Direct Demonstration of a Magnetic Dead Layer Resulting from A-Site Cation Inhomogeneity in a (La,Sr) MnO3 Epitaxial Film System

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Author(s)

  • Lei Jin
  • Chun-Lin Jia
  • Ionela Lindfors-Vrejoiu
  • Hongchu Du
  • Rafal E. Dunin-Borkowski

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number1600414
Journal / PublicationAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Volume3
Issue number18
Online published20 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The degradation of the functional properties of epitaxial oxide films and the performance of related devices have often been attributed to the presence of so-called interfacial “dead layers”. Extensive efforts have been made to understand the origin of such dead layers and to avoid their formation. However, the results of these efforts have not been fully satisfactory, largely as a result of the complex origin of dead layers. Here, the dead layer is studied in a sample that contains hillocks of nominally La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) sandwiched between a ferroelectric PbTiO3 film and a Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate using aberration-corrected (scanning) transmission electron microscopy, nanobeam electron magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy, and related techniques. The results here reveal the presence of a 5 nm thick layer in the LSMO hillocks, close to the LSMO/Nb-SrTiO3 interface, which exhibits distinct structural and physical properties. The atomic, electronic, and magnetic structures and local chemistry of the interfacial layer are determined. It is found that octahedral rotations are suppressed in ultrathin regions at the edges of the hillocks, providing evidence for a strong effect of the adjacent Nb-SrTiO3 and PbTiO3. The formation of the dead layer is discussed in the light of lattice strain and valence changes of Mn ions.

Research Area(s)

  • dead layers, manganites, phase segregation, transmission electron microscopy

Citation Format(s)

Direct Demonstration of a Magnetic Dead Layer Resulting from A-Site Cation Inhomogeneity in a (La,Sr) MnO3 Epitaxial Film System. / Jin, Lei; Jia, Chun-Lin; Lindfors-Vrejoiu, Ionela et al.
In: Advanced Materials Interfaces, Vol. 3, No. 18, 1600414, 20.09.2016.

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