Magnetic friction: From Stokes to Coulomb behavior

In: Physical Review B: Condensed matter and materials physics, Jg. 84 (2011) ; Nr. 21, S. 212301
ISSN: 1550-235X, 1098-0121
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Physik
Fakultät für Physik » Theoretische Physik
We demonstrate that in a ferromagnetic substrate which is continuously driven out of equilibrium by a field moving with constant velocity v, at least two types of friction may occur when v goes to zero. The substrate may feel a friction force proportional to v (Stokes friction) if the field changes on a time scale which is larger than the intrinsic relaxation time. On the other hand, the friction force may become independent of v in the opposite case (Coulomb friction). These observations are analogous to, e.g., solid friction. The effect is demonstrated in both the Ising (one spin dimension) and the Heisenberg (three spin dimensions) models, irrespective of which kind of dynamics (Metropolis spin-flip dynamics or Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert precessional dynamics) is used. For both models the limiting case of Coulomb friction can be treated analytically. Furthermore we present an empiric expression reflecting the correct Stokes behavior and therefore yielding the correct crossover velocity and dissipation.