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Surfaces get hairy

Surfaces inherently lack inversion symmetry. This property is now shown to promote the spontaneous formation of a lattice of spin vortices in a thin magnetic film, a finding that suggests a simple route towards new spintronics applications.

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Figure 1: Topological equivalence of a hairy sphere and a vortex.


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Pfleiderer, C. Surfaces get hairy. Nature Phys 7, 673–674 (2011).

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