By using first-principles calculations and micromagnetic simulations, we investigate the electronic structure, magnetic properties, and skyrmions in two-dimensional Janus Cr 2XYTe 6 (X,Y = Si, Ge, Sn, X Y) monolayers. Our findings reveal that the Cr 2XYTe 6 monolayers are ferromagnetic semiconductors with a high Curie temperature (T c). The bandgap and T c can be further increased by applying tensile strain. In addition, there is a transition from the ferromagnetic to the antiferromagnetic state at a compressive strain. Both Cr 2SiSnTe 6 and Cr 2SiGeTe 6 exhibit a large magnetic anisotropy energy, which are mainly associated with the significant spin–orbit coupling of the nonmagnetic Te atoms rather than that of the magnetic Cr atoms. Interestingly, the Cr 2SiSnTe 6 monolayer exhibits a significant Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction of 1.12 meV, which facilitates the formation of chiral domain walls and skyrmions. Furthermore, under tensile strain, chiral DWs can be transformed into skyrmions if applying an external magnetic field. These findings suggest that Janus Cr 2XYTe 6 monolayers hold promise for spintronic nanodevice applications.

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