We study the Landau-Lifshitz model for the energy of multi-scale transition layers – called "domain walls'' – in soft ferromagnetic films. Domain walls separate domains of constant magnetization vectors that differ by an angle . Assuming translation invariance tangential to the wall, our main result is the rigorous derivation of a reduced model for the energy of the optimal transition layer, which in a certain parameter regime confirms the experimental, numerical and physical predictions: The minimal energy splits into a contribution from an asymmetric, divergence-free core which performs a partial rotation in by an angle , and a contribution from two symmetric, logarithmically decaying tails, each of which completes the rotation from angle to in . The angle is chosen such that the total energy is minimal. The contribution from the symmetric tails is known explicitly, while the contribution from the asymmetric core is analyzed in .
Our reduced model is the starting point for the analysis of a bifurcation phenomenon from symmetric to asymmetric domain walls. Moreover, it allows for capturing asymmetric domain walls including their extended tails (which were previously inaccessible to brute-force numerical simulation).
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Lukas Döring, Radu Ignat, Felix Otto, A reduced model for domain walls in soft ferromagnetic films at the cross-over from symmetric to asymmetric wall types. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 16 (2014), no. 7, pp. 1377–1422DOI 10.4171/JEMS/464