Disordered skyrmion phase stabilized by magnetic frustration in a chiral magnet

Magnetic skyrmions are vortex-like topological spin textures often observed to form a triangular-lattice skyrmion crystal in structurally chiral magnets with the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Recently, beta-Mn structure-type Co-Zn-Mn alloys were identified as a new class of chiral magnet to host such skyrmion crystal phases, while beta-Mn itself is known as hosting an elemental geometrically frustrated spin liquid. We report the intermediate composition system Co7Zn7Mn6 to be a unique host of two disconnected, thermal-equilibrium topological skyrmion phases; one is a conventional skyrmion crystal phase stabilized by thermal fluctuations and restricted to exist just below the magnetic transition temperature T-c, and the other is a novel three-dimensionally disordered skyrmion phase that is stablewell below T-c. The stability of this new disordered skyrmion phase is due to a cooperative interplay between the chiral magnetism with the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and the frustrated magnetism inherent to beta-Mn.


Published in:
Science Advances, 4, 9, eaar7043
Year:
Sep 01 2018
Publisher:
Washington, AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE
ISSN:
2375-2548
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