Atomic rearrangements at the TiO2-terminated (001)SrTiO3 surface and growth of thin LaMnO3 films
Journal article, 2013

SrTiO3 is commonly used as a substrate for growth of various oxide films. Different reconstructions at the SrTiO3 surface have been claimed. A question is whether these survive subsequent depositions of thin films and influence film properties. Medium energy ion scattering (MEIS) was used to probe structure and composition of the surface layer of a TiO2-terminated (001) SrTiO3 single-crystal substrate and 1-4 unit cell (u.c.) thick LaMnO3 epilayers. Aligned spectra indicate enrichment of Ti at the surface and a TiO2 double-layer (DL) configuration. The DL arrangement survives pulsed-laser deposition of LaMnO3 in a background of high oxygen pressure (5 x 10(-2) mbar) while it is destroyed at lower oxygen pressure (10(-4) mbar). Simulations of random MEIS spectra indicate substantial interdiffusion and La doping of the substrate surface but all interfaces are nevertheless insulating.

Author

Iouri Boikov

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

I.T. Serenkov

Russian Academy of Sciences

V.I. Sakharov

Russian Academy of Sciences

Alexei Kalaboukhov

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

Pier Paolo Aurino

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

Dag Winkler

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

Tord Claeson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

Europhysics Letters

0295-5075 (ISSN) 1286-4854 (eISSN)

Vol. 102 5

Subject Categories

Physical Sciences

DOI

10.1209/0295-5075/102/56003

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