Publications by Thorsten Hesjedal


Engineering helimagnetism in MnSi thin films

AIP Advances American Institute of Physics (AIP): Open Access Journals 6 (2016) 015217

S Zhang, R Chalasani, AA Baker, N-J Steinke, AI Figueroa, A Kohn, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal

Magnetic skyrmion materials have the great advantage of a robust topological magnetic structure, which makes them stable against the superparamagnetic effect and therefore a candidate for the next-generation of spintronic memory devices. Bulk MnSi, with an ordering temperature of 29.5 K, is a typical skyrmion system with a propagation vector periodicity of ∼18 nm. One crucial prerequisite for any kind of application, however, is the observation and precise control of skyrmions in thin films at room-temperature. Strain in epitaxial MnSi thin films is known to raise the transition temperature to 43 K. Here we show, using magnetometry and x-ray spectroscopy, that the transition temperature can be raised further through proximity coupling to a ferromagnetic layer. Similarly, the external field required to stabilize the helimagnetic phase is lowered. Transmission electron microscopy with element-sensitive detection is used to explore the structural origin of ferromagnetism in these Mn-doped substrates. Our work suggests that an artificial pinning layer, not limited to the MnSi/Si system, may enable room temperature, zero-field skyrmion thin-film systems, thereby opening the door to device applications.


Spin pumping through a topological insulator probed by x-ray detected ferromagnetic resonance

JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS 400 (2016) 178-183

AI Figueroa, AA Baker, LJ Collins-McIntyre, T Hesjedal, G van der Laan


Anisotropic absorption of pure spin currents

Physical Review Letters American Physical Society 116 (2016) 047201

A Baker, AI Figueroa, CJ Love, SA Cavill, T Hesjedal, G van der Laan

Spin transfer in magnetic multilayers offers the possibility of ultra-fast, low-power device operation. We report a study of spin pumping in spin valves, demonstrating that a strong anisotropy of spin pumping from the source layer can be induced by an angular dependence of the total Gilbert damping parameter, a, in the spin sink layer. Using lab- and synchrotron-based ferromagnetic resonance, we show that an in-plane variation of damping in a crystalline leads to an anisotropic a in a polycrystalline . This anisotropy is suppressed above the spin diffusion length in Cr, which is found to be 8 nm, and is independent of static exchange coupling in the spin valve. These results offer a valuable insight into the transmission and absorption of spin currents, and a mechanism by which enhanced spin torques and angular control may be realized for next-generation spintronic devices.


An ultra-compact, high-throughput molecular beam epitaxy growth system.

The Review of scientific instruments 86 (2015) 043901-

AA Baker, W Braun, G Gassler, S Rembold, A Fischer, T Hesjedal

We present a miniaturized molecular beam epitaxy (miniMBE) system with an outer diameter of 206 mm, optimized for flexible and high-throughput operation. The three-chamber system, used here for oxide growth, consists of a sample loading chamber, a storage chamber, and a growth chamber. The growth chamber is equipped with eight identical effusion cell ports with linear shutters, one larger port for either a multi-pocket electron beam evaporator or an oxygen plasma source, an integrated cryoshroud, retractable beam-flux monitor or quartz-crystal microbalance, reflection high energy electron diffraction, substrate manipulator, main shutter, and quadrupole mass spectrometer. The system can be combined with ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) end stations on synchrotron and neutron beamlines, or equivalently with other complex surface analysis systems, including low-temperature scanning probe microscopy systems. Substrate handling is compatible with most UHV surface characterization systems, as the miniMBE can accommodate standard surface science sample holders. We introduce the design of the system, and its specific capabilities and operational parameters, and we demonstrate the epitaxial thin film growth of magnetoelectric Cr2O3 on c-plane sapphire and ferrimagnetic Fe3O4 on MgO (001).


Massive Dirac Fermion Observed in Lanthanide-Doped Topological Insulator Thin Films.

Scientific reports 5 (2015) 15767-

SE Harrison, LJ Collins-McIntyre, P Schönherr, A Vailionis, V Srot, PA van Aken, AJ Kellock, A Pushp, SS Parkin, JS Harris, B Zhou, YL Chen, T Hesjedal

The breaking of time reversal symmetry (TRS) in three-dimensional (3D) topological insulators (TIs), and thus the opening of a 'Dirac-mass gap' in the linearly dispersed Dirac surface state, is a prerequisite for unlocking exotic physical states. Introducing ferromagnetic long-range order by transition metal doping has been shown to break TRS. Here, we present the study of lanthanide (Ln) doped Bi2Te3, where the magnetic doping with high-moment lanthanides promises large energy gaps. Using molecular beam epitaxy, single-crystalline, rhombohedral thin films with Ln concentrations of up to ~35%, substituting on Bi sites, were achieved for Dy, Gd, and Ho doping. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy shows the characteristic Dirac cone for Gd and Ho doping. In contrast, for Dy doping above a critical doping concentration, a gap opening is observed via the decreased spectral intensity at the Dirac point, indicating a topological quantum phase transition persisting up to room-temperature.


Local Structure and Bonding of Transition Metal Dopants in Bi2Se3 Topological Insulator Thin Films

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 119 (2015) 17344-17351

AI Figueroa, G van der Laan, LJ Collins-McIntyre, G Cibin, AJ Dent, T Hesjedal


Magnetic reversal in Dy-doped DyFe2/YFe2 superlattice films

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 91 (2015) ARTN 094403

GBG Stenning, GJ Bowden, PAJ de Groot, G van der Laan, AI Figueroa, P Bencok, P Steadman, T Hesjedal


Spin pumping in ferromagnet-topological insulator-ferromagnet heterostructures.

Scientific reports 5 (2015) 7907-

AA Baker, AI Figueroa, LJ Collins-McIntyre, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal

Topological insulators (TIs) are enticing prospects for the future of spintronics due to their large spin-orbit coupling and dissipationless, counter-propagating conduction channels in the surface state. However, a means to interact with and exploit the topological surface state remains elusive. Here, we report a study of spin pumping at the TI-ferromagnet interface, investigating spin transfer dynamics in a spin-valve like structure using element specific time-resolved x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, and ferromagnetic resonance. Gilbert damping increases approximately linearly with increasing TI thickness, indicating efficient behaviour as a spin sink. However, layer-resolved measurements suggest that a dynamic coupling is limited. These results shed new light on the spin dynamics of this novel material class, and suggest great potential for TIs in spintronic devices, through their novel magnetodynamics that persist even up to room temperature.


Study of Dy-doped Bi₂Te₃: thin film growth and magnetic properties.

Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal 27 (2015) 245602-

SE Harrison, LJ Collins-McIntyre, SL Zhang, AA Baker, AI Figueroa, AJ Kellock, A Pushp, SS Parkin, JS Harris, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal

Breaking the time-reversal symmetry (TRS) in topological insulators (TIs) through ferromagnetic doping is an essential prerequisite for unlocking novel physical phenomena and exploring potential device applications. Here, we report the successful growth of high-quality (Dy(x)Bi(1-x))2Te3 thin films with Dy concentrations up to x = 0.355 by molecular beam epitaxy. Bulk-sensitive magnetisation studies using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry find paramagnetic behaviour down to 2 K for the entire doping series. The effective magnetic moment, μeff, is strongly doping concentration-dependent and reduces from ∼12.6 μ(B) Dy(-1) for x = 0.023 to ∼4.3 μ(B) Dy(-1) for x = 0.355. X-ray absorption spectra and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) at the Dy M4,5 edge are employed to provide a deeper insight into the magnetic nature of the Dy(3+)-doped films. XMCD, measured in surface-sensitive total-electron-yield detection, gives μ(eff )= 4.2 μ(B) Dy(-1). The large measured moments make Dy-doped films interesting TI systems in which the TRS may be broken via the proximity effect due to an adjacent ferromagnetic insulator.


Topological computation based on direct magnetic logic communication.

Scientific reports 5 (2015) 15773-

S Zhang, AA Baker, S Komineas, T Hesjedal

Non-uniform magnetic domains with non-trivial topology, such as vortices and skyrmions, are proposed as superior state variables for nonvolatile information storage. So far, the possibility of logic operations using topological objects has not been considered. Here, we demonstrate numerically that the topology of the system plays a significant role for its dynamics, using the example of vortex-antivortex pairs in a planar ferromagnetic film. Utilising the dynamical properties and geometrical confinement, direct logic communication between the topological memory carriers is realised. This way, no additional magnetic-to-electrical conversion is required. More importantly, the information carriers can spontaneously travel up to ~300 nm, for which no spin-polarised current is required. The derived logic scheme enables topological spintronics, which can be integrated into large-scale memory and logic networks capable of complex computations.


A new topological insulator built from quasi one-dimensional atomic ribbons

PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI-RAPID RESEARCH LETTERS 9 (2015) 130-135

P Schoenherr, S Zhang, Y Liu, P Kusch, S Reich, T Giles, D Daisenberger, D Prabhakaran, Y Chen, T Hesjedal


A new topological insulator built from quasi one-dimensional atomic ribbons

Physica Status Solidi - Rapid Research Letters 9 (2015) 130-135

P Schönherr, S Zhang, Y Liu, P Kusch, S Reich, T Giles, D Daisenberger, D Prabhakaran, Y Chen, T Hesjedal

© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. A novel topological insulator with orthorhombic crystal structure is demonstrated. It is characterized by quasi one-dimensional, conducting atomic chains instead of the layered, two-dimensional sheets known from the established Bi2(Se,Te)3 system. The Sb-doped Bi2Se3 nanowires are grown in a TiO2-catalyzed process by chemical vapor deposition. The binary Bi2Se3 is transformed from rhombohedral to orthorhombic by substituting Sb on ∼38% of the Bi sites. Pure Sb2Se3 is a topologically trivial band insulator with an orthorhombic crystal structure at ambient conditions, and it is known to transform into a topological insulator at high pressure. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy shows a topological surface state, while Sb doping also tunes the Fermi level to reside in the bandgap.


Structural properties and growth mechanism of Cd3As2 nanowires

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 106 (2015) ARTN 013115

P Schoenherr, T Hesjedal


Magnetization dynamics in an exchange-coupled NiFe/CoFe bilayer studied by x-ray detected ferromagnetic resonance

NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS 17 (2015) ARTN 013019

GBG Stenning, LR Shelford, SA Cavill, F Hoffmann, M Haertinger, T Hesjedal, G Woltersdorf, GJ Bowden, SA Gregory, CH Back, PAJ de Groot, G van der Laan


Effect of interfacial structures on spin dependent tunneling in epitaxial L1(0)-FePt/MgO/FePt perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions

JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS 117 (2015) ARTN 083904

G Yang, DL Li, SG Wang, QL Ma, SH Liang, HX Wei, XF Han, T Hesjedal, RCC Ward, A Kohn, A Elkayam, N Tal, X-G Zhang


Angular Control of a Hybrid Magnetic Metamolecule Using Anisotropic FeCo

PHYSICAL REVIEW APPLIED 4 (2015) ARTN 054015

SA Gregory, LC Maple, GBG Stenning, T Hesjedal, G van der Laan, GJ Bowden


Study of Ho-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 107 (2015) ARTN 182406

SE Harrison, LJ Collins-McIntyre, SL Zhang, AA Baker, AI Figueroa, AJ Kellock, A Pushp, YL Chen, SSP Parkin, JS Harris, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal


Exchange spring switching in Er-doped DyFe2/YFe2 magnetic thin films

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 92 (2015) ARTN 104404

GBG Stenning, GJ Bowden, PAJ de Groot, G van der Laan, AI Figueroa, P Bencok, P Steadman, T Hesjedal


Universal Magnetic Hall Circuit Based on Paired Spin Heterostructures

ADVANCED ELECTRONIC MATERIALS 1 (2015) ARTN 1400054

S Zhang, AA Baker, J-Y Zhang, G Yu, S Wang, T Hesjedal


Magnetic proximity-enhanced Curie temperature of Cr-doped Bi2Se3 thin films

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 92 (2015) ARTN 094420

AA Baker, AI Figueroa, K Kummer, LJ Collins-McIntyre, T Hesjedal, G van der Laan