Atomic rearrangements at the TiO2-terminated (001)SrTiO3 surface and growth of thin LaMnO3 films
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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.