Topologically protected colloidal transport above a square magnetic lattice

D. de las Heras, J. Loehr, M. Loenne, and T. M. Fischer
New J. Phys., 18, 105009, (2016)     DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/105009
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We theoretically study the motion of magnetic colloidal particles above a magnetic pattern and compare the predictions with Brownian dynamics simulations. The pattern consists of alternating square domains of positive and negative magnetization. The colloidal motion is driven by periodic modulation loops of an external magnetic field. There exist loops that induce topologically protected colloidal transport between two different unit cells of the pattern. The transport is very robust against internal and external perturbations. Theory and simulations are in perfect agreement.

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