Fast domain-wall propagation in uniaxial nanowires with transverse fields

Arseni Goussev*, Ross G. Lund, J. M. Robbins, Valeriy Slastikov, Charles Sonnenberg

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Under a magnetic field along its axis, domain-wall motion in a uniaxial nanowire is much slower than in the fully anisotropic case, typically by several orders of magnitude (the square of the dimensionless Gilbert damping parameter). However, with the addition of a magnetic field transverse to the wire, this behavior is dramatically reversed; up to a critical field strength, analogous to the Walker breakdown field, domain walls in a uniaxial wire propagate faster than in a fully anisotropic wire (without a transverse field). Beyond this critical field strength, precessional motion sets in, and the mean velocity decreases. Our results are based on leading-order analytic calculations of the velocity and critical field as well as numerical solutions of the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024425
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2013




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