I will discuss the collective properties of arrays of single domain nanomagnets called Artificial Spin Ice.1 The shape of each nanomagnet controls the magnetic anisotropy and the elements are closely spaced so dipolar interactions are important. The honeycomb lattice geometry prevents the satisfaction of all dipole interactions. Here I will show direct magnetic imaging studies of magnetic charge flow.2 The magnetic charge is carried by transverse domain walls and the chirality of the domain wall is found to control the direction of propagation.3,4 Injection of domain walls within the arrays with local fields is also explored.5
1 Branford, W. R., Ladak, S., Read, D. E., Zeissler, K. and Cohen, L. F. Emerging Chirality in Artificial Spin Ice. Science 335, 1597-1600, (2012).
2 Ladak, S., Read, D. E., Perkins, G. K., Cohen, L. F. and Branford, W. R. Direct observation of magnetic monopole defects in an artificial spin-ice system. Nature Physics 6, 359-363, (2010).
3 Burn, D. M., Chadha, M., Walton, S. K. and Branford, W. R. Dynamic interaction between domain walls and nanowire vertices. Phys. Rev. B 90, 144414, (2014).
4 Zeissler, K., Walton, S. K., Ladak, S., Read, D. E., Tyliszczak, T., Cohen, L. F. and Branford, W. R. The non-random walk of chiral magnetic charge carriers in artificial spin ice. Sci Rep-Uk 3, 1252, (2013).
5 Pushp, A., Phung, T., Rettner, C., Hughes, B. P., Yang, S. H., Thomas, L. and Parkin, S. S. P. Domain wall trajectory determined by its fractional topological edge defects. Nature Physics 9, 505-511, (2013).
Will R. Branford, "Controlling electric and magnetic currents in artificial spin ice (Presentation Recording)," Proc. SPIE 9551, Spintronics VIII, 95511U (Presented at SPIE Nanoscience + Engineering: August 12, 2015; Published: 5 October 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2189776.4519371053001.
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