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Field-Induced Topological Hall Effect and Double-Fan Spin Structure with a c-Axis Component in the Metallic Kagome Antiferromagnetic Compound YMn6Sn6

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Author(s)

Qi Wang, Kelly J. Neubauer, Chunruo Duan, Qiangwei Yin, Satoru Fujitsu, Hideo Hosono, Feng Ye, Rui Zhang, Songxue Chi, Kathryn L. Krycka, Hechang Lei, Pengcheng Dai

Abstract

The geometrical frustration nature of the kagome lattice makes it a great host to flat electronic band, non-trivial topological properties, and novel magnetisms. Metallic kagome antiferromagnet YMn6Sn6 exhibits the topological Hall effect (THE) when an in-plane magnetic field is applied. THE is typically associated with the nanometer-sized non-coplanar spin structure of skyrmions in non-centrosymmetric magnets with large Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Here we use single crystal neutron diffraction to determine the field/temperature dependence of the magnetic structure in YMn6Sn6. We find that the observed THE cannot arise from a magnetic skyrmion lattice, but instead from an in-plane field-induced double fan spin structure with c-axis components (DFC). Our work provides the experimental basis from which a microscopic theory can be established to understand the observed THE.
Citation
Physical Review B
Volume
103
Issue
1

Keywords

neutron scattering, kagome lattice, topological Hall effect

Citation

Wang, Q. , Neubauer, K. , Duan, C. , Yin, Q. , Fujitsu, S. , Hosono, H. , Ye, F. , Zhang, R. , Chi, S. , Krycka, K. , Lei, H. and Dai, P. (2021), Field-Induced Topological Hall Effect and Double-Fan Spin Structure with a c-Axis Component in the Metallic Kagome Antiferromagnetic Compound YMn<sub>6</sub>Sn<sub>6</sub>, Physical Review B (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created January 11, 2021, Updated September 8, 2021