Aurelien
dc.contributor.committeememberLi, Xiaohang
thesis.degree.disciplineMaterial Science and Engineering
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
dc.rights.accessrightsAt the time of archiving, the student author of this thesis opted to temporarily restrict access to it. The full text of this thesis became available to the public after the expiration of the embargo on 2019-07-03.
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