Department of Physics
Interactions and frustrations in lateral magnetic nanostructures
In ferromagnetic thin films the domain structure in remanence and the magnetization reversal are determined by the interplay between different contributions to the total free energy: exchange energy, magneto-crystalline, shape, and interface anisotropies. By reducing the size and controlling the shape, only the dipolar contribution to the anisotropy remains. We have investigated patterned magnetic nanostructures consisting of magnetic dipoles arranged on lattices with dierent symmetries: square, kagome, and honeycomb. Those lattices are representations of dipolar spin ice. Dipolar spin ice has recently attracted much theoretical and experimental attention because of their intriguing ground state ordering and elementary excitation properties. After providing a more general overview on magnetic nanostructures and research activities at the Institute EPIV, I will present experimental realizations of magnetic dipolar spin ice on periodic lattices and will
discuss the spin and charge order in the ground state, as well as metastable congurations during magnetization reversal . The nanostructures were prepared by means of e-beam lithography and the dipole congurations were imaged by magnetic force microscopy at room temperature.
 Thesis work of Dipl. Phys. Alexandra Schumann
The seminar takes place on mondays, at 4 p.m. in the ICAMS seminar room UHW 11/1102, Stiepeler Straße 129, 44801 Bochum.