Magnetic properties of novel dynamic self-assembled structures generated on the liquid/air interface

A. Snezhko, I. S. Aranson

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We report on experimental and theoretical studies of magnetic properties of recently discovered dynamic multi-segment self-organized structures ("magnetic snakes"). Magnetic order and response of such snakes are determined by a novel unconventional mechanism provided by a self-induced surface wave. It gives rise to a nontrivial magnetic order: the segments of the snake exhibit long-range antiferromagnetic order mediated by the surface waves, while each segment is composed of ferromagnetically aligned chains of microparticles. Magnetic properties of the snakes are probed by in-plane magnetic field. A phenomenological model is proposed to explain the experimental observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-340
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 9 2007


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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