Imperial College London

Professor David W. McComb

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Adjunct Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 6750d.mccomb Website




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Ahmed, AS and Rowland, J and Esser, BD and Dunsiger, SR and McComb, DW and Randeria, M and Kawakami, RK},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.041401},
journal = {Physical Review Materials},
title = {Chiral bobbers and skyrmions in epitaxial FeGe/Si(111) films},
url = {},
volume = {2},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - © 2018 American Physical Society. We report experimental and theoretical evidence for the formation of chiral bobbers - an interfacial topological spin texture - in FeGe films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. After establishing the presence of skyrmions in FeGe/Si(111) thin-film samples through Lorentz transmission electron microscopy and the topological Hall effect, we perform magnetization measurements that reveal an inverse relationship between the film thickness and the slope of the susceptibility (dχ/dH). We present evidence for the evolution as a function of film thickness L from a skyrmion phase for L<LD/2 to a cone phase with chiral bobbers at the interface for L>LD/2, where LD∼70nm is the FeGe pitch length. We show using micromagnetic simulations that chiral bobbers, earlier predicted to be metastable, are in fact the stable ground state in the presence of an additional interfacial Rashba Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction.
AU - Ahmed,AS
AU - Rowland,J
AU - Esser,BD
AU - Dunsiger,SR
AU - McComb,DW
AU - Randeria,M
AU - Kawakami,RK
DO - 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.2.041401
PY - 2018///
TI - Chiral bobbers and skyrmions in epitaxial FeGe/Si(111) films
T2 - Physical Review Materials
UR -
VL - 2
ER -