Design and characterization of a field-switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror

T J Hayward, A D West, K J Weatherill, Peter J Curran, P W Fry, P M Fundi, M R J Gibbs, T Schrefl, C S Adams, I G Hughes, Simon J Bending, D A Allwood

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We present a design for a switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror formed by an array of 180 domain walls confined within Ni80Fe20 planar nanowires. A simple analytical model is developed which allows the magnetic field produced by the domain wall array to be calculated. This model is then used to optimize the geometry of the nanowires so as to maximize the reflectivity of the atom mirror. We then describe the fabrication of a nanowire array and characterize its magnetic behavior using magneto-optic Kerr effect magnetometry, scanning Hall probe microscopy, and micromagnetic simulations, demonstrating how the mobility of the domain walls allow the atom mirror to be switched "on" and "off" in a manner which would be impossible for conventional designs. Finally, we model the reflection of R 87 b atoms from the atom mirror's surface, showing that our design is well suited for investigating interactions between domain walls and cold atoms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number043906
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume108
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2010

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Hayward, T. J., West, A. D., Weatherill, K. J., Curran, P. J., Fry, P. W., Fundi, P. M., ... Allwood, D. A. (2010). Design and characterization of a field-switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror. Journal of Applied Physics, 108(4), [043906]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3466995

Design and characterization of a field-switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror. / Hayward, T J; West, A D; Weatherill, K J; Curran, Peter J; Fry, P W; Fundi, P M; Gibbs, M R J; Schrefl, T; Adams, C S; Hughes, I G; Bending, Simon J; Allwood, D A.

In: Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 108, No. 4, 043906, 18.08.2010.

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Hayward, TJ, West, AD, Weatherill, KJ, Curran, PJ, Fry, PW, Fundi, PM, Gibbs, MRJ, Schrefl, T, Adams, CS, Hughes, IG, Bending, SJ & Allwood, DA 2010, 'Design and characterization of a field-switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 108, no. 4, 043906. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3466995
Hayward TJ, West AD, Weatherill KJ, Curran PJ, Fry PW, Fundi PM et al. Design and characterization of a field-switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror. Journal of Applied Physics. 2010 Aug 18;108(4). 043906. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3466995
Hayward, T J ; West, A D ; Weatherill, K J ; Curran, Peter J ; Fry, P W ; Fundi, P M ; Gibbs, M R J ; Schrefl, T ; Adams, C S ; Hughes, I G ; Bending, Simon J ; Allwood, D A. / Design and characterization of a field-switchable nanomagnetic atom mirror. In: Journal of Applied Physics. 2010 ; Vol. 108, No. 4.
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