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Magnetic Skyrmions and Their Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128208151, 9780128209332

Magnetic Skyrmions and Their Applications

1st Edition

Editors: Giovanni Finocchio Christos Panagopoulos
eBook ISBN: 9780128209332
Paperback ISBN: 9780128208151
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 3rd June 2021
Page Count: 470
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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Topology
    2. Magnetism and Topology
    3. Materials for Magnetic Skyrmions
    4. Characterizing Magnetic Skyrmions at their Fundamental Length and Time Scales
    5. Statics of Magnetic Skyrmions
    6. Dynamics of Magnetic Skyrmions
    7. Electrical Nucleation and Detection of Magnetic Skyrmions
    8. Skyrmions in Ferrimagnets
    9. Skyrmions in Antiferromagnets
    10. Multiple Skyrmionic States and Oblique Spirals in Bulk Cubic Helimagnets
    11. Unconventional Applications of Skyrmions


Magnetic skyrmions are particle-like objects described by localized solutions of non-linear partial differential equations. Up until a few decades ago, it was believed that magnetic skyrmions only existed in condensed matter as short-term excitations that would quickly collapse into linear singularities. The contrary was proven theoretically in 1989 and evidentially in 2009. It is now known that skyrmions can exist as long-living metastable configurations in low-symmetry condensed matter systems with broken mirror symmetry, increasing the potential applications possible. Magnetic Skyrmions and their Applications delves into the fundamental principles and most recent research and developments surrounding these unique magnetic particles.

Despite achievements in the synthesis of systems stabilizing chiral magnetic skyrmions and the variety of experimental investigations and numerical calculations, there have not been many summaries of the fundamental physical principles governing magnetic skyrmions or integrating those concepts with methods of detection, characterization and potential applications. Magnetic Skyrmions and their Applications delivers a coherent, state-of-the-art discussion on the current knowledge and potential applications of magnetic skyrmions in magnetic materials and device applications.

First the book reviews key concepts such as topology, magnetism and materials for magnetic skyrmions. Then, charactization methods, physical mechanisms, and emerging applications are discussed.

Key Features

  • Covers background knowledge and details the basic principles of magnetic skyrmions, including materials, characterization, statics and dynamics
  • Reviews materials for skyrmion stabilization including bulk materials and interface-dominated multilayer materials
  • Describes both well-known and unconventional applications of magnetic skyrmions, such as memristors and reservoir computing


Materials Science and Engineering Physics; Engineering; Chemistry


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About the Editors

Giovanni Finocchio

Giovanni Finocchio received his PhD in Advanced Technologies for Optoelectronics, Photonics and Electromagnetic Modeling from the Universita degli Studi, Messina, Italy (University of Messina), where he is now an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Finocchio was also a visiting scholar at Northwestern University from February through August of 2019. He has served as co-director of the joint laboratory UNIME-SINANO (University of Messina and Suzhou Institute of Nanotech and Nanobionics) since October 2017. He has taught a variety of courses at the University of Messina, including Electromagnetic Properties of Materials, Electromagnetic Optics, and Modeling of Non-Linear Systems, as well as several international courses on spintronics. He has co-authored more than 140 publications in international journals and given more than 25 invited talks on magnetization dynamics driven by spin-transfer torque, soliton and skyrmions dynamics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Messina, Universita degli Studi, Messina, Italy

Christos Panagopoulos

Christos Panagopoulos is a Research Professor in the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, Department of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also an investigator at the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Christos Panagopoulos received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) in 1997. His research focuses on emergent complex electronic phases in condensed matter systems. He has published more than 80 articles in this field of research, delivered several key note speeches and courses in graduate schools, and presented more than 200 invited lectures at international conferences and universities. In the past four years, he founded and now directs two laboratories on complex electronic matter.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Division of Physics and Applied Physics, Department of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore