Analysis and PDE Seminar: Skyrmions and stability of degree ±1 harmonic maps from the plane to the two-dimensional sphere
Seminar | August 26 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall
Thilo Simon, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Skyrmions are topologically nontrivial patterns in the magnetization of extremely thin ferromagnets. Typically thought of as stabilized by the so-called Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI), or antisymmetric exchange interaction, arising in such materials, they are of great interest in the physics community due to possible applications in memory devices.
In this talk, I will characterize skyrmions as local minimizers of a two-dimensional limit of the full micromagnetic energy, augmented by DMI and retaining the nonlocal character of the stray field energy. In the regime of dominating Dirichlet energy, I will provide rigorous predictions for their size and "wall angles". The main tool is a quantitative stability result for harmonic maps of degree ± 1 from the plane to the two-dimensional sphere, relating the energy excess of any competitor to the homogeneous H¹-distance to the closest harmonic map. This is joint work with Anne Bernand-Mantel and Cyrill B. Muratov.