Artificial spin ices (ASIs) consisting of arrays of magnetic bars are key systems in the study of geometric frustration in magnetic systems. Of particular interest are quasicrystal (QC) ASIs, in which the lack of translational symmetry and the varying coordination number of interacting bars allow for topologically enhanced frustrated magnetization to occur. We have directly observed the formation of magnetic vortexes within the vertices of a QC-ASI as a metastable transient state, during the magnetization reversal process. We observed that the vortexes primarily form in a specific subset of the vertex motif types. Micromagnetic simulations show that although these magnetic vortexes result in an increase in the local energy of the vertex before the magnetization of the bars reverses to align with the applied magnetic field, the overall energy increase is lower than the higher energy motif configurations that would result from reversal of the magnetization in the connecting bar.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics