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  1. Ion-induced grain growth and texturing in refractory thin films-A low temperature process

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    Seita, M.; Reiser, A.; Spolenak, R.

    2012-12-17

    Selective grain growth can be promoted in thin films independently of the materials intrinsic properties, such as the melting temperature, by ion-irradiation. This enables the previously impossible evolution of large grain-sized microstructures with controlled crystallographic textures even in refractory metals, such as {alpha}-tantalum. Experimental results from materials with different crystal structure are compared on the basis of a theoretical model, which reveals the differences in ion-induced grain-growth dynamics.

  2. Highly (100) oriented MgO growth on thin Mg layer in MTJ structure

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    Jimbo, K.; Nakagawa, S.

    2011-01-01

    In order to apply Stress Assisted Magnetization Reversal (SAMR) method to perpendicular magnetoresistive random access memory (p-MRAM) with magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) using MgO (001) oriented barrier layer, multilayer of Ta/ Terfenol-D/ Mg/ MgO and Ta/ Terfenol-D/ MgO were prepared. While the MgO layer, deposited directly on the Terfenol-D layer, did not show (100) orientatin, very thin metallic Mg layer, deposited prior to the MgO deposition, was effective to attain MgO (100) orientation. The crystalline orientation was very weak without Mg, however, the multilayer with Mg showed very strong MgO(100) peak and the MgO orientation was shifted depending on the Mg thickness.

  3. When beauty is only skin deep; optimizing the sensitivity of specular neutron reflectivity for probing structure beneath the surface of thin filmsa)

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    Majkrzak, Charles F.; Carpenter, Elisabeth; Heinrich, Frank; Berk, Norman F.

    2011-11-01

    Specular neutron reflectometry has become an established probe of the nanometer scale structure of materials in thin film and multilayered form. It has contributed especially to our understanding of soft condensed matter of interest in polymer science, organic chemistry, and biology and of magnetic hard condensed matter systems. In this paper we examine a number of key factors which have emerged that can limit the sensitivity of neutron reflection as such a probe. Among these is loss of phase information, and we discuss how knowledge about material surrounding a film of interest can be applied to help resolve the problem. In this context we also consider what role the quantum phenomenon of interaction-free measurement might play in enhancing the statistical efficiency for obtaining reflectivity or transmission data.

  4. Giant intrinsic thermomagnetic effects in thin MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Teixeira, J. M.; Costa, J. D.; Ventura, J.; Fernandez-Garcia, M. P.; Azevedo, J.; Araujo, J. P.; Sousa, J. B.; Wisniowski, P.; Cardoso, S.; Freitas, P. P.

    2013-05-01

    An intrinsic spin-dependent Seebeck effect in the linear tunneling transport regime of magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs) was discovered recently. This effect leads to a nonlinear correction of Ohm's law in the dc response. We analyze this intrinsic magneto-thermoelectrical effect for MTJs with different MgO barrier (tb=0.7-1.35 nm) thicknesses. We report strong intrinsic effects in MTJs with thin MgO barriers (1189%), upon reversal of the magnetization of the two CoFeB layers. Such large effects are promising for useful spin caloritronic devices, integrating charge, heat, and spin tunnel transport.

  5. Defect structure of epitaxial CrxV1-x thin films on MgO(001)

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    Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Bowden, Mark E.; Wang, Chongmin; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; van Ginhoven, Renee M.; Wirth, Brian D.; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2014-01-01

    Epitaxial thin films of CrxV1-x over the entire composition range were deposited on MgO(001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The films exhibited the expected 45° in-plane rotation with no evidence of phase segregation or spinodal decomposition. Pure Cr, with the largest lattice mismatch to MgO, exhibited full relaxation and cubic lattice parameters. As the lattice mismatch decreased with alloy composition, residual epitaxial strain was observed. For 0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.4 the films were coherently strained to the substrate with associated tetragonal distortion; near the lattice-matched composition of x = 0.33, the films exhibited strain-free pseudomorphic matching to MgO. Unusually, films on the Cr-rich side of the lattice-matched composition exhibited more in-plane compression than expected from the bulk lattice parameters; this result was confirmed with both x-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry channeling measurements. Although thermal expansion mismatch in the heterostructure may play a role, the dominant mechanism for this phenomenon is still unknown. High resolution transmission electron microscopy was utilized to characterize the misfit dislocation network present at the film/MgO interface. Dislocations were found to be present with a non-uniform distribution, which is attributed to the Volmer-Weber growth mode of the films. The CrxV1-x / MgO(001) system can serve as a model system to study both the fundamentals of defect formation in bcc films and the interplay between nanoscale defects such as dislocations and radiation damage.

  6. Competition between (001) and (111) MgO thin film growth on Al-doped ZnO by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Xiao, Bo; Yang, Qiguang; Walker, Brandon; Gonder, Casey A.; Romain, Gari C.; Mundle, Rajeh; Bahoura, Messaoud; Pradhan, A. K.

    2013-06-07

    We report on the study of epitaxial MgO thin films on (0001) Al-doped ZnO (Al: ZnO) underlayers, grown by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition technique. A systematic investigation of the MgO thin films was performed by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy, along with the current-voltage characteristics. A distinguished behavior was observed that the preferred MgO orientation changes from (111) to (001) in the films as the growth temperature increases. Two completely different in-plane epitaxial relationships were also determined from X-ray diffraction as: [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO and [110]MgO//[1100]Al: ZnO for (001) MgO with 60 Degree-Sign rotated triplet domains, and [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO for (111) MgO with 180 Degree-Sign rotated twin. The pronounced temperature dependence indicates a reconciliation of the nucleation driving forces among surface, interfacial, and strain energy for heteroepitaxy of cubic MgO on hexagonal Al: ZnO. The related interfacial atomic registry is considered to be important to the formation of unusual (001) MgO on hexagonal crystals. In addition, the electrical characterization revealed a dramatic reduction of the leakage current in (001) MgO thin films, whereas the small grain size of (111) MgO is identified by atomic force microscopy as a main cause of large leakage current.

  7. Formation of Catalyst Model Dispersed of Pd on a thin MgO(100)

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    Baara, F.; Chemam, A.

    2016-04-01

    The nucleation kinetics or the formation of a catalyst model dispersed for the system Pd/thin MgO (100) are calculated by developing many programs using Fortran software. This simulation is based upon parameters studied in situ by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), related to the first quantitative study on the nucleation and the growth. Palladium nanoparticles deposited on thin MgO are tested in the temperature range 573-1073 K and deposition time of 1000 s. The nucleation kinetics are interpreted according to the theory of random nucleation. The general scheme is consisting of three stages namely, nucleation, growth and coalescence. The saturation density of clusters decreases when the substrate temperature increases following Arrhenius law. This behavior is in agreement with a recent AFM study for Ag/MgO and Au/MgO. The phenomenon of coalescence is explained via island migration process. It is shown that the coalescence occurs more rapidly when the substrate temperature is high.

  8. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FeCo epitaxial thin films grown on MgO single-crystal substrates

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    Shikada, Kouhei; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2009-04-01

    FeCo epitaxial films were prepared on MgO(100), MgO(110), and MgO(111) substrates by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. FeCo thin films with (100), (211), and (110) planes parallel to the substrate surface grow on respective MgO substrates. FeCo/MgO interface structures are studied by high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and the epitaxial growth mechanism is discussed. Atomically sharp boundaries are recognized between the FeCo thin films and the MgO substrates where misfit dislocations are introduced in the FeCo thin films presumably to decrease the lattice misfits. Misfit dislocations are observed approximately every 9 and 1.4 nm in FeCo thin film at the FeCo/MgO(100) and the FeCo/MgO(110) interfaces, respectively. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the lattice spacing measured parallel to the single-crystal substrate surfaces are in agreement within 0.1% with those of the respective bulk values of Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} alloy crystal, showing that the FeCo film strain is very small. The magnetic anisotropies of these epitaxial films basically reflect the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of bulk FeCo alloy crystal.

  9. Acetylene trimerization on Ag, Pd and Rh atoms deposited on MgO thin films.

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    Judai, Ken; Wörz, Anke S; Abbet, Stéphane; Antonietti, Jean-Marie; Heiz, Ueli; Del Vitto, Annalisa; Giordano, Livia; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2005-03-01

    The acetylene trimerization on the group VIII transition metal atoms, Rh and Pd, as well as on Ag atoms supported on MgO thin films has been studied experimentally and theoretically. The three metal atoms with the atomic configurations 4d(8)5s1 (Rh), 4d10s0 (Pd) and 4d(10)5s1 (Ag) behave distinctly differently. The coinage metal atom silver is basically inert for this reaction, whereas Pd is active at 220 and 320 K, and Rh produces benzene in a rather broad temperature range from 350 to ca. 430 K. The origins of these differences are not only the different electronic configurations, leading to a weak interaction of acetylene with silver due to strong Pauli repulsion with the 5s electron but also the different stability and dynamics of the three atoms on the MgO surface. In particular, Rh and Pd atoms interact differently with surface defects like the oxygen vacancies (F centers) and the step edges. Pd atoms migrate already at low temperature exclusively to F centers where the cyclotrimerization is efficiently promoted. The Rh atoms on the other hand are not only trapped on F centers but also at step edges up to about 300 K. Interestingly, only Rh atoms on F centers catalyze the trimerization reaction whereas they are turned inert on the step edges due to strong steric effects. PMID:19791385

  10. Strain effects in epitaxial Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film grown on MgO(100)

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    Dang Duc Dung; Duong Van Thiet; Duong Anh Tuan; Cho, Sunglae

    2013-05-07

    We report on the epitaxial growth and magnetic properties of Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films grown on MgO(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. We observed the reduction in binding energy of Mn valence states, the increase in satellite separation up to 12.7 eV, and the smaller band gap of 3.32 eV. In addition, the antiferromagnetic ordering below 90 K in bulk changed to ferrimagnetic up to 175 K. The results were possibly to be explained by a lattice mismatch strain on Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} film on MgO(001) substrate.

  11. Surface Electronic Properties and Site-Specific Laser Desorption Processes of Highly Structured Nanoporous MgO Thin Films

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    Henyk, Matthias; Beck, Kenneth M.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Joly, Alan G.; Hess, Wayne P.; Dickinson, J T.

    2005-11-20

    The surface electronic properties of metal oxides critically depends on low-coordinated sites, such as kinks, corners and steps [1]. In order to characterize experimentally those surface states as well as their role for laser desorption processes, we prepare defect enriched surfaces by growing thin MgO films using reactive ballistic deposition [2] on crystalline dielectric substrates. With samples held at room temperature, the resulting MgO films are highly textured and consist of porous columns with column lengths ranging from tens of nanometers up to six micrometers. Measurements by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are carried out in-situ for MgO films, vacuum-cleaved MgO crystals, and water vapor exposed samples. In the case of thin films, we observe O 1s spectra with a significant shoulder feature at 2.3 eV higher binding energy (HBE) than the corresponding peak at 530.0 eV representing regular lattice oxygen. We evaluate this feature in terms of non-stoichiometric oxygen and formation of an oxygen-rich layer at the topmost surface of the MgO columns. In contrast, no HBE-features are detectable from clean single crystal MgO surfaces, while the hydroxyl O 1s band peaks at 531.6 eV. Under excitation with 266-nm-laser-pulses, known to be resonant with low-coordinated surface anions [3], we observe preferential depletion of defective oxygen-states (HBE signal) and temporary restoration of ideal surface stoichiometry. Furthermore, auxiliary signals are observed on several micrometer thick films, acting like satellites to major photoelectron-peaks (O 1s, Mg 2s, and Mg 2p) but shifted by approximately 4 eV towards lower kinetic energy. These features are depleted by UV-light exposure, pointing to the occurrence of surface-charge imbalance, accompanied by photon stimulated charge-transfer reactions. These results are in line with desorption experiments of neutrals, stimulated by laser excitation at 266 nm. According to the low-coordination nature of nanoporous MgO

  12. Co2FeAl Heusler thin films grown on Si and MgO substrates: Annealing temperature effect

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    Belmeguenai, M.; Tuzcuoglu, H.; Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.; Zighem, F.; Chérif, S. M.; Moch, P.

    2014-01-01

    10 nm and 50 nm Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films have been deposited on MgO(001) and Si(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering and annealed at different temperatures. X-rays diffraction revealed polycrystalline or epitaxial growth (according to CFA(001)[110]//MgO(001)[100] epitaxial relation) for CFA films grown on a Si and on a MgO substrate, respectively. For these later, the chemical order varies from the A2 phase to the B2 phase when increasing the annealing temperature (Ta), while only the A2 disorder type has been observed for CFA grown on Si. Microstrip ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR) measurements revealed that the in-plane anisotropy results from the superposition of a uniaxial and a fourfold symmetry term for CFA grown on MgO substrates. This fourfold anisotropy, which disappears completely for samples grown on Si, is in accord with the crystal structure of the samples. The fourfold anisotropy field decreases when increasing Ta, while the uniaxial anisotropy field is nearly unaffected by Ta within the investigated range. The MS-FMR data also allow for concluding that the gyromagnetic factor remains constant and that the exchange stiffness constant increases with Ta. Finally, the FMR linewidth decreases when increasing Ta, due to the enhancement of the chemical order. We derive a very low intrinsic damping parameter (1.1×10-3 and 1.3×10-3 for films of 50 nm thickness annealed at 615 °C grown on MgO and on Si, respectively).

  13. Etching mechanism of MgO thin films in inductively coupled Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasma

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    Efremov, A.M.; Koo, Seong-Mo; Kim, Dong-Pyo; Kim, Kyoung-Tae; Kim, Chang-Il

    2004-09-01

    The etching mechanism of MgO thin films in Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasma was investigated. It was found that the increasing Ar in the mixing ratio of Cl{sub 2}/Ar plasma causes nonmonotonic MgO etch rate, which reaches a maximum value at 70%Ar+30%Cl{sub 2}. Langmuir probe measurement showed the noticeable influence of Cl{sub 2}/Ar mixing ratio on electron temperature and electron density. The zero-dimensional plasma model indicated monotonic changes of both densities and fluxes of active species. At the same time, analyses of surface kinetics showed the possibility of nonmonotonic etch rate behavior due to the concurrence of physical and chemical pathways in ion-assisted chemical reaction.

  14. Ion-induced secondary electron emission behavior of sol-gel-derived MgO thin films used for protective layers in alternating current plasma display panels

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Jung-Kun; Hong, Kug Sun; Youn, Hyuk-Joon

    2002-09-01

    MgO thin films were prepared using two sols (hydrolyzed sol and stabilized sol) and the ion-induced secondary electron emission behavior of the resultant thin films was investigated. A severe fluctuation in the secondary electron emission current was found in MgO films from hydrolyzed sol. The instability of the ion-induced current was due to the nanosized pores, which were formed during the topotactic reaction of Mg(OH)2 to MgO. Nonhydrolyzed MgO films, however, showed a stable ion-induced current. The ion-induced secondary electron emission coefficients (gammai) of the MgO films had a maximum of 0.95plus-or-minus0.02 when the films were heat treated at 550 degC in O2. The change in gammai of nonhydrolyzed films was discussed from the viewpoint of crystallinity, residual organics, and surface roughness. The high gammai and low processing temperature of nonhydrolyzed MgO films revealed that the sol-gel process is suitable to prepare MgO films for use as a protective layer in ac plasma display panel cells.

  15. Preparation and characterization of thin films of MgO, Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 by atomic layer deposition

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    Huang, Ron; Kitai, Adrian H.

    1993-02-01

    MgO, Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 thin films were deposited on silicon substrates at various temperatures by the atomic layer deposition (ALD) method using bis(cyclopentadienyl)magnesium, triethylaluminum, and H2O and were characterized systematically. High-quality polycrystalline MgO films were deposited for a substrate temperature above 500°C, and amorphous thin films were deposited around 400°C. The deposited Al2O3 and MgAl2O4 thin films were characterized as amorphous in structure. Applicability of ALD to complex oxides is discussed.

  16. Application of ion scattering spectroscopy to measurement of surface potential of MgO thin film under ion irradiation

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    Nagatomi, T.; Kuwayama, T.; Takai, Y.; Yoshino, K.; Morita, Y.; Kitagawa, M.; Nishitani, M.

    2008-02-25

    An experimental approach was proposed for the measurement of the surface potential (SP) induced on an insulator surface during ion irradiation by ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS). The resultant ISS spectra obtained for a MgO thin film of 600 nm thickness on a Si substrate under 950 eV He{sup +} irradiation revealed that the surface is positively charged by approximately 230 V. In addition, the onset energy of a secondary ion peak indicated a SP of approximately 205 V. The present results confirmed that ISS is an effective technique for measuring the SP during ion irradiation.

  17. Real-time observation of the melting process of YBCO thin film on MgO substrate

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    J, Hu; X, Yao; L, Rao Q.

    2003-11-01

    In order to study the mechanism of the liquid phase hetero-epitaxial growth, the melting process of YBa2Cu3O7-dgr (YBCO) thin films was observed by high-temperature optical microscopy. During the heating from room temperature to a temperature above the YBCO peritectic temperature (Tp), we surprisingly find that the YBCO thin film with a MgO substrate can be substantially superheated above the Tp of the YBCO oxide (at least 50 °C) at a heating rate of 5 °C min-1. This is a novel superheating phenomenon involved in a peritectic reaction and an oxide material, which is different from one reported in systems of metals and their alloys. After the melting process, x-ray diffraction analysis was performed, which shows that Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) grains are in good alignment on the MgO substrate. The superheating mechanism of the YBCO oxide is discussed.

  18. Interplay of uniaxial and cubic anisotropy in epitaxial Fe thin films on MgO (001) substrate

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    Mallik, Srijani; Chowdhury, Niru; Bedanta, Subhankar

    2014-09-01

    Epitaxial Fe thin films were grown on annealed MgO(001) substrates at oblique incidence by DC magnetron sputtering. Due to the oblique growth configuration, uniaxial anisotropy was found to be superimposed on the expected four-fold cubic anisotropy. A detailed study of in-plane magnetic hysteresis for Fe on MgO thin films has been performed by Magneto Optic Kerr Effect (MOKE) magnetometer. Both single step and double step loops have been observed depending on the angle between the applied field and easy axis i.e. along ⟨100⟩ direction. Domain images during magnetization reversal were captured by Kerr microscope. Domain images clearly evidence two successive and separate 90° domain wall (DW) nucleation and motion along cubic easy cum uniaxial easy axis and cubic easy cum uniaxial hard axis, respectively. However, along cubic hard axis two 180° domain wall motion dominate the magnetization reversal process. In spite of having four-fold anisotropy it is essential to explain magnetization reversal mechanism in 0°< ϕ < 90° span as uniaxial anisotropy plays a major role in this system. Also it is shown that substrate rotation can suppress the effect of uniaxial anisotropy superimposed on four-fold anisotropy.

  19. Characterization of two different orientations of epitaxial niobium thin films grown on MgO(001) surfaces

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    Beringer, D. B.; Roach, W. M.; Clavero, C.; Reece, C. E.; Lukaszew, R. A.

    2013-12-01

    Epitaxial Nb thin films deposited onto the same crystalline insulating surface can evolve in very different fashions depending on specific deposition conditions, thereby affecting their microstructure, surface morphology and superconducting properties. Here, we examine and compare the microstructure and ensuing surface morphology from two distinct Nb/MgO series each with its own epitaxial registry—namely Nb(001)/MgO(001) and Nb(110)/MgO(001)—leading to distinct surface anisotropy and we closely examine the dynamical scaling of the surface features during growth. We compare our findings with those in other metal/MgO epitaxial systems and for the first time, general scaling formalism is applied to analyze anisotropic surfaces exhibiting biaxial symmetry. Further, Power Spectral Density is applied to the specific problem of thin film growth and surface evolution to qualify the set of deposition conditions leading to smoother surfaces. We find good correlation between the surface morphology and microstructure of the various Nb films with superconducting properties such as their residual resistance ratio and lower critical field.

  20. Characterization of two different orientations of epitaxial niobium thin films grown on MgO(001) surfaces

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    Beringer, Douglas B.; Roach, William M.; Clavero Perez, Cesar; Reece, Charles E.; Lukaszew, Rosa

    2013-12-01

    Epitaxial Nb thin films deposited onto the same crystalline insulating surface can evolve in very different fashions depending on specific deposition conditions, thereby affecting their microstructure, surface morphology and superconducting properties. Here, we examine and compare the microstructure and ensuing surface morphology from two distinct Nb/MgO series each with its own epitaxial registry?namely Nb(001)/MgO(001) and Nb(110)/MgO(001)?leading to distinct surface anisotropy and we closely examine the dynamical scaling of the surface features during growth. We compare our findings with those in other metal/MgO epitaxial systems and for the first time, general scaling formalism is applied to analyze anisotropic surfaces exhibiting biaxial symmetry. Further, Power Spectral Density is applied to the specific problem of thin film growth and surface evolution to qualify the set of deposition conditions leading to smoother surfaces. We find good correlation between the surface morphology and microstructure of the various Nb films with superconducting properties such as their residual resistance ratio and lower critical field.

  1. Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ thin film grown on metallic film evaporated on MgO

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    Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.; Lapsker, I.

    2001-03-01

    At present it is commonly accepted that thin film formation of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) on conducting substrate is one of the keys to further development of advanced devices in the microelectronic and other applications. We have grown YBCO thin films by resistive evaporation technique on MgO coated with metallic layers (Ni or Ag). A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boats for metal and precursor mixture of yttrium, copper and barium fluoride powders was used. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture, morphology and surface analyses respectively. Electrical and magnetical properties were determined by a standard dc four-probe method. The way of heating process is shown to be critical parameter in the film quality. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that XRD measurements done on the metallic buffer layers have revealed a multicrystalline structure.

  2. Unusual dissociative adsorption of H2 over stoichiometric MgO thin film supported on molybdenum

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    Song, Zhenjun; Xu, Hu

    2016-03-01

    The dissociation of a hydrogen molecule on perfect MgO(0 0 1) films deposited on Mo(0 0 1) surface is investigated systematically using periodic density-functional theory (DFT) method. The unusual adsorption behavior of heterolytic dissociative hydrogen molecule at neighboring surface oxygen and surface magnesium, is clarified here. To our knowledge, this heterolytic dissociative state has never been found before on bulk MgO(0 0 1) or metal supported perfect MgO(0 0 1) surfaces (without low coordination sites). The results confirm that, in all cases, the heterolytic dissociation is much more favorable that homolytic dissociation both energetically and kinetically. The energy differences between two dissociative states are very large, in the range of 1.1 eV-1.5 eV for Mo supported 1 ML-3 ML oxide films, which inhibits, to a great extent, the homolytic dissociation in the respect of reaction thermodynamics. The energy barriers of heterolytic dissociation are about 0.5 eV, much lower that the barrier of homolytic dissociation. The transformation reaction on thick films will be more endothermic. Passing through heterolytic dissociation state has significantly lowered the reaction heat and the energy barrier for obtaining homolytic dissociative structure, which makes the homolytic splitting of H2 easier on 2 ML oxide films. The results provide a useful strategy for enhancing the reactivity of the nonreducible metal oxide.

  3. Superconducting MgB2 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on Al2O3(0001) and MgO(100) substrates

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    Wang, S. F.; Dai, S. Y.; Zhou, Y. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Cui, D. F.; Xu, J. D.; He, M.; Lu, H. B.; Yang, G. Z.; Fu, G. S.; Han, L.

    2001-11-01

    Superconducting MgB2 thin films were fabricated on Al2O3(0001) and MgO(100) substrates by a two-step method. Boron thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition followed by an ex-situ annealing process. Resistance measurements of the deposited MgB2 films show a Tc of 38.6 K for MgB2/Al2O3 and 38.1 K for MgB2/MgO. Atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction were used to study the properties of the films. The results indicate that the MgB2/Al2O3 films consist of well-crystallized grains with a highly c-axis-oriented structure while the MgB2/MgO films have a dense uniform appearance with an unfixed orientation.

  4. Temperature dependence of reliability characteristics for magnetic tunnel junctions with a thin MgO dielectric film

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    Choi, Chul-Min; Oh, Young-Taek; Kim, Kyung-Jun; Park, Jin-Suk; Sukegawa, Hiroaki; Mitani, Seiji; Kim, Sung-Kyu; Lee, Jeong-Yong; Song, Yun-Heub

    2016-07-01

    Temperature dependence of the reliability characteristics of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a thin (∼1 nm thick) MgO dielectric film were investigated by numerical analyses based on the E-model, 1/E-model, and power-law voltage V-model, as well as by measuring time-dependent dielectric breakdown (TDDB) degradation. Although the tunneling process giving rise to TDDB is still under debate, the temperature dependence of TDDB was much weaker using the 1/E model than the E-model or power-law model. The TDDB data measured experimentally in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB MTJ devices also showed rather weak temperature dependence, in good agreement with the numerical results obtained from the 1/E-model considering the self-heating effect in MTJ devices. Moreover, we confirmed by interval voltage stress tests that some degradation in the MgO dielectric layer occurred. Based on our findings, we suggest that to characterize the reliability of MTJs, combined temperature measurements of TDDB and 1/E-model analyses taking the self-heating effect into account should be performed.

  5. Magnetic properties of Sm-Co thin films grown on MgO(100) deposited from a single alloy target

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    Verhagen, T. G. A.; Boltje, D. B.; Ruitenbeek, J. M. van; Aarts, J.

    2014-08-07

    We have grown epitaxial Sm-Co thin films by sputter deposition from a single alloy target with a nominal SmCo{sub 5} composition on Cr(100)-buffered MgO(100) single-crystal substrates. By varying the Ar gas pressure, we can change the composition of the film from a SmCo{sub 5}-like to a Sm{sub 2}Co{sub 7}-like phase. The composition, crystal structure, morphology, and magnetic properties of these films have been determined using Rutherford Backscattering, X-ray diffraction, and magnetization measurements. We find that we can grow films with, at room temperature, coercive fields as high as 3.3 T, but with a remanent magnetization which is lower than can be expected from the texturing. This appears to be due to the Sm content of the films, which is higher than expected from the content of the target, even at the lowest possible sputtering pressures. Moreover, we find relatively large variations of film properties using targets of nominally the same composition. At low temperatures, the coercive fields increase, as expected for these hard magnets, but in the magnetization, we observe a strong background signal from the paramagnetic impurities in the MgO substrates.

  6. Superconducting YBCO thin film on multicrystalline Ag film evaporated on MgO substrate

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Verdyan, Armen; Lapsker, Igor

    Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films were grown by resistive evaporation on multicrystalline silver film which was evaporated on MgO substrate. A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boat was used for the whole process. Silver film was first evaporated on MgO substrate kept at 400°C during the evaporation after which with no further annealing a precursor mixture of yttrium small grains and Cu and BaF2 in powder form weighed in the atomic proportion to yield stoichiometric YBa 2Cu 3O 7 was evaporated. The films thus obtained were annealed at 740°C under low oxygen partial pressure of about 1Pa for 30 minutes to form the superconducting phase. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture and surface analysis. Electrical properties were determined using a standard dc four-probe for electrical measurements. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that X-ray diffraction measurements done on the silver film have revealed a multicrystalline structure

  7. MgO platelets and high critical field in MgB2 thin films doped with carbon from methane

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    Zhu, Y.; Hunte, F.; Zhuang, C. G.; Feng, Q. R.; Gan, Z. Z.; Xi, X. X.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Voyles, P. M.

    2009-12-01

    We report that C-doped MgB2 thin films deposited by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) using CH4 as the carbon source have Hc2(0 K)~60 T, similar to that of HPCVD films obtained using (MeCp)2Mg for the carbon. Using transmission electron microscopy, we show that in the films doped using CH4 there is a MgB2C2 layer on top of the MgB2 film, which does not degrade the MgB2 connectivity or Jc. We also find a high density of coherent MgO nanoplatelets in the MgB2 which create strain fields which may give rise to strong π-band scattering and the very high Hc2.

  8. Heteroepitaxial growth of Pt and Au thin films on MgO single crystals by bias-assisted sputtering

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    Tolstova, Yulia; Omelchenko, Stefan T.; Shing, Amanda M.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-01-01

    The crystallographic orientation of a metal affects its surface energy and structure, and has profound implications for surface chemical reactions and interface engineering, which are important in areas ranging from optoelectronic device fabrication to catalysis. However, it can be very difficult and expensive to manufacture, orient, and cut single crystal metals along different crystallographic orientations, especially in the case of precious metals. One approach is to grow thin metal films epitaxially on dielectric substrates. In this work, we report on growth of Pt and Au films on MgO single crystal substrates of (100) and (110) surface orientation for use as epitaxial templates for thin film photovoltaic devices. We develop bias-assisted sputtering for deposition of oriented Pt and Au films with sub-nanometer roughness. We show that biasing the substrate decreases the substrate temperature necessary to achieve epitaxial orientation, with temperature reduction from 600 to 350 °C for Au, and from 750 to 550 °C for Pt, without use of transition metal seed layers. In addition, this temperature can be further reduced by reducing the growth rate. Biased deposition with varying substrate bias power and working pressure also enables control of the film morphology and surface roughness. PMID:26984041

  9. Heteroepitaxial growth of Pt and Au thin films on MgO single crystals by bias-assisted sputtering

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    Tolstova, Yulia; Omelchenko, Stefan T.; Shing, Amanda M.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-03-01

    The crystallographic orientation of a metal affects its surface energy and structure, and has profound implications for surface chemical reactions and interface engineering, which are important in areas ranging from optoelectronic device fabrication to catalysis. However, it can be very difficult and expensive to manufacture, orient, and cut single crystal metals along different crystallographic orientations, especially in the case of precious metals. One approach is to grow thin metal films epitaxially on dielectric substrates. In this work, we report on growth of Pt and Au films on MgO single crystal substrates of (100) and (110) surface orientation for use as epitaxial templates for thin film photovoltaic devices. We develop bias-assisted sputtering for deposition of oriented Pt and Au films with sub-nanometer roughness. We show that biasing the substrate decreases the substrate temperature necessary to achieve epitaxial orientation, with temperature reduction from 600 to 350 °C for Au, and from 750 to 550 °C for Pt, without use of transition metal seed layers. In addition, this temperature can be further reduced by reducing the growth rate. Biased deposition with varying substrate bias power and working pressure also enables control of the film morphology and surface roughness.

  10. Heteroepitaxial growth of Pt and Au thin films on MgO single crystals by bias-assisted sputtering

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    Tolstova, Yulia; Omelchenko, Stefan T.; Shing, Amanda M.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-03-17

    The crystallographic orientation of a metal affects its surface energy and structure, and has profound implications for surface chemical reactions and interface engineering, which are important in areas ranging from optoelectronic device fabrication to catalysis. However, it can be very difficult and expensive to manufacture, orient, and cut single crystal metals along different crystallographic orientations, especially in the case of precious metals. One approach is to grow thin metal films epitaxially on dielectric substrates. In this work, we report on growth of Pt and Au films on MgO single crystal substrates of (100) and (110) surface orientation for use asmore » epitaxial templates for thin film photovoltaic devices. We develop bias-assisted sputtering for deposition of oriented Pt and Au films with sub-nanometer roughness. We show that biasing the substrate decreases the substrate temperature necessary to achieve epitaxial orientation, with temperature reduction from 600 to 350 °C for Au, and from 750 to 550 °C for Pt, without use of transition metal seed layers. Additionally, this temperature can be further reduced by reducing the growth rate. Biased deposition with varying substrate bias power and working pressure also enables control of the film morphology and surface roughness.« less

  11. The microstructure, electronic, and magnetic characterization of highly ordered Co{sub 2}MnSi thin films deposited on MgO substrate

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    Yang, F. J.; Chen, X. Q.

    2013-06-24

    Co{sub 2}MnSi thin films are usually deposited on Cr-buffered MgO substrate. In this work, Co{sub 2}MnSi thin films were deposited directly on MgO substrate and annealed at 350 Degree-Sign C to 650 Degree-Sign C to investigate the evolution of microstructure, electronic, and magnetic properties. Due to nearly perfect B2-ordering and very good L2{sub 1}-ordering, the M{sub s} increases to 1029 emu/cc and H{sub c} decreases to 27 Oe, respectively, after annealing at 650 Degree-Sign C. The large residual resistance ratio (RRR = 2.40) and small magnetic damping constant ({alpha} = 0.0039) further demonstrates that nearly perfect B2-ordering, good L2{sub 1} ordering, and nearly perfect film quality have been achieved.

  12. Band gap and defect states of MgO thin films investigated using reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy

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    Heo, Sung; Cho, Eunseog; Lee, Hyung-Ik; Park, Gyeong Su; Kang, Hee Jae; Nagatomi, T.; Choi, Pyungho; Choi, Byoung-Deog

    2015-07-15

    The band gap and defect states of MgO thin films were investigated by using reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) and high-energy resolution REELS (HR-REELS). HR-REELS with a primary electron energy of 0.3 keV revealed that the surface F center (FS) energy was located at approximately 4.2 eV above the valence band maximum (VBM) and the surface band gap width (E{sub g}{sup S}) was approximately 6.3 eV. The bulk F center (F{sub B}) energy was located approximately 4.9 eV above the VBM and the bulk band gap width was about 7.8 eV, when measured by REELS with 3 keV primary electrons. From a first-principles calculation, we confirmed that the 4.2 eV and 4.9 eV peaks were F{sub S} and F{sub B}, induced by oxygen vacancies. We also experimentally demonstrated that the HR-REELS peak height increases with increasing number of oxygen vacancies. Finally, we calculated the secondary electron emission yields (γ) for various noble gases. He and Ne were not influenced by the defect states owing to their higher ionization energies, but Ar, Kr, and Xe exhibited a stronger dependence on the defect states owing to their small ionization energies.

  13. Magneto-transport and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial FeSb{sub 2} thin film on MgO substrate

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    Duong, Anh Tuan; Rhim, S. H. Shin, Yooleemi; Nguyen, Van Quang; Cho, Sunglae

    2015-01-19

    We report magneto-transport and thermoelectric properties of FeSb{sub 2} thin film epitaxially grown on the MgO substrate using molecular beam epitaxy. The film exhibits compressive strain of 1.74% owing to large lattice mismatch, whose physical consequences are nontrivial. Magnetic phase has been changed from diamagnetic in bulk, as evidenced by anomalous Hall effect (AHE) and negative magneto-resistance (MR). The FeSb{sub 2} film is semiconducting without any metallic transition unlike the bulk counterpart. In particular, hysteresis in MR with distinct feature of AHE is evident with coercive field of 500 and 110 Oe for T = 20 and 50 K, respectively. Furthermore, from the Seebeck coefficients and temperature dependence of the resistivity, it is evident that the film is semiconducting with small band gap: 3.76 meV for T < 40 K and 13.48 meV for T > 40 K, respectively, where maximum thermoelectric power factor of 12 μV/cm·K at T = 50 K.

  14. Co2FeAl thin films grown on MgO substrates: Correlation between static, dynamic, and structural properties

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    Belmeguenai, M.; Tuzcuoglu, H.; Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T., Jr.; Tiusan, C.; Berling, D.; Zighem, F.; Chauveau, T.; Chérif, S. M.; Moch, P.

    2013-05-01

    Co2FeAl (CFA) thin films with thickness varying from 10 to 115 nm have been deposited on MgO(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering and then capped by a Ta or Cr layer. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that the cubic [001] CFA axis is normal to the substrate and that all the CFA films exhibit full epitaxial growth. The chemical order varies from the B2 phase to the A2 phase when decreasing the thickness. Magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) measurements show that, depending on the field orientation, one- or two-step switchings occur. Moreover, the films present a quadratic MOKE signal increasing with the CFA thickness, due to the increasing chemical order. Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR), MOKE transverse bias initial inverse susceptibility and torque (TBIIST) measurements reveal that the in-plane anisotropy results from the superposition of a uniaxial and of a fourfold symmetry term. The fourfold anisotropy is in accord with the crystal structure of the samples and is correlated to the biaxial strain and to the chemical order present in the films. In addition, a large negative perpendicular uniaxial anisotropy is observed. Frequency and angular dependencies of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth show two magnon scattering and mosaicity contributions, which depend on the CFA thickness. A Gilbert damping coefficient as low as 0.0011 is found.

  15. Magneto-transport and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial FeSb2 thin film on MgO substrate

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    Duong, Anh Tuan; Rhim, S. H.; Shin, Yooleemi; Nguyen, Van Quang; Cho, Sunglae

    2015-01-01

    We report magneto-transport and thermoelectric properties of FeSb2 thin film epitaxially grown on the MgO substrate using molecular beam epitaxy. The film exhibits compressive strain of 1.74% owing to large lattice mismatch, whose physical consequences are nontrivial. Magnetic phase has been changed from diamagnetic in bulk, as evidenced by anomalous Hall effect (AHE) and negative magneto-resistance (MR). The FeSb2 film is semiconducting without any metallic transition unlike the bulk counterpart. In particular, hysteresis in MR with distinct feature of AHE is evident with coercive field of 500 and 110 Oe for T = 20 and 50 K, respectively. Furthermore, from the Seebeck coefficients and temperature dependence of the resistivity, it is evident that the film is semiconducting with small band gap: 3.76 meV for T < 40 K and 13.48 meV for T > 40 K, respectively, where maximum thermoelectric power factor of 12 μV/cm.K at T = 50 K.

  16. Low frequency noise in asymmetric double barrier magnetic tunnel junctions with a top thin MgO layer

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    Guo, Hui-Qiang; Tang, Wei-Yue; Liu, Liang; Wei, Jian; Li, Da-Lai; Feng, Jia-Feng; Han, Xiu-Feng

    2015-07-01

    Low frequency noise has been investigated at room temperature for asymmetric double barrier magnetic tunnel junctions (DBMTJs), where the coupling between the top and middle CoFeB layers is antiferromagnetic with a 0.8-nm thin top MgO barrier of the CoFeB/MgO/CoFe/CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB DBMTJ. At enough large bias, 1/f noise dominates the voltage noise power spectra in the low frequency region, and is conventionally characterized by the Hooge parameter αmag. With increasing external field, the top and bottom ferromagnetic layers are aligned by the field, and then the middle free layer rotates from antiparallel state (antiferromagnetic coupling between top and middle ferromagnetic layers) to parallel state. In this rotation process αmag and magnetoresistance-sensitivity-product show a linear dependence, consistent with the fluctuation dissipation relation. With the magnetic field applied at different angles (θ) to the easy axis of the free layer, the linear dependence persists while the intercept of the linear fit satisfies a cos(θ) dependence, similar to that for the magnetoresistance, suggesting intrinsic relation between magnetic losses and magnetoresistance. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2011CBA00106, 2012CB927400, 2010CB934401, and 2014AA032904), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2014AA032904), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11434014 and 11104252).

  17. Giant perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 3d transition-metal thin films on MgO

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    Nakamura, Kohji Ikeura, Yushi; Akiyama, Toru; Ito, Tomonori

    2015-05-07

    Magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of the Fe-based transition-metal thin films was investigated by means of first principles full-potential linearized augmented plane wave method. A giant perpendicular MCA (PMCA), up to 3 meV, was confirmed in a 7-layer Fe-Ni film/MgO(001), where an Fe{sub 2}/Ni/Fe/Ni/Fe{sub 2} atomic-layer alignment with a bcc-like-layer stacking and the Fe/MgO interfaces play key roles for leading to the large PMCA. Importantly, we find that the PMCA overcomes enough over the magnetic dipole-dipole anisotropy that favors the in-plane magnetization even when the film thickness increases.

  18. Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler thin films grown on Si and MgO substrates: Annealing temperature effect

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    Belmeguenai, M. Tuzcuoglu, H.; Zighem, F.; Chérif, S. M.; Moch, P.; Gabor, M. S. Petrisor, T.; Tiusan, C.

    2014-01-28

    10 nm and 50 nm Co{sub 2}FeAl (CFA) thin films have been deposited on MgO(001) and Si(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering and annealed at different temperatures. X-rays diffraction revealed polycrystalline or epitaxial growth (according to CFA(001)[110]//MgO(001)[100] epitaxial relation) for CFA films grown on a Si and on a MgO substrate, respectively. For these later, the chemical order varies from the A2 phase to the B2 phase when increasing the annealing temperature (T{sub a}), while only the A2 disorder type has been observed for CFA grown on Si. Microstrip ferromagnetic resonance (MS-FMR) measurements revealed that the in-plane anisotropy results from the superposition of a uniaxial and a fourfold symmetry term for CFA grown on MgO substrates. This fourfold anisotropy, which disappears completely for samples grown on Si, is in accord with the crystal structure of the samples. The fourfold anisotropy field decreases when increasing T{sub a}, while the uniaxial anisotropy field is nearly unaffected by T{sub a} within the investigated range. The MS-FMR data also allow for concluding that the gyromagnetic factor remains constant and that the exchange stiffness constant increases with T{sub a}. Finally, the FMR linewidth decreases when increasing T{sub a}, due to the enhancement of the chemical order. We derive a very low intrinsic damping parameter (1.1×10{sup −3} and 1.3×10{sup −3} for films of 50 nm thickness annealed at 615 °C grown on MgO and on Si, respectively)

  19. A p-type Heusler compound: Growth, structure, and properties of epitaxial thin NiYBi films on MgO(100)

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    Shan Rong; Ouardi, Siham; Fecher, Gerhard H.; ViolBarbosa, Carlos E.; Felser, Claudia; Gao Li; Kellock, Andrew; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Gloskovskii, Andrei; Ikenaga, Eiji

    2012-11-19

    Epitaxial semiconducting NiYBi thin films were directly prepared on MgO(100) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The intensity ratio of the (200) and (400) diffraction peaks, I(200)/I(400) = 2.93, was close to the theoretical value (3.03). The electronic structure of NiYBi was calculated using wien2k, and a narrow indirect band gap of width of 210 meV was found. The valence band spectra of the films obtained by linear dichroism in hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy exhibit clear structures that are in good agreement with the calculated band structure of NiYBi.

  20. Growth mode and properties of Mn-Co-Ni-O NTC thermistor thin films deposited on MgO (100) substrate by laser MBE

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    Xie, Yahong; Kong, Wenwen; Ji, Guang; Gao, Bo; Yao, Jincheng; Chang, Aimin

    2014-12-01

    Mn1.56Co0.96Ni0.48O4-δ thin films were deposited on MgO (100) substrate using laser molecular beam epitaxy (LMBE) technique at the temperature range of 300-600°C under oxygen partial pressure of 5 × 10-3 Pa. The effect of growth temperature on microstructure and electrical properties as well as the growth mode were studied using XRD, RHEED, AFM and resistance-temperature measurements. The results showed that all prepared thin films underwent epitaxial growth along the single-(100) orientation direction of the MgO substrate from 3D-island mode to 2D layer-by-layer mode, and exhibited good crystallinity and NTC thermistor behavior. Their resistance at room temperature can be in the range of 10-50 MΩ together with a B-value of about 3300 K, which are desirable for a wide range of practical applications of the NTC thermistors.

  1. Modifying magnetic properties of ultra-thin magnetite films by growth on Fe pre-covered MgO(001)

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    Schemme, T. Krampf, A.; Kuepper, K.; Wollschläger, J.; Bertram, F.; Kuschel, T.

    2015-09-21

    Iron oxide films were reactively grown on iron buffer films, which were deposited before on MgO(001) substrates to analyze the influence of the initial iron buffer layers on the magnetic properties of the magnetite films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low energy electron diffraction showed that magnetite films of high crystalline quality in the surface near region were formed by this two-step deposition procedure. The underlying iron film, however, was completely oxidized as proved by x-ray reflectometry and diffraction. The structural bulk quality of the iron oxide film is poor compared to magnetite films directly grown on MgO(001). Although the iron film was completely oxidized, we found drastically modified magnetic properties for these films using the magnetooptic Kerr effect. The magnetite films had strongly increased coercive fields, and their magnetic in-plane anisotropy is in-plane rotated by 45∘ compared to magnetite films formed directly by one step reactive growth on MgO(001)

  2. Effect of deposition pressure on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial ScN(001) thin films sputtered onto MgO(001) substrates

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    Burmistrova, Polina V.; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Favaloro, Tela; Mohammed, Amr; Stach, Eric A.; Shakouri, Ali; Sands, Timothy D.

    2015-03-14

    Four epitaxial ScN(001) thin films were successfully deposited on MgO(001) substrates by dc reactive magnetron sputtering at 2, 5, 10, and 20 mTorr in an Ar/N2 ambient atmosphere at 650 °C. The microstructure of the resultant films was analyzed by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Electrical resistivity, electron mobility and concentration were measured using the room temperature Hall technique, and temperature dependent in-plain measurements of the thermoelectric properties of the ScN thin films were performed. The surface morphology and film crystallinity significantly degrade with increasing deposition pressure. The ScN thin film deposited at 20 mTorr exhibits the presence of <221> oriented secondary grains resulting in decreased electric properties and a low thermoelectric power factor of 0.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. ScN thin films grown at 5 and 10 mTorr are single crystalline, yielding the power factor of approximately 2.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. The deposition performed at 2 mTorr produces the highest quality ScN thin film with the electron mobility of 98 cm² V⁻¹ s⁻¹ and the power factor of 3.3 W/m-K² at 800 K.

  3. Effect of deposition pressure on the microstructure and thermoelectric properties of epitaxial ScN(001) thin films sputtered onto MgO(001) substrates

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    Burmistrova, Polina V.; Zakharov, Dmitri N.; Favaloro, Tela; Mohammed, Amr; Stach, Eric A.; Shakouri, Ali; Sands, Timothy D.

    2015-03-14

    Four epitaxial ScN(001) thin films were successfully deposited on MgO(001) substrates by dc reactive magnetron sputtering at 2, 5, 10, and 20 mTorr in an Ar/N2 ambient atmosphere at 650 °C. The microstructure of the resultant films was analyzed by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Electrical resistivity, electron mobility and concentration were measured using the room temperature Hall technique, and temperature dependent in-plain measurements of the thermoelectric properties of the ScN thin films were performed. The surface morphology and film crystallinity significantly degrade with increasing deposition pressure. The ScN thin film deposited at 20 mTorr exhibitsmore » the presence of <221> oriented secondary grains resulting in decreased electric properties and a low thermoelectric power factor of 0.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. ScN thin films grown at 5 and 10 mTorr are single crystalline, yielding the power factor of approximately 2.5 W/m-K² at 800 K. The deposition performed at 2 mTorr produces the highest quality ScN thin film with the electron mobility of 98 cm² V⁻¹ s⁻¹ and the power factor of 3.3 W/m-K² at 800 K.« less

  4. Epitaxial growth of fcc-Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} thin films on MgO(110) single-crystal substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nukaga, Yuri; Sato, Yoichi; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2009-12-15

    Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} (x=100, 80, 20, 0 at. %) epitaxial thin films were prepared on MgO(110) single-crystal substrates heated at 300 deg. C by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The growth mechanism is discussed based on lattice strain and crystallographic defects. CoNi(110) single-crystal films with a fcc structure are obtained for all compositions. Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} film growth follows the Volmer-Weber mode. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the out-of-plane and the in-plane lattice spacings of the Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} films are in agreement within +-0.5% with the values of the respective bulk Co{sub x}Ni{sub 100-x} crystals, suggesting that the strain in the film is very small. High-resolution cross-sectional transmission microscopy shows that an atomically sharp boundary is formed between a Co(110){sub fcc} film and a MgO(110) substrate, where periodical misfit dislocations are preferentially introduced in the film at the Co/MgO interface. The presence of such periodical misfit dislocations relieves the strain caused by the lattice mismatch between the film and the substrate.

  5. Electronic and crystalline structures of zero band-gap LuPdBi thin films grown epitaxially on MgO(100)

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    Shan, Rong; Ouardi, Siham; Fecher, Gerhard H.; ViolBarbosa, Carlos E.; Felser, Claudia; Gao, Li; Kellock, Andrew; Roche, Kevin P.; Samant, Mahesh G.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.; Ikenaga, Eiji

    2013-04-29

    Thin films of the proposed topological insulator LuPdBi-a Heusler compound with the C1{sub b} structure-were prepared on Ta-Mo-buffered MgO(100) substrates by co-sputtering from PdBi{sub 2} and Lu targets. Epitaxial growth of LuPdBi films was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and reflection high-energy electron diffraction. The root-mean-square roughness of the films was as low as 1.45 nm, even though the films were deposited at high temperature. The film composition is close to the ideal stoichiometric ratio. The valence band spectra of the LuPdBi films, observed by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, correspond very well with the ab initio-calculated density of states.

  6. Growth of L10-ordered crystal in FePt and FePd thin films on MgO(001) substrate

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    Futamoto, Masaaki; Nakamura, Masahiro; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Inaba, Nobuyuki; Shimotsu, Teruho

    2016-08-01

    Formation of L10-oredered structure from disordered A1 phase has been investigated for FePt and FePd films on MgO(001) substrates employing a two-step method consisting of low temperature deposition at 200 °C followed by high-temperature annealing at 600 °C. L10-(001) variant crystal with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate grows preferentially in FePd films whereas L10-(100), (010) variants tend to be mixed with the L10-(001) variant in FePt films. The structure analysis by X-ray diffraction indicates that a difference in A1 lattice strain is the influential factor that determines the resulting L10-variant structure in ordered thin films. Misfit dislocations and anti-phase boundaries are observed in high-resolution transmission electron micrographs of 10 nm-thick Fe(Pt, Pd) film consisting of L10-(001) variants which are formed through atomic diffusion at 600 °C in a laterally strained FePt/PeFd epitaxial thin film. Based on the experimental results, a nucleation and growth model for explaining L10-variant formation is proposed, which suggests a possibility in tailoring the L10 variant structure in ordered magnetic thin films by controlling the alloy composition, the layer structure, and the substrate material.

  7. Domain wall pinning on strain relaxation defects (stacking faults) in nanoscale FePd (001)/MgO thin films

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    Hsiao, C. H.; Yao, Y. D.; Lo, S. C.; Chang, H. W.; Ouyang, Chuenhou Hao

    2015-10-01

    FePd (001) films, prepared by an electron beam deposition system on MgO(100), exhibit a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (1.7 × 107 erg/cc) with a high order parameter (0.92). The relation between stacking faults induced by the strain relaxation, which act as strong domain wall pinning sites, and the perpendicular coercivity of (001) oriented L10 FePd films prepared at different temperatures have been investigated. Perpendicular coercivity can be apparently enhanced by raising the stacking fault densities, which can be elevated by climbing dissociation of total dislocation. The increased stacking fault densities (1.22 nm-2) with large perpendicular coercivity (6000 Oe) are obtained for samples prepared at 650 °C. This present work shows through controlling stacking fault density in FePd film, the coercivity can be manipulated, which can be applied in future magnetic devices.

  8. Relation between critical current densities and epitaxy of YBa2Cu3O7 thin films on MgO(100) and SrTiO3(100)

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    Kromann, R.; Bilde-Sorensen, J. B.; de Reus, R.; Andersen, N. H.; Vase, P.; Freltoft, T.

    1992-04-01

    Thin films of YBa2Cu3O7 with a thickness of about 250 nm were grown on single-crystal MgO(100) and SrTO3(100) substrates by laser ablation, under identical conditions, and their orientations were investigated using XRD and TEM techniques. The films were found to have ideal 1:2:3 composition, and no impurity phases were observed. All films were epitaxial with the c axis oriented perpendicular to the substrate, although minor traces of a-axis-oriented material were observed. Larger current densities were observed in films on SrTiO3 than on MgO. The difference is attributed to the larger in-plane mosaicity of the films deposited on MgO, which was found to be comparable to the orthorhombic splitting. The lattice mismatch between the film and the substrate caused no measurable strain in the films.

  9. Domain wall pinning on strain relaxation defects (stacking faults) in nanoscale FePd (001)/MgO thin films

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    Hsiao, C. H.; Ouyang, Chuenhou E-mail: houyang@mx.nthu.edu.tw; Yao, Y. D.; Lo, S. C.; Chang, H. W. E-mail: houyang@mx.nthu.edu.tw

    2015-10-05

    FePd (001) films, prepared by an electron beam deposition system on MgO(100), exhibit a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (1.7 × 10{sup 7 }erg/cc) with a high order parameter (0.92). The relation between stacking faults induced by the strain relaxation, which act as strong domain wall pinning sites, and the perpendicular coercivity of (001) oriented L1{sub 0} FePd films prepared at different temperatures have been investigated. Perpendicular coercivity can be apparently enhanced by raising the stacking fault densities, which can be elevated by climbing dissociation of total dislocation. The increased stacking fault densities (1.22 nm{sup −2}) with large perpendicular coercivity (6000 Oe) are obtained for samples prepared at 650 °C. This present work shows through controlling stacking fault density in FePd film, the coercivity can be manipulated, which can be applied in future magnetic devices.

  10. Structure And Radiation Damage Behavior Of Epitaxial CrxMo1-x Alloy Thin Films On MgO

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    Wang, Chong M.; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Shutthanandan, V.; Joly, Alan G.; Kovarik, Libor; Arey, Bruce W.; Gu, Meng; Devaraj, Arun; Wirth, Brian D.; Kurtz, Richard J.

    2013-06-01

    Phenomena related to the interaction of point defects and dopants with grain boundaries and interfaces have been very well documented. However, a quantitative understanding of such an interaction is still missing. In this paper we explore the correlation between radiation damage and interface structure. In doing so, CrxMo1-x(001) films of thickness ~100 nm were epitaxially grown on MgO (001) using molecular beam epitaxy. The interface dislocation density can be systematically varied by controlling the composition of the film. This system allows us to probe the response of the defects generated during the irradiation to the interface dislocation density. The microstructural features of these films before and after irradiation are carefully studied using high resolution scanning/transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. It has been found that the film/substrate system is very resistant to ion-induced irradiation damage. No visible point defect clusters, dislocation network or amorphization has been identified, which is contrasted with other materials of either metallic or ionic bonding. We conclude that the defects in the present system appear to be either sub-microscopic and highly dispersed or are annihilated during the irradiation process. Further detailed work is needed to identify the spatial distribution of the defects.

  11. The combined effect of thermal annealing of MgO substrate and Ca substitution on the surface resistance of YBa2Cu3Oz thin films

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    Murugesan, M.; Obara, H.; Yamasaki, H.

    2005-07-01

    Single-layer Y1-xCaxBa2Cu3Oz (YCBCO) thin films (x =0.00, 0.02, 0.05, and 0.10) grown on annealed as well as unannealed MgO substrates have been systematically investigated for their carrier concentration, critical current density Jc, and microwave surface resistance Rs. For x ⩽0.05, the grain growth follows a three-dimensional-spiral growth mechanism, while for x =0.10 we observed a mainly two-dimensional-like growth of grains. The results of Hall data reveal that the x =0.05 film is overdoped while films with x =0.02 and 0.10 are underdoped with respect to the x =0.00 film. However, the Hall mobility μH is highly enhanced for the x =0.02 film. Thermal annealing of MgO substrates prior to film deposition results to an improvement in the overall superconducting properties of the film such as suppression of normal-state resistivity, enhancement of Jc, and minimization of Rs both for pure as well as Ca-substituted films. Annealing of MgO substrates enhances the Jc value to a magnitude (i) nearly doubled for x =0.00 films and (ii) more than an order for x =0.02 films. Also it leads to a minimization of the Rs value to (i) more than half and (ii) nearly an order of magnitude higher, respectively, for x =0.00 and x =0.02 films. Furthermore, for the x =0.02 film, below 60K, we realized an enhanced Jc value in self- as well as in large-applied fields. For other than the Ca-2% substituted films, a suppression of Jc with a strong field dependency has been noticed. Furthermore, the Rs value of the x =0.02 film (0.1mΩ at 20K, 21.9GHz) was three times lower compared to that of the x =0.00 film (0.35mΩ at 20K, 21.9GHz). At 20K and 21.9GHz, the Rs value for the x =0.05 film is comparable to that of the x =0.00 film, whereas for the x =0.10 film it is twice that of x =0.00. The low normal-state resistivity, enhanced mobility, high Jc, and the minimized Rs observed for x =0.02 films firmly support the possible improvement of superconducting order parameters near the grain

  12. Magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial thin film MgFe2O4 grown on MgO (100) by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wu, Han-Chun; Mauit, Ozhet; Coileáin, Cormac Ó; Syrlybekov, Askar; Khalid, Abbas; Mouti, Anas; Abid, Mourad; Zhang, Hong-Zhou; Abid, Mohamed; Shvets, Igor V.

    2014-01-01

    Magnesium ferrite is a very important magnetic material due to its interesting magnetic and electrical properties and its chemical and thermal stability. Here we report on the magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial MgFe2O4 thin films grown on MgO (001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The structural properties and chemical composition of the MgFe2O4 films were characterized by X-Ray diffraction and X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The nonsaturation of the magnetization in high magnetic fields observed for M (H) measurements and the linear negative magnetoresistance (MR) curves indicate the presence of anti-phase boundaries (APBs) in MgFe2O4. The presence of APBs was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, post annealing decreases the resistance and enhances the MR of the film, suggesting migration of the APBs. Our results may be valuable for the application of MgFe2O4 in spintronics. PMID:25388355

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of ferrimagnetic ε-phase Mn4N and antiferromagnetic ζ-phase Mn10N thin films on MgO(001)

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    Foley, Andrew; Corbett, Joseph; Richard, Andrea L.; Alam, Khan; Ingram, David C.; Smith, Arthur R.

    2016-07-01

    Single phase ε-Mn4N and ζ-Mn10N thin films are grown on MgO(001) using molecular beam epitaxy. The films are identified and characterized using reflection high-energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, back scattered electron scanning electron microscopy, atomic/magnetic force microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. These films are found to be highly smooth with root-mean-squared roughnesses 3.39 nm and below. The quality of ε-Mn4N grown is strongly dependent on substrate temperature during growth. Epitaxial growth of substantial grains composed of the antiferromagnetic η-phase Mn3N2 side by side with ferrimagnetic ε-phase grains is observed when growth temperature is below 480 °C. Ising domains isolated within areas roughly 0.5 μm across are observed in the ferrimagnetic ε-phase grains of samples consisting of a mix of η- and ε-phase grains. Magnetic domains following semi-continuous paths, which are 0.7-7.2 μm across, are observed in single phase ε-Mn4N. Measurements of the ζ-phase detail the structure and magnetism of the material as high Mn content γ-type ζ-phase with a regular surface corrugation along the [100]-direction and antiferromagnetic.

  14. Surface roughness of MgO thin film and its critical thickness for optimal biaxial texturing by ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    Miyata, S.; Ibi, A.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2011-06-01

    We investigated the deposition time dependences of the in-plane grain alignment ({Delta}{phi}) and the surface roughness (w) of biaxially textured MgO thin films fabricated by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) and found a strong correlation between them. The time evolution of the surface roughness of IBAD-MgO showed an abrupt increase at the same time corresponding to the beginning of the deterioration in {Delta}{phi}. The roughness versus thickness profiles obtained under different deposition conditions with different assisting ion-beam currents collapsed to a single curve, even though the deposition rates were significantly different in each condition. This implies that the abrupt increase in roughness occurred at the same thickness--of about 4 nm--irrespective of the deposition rate. The result also indicated that the {Delta}{phi} deterioration began with the same thickness of about 4 nm. This ''critical'' thickness of about 4 nm might be related to the completion of the crystallization of the film. Further, deposition beyond the critical thickness, therefore, became merely a homoepitaxial deposition under the ''IBAD'' condition, which was far from optimal because of the ion bombardment and low temperature (no-heating), and thus {Delta}{phi} deteriorated. Based on these considerations, we propose an approach to attain a sharp texture in a IBAD-MgO-based biaxial substrate; moreover, we demonstrated this approach using a two-step deposition process.

  15. Measurement on electrical tunability of microstrip line resonators using YBa2Cu3O7-δ/SrTiO3/MgO multilayer thin films

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    Han, Seok K.; Kim, Jeha; Lee, Sang Yeol; Kang, Kwang-Yong

    1995-09-01

    We have fabricated YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) (YBCO) superconducting line resonator and tunable line resonator on ferroelectric Sr0.5Ba0.5TiO3 (SBTO) buffered MgO(100) substrate and discussed the frequency shift mechanism of superconductor as a function of temperature and bias voltage, respectively. The resonators were designed using superconducting YBCO epitaxial thin films. Optimized resonator shown the resonant frequency of 10 GHz at 77 K. The YBCO films were grown in situ by pulsed laser deposition technique at 750 degree(s)C and oxygen partial pressure of 200 mTorr. The resonators have linear microstrip line separated by a gap of 5 micrometers and 0.5 mm, respectively. A gap is intentionally introduced to generate mainly a capacitive series reactance. The equivalence circuit of line resonator is a II network consisted of three capacitances. As the series capacitance C12 of SBTO ferroelectric thin films was changed by a bias voltage applied on the strip conductors including the gap, resonance frequency was shifted about 20 MHz from the unbiased center frequency of 10 GHz. The variation of resonance peak could be explained by a serial capacitance model. To find a central frequency mechanism depending on temperature, we fit the raw data using f(T)/f(10 K) and simple power law model. The shifting of the resonant frequencies due to temperature was fit to a two-fluid model, BCS theory and empirical formula. Also the surface impedance of superconducting YBCO films as a function of temperature at 10 GHz has been estimated by a transmission line method.

  16. Investigations of sol gel-derived highly (100)-oriented Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 : MgO composite thin films for phase-shifter applications

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    Jain, M.; Majumder, S. B.; Katiyar, R. S.; Bhalla, A. S.; Miranda, F. A.; van Keuls, F. W.

    2005-02-01

    Sol gel deposition of highly oriented Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 : MgO composite thin films has shown desirable dielectric constant reduction and higher figure of merit for phase-shifter applications. In this multilayer configuration, MgO distributed homogeneously through the Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BST50) matrix, and it helped in tailoring the dielectric constant and reducing the loss tangent significantly. In the present study, the high-frequency dielectric behavior of the films has been evaluated by fabricating an eight-element coupled microstrip phase shifter and measuring the degree of phase shift and insertion loss as a function of applied voltage at room temperature. An increase in phase-shifter figure of merit (degree of phase shift per dB insertion loss) from 28°/dB for pure BST50 to 71°/dB for a BST50 : MgO film (at 14 GHz and 333 kV/cm) has been observed.

  17. Magnetization behavior of L10-ordered FePt alloy thin films prepared on MgO(100), MgAl2O4(100), and KTaO3(100) single-crystal substrates

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    Iwama, Hiroki; Doi, Masaaki; Shima, Toshiyuki

    2016-07-01

    In order to investigate the effects of lattice mismatch between FePt thin films and single-crystal substrates on the tetragonality and magnetization process, FePt thin films were fabricated on several single-crystal substrates such as KTaO3 (KTO) (100), MgAl2O4 (MAO) (100), and MgO(100) at a substrate temperature of 700 °C. The Fe content of the FePt films was varied from 45.0 to 50.8 at. %. In addition to the fundamental (002) peak, the (001) and (003) superlattice peaks were clearly observed in the X-ray diffraction patterns of all the samples, indicating the formation of the L10-ordered structure. The magnetization measurements show that all the samples were perpendicularly magnetized. Coercivities (H c) of 57.8, 52.5, and 3.3 kOe were obtained for the films with Fe49.3Pt50.7 (at. %) deposited on the MgO, MAO, and KTO substrates. The marked reduction in H c is considered to arise from the morphology of FePt thin films.

  18. Ferroelectric properties of Pb(Mn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} thin films epitaxially grown on (001)MgO substrates

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    Zhang Tao; Wasa, Kiyotaka; Kanno, Isaku; Zhang Shuyi

    2008-07-15

    Ferroelectric ternary perovskite thin films of 0.06Pb(Mn{sub 1/3},Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} (PMnN)-0.42PbZrO{sub 3} (PZ)-0.52PbTiO{sub 3} (PT)[0.06PMnN-0.94PZT(45/55)] have been grown on the (001)MgO substrates by radio frequency-magnetron sputtering with quenching processing. The deposition conditions, microstructures, piezoelectric, and ferroelectric properties of the ternary perovskite thin films are described in comparison with the binary compounds of PZ-PT (PZT). The out-plane x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements for the ternary PMnN-PZT perovskite thin films of 1 to 1-3 {mu}m in film thickness show strong single (001) orientation. The in-plane {phi}-scan XRD curve verified the ternary thin films are single crystals of perovskite structure. Their lattice parameters are almost the same as bulk values and the ternary thin films are almost stress free. The PMnN-PZT thin films show high density without columnar structure. The PZT-based ternary perovskite thin films with the small addition of PMnN, i.e., 6 mole % PMnN, exhibit a strong hard ferroelectric response, i.e., P{sub s}=60 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and 2E{sub c}=230 kV/cm. Their effective piezoelectric constants are typically e{sub 31,eff}=-7.7 C/m{sup 2}. These values are slightly higher than those of binary perovskite PZT thin 0011fil.

  19. Microstructure and transport properties of epitaxial topological insulator Bi2Se3 thin films grown on MgO (100), Cr2O3 (0001), and Al2O3 (0001) templates

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    Lee, Y. F.; Kumar, R.; Hunte, F.; Narayan, J.; Schwartz, J.

    2015-09-01

    We report the epitaxial integration of defect-induced room temperature ferromagnetic insulators, Cr2O3 and MgO, with topological insulators Bi2Se3 on c-sapphire substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The structural, magnetic, and magnetotransport properties of ˜15 nm Bi2Se3 thin films are investigated on each template. The lattice misfits of Cr2O3/Bi2Se3 and MgO/Bi2Se3 are ˜16% and ˜39%, respectively, where the critical thickness for pseudomorphic growth is less than one monolayer. The insulating behavior is more pronounced due to the additional scattering of the surface states of the Bi2Se3 layer by interfacing with MgO and Cr2O3. The weak antilocalization effect from the surface states is clearly suppressed, accounting for the presence of magnetic bottom layers. This work demonstrates an effective way to study the emergence of a ferromagnetic phase in topological insulators by the magnetic proximity effect in Bi2Se3, a step toward unveiling their exotic properties.

  20. In situ measurement of surface potential developed on MgO thin film surface under ion irradiation using ion scattering spectroscopy

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    Nagatomi, T.; Kuwayama, T.; Takai, Y.; Yoshino, K.; Morita, Y.; Kitagawa, M.; Nishitani, M.

    2009-11-15

    The application of ion scattering spectroscopy (ISS) to the in situ measurement of the surface potential developed on an insulator surface under positive ion irradiation was investigated. The ISS spectra measured for a MgO film of 600 nm thickness on a Si substrate by the irradiation of 950 eV He{sup +} ions revealed that the surface is positively charged by approximately 180 V. For accurate measurement of the surface potential, a correction to take into account the angular deflection of primary ions induced by the high surface potential is required. The dependence of the surface potential on the sample temperature revealed that no charging is induced above 700 deg. C, indicating that accumulated charges can be removed by heating to 700 deg. C. From the measurement of the ion-induced secondary electron yield using a collector electrode located in front of the sample surface, the surface potential and ion-induced secondary electron yield were found to be strongly affected by the experimental setup. Secondary electrons produced by the impact of slow positive secondary ions, the maximum energy of which corresponds to the surface potential, play an important role when the bias voltage applied to the collector electrode is positively high for the present experimental setup. The surface potential developed on the surface of MgO films of 600 and 200 nm thickness was measured in situ, revealing that the amount of accumulated charges and the time required to attain the steady state of charging are slightly dependent on the beam current of primary ions and strongly dependent on the thickness of the MgO film. The present results confirmed that the application of ISS has high potential for investigating charging phenomena and the secondary electron emission from insulator surfaces under positive ion irradiation.

  1. Enhancement of order degree and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of L10 ordered Fe(Pt,Pd) alloy film by introducing a thin MgO cap-layer

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    Noguchi, Youhei; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi; Inaba, Nobuyuki

    2016-07-01

    Fe50PtxPd50-x (at%, x=0-50) alloy films of 10 nm thickness with and without 2-nm-thick MgO cap-layers are prepared on MgO(001) single-crystal substrates by employing a two-step method consisting of low-temperature deposition at 200 °C followed by high-temperature annealing at 600 °C. The influences of MgO cap-layer on the structure and the magnetic properties are investigated. Fe50PtxPd50-x films epitaxially grow on the substrates at 200 °C. The Fe50Pd50 and the Fe50Pt12.5Pd37.5 films are respectively composed of (001) single-crystals with disordered fcc-based (A1) and bcc-based (A2) structures. The films with x>25 consist of mixtures of A1 and A2 crystals. The volume ratio of A2 to A1 crystal decreases with increasing the x value from 25 to 50. The in-plane and out-of-plane lattices are respectively expanded and shrunk due to accommodation of lattice mismatch between film and substrate. When the films are annealed at 600 °C, phase transformation to L10 ordered phase takes place. L10 phase transformation of Fe50PtxPd50-x film is promoted for a sample with MgO cap-layer and the order degree is higher than that without cap-layer. Furthermore, L10 ordering with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface is enhanced for the film with cap-layer. The cap-layer is considered to be giving a tension stress to the magnetic film in lateral direction which promotes L10 ordering with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Deposition of cap-layer is shown effective in achieving higher order degree and in enhancing perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with Fe(Pt,Pd) films.

  2. Pulsed Laser Deposition and Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction studies of epitaxial long range order, nano- and microstructured Ag thin films grown on MgO, Al2 O3 , STO and Si

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    Velazquez, Daniel; Seibert, Rachel; Man, Hamdi; Spentzouris, Linda; Terry, Jeff

    2015-03-01

    Pulsed Laser Deposition is a state-of-the-art technique that allows for the fine tunability of the deposition rate, highly uniform and epitaxial sample growth, the ability to introduce partial pressures of gases into the experimental chamber for growth of complex materials without interfering with the energy source (laser). An auxiliary in situ technique for growth monitoring, Reflection High-Energy Electron Diffraction, is a powerful characterization tool for predictability of the surface physical structure both, qualitatively and quantitatively. RHEED patterns during and post deposition of Ag thin films on MgO, Al2O3, Si and STO substrtates are presented and their interpretations are compared with surface imaging techniques (SEM, STM) to evidence the usefulness of the technique.

  3. Thin Film Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 Ku- and K-Band Phase Shifters Grown on MgO Substrates

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    VanKeuls, F. W.; Mueller, C. H.; Miranda, F. A.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Horwitz, J. S.; Chang, W.; Kim, W. J.

    1999-01-01

    We report measurements of gold circuits fabricated on four Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 films doped with 1% Mn grown on MgO substrates by laser ablation. Low frequency measurements of epsilon(sub r) and tan(delta) on interdigital capacitors are compared with high frequency measurements of phase shift and insertion loss on coupled microstrip phase shifters done on the same films. The variation in temperature of both high and low frequency device parameters is compared. Annealed and unannealed films are compared. Room temperature figures of merit of phase shift per insertion loss of up to 58.4 C/dB at 18 GHz and 400 V dc bias were measured.

  4. High photoelectron emission from Co-diffused MgO deposited using arc plasma gun

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    Yamamoto, Shin-ichi; Kosuga, Hiroki

    2015-08-01

    MgO has several advantageous characteristics and has been applied in various fields. In this study, we deposited Co nanoparticles in an island pattern on a Si substrate using an arc plasma gun (APG). We subsequently formed a MgO thin film on this substrate by metal-organic decomposition (MOD), which enables the formation of films in the atmosphere, thereby yielding a double-layer structure. The MgO thin film formed on Co nanoparticles deposited using the APG with 500 pulses of arc discharge exhibited improved crystallinity and photoelectron emission at least threefold higher than that of a MgO thin film formed directly without depositing Co nanoparticles. Although the transmittance of the specimen formed by depositing Co nanoparticles was initially 30% or lower, it increased to greater than 90% after the formation of the MgO thin film and the dispersion of the Co nanoparticles in the MgO thin film during heat treatment at 900 °C. Our results clarify that the characteristics of MgO thin films are markedly improved by depositing Co nanoparticles before forming the films. The results of Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) indicate that the outermost surface of the Co material had become CoO (cobalt oxide) with the dispersion of Co nanoparticles in the MgO thin film. The lattice parameter of CoO nanoparticles (an-axis lattice parameter of 4.2615 Å) after heating matches well with that of MgO (4.2126 Å). The MgO thin films that grew in conjunction with the CoO nanoparticles were highly crystallized. We successfully established a high-performance, cost-effective bottom-up process that requires no ion injection by dispersing Co nanoparticles in a MgO thin film through heat treatment.

  5. The MBE growth and optical quality of BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films on MgO

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    McKee, R.A.; Specht, E.D.; Alexander, K.B.; Walker, F.J.

    1994-05-01

    High quality epitaxial BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} have been grown on MgO; stabilized at a one unit cell height; and grown to film thicknesses of 0.5--0.7 {mu}m. These relatively thick films remain adherent when thermally cycled between growth temperatures and room temperature, are crack free with high optical quality, and have both in-plane and out-of-plane X-ray rocking curves of 0.3--0.5{degree}. These films have been grown using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) methods starting with the TiO{sub 2} layer of the perovskite structure. The TiO{sub 2}-layer/MgO interface uniquely satisfies electrostatic requirements for perovskite heteroepitaxy and provides the template structure that leads to the high quality films that are obtained. Wavelength dependence of optical loss has been characterized between 475 nm and 705 nm with loss coefficients < l dB/cm being obtained at the He-Ne wavelength.

  6. Growth of large single crystals of MgO

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    Boatner, L.A.; Urbanik, M.

    1997-06-12

    The progressive identification of new high-technology applications and requirements for MgO single crystals in the commercial realm, as well as in DOE and other government-agency project areas, has resulted in an increased demand and international market for this material. Specifically, the demand for MgO crystals in large sizes and quantities is presently increasing due to existing and developing applications that include: (a) MgO substrates for the formation of electro-optic thin films and devices, (b) epitaxial substrates for high-temperature thin-film superconducting devices MgO optical components - including high-temperature windows, lenses, and prisms, and (d) specialty MgO crucibles and evaporation sources for thin-film production. In the course of CRADA ORNL92-0091, carried out with Commercial Crystal Laboratories of Naples, Florida as the commercial participant, we have made major progress in increasing the size of single crystals of MgO produced by means of the submerged-arc-fusion technique-thereby increasing the commercial utility of this material. Prior to the accomplishments realized in the course of this CRADA, the only commercially available single crystals of MgO were produced in Japan, Israel, and Russia. The results achieved in the course of CRADA ORNL92-0091 have now led to the establishment of a domestic commercial source of MgO single-crystal substrates and components, and the U.S. is no longer totally dependent on foreign sources of this increasingly important material.

  7. L10 ordered phase formation in FePt, FePd, CoPt, and CoPd alloy thin films epitaxially grown on MgO(001) single-crystal substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Ouchi, Shouhei; Kirino, Fumiyoshi; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2012-04-01

    The FePt, FePd, CoPt, and CoPd epitaxial thin films are prepared on MgO(001) single-crystal substrates by ultrahigh vacuum RF magnetron sputtering. The effects of the magnetic material and the substrate temperature on the film growth, the film structure, and the magnetic properties are investigated. The L10 ordered phase formation is observed for FePt, FePd, and CoPt films prepared at temperatures higher than 200, 400, and 600 °C, respectively, whereas that is not recognized for CoPd films. The L10-FePd(001) single-crystal films with the c-axis normal to the substrate surface are formed, whereas the FePt and CoPt epitaxial films include L10(100) crystals whose c-axis is parallel to the substrate surface, in addition to the L10(001) crystals. Upon increasing the substrate temperature, the ordering degree increases. A higher ordering parameter is observed in the order of FePd > FePt > CoPt. The magnetic properties are influenced by the crystal structure, the crystallographic orientation of the L10 crystal, and the ordering degree.

  8. Aging of magnetic properties in MgO films

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    Balcells, Ll.; Konstantinovic, Z.; Martinez, B.; Beltran, J. I.; Martinez-Boubeta, C.; Arbiol, J.

    2010-12-20

    In this work we report on the magnetic behavior of MgO thin films prepared by sputtering. A severe aging process of the ferromagnetic properties is detected in magnetic samples exposed to ambient atmosphere. However, ferromagnetism can be successively switched on again by annealing samples in vacuum. We suggest this behavior reflects the key role played by defects in stabilizing ferromagnetism in MgO films and is likely to be closely related to the hydrogen-driven instability of V-type centers in this material.

  9. Systematic study of magnetotransport properties and enhanced low-field magnetoresistance in thin films of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 + Mg(O)

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    Staruch, M.; Cantoni, C.; Jain, M.

    2013-02-01

    La, Sr, Mn, and Mg precursors were mixed in stoichiometric ratio 0.67/0.33/1/x with solvent and were spin-coated onto (001) LaAlO3 substrates. X-ray diffraction and elemental mapping of these films indicate that for small addition of Mg precursor, Mg2+ acts as a dopant in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 phase and for higher concentrations, MgO phase separates out. Curie temperature and metal-insulator transition temperature systematically decrease with increasing molar concentration of Mg(O). Low-field magnetoresistance of films significantly enhanced by Mg addition and for the highest amount of Mg at 10 K, values were -35.5% and -83.2% with 0.5 T and 3 T applied fields, respectively.

  10. Material Properties and Plasma Display Panel Discharging Characteristics Depending on MgO Evaporation Rate

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    Kwon, Sang Jik; Kim, Yong Jae; Lee, Seong Eui

    2006-11-01

    MgO thin film is most widely used as a protecting layer in ac Plasma Display Panel. The film is deposited using electron beam evaporation. The effects of the evaporation rate of MgO film deposited using an electron beam on the MgO properties and the discharge characteristics of the plasma display panel (PDP) were investigated. The evaporation rate was changed from 3 to 15 Å/s at a substrate temperature of 300 °C. MgO properties such as crystal orientation, surface roughness, contact angle, and film structure were inspected using X-ray diffraction (XRD), analysis atomic force microscopy (AFM), drop shape analysis, and secondary electron microscopy (SEM). The MgO properties were shown to be strongly dependent on the evaporation rate. We also studied the relation between MgO properties and PDP discharging characteristics. The minimum firing voltage and maximum luminous efficiency were obtained at an evaporation rate of 5 Å/s. In the MgO film deposited at 5 Å/s, the (200) orientation was most intensive and surface roughness was minimum.

  11. NO2-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy of Fe3O4, Fe3-δO4, and γ-Fe2O3 thin films on MgO(100)

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    Voogt, F. C.; Fujii, T.; Smulders, P. J. M.; Niesen, L.; James, M. A.; Hibma, T.

    1999-10-01

    We report on the molecular beam epitaxial growth of single-crystalline, stoichiometric Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 films on MgO(100), using NO2 as the oxidizing agent. Mössbauer spectroscopy on 57Fe probe layers is used to determine accurately the stoichiometry of the films. It is found that also all intermediate nonstoichiometric Fe3-δO4 phases can be obtained. The formation of the metastable compound γ-Fe2O3 clearly demonstrates the large oxidizing power of NO2. Although the shape anisotropy dictates that the zero-field magnetization direction should lie entirely in the plane of the film, this is never observed. Stoichiometric Fe3O4 has large out-of-plane components and only in the case of highly oxidized Fe3-δO4 does the magnetization approach the film plane. Upon further oxidation to stoichiometric γ-Fe2O3, however, it rotates back, and finally becomes almost completely perpendicular to the plane of the film. Furthermore, in the case of (near-) stoichiometric Fe3O4, the magnetizations of the A and B sublattices are not completely coupled antiparallel. On average, the magnetization of the B site ions is 4° closer to the film plane than the magnetization of the A site ions. All the as-grown films exhibit a (2×2)R45° surface reconstruction, independent of the stoichiometry. Using simple electrostatic considerations, we propose three possible surface terminations: a half-filled A layer, a B layer with oxygen vacancies and a B layer with hydroxyl groups. Upon annealing, the (2×2)R45° reconstruction irreversibly transforms to a 3×1 reconstruction, caused by Mg outdiffusion from the substrate. Strong reflection high-energy electron diffraction intensity oscillations give direct, unambiguous evidence that Fe3O4 has a two-dimensional layer-by-layer growth mode over the entire temperature range studied, i.e., from 273 to 723 K, guaranteeing atomically flat surfaces and interfaces in multilayer structures. The largest oscillations are obtained on ex situ cleaved, UHV

  12. Microwave Absorption Studies on HIGH-Tc Superconductors and Related Materials VII — Esr of Dpph Coated on a Thin BiSrCaCuO Film Fabricated on MgO(100) Substrate

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    Sugawara, K.; Sugimoto, T.; Shiohara, Y.; Tanaka, S.

    ESR of DPPH coated on a Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) film (350 Å thick) fabricated on MgO(100) substrate by MOCVD was studied. Temperature dependence of the ESR peak-to-peak linewidth, ΔHpp, and the effect of applied magnetic field on ΔHpp have been studied below about 100 K. The results were compared with those of ESR of DPPH coated on ceramic Y-Ba-Cu-O samples (powder and bulk) made by the MPMG method. The DPPH ESR for the BSCCO film revealed that ΔHpp was independent of applied magnetic field up to about 9 kG. In addition, no similarity between the temperature dependence of the excess ESR linewidth of the DPPH and that of critical current density was found for the BSCCO film. These results for the BSCCO film are different from those for the MPMG YBCO samples.

  13. In situ small-angle x-ray and nuclear resonant scattering study of the evolution of structural and magnetic properties of an Fe thin film on MgO (001)

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    Sharma, Gagan; Gupta, Ajay; Gupta, Mukul; Schlage, Kai; Wille, H.-C.

    2015-12-01

    Growth of magnetron sputtered Fe films on clean single crystalline MgO (001) substrate has been studied using in situ grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) and grazing incidence nuclear resonant scattering (GINRS) measurements. While GISAXS provides information about morphological changes, GINRS provides information about structural and magnetic properties, thus making it possible to correlate the evolution of magnetic properties with that of morphology and structure of the film. The film exhibits a Volmer-Weber type growth, with percolation transition occurring around 2 nm film thickness. Presence of a finite quadrupole splitting, as seen in GINRS measurements, suggests a significant distortion from cubic symmetry up to a film thickness of 3.5 nm, which can be attributed to hybridization between Fe 3 d and O 2 p orbitals at the interface as well as in-plane tensile strain induced as a result of coalescence of islands. Initially Fe islands exhibit superparamagnetic relaxation, while finite magnetic moment appears upon formation of macroscopic percolation islands. The film exhibits a weak perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which vanishes concurrently with disappearance of structural distortion, suggesting that the observed PMA at least partly originates from inherent strain in the film. No presence of any known oxide of Fe was detected at the interface. More precise information about topological and magnetic structure of the interfaces between Fe and MgO layers is obtained using combined x-ray reflectivity and nuclear resonance reflectivity measurements on a 57Fe/MgO multilayer. Measurements show that about two monolayers of Fe at the interface have a reduced hyperfine field, providing evidence for hybridization with O atoms, as predicted by theory.

  14. Epitaxial Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x})O{sub 3}/SrRuO{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.35, 0.65) multilayer thin films on SrTiO{sub 3}(100) and MgO(100) prepared by MOCVD and RF sputtering

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    Foster, C.M.; Csencsits, R.; Baldo, P.M.; Bai, G.R.; Li, Z.; Rehn, L.E.; Wills, L.A.; Hiskes, R.

    1995-02-01

    Epitaxial SrRuO{sub 3} thin films were deposited on SrTiO{sub 3}(100) and MgO(100) substrates by RF sputtering for use as bottom electrodes and epitaxial buffer layers. On these conductive substrates, epitaxial Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x})O{sub 3} (PZT; x = 0.35,0.65) and PbTiO{sub 3} (PT; x = 0) thin films were deposited by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). X-ray diffraction (XRD), RBS channeling (RBS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and optical waveguiding were used to characterize the phase, microstructure, defect structure, refractive index, and film thickness of the deposited films. The PZT and PT films were epitaxial and c-axis oriented. 90{degree} domains, interfacial misfit dislocations and threading dislocations were the primary structural defects, and the films showed as high as a 70% RBS channeling reduction. Ferroelectric hysteresis and dielectric measurements of epitaxial PZT ferroelectric capacitor structures formed using evaporated Ag top electrode showed: a remanent polarization of 46.2 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}, a coercive field of 54.9 kV/cm, a dielectric constant of 410, a bipolar resistivity of {approximately}5.8 {times} 10{sup 9} {Omega}-cm at a field of 275 kV/cm, and a breakdown strength of >400 kV/cm. Cyclic fatigue measurements showed that the remanent polarization was maintained for >10{sup 9} cycles.

  15. High temperature and full-in-plane-direction workable high-frequency soft magnetic epitaxial FeSi thin films on MgO(0 0 1)

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    Guo, X. B.; Wu, K.; Cui, B. S.; Li, D.; Yun, J. J.; Zuo, Y. L.; Zuo, H. P.; Wang, T.; Xi, L.

    2016-02-01

    The epitaxial FeSi(0 0 1)[1 1 0]//MgO(0 0 1)[1 0 0] films were fabricated by sputtering and post annealing at 800 °C. A four-fold symmetric angular dependence of remanence ratios and coercivities of FeSi films were observed and well fitted by theoretical models considering the cubic anisotropy. The experimental ferromagnetic resonance frequency (f r) of epitaxial FeSi films reaches to 8.0 GHz, which is in agreement with the theoretical value derived from Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation at room temperature. Moreover, the resonance phenomenon can be observed in any in-plane directions in contrast with the absence of resonance phenomenon in some specific directions for in-plane uniaxial soft magnetic Fe2Co films. Although the saturation magnetization, cubic anisotropy constant and f r all decrease with increasing temperature, f r still can keep as high as 3.2 GHz at 800 K, indicating that the epitaxial FeSi films with high Curie temperature have potential application in full angle workable microwave devices at relatively high temperature.

  16. Very high residual resistivity ratios of heteroepitaxial superconducting niobium films on MgO substrates

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    Krishnan, Mahadevan; Valderrama, E.; Bures, B.; Wilson-Elliott, K.; Zhao, Xin; Phillips, H. Larry; Valente, Anne-Marie; Spradlin, Joshua K.; Reece, Charles E.; Seo, Kang

    2011-11-01

    We report residual resistivity ratio (RRR) values (up to RRR-541) measured in thin film Nb grown on MgO crystal substrates, using a vacuum arc discharge, whose 60?160 eV Nb ions drive heteroepitaxial crystal growth. The RRR depends strongly upon substrate annealing and deposition temperatures. X-ray diffraction spectra and pole figures reveal that, as the crystal structure of the Nb film becomes more ordered, RRR increases, consistent with fewer defects or impurities in the lattice and hence longer electron mean free path. A transition from Nb(110) to purely Nb(100) crystal orientation on the MgO(100) lattice occurs at higher temperature.

  17. Investigating and engineering spin-orbit torques in heavy metal/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5}/MgO thin film structures

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    Loong, Li Ming; Deorani, Praveen; Qiu, Xuepeng; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2015-07-13

    Current-induced spin-orbit torques (SOTs) have the potential to revolutionize magnetization switching technology. Here, we investigate SOT in a heavy metal (HM)/Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (CFAS)/MgO thin film structure with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), where the HM is either Pt or Ta. Our results suggest that both the spin Hall effect and the Rashba effect contribute significantly to the effective fields in the Pt underlayer samples. Moreover, after taking the PMA energies into account, current-induced SOT-based switching studies of both the Pt and Ta underlayer samples suggest that the two HM underlayers yield comparable switching efficiency in the HM/CFAS/MgO material system.

  18. Fabrication and characteristics of Zn2+ doped MgO films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Wang, Xiaoju; Li, Peng; Lin, Zulun; Qi, Kangcheng; Chen, Zexiang; Cao, Guichuan

    2012-10-01

    One of the effective methods to improve the luminous efficiency and reduce power consumption of plasma display panel (PDP) is searching for new high secondary emission discharging materials. In this paper, doped MgO films with different Zn2+ dopant concentration are made on indium tin oxides glass substrates by sol-gel method. The effect of annealing atmosphere on the visible light transmittance is discussed, which indicates that the films annealed in the nitrogen have higher transmittance than that in the air. The discharge characteristics of the fabricated Zn2+ doped MgO thin films are studied in a tube filled with Ne-Xe gas mixtures imitating the real structure of alternating current plasma display panel (AC PDP). When the Zn2+ ratio is 10 %, the firing voltage of doped MgO thin film in Ne-Xe 5 % at the pressure of 10 torr is 378 V, in contrast to the pure MgO film of 390 V. In addition, burr sparks are also observed at the beginning of the test. As time go on, the gas discharge is more stable. The results show that Zn2+ doped MgO thin film, due to its lower firing voltage, can be a promising discharge layer for highly efficient AC PDP.

  19. Biaxial Texture Evolution in MgO Films Fabricated Using Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition

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    Xue, Yan; Zhang, Ya-Hui; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Zhang, Fei; Lu, Yu-Ming; Cai, Chuan-Bing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-07-01

    The growth of multifunctional thin films on flexible substrates is important technologically, because flexible electronics require such a platform. In this study, we examined the evolution of biaxial texture in MgO films prepared using ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) on a Hastelloy substrate. Texture and microstructure developments were characterized through in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction monitoring, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy, which demonstrated that biaxial texture was developed during the nucleation stage (~2.2 nm). The best biaxial texture was obtained with a thickness of approximately 12 nm. As MgO continued to grow, the influence of surface energy was reduced, and film growth was driven by the attempt to minimize volume free-energy density. Thus the MgO grains were subsequently rotated at the (002) direction toward the ion beam. In addition, an approach was developed for accelerating in-plane texture evolution by pre-depositing an amorphous MgO layer before IBAD.

  20. Surfactant assisted growth of MgO films on GaN

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    Paisley, Elisibeth A.; Shelton, T C; Mita, S; Gaddy, Brian E.; Irving, D L; Christen, Hans M; Sitar, Z; Biegalski, Michael D; Maria, Jon Paul

    2012-01-01

    Thin epitaxial films of <111> oriented MgO on [0001]-oriented GaN were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) using the assistance of a vapor phase surfactant. In both cases, surfactant incorporation enabled layer-by-layer growth and a smooth terminal surface due to stabilizing the {111} rocksalt facet. MBE growth of MgO in water terminates after several monolayers, and is attributed to saturation of surface active sites needed to facilitate the Mg oxidation reaction. MgO films prepared by PLD grow continuously, this occurs due to the presence of excited oxidizing species in the laser plasma eliminate the need for catalytic surface sites. Metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated on n-type GaN. A comparison of leakage current density for conventional and surfactant-assisted growth reveals a nearly two order of magnitude reduction in leakage current density for the smoother surfactant-assisted samples. Collectively, these data verify numerous predictions and calculations regarding the role of H-termination in regulating the habit of MgO crystals.

  1. Biaxial Texture Evolution in MgO Films Fabricated Using Ion Beam-Assisted Deposition

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    Xue, Yan; Zhang, Ya-Hui; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Zhang, Fei; Lu, Yu-Ming; Cai, Chuan-Bing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-04-01

    The growth of multifunctional thin films on flexible substrates is important technologically, because flexible electronics require such a platform. In this study, we examined the evolution of biaxial texture in MgO films prepared using ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) on a Hastelloy substrate. Texture and microstructure developments were characterized through in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction monitoring, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy, which demonstrated that biaxial texture was developed during the nucleation stage (~2.2 nm). The best biaxial texture was obtained with a thickness of approximately 12 nm. As MgO continued to grow, the influence of surface energy was reduced, and film growth was driven by the attempt to minimize volume free-energy density. Thus the MgO grains were subsequently rotated at the (002) direction toward the ion beam. In addition, an approach was developed for accelerating in-plane texture evolution by pre-depositing an amorphous MgO layer before IBAD.

  2. Autocatalytic Surface Hydroxylation of MgO(100) Terrace Sites Observed Under Ambient Conditions

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    Newberg, J.T.; Starr, D.; Yamamoto, S.; Kaya, S.; Kendelewicz, T.; Mysak E.R.; Porsgaard, S.; Salmeron, M.B.; Brown, Jr., G.E.; Nilsson, A.; Bluhm, H.

    2011-06-01

    We have investigated the reaction of water vapor with the MgO(100) surface using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS), which permits the study of the chemical composition of the MgO/water vapor interface at p(H{sub 2}O) in the Torr range. Water dissociation on thin MgO(100) films of 4-5.5 monolayers (ML) grown on Ag(100) was studied under isobaric conditions at p(H{sub 2}O) ranging from 0.005 to 0.5 Torr and temperatures from 380 to -10 C, up to a maximum relative humidity (RH) of 20%. At RH < 0.01% dissociative adsorption occurs only at defect sites (0.08 ML), while terrace sites remain unreactive toward water dissociation. In the range 0.01 < RH < 0.1% there is an abrupt onset of dissociative adsorption at terrace sites which saturates at 1 ML at 0.1% RH, and is accompanied by an increase in molecular water adsorption. At 20% RH there is 1 ML of molecularly adsorbed water interacting with a fully hydroxylated interface on MgO(100). The observed onset of hydroxylation near 0.01% RH is suggested to be due to water molecules aggregating at the surface, leading to an autocatalytic dissociation of water at MgO(100) terrace sites.

  3. Resputtering effect during MgO buffer layer deposition by magnetron sputtering for superconducting coated conductors

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    Xiao, Shaozhu; Shi, Kai; Deng, Shutong; Han, Zhenghe; Feng, Feng Lu, Hongyuan; Qu, Timing; Zhu, Yuping; Huang, Rongxia

    2015-07-15

    In this study, MgO thin films were deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The film thickness in the deposition area directly facing the target center obviously decreased compared with that in other areas. This reduction in thickness could be attributed to the resputtering effect resulting from bombardment by energetic particles mainly comprising oxygen atoms and negative oxygen ions. The influences of deposition position and sputtering pressure on the deposition rate were investigated. Resputtering altered the orientation of the MgO film from (111) to (001) when the film was deposited on a single crystal yttria-stabilized zirconia substrate. The density distribution of energetic particles was calculated on the basis of the measured thicknesses of the MgO films deposited at different positions. The divergence angle of the energetic particle flux was estimated to be approximately 15°. The energetic particle flux might be similar to the assisting ion flux in the ion beam assisted deposition process and could affect the orientation of the MgO film growth.

  4. In Situ Fabrication of Reproducible YBCO/Au Planar Tunnel Junctions with an Artificial MgO Barrier

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    Furuyama, Masafumi; Iguchi, Ienari; Shirai, Koji; Kusumori, Takeshi; Ohtake, Hiroaki; Tomura, Shoji; Nasu, Masako

    1990-03-01

    The in situ fabrication of YBCO (YBa2Cu3Oy)/MgO/Au epitaxial planar tunnel junctions with a thin MgO barrier utilizing an electron-beam coevaporation technique is reported. The thickness of the MgO barrier is 3-12 nm and the tunnel resistance shows a strong dependence on barrier thickness. The fabricated tunnel junctions are highly reproducible and controllable. The observed tunnel characteristics contain the gap opening at about 20 mV and the anomaly around zero bias. The tunnel characteristics using the degraded films are also reported.

  5. MgO Solubility in Steelmaking Slags

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    Tayeb, Mohammed A.; Assis, Andre N.; Sridhar, Seetharaman; Fruehan, Richard J.

    2015-04-01

    A predominantly liquid and MgO-saturated slag is preferred in EAF and BOF steelmaking. Fully liquid slag provides a better environment for faster mass transfer due to lower bulk viscosities and larger liquid slag volume and these help dephosphorization and desulfurization. Also, an MgO-saturated slag would be preferable in order to increase the lifetime of furnace refractory lining by reducing the extent of dissolution. This article will demonstrate the factors that would influence MgO saturation, which includes FeO, CaO, P2O5, and Al2O3 contents and temperature. In addition, this paper comments on the applicability and accuracy of FactSage prediction, which are compared to laboratory experiments. The results indicate that FactSage may underestimate MgO solubility by up to 2.5 wt pct at higher basicities while there is reasonable agreement with current measurements at lower basicities.

  6. Report on the sintering and properties of MgO and MgO-5% TiC

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    Bengisu, M.; Inal, O.T.

    1992-07-01

    Sintering of technical grade MgO yields higher fractional densities compared to pure MgO. TiC reacts with MgO under sintering of MgO-TiC composites in air, yielding Mg{sub 2}TiO{sub 4} and CO or CO{sub 2}. This can be suppressed in vacuum by plasma sintering. Plasma sintering of MgO at 1300 C and short times does not produce satisfactory results. 5 vol% TiC increases the sinterability of MgO during conventional air sintering; larger additions (50 vol%) decrease sinterability due to macropores formed by gaseous reaction product. Microwave sintering of MgO is possible. Mechanical properties of MgO are improved by additions of small amounts of TiC to starting powders.

  7. Spray pyrolysis of MgO templates on Hastelloy C276 and 310-austenitic stainless steel substrates for Y Ba2Cu3O7 (YBCO) deposition by pulsed laser deposition

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    Khateeb, Shadi Al; Button, T. W.; Abell, J. S.

    2010-09-01

    MgO thin films were deposited on Hastelloy C276 (HC) and 310 austenitic stainless steel by the spray pyrolysis technique, using magnesium nitrate and magnesium acetate as precursors. Thermogravimetrical analysis of the decomposition of the precursors was used to provide a guideline temperature for the thin film deposition. It was suggested that an amorphous MgO thin film was deposited on both 310-stainless steel and Hastelloy C-276 when using low concentration of the magnesium nitrate precursor. Higher concentrations were needed to obtain (200) oriented MgO films on C276. However, 310-stainless steel was found to not be a suitable substrate for MgO thin film deposition due to surface instability. A (200) oriented MgO thin film was grown on Hastelloy C276 using a magnesium acetate precursor at a much lower concentration compared to the nitrate precursor. The characterization of the thin films was done using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction 2θ-scans, rocking curves (ω-scans), and pole figure measurements. MgO was found to have a very weak in-plane texture.

  8. Evidence for boron diffusion into sub-stoichiometric MgO (001) barriers in CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Harnchana, V.; Hindmarch, A. T.; Sarahan, M. C.; Marrows, C. H.; Brown, A. P.; Brydson, R. M. D.

    2013-04-01

    Evidence of boron diffusion into the MgO barrier of a CoFeB/MgO based magnetic tunnel junction has been identified using analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Structures were deposited by DC/RF-magnetron sputtering, where defective, sub-stoichiometric MgO barriers degrading device performance have been previously mitigated against by deposition of thin Mg layers prior to MgO deposition. We show that despite the protection offered by the Mg layer, disorder in the MgO barrier is still evident by STEM analysis and is a consequence of the oxidation of the Co40Fe40B20 surface during MgO deposition. Evidence of boron diffusion from CoFeB into the MgO barrier in the as-deposited and annealed structure is also presented, which in the as-deposited case we suggest results from the defective structures at the barrier interfaces. Annealing at 375 °C results in the presence of B in the trigonal coordination of [BO3]3- in the MgO barrier and partial crystallization of the top electrode (we presume there is also some boron diffusion into the Ta capping layer). The bottom electrode, however, fails to crystallize and much of the boron is retained in this thicker electrode. A higher annealing temperature or lower initial boron content is required to crystallize the bottom electrode.

  9. First stage of reaction of molten Al with MgO substrate

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    Morgiel, J.; Sobczak, N.; Pomorska, M.; Nowak, R.

    2015-05-15

    The Al/MgO couple was produced in vacuum (~ 5 × 10{sup −} {sup 4} Pa) by contact heating from RT up to 1000 °C and holding at that temperature for 1 h of a small 4 × 4 × 4 mm aluminium (5 N) sample placed on the [100] MgO single crystal substrate. TEM observations backed with electron diffraction analysis indicated that the interaction between liquid aluminium and MgO starts from a redox reaction producing a continuous layer of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel on the substrate surface. Its growth is controlled by solid state out-diffusion of magnesium and oxygen towards the surface being in contact with liquid metal. The thickening of spinel layer is accompanied by its cracking and infiltration with aluminium. The above process enables local dissolution of the MgO substrate and formation in it of a thin region of interpenetrating metallic channels walled with spinel. The removal of dissolved magnesium through open aluminium channels towards the drop and to vacuum locally produces areas of aluminium enriched with dissolved oxygen, which results in the nucleation of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} at spinel clad walls. The growth of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is controlled only by the dissolution rate of MgO by aluminium, liquid state diffusion of Mg to drop/vacuum and oxygen to the front of the of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystallites growing into MgO substrate. - Highlights: • New unique evidence of first stages of interaction of liquid Al with MgO substrates • Interaction of liquid Al with MgO starts with the formation of a layer MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • Growth of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is slow as controlled by solid state out-diffusion of Mg and O. • MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} serves as a nucleation site for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and consumed by it soon after. • Growth of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is fast as controlled by diffusion in liquid state.

  10. Origin of Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy and Large Orbital Moment in Fe Atoms on MgO.

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    Baumann, S; Donati, F; Stepanow, S; Rusponi, S; Paul, W; Gangopadhyay, S; Rau, I G; Pacchioni, G E; Gragnaniello, L; Pivetta, M; Dreiser, J; Piamonteze, C; Lutz, C P; Macfarlane, R M; Jones, B A; Gambardella, P; Heinrich, A J; Brune, H

    2015-12-01

    We report on the magnetic properties of individual Fe atoms deposited on MgO(100) thin films probed by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. We show that the Fe atoms have strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a zero-field splitting of 14.0±0.3  meV/atom. This is a factor of 10 larger than the interface anisotropy of epitaxial Fe layers on MgO and the largest value reported for Fe atoms adsorbed on surfaces. The interplay between the ligand field at the O adsorption sites and spin-orbit coupling is analyzed by density functional theory and multiplet calculations, providing a comprehensive model of the magnetic properties of Fe atoms in a low-symmetry bonding environment. PMID:26684139

  11. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon a MgO surface

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1997-01-01

    A process and structure wherein optical quality perovskites, such as BaTiO.sub.3 or SrTiO.sub.3, are grown upon a single crystal MgO substrate involves the epitaxial build up of alternating planes of TiO.sub.2 and metal oxide wherein the first plane grown upon the MgO substrate is a plane of TiO.sub.2. The layering sequence involved in the film build up reduces problems which would otherwise result from the interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers, and these oxides can be stabilized as commensurate thin films at a unit cell thickness or grown with high crystal quality to thicknesses of 0.5-0.7 .mu.m for optical device applications.

  12. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon a MGO surface and structures formed with the process

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    McKee, Rodney Allen; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    1998-01-01

    A process and structure wherein optical quality perovskites, such as BaTiO.sub.3 or SrTiO.sub.3, are grown upon a single crystal MgO substrate involves the epitaxial build up of alternating planes of TiO.sub.2 and metal oxide wherein the first plane grown upon the MgO substrate is a plane of TiO.sub.2. The layering sequence involved in the film build up reduces problems which would otherwise result from the interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers, and these oxides can be stabilized as commensurate thin films at a unit cell thickness or grown with high crystal quality to thicknesses of 0.5-0.7 .mu.m for optical device applications.

  13. Fabrication of decorated MgO crystalline fibers

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    Chen, Y.J.; Li, J.B.; Han, Y.S.; Yang, X.Z.; Dai, J.H

    2003-02-20

    By depositing Mg vapor generated via carbothermal reduction on boron powder in the presence of different additives, dumbbell-like MgO nanofibers, NaCl particle-decorated MgO nanofibers and camphor tree stalk-like MgO fibers were produced. SEM, TEM and EDS analysis showed that the additives of Si and NaCl deposited in the sites of stacking faults in fiber, which resulted in the growth of different morphologies of decorated fibers.

  14. Formation and stability of hollow MgO nanoshells.

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    Krishnan, Gopi; Palasantzas, G; Kooi, B J

    2010-07-01

    High temperature annealing of gas phase synthesized Mg nanoparticles surrounded by an MgO shell leads to formation of hollow MgO nanoshells due to the evaporation assisted Kirkendall effect. Under electron beam exposure in TEM, the (220) MgO facets reduce their high surface energy by forming cube facets, which is followed by nanoshell size reduction and collapse within a few minutes. However, in ambient conditions the nanoshells remain stable for significant periods of time and further degrade by becoming filled with carbon while lossing any MgO identity. Finally, in moderate low vacuum they remained stable for months indicating promise for applications. PMID:21128428

  15. Interstitial Fe in MgO

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    Mølholt, T. E. Gislason, H. P.; Ólafsson, S.; Mantovan, R.; Gunnlaugsson, H. P.; Svane, A.; Weyer, G.; Masenda, H.; Naidoo, D.; Bharuth-Ram, K.; Fanciulli, M.; Johnston, K.; Sielemann, R.

    2014-01-14

    Isolated {sup 57}Fe atoms were studied in MgO single-crystals by emission Mössbauer spectroscopy following implantation of {sup 57}Mn decaying to {sup 57}Fe. Four Mössbauer spectral components were found corresponding to different Fe lattice positions and/or charge states. Two components represent Fe atoms substituting Mg as Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}, respectively; a third component is due to Fe in a strongly implantation-induced disturbed region. The fourth component, which is the focus of this paper, can be assigned to Fe at an interstitial site. Comparison of its measured isomer shift with ab initio calculations suggests that the interstitial Fe is located on, or close to, the face of the rock-salt MgO structure. To harmonize such an assignment with the measured near-zero quadrupole interaction a local motion process (cage motion) of the Fe has to be stipulated. The relation of such a local motion as a starting point for long range diffusion is discussed.

  16. Calcium adsorption on MgO(100): energetics, structure, and role of defects.

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    Zhu, Junfa; Farmer, Jason A; Ruzycki, Nancy; Xu, Lijun; Campbell, Charles T; Henkelman, Graeme

    2008-02-20

    The adsorption of Ca on the MgO(100) surface at 300 K has been studied using microcalorimetry, in combination with LEED, AES, ISS, work function, sticking probability measurements, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The MgO(100) thin films (approximately 4 nm thick) were grown epitaxially on a 1 microm thick Mo(100) single-crystal. The sticking probability of Ca on MgO(100) at 300 K is unity. On the basis of AES and ISS measurements, it was determined that Ca grows mainly as 3D particles on the MgO(100) surface with a density of approximately 1 x 10(12) islands/cm2. Ca adsorbs initially at defect sites with a very high heat of adsorption (approximately 410 kJ/mol). DFT calculations attribute this high initial heat to Ca binding to kink sites (376 kJ/mol), step sites (205 kJ/mol), and lower concentrations of stronger binding sites. The heat of adsorption decreases rapidly with coverage, reaching a minimum of 162 kJ/mol at approximately 0.3 ML, where Ca is mainly adding to small 3D Ca clusters. Afterward, it increases to the value of bulk Ca heat of sublimation (178 kJ/mol) at approximately 1.2 ML, attributed to the increase in stability with increasing Ca particle size. A 1.0 eV decrease of the work function with Ca coverage from 0 to 0.3 ML indicates that Ca adsorbed at defects is cationic, in agreement with calculations showing that Ca donates electron density to the MgO. Light ion sputtering of the MgO(100) surface generates point defects, but these do not change the heat of adsorption versus coverage, implying that they do not nucleate Ca particles. Oxygen vacancies are a likely candidate; DFT calculations show that F and F+ center vacancies bind Ca more weakly than terrace sites. More extensive sputtering creates extended defects (such as steps and kinks) that adsorb Ca with heats of adsorption up to approximately 400 kJ/mol, similar to that at the intrinsic defect sites. PMID:18229925

  17. Fabrication of epitaxial CrO{sub 2} nanostructures directly on MgO(100) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Heinig, N. F.; Jalili, H.; Leung, K. T.

    2007-12-17

    Single-phase CrO{sub 2} nanostructured thin films have been grown directly on MgO(100) by pulsed laser ablation of a metallic Cr target in an O{sub 2} environment. X-ray diffraction shows that these films are strained and consist of CrO{sub 2} crystallites with two possible epitaxial relationships to the substrate; either CrO{sub 2}(110) or CrO{sub 2}(200) is parallel to MgO(100). Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy reveal orthogonally arranged nanoneedles and platelike structures (both 30-50 nm thick). X-ray photoemission confirms that the films are primarily CrO{sub 2} covered with a thin CrO{sub 3} overlayer and indicates its complete synthesis without any residual metallic Cr.

  18. Calorimetry of epitaxial thin films.

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    Cooke, David W; Hellman, F; Groves, J R; Clemens, B M; Moyerman, S; Fullerton, E E

    2011-02-01

    Thin film growth allows for the manipulation of material on the nanoscale, making possible the creation of metastable phases not seen in the bulk. Heat capacity provides a direct way of measuring thermodynamic properties of these new materials, but traditional bulk calorimetric techniques are inappropriate for such a small amount of material. Microcalorimetry and nanocalorimetry techniques exist for the measurements of thin films but rely on an amorphous membrane platform, limiting the types of films which can be measured. In the current work, ion-beam-assisted deposition is used to provide a biaxially oriented MgO template on a suspended membrane microcalorimeter in order to measure the specific heat of epitaxial thin films. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction showed the biaxial order of the MgO template. X-ray diffraction was also used to prove the high quality of epitaxy of a film grown onto this MgO template. The contribution of the MgO layer to the total heat capacity was measured to be just 6.5% of the total addenda contribution. The heat capacity of a Fe(.49)Rh(.51) film grown epitaxially onto the device was measured, comparing favorably to literature data on bulk crystals. This shows the viability of the MgO∕SiN(x)-membrane-based microcalorimeter as a way of measuring the thermodynamic properties of epitaxial thin films. PMID:21361612

  19. TELEVISION, RADIO AND FILMS--A SURVEY.

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    SKORNIA, HARRY J.

    THE AUTHOR BEMOANS THE LACK OF RIGOROUS RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL MEDIA, ATTRIBUTING IT TO POOR RESEARCH STANDARDS. HE IS CHEERED, HOWEVER, BY THE RECOGNITION OF RESEARCH AS A NEED. TV, RADIO, AND FILMS ARE EACH TREATED SEPARATELY, REFERRING TO HISTORICAL AND TECHNICAL MATTERS, AND THEN TOGETHER WITH REFERENCE TO COMMON PROBLEMS. THE AUTHOR URGES…

  20. Women's Films--A Critical Guide.

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    Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center.

    Annotations of 192 recent films which address themselves to subjects of particular interest to women are presented in this reference guide. The guide is intended for use by women's film festivals, consciousness-raising groups, women's studies programs, and guidance programs. Issues considered by the feminists, professional television film crews,…

  1. Wurtzite ZnO (001) films grown on cubic MgO (001) with bulk-like opto-electronic properties

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    Zhou Hua; Wang Huiqiong; Chen Xiaohang; Zhan Huahan; Kang Junyong; Wu Lijun; Zhu Yimei; Zhang Lihua; Kisslinger, Kim

    2011-10-03

    We report the growth of ZnO (001) wurtzite thin films with bulk-like opto-electronic properties on MgO (001) cubic substrates using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction patterns and ex situ high resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicate that the structure transition from the cubic MgO substrates to the hexagonal films involves 6 ZnO variants that have the same structure but different orientations. This work demonstrates the possibility of integrating wurtzite ZnO films and functional cubic substrates while maintaining their bulk-like properties.

  2. On Interpreting the Photoelectron Spectra of MgO

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The (sup 2)Sigma(+) and (sup 2)Pi states of MgO(-) and the (sup 1)Sigma(+), (sup 1)Pi, and (sup 3)Pi states of MgO are studied using the averaged coupled-pair functional (ACPF) approach. The computed spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The computed Franck-Condon factors and photodetachment overlaps are compared with experiment.

  3. Secondary Ionization Coefficient of MgO and Accumulated Charge

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    Suzuki, Susumu; Sekizawa, Takashi; Kashiwagi, Yasuhide; Itoh, Haruo

    2011-10-01

    An experimental study on Townsend's secondary ionization coefficient γ of MgO is carried out in accordance with a previously reported sequential procedure. A sinusoidal voltage is applied between the MgO film electrode and a stainless-steel electrode in the frequency range of 0.1 Hz-2 kHz. The breakdown voltage is determined from the observed waveforms of applied voltage and accumulated charge on the MgO film electrode. The influence on the breakdown voltage of the voltage induced by the accumulated charge is investigated. We found that the accumulated charge does not affect the breakdown voltage at low frequency or the DC voltage, but it affects the breakdown voltage at high frequency. Using the breakdown voltage, we determine Townsend's secondary ionization coefficient γ of MgO. The obtained γ for MgO in the study is compared with other reported values. It is found that γ for MgO is larger than those of metallic electrodes.

  4. Growth, structural, and magnetic characterization of epitaxial Co2MnSi films deposited on MgO and Cr seed layers

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    Ortiz, G.; García-García, A.; Biziere, N.; Boust, F.; Bobo, J. F.; Snoeck, E.

    2013-01-01

    We report detailed structural characterization and magneto-optical Kerr magnetometry measurements at room temperature in epitaxial Co2MnSi thin films grown on MgO(001) and Cr(001) buffered MgO single crystals prepared by sputtering. While Co2MnSi/Cr//MgO(001) films display the expected cubic anisotropy, the magnetization curves obtained for Co2MnSi//MgO(001) samples exhibit a superimposed in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. The evolution of magnetization with film thickness points to a relevant interfacial Co2MnSi-buffer layer (Cr or MgO) contribution which competes with magnetic properties of bulk Co2MnSi, resulting in a drastic change in the magnetism of the whole sample. The origin of this interfacial magnetic anisotropy is discussed and correlated with our structural studies.

  5. Effect of MgO Cap Layer on Gilbert Damping of FeB Electrode Layer in MgO-Based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions

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    Konoto, Makoto; Imamura, Hiroshi; Taniguchi, Tomohiro; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Ando, Koji; Yuasa, Shinji

    2013-07-01

    We investigated the Gilbert damping of thin films with a MgO-barrier/Fe80B20/MgO-cap/Ta structure, in which the Fe80B20 layer corresponds to a free layer of a perpendicularly magnetized magnetic tunnel junction, by using ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). We systematically varied the thickness of the MgO cap layer and estimated the damping constant (α) by measuring the dependence of the FMR spectrum on the magnetic field angle. The MgO cap layer was found to reduce α to about 0.005, which is less than half the value without the cap. The significant reduction can be explained by the suppression of spin pumping by the dielectric MgO cap layer.

  6. Soft x-ray appearance potential spectroscopy study of MgO (100) and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (100) single crystals

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    Fukuda, Yasuo Sanada, Noriaki; Mochizuki, Sachie; Yatsuzuka, Ikuko

    2013-11-15

    Soft x-ray appearance potential spectroscopy (SXAPS) measurements was used to measure on MgO (100) and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (100) single crystals. Mg 1s, Al 1s, and O 1s SXAPS self-deconvoluted (SD) spectra were obtained. The features of the Mg 1s and O1s SD spectra are in fair agreement with those of the near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra for an MgO thin film (3 ML) on Ag (100). This suggests that the SXAPS spectra reflect electronic states of the relaxed MgO (100) surface. The features of the Al 1s and O 1s SD spectra are in qualitative agreement with those of the electron energy-loss spectroscopy. The SXAPS SD spectra are discussed in terms of antibonding states and partial density of empty states obtained by theoretical calculations for MgO and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3,} respectively. The present result suggests that the “approximate dipole selection rule” is applicable to the SXAPS spectra of MgO and α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, as well as 3d transition metal oxides.

  7. Surface exciton emission of MgO crystals

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    Kuang, Wen-Jian; Li, Qing; Chen, Yu-Xiang; Hu, Kai; Wang, Ning-Hui; Xing, Fang-Li; Yan, Qun; Sun, Shuai-Shuai; Huang, Yan; Tao, Ye; Tolner, Harm

    2013-09-01

    MgO crystals have been exposed to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation from a synchrotron, with energies up to 9 eV, and the emitted light, at wavelengths above 200 nm, was observed. It is concluded that bulk excitons, play an important role in the diffusion of energy inside MgO crystals, resulting in 5.85 eV (212 nm) emission from the MgO terraces of large (0.2-2 µm) MgO : F crystals. In the case of aliovalent impurity doping, then the bulk exciton energy is also transferred to the Vk centres and 5.3 eV (235 nm) light is emitted. Both fluorine and silicon doping appear to promote UV surface emission, acting similarly to an ns2 ion inside MgO, while strong scandium doping is killing the surface emission completely. The 212 nm surface UV emission and the 235 nm bulk UV emission can be excited only at the bandgap edge. Broadband visible light, centred around 400 nm, is also emitted. Contrary to the UV emission, this is not generated when excited at the bandgap edge; instead, we find that it is only excited at sub-bandgap energies, with a maximum at the 5C surface excitation energy of 5.71 eV (217 nm) for the MgO terraces.

  8. Size effects in MgO cube dissolution.

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    Baumann, Stefan O; Schneider, Johannes; Sternig, Andreas; Thomele, Daniel; Stankic, Slavica; Berger, Thomas; Grönbeck, Henrik; Diwald, Oliver

    2015-03-10

    Stability parameters and dissolution behavior of engineered nanomaterials in aqueous systems are critical to assess their functionality and fate under environmental conditions. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, we investigated the stability of cubic MgO particles in water. MgO dissolution proceeding via water dissociation at the oxide surface, disintegration of Mg(2+)-O(2-) surface elements, and their subsequent solvation ultimately leads to precipitation of Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. At a pH ≥ 10, MgO nanocubes with a size distribution below 10 nm quantitatively dissolve within few minutes and convert into Mg(OH)2 nanosheets. This effect is different from MgO cubes originating from magnesium combustion in air. With a size distribution in the range 10 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm they dissolve with a significantly smaller dissolution rate in water. On these particles water induced etching generates (110) faces which, above a certain face area, dissolve at a rate equal to that of (100) planes.1 The delayed solubility of microcrystalline MgO is attributed to surface hydroxide induced self-inhibition effects occurring at the (100) and (110) microplanes. The present work underlines the importance of morphology evolution and surface faceting of engineered nanomaterials particles during their dissolution. PMID:25668706

  9. Multifunctional MgO Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Guo, Xudong; Dong, Haopeng; Li, Wenzhe; Li, Nan; Wang, Liduo

    2015-06-01

    A multifunctional magnesium oxide (MgO) layer was successfully introduced into perovskite solar cells (PSCs) to enhance their performance. MgO was coated onto the surface of mesoporous TiO(2) by the decomposition of magnesium acetate and, therefore, could block contact between the perovskite and TiO(2). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy showed that the amount of H(2)O/hydroxyl absorbed on the TiO(2) decreased after MgO modification. The UV/Vis absorption spectra of the perovskite with MgO modification revealed an enhanced photoelectric performance compared with that of unmodified perovskite after UV illumination. In addition to the photocurrent, the photovoltage and fill factor also showed an enhancement after modification, which resulted in an increase in the overall efficiency of the cell from 9.6 to 13.9 %. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed that MgO acts as an insulating layer to reduce charge recombination. PMID:25851999

  10. Atomically-Smooth MgO films grown on Epitaxial Graphene by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Stuart, Sean; Sandin, Andreas; Rowe, Jack; Dougherty, Dan; Ulrich, Marc

    2013-03-01

    The growth of high quality insulating films on graphene is a crucial materials science task for graphene electronic and spintronic applications. It has been demonstrated that direct spin injection from a magnetic electrode to graphene is possible using MgO tunnel barriers of sufficient quality. We have used pulsed laser deposition (PLD) to grow thin magnesium oxide films directly on epitaxial graphene on SiC(0001). We observe very smooth film morphologies (typical rms roughness of ~ 0.4 nm) that are nearly independent of film thickness and conform to the substrate surface which had ~ 0.2 nm rms roughness. Surface roughness of 0.04 nm have been recorded for ~ 1nm films with no pinholes seen by AFM. XPS and XRD data show non crystalline, hydroxylated MgO films with uniform coverage. This work shows that PLD is a good technique to produce graphene-oxide interfaces without pre-deposition of an adhesion layer or graphene functionalization. The details and kinetics of the deposition process will be described with comparisons being made to other dielectric-on-graphene deposition approaches. Funded by ARO Staff Research Contract # W911NF.

  11. Fabrication of Single Crystal MgO Capsules

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    Danielson, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    A method has been developed for machining MgO crystal blocks into forms for containing metallic and silicate liquids at temperatures up to 2,400 C, and pressures up to at least 320 kilobars. Possible custom shapes include tubes, rods, insulators, capsules, and guides. Key differences in this innovative method include drilling along the crystallographic zone axes, use of a vibration minimizing material to secure the workpiece, and constant flushing of material swarf with a cooling medium/lubricant (water). A single crystal MgO block is cut into a section .5 mm thick, 1 cm on a side, using a low-speed saw with a 0.004 blade. The cut is made parallel to the direction of cleavage. The block may be cut to any thickness to achieve the desired length of the piece. To minimize drilling vibrations, the MgO block is mounted on a piece of adhesive putty in a vise. The putty wad cradles the bottom half of the entire block. Diamond coring tools are used to drill the MgO to the desired custom shape, with water used to wet and wash the surface of swarf. Compressed air may also be used to remove swarf during breaks in drilling. The MgO workpiece must be kept cool at all times with water. After all the swarf is rinsed off, the piece is left to dry overnight. If the workpiece is still attached to the base of the MgO block after drilling, it may be cut off by using a diamond cutoff wheel on a rotary hand tool or by using a low-speed saw.

  12. Noncontact atomic force and Kelvin probe force microscopy on MgO(100) and MgO(100)-supported Ba

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    Pang, Chi Lun; Sasahara, Akira; Onishi, Hiroshi

    2016-08-01

    Atomically-flat MgO(100) surfaces were prepared by sputtering and annealing. Noncontact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) and Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) were used to characterize the MgO(100) surfaces. The NC-AFM images revealed the presence of point defects on an atomically-resolved surface. The surface potential at these point defects, as well as features such as step edges and deposited Ba nanoparticles were mapped using KPFM. The Kelvin images show that the surface potential increases at the point defects and at the step edges. On the other hand, a decrease in the potential was found over Ba nanoparticles which can be explained by electron charge transfer from the Ba to the MgO.

  13. Properties of alkali metal atoms deposited on a MgO surface: a systematic experimental and theoretical study.

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    Finazzi, Emanuele; Di Valentin, Cristiana; Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Chiesa, Mario; Giamello, Elio; Gao, Hongjun; Lian, Jichun; Risse, Thomas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2008-01-01

    The adsorption of small amounts of alkali metal atoms (Li, Na, K, Rb, and Cs) on the surface of MgO powders and thin films has been studied by means of EPR spectroscopy and DFT calculations. From a comparison of the measured and computed g values and hyperfine coupling constants (hfccs), a tentative assignment of the preferred adsorption sites is proposed. All atoms bind preferentially to surface oxide anions, but the location of these anions differs as a function of the deposition temperature and alkali metal. Lithium forms relatively strong bonds with MgO and can be stabilized at low temperatures on terrace sites. Potassium interacts very weakly with MgO and is stabilized only at specific sites, such as at reverse corners where it can interact simultaneously with three surface oxygen atoms (rubidium and cesium presumably behave in the same way). Sodium forms bonds of intermediate strength and could, in principle, populate more than a single site when deposited at room temperature. In all cases, large deviations of the hfccs from the gas-phase values are observed. These reductions in the hfccs are due to polarization effects and are not connected to ionization of the alkali metal, which would lead to the formation of an adsorbed cation and a trapped electron. In this respect, hydrogen atoms behave completely differently. Under similar conditions, they form (H(+))(e(-)) pairs. The reasons for this different behavior are discussed. PMID:18381711

  14. Surfactant assisted growth of MgO films on GaN

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    Paisley, E. A.; Shelton, T. C.; Collazo, R.; Sitar, Z.; Maria, J.-P.; Christen, H. M.; Biegalski, M. D.; Mita, S.

    2012-08-27

    Thin epitaxial films of <111> oriented MgO on [0001]-oriented GaN were grown by molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser deposition using the assistance of a vapor phase surfactant. In both cases, surfactant incorporation enabled layer-by-layer growth and a smooth terminal surface by stabilizing the {l_brace}111{r_brace} rocksalt facet. Metal-insulator-semiconductor capacitor structures were fabricated on n-type GaN. A comparison of leakage current density for conventional and surfactant-assisted growth reveals a nearly 100 Multiplication-Sign reduction in leakage current density for the surfactant-assisted samples. These data verify numerous predictions regarding the role of H-termination in regulating the habit of rocksalt crystals.

  15. Strain-enhanced tunneling magnetoresistance in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Loong, Li Ming; Qiu, Xuepeng; Neo, Zhi Peng; Deorani, Praveen; Wu, Yang; Bhatia, Charanjit S.; Saeys, Mark; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2014-01-01

    While the effects of lattice mismatch-induced strain, mechanical strain, as well as the intrinsic strain of thin films are sometimes detrimental, resulting in mechanical deformation and failure, strain can also be usefully harnessed for applications such as data storage, transistors, solar cells, and strain gauges, among other things. Here, we demonstrate that quantum transport across magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) can be significantly affected by the introduction of controllable mechanical strain, achieving an enhancement factor of ~2 in the experimental tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio. We further correlate this strain-enhanced TMR with coherent spin tunneling through the MgO barrier. Moreover, the strain-enhanced TMR is analyzed using non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) quantum transport calculations. Our results help elucidate the TMR mechanism at the atomic level and can provide a new way to enhance, as well as tune, the quantum properties in nanoscale materials and devices. PMID:25266219

  16. Strain-enhanced tunneling magnetoresistance in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Loong, Li Ming; Qiu, Xuepeng; Neo, Zhi Peng; Deorani, Praveen; Wu, Yang; Bhatia, Charanjit S.; Saeys, Mark; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2014-09-01

    While the effects of lattice mismatch-induced strain, mechanical strain, as well as the intrinsic strain of thin films are sometimes detrimental, resulting in mechanical deformation and failure, strain can also be usefully harnessed for applications such as data storage, transistors, solar cells, and strain gauges, among other things. Here, we demonstrate that quantum transport across magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) can be significantly affected by the introduction of controllable mechanical strain, achieving an enhancement factor of ~2 in the experimental tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio. We further correlate this strain-enhanced TMR with coherent spin tunneling through the MgO barrier. Moreover, the strain-enhanced TMR is analyzed using non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) quantum transport calculations. Our results help elucidate the TMR mechanism at the atomic level and can provide a new way to enhance, as well as tune, the quantum properties in nanoscale materials and devices.

  17. Recovery of SO2 and MgO from By-Products of MgO Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization

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    Yan, Liyun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Quanhai; Guo, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    Abstract An industrial demonstration unit using natural gas as a heat source was built to calcine the by-products of MgO wet flue gas desulfurization from power plants; influencing factors on the SO2 content in calciner gas were comprehensively analyzed; and an advantageous recycling condition of MgO and SO2 from by-products was summarized. Results showed that the SO2 content in the calciner gas was increased by more than 10 times under a lower excess air coefficient, a higher feed rate, a lower crystal water in by-products, and a higher feed port position. For the tests conducted under the excess air coefficient above and below one, the effect of the furnace temperature on the SO2 content in the calciner gas was reversed. Results of activity analysis indicate that particles of MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 900–1,000°C had a high activity. In contrast, due to the slight sintering, MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 1,100°C had a low activity. To recycle SO2 as well as MgO, a temperature range of 900–927°C for TE103 is proposed. These studies will prompt the desulfurization market diversification, reduce the sulfur's dependence on imports for making sulfuric acid, be meaningful to balance the usage of the natural resource in China, and be regarded as a reference for the development of this technology for other similar developing countries. PMID:25371652

  18. Recovery of SO2 and MgO from By-Products of MgO Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization.

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    Yan, Liyun; Lu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Quanhai; Guo, Qiang

    2014-11-01

    An industrial demonstration unit using natural gas as a heat source was built to calcine the by-products of MgO wet flue gas desulfurization from power plants; influencing factors on the SO2 content in calciner gas were comprehensively analyzed; and an advantageous recycling condition of MgO and SO2 from by-products was summarized. Results showed that the SO2 content in the calciner gas was increased by more than 10 times under a lower excess air coefficient, a higher feed rate, a lower crystal water in by-products, and a higher feed port position. For the tests conducted under the excess air coefficient above and below one, the effect of the furnace temperature on the SO2 content in the calciner gas was reversed. Results of activity analysis indicate that particles of MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 900-1,000°C had a high activity. In contrast, due to the slight sintering, MgO generated under the calcination temperature of 1,100°C had a low activity. To recycle SO2 as well as MgO, a temperature range of 900-927°C for TE103 is proposed. These studies will prompt the desulfurization market diversification, reduce the sulfur's dependence on imports for making sulfuric acid, be meaningful to balance the usage of the natural resource in China, and be regarded as a reference for the development of this technology for other similar developing countries. PMID:25371652

  19. Adsorption of small Au clusters on MgO and MgO/Mo: the role of oxygen vacancies and the Mo-support

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    Frondelius, P.; Häkkinen, H.; Honkala, K.

    2007-09-01

    We report a systematic density functional theory investigation of adsorption of small Aun (n =1-6) clusters on ideal and defected MgO(100) single crystal surfaces and Mo(100) supported thin MgO(100) films. As a model defect, we consider a neutral surface oxygen vacancy (Fs). Optimal adsorption geometries and energies, cluster formation energies and cluster charges are discussed and compared in detail over four different substrates. For a given cluster size, the adsorption energy among these substrates increases in the order MgO, Fs/MgO, MgO/Mo and Fs/MgO/Mo. While cluster growth by association of atoms from gas phase is exothermic on all the substrates, cluster growth by diffusion and aggregation of pre-adsorbed Au atoms is an endothermic process for Au1→Au2, Au3→Au4 and Au5→Au6 on MgO/Mo and Au2→Au3 and Au5→Au6 on Fs/MgO/Mo. The adsorbed clusters are close to neutral on MgO, but adopt a significant anionic charge on other supports with the increasing order: MgO/Mo, Fs/MgO and Fs/MgO/Mo. The adsorption strength thus correlates with the amount of negative charge transferred from the substrate to gold.

  20. Interfacial effects on the tunneling magnetoresistance in L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3/MgO /Fe tunneling junctions

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    Galceran, R.; Balcells, Ll.; Martinez-Boubeta, C.; Bozzo, B.; Cisneros-Fernández, J.; de la Mata, M.; Magén, C.; Arbiol, J.; Tornos, J.; Cuellar, F. A.; Sefrioui, Z.; Cebollada, A.; Golmar, F.; Hueso, L. E.; Casanova, F.; Santamaría, J.; Martinez, B.

    2015-09-01

    We report on magnetotransport properties on L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3/MgO /Fe tunnel junctions grown epitaxially on top of (001)-oriented SrTi O3 substrates by sputtering. It is shown that the magnetoresistive response depends critically on the MgO /Fe interfacial properties. The appearance of an Fe OX layer by the interface destroys the Δ1 symmetry filtering effect of the MgO /Fe system and only a small negative tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) (˜-3 %) is measured. However, in annealed samples a switchover from positive TMR (˜+25 % at 70 K) to negative TMR (˜-1 %) is observed around 120 K. This change is associated with the transition from semiconducting at high T to insulating at low T taking place at the Verwey transition (TV˜120 K ) in F e3O4, thus suggesting the formation of a very thin slab of magnetite at the MgO /Fe interface during annealing treatments. These results highlight the relevance of interfacial properties on the tunneling conduction process and how it can be substantially modified through appropriate interface engineering.

  1. NEXAFS Study of Air Oxidation for Mg Nanoparticle Thin Film

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    Ogawa, S.; Murakami, S.; Shirai, K.; Nakanishi, K.; Ohta, T.; Yagi, S.

    2013-03-01

    The air oxidation reaction of Mg nanoparticle thin film has been investigated by Mg K-edge NEXAFS technique. It is revealed that MgO is formed on the Mg nanoparticle surfaces at the early stage of the air oxidation for Mg nanoparticle thin film. The simulation of NEXAFS spectrum using standard spectra indicates the existence of complex magnesium carbonates (x(MgCO3).yMg(OH2).z(H2O)) in addition to MgO at the early stage of the air oxidation.

  2. Flexible MgO Barrier Magnetic Tunnel Junctions.

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    Loong, Li Ming; Lee, Wonho; Qiu, Xuepeng; Yang, Ping; Kawai, Hiroyo; Saeys, Mark; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Yang, Hyunsoo

    2016-07-01

    Flexible MgO barrier magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) devices are fabricated using a transfer printing process. The flexible MTJ devices yield significantly enhanced tunneling magnetoresistance of ≈300% and improved abruptness of switching, as residual strain in the MTJ structure is released during the transfer process. This approach could be useful for flexible electronic systems that require high-performance memory components. PMID:27119207

  3. Phase Transitions of MgO Along the Hugoniot (Invited)

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    Root, S.; Shulenburger, L.; Lemke, R. W.; Cochrane, K. R.; Mattsson, T. R.

    2013-12-01

    The formation of terrestrial planets and planetary structure has become of great interest because of recent exoplanet discoveries of super earths. MgO is a major constituent of Earth's mantle, the rocky cores of gas giants such as Jupiter, and likely constitutes the interiors of many exoplanets. The high pressure - high temperature behavior of MgO directly affects equation of state models for planetary structure and formation. In this work, we examine single crystal MgO under shock compression utilizing experimental and density functional theory (DFT) methods to determine phase transformations along the Hugoniot. We perform plate impact experiments using Sandia's Z - facility on MgO up to 11.6 Mbar. The plate impact experiments generate highly accurate Hugoniot state data. The experimental results show the B1 - B2 solid - solid phase transition occurs near 4 Mbar on the Hugoniot. The solid - liquid transition is determined to be near 7 Mbar with a large region of B2-liquid coexistence. Using DFT methods, we also determine melt along the B1 and B2 solid phase boundaries as well as along the Hugoniot. The combined experimental and DFT results have determined the phase boundaries along the Hugoniot, which can be implemented into new planetary and EOS models. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Securities Administration under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  4. Helium diffraction from the MgO(001) surface

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    Jung, David R.; Mahgerefteh, Massoud; Frankl, Daniel R.

    1989-05-01

    Helium diffraction beam intensity measurements from an in situ cleaved, oxygen-treated, room-temperature surface of MgO(001) are reported. The in-plane spectra obtained at several angles in the main azimuthal planes at beam energies of 17.3 and 63 meV were analyzed using a hard corrugated surface model. A corrugation amplitude of about 0.17 Å gives a fair fit, in agreement with most previous work.

  5. Grain boundary mobility in anion doped MgO

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    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Certain anions OH(-), F(-) and Gl(-) are shown to enhance grain growth in MgO. The magnitude of their effect decreases in the order in which the anions are listed and depends on their location (solid-solution, second phase) in the MgO lattice. As most anions exhibit relatively high vapor pressures at sintering temperatures, they retard densification and invariably promote residual porosity. The role of anions on grain growth rates was studied in relation to their effect on pore mobility and pore removal; the atomic process controlling the actual rates was determined from observed kinetics in conjunction with the microstructural features. With respect to controlling mechanisms, the effects of all anions are not the same. OH(-) and F(-) control behavior through creation of a defect structure and a grain boundary liquid phase while Cl(-) promotes matter transport within pores by evaporation-condensation. Studies on an additional anion, S to the minus 2nd power gave results which were no different from undoped MgO, possibly because of evaporative losses during hot pressing. Hence, the effect of sulphur is negligible or undetermined.

  6. Ab initio study of early stage Nb growth on MgO(001)

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    Shim, Yunsic; Amar, Jacques G.

    2016-03-01

    Using density functional theory calculations we have examined the effects of cluster shape and a neutral O vacancy on the energetics and stability of Nb monomers and clusters on the MgO(001) surface. The relative stability of different monolayer structures is also examined. As found in other cases of metal adsorbates on MgO(001), our results indicate that an O site is the preferred adsorption site for a Nb atom. In addition, O-vacancy sites tend to increase the binding energy of small clusters and thus act as nucleation sites, while the effect of a nearby O vacancy on the binding energy of a Nb cluster is much weaker. In particular, we find that the binding energy for a Nb monomer at an O site (O-vacancy site) is 1.5 eV (2.2 eV) while the corresponding activation barriers for Nb monomer diffusion are 0.58 eV (0.80 eV). We also find that, in the absence of O vacancies, the preferred planar structure for tetramers and pentamers is an isotropic (100)-like structure. In contrast, the presence of an O vacancy transforms the isotropic tetramer into an anisotropic (110)-like structure. In addition, due to strain effects as well as strong Nb-Nb interactions, for large clusters (e.g. a complete monolayer) the anisotropic (110) structure is favored over the (100) structure. These results appear to explain recent experimental observations for the dependence of thin-film orientation on deposition conditions. However, we also find that for small (100)-like and (110)-like clusters, three-dimensional (rather than planar) structures are energetically preferred due to the strong Nb-Nb interaction. These results suggest that the pathway to form a coherent (100) or (110) structure during the growth of Nb films on Mg(001) may be relatively complex.

  7. The effect of MgO(111) interlayer on the interface phase stability and structure of BaFe12O19/SiC(0001)

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    Lazarov, V. K.; Hasnip, P. J.; Cai, Z.; Yoshida, K.; Ziemer, K. S.

    2012-04-01

    We present a study on the effect of an interlayer of thin MgO(111) film on SiC(0001) on the interface phase stability and structure of the BaFe12O19 (BaM). The 10 nm MgO(111) interlayer followed by the BaM film were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on 6H-SiC. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy shows the formation of a magnesium ferrite spinel phase at the interface, and after 25 nm, a well structured BaM film was observed. In addition to the two main phases (Mg-ferrite and BaM), a thin layer of SiOx (2-3 nm) is formed at the SiC interface. In spite of the formation of this amorphous layer, the diffraction studies show that the BaM film is epitaxially grown and it has a single crystal structure. The energy dispersive x-ray analysis from the interface region shows that the MgO layer prevents significant outdiffusion of the Si into the film. Total energy calculations by density functional theory were used to investigate the stability of the various phases and to explain the observed interfacial phases in the studied system.

  8. Interface control by homoepitaxial growth in pulsed laser deposited iron chalcogenide thin films

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    Molatta, Sebastian; Haindl, Silvia; Trommler, Sascha; Schulze, Michael; Wurmehl, Sabine; Hühne, Ruben

    2015-01-01

    Thin film growth of iron chalcogenides by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is still a delicate issue in terms of simultaneous control of stoichiometry, texture, substrate/film interface properties, and superconducting properties. The high volatility of the constituents sharply limits optimal deposition temperatures to a narrow window and mainly challenges reproducibility for vacuum based methods. In this work we demonstrate the beneficial introduction of a semiconducting FeSe1−xTex seed layer for subsequent homoepitaxial growth of superconducting FeSe1−xTex thin film on MgO substrates. MgO is one of the most favorable substrates used in superconducting thin film applications, but the controlled growth of iron chalcogenide thin films on MgO has not yet been optimized and is the least understood. The large mismatch between the lattice constants of MgO and FeSe1−xTex of about 11% results in thin films with a mixed texture, that prevents further accurate investigations of a correlation between structural and electrical properties of FeSe1−xTex. Here we present an effective way to significantly improve epitaxial growth of superconducting FeSe1−xTex thin films with reproducible high critical temperatures (≥17 K) at reduced deposition temperatures (200 °C–320 °C) on MgO using PLD. This offers a broad scope of various applications. PMID:26548645

  9. Spectroscopic studies of refractory and dielectric thin films

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    Truong, C.M.

    1993-01-01

    This work demonstrated the application of the techniques and methodology of surface science to investigate the mechanisms of thin film deposition processes on solid surfaces. The synthesis of boron nitride (BN) thin films was studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). In this model system, diborane (B[sub 2]H[sub 6]), ammonia (NH[sub 3]) and hydrazine (N[sub 2]H[sub 4]) were used as precursors to deposit BN thin films on a clean Ru(0001) surface. The result showed that ammonia reaction with diborane yielded only boron-rich boron nitride overlayers. However, stoichiometric BN films in excess of one monolayer could be produced when hydrazine was substituted for ammonia. The effects of oxygen on boron-rich and stoichiometric boron-nitrogen films were also examined. In the second part of this work, high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) was used to characterize defect centers in MgO and in lithium-doped MgO thin films. The HREELS results showed that MgO thin films grown on Mo(100) were nearly defect-free at temperatures up to 1100 K. HREELS measurements indicated that annealings to higher temperatures induced F-type defect centers in the MgO films. The formation of [Li[sup +]O[sup [minus

  10. Location of Trapped Electron Centers in the Bulk of Epitaxial MgO(001) Films Grown on Mo(001) Using in situ W -band Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

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    Cornu, Damien; Rocker, Jan; Gonchar, Anastasia; Risse, Thomas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2016-07-01

    We present the first in situ W -band (94-GHz) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of a trapped electron center in thin MgO(001) films. The improved resolution of the high-field EPR experiments proves that the signal originate from a well-defined species present in the bulk of the films, whose projection of the principal g -tensor components onto the (001) plane are oriented along the [110] direction of the MgO lattice. Based on a comparison between the structural properties of the films, knowledge of the ability of bulk defects to trap electrons, and the properties of the EPR signal, it is possible to propose that the paramagnetic species are located at the origin of a screw dislocation in the bulk of the film.

  11. High-rate deposition of MgO by reactive ac pulsed magnetron sputtering in the transition mode

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    Kupfer, H.; Kleinhempel, R.; Richter, F.; Peters, C.; Krause, U.; Kopte, T.; Cheng, Y.

    2006-01-15

    A reactive ac pulsed dual magnetron sputtering process for MgO thin-film deposition was equipped with a closed-loop control of the oxygen flow rate (F{sub O2}) using the 285 nm magnesium radiation as input. Owing to this control, most of the unstable part of the partial pressure versus flowrate curve became accessible. The process worked steadily and reproducible without arcing. A dynamic deposition rate of up to 35 nm m/min could be achieved, which was higher than in the oxide mode by about a factor of 18. Both process characteristics and film properties were investigated in this work in dependence on the oxygen flow, i.e., in dependence on the particular point within the transition region where the process is operated. The films had very low extinction coefficients (<5x10{sup -5}) and refractive indices close to the bulk value. They were nearly stoichiometric with a slight oxygen surplus (Mg/O=48/52) which was independent of the oxygen flow. X-ray diffraction revealed a prevailing (111) orientation. Provided that appropriate rf plasma etching was performed prior to deposition, no other than the (111) peak could be detected. The intensity of this peak increased with increasing F{sub O{sub 2}}, indicating an even more pronounced (111) texture. The ion-induced secondary electron emission coefficient (iSEEC) was distinctly correlated with the markedness of the (111) preferential orientation. Both refractive index and (111) preferred orientation (which determines the iSEEC) were found to be improved in comparison with the MgO growth in the fully oxide mode. Consequently, working in the transition mode is superior to the oxide mode not only with respect to the growth rate, but also to most important film properties.

  12. Measurement of Townsend's Secondary Ionization Coefficient of MgO Film in Argon

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    Suzuki, Susumu; Konno, Kazuya; Itoh, Haruo

    Townsend's secondary ionization coefficients γ of MgO in Ar are determined from the breakdown voltages and the Townsend's criterion. Breakdown voltages on MgO film are measured by the both wave forms, discharge current and applied voltage between the electrodes on the oscilloscope. According to the experimental procedure, γ of gold film and stainless steel electrodes are determined and compared with other experimental values. After the confirmation of the validity of those results, we have carried out the determination for γ of MgO. Furthermore, the influence of heating effect of MgO film to the value of γ is also discussed.

  13. MgO Doped Tantalum Coating on Ti: Microstructural Study and Biocompatibility Evaluation

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    Roy, Mangal; Balla, Vamsi Krishna; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Bose, Susmita

    2012-01-01

    Pure and MgO incorporated Ta coatings were prepared on Cp-Ti substrate using laser engineered net shaping (LENS™) which resulted in diffuse coating-substrate interface. MgO was found along the Ta grain boundaries in the Ta matrix that increased the coating hardness from 185 ± 2.7 HV to 794 ± 93 HV. In vitro biocompatibility study showed excellent early cellular attachment and later stage proliferation in MgO incorporated coatings. The results indicated that although Ta coatings had higher biocompatibility than Ti, it could further be improved by incorporating MgO in the coating, while simultaneously increasing the mechanical properties. PMID:22248182

  14. Growth of atomically smooth MgO films on graphene by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, W. H.; Han, W.; Pi, K.; McCreary, K. M.; Miao, F.; Bao, W.; Lau, C. N.; Kawakami, R. K.

    2008-11-03

    We investigate the growth of MgO films on graphene by molecular beam epitaxy and find that surface diffusion promotes a rough morphology. To reduce the mobility of surface atoms, the graphene surface is dressed by Ti atoms prior to MgO deposition. With as little as 0.5 ML (monolayer) of Ti, the MgO overlayer becomes atomically smooth. Furthermore, no aggregation of MgO is observed at the edges of the graphene sheet. These results are important for the fabrication of nanoscale electronic and spintronic devices.

  15. Inversion of ferromagnetic proximity polarization by MgO interlayers.

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    Li, Yan; Chye, Y; Chiang, Y F; Pi, K; Wang, W H; Stephens, J M; Mack, S; Awschalom, D D; Kawakami, R K

    2008-06-13

    We investigate the spin-dependent reflection properties in Fe/MgO/GaAs heterostructures by optical pump-probe measurement of the ferromagnetic proximity polarization (FPP). As a function of MgO thickness, the FPP is initially enhanced (<2.0 A) and then exhibits an unexpected sign reversal at approximately 5.0 A. The identification of two competing thresholds in the intensity dependence of FPP and the observation of FPP sign reversal in Fe/Mg/GaAs suggest that the inversion of FPP is related to an interfacial bonding effect. PMID:18643542

  16. Selective adsorption in 4MgO scattering

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    Mahgerefteh, Massoud; Jung, David R.; Frankl, Daniel R.

    1989-02-01

    Helium scattering data from an in situ cleaved, oxygen-treated, room-temperature surface of MgO(100) are reported. The sharpness of the selective adsorption line shapes as well as the strength of the scattered beams indicate an improvement over previous studies on air-cleaved surfaces. Selective adsorption line shapes in azimuthal scans of the specular intensity at many closely spaced angles of incidence are presented. Analysis of the resonances at several reciprocal lattice vectors yielded binding energies of 5.52, 2.57, 1.16, 0.54, and 0.26 meV.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial FeMn2O4 film on MgO (100)

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    Duong van, Thiet; Nguyen, Thi Minh Hai; Nguyen, Anh Phuong; Dang Duc, Dung; Duong, Anh Tuan; Nguyen van, Quang; Cho, Sunglae

    FeM2X4 spinel structures, where M is a transition metal and X is oxygen or sulfur, are candidate materials for spin filters, one of the key devices in spintronics. On the other hand, the electronic and magnetic properties of these spinel structures could be modified via the control of cation distribution. Among the spinel oxides, iron manganese oxide is one of promising materials for applications. FeMn2O4 shows inverse spinel structure above 390 K and ferrimagnetic properties below the temperature. In this work, we report on the structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial FeMn2O4 thin film on MgO(100) substrate. The reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that films were epitaxially grown on MgO(100) without the impurity phases. The valance states of Fe and Mn in the FeMn2O4film were carried out using x-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). The magnetic properties were measured by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), indicating that the samples are ferromagnetic at room temperature. The structural detail and origin of magnetic ordering in FeMn2O4 will be discussed.

  18. Mangotoxin production of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae is regulated by MgoA

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    2014-01-01

    Background The antimetabolite mangotoxin is a key factor in virulence of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae strains which cause apical necrosis of mango trees. Previous studies showed that mangotoxin biosynthesis is governed by the mbo operon. Random mutagenesis led to the identification of two other gene clusters that affect mangotoxin biosynthesis. These are the gacS/gacA genes and mgo operon which harbors the four genes mgoBCAD. Results The current study shows that disruption of the nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) gene mgoA resulted in loss of mangotoxin production and reduced virulence on tomato leaves. Transcriptional analyses by qPCR and promoter reporter fusions revealed that mbo expression is regulated by both gacS/gacA and mgo genes. Also, expression of the mgo operon was shown to be regulated by gacS/gacA. Heterologous expression under the native promoter of the mbo operon resulted in mangotoxin production in non-producing P. syringae strains, but not in other Pseudomonas species. Also introduction of the mbo and mgo operons in nonproducing P. protegens Pf-5 did not confer mangotoxin production but did enhance transcription of the mbo promoter. Conclusions From the data obtained in this study, we conclude that both mbo and mgo operons are under the control of the gacS/gacA two-component system and that the MgoA product acts as a positive regulator of mangotoxin biosynthesis. PMID:24555804

  19. Antibacterial activities of magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles against foodborne pathogens

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    The antibacterial activities of magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO NP) alone or in combination with other antimicrobials (nisin and ZnO NP) against E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Stanley were investigated. The results show that MgO NP have strong bactericidal activity against the pathogens, achievin...

  20. Nucleation and growth of MgO atomic layer deposition: A real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry study

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    Wang, Han; Fu, Kan

    2013-11-15

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) of MgO thin films from bis(cyclopentadienyl) magnesium and H{sub 2}O was studied using in-situ real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), ex-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction. It is found that the initial growth is not linear during the first ten cycles, and magnesium silicate forms spontaneously on the SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates at 250 °C. Submonolayer sensitivity of SE is demonstrated by the analysis of each half-cycle and self-limiting adsorption, revealing characteristic features of hetero- and homo-MgO ALD processes.

  1. Growth of MgO on multi-layered graphene and Mg in PVA matrix

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    Marka, Sandeep K.; Mohiddon, Md. Ahamad; Prasad, Muvva D.; Srikanth, Vadali V. S. S.

    2015-07-01

    An easy and low temperature in-situ growth of MgO micro-rods on multi-layered graphene (MLG) in poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix is elucidated. MLG decked with nanosized fragments of MgO and PVA are used as the starting materials to form MgO micro-rods (width = ∼1 μm and length = ∼4 μm) and MLG filled PVA composite film. Simple solution mixing, spin coating and simple drying processes are used to obtain the PVA composite. The growth mechanism of MgO micro-rods and the role of PVA in the growth of MgO micro-rods are explained on the basis of the observed morphological, structural and phase characteristics and a further controlled synthesis experiment, respectively.

  2. Epitaxial growth of tungsten layers on MgO(001)

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    Zheng, Pengyuan; Ozsdolay, Brian D.; Gall, Daniel

    2015-11-15

    Smooth single crystal W(001) layers were grown on MgO(001) substrates by magnetron sputtering at 900 °C. X-ray diffraction ω–2θ scans, ω-rocking curves, pole figures, and reciprocal space maps indicate a 45°-rotated epitaxial relationship: (001){sub W}‖(001){sub MgO} and [010]{sub W}‖[110]{sub MgO}, and a relaxed lattice constant of 3.167 ± 0.001 nm. A residual in-plane biaxial compressive strain is primarily attributed to differential thermal contraction after growth and decreases from −0.012 ± 0.001 to −0.001 ± 0.001 with increasing layer thickness d = 4.8–390 nm, suggesting relaxation during cooling by misfit dislocation growth through threading dislocation glide. The in-plane x-ray coherence length increases from 3.4 to 33.6 nm for d = 4.8–390 nm, while the out-of-plane x-ray coherence length is identical to the layer thickness for d ≤ 20 nm, but is smaller than d for d ≥ 49.7 nm, indicating local strain variations along the film growth direction. X-ray reflectivity analyses indicate that the root-mean-square surface roughness increases from 0.50 ± 0.05 to 0.95 ± 0.05 nm for d = 4.8–19.9 nm, suggesting a roughness exponent of 0.38, but remains relatively constant for d > 20 nm with a roughness of 1.00 ± 0.05 nm at d = 47.9 nm.

  3. Grain Boundary Diffusion of Sulfur in MgO

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    Watson, H. C.; Watson, E. B.

    2013-12-01

    From being a candidate light element in the Earth's core to recording biosignatures on the surface, sulfur is a minor, but critical, element throughout the Earth. A deeper understanding the behaviour of sulfur under a wide scope of Earth relevant conditions will provide insight into geochemical cycles and reservoirs from the crust to the core. Sulfur isotope ratios in particular may be used to record specific geochemical processes such as ongoing core/mantle interaction, as well as shallower processes including cycling between the atmosphere/hydrosphere and lithosphere. The mobility of sulfur under these conditions will affect the reliability of using observed signatures to distinguish past processes and events. Grain boundary diffusion has often been shown to be orders of magnitude more rapid than diffusion through the crystal lattice of many materials. This effect is particularly important in cases where the diffusant is incompatible in the crystal lattice, and thus resides predominantly on grain boundaries. This is the case for sulfur and many of the minerals that comprise the interior of the Earth. If S diffusion is fast enough, the retention of some pristine signatures could be compromised. In other cases fast diffusion may allow for detection of signatures at large distances from their original source, as suggested by [1]. Experiments have been conducted in a piston-cylinder device at 1GPa and temperatures ranging from 1100°C to 1500°C to determine the rate of S grain boundary diffusion in an MgO matrix. A source-sink method similar to that used by [1] was employed using either FeS or FeS2 as a source and Mo foil as a sink separated by up to 3mm of pure MgO polycrystalline matrix. The foil sink was analyzed by electron microprobe and laser ablation ICP-MS for S content. Preliminary results show substantial diffusion of S through the MgO matrix. The results from these experiments, potential applications, and relevant numerical simulations will be presented

  4. Epitaxial EuO thin films on GaAs

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    Swartz, A. G.; Ciraldo, J.; Wong, J. J. I.; Li Yan; Han Wei; Lin Tao; Shi, J.; Kawakami, R. K.; Mack, S.; Awschalom, D. D.

    2010-09-13

    We demonstrate the epitaxial growth of EuO on GaAs by reactive molecular beam epitaxy. Thin films are grown in an adsorption-controlled regime with the aid of an MgO diffusion barrier. Despite the large lattice mismatch, it is shown that EuO grows well on MgO(001) with excellent magnetic properties. Epitaxy on GaAs is cube-on-cube and longitudinal magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements demonstrate a large Kerr rotation of 0.57 deg., a significant remanent magnetization, and a Curie temperature of 69 K.

  5. MOCVD growth and structure of PbTiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Gao, Y.; Bai, G.; Merkle, K.L.; Chang, H.L.M.; Lam, D.J.

    1993-08-01

    PbTiO{sub 3} thin films grown on (001)MgO and (110)MgO by MOCVD have been characterized by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The PbTiO{sub 3} films deposited on (001)MgO under the optimum conditions always show a bi-layer structure. The top layer of the films near the free surface is c-axis oriented with the orientation relationship (001)[100]PbTiO{sub 3}{parallel}(001)[100]MgO. The bottom layer of the films near the substrate is a-axis oriented with (100)[001]PbTiO{sub 3}{parallel}(001)[100]MgO. 90{degrees} domains were observed, but only in the c-axis oriented layers. The thickness of the a-axis oriented layers near the substrate decreases with decreasing the cooling rate. PbTiO{sub 3} films deposited on (110) MgO, however, are single-layer, epitaxial films with (101)[001]PbTiO{sub 3}{parallel}(110)[001]MgO.

  6. A Redetermination of the Dissociation Energy of MgO(+)

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry

    1994-01-01

    In 1986, we reported a dissociation energy (D(sub 0) of 2.31 eV for the X(sup 2)Pi ground state of MgO(+). This value was determined by computing the dissociation energy to the Mg(2+) + O(-) limit and adjusting the value to the Mg(+) + O limit using the experimental Ionization Potential (IP) of Mg(+) and the Electron Affinity (EA) of O. The success of this method relies on the assumption that there is little covalent contribution to the bonding. The very small (0.04 eV) correlation contribution to the binding energy was taken as corroboration for the validity of this approach. Our earlier theoretical value was estimated to be accurate to at least 0.2 eV. It is in excellent agreement with the subsequent value of 2.30 +/- 0.13 eV determined by Freiser and co-workers from photodissociation experiments. It is also consistent with the upper (less than 3.1 eV) and lower (greater than 1.1 eV) bounds determined by Rowe obtained by studying the reactions of Mg(+) with 03 and NO2. However, it is inconsistent with an upper bound of 1.7 eV reported by Kappes and Staley based on their failure to observe MgO(+) in the reaction of Mg(+) with N2O. The picture became somewhat clouded, however, by the recent guided-ion beam mass spectrometric studies of Dalleska and Armentrout. Their initial analysis of the reaction data for Mg(+) + O2 lead to a bond dissociation energy of 2.92 +/- 0.25 eV, which is considerably larger than the value of 2.47 +/- 0.06 eV deduced from their studies of the Mg(+)+NO2 reaction.

  7. Evidence of martensitic phase transitions in magnetic Ni-Mn-In thin films

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    Sokolov, A.; Zhang, Le; Dubenko, I.; Samanta, T.; Ali, N.; Stadler, S.

    2013-02-18

    Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 35}In{sub 15} Heusler alloy thin films (with thicknesses of about 10 nm) have been grown on single crystal MgO and SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) (100) substrates using a laser-assisted molecular beam epitaxy method. Films of mixed austenitic and martensitic phases and of pure martensitic phase have been detected for those grown on MgO and STO substrates, respectively. Thermomagnetic curves were measured using a SQUID magnetometer and are consistent with those of off-stoichiometric In-based bulk Heusler alloys, including a martensitic transition at T = 315 K for films grown on MgO. The differences in the properties of the films grown on MgO and STO are discussed.

  8. Static and dynamic magnetic properties of epitaxial Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films

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    Ortiz, G.; Gabor, M. S.; Petrisor, T., Jr.; Boust, F.; Issac, F.; Tiusan, C.; Hehn, M.; Bobo, J. F.

    2011-04-01

    Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co2FeAl Heusler alloy thin films were investigated. Films were deposited on single crystal MgO (001XS) substrates at room temperature, followed by an annealing process at 600 °C. MgO and Cr buffer layers were introduced in order to enhance crystalline quality, and improve magnetic properties. Structural analyses indicate that samples have grown in the B2 ordered epitaxial structure. VSM measures show that the MgO buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1010 ± 30 emu/cm3, and Cr buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1032 ± 40 emu/cm3. Damping factor was studied by strip-line ferromagnetic resonance measures. We observed a maximum value for the MgO buffered sample of about 8.5 × 10-3, and a minimum value of 3.8 × 10-3 for the Cr buffered one.

  9. Fe Spin Reorientation across the Metamagnetic Transition in Strained FeRh Thin Films

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    Bordel, C.; Juraszek, J.; Cooke, David W.; Baldasseroni, C.; Mankovsky, S.; Minár, J.; Ebert, H.; Moyerman, S.; Fullerton, E. E.; Hellman, F.

    2012-09-01

    A spin reorientation accompanying the temperature-induced antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) phase transition is reported in strained epitaxial FeRh thin films. Fe57 conversion electron Mössbauer spectrometry showed that the Fe moments have different orientations in FeRh grown on thick single-crystalline MgO and in FeRh grown on ion-beam-assist-deposited (IBAD) MgO. It was also observed, in both samples, that the Fe moments switch orientations at the AFM to FM phase transition. Perpendicular anisotropy was evidenced in the AFM phase of the film grown on IBAD MgO and in the FM phase of that grown on regular MgO. Density-functional theory calculations enabled this spin-reorientation transition to be accurately reproduced for both FeRh films across the AFM-FM phase transition and show that these results are due to differences in strain.

  10. Fe spin reorientation across the metamagnetic transition in strained FeRh thin films.

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    Bordel, C; Juraszek, J; Cooke, David W; Baldasseroni, C; Mankovsky, S; Minár, J; Ebert, H; Moyerman, S; Fullerton, E E; Hellman, F

    2012-09-14

    A spin reorientation accompanying the temperature-induced antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) phase transition is reported in strained epitaxial FeRh thin films. (57)Fe conversion electron Mössbauer spectrometry showed that the Fe moments have different orientations in FeRh grown on thick single-crystalline MgO and in FeRh grown on ion-beam-assist-deposited (IBAD) MgO. It was also observed, in both samples, that the Fe moments switch orientations at the AFM to FM phase transition. Perpendicular anisotropy was evidenced in the AFM phase of the film grown on IBAD MgO and in the FM phase of that grown on regular MgO. Density-functional theory calculations enabled this spin-reorientation transition to be accurately reproduced for both FeRh films across the AFM-FM phase transition and show that these results are due to differences in strain. PMID:23005667

  11. Role of MgO impurity on the superconducting properties of MgB2

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    Singh, Dharmendra Kumar; Tiwari, Brajesh; Jha, Rajveer; Kishan, H.; Awana, V. P. S.

    2014-10-01

    We address the effect of MgO impurity on the superconducting properties of MgB2. The synthesis of MgB2 is very crucial because of sensitivity of Mg to oxidation which may lead to MgO as a secondary phase. Rietveld refinement was performed to determine the quantitative volume fraction of MgO in the samples synthesized by two different techniques. Both the samples were subjected to magnetization measurements under dc and a.c. applied magnetic fields and the observed results were compared as a function of temperature. Paramagnetic Meissner effect has been observed in a sample of MgB2 having more amount of MgO (with Tc = 37.1 K) whereas the pure sample MgB2 having minor quantity of MgO shows diamagnetic Meissner effect with Tc = 38.8 K. M-H measurements at 10 K reveal a slight difference in irreversibility field which is due to MgO impurity along with wide transition observed from ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. The magnetotransport measurements ρ(T) using ρN = 90%, 50% and 10% criterion on pure sample of MgB2 has been used to determine the upper critical field whereas the sample having large quantity of MgO does not allow these measurements due to its high resistance.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous MgO by template-free hydrothermal method

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    Cui, Hongmei; Wu, Xiaofeng; Chen, Yunfa; Boughton, R.I.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • A simple synthesis of porous MgO with diameter size from 3 to 10 μm without any templates. • Effect of temperature and time were investigated. • Systematic characterization by TG/DTA, XRD, SEM, TEM, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption isotherm of MgO. • A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism of mesopores MgO is proposed. - Abstract: Mesoporous MgO particles have been synthesized through a novel template-free hydrothermal co-precipitation method using a Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solution as the magnesium source and NaCO{sub 3} as precipitant. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption analysis. The results indicate that the MgO samples have a disordered mesoporous structure, a large BET surface area, and a large pore volume. The effect of reaction temperature on the MgO product BET surface area was studied. A possible formation and crystal growth mechanism for mesoporous MgO is proposed.

  13. Characterization of MgO powders for use in thermal batteries

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    Guidotti, R.A.; Reinhardt, W.

    1996-09-01

    Ten commercial MgO powders were evaluated for their suitability to act as a binder in the separator of thermal batteries to immobilize the electrolyte when it is molten. One brand in particular, Maglite S from Calgon, outperformed all the others. This report describes the results of a characterization study of this MgO as well as similar materials from other commercial vendors. The study objective was to define the critical properties of Maglite S MgO that are responsible for its superior performance in thermal-battery separators. Separator mixes were prepared with the various MgO powders and the resulting powders and pellets were characterized, to correlate key physical properties of these materials to select physical and chemical properties of the MgO powders used in their preparation. The MgO pore-size distribution was the only parameter that could be related to the deformation and electrolyte-leakage behavior of separator pellets. A potential replacement for the Maglite S is currently being qualified, since Maglite S MgO is no longer available.

  14. Strengthening and toughening of poly(L-lactide) composites by surface modified MgO whiskers

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    Wen, Wei; Luo, Binghong; Qin, Xiaopeng; Li, Cairong; Liu, Mingxian; Ding, Shan; Zhou, Changren

    2015-03-01

    To improve both the strength and toughness of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), fibrous-like MgO whiskers with diameters of 0.15-1 μm and lengths of 15-110 μm were prepared, and subsequently surface modified with L-lactide to obtain grafted MgO whiskers (g-MgO whiskers). The structures and properties of MgO whiskers and g-MgO whiskers were studied. Then, a series of MgO whiskers/PLLA and g-MgO whiskers/PLLA composites were prepared by solution casting method, for comparison, MgO particles/PLLA composite was prepared too. The resulting composites were evaluated in terms of hydrophilicity, crystallinity, dispersion of whiskers, interfacial adhesion and mechanical performance by means of polarized optical microscopy (POM), contact angle measurement, field emission scanning electron microscope (FSEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and tensile testing. The results revealed that the crystallization rate and hydrophilicity of PLLA were improved by the introduction of MgO whiskers and g-MgO whiskers. The g-MgO whiskers can disperse more uniformly in and show stronger interfacial adhesion with the matrix than MgO whiskers as a result of the surface modification. Due to the bridge effect of the whiskers and the excellent interfacial adhesion between g-MgO whiskers and PLLA, g-MgO whiskers/PLLA composites exhibited remarkably higher strength, modulus and toughness compared to the pristine PLLA, MgO particles/PLLA and MgO whiskers/PLLA composites.

  15. Volume stabilization of high MgO cement: Effect of curing conditions and fly ash addition

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    Ali, M.M.; Mullick, A.K.

    1998-11-01

    Hydration of high MgO cement paste under autoclave condition causes the rapid formation and crystallization of magnesium hydroxide and leads to the creation of larger pore sizes. This results in the loss of mechanical strength and higher expansion values. Under ambient water curing, precipitation and distribution of gelatinous calcium silicate hydrates into the finer network causes a homogeneous morphology and the development of smaller pores. The resultant higher mechanical strength associated with partial hydration of MgO yields reduced expansion. High MgO cement paste containing fly ash also showed considerable pore refinement and improved hydrate morphology favoring volume stability under both autoclave and ambient water curing.

  16. Mesoporous MgO: Synthesis, physico-chemical, and catalytic properties

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    Maerle, A. A.; Kasyanov, I. A.; Moskovskaya, I. F.; Romanovsky, B. V.

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous MgO was obtained via the hydrothermal synthesis using both ionogenic and non-ionogenic surfactants as structure-directing templates. The materials prepared were characterized by SEM, BET-N2, XRD, and TG-DTA techniques. MgO particles are spherical 20-μm aggregates of primary oxide particles well shaped as rectangular parallelepipeds. Magnesium oxide samples have the specific surface area of 290-400 m2/g and pore sizes of 3.3-4.1 nm. Their mesoporous structure remained unchanged after calcination up to 350°C. Catalytic activity of mesoporous MgO was studied in acetone condensation reaction.

  17. Dielectric properties and electrical conductivity of MgO synthesized by chemical precipitation and sol-gel method

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    Mbarki, Rabeh; Hichem Hamzaoui, Ahmed; Mnif, Adel

    2015-01-01

    MgO Powders were synthesized via simple chemical precipitation (SPC) and sol-gel process (SG). The electrical behavior of these powders was determined by complex impedance spectroscopy using an alternative current conductivity at various temperatures and frequencies. For MgO elaborated by SG, the activation energy is 1.49 eV while MgO prepared by SPC, this energy is equal to 0.39 and 4.13 eV. The structural properties of MgO powders were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and FT-IR spectroscopy. The results show that the cristallites size was 28.4 nm for MgO SPC and 42.5 nm for MgO SG. Others methods such DTA, TGA, BET and SEM were used to characterized MgO materials.

  18. Combustion synthesis of MgO nanoparticles using plant extract: Structural characterization and photoluminescence studies

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    Kumar, Danith; Yadav, L. S. Reddy; Lingaraju, K.; Manjunath, K.; Suresh, D.; Prasad, Daruka; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.; Naika, H. Raja; Chikkahanumantharayappa, Nagaraju, G.

    2015-06-01

    Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO Nps) have been successfully synthesized via solution combustion method using Parthenium plant extract as fuel for the first time. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern reveal that product belongs to the cubic phase (Periclase). FTIR spectrum shows the band at 822 cm-1 indicates the formation of cubic periclase MgO. The optical band gap of MgO Nps estimated from UV -Vis spectrum was found to be in the range 5.40-5.45 eV. SEM images showed that, the product is agglomerated and particle in nature. Photoluminescence (PL) studies shows violet emission at 390 nm, blue emission at 470 nm and green emission at 550 nm. MgO Nps shows good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under UV/Sun light irradiation.

  19. Combustion synthesis of MgO nanoparticles using plant extract: Structural characterization and photoluminescence studies

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    Kumar, Danith; Chikkahanumantharayappa; Yadav, L. S. Reddy; Nagaraju, G.; Lingaraju, K.; Naika, H. Raja; Manjunath, K.; Suresh, D.; Prasad, Daruka; Nagabhushana, H.; Sharma, S. C.

    2015-06-24

    Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO Nps) have been successfully synthesized via solution combustion method using Parthenium plant extract as fuel for the first time. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) pattern reveal that product belongs to the cubic phase (Periclase). FTIR spectrum shows the band at 822 cm{sup −1} indicates the formation of cubic periclase MgO. The optical band gap of MgO Nps estimated from UV –Vis spectrum was found to be in the range 5.40–5.45 eV. SEM images showed that, the product is agglomerated and particle in nature. Photoluminescence (PL) studies shows violet emission at 390 nm, blue emission at 470 nm and green emission at 550 nm. MgO Nps shows good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under UV/Sun light irradiation.

  20. Discrete Layer-by-Layer Magnetic Switching in Fe /MgO (001 ) Superlattices

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    Moubah, R.; Magnus, F.; Warnatz, T.; Palsson, G. K.; Kapaklis, V.; Ukleev, V.; Devishvili, A.; Palisaitis, J.; Persson, P. O. Å.; Hjörvarsson, B.

    2016-04-01

    We report on a discrete layer-by-layer magnetic switching in Fe /MgO superlattices driven by an antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling. The strong interlayer coupling is mediated by tunneling through MgO layers with thicknesses up to at least 1.8 nm, and the coupling strength varies with MgO thickness. Furthermore, the competition between the interlayer coupling and magnetocrystalline anisotropy stabilizes both 90° and 180° periodic alignment of adjacent layers throughout the entire superlattice. The tunable layer-by-layer switching, coupled with the giant tunneling magnetoresistance of Fe /MgO /Fe junctions, is an appealing combination for three-dimensional spintronic memories and logic devices.

  1. Regenerable MgO promoted metal oxide oxygen carriers for chemical looping combustion

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    Siriwardane, Ranjani V.; Miller, Duane D.

    2014-08-19

    The disclosure provides an oxygen carrier comprised of a plurality of metal oxide particles in contact with a plurality of MgO promoter particles. The MgO promoter particles increase the reaction rate and oxygen utilization of the metal oxide when contacting with a gaseous hydrocarbon at a temperature greater than about 725.degree. C. The promoted oxide solid is generally comprised of less than about 25 wt. % MgO, and may be prepared by physical mixing, incipient wetness impregnation, or other methods known in the art. The oxygen carrier exhibits a crystalline structure of the metal oxide and a crystalline structure of MgO under XRD crystallography, and retains these crystalline structures over subsequent redox cycles. In an embodiment, the metal oxide is Fe.sub.2O.sub.3, and the gaseous hydrocarbon is comprised of methane.

  2. Process-Parameter-Dependent Optical and Structural Properties of ZrO2MgO Mixed-Composite Films Evaporated from the solid Solution

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    Sahoo, N. K.; Shapiro, A. P.

    1998-01-01

    The process-parameter-dependent optical and structural properties of ZrO2MgO mixed-composite material have been investigated. Optical properties were derived from spectrophotometric measurements. By use of atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction analysis, and energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis, the surface morphology, grain size distributions, crystallographic phases, and process-dependent material composition of films have been investigated. EDX analysis made evident the correlation between the oxygen enrichment in the films prepared at a high level of oxygen pressure and the very low refractive index. Since oxygen pressure can be dynamically varied during a deposition process, coatings constructed of suitable mixed-composite thin films can benefit from continuous modulation of the index of refraction. A step modulation approach is used to develop various multilayer-equivalent thin-film devices.

  3. Positron annihilation 2D-ACAR study of semi-coherent Li nanoclusters in MgO( 1 0 0 ) and MgO( 1 1 0 )

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    Falub, C. V.; Mijnarends, P. E.; Eijt, S. W. H.; van Huis, M. A.; van Veen, A.; Schut, H.

    2002-05-01

    Depth selective positron annihilation two-dimensional angular correlation of annihilation radiation (2D-ACAR) is used to determine the electronic structure of Li nanoclusters formed by implantation of 10 16 cm -26Li ions (with an energy of 30 keV) in MgO(1 0 0) and (1 1 0) crystals, and subsequently annealed at 950 K. The 2D-ACAR spectra of Li-implanted MgO obtained with 4 keV positrons reveal the semi-coherent ordering state of the embedded metallic Li nanoclusters. The results agree with ab initio Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker calculations.

  4. Studying some mechanical properties of MgO with used neon bulb glass

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    Issa, Tarik Talib; Khaleel, Saba Mahdi; Abdul Kareem, Noura Ammar

    2013-12-16

    Ceramic compact of MgO +WT% of UNBG were sintered at different sintering temperature (700, 900, 1100, 1300)°c, under static air for 3 hours. X-ray diffraction and some mechanical properties were conducted. The maximum sintered density, compression; fracture strength and hardness were indicated for the compilation of MgO −20 WT % UNBG, sintered at 1300 °c.

  5. Inelastic He-atom scattering from the MgO(001) surface

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    Cui, Jinhe; Jung, David R.; Frankl, Daniel R.

    1990-11-01

    Dispersion curves of Rayleigh phonons on an in situ cleaved, room-temperature surface of MgO(001) are determined by time-of-flight measurements of inelastically scattered He atoms. Along both the Γ¯ X¯ and Γ¯ M¯ directions, the measured phonon frequencies agree fairly well with a shell-model calculation for an unrelaxed MgO(001) surface.

  6. Surface Plasmons in Silver Films--A Novel Undergraduate Experiment

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    Simon, H. J.; And Others

    1975-01-01

    Describes an experiment in which a 500-A-thick silver film is evaporated on the hypotenuse face of a right glass prism. The surface plasmon mode in the film is excited with a He-Ne laser. The dispersion relation for the surface plasmon and the reflectivity due to the excitation of this mode are calculated. (Author/MLH)

  7. Adsorption of nonmetallic elements on defect-free MgO(001) surface - DFT study

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    Pašti, Igor A.; Baljozović, Miloš; Skorodumova, Natalia V.

    2015-02-01

    Adsorption of 11 non-metals (H, B, C, N, O, F, Si, P, S, Cl and Br) on defect-free MgO(001) surface was investigate using DFT approach. Adsorption energies were found to be between - 0.56 eV (hydrogen adsorption) and - 2.63 eV (carbon adsorption). Charge transfer from substrate to adsorbate was observed to follow the periodicity in the Periodic Table of Elements, as increases from left to right and decreases from top to bottom. All investigated adsorbates prefer oxygen sites on MgO surface. The analysis of adsorbate-MgO(001) electronic structure suggested that the electronic structure of the O adsorption center and adsorbate atom is molecule-like and there is no strong interaction with MgO electronic bands. Based on the obtained dataset for adsorption energies of selected non-metallic adsorbates (X) the reactivity of MgO towards the bond cleavage in the cases of X-X, H-X and HO-X bonds was discussed. Obtained results point to weak reactivity of MgO(001) towards atomic adsorption and low activity for bond cleavage. However, these results can be used as a starting point for the functionalization of MgO, particularly in the cases where bond cleavage activity and surface-mediated stabilization of dissociation products are desired.

  8. Tailoring of polar and nonpolar ZnO planes on MgO (001) substrates through molecular beam epitaxy

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    2012-01-01

    Polar and nonpolar ZnO thin films were deposited on MgO (001) substrates under different deposition parameters using oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The orientations of ZnO thin films were investigated by in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction and ex situ X-ray diffraction (XRD). The film roughness measured by atomic force microscopy evolved as a function of substrate temperature and was correlated with the grain sizes determined by XRD. Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was performed to study the conduction band structures of the ZnO films. The fine structures of the XAS spectra, which were consistent with the results of density functional theory calculation, indicated that the polar and nonpolar ZnO films had different electronic structures. Our work suggests that it is possible to vary ZnO film structures from polar to nonpolar using the MBE growth technique and hence tailoring the electronic structures of the ZnO films. PACS: 81; 81.05.Dz; 81.15.Hi. PMID:22405056

  9. Epitaxial growth of ultrathin MgO layers on Fe3O4(0 0 1) films

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    Nordmann, T.; Kuschel, O.; Wollschläger, J.

    2016-09-01

    The initial growth stages of MgO on Fe3O4 films are studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low energy electron diffraction to clarify stoichiometric and structural properties of these layered structures. This bilayer structure is important to fabricate high quality magnetic tunnel junctions based on Fe3O4 electrodes and MgO tunneling barriers. For this purpose, the deposition temperature of MgO has been varied between 100 °C and 250 °C. Initially, MgO grows layer-by-layer on Fe3O4/MgO(0 0 1) forming a wetting layer. Depending on the growth temperature, after growth of a 2-3 nm thick laminar wetting layer, the MgO films finally start to roughen during growth. Thus the growth of MgO on Fe3O4/MgO(0 0 1) is described by a Stranski-Krastanov growth mode. Diffraction experiments show that the magnetite (√{ 2} ×√{ 2})R45° superstructure is removed already during the initial stages of MgO deposition. Furthermore, these experiments show that MgO films are rougher for growth at low deposition temperatures.

  10. X-ray diffraction characterization of thin superconductive films

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    Kozaczek, K.J.; Watkins, T.R.; Book, G.W.; Carter, W.B.

    1995-12-31

    The physical and mechanical properties of thin films are often different from the properties of bulk material and are dictated by the film/substrate orientation relationship, crystal anisotropy and crystalgraphic texture of the film. X-ray diffraction texture analysis provides information about preferential film growth and can be used for optimization of deposition parameters and prediction of properties of thin films. An x-ray back reflection technique using the Braga-Brentano geometry with experimental corrections for absorption and defocusing was used to study thin ceramic films deposited by combustion chemical vapor deposition (CCVD). The film/substrate orientation relationships of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) superconducting thin films deposited via CCVD on single crystal MgO and polycrystalline silver substrates were studied. The as-deposited films on single crystal (100) MgO substrates showed strong preferential growth with the basal plane parallel to the substrate surface (c-axis up growth). Texture analysis showed two in-plane alignment orientations of the film with respect to the substrate, with YBCO [100] and [110] aligned with the [100] MgO substrate. YBCO films deposited on cold-rolled polycrystalline silver displayed c-axis up growth indicating that the orientation of the polycrystalline substrate (brass type texture) did not induce detectable in-plane preferential growth of the YBCO.

  11. Ab-initio modelling of defects in MgO

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    Gilbert, C. A.; Smith, R.; Kenny, S. D.

    2007-02-01

    The energetics of the key defects that are observed to occur during simulations of radiation damage in MgO are analysed using density functional theory. The results are compared with those from the empirical potentials used to carry out the radiation damage studies. The formation energies of vacancies, interstitials, Frenkel pairs, di-vacancies and di-interstitials are calculated as a function of the increasing supercell size in order to ensure good convergence. The supercell geometries were chosen to maximise the separation distance between periodic images. Their sizes ranged from cells containing 32 atoms up to cells containing 180 atoms. Results are presented for the formation energies of the first, second and third nearest neighbour defects. Results show that the di-vacancy formation energy is in the region of 4-6 eV and that formation energies for di-interstitials are more than double this, lying in the range 12-16 eV. Comparison of the results show that empirical potentials overestimate the formation energy of di-vacancies by 1-3 eV and underestimate the formation energies of di-interstitials by about 1-2 eV. The relative stability of the defects is, however, correctly predicted by the empirical potentials. The direction and the magnitude of the displacements of the atoms surrounding the defects are in good agreement for all the systems containing interstitials. For the systems containing vacancies the direction of the displacements are in agreement but the empirical potentials predict larger displacements in all cases.

  12. Micro and nano MgO particles for the improvement of fracture toughness of bone-cement interfaces

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    Khandaker, Morshed; Li, Yanling; Morris, Tracy

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine whether inclusion of magnesium oxide (MgO) in micro and nanoparticulate forms in poly Methyl MethAcrylate (PMMA) cement has any influence on the fracture toughness of bone-cement interfaces. An interfacial fracture mechanics technique was used to compare the values of fracture toughness (KIC) among bone-PMMA, bone-PMMA with micro MgO particles and bone-PMMA with nano MgO particles interfaces. This study found that the values of KIC of bone-PMMA with micro MgO particles and bone–PMMA with nano MgO particles interfaces were significantly higher when compared to the values of KIC of the bone-PMMA interface (p<0.0001). Results indicated that the addition of the micro and nano MgO particles to PMMA improved the quality of bone-cement union. PMID:23332232

  13. Effect of MgO Additive on Volumetric Expansion of Self-Degradable Cements

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    Sugama T.; Warren, J.; Butcher, T.

    2011-09-30

    We identified hard-burned magnesium oxide (MgO) as a suitable expansive additive for improving the plugging performance of self-degradable, temporary sodium silicate-activated slag/Class C fly ash (SSASC) blend cement sealers into rock fractures in Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGSs). MgO extended the volumetric expansion of sealers during their exposure to a hydrothermal environment at 200 C under pressures, ranging from 300 to 1500 psi. A great expansion ratc of 19.3% was observed by adding 3.0 wt% MgO under 300 psi pressure, thus promising to plug thoroughly inner fracture. When the pressure was increased from 300 psi to 1500 psi, the expansion rate of cement markedly reduced, corresponding to the formaLion of crack-free specimens and the improvement of compressive strength. However, with 3.0 wt% MgO, the specimens still engendered the generation of numerous visual cracks, although they were prepared under a high pressure of 1500 psi. The effective content of MgO in minimizing and eliminating the generation of cracks was 2.0 wt%, which provided a moderate expansion of {ge} 0.5%. The compressive strength of 2.0 wt% MgO specimens made under a pressure of 300 psi rose {approx} 1.7-fold to 4816 psi with an increasing pressure to 1500 psi. The in-situ growth of brucite crystal formed by the hydrothermal hydration of MgO was responsive for such an expansion of the SSASC cement; meanwhile. two crystalline hydrothermal reaction products, 1.1 nm tobermorite and calcium silicate hydrated, contributed to the development of the sealer's compressive strength. Thus, the increasing pressure seems to suppress and control a growth rate of brucite crystal in response to a lower extension of expansion. Furthermore, all MgO-conlaining SSASC sealers possessed the water-catalyzed self-degradable properties.

  14. Cumulate Origins of the High MgO Eclogite Xenoliths from Koidu, West Africa

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    Barth, M. G.; Rudnick, R. L.; Horn, I.; McDonough, W. F.; Spicuzza, M. J.; Valley, J. W.; Haggerty, S. E.

    2001-05-01

    Xenolithic eclogites (bi-mineralic rocks composed of garnet and omphacite) from kimberlite pipes equilibrated at upper mantle pressures and temperatures, but the origin of the protoliths of these rocks and their subsequent metamorphic evolution are less certain. Xenolithic eclogites have been variously interpreted as crystallized high-pressure magmas or their cumulates, or as fragments of recycled oceanic crust. Eclogites from the Koidu kimberlite pipe, Sierra Leone, fall into two groups based on their major element chemistry. The low MgO group (6-13 wt% MgO) shows evidence for being derived from recycled oceanic crust that has been through a melting episode associated with subduction (Barth et al., 2001, GCA, in press). In contrast, the high MgO eclogites (>16 wt% MgO) have mantle-like δ 18O. Analyses of multiple mineral generations suggest that their variable light rare earth element (REE) patterns reflect variable degrees of metasomatic enrichment. High MgO and Al2O3 contents of these eclogites are suggestive of a cumulate origin, either as high-pressure (2-3 GPa) garnet-pyroxene cumulates or low-pressure (<1 GPa) plagioclase-pyroxene-olivine cumulates. The absence of modal olivine and orthopyroxene coupled with liquid lines of descent of mantle-derived magmas suggest that these eclogites formed at pressures lower than their current equilibrium pressures (>4 GPa). The high proportion of modal garnet (up to 65%) is difficult to explain as a cumulate phase in light of the relatively flat heavy to middle REE patterns. This, coupled with positive Sr anomalies, and low to moderate transition element contents is consistent with a low-pressure cumulate origin of the high MgO eclogites as metamorphosed olivine gabbros and troctolites. If this interpretation is correct, the high MgO eclogites could represent either the basal section of subducted oceanic crust or foundered mafic lower continental crust.

  15. Characterisation of the mgo operon in Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae UMAF0158 that is required for mangotoxin production

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    2012-01-01

    Background Mangotoxin is an antimetabolite toxin that is produced by strains of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae; mangotoxin-producing strains are primarily isolated from mango tissues with symptoms of bacterial apical necrosis. The toxin is an oligopeptide that inhibits ornithine N-acetyl transferase (OAT), a key enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway of the essential amino acids ornithine and arginine. The involvement of a putative nonribosomal peptide synthetase gene (mgoA) in mangotoxin production and virulence has been reported. Results In the present study, we performed a RT-PCR analysis, insertional inactivation mutagenesis, a promoter expression analysis and terminator localisation to study the gene cluster containing the mgoA gene. Additionally, we evaluated the importance of mgoC, mgoA and mgoD in mangotoxin production. A sequence analysis revealed an operon-like organisation. A promoter sequence was located upstream of the mgoB gene and was found to drive lacZ transcription. Two terminators were located downstream of the mgoD gene. RT-PCR experiments indicated that the four genes (mgoBCAD) constitute a transcriptional unit. This operon is similar in genetic organisation to those in the three other P. syringae pathovars for which complete genomes are available (P. syringae pv. syringae B728a, P. syringae pv. tomato DC3000 and P. syringae pv. phaseolicola 1448A). Interestingly, none of these three reference strains is capable of producing mangotoxin. Additionally, extract complementation resulted in a recovery of mangotoxin production when the defective mutant was complemented with wild-type extracts. Conclusions The results of this study confirm that mgoB, mgoC, mgoA and mgoD function as a transcriptional unit and operon. While this operon is composed of four genes, only the last three are directly involved in mangotoxin production. PMID:22251433

  16. Properties of two-dimensional insulators: A DFT study of bimetallic oxide CrW2O9 clusters adsorption on MgO ultrathin films

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    Zhu, Jia; Zhang, Hui; Zhao, Ling; Xiong, Wei; Huang, Xin; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Yongfan

    2016-08-01

    Periodic density functional theory calculations have been performed to study the electronic properties of bimetallic oxide CrW2O9 clusters adsorbed on MgO/Ag(001) ultrathin films (<1 nm). Our results show that after deposition completely different structures, electronic properties and chemical reactivity of dispersed CrW2O9 clusters on ultrathin films are observed compared with that on the thick MgO surface. On the thick MgO(001) surface, adsorbed CrW2O9 clusters are distorted significantly and just a little electron transfer occurs from oxide surface to clusters, which originates from the formation of adsorption dative bonds at interface. Whereas on the MgO/Ag(001) ultrathin films, the resulting CrW2O9 clusters keep the cyclic structures and the geometries are similar to that of gas-phase [CrW2O9]-. Interestingly, we predicted the occurrence of a net transfer of one electron by direct electron tunneling from the MgO/Ag(001) films to CrW2O9 clusters through the thin MgO dielectric barrier. Furthermore, our work reveals a progressive Lewis acid site where spin density preferentially localizes around the Cr atom not the W atoms for CrW2O9/MgO/Ag(001) system, indicating a potentially good bimetallic oxide for better catalytic activities with respect to that of pure W3O9 clusters. As a consequence, present results reveal that the adsorption of bimetallic oxide CrW2O9 clusters on the MgO/Ag(001) ultrathin films provide a new perspective to tune and modify the properties and chemical reactivity of bimetallic oxide adsorbates as a function of the thickness of the oxide films.

  17. Influence of ion beam assisted deposition parameters on the growth of MgO and CoFeB

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    Ferreira, Ricardo; Freitas, Paulo P.; Petrova, Rumyana; McVitie, Stephen

    2012-04-01

    The effect of the kinetic parameters of an assistance ion beam on the crystallization of ion beam deposited MgO was investigated. It is shown that the crystallization of MgO in the as-deposited state is strongly dependent on the assistance beam parameters. Furthermore, two deposition regimes corresponding to different ranges of the assistance beam energy are found. XRD and TEM studies of CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB with MgO deposited in the two regimes show that CoFeB crystallization is favored when low energy assist beams are used, despite no differences being found in the MgO.

  18. Experimental Work Conducted on MgO Inundated Hydration in WIPP-Relevant Brines

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    Deng, H.; Xiong, Y.; Nemer, M. B.; Johnsen, S.

    2009-12-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) is being emplaced in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) as an engineered barrier to mitigate the effect of microbial CO2 generation on actinide mobility in a postclosure repository environment. MgO will sequester CO2 and consume water in brine or water vapor in the gaseous phase. Martin Marietta (MM) MgO is currently being emplaced in the WIPP. A fractional-factorial experiment has been performed to study the inundated-hydration of MM MgO as a function of its particle size, solid-to-liquid ratio, and brine type. MgO hydration experiments have been carried out with three MgO particle sizes and two solid-to-liquid ratios in three WIPP-related brines: ERDA-6, GWB and simplified GWB. ERDA-6 is a synthetic NaCl-rich brine typical of a Castile brine reservoir below the repository. GWB is a synthetic MgCl2- and NaCl-rich brine representative of intergranular brines from the Salado Formation at or near the stratigraphic horizon of the repository. Simplified GWB contains amounts of Mg, Na, and Cl similar to those in GWB without other minor constituents. The hydration products include brucite (Mg(OH)2) and phase 5 (Mg3(OH)5Cl4H2O). In addition to phase 5, MgO hydration in GWB or simplified GWB produces brucite, whereas MgO hydrated in ERDA-6 only produces brucite. The MgO particle size has had a significant effect on the formation of hydration products: small MgO particles have hydrated before the large particles. MgO has hydrated faster in simplified GWB than in the other two brines. In ERDA-6, the solid-to-liquid ratio has affected the brine pH due to the presence of CaO (~1 wt %) as an impurity in MM MgO. GWB has sufficient dissolved Mg to buffer pH despite small amounts of CaO. Both our results and thermodynamic modeling indicate that phase-5 is the stable Mg-OH-Cl phase in Mg-Na-Cl-dominated brines with ionic strengths and chemical compositions similar to that of GWB. In contrast, phase-3 (Mg2(OH)3Cl4H2O) is the stable phase in the MgCl2

  19. Growth of textured MgO through e-beam evaporation and inclined substrate deposition

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    Xu, Y.; Lei, C. H.; Ma, B.; Evans, H.; Efstathiadis, H.; Manisha, R.; Massey, M.; Balachandran, U.; Bhattacharya, R.

    2006-08-01

    Long length textured MgO template on Hastelloy C276™ (HC) has been successfully deposited in a reel-to-reel (R2R) electron beam (e-beam) evaporation system by inclined substrate deposition (ISD). High deposition rate up to 10 nm s-1 with exposure length of 7 cm has been realized. The MgO template showed good in-plane texture of 9.5°-11.5° measured from the (002) phi scans. Experimental results reveal that MgO in-plane texture is formed by the preferred growth direction of [11n]\\parallel \\mathrm {substrate} normal and one of the MgO {200} planes rotates to the in-flux direction. A new expression, termed the 'two-thirds relationship', between the inclination angle α and the tilted angle of the (00l) plane from the substrate normal, β, has been summarized. YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) film deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on strontium ruthenate (SRO) buffered ISD MgO showed Tc of 91 K with transition width of 1 K. Critical current measurement indicated an Ic of 110 A cm-1 at 77 K in self-field for 0.68 µm YBCO film, corresponding to a Jc of 1.6 MA cm-2.

  20. Formation of Hydroxyl and Water Layers on MgO Films Studied with Ambient Pressure XPS

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    Newberg, J.T.; Starr, D.; Yamamoto, S.; Kaya, S.; Kendelewicz, T.; Mysak, E.R.; Porsgaard, S.; Salmeron, M.B.; Brown Jr., G.E.; Nilsson, A.; Bluhm, H.

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H{sub 2}O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH)2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H{sub 2}O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  1. The effect of toxic malachite green on the bacterial community in Antarctic soil and the physiology of malachite green-degrading Pseudomonas sp. MGO.

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    Jung, Jaejoon; Seo, Hyoju; Lee, Se Hee; Jeon, Che Ok; Park, Woojun

    2013-05-01

    The effects of malachite green (MG) on the bacterial community in Antarctic soil were assessed. Culture-independent community analysis using 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing showed that, in the presence of MG, the relative abundance of Pseudomonas dramatically increased from 2.2 % to 36.6 % (16.6-fold), and Pseudomonas became the predominant genus. The reduction in bacterial biodiversity was demonstrated by diversity indices and rarefaction curves. MG-degrading Pseudomonas sp. MGO was isolated from Antarctic soil. MG tolerance and decolorization activity were confirmed by growth, spectrophotometric, high-performance liquid chromatography, and thin-layer chromatography analyses in high MG concentrations. Our data showed that the decolorization process occurred via biodegradation, while biosorption also occurred after some time during the fed-batch decolorization process. Significant inductions in laccase, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-2,6 dichlorophenol indophenol reductase, and MG reductase activities suggested their involvement in the decolorization process. We also showed that the high tolerance of strain MGO to toxic MG might be mediated by upregulation of oxidative stress defense systems such as superoxide dismutase and protease. Collectively, these results demonstrated the response of the Antarctic soil bacterial community to MG and provided insight into the molecular mechanism of MG-tolerant Pseudomonas strains isolated from Antarctic soil. PMID:23296502

  2. Surface Decoration of MgO Nanocubes with Sulfur Oxides: Experiment and Theory

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    2013-01-01

    We investigated the effect of surface sulfate formation on the structure and spectroscopic properties of MgO nanocubes using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, several spectroscopic techniques, and ab initio calculations. After CS2 adsorption and oxidative treatment at elevated temperatures the MgO particles remain cubic and retain their average size of ∼6 nm. Their low coordinated surface elements (corners and edges) were found to bind sulfite and sulfate groups even after annealing up to 1173 K. The absence of MgO corner specific photoluminescence emission bands at 3.4 and 3.2 eV substantiates that sulfur modifies the electronic properties of characteristic surface structures, which we attribute to the formation of (SO3)2– and (SO4)2– groups at corners and edges. Ab initio calculations support these conclusions and provide insight into the local atomic structures and spectroscopic properties of these groups. PMID:23616910

  3. Structural and optical properties of MgO doped ZnO

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    Verma, Kavita; Shukla, S.; Varshney, Dinesh; Varshney, M.; Asthana, A.

    2014-04-24

    Samples of ZnO, Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O and MgO were prepared by co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern infers that the sample of ZnO is in single-phase wurtzite structure (hexagonal phase, space group P6{sub 3}mc), MgO crystallizes in cubic Fd3m space group and Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O represents mixed nature of ZnO and MgO lattices. Similar features were observed from Raman spectroscopy. The energy band gaps estimated from UV-Vis spectroscopy are found to be 4.21 and 3.42 eV for ZnO and Zn{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}O samples respectively.

  4. Antibacterial effects of biosynthesized MgO nanoparticles using ethanolic fruit extract of Emblica officinalis.

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    Ramanujam, Kalimuthan; Sundrarajan, Mahalingam

    2014-12-01

    Magnesium oxides nanoparticles were successfully synthesized from Mg(NO3)(2)·6H2O through a simple greener route using fruit extract (Emblica officinalis). The synthesized samples were characterized by different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis. The XRD pattern shows the face centered cubic structure with 27 nm of crystalline size of MgO nanoparticles was confirmed by the Debye-Scherrer's Formula. The spherical in shape of MgO nanoparticles is confirmed by SEM analysis. MgO nanoparticles treated cotton fabric produced stronger antibacterial activity. These types of treated fabrics are used in medical application. PMID:25463681

  5. Study of phase transition and cohesive energy in MgO

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    Munjal, N.; Bhambhani, P.; Sharma, G.; Vyas, V.; Sharma, B. K.

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, we present first-principles study of phase transition and cohesive energy of MgO. The calculations are performed on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) based on linear combination of atomic orbitals (LCAO) method. In the present calculations, the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) proposed by Perdew-Burke- Ernzerhof (PBE) and Becke's scheme are considered to treat the correlation and exchange effects respectively. The study reveals that the stable phase of MgO is B1. The study also suggests B1 to B2 phase transition at 260.75 GPa and 10.98 eV cohesive energy of MgO in the stable phase. The calculated data are found in good agreement with the previous theoretical and experimental investigations.

  6. Electronic states of MgO: Spectroscopy, predissociation, and cold atomic Mg and O production

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    Maatouk, A.; Ben Houria, A.; Yazidi, O.; Jaidane, N.; Hochlaf, M.

    2010-10-14

    We used multiconfigurational methods and a large basis set to compute the potential energy curves of the valence and valence-Rydberg electronic states of MgO molecule. New bound electronic states are found. Using these highly correlated wave functions, we evaluated their mutual spin-orbit couplings and transition moment integrals. For the bound electronic states of MgO, we deduced an accurate set of spectroscopic constants that agree remarkably well with experimental results. Moreover, our potentials, transition moments, and spin-orbit coupling evolutions are incorporated into Fermi golden rule calculations to deduce the radiative lifetimes of MgO(B {sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}) rovibrational levels and the natural lifetimes of MgO(A {sup 1}{Pi}) vibrational levels, where a good agreement is found with experimental values. Finally, we suggest new routes for the production of cold Mg and O atoms and cold MgO molecules.

  7. Damage Processes In MgO Irradiated With Medium-energy Heavy Ions

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    Moll, Sandra J.; Zhang, Y.; Debelle, A.; Thome, Lionel; Crocombette, J.-P.; Zhu, Zihua; Jagielski, Jacek; Weber, William J.

    2015-04-01

    The micro-structural modifications produced in MgO single crystals exposed to medium-energy heavy ions (1.2-MeV Au) were investigated using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling geometry coupled to Monte-Carlo analyses, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The damage accumulation and the elastic strain variation were interpreted in the framework of the multi-step damage accumulation (MSDA) model. Both build-ups follow a multi-step process similar to that recently observed for ion-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals. However, in MgO, an unexpectedly high disorder level occurs far beyond the theoretical damage distribution. These results strongly suggest that the migration of defects created in the near-surface layer is most likely at the origin of the broadening of the damage depth distribution in MgO.

  8. Structure and properties of ZrO2-MgO powders

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    Buyakova, S. P.; Kalatur, E. S.; Buyakov, A. S.; Kulkov, S. S.

    2016-04-01

    It have been studied magnesia stabilized zirconia (ZrO2-MgO) powders produced by high-frequency decomposition of water salt solutions. It have been shown that due to precursor dissociation powders consist of spherical particles with smooth surface and irregular hollow aggregates resembling foam. An increase in the magnesium concentration in the precursor has an effect on the powder properties, namely, the specific surface decreases significantly and the bulk density increases. Zirconia in the nanostructured state is present only in the powders with 8.6 and 13.9 mole% MgO, with the size of the c-ZrO2 crystallites in them no more than 100 nm. In powder with 43.3 mole% of MgO the magnesia content in c-ZrO2 solid solution corresponds to its solubility limit of 22.2 mole% at temperature 2100°C.

  9. Geochemistry of xenolithic eclogites from West Africa, part 2: origins of the high MgO eclogites

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    Barth, Matthias G.; Rudnick, Roberta L.; Horn, Ingo; McDonough, William F.; Spicuzza, Michael J.; Valley, John W.; Haggerty, Stephen E.

    2002-12-01

    Oxygen isotope, mineral trace element, and measured and reconstructed whole-rock compositions are reported for the high MgO eclogite xenolith suite (16 to 20 wt% MgO in the whole rock) from the Koidu Kimberlite complex, Sierra Leone. In contrast to the previously published data for low MgO eclogites (6 to 13 wt% MgO) from this area, high MgO eclogites equilibrated at higher temperatures (1080 to 1130°C vs. 890 to 930°C) have only mantlelike δ 18O and show variable degrees of light rare earth element (REE) enrichment. Analyses of multiple mineral generations suggest that the heterogeneous REE patterns of the high MgO eclogites reflect variable degrees of metasomatic overprinting. High MgO and Al 2O 3 contents of the eclogites suggest a cumulate origin, either as high-pressure (2 to 3 GPa) garnet-pyroxene cumulates or low-pressure (<1 GPa) plagioclase-pyroxene-olivine cumulates. Trace element modeling suggests a low-P origin for eclogites with flat heavy REE patterns and a high-P origin for eclogites with fractionated heavy REE. Flat heavy REE patterns, the presence of Sr anomalies, and low to moderate transition element contents in the low-P group are consistent with a low-pressure origin as metamorphosed olivine gabbros and troctolites. These metagabbroic high MgO eclogites either could represent the basal section of subducted oceanic crust or foundered mafic lower continental crust. In the former case, the metagabbroic high MgO eclogites may be genetically related to the Koidu low MgO suite. Crystal fractionation trends suggest that the metapyroxenitic high MgO eclogites formed at lower pressures than their current estimated equilibrium pressures (>4 GPa).

  10. PLD growth of multilayered MgO/Ag(001)/MgO photocathode

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    Velazquez, Daniel; Yusof, Zikri; Spentzouris, Linda; Terry, Jeff

    2014-03-01

    Films of of Ag, MgO and multilayers of these were grown via pulsed laser deposition on clean Si(111) 7x7 substrates. The films were studied using reflection high-energy electron diffraction, Kelvin probe and ellipsometry. Information about crystalline and atomic structure as well as surface condition, work function and film thickness was obtained using these techniques. Deposition at various substrate temperatures and partial oxygen pressures was performed in order to understand the parameter settings that lead to higher quality crystalline films. Epitaxial films of Ag(111) were found to grow at an optimal substrate temperature of 256 °C (fig 1.). The superstructure Ag(111) √3 x √3 occurs when deposition takes place at a substrate temperature of 620 °C. In addition, MgO films were found to grow with small grain size on both, Si(111) 7x7 and Ag(111)/Si(111) at room temperature with a partial oxygen pressure of 5x10-5 Torr (fig. 2). Highly-oriented, polycrystalline growth of MgO films is evidenced by their RHEED pattern. In addition, the obliquely-shaped diffraction spots indicate the growth of secondary phase precipitates, most likely due to oxygen deficit. Measurements of the work function of these multilayers indicate that the Ag(111) work function (4.75 eV) is sharply suppressed with the first few MgO shots and has a quasi-linear increase for the first few monolayers (fig. 3). As the thickness of MgO increases (a few nanometers) the work function drops again and stabilizes at the level of MgO (~ 4.2 eV).

  11. First-principles study of Mg(0001)/MgO(1-11) interfaces

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    Song, Hong-Quan; Zhao, Ming; Li, Jian-Guo

    2016-06-01

    By means of first-principles density-functional calculations, we studied the surface energy of a nonstoichiometric MgO(1-11) slab, the interfacial energy and interfacial bonding characteristics of Mg-terminated and O-terminated Mg/MgO(1-11) interfaces with three stacking-site (TOP, HCP and FCC sites) models, and the effect of the thickness of Mg films on the O-terminated MgO(1-11) surface. The results indicate that the surface energies of the nonstoichiometric MgO(1-11) slab and interfacial energies of Mg/Mg(1-11) interface depend on Mg chemical potential. We found that the Mg-terminated MgO(1-11) surface is more stable than the O-terminated MgO(1-11) surface at high Mg chemical potential, and Mg/MgO(1-11) with FCC stacking-site model is the most stable configuration in the Mg/MgO(1-11) interfaces. The results of the electronic structure reveals that the interfacial bonding of Mg-terminated interface with FCC site model mainly consists of metallic bond and of the O-terminated interface with FCC site model is mainly ionic with a small degree of σ-type covalent bond. Although the interfacial energy of Mg-terminated Mg/MgO interface with FCC stacking-site model is slightly higher than that of O-terminated Mg/MgO interface, the molten Mg would epitaxially grow on the FCC sites of the Mg-terminated MgO(1-11) surface because of the high evaporation pressure of Mg at high temperature.

  12. Preparation of nanocrystalline MgO by surfactant assisted precipitation method

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    Rezaei, Mehran; Khajenoori, Majid; Nematollahi, Behzad

    2011-10-15

    Highlights: {yields} Nanocrystalline magnesium oxide with high surface area. {yields} MgO prepared with surfactant showed different morphologies compared with the sample prepared without surfactant. {yields} MgO prepared with surfactant showed a plate-like shape. {yields} Refluxing temperature and time and the surfactant to metal molar ratio affect the textural properties of MgO. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline magnesium oxide with high surface area was prepared by a simple precipitation method using pluronic P123 triblock copolymer (Poly (ethylene glycol)-block, Poly (propylene glycol)-block, Poly (ethylene glycol)) as surfactant and under refluxing conditions. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N{sub 2} adsorption (BET) and scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). The obtained results revealed that the refluxing time and temperature and the molar ratio of surfactant to metal affect the structural properties of MgO, because of the changes in the rate and extent of P123 adsorption on the prepared samples. The results showed that the addition of surfactant is effective to prepare magnesium oxide with high surface area and affects the morphology of the prepared samples. With increasing the P123/MgO molar ratio to 0.05 the pore size distribution was shifted to larger size. The sample prepared with addition of surfactant showed a plate-like shape which was completely different with the morphology of the sample prepared without surfactant. The formation of nanoplate-like MgO was related to higher surface density of Mg ions on the (0 0 1) plane than that on the other planes of the Mg(OH){sub 2} crystal. The (0 0 1) plane would be blocked preferentially by the adsorbed P123 molecules during the growing process of Mg(OH){sub 2} nanoentities and the growth on the (0 0 1) plane would be markedly restricted, and the consequence is the generation of nanoplate-like MgO. In addition, increase in refluxing temperature and time

  13. High-rate reel-to-reel continuous coating of biaxially textured magnesium oxide thin films for coated conductors

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    Chudzik, M. P.; Erck, R. A.; Balachandran, U.; Luo, Z. P.; Miller, D. J.; Kannewurf, C. R.

    2000-01-12

    Biaxially textured thin films of magnesium oxide (MgO) were deposited by electron beam evaporation at deposition rates of 0.6 {mu}m/min on moving Ni-based alloy tapes as oriented buffer layers for coated conductors. Moving substrates were inclined with respect to the atomic vapor and translated through collimated dual vapor sources. Growth anisotropy in the MgO and self-shadowing effects due to the inclined angle combine to create biaxial texture in the deposited thin films. MgO films grown to a thickness of 2.0 {mu}m with this inclined-substrate deposition technique have yielded in-plane textures of 10--12{degree} fill-width half-maximum (FWHM). Results of a parametric study on the in-plane texture in short-length static-mode samples are presented, along with preliminary results of long-length samples deposited under translating conditions.

  14. A Mechanism of Photo-Induced Desorption of Oxygen Atoms From MgO Nano-Crystals

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    Trevisanutto, P. E.; Sushko, Petr V.; Shluger, Alexander L.; Beck, Kenneth M.; Henyk, Matthias; Joly, Alan G.; Hess, Wayne P.

    2005-11-20

    In a series of recent experimental and theoretical papers we reported the results of our studies of photo-induced hyper-thermal halogen atom desorption from alkali halide surfaces. There we demonstrated that the yield, electronic state and velocity distributions of desorbed atoms can be controlled by carefully choosing parameters of photo-irradiation such as laser photon energy and pulse power [ ]. To achieve laser control over desorption process one must have clear understanding of possible desorption mechanisms and parameters responsible for their selective excitation. For alkali halides, as it has been shown through a combination of theory and experiment, such selectively is observed if the laser energy is tuned to preferentially excite surface excitons. If similar mechanisms could be demonstrated for a wider variety of materials, this approach could become a new method for controlling surface processes and hence modifying surface structures on an atomic scale. In this paper we report the first experimental observation of the hyper-thermal oxygen atom emission from an of MgO nano-clusters and thin films using frequency selected laser pulses oxide surface and investigate theoretically the mechanisms of this process. On this way we demonstrate a new concept that can be applied to studying surface reactions and desorption of binary oxides.

  15. Magnetic anisotropy related to strain and thickness of ultrathin iron oxide films on MgO(001)

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    Schemme, T.; Pathé, N.; Niu, G.; Bertram, F.; Kuschel, T.; Kuepper, K.; Wollschläger, J.

    2015-01-01

    Iron oxide films with different thicknesses (7.6-30 nm) were grown on clean MgO(001) substrates using reactive molecular beam epitaxy at 250 °C depositing Fe in a 5 × 10-5 mbar oxygen atmosphere. X-ray photoelectron spectra and low energy electron diffraction experiments indicate the stoichiometry and the surface structure of magnetite (Fe3O4). Film thicknesses and the lattice constants were analyzed ex situ by x-ray reflectometry and x-ray diffraction, respectively. These experiments reveal the single crystalline and epitactic state of the iron oxide films. However, the obtained vertical layer distances are too small to be strained magnetite and would rather suit to maghemite. Although Raman spectroscopy carried out to analyze the present iron oxide phase showed that the films might have slightly been oxidized in ambient conditions, a posteriori performed XPS measurements exclude a strong oxidation of the surface. Therefore we consider the presence of anti phase boundaries to explain the low vertical layer distances of the magnetite films. Further magnetooptic Kerr measurements were performed to investigate the magnetic properties. While the thinnest film shows a magnetic isotropic behavior, the thicker films exhibit a fourfold magnetic in-plane anisotropy. The magnetic easy axes are in the Fe3O4 < 110> directions. We propose that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy is too weak for very thin iron oxide films to form fourfold anisotropy related to the cubic crystal structure.

  16. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Mn{sub 4}N films on MgO(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrates

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    Yasutomi, Yoko; Ito, Keita; Sanai, Tatsunori; Toko, Kaoru; Suemasu, Takashi

    2014-05-07

    We grew Mn{sub 4}N epitaxial thin films capped with Au layers on MgO(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was confirmed in all the samples at room temperature from the magnetization versus magnetic field curves using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. From the ω-2θ x-ray diffraction (XRD) and ϕ-2θ{sub χ} XRD patterns, the ratios of perpendicular lattice constant c to in-plane lattice constant a, c/a, were found to be about 0.99 for all the samples. These results imply that PMA is attributed to the in-plane tensile strain in the Mn{sub 4}N films.

  17. First-principles study of B, C, N and F doped graphene-like MgO monolayer

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    Wu, Ping; Huang, Min; Cheng, Wenjing; Tang, Fuling

    2016-07-01

    Based on the first-principles calculations, we have investigated the stable geometries, electronic and magnetic properties of the graphene-like MgO monolayer with O atom substituted by B, C, N, and F atoms. The formation energy decreases in the order of B>C>N>F, which may be influenced by the different electronegativities. The band gaps of p-type doped MgO monolayers are tunable due to the emergence of impurity states within the band gap, while F-doped MgO monolayer realizes the transition from semiconductor to metal. The results show that p-type doped MgO monolayer exhibit magnetic behaviors due to polarizations of dopants and surrounding Mg or O atoms near the dopants, while no magnetism is observed in the case of F doped MgO monolayer. These results are potentially useful for spintronic applications and the development of magnetic nanostructures.

  18. Electronic and magnetic structure of epitaxial Fe3O4(001 ) /NiO heterostructures grown on MgO(001) and Nb-doped SrTiO3(001 )

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    Kuepper, K.; Kuschel, O.; Pathé, N.; Schemme, T.; Schmalhorst, J.; Thomas, A.; Arenholz, E.; Gorgoi, M.; Ovsyannikov, R.; Bartkowski, S.; Reiss, G.; Wollschläger, J.

    2016-07-01

    We study the underlying chemical, electronic, and magnetic properties of a number of magnetite-based thin films. The main focus is placed onto Fe3O4 (001)/NiO bilayers grown on MgO(001) and Nb-SrTiO3(001) substrates. We compare the results with those obtained on pure Fe3O4 (001) thin films. It is found that the magnetite layers are oxidized and Fe3 + dominates at the surfaces due to maghemite (γ -Fe2O3 ) formation, which decreases with increasing magnetite layer thickness. For layer thicknesses of around 20 nm and above, the cationic distribution is close to that of stoichiometric Fe3O4 . At the interface between NiO and Fe3O4 we find the Ni to be in a divalent valence state, with unambiguous spectral features in the Ni 2 p core level x-ray photoelectron spectra typical for NiO. The formation of a significant NiFe2O4 interlayer can be excluded by means of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism. Magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements reveal significant higher coercive fields compared to magnetite thin films grown on MgO(001), and an altered in-plane easy axis pointing in the <100 > direction. We discuss the spin magnetic moments of the magnetite layers and find that a thickness of 20 nm or above leads to spin magnetic moments close to that of bulk magnetite.

  19. Nature of MgO and Al2O3 Dissolution in Metallurgical Slags

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    Yan, Pengcheng; Webler, Bryan A.; Pistorius, P. Chris; Fruehan, Richard J.

    2015-12-01

    The nature of MgO and Al2O3 dissolution in metallurgical slags may affect production cost, efficiency, and product quality. However, the rate-limiting dissolution mechanism, chemical reaction or boundary layer diffusion, is not well understood. In the present report, the dissolution mechanism of MgO and Al2O3 in metallurgical slag was evaluated based on available literature data. The mass balance between the dissolving particle and the flux equation through the boundary layer was applied to predict the dissolution curve. The influence of fluid flow was taken into account to calculate the mass transfer rate at the oxide/slag interface. It was found that the rate-limiting step of MgO and Al2O3 dissolution is the same: mass transfer through the boundary layer. Depending on the slag composition and experimental temperature, the effective diffusion coefficient for MgO and Al2O3 dissolution falls in the range of 10-12 to 10-9 m2/s.

  20. Influence of MgO on structure and optical properties of alumino-lithium-phosphate glasses

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    Jlassi, I.; Elhouichet, H.; Ferid, M.

    2016-07-01

    MgO doped lithium alumino phosphate glasses (PLA: P2O5+Li2O+Al2O3+MgO) were prepared by melt quenching technique. Raman spectra display three significant peaks at 698, 1164 and 1383 cm-1 attributed to: symmetric stretching vibrations of the bridging oxygen (BO) in the P-O-P chains, symmetric stretching vibrations of the PO2 groups, and the asymmetric vibrations vas(PO2) of the non-bridging oxygen (NBO) atoms, respectively. Also, the density, molar volumes and ion concentration have been discussed and correlated with the structural changes within the glassy matrix. Some optical constants such as refractive index and dispersion parameters (Eo: single-oscillator energy and Ed: dispersive energy) of the glasses were determined. Finally, the values of the optical band gap for direct and indirect allowed transitions have been determined from the absorption edge studies. It is deduced that the values of Eopt increase with increasing MgO content. It was assigned to structural changes induced from the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The Urbach energy (ΔE) was found to decrease from 0.578 to 0.339 eV with increasing MgO content from 0.5 to 2 mol.

  1. Nanocrystal Ghosting: Extensive radiation damage in MgO induced by low-energy electrons

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    Sawyer, William; Frankenfield, Zachery; Kane, Kenneth

    Radiation damage in magnesium oxide has been an ongoing source of investigation. Early work was motivated by its simple cubic structure and its excellent electrical insulating properties over a wide range of temperatures and mechanical conditions. The goal was to determine its suitability as an electrical insulator in radiation intense environments including nuclear reactors and proposed nuclear fusion devices. During this period experimental results for irradiation of MgO using electrons with energies less than 500 keV produced very limited damage. These results, supported by theoretical arguments, lead to the conclusion that MgO was relatively impervious to damage from electrons with energies below this threshold. More recently its excellent insulating properties and relative mechanical stability combined with an increased interest in nanomaterials applications have created renewed interest in MgO. In this paper direct evidence is presented for extensive radiation damage in MgO nanocrystals from intense irradiation by electrons (2 x 10 4electrons/nm2 sec) with beam energies between 120 keV and 60 keV.

  2. Efficient removal of fluoride by hierarchical MgO microspheres: Performance and mechanism study

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    Jin, Zhen; Jia, Yong; Luo, Tao; Kong, Ling-Tao; Sun, Bai; Shen, Wei; Meng, Fan-Li; Liu, Jin-Huai

    2015-12-01

    Hierarchical MgO microspheres assembled by numerous porous nanoplates were successfully obtained by annealing the precursors of magnesium carbonate hydroxide hydrate synthesized through a facile and cost-effective hydrothermal process at low temperature. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements. The fluoride removal performance of the hierarchical MgO microspheres was investigated. The adsorption isotherm could be well fitted in Freundlich model, and the adsorption capacity was over 115.5 mg/g at pH 7. The absorbent also showed high fluoride removal ability in a wide pH range of 2-10, which is favorable for practical application. The effect of co-existing anions on fluoride removal was also investigated. The result indicated that the fluoride adsorption capacity was influenced when carbonate, bicarbonate and phosphate existed above the concentration of 50 mg/g. In addition, the adsorption mechanism was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A novel hydroxyl and carbonate co-exchange mechanism has been proposed for the first time. It can be found that fluoride ions could replace the surface carbonates which formed by the reaction of MgO and the adsorbed CO2 molecules, and then anchored on the MgO surface.

  3. ME- μSR MgO study: search for O[-1] earthquake-like precursors

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    Boekema, C.; Welch, G.; Johnson, C. E.; Freund, F. T.

    2015-03-01

    We analyze O-1 earthquake-like precursor effects by studying the μSR signals of MgO using Muon-Spin Resonance and Maximum Entropy (ME). Due to its abundance in the earth crust, MgO is ideal for studying these features: O-1 (or positive hole) formation results from a break in an oxygen anion pair under elevated temperature or high pressure conditions. For a 3N-MgO single crystal above RT, a small percentage (<1%) is predicted to be in an O-1 state, instead of typical O-2 ions. ME analysis of transverse field (100 Oe) MgO data show asymmetrical μSR peaks at ~ 1.4 MHz. Small T-dependent deviations from a Lorentzian (Lor) signal could be effects of O-1 states in MgO. We have fitted ME transforms with three Lorentzians to obtain a reasonable description of the 1.4-MHz peak. The T dependences of this 3-Lor set and their B-field dependences at 17°C are reported and discussed, and their relation to precursor earthquake-like O-valency effects. Research supported by RSCA-SJSU, SETI, WiSE-SJSU and AFC San Jose.

  4. FeO and MgO in plagioclase of lunar anorthosites: Igneous or metamorphic?

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    Phinney, W. C.

    1994-01-01

    The combined evidence from terrestrial anorthosites and experimental laboratory studies strongly implies that lunar anorthosites have been subjected to high-grade metamorphic events that have erased the igneous signatures of FeO and MgO in their plagioclases. Arguments to the contrary have, to this point, been more hopeful than rigorous.

  5. Effect of gold nanorods in an MgO protective layer of AC plasma display panels.

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    Cho, Seok Ho; Lee, Seong Min; Kim, Woo Hyun; Choi, Kyung Cheol

    2015-04-15

    We propose a modified MgO protective layer for alternating current plasma display panels. The modified MgO protective layer of the panel tested here has a structure that incorporates silica-coated Au nanorods (NRs), leading to localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the near-infrared (IR) region. The silica-coated Au NRs were synthesized by a simple chemical method and inserted into an MgO protective layer using an air-spray method. The operating voltage of the proposed structure was decreased by 10 V. The luminance and luminous efficacy of the test panel part with the silica-coated Au NRs both increased by about 15%. According to the measured results of the IR response time, the sustain discharge time lag was reduced. In addition, by inserting the silica-coated Au NRs into the MgO protective layer, a decrease of the IR emission proceeding from the plasma discharge was acquired. Finally, we investigated the LSPR effect of the silica-coated Au NRs in a simulation with a finite-difference time domain method. PMID:25793546

  6. Inter-diffusion study in MgO tunneling magneto-resistive (TMR) system by XPS

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    Yu, G. H.; Peng, Xilin

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the elemental inter-diffusion in MgO TMR system, namely, between MgO barrier and free layer (CoFeB, NiFe or their combination) interface and the oxygen diffusion into the capping layers (Ta, Ru, TaN) at elevated temperatures using simple sheet film stack to simplify the results interpretation. Boron, cobalt, iron, and nickel show various diffusion tendencies into the MgO barrier after annealing the sheet film stack. Oxygen has different penetration depth into single CoFeB free layer upon annealing under N 2 + Ar protective atmosphere for different capping layers. Ru and TaN capping layer provide much better O 2 diffusion barrier, compared with Ta capping layer. This could potentially change the boron segregation tendency at free layer and capping layer interface and thus affect the interface crystallization process and lattice matching between the crystallized CoFeB free layer and the MgO(0 0 1) barrier layer. All these effects will impact the overall TMR performance.

  7. He atom near methane-plated MgO: Interaction and scattering

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    Jung, David R.; Cui, Jinhe; Frankl, Daniel R.; Ihm, G.; Kim, H.-Y.; Cole, M. W.

    1989-12-01

    Scattering experiments and potential-energy calculations are reported for the system consisting of a He atom near a MgO surface upon which is adsorbed a CH4 layer. Assuming either a fixed dipolar configuration or free rotation of the molecule, the theoretical potential yields bound-state-resonance (selective-adsorption) positions consistent with those measured experimentally.

  8. Transient Cataluminescence on Flowerlike MgO for Discrimination and Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Xu, Honglin; Li, Qiuyan; Zhang, Lichun; Zeng, Binrong; Deng, Dongyan; Lv, Yi

    2016-08-16

    Methodologies for simple and rapid identification of gas compounds are needed in the fields of environmental and security. Here, a new and simple method for the discrimination of gas compounds was designed through an interesting transient cataluminescence (TRCTL) phenomenon on the highly efficient MgO materials. The flowerlike MgO with high CTL activity was controllably synthesized via a facile and time-saving aqueous precipitation route and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffractometry, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and N2 adsorption measurements, etc. With flowerlike MgO working as the sensing material, the newly developed CTL gas sensor exhibited highly active, ultrafast, and characteristic responses toward many analytes; the TRCTL curves thus were obtained and 10 VOCs have been successfully identified. Parallel experimental results show that the controllable synthesis of flowerlike MgO can greatly enhance the discrimination capacities for VOCs. Further, the TRCTL of CHCl3 and C2H5OC2H5 were taken as typical examples to illustrate the possible sensing mechanism, which could contribute to explaining processes of catalytic oxidations. We expect this novel TRCTL concept will be of practical importance for applications including gas detection, gas discrimination, and research of chemical kinetics processes. PMID:27417505

  9. Subsurface Synthesis and Characterization of Ag Nanoparticles Embedded in MgO

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    Vilayur Ganapathy, Subramanian; Devaraj, Arun; Colby, Robert J.; Pandey, Archana; Varga, Tamas; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; El-Khoury, Patrick Z.; Kayani, Asghar N.; Hess, Wayne P.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai

    2013-03-08

    Metal nanoparticles exhibit localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) which is very sensitive to the size and shape of the nanoparticle and the dielectric medium surrounding it. LSPR causes field enhancement near the surface of the nanoparticle making them interesting candidates for plasmonic applications. In particular, partially exposed metallic nanoparticles distributed in a dielectric matrix form hotspots which are prime locations for LSPR spectroscopy and sensing. This study involves synthesizing partially buried Ag nanoparticles in MgO and investigating the characteristics of this material system. Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and size distributions were synthesized below the surface of MgO by implanting 200 keV Ag+ ions followed by annealing at 10000C for 10 and 30 hours. A detailed optical and structural characterization was carried out to understand the evolution of Ag nanoparticle microstructure and size distribution inside the MgO matrix. Micro x-ray diffraction (MicroXRD) was employed to investigate the structural properties and estimate the crystallite size. The nanoparticles evolved from a spherical to faceted morphology with annealing time, assuming an octahedral shape truncated at the (001) planes as seen from aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. The nanoparticles embedded in MgO were shown to be pure metallic Ag using atom probe tomography (APT). The nanoparticles were partially exposed to the surface employing plasma etch techniques to remove the overlaying MgO. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to study the surface morphology and obtain a height distribution for the partially exposed nanoparticles.

  10. Subsurface synthesis and characterization of Ag nanoparticles embedded in MgO.

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    Vilayurganapathy, S; Devaraj, A; Colby, R; Pandey, A; Varga, T; Shutthanandan, V; Manandhar, S; El-Khoury, P Z; Kayani, Asghar; Hess, W P; Thevuthasan, S

    2013-03-01

    Metal nanoparticles exhibit a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) which is very sensitive to the size and shape of the nanoparticle and the surrounding dielectric medium. The coupling between the electromagnetic radiation and the localized surface plasmon in metallic nanoparticles results in a sizable enhancement of the incident fields, making them possible candidates for plasmonic applications. In particular, partially exposed metallic nanoparticles distributed in a dielectric matrix can provide prime locations for LSPR spectroscopy and sensing. We report the synthesis and characterization of a plasmonic substrate consisting of Ag nanoparticles partially buried in MgO. Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and size distributions were synthesized below the surface of MgO by implanting 200 keV Ag(+) ions followed by annealing at 1000 °C for 10 and 30 h. A detailed optical and structural characterization was carried out to understand the evolution of the Ag nanoparticle and size distribution inside the MgO matrix. Micro x-ray diffraction (Micro-XRD) was employed to investigate the structural properties and estimate the crystallite size. The nanoparticles evolved from a spherical to a faceted morphology with annealing time, assuming an octahedral shape truncated at the (001) planes, as visualized from aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. The nanoparticles embedded in MgO were shown to be pure metallic Ag using atom probe tomography (APT). The nanoparticles were partially exposed to the surface by employing plasma etch techniques to remove the overlaying MgO. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to study the surface morphology and obtain a height distribution for the partially exposed nanoparticles. PMID:23403363

  11. Subsurface synthesis and characterization of Ag nanoparticles embedded in MgO

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    Vilayurganapathy, S.; Devaraj, A.; Colby, R.; Pandey, A.; Varga, T.; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, S.; El-Khoury, P. Z.; Kayani, Asghar; Hess, W. P.; Thevuthasan, S.

    2013-03-01

    Metal nanoparticles exhibit a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) which is very sensitive to the size and shape of the nanoparticle and the surrounding dielectric medium. The coupling between the electromagnetic radiation and the localized surface plasmon in metallic nanoparticles results in a sizable enhancement of the incident fields, making them possible candidates for plasmonic applications. In particular, partially exposed metallic nanoparticles distributed in a dielectric matrix can provide prime locations for LSPR spectroscopy and sensing. We report the synthesis and characterization of a plasmonic substrate consisting of Ag nanoparticles partially buried in MgO. Ag nanoparticles of different shapes and size distributions were synthesized below the surface of MgO by implanting 200 keV Ag+ ions followed by annealing at 1000 °C for 10 and 30 h. A detailed optical and structural characterization was carried out to understand the evolution of the Ag nanoparticle and size distribution inside the MgO matrix. Micro x-ray diffraction (Micro-XRD) was employed to investigate the structural properties and estimate the crystallite size. The nanoparticles evolved from a spherical to a faceted morphology with annealing time, assuming an octahedral shape truncated at the (001) planes, as visualized from aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. The nanoparticles embedded in MgO were shown to be pure metallic Ag using atom probe tomography (APT). The nanoparticles were partially exposed to the surface by employing plasma etch techniques to remove the overlaying MgO. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were employed to study the surface morphology and obtain a height distribution for the partially exposed nanoparticles.

  12. Gallium-assisted growth of flute-like MgO nanotubes, Ga2O3-filled MgO nanotubes, and MgO/Ga2O3 co-axial nanotubes.

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    Jie, Jiansheng; Wu, Chunyan; Yu, Yongqiang; Wang, Li; Hu, Zhizhong

    2009-02-18

    Flute-like MgO nanotubes were successfully synthesized via a simple thermal evaporation method by using Mg(3)N(2) and Ga(2)O(3) as the source materials. The nanotubes are single-crystal cubic MgO, and have [100] orientation. In contrast to conventional nanotubes with intact walls, the flute-like MgO nanotubes possess a unique porous structure. On the nanotubes there are series of holes aligned along the nanotube length with approximate equidistance. Ga(2)O(3)-filled MgO nanotubes and MgO/Ga(2)O(3) co-axial nanotubes were also found in the product. Further investigation confirms that the inner beta-Ga(2)O(3) has an epitaxial growth relation with the outer MgO nanotube due to their perfect lattice matching. A gallium-assisted growth mechanism was proposed to interpret the growth of the flute-like MgO nanotubes. The thermal expansion and evaporation of the filled liquid gallium in MgO nanotubes are likely responsible for the formation of the hole structures on the side walls. PMID:19417423

  13. X-ray diffraction study of the optimization of MgO growth conditions for magnetic tunnel junctions

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    O, Se Young; Lee, Chan-Gyu; Shapiro, Alexander J.; Egelhoff, William F. Jr.; Mallett, Jonathan; Pong, Philip W. T.; Vaudin, Mark D.; Ruglovsky, Jennifer L.

    2008-04-01

    We have carried out a systematic study optimizing the MgO growth via preparation and sputtering conditions and underlayer structures. It was found that to prevent water vapor which is detrimental to MgO (200) growth, the chamber pressure needs to be reduced below 10{sup -8} Torr. Simple underlayers such as 5 nm CoFeB tend to give better MgO, but we have also succeeded in growing MgO on more complicated underlayers such as 1 Ta/20 Au/5 Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20} and 1 Ta/20 conetic (Ni{sub 77}Fe{sub 14}Cu{sub 5}Mo{sub 4})/1.5 Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20} (units in nanometers). We accomplished this by extensive baking of the deposition chamber and use of Ti-getter films. Short sputtering distance and high sputtering power were found to optimize MgO deposition. We found that both preparation and sputtering conditions have important effects on the MgO growth. X-ray diffraction analysis was used as the characterization tool for optimizing the MgO growth conditions.

  14. Strain-induced properties of epitaxial VOx thin films

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    Rata, A. D.; Hibma, T.

    2005-01-01

    We have grown VOx thin films on different substrates in order to investigate the influence of epitaxial strain on the transport properties. We found that the electric conductivity is much larger for films grown under compressive strain on SrTiO3 substrates, as compared to bulk material and VOx films grown under tensile strain on MgO substrates. A clear crossover from metallic to semiconducting behavior is observed when increasing the oxygen content x. Apparently, the application of strain induces a Mott-Hubbard insulator-to-metal transition in VOx<1. The VOx/SrTiO3 films show an unexpected large positive magnetoresistance effect at low temperatures, which is not found in the VOx films grown under tensile strain on MgO or on a substrate with a similar lattice parameter.

  15. First-principles determination of elastic anisotropy and wave velocities of MgO at lower mantle conditions

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    Karki; Wentzcovitch; de Gironcoli S; Baroni

    1999-11-26

    The individual elastic constants of magnesium oxide (MgO) have been determined throughout Earth's lower mantle (LM) pressure-temperature regime with density functional perturbation theory. It is shown that temperature effects on seismic observables (density, velocities, and anisotropy) are monotonically suppressed with increasing pressure. Therefore, at realistic LM conditions, the isotropic wave velocities of MgO remain comparable to seismic velocities, as previously noticed in athermal high-pressure calculations. Also, the predicted strong pressure-induced anisotropy is preserved toward the bottom of the LM, so lattice-preferred orientations in MgO may contribute substantially to the observed seismic anisotropy in the D" layer. PMID:10576730

  16. Experimental Investigation of the Creep Behvior of MgO at High Pressures

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    Mei, S.; Kohlstedt, D; Durham, W; Wang, L

    2008-01-01

    The high-temperature rheological behavior of polycrystalline periclase, MgO, has been investigated using the deformation-DIA on a synchrotron beamline at pressures up to 10 GPa. Significant experimental scatter in stress measurement illustrates current limitations of this technique. Although temperature and stress sensitivities are not well constrained, there is a clear dependence of creep rate on pressure. Based on our results, the creep rate of MgO depends on confining pressure with an activation volume of V* e 2.4 x 10-6 m3/mol. The grain-scale view of deformation processes reveals, as other D-DIA studies have, that subpopulations of grains, grouped by orientation, obey slightly different flow laws. The measurements also reveal that stress heterogeneity in the sample, whether caused by external conditions or processes internal to the sample itself, contribute a significant portion of the overall uncertainty in stress measurement.

  17. Time-resolved high-resolution electron microscopy of structural stability in MgO clusters

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    Kizuka, T.; Tanaka, N.

    1996-12-31

    Structure and stability of atomic clusters have been studied by time-resolved high-resolution electron microscopy (TRHREM). Typical examples are observations of structural fluctuation in gold (Au) clusters supported on silicon oxide films, graphtized carbon films and magnesium oxide (MgO) films. All the observations have been performed on the clusters consisted of single metal element. Structural stability of ceramics clusters, such as metal-oxide, metal-nitride and metal-carbide clusters, has not been observed by TRHREM although the clusters show anomalous structural and functional properties concerning to solid state physics and materials science. In the present study, the behavior of ceramic, magnesium oxide (MgO) clusters is for the first time observed by TRHREM at 1/60 s time resolution and at atomic resolution down to 0.2 nm.

  18. All magnesium diboride Josephson junctions with MgO and native oxide barriers

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    Costache, M. V.; Moodera, J. S.

    2010-02-01

    We present results on all-MgB2 tunnel junctions, where the tunnel barrier is deposited MgO or native-oxide of base electrode. For the junctions with MgO, the hysteretic I-V curve resembles a conventional underdamped Josephson junction characteristic with critical current-resistance product nearly independent of the junction area. The dependence of the critical current with temperature up to 20 K agrees with the [Ambegaokar and Baratoff, Phys. Rev. Lett. 10, 486 (1963)] expression. For the junctions with native-oxide, conductance at low bias exhibits subgap features while at high bias reveals thick barriers. As a result no supercurrent was observed in the latter, despite the presence of superconducting-gaps to over 30 K.

  19. Giant Magnetic Anisotropy of Co, Ru, and Os Adatoms on MgO (001) Surface.

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    Ou, Xuedong; Wang, Hongbo; Fan, Fengren; Li, Zhengwei; Wu, Hua

    2015-12-18

    Large magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) is desirable and critical for nanoscale magnetic devices. Here, using ligand-field level diagrams and density functional calculations, we well explain the very recent discovery [I. G. Rau et al., Science 344, 988 (2014)] that an individual Co adatom on a MgO (001) surface has a large MAE of more than 60 meV. More importantly, we predict that a giant MAE up to 110 meV could be realized for Ru adatoms on MgO (001), and even more for the Os adatoms (208 meV). This is a joint effect of the special ligand field, orbital multiplet, and significant spin-orbit interaction, in the intermediate-spin state of the Ru or Os adatoms on top of the surface oxygens. The giant MAE could provide a route to atomic scale memory. PMID:26722941

  20. Exploring long-time response to radiation damage in MgO

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    Uberuaga, B. P.; Smith, R.; Cleave, A. R.; Henkelman, G.; Grimes, R. W.; Voter, A. F.; Sickafus, K. E.

    2005-01-01

    Using a variety of computational modeling and simulation methods, we examine the production and long-time evolution of damage created in irradiated MgO. We find that the damage produced in low energy (order 1 keV) collision cascades typically consists of point defects and small defect clusters. Over long times, interstitials annihilate with vacancies and aggregate with other interstitials, forming larger clusters that exhibit surprising behavior. For example, a six-atom interstitial cluster is found to have extremely high mobility. The implications of highly-mobile large clusters are explored via a rate theory model and comparison to other materials. We conclude that successful modeling of radiation damage evolution in MgO requires explicit treatment of large interstitial clusters.

  1. Giant Magnetic Anisotropy of Co, Ru, and Os Adatoms on MgO (001) Surface

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    Ou, Xuedong; Wang, Hongbo; Fan, Fengren; Li, Zhengwei; Wu, Hua

    2015-12-01

    Large magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) is desirable and critical for nanoscale magnetic devices. Here, using ligand-field level diagrams and density functional calculations, we well explain the very recent discovery [I. G. Rau et al., Science 344, 988 (2014)] that an individual Co adatom on a MgO (001) surface has a large MAE of more than 60 meV. More importantly, we predict that a giant MAE up to 110 meV could be realized for Ru adatoms on MgO (001), and even more for the Os adatoms (208 meV). This is a joint effect of the special ligand field, orbital multiplet, and significant spin-orbit interaction, in the intermediate-spin state of the Ru or Os adatoms on top of the surface oxygens. The giant MAE could provide a route to atomic scale memory.

  2. Influence of adsorbed fluids on the rolling contact deformation of MgO single crystals

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    Dufrane, K. F.

    1977-01-01

    Basic phenomena associated with rolling contact deformation were studied using MgO as a model bearing material. A hardened steel ball was rolled on MgO single crystals in slow-speed reciprocating motion and in high-speed circular motion. The resulting deformation was studied by dislocation etch-pit techniques. The presence of adsorbed fluids, such as silicone oil, white mineral oil, and toluene, with slow-speed sliding caused a dramatic change in slip mode and premature surface spalling compared with similar experiments in air or under water. In contrast, dimethyl formamide inhibited these slip processes. The results are consistent with the dependence of dislocation mobility on adsorbed species. High-speed hydrodynamic rolling with mineral oil lubrication produced a different slip phenomena entirely from the slow-speed rolling. The slip bands resembled those produced in tensile tests, and all slip apparently initiated at subsurface sites.

  3. A comparative study of the number and mass of fine particles emitted with diesel fuel and marine gas oil (MGO)

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    Nabi, Md. Nurun; Brown, Richard J.; Ristovski, Zoran; Hustad, Johan Einar

    2012-09-01

    The current investigation reports on diesel particulate matter emissions, with special interest in fine particles from the combustion of two base fuels. The base fuels selected were diesel fuel and marine gas oil (MGO). The experiments were conducted with a four-stroke, six-cylinder, direct injection diesel engine. The results showed that the fine particle number emissions measured by both SMPS and ELPI were higher with MGO compared to diesel fuel. It was observed that the fine particle number emissions with the two base fuels were quantitatively different but qualitatively similar. The gravimetric (mass basis) measurement also showed higher total particulate matter (TPM) emissions with the MGO. The smoke emissions, which were part of TPM, were also higher for the MGO. No significant changes in the mass flow rate of fuel and the brake-specific fuel consumption (BSFC) were observed between the two base fuels.

  4. High-index Cu2O (113) film on faceted MgO (110) by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Huo, Wenxing; Shi, Jin'an; Mei, Zengxia; Liu, Lishu; Li, Junqiang; Gu, Lin; Du, Xiaolong; Xue, Qikun

    2015-06-01

    We report the growth of single-oriented Cu2O (113) film on faceted MgO (110) substrate by radio-frequency plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. A MgO {100} faceted homoepitaxial layer was introduced beforehand as a template for epitaxy of Cu2O film. The epitaxial relationship is determined to be Cu2O (113)//MgO (110) with a tilt angle of 4.76° and Cu2O [ 1 1 bar 0]//MgO [ 1 1 bar 0] by the combined study of in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction and ex-situ X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The film demonstrates a good p-type conductivity and excellent optical properties, indicating that this unique approach is potentially applicable for high-index film preparation and device applications.

  5. Selectivity to olefins of Fe/SiO{sub 2}-MgO catalysts in the Fischer-Tropsch reaction

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    Gallegos, N.G.; Alvarez, A.M.; Cagnoli, M.V.; Bengoa, J.F.

    1996-06-01

    SiO{sub 2} covered with MgO has been used as support of iron catalysts in the Fischer-Tropsch reaction. Catalysts of 5% (w/w) iron concentration and 2, 4, and 8% (w/w) of MgO on SiO{sub 2} were prepared. Selective chemisorption of CO, volumetric oxidation, and Moessbauer spectroscopy were used to characterize the type of iron species and the metallic crystal sizes. MgO covers the SiO{sub 2} surface and modifies the metallic crystal size. The activity to total hydrocarbons increases with the amount of MgO added. An optimal concentration of about 4% (w/w) was found to have the highest selectivity to olefins. 45 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. O(minus 2) grain boundary diffusion and grain growth in pure dense MgO

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    Kapadia, C. M.; Leipold, M. H.

    1973-01-01

    Grain growth behavior in fully dense compacts of MgO of very high purity was studied, and the results compared with other similar behaving materials. The activation energy for the intrinsic self-diffusion of Mg(2minus) is discussed along with the grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus). Grain boundary diffusion of O(2minus) is proposed as the controlling mechanism for grain growth.

  7. NQRS Data for F6H12MgO6Si (Subst. No. 2195)

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    Chihara, H.; Nakamura, N.

    This document is part of Subvolume B 'Substances Containing C10H16 … Zn' of Volume 48 'Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy Data' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III 'Condensed Matter'. It contains an extract of Section '3.2 Data tables' of the Chapter '3 Nuclear quadrupole resonance data' providing the NQRS data for F6H12MgO6Si (Subst. No. 2195)

  8. Are Dispersive Forces Relevant for CO Adsorption on the MgO(001) Surface?

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    Ugliengo, Piero; Damin, A

    2002-12-20

    Periodic ab initio B3-LYP calculations on the MgO(001)/CO system underestimate the CO binding energy value with respect to experiment. The flaw is in the B3-LYP functional, unable to compute dispersive interactions. Here we show how to evaluate this contribution by adopting a two-layer ONIOM scheme in which the B3-LYP crystal energy is improved by the MP2 energy computed on the Mg9O9/CO cluster.

  9. The phase diagram and transport properties of MgO from theory and experiment

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    Shulenburger, Luke

    2013-06-01

    Planetary structure and the formation of terrestrial planets have received tremendous interest due to the discovery of so called super-earth exoplanets. MgO is a major constituent of Earth's mantle, the rocky cores of gas giants and is a likely component of the interiors of many of these exoplanets. The high pressure - high temperature behavior of MgO directly affects equation of state models for planetary structure and formation. In this work, we examine MgO under extreme conditions using experimental and theoretical methods to determine its phase diagram and transport properties. Using plate impact experiments on Sandia's Z facility the solid-solid phase transition from B1 to B2 is clearly determined. The melting transition, on the other hand, is subtle, involving little to no signal in us-up space. Theoretical work utilizing density functional theory (DFT) provides a complementary picture of the phase diagram. The solid-solid phase transition is identified through a series of quasi-harmonic phonon calculations and thermodynamic integration, while the melt boundary is found using phase coexistence calculations. One issue of particular import is the calculation of reflectivity along the Hugoniot and the influence of the ionic structure on the transport properties. Particular care is necessary because of the underestimation of the band gap and attendant overestimation of transport properties due to the use of semi-local density functional theory. We will explore the impact of this theoretical challenge and its potential solutions in this talk. The integrated use of DFT simulations and high-accuracy shock experiments together provide a comprehensive understanding of MgO under extreme conditions. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  10. Niobium Thin Film Characterization for Thin Film Technology Used in Superconducting Radiofrequency Cavities

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    Dai, Yishu; Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2015-10-01

    Superconducting RadioFrequency (SRF) penetrates about 40-100 nm of the top surface, making thin film technology possible in producing superconducting cavities. Thin film is based on the deposition of a thin Nb layer on top of a good thermal conducting material such as Al or Cu. Thin film allows for better control of the surface and has negligible response to the Earth's magnetic field, eliminating the need for magnetic shielding of the cavities. Thin film superconductivity depends heavily on coating process conditions, involving controllable parameters such as crystal plane orientation, coating temperature, and ion energy. MgO and Al2O3 substrates are used because they offer very smooth surfaces, ideal for studying film growth. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to characterize surface's morphology. It is evident that a lower nucleation energy and a long coating time increases the film quality in the r-plane sapphire crystal orientation. The quality of the film increases with thickness. Nb films coated on r-plane, grow along the (001) plane and yield a much higher RRR compared to the films grown on a- and c-planes. This information allows for further improvement on the research process for thin film technology used in superconducting cavities for the particle accelerators. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Jefferson Lab, Old Dominion University.

  11. Low-temperature preparation of superconducting YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-//sub delta/ films on Si, MgO, and SrTiO/sub 3/ by thermal coevaporation

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    Berberich, P.; Tate, J.; Dietsche, W.; Kinder, H.

    1988-09-05

    We used simple thermal coevaporation of yttrium, barium, and copper in an oxygen atmosphere to produce thin films of the 90 K superconductor, YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-//sub delta/, on silicon, magnesium oxide, and strontium titanate. The films were deposited on 650 /sup 0/C substrates and were superconducting when removed from the evaporator. A short post-anneal at 480 /sup 0/C produced films on bare Si with transition temperatures (R = 0) of 85 K. Films as thin as 0.13 ..mu..m, superconducting at 91 K (on MgO) and 89 K (on SrTiO/sub 3/), were obtained with no post-anneal.

  12. Theoretical evidence for unexpected O-rich phases at corners of MgO surfaces

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    Berger, Daniel; Levchenko, Sergey V.; Bhattacharya, Saswata; Reuter, Karsten; Ghiringhelli, Luca M.; Scheffler, Matthias

    2015-03-01

    Introducing charge carriers into MgO via p doping greatly reduces formation energy of an O-vacancy in the bulk and at the (100) surface. In this work, we use hybrid density functional theory to explore O-vacancy and O/O2-ad-species defects at corners of MgO surfaces. The defects are modelled using MgO clusters embedded into a field of norm-conserving pseudopotentials and point charges. The long-range response of the oxide to the charge carriers trapped at the defects is taken into account using a polarizable force field. The low-energy defect atomic structures are found using an ab initio genetic algorithm. Concentrations of O-vacancies and O-ad-species at realistic temperatures and pressures are obtained with ab initio atomistic thermodynamics. Unexpectedly, we find that O-ad-species rather than O-vacancies are dominating defects at realistic conditions. The stability of the O-ad-species over O-vacancies and pristine corners is explained by an interplay between bond-breaking, bond-making, and charge-carrier trapping. -

  13. A comparative study on properties of synthesized MgO with different templates

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    Bagheri GH, A.; Sabbaghan, M.; Mirgani, Z.

    2015-02-01

    Magnesium oxide powders have been prepared by simple method using different templates as Hexamine (T1), alkylate-hexamine salt (T2) and alkylate-dihexamine salt (T3). The annealed products were systematically investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-Visible absorption. It was found that the formation of nanoparticle could involved the role of performed "nucleus" and used template to control the growth rate of nucleuses. The results were shown that different templates affect on the size and species of particles. In this study, the crystallite size of the MgO products were in a range from 4 to 7 nm. The optical band gap of MgO nanoparticles was in the range 4.27-4.77 eV. The morphology of MgO was nanospheres or nanokongelemere-like. In this investigation photocatalytic degradation of Indigo carmine (IC) in water was studied. The effects of some parameters such as pH, amount of catalyst, initial concentration of dye were examined.

  14. A comparative study on properties of synthesized MgO with different templates.

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    Bagheri GH, A; Sabbaghan, M; Mirgani, Z

    2015-02-25

    Magnesium oxide powders have been prepared by simple method using different templates as Hexamine (T1), alkylate-hexamine salt (T2) and alkylate-dihexamine salt (T3). The annealed products were systematically investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-Visible absorption. It was found that the formation of nanoparticle could involved the role of performed "nucleus" and used template to control the growth rate of nucleuses. The results were shown that different templates affect on the size and species of particles. In this study, the crystallite size of the MgO products were in a range from 4 to 7 nm. The optical band gap of MgO nanoparticles was in the range 4.27-4.77 eV. The morphology of MgO was nanospheres or nanokongelemere-like. In this investigation photocatalytic degradation of Indigo carmine (IC) in water was studied. The effects of some parameters such as pH, amount of catalyst, initial concentration of dye were examined. PMID:25305623

  15. Two-band luminescence from an intrinsic defect in spherical and terraced MgO nanoparticles

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    Pikhitsa, Peter V. E-mail: mchoi@snu.ac.kr; Kim, Changhyuk; Chae, Sukbyung; Shin, Seungha; Jung, Sekwon; Choi, Mansoo E-mail: mchoi@snu.ac.kr; Kitaura, Mamoru; Kimura, Shin-ichi; Fukui, Kazutoshi

    2015-05-04

    Luminescent defect centers in wide bandgap materials such as MgO are of great interest for science and technology. Magnesium oxide nanocubes obtained by the self-combustion of Mg metal have long exhibited only a broad 2.9 eV cathodoluminescence band owing to oxygen vacancies (F centers). However, in this work, a room-temperature ultraviolet 4.8 eV cathodoluminescence band has been observed coincident with a 2.5 eV band of the same intensity from an unexplored intrinsic defect in MgO terraced nanocubes and nanospheres produced from Mg metal combustion in an H{sub 2}/O{sub 2} flame. Synchrotron radiation excitation spectra reveal that the excitation energy at the onset of both bands is just above the bandgap energy of 7.7 eV, where electrons and holes are generated. We determine that a defect, responsible for both emission bands, creates proximal anion-cation vacancy pairs named P centers that may appear instead of F centers because of changes in the MgO nanoparticle growth conditions.

  16. Lattice thermal conductivity of MgO at conditions of Earth’s interior

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    Tang, Xiaoli; Dong, Jianjun

    2010-01-01

    Thermal conductivity of the Earth’s lower mantle greatly impacts the mantle convection style and affects the heat conduction from the core to the mantle. Direct laboratory measurement of thermal conductivity of mantle minerals remains a technical challenge at the pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions relevant to the lower mantle, and previously estimated values are extrapolated from low P-T data based on simple empirical thermal transport models. By using a numerical technique that combines first-principles electronic structure theory and Peierls–Boltzmann transport theory, we predict the lattice thermal conductivity of MgO, previously used to estimate the thermal conductivity in the Earth, at conditions from ambient to the core-mantle boundary (CMB). We show that our first-principles technique provides a realistic model for the P-T dependence of lattice thermal conductivity of MgO at conditions from ambient to the CMB, and we propose thermal conductivity profiles of MgO in the lower mantle based on geotherm models. The calculated conductivity increases from 15 –20 W/K-m at the 670 km seismic discontinuity to 40 –50 W/K-m at the CMB. This large depth variation in calculated thermal conductivity should be included in models of mantle convection, which has been traditionally studied based on the assumption of constant conductivity. PMID:20176973

  17. Modelling the rheology of MgO under Earth's mantle pressure, temperature and strain rates.

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    Cordier, Patrick; Amodeo, Jonathan; Carrez, Philippe

    2012-01-12

    Plate tectonics, which shapes the surface of Earth, is the result of solid-state convection in Earth's mantle over billions of years. Simply driven by buoyancy forces, mantle convection is complicated by the nature of the convecting materials, which are not fluids but polycrystalline rocks. Crystalline materials can flow as the result of the motion of defects--point defects, dislocations, grain boundaries and so on. Reproducing in the laboratory the extreme deformation conditions of the mantle is extremely challenging. In particular, experimental strain rates are at least six orders of magnitude larger than in nature. Here we show that the rheology of MgO at the pressure, temperature and strain rates of the mantle is accessible by multiscale numerical modelling starting from first principles and with no adjustable parameters. Our results demonstrate that extremely low strain rates counteract the influence of pressure. In the mantle, MgO deforms in the athermal regime and this leads to a very weak phase. It is only in the lowermost lower mantle that the pressure effect could dominate and that, under the influence of lattice friction, a viscosity of the order of 10(21)-10(22) pascal seconds can be defined for MgO. PMID:22237109

  18. Structural, compositional, mechanical characterization and biological assessment of bovine-derived hydroxyapatite coatings reinforced with MgF2 or MgO for implants functionalization.

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    Mihailescu, Natalia; Stan, G E; Duta, L; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen; Bleotu, Coralia; Sopronyi, M; Luculescu, C; Oktar, F N; Mihailescu, I N

    2016-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a consecrated biomaterial for bone reconstruction. In the form of thin films deposited by pulsed laser technologies, it can be used to cover metallic implants aiming to increase biocompatibility and osseointegration rate. HA of animal origin (bovine, BHA) reinforced with MgF2 (2wt.%) or MgO (5wt.%) were used for deposition of thin coatings with improved adherence, biocompatibility and antimicrobial activity. For pulsed laser deposition experiments, a KrF* (λ=248nm, τFWHM≤25ns) excimer laser source was used. The deposited structures were characterized from a physical-chemical point of view by X-Ray Diffraction, Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy in top- and cross-view modes, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy and Pull-out adherence tests. The microbiological assay using the HEp-2 cell line revealed that all target materials and deposited thin films are non-cytotoxic. We conducted tests on three strains isolated from patients with dental implants failure, i.e. Microccocus sp., Enterobacter sp. and Candida albicans sp. The most significant anti-biofilm effect against Microcococcus sp. strain, at 72h, was obtained in the presence of BHA:MgO thin films. For Enterobacter sp. strain a superior antimicrobial activity at 72h was noticed, in respect with simple BHA or Ti control. The enhanced antimicrobial performances, correlated with good cytocompatibility and mechanical properties recommend these biomaterials as an alternative to synthetic HA for the fabrication of reliable implant coatings for dentistry and other applications. PMID:26652442

  19. Observation of radio frequency ring-shaped hollow cathode discharge plasma with MgO and Al electrodes for plasma processing

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    Ohtsu, Yasunori Matsumoto, Naoki

    2014-05-15

    Various high-density plasma sources have been proposed for plasma processing. Especially, the hollow cathode discharge is one of the powerful ones. In this work, radio-frequency (RF) driven ring-shaped hollow cathode discharges with high secondary-electron emission have been investigated, using an aluminum (Al) cathode, coated or not with magnesium oxide (MgO). The thickness of MgO thin film is approximately 200 nm. The RF discharge voltage for the coated cathode is almost the same as that for the uncoated one, in a wide range of Ar gas pressure, from 5.3 to 53.2 Pa. The results reveal that the plasma density has a peak at an Ar gas pressure of 10.6 Pa for both cathodes. The plasma density for the coated cathode is about 1.5–3 times higher than that for the uncoated one, at various gas pressures. To the contrary, the electron temperature for the coated cathode is lower than temperature obtained with the uncoated cathode, at various gas pressures. Radial profiles of electron saturation current, which is proportional to plasma flux, are also examined for a wide range of gas pressure. Radial profiles of electron temperature at various axial positions are almost uniform for both cathodes so that the diffusion process due to density gradient is dominant for plasma transport. The secondary electrons emitted from the coated cathode contribute to the improvement of the plasma flux radial profile obtained using the uncoated cathode.

  20. Reel-to-reel deposition of epitaxial double-sided MgO buffer layers for coated conductors

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    Xue, Yan; Xiong, Jie; Zhang, Yahui; Zhang, Fei; Zhao, Rui-Peng; Hui, Wang; Wang, Quiling; Cheng, Guo; Zhao, Xiao-Hui; Tao, Bo-Wan

    2016-06-01

    We have successfully employed a double-sided process to deposit MgO buffer layers on both sides of amorphous Y2O3 surface for double-sided YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors (CCs) for the first time, the structure of which is of great prospect to improve the performance and cut the production cost. The biaxial textures of MgO buffer layer are noticeably affected by the ion energy and film thickness, which is demonstrated by X-ray diffraction. The best biaxial texture of double-sided MgO films shows ω-scan of (002) MgO and Φ-scan of (220) MgO yield full width at half maximum values of 4° and 7.8° for one side, respectively, as well as 3.5° and 6.7° for the other side. The subsequent double-sided YBCO films are deposited on the as-prepared MgO template with entire critical current of over 300 A/cm for both sides.

  1. Characterization of Surface Chemical States of a Thick Insulator: Chemical State Imaging on MgO Surface

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    Yi, Yeonjin; Cho, Sangwan; Noh, Myungkeun; Whang, Chung-Nam; Jeong, Kwangho; Shin, Hyun-Joon

    2005-02-01

    We report a surface characterization tool that can be effectively used to investigate the chemical state and subtle radiation damage on a thick insulator surface. It has been used to examine the MgO surface of a plasma display panel (PDP) consisting of a stack of insulator layers of approximately 51 μm thickness on a 2-mm-thick glass plate. The scanning photoelectron microscopy (SPEM) image of the insulating MgO surface was obtained by using the difference in Au 4f peak shift due to the surface charging at each pixel, where a Au adlayer of approximately 15 {\\AA} thickness was formed on the surface to overcome the serious charging shift of the peak position and the spectral deterioration in the photoelectron spectra. The observed contrast in the SPEM image reveals the chemical modification of the underlying MgO surface induced by the plasma discharge damage. The chemical state analysis of the MgO surface was carried out by comparing the Mg 2p, C 1s and O 1s photoemission spectra collected at each pixel of the SPEM image. We assigned four suboxide phases, MgO, MgCO3, Mg(OH)2 and Mg1+, on the initial MgO surface, where the Mg(OH)2 and Mg1+ phases vanished rapidly as the discharge-induced surface damage began.

  2. Oxidation of Au by surface OH: nucleation and electronic structure of gold on hydroxylated MgO(001).

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    Brown, Matthew A; Fujimori, Yuichi; Ringleb, Franziska; Shao, Xiang; Stavale, Fernando; Nilius, Niklas; Sterrer, Martin; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2011-07-13

    The nucleation and electronic structure of vapor-deposited Au on hydroxylated MgO(001) surfaces has been investigated under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Hydroxylated MgO(001) surfaces with two different hydroxyl coverages, 0.4 and 1 monolayer, respectively, were prepared by exposure to water (D(2)O) at room temperature. Scanning tunneling microscopy experiments show significantly higher gold particle densities and smaller particle sizes on the hydroxylated MgO surface as compared to gold deposited on clean MgO(001). Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments were performed to reveal details about the initial nucleation of gold. Gold atoms are found to chemically interact with a specific type of hydroxyl groups on the MgO surface, leading to the formation of oxidized gold particles. The enhanced adhesion of Au particles, which is due to the formation of strong Au-O interfacial bonds, is responsible for the observed higher stability of small Au clusters toward thermal sintering on hydroxylated MgO surfaces. The results are compared to similar studies on Au/TiO(2)(110) model systems and powder samples prepared by the deposition-precipitation route. PMID:21634792

  3. Assimilation Behavior of Calcium Ferrite and Calcium Diferrite with Sintered Al2O3 and MgO

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    Long, Hongming; Wu, Xuejian; Chun, Tiejun; Di, Zhanxia; Yu, Bin

    2016-06-01

    In this study, the assimilation behaviors between calcium ferrite (CF), calcium diferrite (CF2) and sintered Al2O3, and MgO were explored by an improved sessile drop technique, and the interfacial microstructure was discussed. The results indicated that the apparent contact angles of CF slag on Al2O3 and MgO substrate were 15.7 and 5.5 deg, and the apparent contact angles of CF2 slag on Al2O3 and MgO substrate were 17.9 and 7.2 deg, respectively. Namely, CF and CF2 slag were wetting well with Al2O3 and MgO substrate. The dissolution of Al2O3 substrate into the CF and CF2 slag was found to be the driving force of the wetting process. For the CF-MgO and CF2-MgO substrate systems, CaO contrarily distributed with MgO after wetting. For the CF-MgO system, after wetting, the slag was composed of CF and C2F, and most of the Fe2O3 permeated into substrate and formed two permeating layers.

  4. The role of strain and structure on oxygen ion conduction in nanoscale zirconia and ceria thin films

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    Jiang, Jun

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), an all solid-state energy conversion device, are promising for their high efficiency and materials stability. The solid oxide electrolytes are a key component that must provide high ionic conductivity, which is especially challenging for intermediate temperature SOFCs operating between 500 °C - 700 °C. Doped zirconia and ceria are the most common solid electrolyte materials. Recent reports have suggested that nanoscale ytrria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films may provide better performance in this regard. However, the mechanism behind the increased conductivity of nanoscale thin films is still unclear and the reported experimental results are controversial. In the thesis presented here, the effects of mechanical strain and microstructure on the ionic conductivity have been investigated in ultrathin zirconia- and ceria-based thin films. Reactive RF co-sputtering with metal targets was used to prepare zirconia and ceria based thin films for high purity, modulated composition and thickness. The films were as thin as 10-20 atomic layers thick. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were the main tools to investigate the composition, crystal orientation and microstructure of these sputtered thin films. Microscale interdigitated Pt electrodes were prepared through a lift-off process using photolithography. The electrochemical properties of these sputtered doped zirconia and ceria thin films were investigated using impedance spectroscopy. YSZ thin films deposited on MgO (111) and, especially, MgO (100) showed highly variable crystal orientations, while MgO (110) offered much more stable growth. Regardless of whether the growth was epitaxial or highly disordered polycrystalline, 50 nm thick YSZ thin films on MgO (100), (110), and (111) substrates exhibited similar conductivity with YSZ single crystal. While decreasing the thickness further to 12 nm, the conductivities of YSZ thin films

  5. Optical Response in Amorphous GaAs Thin Films Prepared by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Kiwa, Toshihiko; Kawashima, Ichiro; Nashima, Shigeki; Hangyo, Masanori; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2000-11-01

    Femtosecond optical response in GaAs thin films has been studied. We prepared GaAs thin films on MgO substrates and on YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at temperatures below 250^\\circC@. A photocarrier lifetime of less than 1 ps is measured for the prepared GaAs thin films using femtosecond time-domain reflectivity change measurements. Pulsed electromagnetic wave [terahertz (THz) radiaiton] containing a frequency component of up to 1 THz is emitted from fabricated photoconductive switches using the prepared thin films. We also evaluated the THz radiation properties emitted from the photoswitches on the YBCO thin films.

  6. The effects of substrate surface structure on yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films

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    Jiang, Jun; Clark, Daniel; Shen, Weida; Hertz, Joshua L.

    2014-02-01

    Thin film properties can be controlled to a large degree by the substrate upon which the film is grown. The substrate surface can affect the film's crystal phase and microstructure and, thereby, many other properties. In this study, yttria-stabilized zirconia films on single crystal MgO and Al2O3 substrates with polished, ion cleaned, or milled surfaces were studied. The different substrate surfaces influenced the thin films' microstructures and ionic conductivities. The increased roughness of the milled surfaces led to significant decreases in both the crystallinity and the ionic conductivity of the films. Ion cleaning of the substrate surface immediately before deposition did not affect the conductivity of films on MgO substrates but led to conductivity reductions by a factor of about 4 on sapphire substrates.

  7. Long-range phase coherence in YBCO ultra-thin films

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    Aprili, M.; Lesueur, J.; Quinton, W.A.; Dumoulin, L.

    1996-12-31

    The authors have investigated the resistive transition of YBCO ultra-thin films (thickness from 5 to 50 nm) grown on MgO(100). The amount of disorder increases as the thickness is reduced, leading to a broad transition that can be described using a 3D weakly-coupled Josephson array. Below a critical thickness, this regime seems to dominate even the fluctuating part of the transition (paraconductive region), when the system undergoes a 3D-0D transition.

  8. Nanoplough-constrictions on thin YBCO films made with atomic force microscopy.

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    Elkaseh, A A O; Büttner, U; Meincken, M; Hardie, G L; Srinivasu, V V; Perold, W J

    2007-09-01

    Utilizing atomic force microscope (AFM) with a diamond tip, we were able to successfully plough nano-constrictions on epitaxially grown YBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films deposited on MgO substrates. The thickness, width, and length of the obtained constrictions were in the range of a few 100 nm. Furthermore, we managed to produce a new S-type constriction, of which the dimensions are easier to control than for conventional constrictions. PMID:18019174

  9. YSZ thin films with minimized grain boundary resistivity.

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    Mills, Edmund M; Kleine-Boymann, Matthias; Janek, Juergen; Yang, Hao; Browning, Nigel D; Takamura, Yayoi; Kim, Sangtae

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, interface engineering of solid electrolytes has been explored to increase their ionic conductivity and improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells and other electrochemical power sources. It has been observed that the ionic conductivity of epitaxially grown thin films of some electrolytes is dramatically enhanced, which is often attributed to effects (e.g. strain-induced mobility changes) at the heterophase boundary with the substrate. Still largely unexplored is the possibility of manipulation of grain boundary resistivity in polycrystalline solid electrolyte films, clearly a limiting factor in their ionic conductivity. Here we report that the ionic conductivity of yttria stabilized zirconia thin films with nano-columnar grains grown on a MgO substrate nearly reaches that of the corresponding single crystal when the thickness of the films becomes less than roughly 8 nm (smaller by a factor of three at 500 °C). Using impedance spectroscopy, the grain boundary resistivity was probed as a function of film thickness. The resistivity of the grain boundaries near the film-substrate interface and film surface (within 4 nm of each) was almost entirely eliminated. This minimization of grain boundary resistivity is attributed to Mg(2+) diffusion from the MgO substrate into the YSZ grain boundaries, which is supported by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements. We suggest grain boundary "design" as an attractive method to obtain highly conductive solid electrolyte thin films. PMID:27030391

  10. X-Ray Diffraction Microstructural Analysis of Bimodal-Size-Distribution MgO Nanopowders

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    Pratapa, Suminar; Hartono, Budi

    2010-01-01

    Investigation on the characteristics of x-ray diffraction data for MgO powdered mixture of nano and sub-nano particles has been carried out to reveal the crystallite-size-related microstructural information. The MgO powders were prepared by co-precipitation method followed by heat treatment at 500, 800 and 1200° C for 1 hour, being the difference in the temperature was to obtain two powders with distinct crystallite size and size-distribution. The powders were then carefully blended in air to give the presumably strain-free, bimodal-size-distribution MgO nanopowder. High-quality laboratory X-ray diffraction data for the powders were collected and then analysed using Rietveld-based MAUD software using the lognormal size distribution. Results show that the single-mode powders exhibit spherical crystallite size (Dv) of 29(1) nm, 36(1) and 185(0) nm for the 500, 800 and 1200° C data respectively with the nanometric powder displays slightly narrower crystallite size distribution character, indicated by lognormal dispersion parameter (σ) of 0.22 as compared to 0.18 for the sub-nanometric 1200° C powder. The mixture exhibits relatively more asymmetric peak broadening. By analysing the x-ray diffraction data of the latter specimen by using the single phase approach the results obtained was not according to experimental finding. Introducing two phase models for the `double-phase' 500-1200 mixture to accommodate the bimodal-size-distribution characteristics give Dv = 34(2) and σ = 0.10 for the `nanometric phase' and Dv = 363(0) and σ = 1.38 for the `sub-nanometric phase'.