Small angle neutron scattering measurements on a bulk single crystal of the doped chiral magnet Fe1-xCoxSi with x=0.3 reveal a pronounced effect of the magnetic history and cooling rates on the magnetic phase diagram. The extracted phase diagrams are qualitatively different for zero and field cooling and reveal a metastable skyrmion lattice phase outside the A phase for the latter case. These thermodynamically metastable skyrmion lattice correlations coexist with the conical phase and can be enhanced by increasing the cooling rate. They appear in a wide region of the phase diagram at temperatures below the A phase but also at fields considerably smaller or higher than the fields required to stabilize the A phase.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Sep 2016|