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Magnetic skyrmion lattice in cubic $$f$$-electron magnet EuPtSi

Kaneko, Koji  ; Tabata, Chihiro*; Takeuchi, Tetsuya*; Frontzek, M. D.*; Matsuda, Masaaki*; Oishi, Kazuki*; Ito, Takashi  ; Munakata, Koji*; Kiyanagi, Ryoji ; Kakihana, Masashi*; Onuki, Yoshichika*

Magnetic skyrmion, particle-like topologically non-trivial spin textures, attracts surge of interests from both fundamental and application points of view. Since the first discovery in MnSi crystallizing in the cubic space group $$P2_13$$, intensive research on magnetic skyrmions has conducted for materials particularly in this space group. This leads to findings of new class of materials, whereas magnetic ions were mostly limited to d electron systems. Recently, it turned out that f-electron compounds can host magnetic skyrmion lattice as well. The magnetic skyrmions in f-electron compounds possess contrasting characteristics, such as short periodicity and strong anisotropy. Among recent discoveries, cubic chiral compound EuPtSi provides ideal opportunities to compare with d-electron systems as it crystallizes in the same space group as MnSi, namely $$P2_13$$. We will present our neutron and X-ray scattering studies to characterize magnetic skyrmion lattice in this compound.

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