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Fractional vortices and composite domain walls in nanomagnets – Oleg Tchernyshyvov

Date: Mon. April 3rd, 2006, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

We provide a simple explanation of complex magnetic patterns observed in ferromagnetic nanostructures. To this end we identify elementary topological defects in the field of magnetization: ordinary vortices in the bulk and vortices with half-integer winding numbers confined to the edge. Domain walls found in experiments and numerical simulations in strips and rings are composite objects containing two or more of the elementary defects.

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