A series of LaFeO3/YMnO3 superlattices with various thicknesses are synthesized epitaxially on (001) and (111) SrTiO3 substrates. X-ray diffraction, high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, and sub-nanometer-scale resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy characterizations prove that grown superlattices have designed layer-by-layer structures, and there is atomically sharp interface between two successive constituent layers. Temperature-dependent magnetization and magnetic hysteresis loop measurements substantiate that there is significant ferrimagnetism generated at  LaFeO3/YMnO3 interfaces. The generated ferrimagnetism is discussed by considering the magnetic structures in each constituent layer.



本文章发表在Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 042403 (2013).


The thickness-dependent metal–insulator transition is observed in meta-stable orthorhombic SrIrO3 thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition. SrIrO3 films with thicknesses less than 3 nm demonstrate insulating behaviour, whereas those thicker than 4 nm exhibit metallic conductivity at high temperature, and insulating-like behaviour at low temperature. Weak/Anderson localization is mainly responsible for the observed thickness-dependent metal–insulator transition in SrIrO3 films. Temperature-dependent resistance fitting shows that electrical-conductivity carriers are mainly scattered by the electron–boson interaction rather than the electron–electron interaction. Analysis of the magneto-conductance proves that the spin–orbit interaction plays a crucial role in the magneto-conductance property of SrIrO3.


文章发表在J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 25, 125604 (2013).




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4 June, 2010




A series of layered n-ABO3-doped Aurivillius structures Bi4Ti3O12 (BTO) thin films are synthesized on (001) SrTiO3 (STO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition, where n represents the number of ABO3 perovskite. X-ray diffraction substantiates that these films have expected layered Aurivillius structures. Furthermore, the microstructure of these samples is “systematically”
characterized by transmission electron microscopy. It is found that the structure of n-STO-doped BTO becomes unstable when n is equal to 3, as revealed by the occurrence of intergrowth. Similar phenomenon is observed in n-LaFeO3-doped BTO; the layered Aurivillius structure is totally collapsed in the case of n as high as 2.5. In contrast, 3-BiFeO3-doped BTO still keeps perfect Aurivillius structure. The above-observed structural stabilities of these materials are explained by the theoretical formation enthalpy calculated by the density functional theory. This work provides the necessary information to explore the multifunctionality based on Aurivillius n-ABO3–BTO oxides.


This paper is published on J. Mater. Res..

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31 Oct, 2012