Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Condensed-matter physics

Single skyrmions spotted

Skyrmions are a special type of particle that has long been predicted to exist in many fields of physics. Direct images of these structures have now been made in a magnetic material.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: Roaming through a skyrmion.


  1. Yu, X. Z. et al. Nature 465, 901–904 (2010).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  2. Skyrme, T. H. R. Nucl. Phys. 31, 556–569 (1962).

    Article  MathSciNet  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Bader, S. D. Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 1–15 (2006).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  4. Mühlbauer, S. et al. Science 323, 915–919 (2009).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  5. Münzer, W. et al. Phys. Rev. B 81, 041203 (2010).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  6. Uchida, M., Onose, Y., Matsui, Y. & Tokura, Y. Science 311, 359–361 (2006).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  7. Neubauer, A. et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 186602 (2009).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  8. Bode, M. et al. Nature 447, 190–193 (2007).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Additional information

See also Editorial, page 846.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Pfleiderer, C., Rosch, A. Single skyrmions spotted. Nature 465, 880–881 (2010).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing