Dr Luke Turnbull - PhD student

University Of Durham

Luke Turnbull joined the Skyrmion Project in 2018 as a PhD student in the Centre for Materials Physics at Durham University, working under the supervision of Professor Peter Hatton.

His PhD focused on using resonant soft x-ray imaging methods at x-ray synchrotron facilities to image topological magnetisation states in single crystal lamellae of chiral magnetic systems. This included studies on systems reported to host biskyrmion, antiskyrmions and other exotic spin textures. His experimental work has led to several publications with collaborators in and beyond the Skyrmion Project.


[1] J. C. Loudon, A. C. Twitchett-Harrison, D. Cortés-Ortuño, M. T. Birch, L. A. Turnbull, A. Štefančič, F. Y. Ogrin, E. O. Burgos-Parra, N. Bukin, A. Laurenson, H. Popescu, M. Beg, O. Hovorka, H. Fangohr, P. A. Midgley, G. Balakrishnan, P. D. Hatton, Do Images of Biskyrmions Show Type-II Bubbles?, Advanced Materials 31, 1806598 (2019).

[2] M. T. Birch, D. Cortés-Ortuño, L. A. Turnbull, M. N. Wilson, F. Groß, N. Träger, A. Laurenson, N. Bukin, S. H. Moody, M. Weigand, G. Schütz, H. Popescu, R. Fan, P. Steadman, J. A. T. Verezhak, G. Balakrishnan, J. C. Loudon, A. C. Twitchett-Harrison, O. Hovorka, H. Fangohr, F. Y. Ogrin, J. Gräfe, P. D. Hatton, Real-space imaging of confined magnetic skyrmion tubes, Nature Communications 11, 1726 (2020).

[3] Luke A Turnbull, Max T Birch, Angus Laurenson, Nick Bukin, Erick O Burgos-Parra, Horia Popescu, Murray N Wilson, Aleš Stefančič, Geetha Balakrishnan, Feodor Y Ogrin, Peter D Hatton, Tilted X-ray holography of magnetic bubbles in MnNiGa lamellae, ACS Nano 15, 387-395 (2021).

[4] R. Brearton, L. A. Turnbull, J. A. T. Verezhak, G. Balakrishnan, P. D. Hatton, G. van der Laan, T. Hesjedal, Deriving the skyrmion Hall angle from skyrmion lattice dynamics, Nature Communications 12, 2723 (2021).

[5] M.T. Birch, L. Powalla, S. Wintz, O. Hovorka, K. Litzius, J.C. Loudon, L.A. Turnbull, V. Nehruji, K. Son, C. Bubeck, T.G. Rauch, M. Weigand, E. Goering, M. Burghard, G. Schütz, History-dependent domain and skyrmion formation in 2D van der Waals magnet Fe3GeTe2, Nature Communications 13, 3035 (2022).

[6] L. A. Turnbull, M. T. Littlehales, M. N. Wilson, M. T. Birch, H. Popescu, N. Jaouen, J. A. T. Verezhak, G. Balakrishnan, P. D. Hatton, X-ray holographic imaging of magnetic surface spirals in FeGe lamellae, Physical Review B 106, 064422 (2022).