Macroscopic quantum tunneling of ferromagnetic domain walls

Braun, H. B. and Kyriakidis, J. and Loss, D.. (1997) Macroscopic quantum tunneling of ferromagnetic domain walls. Physical Review B, Vol. 56, H. 13. pp. 8129-8137.

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Quantum tunnelling of domain walls out of an impurity potential in a mesoscopic ferromagnetic sample is investigated. Using improved expressions for the domain-wall mass and for the pinning potential, we find that the crossover temperature between thermal activation and quantum tunnelling is of a different functional form than found previously. In materials such as Ni or yttrium iron garnet, the crossover temperatures are around 5 mK. We also find that the WKB exponent is typically two orders of magnitude larger than current estimates. The sources for these discrepancies are discussed, and precise estimates for the transition from three-dimensional-to-one-dimensional magnetic behavior of a wire are given. The crossover temperatures from thermal-to-quantum transitions and tunnelling rates are calculated for various materials and sample sizes.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretische Physik Mesoscopics (Loss)
UniBasel Contributors:Loss, Daniel
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Institute of Physics
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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