Magnetism and Neél skyrmion dynamics in GaV4 S8-ySey

T. J. Hicken, S. J.R. Holt, K. J.A. Franke, Z. Hawkhead, A. Štefančič, M. N. Wilson, M. Gomilšek, B. M. Huddart, S. J. Clark, M. R. Lees, F. L. Pratt, S. J. Blundell, G. Balakrishnan, T. Lancaster

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We present an investigation of the influence of low levels of chemical substitution on the magnetic ground state and Neél skyrmion lattice (SkL) state in GaV4S8-ySey, where y=0,0.1,7.9, and 8. Muon-spin spectroscopy (μSR) measurements on y=0 and 0.1 materials reveal the magnetic ground state consists of microscopically coexisting incommensurate cycloidal and ferromagnetic environments, whereas chemical substitution leads to the growth of localized regions of increased spin density. μSR measurements of emergent low-frequency skyrmion dynamics show that the SkL exists under low levels of substitution at both ends of the series. Skyrmionic excitations persist to temperatures below the equilibrium SkL in substituted samples, suggesting the presence of skyrmion precursors over a wide range of temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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