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  1. Dependence of superconducting properties of NbN thin films on sputtering parameters

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    Khaire, Trupti; Carter, Faustin; Ding, Junjia; Posada, Chrystian; Bender, Amy; Wang, Gensheng; Yefremenko, Volodymyr; Pearson, John; Padin, Steve; Chang, Clarence; Hoffmann, Axel; Novosad, Valentyn; SPT3G Collaboration

    Recently, there has been growing interest in utilizing NbN, TiN, NbTiN thin films in superconducting device applications (e.g. detectors for CMB, mm and sub-mm astronomy). In this work, we have fabricated NbN superconducting thin films by DC reactive magnetron sputtering of Nb in the presence of argon and nitrogen gases. We found that the critical temperature of NbN films is sensitive to various deposition parameters like nitrogen flow rate, target voltage, base pressure, RF substrate bias, and the substrate temperature. By studying each of these factors we have been able to create highly reproducible NbN thin films. We obtained a Tc of 15.25 +/-0.25 K for 300 nm thick NbN film grown on silicon substrate at modest temperature of 250 C in the presence of RF substrate bias. We are also investigating the microwave properties of these NbN films at temperatures well below 50 mK by fabricating quarter wavelength CPW resonators out of NbN and characterizing their frequency shifts and quality factors as functions of temperature and power. In this work we present the results of these analyses. This work was supported by BES-DOE Grant DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  2. Epitaxial thin films

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    Hunt, Andrew Tye; Deshpande, Girish; Lin, Wen-Yi; Jan, Tzyy-Jiuan

    2006-04-25

    Epitatial thin films for use as buffer layers for high temperature superconductors, electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), gas separation membranes or dielectric material in electronic devices, are disclosed. By using CCVD, CACVD or any other suitable deposition process, epitaxial films having pore-free, ideal grain boundaries, and dense structure can be formed. Several different types of materials are disclosed for use as buffer layers in high temperature superconductors. In addition, the use of epitaxial thin films for electrolytes and electrode formation in SOFCs results in densification for pore-free and ideal gain boundary/interface microstructure. Gas separation membranes for the production of oxygen and hydrogen are also disclosed. These semipermeable membranes are formed by high-quality, dense, gas-tight, pinhole free sub-micro scale layers of mixed-conducting oxides on porous ceramic substrates. Epitaxial thin films as dielectric material in capacitors are also taught herein. Capacitors are utilized according to their capacitance values which are dependent on their physical structure and dielectric permittivity. The epitaxial thin films of the current invention form low-loss dielectric layers with extremely high permittivity. This high permittivity allows for the formation of capacitors that can have their capacitance adjusted by applying a DC bias between their electrodes.

  3. Method of producing high T(subc) superconducting NBN films

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    Thakoor, Sarita (Inventor); Lamb, James L. (Inventor); Thakoor, Anilkumar P. (Inventor); Khanna, Satish K. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    Thin films of niobium nitride with high superconducting temperature (T sub c) of 15.7 K are deposited on substrates held at room temperature (approx 90 C) by heat sink throughout the sputtering process. Films deposited at P sub Ar 12.9 + or - 0.2 mTorr exhibit higher T sub c with increasing P sub N2,I with the highest T sub c achieved at P sub n2,I= 3.7 + or - 0.2 mTorr and total sputtering pressure P sub tot = 16.6 + or - 0.4. Further increase of N2 injection starts decreasing T sub c.

  4. Superconducting properties of very high quality NbN thin films grown by high temperature chemical vapor deposition

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    Hazra, D.; Tsavdaris, N.; Jebari, S.; Grimm, A.; Blanchet, F.; Mercier, F.; Blanquet, E.; Chapelier, C.; Hofheinz, M.

    2016-10-01

    Niobium nitride (NbN) is widely used in high-frequency superconducting electronics circuits because it has one of the highest superconducting transition temperatures ({T}{{c}}˜ 16.5 {{K}}) and largest gap among conventional superconductors. In its thin-film form, the T c of NbN is very sensitive to growth conditions and it still remains a challenge to grow NbN thin films (below 50 nm) with high T c. Here, we report on the superconducting properties of NbN thin films grown by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition (HTCVD). Transport measurements reveal significantly lower disorder than previously reported, characterized by a Ioffe-Regel parameter ({k}{{F}}{\\ell }) ˜ 12. Accordingly we observe {T}{{c}}˜ 17.06 {{K}} (point of 50% of normal state resistance), the highest value reported so far for films of thickness 50 nm or less, indicating that HTCVD could be particularly useful for growing high quality NbN thin films.

  5. Scaling laws for the critical current density of NbN films in high magnetic fields

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    Hampshire, D.P. . Dept. of Physics); Gray, K.E.; Kampwirth, R.T. )

    1992-08-01

    We have measured the critical current density (Jc) of two NbN films (500 {Angstrom} and 1550 {Angstrom} thick) as a function of temperature in magnetic fields up to 25 Tesla using transport measurements. In both films, the functional form of the volume pinning force F{sub p} obeys the Fietz - Webb scaling law throughout the entire magnetic field and temperature range such that: F{sub p}=J{sub c} {times} B= {alpha}B{sub c2}{sup m}(T)b{sup {1/2}} (1-b){sup 2} = {alpha}*(1-T/T{sub c}){sup m}b{sup {1/2}}(1-b){sup 2} where {alpha} and {alpha}* are constants dependent on the film, B{sub c2}(T) is the upper critical field, b = B/B{sub c2}(T) is the reduced magnetic field, {Tc} is the critical temperature and we find m = 2.7 {plus minus} 0.1. Over a limited range of magnetic fields close to B{sub c2}(T), we can approximate this functional form by: F{sub p} = {Beta}B{sub c2}{sup M}(T)b(1-b){sup 2}={Beta}*(1-T/{Tc}){sup M}b(1-b){sup 2} where {Beta} and {Beta}* are constants and we find M = 2.6{plus minus}0.2. Values of J{sub c} derived from D.C. magnetisation data obtained using Bean's model show qualitative agreement with the transport measurements throughout the superconducting phase. Despite the marked granularity in the microstructure of these films, we interpret our results as evidence that a flux pinning mechanism determines the transport current density in NbN films in high magnetic fields.

  6. Scaling laws for the critical current density of NbN films in high magnetic fields

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    Hampshire, D.P.; Gray, K.E.; Kampwirth, R.T.

    1992-08-01

    We have measured the critical current density (Jc) of two NbN films (500 {Angstrom} and 1550 {Angstrom} thick) as a function of temperature in magnetic fields up to 25 Tesla using transport measurements. In both films, the functional form of the volume pinning force F{sub p} obeys the Fietz - Webb scaling law throughout the entire magnetic field and temperature range such that: F{sub p}=J{sub c} {times} B= {alpha}B{sub c2}{sup m}(T)b{sup {1/2}} (1-b){sup 2} = {alpha}*(1-T/T{sub c}){sup m}b{sup {1/2}}(1-b){sup 2} where {alpha} and {alpha}* are constants dependent on the film, B{sub c2}(T) is the upper critical field, b = B/B{sub c2}(T) is the reduced magnetic field, {Tc} is the critical temperature and we find m = 2.7 {plus_minus} 0.1. Over a limited range of magnetic fields close to B{sub c2}(T), we can approximate this functional form by: F{sub p} = {Beta}B{sub c2}{sup M}(T)b(1-b){sup 2}={Beta}*(1-T/{Tc}){sup M}b(1-b){sup 2} where {Beta} and {Beta}* are constants and we find M = 2.6{plus_minus}0.2. Values of J{sub c} derived from D.C. magnetisation data obtained using Bean`s model show qualitative agreement with the transport measurements throughout the superconducting phase. Despite the marked granularity in the microstructure of these films, we interpret our results as evidence that a flux pinning mechanism determines the transport current density in NbN films in high magnetic fields.

  7. Anisotropic behaviour of transmission through thin superconducting NbN film in parallel magnetic field

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    Šindler, M.; Tesař, R.; Koláček, J.; Skrbek, L.

    2017-02-01

    Transmission of terahertz waves through a thin layer of the superconductor NbN deposited on an anisotropic R-cut sapphire substrate is studied as a function of temperature in a magnetic field oriented parallel with the sample. A significant difference is found between transmitted intensities of beams linearly polarised parallel with and perpendicular to the direction of applied magnetic field.

  8. Study of the evolution of the atomic composition of thin NbN films under irradiation with mixed ion beams by methods of electron energy loss spectroscopy

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    Dement'eva, M. M.; Prikhod'ko, K. E.; Gurovich, B. A.; Kutuzov, L. V.; Komarov, D. A.

    2016-11-01

    The variation in the atomic composition of ultrathin NbN films under irradiation by mixed ion beams to a doze of 4 dpa (for nitrogen) is experimentally studied by methods of electron energy loss spectroscopy with a transmission electron microscope in the transmission scan mode on cross-cut samples. The behavior of the substitution of nitrogen atoms by oxygen atoms has been established; it is characterized by changing the composition of the conducting part of the film from NbN to NbNO.

  9. FOURTH SEMINAR TO THE MEMORY OF D.N. KLYSHKO: Superconducting single-photon ultrathin NbN film detector

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    Korneev, A. A.; Minaeva, O. V.; Rubtsova, Inna A.; Milostnaya, I. I.; Chulkova, G. M.; Voronov, B. M.; Smirnov, K. V.; Seleznev, V. A.; Gol'tsman, G. N.; Pearlman, A.; Slysz, W.; Cross, A.; Alvarez, P.; Verevkin, A.; Sobolewski, R.

    2005-08-01

    Superconducting single-photon ultrathin NbN film detectors are studied. The development of manufacturing technology of detectors and the reduction of their operating temperature down to 2 K resulted in a considerable increase in their quantum efficiency, which reached in the visible region (at 0.56 μm) 30%—40%, i.e., achieved the limit determined by the absorption coefficient of the film. The quantum efficiency exponentially decreases with increasing wavelength, being equal to ~20% at 1.55 μm and ~0.02% at 5 μm. For the dark count rate of ~10-4s-1, the experimental equivalent noise power was 1.5×10-20 W Hz-1/2; it can be decreased in the future down to the record low value of 5×10-21 W Hz-1/2. The time resolution of the detector is 30 ps.

  10. Domain epitaxy for thin film growth

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    Narayan, Jagdish

    2005-10-18

    A method of forming an epitaxial film on a substrate includes growing an initial layer of a film on a substrate at a temperature T.sub.growth, said initial layer having a thickness h and annealing the initial layer of the film at a temperature T.sub.anneal, thereby relaxing the initial layer, wherein said thickness h of the initial layer of the film is greater than a critical thickness h.sub.c. The method further includes growing additional layers of the epitaxial film on the initial layer subsequent to annealing. In some embodiments, the method further includes growing a layer of the film that includes at least one amorphous island.

  11. Epitaxy of layered semiconductor thin films

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    Brahim Otsmane, L.; Emery, J. Y.; Jouanne, M.; Balkanski, M.

    1993-03-01

    Epilayers of InSe on InSe(00.1) and GaSe(00.1) have been grown by the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique. Raman spectroscopy was used for a characterization of the structure and crystallinity in InSe/InSe(00.1) (homoepitaxy) and InSe/GaSe(00.1) (heteroepitaxy). The Raman spectra of the InSe thin films are identical to those of polytype γ-InSe. An activation of the E(LO) mode at 211 cm -1 is observed in these films here. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is also used to investigate surfaces of these films.

  12. Transport properties of epitaxial lift off films

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    Mena, R. A.; Schacham, S. E.; Young, P. G.; Haugland, E. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.

    1993-01-01

    Transport properties of epitaxially lifted-off (ELO) films were characterized using conductivity, Hall, and Shubnikov-de Haas measurements. A 10-15 percent increase in the 2D electron gas concentration was observed in these films as compared with adjacent conventional samples. We believe this result to be caused by a backgating effect produced by a charge build up at the interface of the ELO film and the quartz substrate. This increase results in a substantial decrease in the quantum lifetime in the ELO samples, by 17-30 percent, but without a degradation in carrier mobility. Under persistent photoconductivity, only one subband was populated in the conventional structure, while in the ELO films the population of the second subband was clearly visible. However, the increase of the second subband concentration with increasing excitation is substantially smaller than anticipated due to screening of the backgating effect.

  13. Epitaxial thick film high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Faley, M. I.; Mi, S. B.; Jia, C. L.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.; Fagaly, R. L.

    2008-02-01

    Low-noise operation of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) in magnetic fields requires high critical current and strong pinning of vortices in the superconducting electrodes and in the flux transformer. Crack-free epitaxial high-Tc dc-SQUID structures with a total thickness ?5 μm and a surface roughness determined by 30 nm high growth spirals were prepared with YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films on MgO substrates buffered by a SrTiO3/BaZrO3-bilayer. HRTEM demonstrated a high quality epitaxial growth of the films. The YBCO films and SQUID structures deposited on the buffered MgO substrates had a superconducting transition temperature Tc exceeding 91 K and critical current densities Jc > 3 MA/cm2 at 77 K up to a thickness ~5 μm. The application of thicker superconducting and insulator films helped us to increase the critical current and dynamic range of the multilayer high-Tc flux transformer and improve the insulation between the superconducting layers. An optimization of SQUID inductance allowed us to fabricate 8 mm SQUID magnetometers with SQUID voltage swings of ~60 μV and a field resolution of ~30 fT/√Hz at 77 K.

  14. Photoluminescence studies in epitaxial CZTSe thin films

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    Sendler, Jan; Thevenin, Maxime; Werner, Florian; Redinger, Alex; Li, Shuyi; Hägglund, Carl; Platzer-Björkman, Charlotte; Siebentritt, Susanne

    2016-09-01

    Epitaxial Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 (CZTSe) thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(001) using two different growth processes, one containing an in-situ annealing stage as used for solar cell absorbers and one for which this step was omitted. Photoluminescences (PL) measurements carried out on these samples show no dependence of the emission shape on the excitation intensity at different temperatures ranging from 4 K to 300 K . To describe the PL measurements, we employ a model with fluctuating band edges in which the density of states of the resulting tail states does not seem to depend on the excited charge carrier density. In this interpretation, the PL measurements show that the annealing stage removes a defect level, which is present in the samples without this annealing.

  15. Sequential imposed layer epitaxy of cuprate films

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    Laguees, M.; Tebbji, H.; Mairet, V.; Hatterer, C.; Beuran, C.F.; Hass, N.; Xu, X.Z. ); Cavellin, C.D. )

    1994-02-01

    Layer-by-layer epitaxy has been used to grow cuprate films since the discovery of high-Tc compounds. This deposition technique is in principle suitable for the growth of layered crystalline structures. However, the sequential deposition of atomic layer by atomic layer of cuprate compounds has presently not been optimized. Nevertheless, this deposition process is the only one which allows one to build artificial cell structures such as Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]Ca[sub (n[minus]1)]Cu[sub n]O[sub y] with n as large as 10. This process will also be the best one to grow films of the so-called infinite layer phase compounds belonging to the Sr[sub 1[minus]x]Ca[sub x]CuO[sub 2] family, in order to improve the transport properties and the morphological properties of the cuprate films. When performed at high substrate temperature (typically more than 600[degree]C), the layer-by-layer epitaxy of cuprates exhibits usually 3D aggregate nucleation. Then the growth of the film no longer obeys the layer-by-layer sequence imposed during the deposition. We present here two experimental situations of true 2D sequential imposed layer epitaxy; the growth at 500[degree]C under atomic oxygen pressure of Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]CuO[sub 6] and of Sr[sub 1[minus]x]Ca[sub y]CuO[sub 2] phases. 20 refs., 2 figs.

  16. An XPS method for layer profiling of NbN thin films

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    Lubenchenko, A. V.; Batrakov, A. A.; Pavolotsky, A. B.; Krause, S.; Shurkaeva, I. V.; Lubenchenko, O. I.; Ivanov, D. A.

    2016-12-01

    Layer chemical and phase profiling of niobium nitride thin films on a silicon substrate oxidized on air was performed with the help of a method designed by us. The method includes: a new method of background subtraction of multiple inelastically scattered photoelectrons considering depth inhomogeneity of electron inelastic scattering; a new method of photoelectron line decomposition into component peaks considering physical nature of different decomposition parameters; joint solution of the background subtraction and photoelectron line decomposition problems; control of line decomposition accuracy with the help of a suggested performance criterion; calculation of layer thicknesses for a multilayer target using a simple formula.

  17. Junction Transport in Epitaxial Film Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Young, D. L.; Li, J. V.; Teplin, C. W.; Stradins, P.; Branz, H. M.

    2011-07-01

    We report our progress toward low-temperature HWCVD epitaxial film silicon solar cells on inexpensive seed layers, with a focus on the junction transport physics exhibited by our devices. Heterojunctions of i/p hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si) on our n-type epitaxial crystal Si on n++ Si wafers show space-charge-region recombination, tunneling or diffusive transport depending on both epitaxial Si quality and the applied forward voltage.

  18. Terahertz Mixing Characteristics of NbN Superconducting Tunnel Junctions and Related Astronomical Observations

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    Li, J.

    2010-01-01

    High-sensitivity superconducting SIS (superconductor-insulator-superconductor) mixers are playing an increasingly important role in the terahertz (THz) astronomical observation, which is an emerging research frontier in modern astrophysics. Superconducting SIS mixers with niobium (Nb) tunnel junctions have reached a sensitivity close to the quantum limit, but have a frequency limit about 0.7 THz (i.e., gap frequency of Nb tunnel junctions). Beyond this frequency Nb superconducting films will absorb energetic photons (i.e., energy loss) to break Cooper pairs, thereby resulting in significant degradation of the mixer performance. Therefore, it is of particular interest to develop THz superconducting SIS mixers incorporating tunnel junctions with a larger energy gap. Niobium-nitride (NbN) superconducting tunnel junctions have been long known for their large energy gap, almost double that of Nb ones. With the introduction of epitaxially grown NbN films, the fabrication technology of NbN superconducting tunnel junctions has been considerably improved in the recent years. Nevertheless, their performances are still not as good as Nb ones, and furthermore they are not yet demonstrated in real astronomical applications. Given the facts mentioned above, in this paper we systematically study the quantum mixing behaviors of NbN superconducting tunnel junctions in the THz regime and demonstrate an astronomical testing observation with a 0.5 THz superconducting SIS mixer developed with NbN tunnel junctions. The main results of this study include: (1) successful design and fabrication of a 0.4˜0.6 THz waveguide mixing circuit with the high-dielectric-constant MgO substrate; (2) successful fabrication of NbN superconducting tunnel junctions with the gap voltage reaching 5.6 mV and the quality factor as high as 15; (3) demonstration of a 0.5 THz waveguide NbN superconducting SIS mixer with a measured receiver noise temperature (no correction) as low as five times the quantum limit

  19. Epitaxial patterning of thin-films: conventional lithographies and beyond

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    Zhang, Wei; Krishnan, Kannan M.

    2014-09-01

    Thin-film based novel magnetic and electronic devices have entered a new era in which the film crystallography, structural coherence, and epitaxy play important roles in determining their functional properties. The capabilities of controlling such structural and functional properties are being continuously developed by various physical deposition technologies. Epitaxial patterning strategies further allow the miniaturization of such novel devices, which incorporates thin-film components into nanoscale architectures while keeping their functional properties unmodified from their ideal single-crystal values. In the past decade, epitaxial patterning methods on the laboratory scale have been reported to meet distinct scientific inquires, in which the techniques and processes used differ from one to the other. In this review we summarize many of these pioneering endeavors in epitaxial patterning of thin-film devices that use both conventional and novel lithography techniques. These methods demonstrate epitaxial patterning for a broad range of materials (metals, oxides, and semiconductors) and cover common device length scales from micrometer to sub-hundred nanometer. Whilst we have been motivated by magnetic materials and devices, we present our outlook on developing systematic-strategies for epitaxial patterning of functional materials which will pave the road for the design, discovery and industrialization of next-generation advanced magnetic and electronic nano-devices.

  20. Seed layer technique for high quality epitaxial manganite films

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    Graziosi, P.; Gambardella, A.; Calbucci, M.; O’Shea, K.; MacLaren, D. A.; Bergenti, I.; Homonnay, N.; Schmidt, G.; Pullini, D.; Busquets-Mataix, D.; Dediu, V.

    2016-01-01

    We introduce an innovative approach to the simultaneous control of growth mode and magnetotransport properties of manganite thin films, based on an easy-to-implement film/substrate interface engineering. The deposition of a manganite seed layer and the optimization of the substrate temperature allows a persistent bi-dimensional epitaxy and robust ferromagnetic properties at the same time. Structural measurements confirm that in such interface-engineered films, the optimal properties are related to improved epitaxy. A new growth scenario is envisaged, compatible with a shift from heteroepitaxy towards pseudo-homoepitaxy. Relevant growth parameters such as formation energy, roughening temperature, strain profile and chemical states are derived. PMID:27648371

  1. Seed layer technique for high quality epitaxial manganite films.

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    Graziosi, P; Gambardella, A; Calbucci, M; O'Shea, K; MacLaren, D A; Riminucci, A; Bergenti, I; Fugattini, S; Prezioso, M; Homonnay, N; Schmidt, G; Pullini, D; Busquets-Mataix, D; Dediu, V

    2016-08-01

    We introduce an innovative approach to the simultaneous control of growth mode and magnetotransport properties of manganite thin films, based on an easy-to-implement film/substrate interface engineering. The deposition of a manganite seed layer and the optimization of the substrate temperature allows a persistent bi-dimensional epitaxy and robust ferromagnetic properties at the same time. Structural measurements confirm that in such interface-engineered films, the optimal properties are related to improved epitaxy. A new growth scenario is envisaged, compatible with a shift from heteroepitaxy towards pseudo-homoepitaxy. Relevant growth parameters such as formation energy, roughening temperature, strain profile and chemical states are derived.

  2. Seed layer technique for high quality epitaxial manganite films

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    Graziosi, P.; Gambardella, A.; Calbucci, M.; O'Shea, K.; MacLaren, D. A.; Riminucci, A.; Bergenti, I.; Fugattini, S.; Prezioso, M.; Homonnay, N.; Schmidt, G.; Pullini, D.; Busquets-Mataix, D.; Dediu, V.

    2016-08-01

    We introduce an innovative approach to the simultaneous control of growth mode and magnetotransport properties of manganite thin films, based on an easy-to-implement film/substrate interface engineering. The deposition of a manganite seed layer and the optimization of the substrate temperature allows a persistent bi-dimensional epitaxy and robust ferromagnetic properties at the same time. Structural measurements confirm that in such interface-engineered films, the optimal properties are related to improved epitaxy. A new growth scenario is envisaged, compatible with a shift from heteroepitaxy towards pseudo-homoepitaxy. Relevant growth parameters such as formation energy, roughening temperature, strain profile and chemical states are derived.

  3. Experimental Evidence for Epitaxial Silicene on Diboride Thin Films

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    Fleurence, Antoine; Friedlein, Rainer; Ozaki, Taisuke; Kawai, Hiroyuki; Wang, Ying; Yamada-Takamura, Yukiko

    2012-06-01

    As the Si counterpart of graphene, silicene may be defined as an at least partially sp2-hybridized, atom-thick honeycomb layer of Si that possesses π-electronic bands. Here we show that two-dimensional, epitaxial silicene forms through surface segregation on zirconium diboride thin films grown on Si wafers. A particular buckling of silicene induced by the epitaxial relationship with the diboride surface leads to a direct π-electronic band gap at the Γ point. These results demonstrate that the buckling and thus the electronic properties of silicene are modified by epitaxial strain.

  4. Magnetic Nanostructures by Adaptive Twinning in Strained Epitaxial Films

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    Kauffmann-Weiss, Sandra; Gruner, Markus E.; Backen, Anja; Schultz, Ludwig; Entel, Peter; Fähler, Sebastian

    2011-11-01

    We exploit the intrinsic structural instability of the Fe70Pd30 magnetic shape memory alloy to obtain functional epitaxial films exhibiting a self-organized nanostructure. We demonstrate that coherent epitaxial straining by 54% is possible. The combination of thin film experiments and large-scale first-principles calculations enables us to establish a lattice relaxation mechanism, which is not expected for stable materials. We identify a low twin boundary energy compared to a high elastic energy as key prerequisite for the adaptive nanotwinning. Our approach is versatile as it allows to control both, nanostructure and intrinsic properties for ferromagnetic, ferroelastic, and ferroelectric materials.

  5. Polydomain structures in ferroelectric and ferroelastic epitaxial films

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    Roytburd, Alexander L.; Ouyang, Jun; Artemev, Andrei

    2017-04-01

    A review of theoretical models, phase field modeling and experimental studies of domain structures in epitaxial films is presented. The thermodynamic theory of such domain structures is presented within the macroscopic thermo-mechanical framework. The theory allows for the evaluation of the main parameters of the domain structure using the energy minimization approach applied to the energy of elastic interactions. For homophase (polytwin) films, the thermodynamic theory provides a quantitative tool that can be used to estimate domain fractions in the film and the type of domain structure architecture. For heterophase films, the theory describes (a) the conditions under which two-phase structures can be obtained in epitaxial films, and (b) the phase and domain fractions in these films. The thermodynamic theory can also be used to describe the extrinsic contributions from domain structures to the functional properties of epitaxial ferroelectric films. The review of phase field modeling demonstrates that computational results reproduce the predictions of the thermodynamic theory. It is also shown that the phase field modeling that utilizes the energy minimization procedure for elastic and interfacial energies can be used to predict domain morphology for the films with two-phase structures produced either by phase transformation or through the co-deposition of immiscible phases. The experimental data presented in the review validate predictions of the thermodynamic model and the results of phase field modeling.

  6. Epitaxy and fiber texture of Pb films on mica and glass.

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    Wyatt, P. W.; Yelon, A.

    1972-01-01

    We report the production of (111) epitaxial Pb films on mica and (111) textured Pb films on mica and glass. Film structure is studied by reflection electron diffraction and by etching and optical microscopy. Thin (about 1000 A) epitaxial films are found to be doubly positioned. Reorientation during growth of thicker films leads to single positioning in areas several tenths of a millimeter across.

  7. Nanoscale electrical properties of epitaxial Cu3Ge film

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Gao, Jia; Loo, Yueh-Lin; Yao, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Cu3Ge has been pursued as next-generation interconnection/contact material due to its high thermal stability, low bulk resistivity and diffusion barrier property. Improvements in electrical performance and structure of Cu3Ge have attracted great attention in the past decades. Despite the remarkable progress in Cu3Ge fabrication on various substrates by different deposition methods, polycrystalline films with excess Ge were frequently obtained. Moreover, the characterization of nanoscale electrical properties remains challenging. Here we show the fabrication of epitaxial Cu3Ge thin film and its nanoscale electrical properties, which are directly correlated with localized film microstructures and supported by HRTEM observations. The average resistivity and work function of epitaxial Cu3Ge thin film are measured to be 6 ± 1 μΩ cm and ~4.47 ± 0.02 eV respectively, qualifying it as a good alternative to Cu. PMID:27363582

  8. Depositing spacing layers on magnetic film with liquid phase epitaxy

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    Moody, J. W.; Shaw, R. W.; Sanfort, R. M.

    1975-01-01

    Liquid phase epitaxy spacing layer is compatible with systems which are hard-bubble proofed by use of second magnetic garnet film as capping layer. Composite is superior in that: circuit fabrication time is reduced; adherence is superior; visibility is better; and, good match of thermal expansion coefficients is provided.

  9. Enhanced Luminescence in Epitaxial Oxide Thin-Film Phosphors

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    Lee, Y.E.; Norton, D.P.; Budai, J.D.; Park, C.; Kim, M.; Pennycook, S.J.; Rack, P.D.; Potter, M.D.

    1999-11-08

    Undoped and Mn-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin-film phosphors were grown using pulsed laser ablation on (100) MgO single crystal and glass substrates. X-ray results showed the films on (100) MgO are well aligned both out-of plane and in-plane. Epitaxial films show superior photoluminescent intensity as compared to randomly oriented polycrystalline films, indicating that intragranular crystallinity strongIy influences luminescent properties. Li-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibited significantly enhanced photoluminescence intensity.

  10. Measurement of magnetostriction coefficients of epitaxial garnet films.

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    Vella-Coleiro, G P

    1979-09-01

    A technique for measuring the magnetostriction coefficients of epitaxial garnet films on 50-mm-diam wafers is described. The measurement is based on the shift of the microwave ferrimagnetic resonance produced by stressing the film, which is achieved by supporting the wafer around its circumference and reducing the atmospheric pressure on one side. A simple, nonresonant transmission microwave spectrometer which is well suited for measurements on large wafers is also described.

  11. Epitaxial ternary nitride thin films prepared by a chemical solution method

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    Luo, Hongmei; Feldmann, David M; Wang, Haiyan; Bi, Zhenxing

    2008-01-01

    It is indispensable to use thin films for many technological applications. This is the first report of epitaxial growth of ternary nitride AMN2 films. Epitaxial tetragonal SrTiN2 films have been successfully prepared by a chemical solution approach, polymer-assisted deposition. The structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films are also investigated.

  12. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; ...

    2015-09-09

    We have grown epitaxial WO3 films on various single-crystal substrates using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO4 substrates, films grown on YAlO3 substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. Furthermore, the dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch is discussed.

  13. Chiral habit selection on nanostructured epitaxial quartz films.

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    Carretero-Genevrier, Adrián; Gich, Martí; Picas, Laura; Sanchez, Clément; Rodriguez-Carvajal, Juan

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the crystallization of enantiomorphically pure systems can be relevant to diverse fields such as the study of the origins of life or the purification of racemates. Here we report on polycrystalline epitaxial thin films of quartz on Si substrates displaying two distinct types of chiral habits that never coexist in the same film. We combine Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) analysis and computer-assisted crystallographic calculations to make a detailed study of these habits of quartz. By estimating the surface energies of the observed crystallites we argue that the films are enantiomorphically pure and we briefly outline a possible mechanism to explain the habit and chiral selection in this system.

  14. Strong circular photogalvanic effect in ZnO epitaxial films

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    Zhang, Q.; Wang, X. Q.; Yin, C. M.; Shen, B.; Chen, Y. H.; Chang, K.; Ge, W. K.

    2011-12-23

    A strong circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) in ZnO epitaxial films was reported under interband excitation. It was observed that CPGE current is as large as 100 nA/W in ZnO, which is about one order in magnitude higher than that in InN film while the CPGE currents in GaN films are not detectable. The possible reasons for the above observations are the strong spin orbit coupling in ZnO or the inversed valence band structure of ZnO.

  15. Strong circular photogalvanic effect in ZnO epitaxial films

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    Zhang, Q.; Wang, X. Q.; Yin, C. M.; Shen, B.; Chen, Y. H.; Chang, K.; Ge, W. K.

    2011-12-01

    A strong circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) in ZnO epitaxial films was reported under interband excitation. It was observed that CPGE current is as large as 100 nA/W in ZnO, which is about one order in magnitude higher than that in InN film while the CPGE currents in GaN films are not detectable. The possible reasons for the above observations are the strong spin orbit coupling in ZnO or the inversed valence band structure of ZnO.

  16. Strong circular photogalvanic effect in ZnO epitaxial films

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    Zhang, Q.; Wang, X. Q.; Yin, C. M.; Xu, F. J.; Tang, N.; Shen, B.; Chen, Y. H.; Chang, K.; Ge, W. K.; Ishitani, Y.; Yoshikawa, A.

    2010-07-01

    We report a strong circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) in ZnO epitaxial films under interband excitation. It is observed that CPGE current is as large as 100 nA/W in ZnO, which is about one order in magnitude higher than that in InN film while the CPGE currents in GaN films are not detectable. The possible reasons for the above observations are the strong spin orbit coupling in ZnO or the inversed valence band structure of ZnO.

  17. Substrate Preparations in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.

    2000-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. Annealing-temperature dependence of ZnO substrates was studied. ZnO films grown on sapphire substrates have also been investigated for comparison purposes and the annealing temperature of A1203 substrates is 1000 C. Substrates and films were characterized using photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, energy dispersive spectrum, and electric transport measurements. It has been found that the ZnO film properties were different when films were grown on the two polarity surfaces of ZnO substrates and the A1203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of homoepitaxial ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  18. Gradient bounds for a thin film epitaxy equation

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    Li, Dong; Qiao, Zhonghua; Tang, Tao

    2017-02-01

    We consider a gradient flow modeling the epitaxial growth of thin films with slope selection. The surface height profile satisfies a nonlinear diffusion equation with biharmonic dissipation. We establish optimal local and global wellposedness for initial data with critical regularity. To understand the mechanism of slope selection and the dependence on the dissipation coefficient, we exhibit several lower and upper bounds for the gradient of the solution in physical dimensions d ≤ 3.

  19. Robust surface states in epitaxial Bi(111) thin films

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    Zhu, Kai; Jin, Xiaofeng

    Bulk Bi a prototype semimetal with trivial electronic band topology. Unanticipatedly, we show the Altshuler-Aronov-Spivak and Aharonov-Bohm effects in epitaxial Bi(111) thin films. Meanwhile, we clearly identify the interaction of the top and bottom surface states via quantum tunneling by the electrical conductance and weak anti-localization measurements. These results have significantly enriched our understanding about the electronic structure of Bi, which might be helpful for clearing up some of its longstanding subtle issues.

  20. Ultrafast transient reflectance of epitaxial semiconducting perovskite thin films

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    Smolin, S. Y.; Scafetta, M. D.; Guglietta, G. W.; Baxter, J. B.; May, S. J.

    2014-07-01

    Ultrafast pump-probe transient reflectance (TR) spectroscopy was used to study carrier dynamics in an epitaxial perovskite oxide thin film of LaFeO3 (LFO) with a thickness of 40 unit cells (16 nm) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT). TR spectroscopy shows two negative transients in reflectance with local maxima at ˜2.5 eV and ˜3.5 eV which correspond to two optical transitions in LFO as determined by ellipsometry. The kinetics at these transients were best fit with an exponential decay model with fast (5-40 ps), medium (˜200 ps), and slow (˜ 3 ns) components that we attribute mainly to recombination of photoexcited carriers. Moreover, these reflectance transients did not completely decay within the observable time window, indicating that ˜10% of photoexcited carriers exist for at least 3 ns. This work illustrates that TR spectroscopy can be performed on thin (<20 nm) epitaxial oxide films to provide a quantitative understanding of recombination lifetimes, which are important parameters for the potential utilization of perovskite films in photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications.

  1. Dewetting of Epitaxial Silver Film on Silicon by Thermal Annealing

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    Sanders, Charlotte E.; Kellogg, Gary L.; Shih, C.-K.

    2013-03-01

    It has been shown that noble metals can grow epitaxially on semiconducting and insulating substrates, despite being a non-wetting system: low temperature deposition followed by room temperature annealing leads to atomically flat film morphology. However, the resulting metastable films are vulnerable to dewetting, which has limited their utility for applications under ambient conditions. The physics of this dewetting is of great interest but little explored. We report on an investigation of the dewetting of epitaxial Ag(111) films on Si(111) and (100). Low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) shows intriguing evolution in film morphology and crystallinity, even at temperatures below 100oC. On the basis of these findings, we can begin to draw compelling inferences about film-substrate interaction and the kinetics of dewetting. Financial support is from NSF, DGE-0549417 and DMR-0906025. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, User Facility operated for the U.S. DOE Office of Science. Sandia National Lab is managed and operated by Sandia Corp., a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  2. A study on the epitaxial Bi2Se3 thin film grown by vapor phase epitaxy

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    Lin, Yen-Cheng; Chen, Yu-Sung; Lee, Chao-Chun; Wu, Jen-Kai; Lee, Hsin-Yen; Liang, Chi-Te; Chang, Yuan Huei

    2016-06-01

    We report the growth of high quality Bi2Se3 thin films on Al2O3 substrates by using chemical vapor deposition. From the atomic force microscope, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope measurements we found that the films are of good crystalline quality, have two distinct domains and can be grown epitaxially on the Al2O3 substrate. Carrier concentration in the sample is found to be 1.1 × 1019 cm-3 between T = 2 K to T = 300 K, and electron mobility can reach 954 cm2/V s at T = 2 K. Weak anti-localization effect is observed in the low temperature magneto-transport measurement for the sample which indicates that the thin film has topological surface state.

  3. Antiferromagnetic domains in epitaxial thin films

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    Scholl, Andreas

    2002-03-01

    Interface and surface effects play a central role in modern magnet structures. Magnetic exchange coupling and bias, spin injection across the boundary between magnetic and non-magnetic layers, and the surface and interface anisotropy in multilayers are examples for interface phenomena that are utilized in magneto-electronics. In particular, the microscopic origin of exchange bias at ferromagnet/antiferromagnet interfaces is still an unsolved problem despite of intense research, driven by the important application of exchange bias in hard disk read-heads and magnetic RAM. Knowledge of the microscopic magnetic structure in antiferromagnetic thin films and surfaces is of crucial importance for a better understanding of the exchange bias effect. Microscopic experiments on magnetically coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet layers using X-ray Photoemission Electron Microscopy (X-PEEM) now provide a new insight into the microscopic processes at this important interface. Using a combination of x-ray magnetic dichroism (XMD) contrast and microscopic electron yield detection we have resolved the magnetic domain structure in LaFeO3 and NiO thin films and crystals. The antiferromagnetic domain structure is linked to the crystallographic structure of the material and vanishes approaching the magnetic ordering temperature. Ferromagnetic films grown on the antiferromagnetic substrate show a corresponding ferromagnetic domain structure, an uniaxial exchange anistropy and a local bias which increases with decreasing domain size, suggesting a statistical origin of the bias effect. The role of uncompensated interface spins will also be discussed. We will present first experiments on magnetic interlayer coupling across metallic antiferromagnets, which suggest a similar origin of bias in full-metallic exchange bias system. A. Scholl et al., Science 287, 1014 (2000), F. Nolting et al., Nature 405, 767 (2000), H. Ohldag et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 2878 (2001)

  4. Graphene Substrate for van der Waals Epitaxy of Layer-Structured Bismuth Antimony Telluride Thermoelectric Film.

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    Kim, Eun Sung; Hwang, Jae-Yeol; Lee, Kyu Hyoung; Ohta, Hiromichi; Lee, Young Hee; Kim, Sung Wng

    2017-02-01

    Graphene as a substrate for the van der Waals epitaxy of 2D layered materials is utilized for the epitaxial growth of a layer-structured thermoelectric film. Van der Waals epitaxial Bi0.5 Sb1.5 Te3 film on graphene synthesized via a simple and scalable fabrication method exhibits good crystallinity and high thermoelectric transport properties comparable to single crystals.

  5. Epitaxial Electrodeposition of Chiral Metal Oxide Films

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    Switzer, Jay

    2006-03-01

    Chirality is ubiquitous in Nature. One enantiomer of a molecule is often physiologically active, while the other enantiomer may be either inactive or toxic. Chiral surfaces offer the possibility of developing heterogeneous enantiospecific catalysts that can more readily be separated from the products and reused. Chiral surfaces might also serve as electrochemical sensors for chiral molecules- perhaps even implantable chiral sensors that could be used to monitor drug levels in the body. Our trick to produce chiral surfaces is to electrodeposit low symmetry metal oxide films with chiral orientations on achiral substrates (see, Nature 425, 490, 2003). The relationship between three-dimensional and two-dimensional chirality will be discussed. Chiral surfaces lack mirror or glide plane symmetry. It is possible to produce chiral surfaces of materials which do not crystallize in chiral space groups. We have deposited chiral orientations of achiral CuO onto single-crystal Au and Cu using both tartaric acid and the amino acids alanine and valine to control the handedness of the electrodeposited films. We will present results on the chiral recognition of molecules such as tartaric or malic acid and L-dopa on the chiral electrodeposited CuO. Initial work on the electrochemical biomineralization of chiral nanostructures of calcite will also be discussed.

  6. Fluorination of epitaxial oxides: Creating ferrite and nickelate oxyfluoride films

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    May, Steven; Moon, Eun; Xie, Yujun; Keavney, David; Goebel, Justin; Laird, Eric; Li, Christopher

    2013-03-01

    In ABO3 perovskites, the physical properties are directly coupled to the nominal valence state of the B-site cation. In epitaxial thin films, the dominant strategy to control B-site valence is through the selection of a di- or trivalent cation on the A-site. However, this approach is limited, particularly when electron doping on the B-site is desired. Here we report a simple method for realizing oxyfluoride films, where the substitution of F for O is expected to reduce the B-site valence, providing a new means to tune electronic, optical and magnetic properties in thin films. Fluorination is achieved by spin coating an oxygen deficient film with poly(vinylidene fluoride). The film/polymer bilayer is then annealed, promoting the diffusion of F into the film. We have used this method to synthesize SrFeO3-δFδ and LaNiO3-δFδ (δ ? 0.5) films, as confirmed by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. This work is supported by the U. S. Army Research Office under grant number W911NF-12-1-0132. Work at the Advanced Photon Source is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences under contract DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  7. Different spin relaxation mechanisms between epitaxial and polycrystalline Ta thin films

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    Gamou, Hiromu; Ryu, Jeongchun; Kohda, Makoto; Nitta, Junsaku

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate that spin relaxation mechanisms are different between epitaxial Ta and disordered polycrystalline Ta thin films by determining the relationship between spin relaxation time and diffusion constant. To control the diffusion constant, epitaxial Ta and polycrystalline Ta thin films are prepared by sputtering on different substrates and at different growth temperatures. The spin relaxation time is extracted from the results of weak antilocalization analysis including the superconducting fluctuation effect. The dominant spin relaxation mechanism for polycrystalline Ta thin films is the Elliot–Yafet mechanism, as is expected for centrosymmetric metal films. In contrast, the D’yakonov–Perel’ mechanism plays a role in epitaxial Ta thin films.

  8. Single-domain epitaxial silicene on diboride thin films

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    Fleurence, A.; Gill, T. G.; Friedlein, R.; ...

    2016-04-12

    Epitaxial silicene, which forms spontaneously on ZrB2(0001) thin films grown on Si(111) wafers, has a periodic stripe domain structure. By adsorbing additional Si atoms on this surface, we find that the domain boundaries vanish, and a single-domain silicene sheet can be prepared without altering its buckled honeycomb structure. The amount of Si required to induce this change suggests that the domain boundaries are made of a local distortion of the silicene honeycomb lattice. LastlThe realization of a single domain sheet with structural and electronic properties close to those of the original striped state demonstrates the high structural flexibility of silicene.

  9. Single-domain epitaxial silicene on diboride thin films

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    Fleurence, A.; Gill, T. G.; Friedlein, R.; Sadowski, J. T.; Aoyagi, K.; Copel, M.; Tromp, R. M.; Hirjibehedin, C. F.; Yamada-Takamura, Y.

    2016-04-12

    Epitaxial silicene, which forms spontaneously on ZrB2(0001) thin films grown on Si(111) wafers, has a periodic stripe domain structure. By adsorbing additional Si atoms on this surface, we find that the domain boundaries vanish, and a single-domain silicene sheet can be prepared without altering its buckled honeycomb structure. The amount of Si required to induce this change suggests that the domain boundaries are made of a local distortion of the silicene honeycomb lattice. LastlThe realization of a single domain sheet with structural and electronic properties close to those of the original striped state demonstrates the high structural flexibility of silicene.

  10. Mobility enhanced photoactivity in sol-gel grown epitaxial anatase TiO2 films.

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Jung-Kun; Lee, Jaegab; Kang, Bo Soo; Jia, Quanxi; Nastasi, Michael; Noh, Jun Hong; Cho, Chin-Moo; Yoon, Sung Hoon

    2008-03-18

    Epitaxial anatase thin films were grown on single-crystal LaAlO3 substrates by a sol-gel process. The epitaxial relationship between TiO2 and LaAlO3 was found to be [100]TiO2||[100]LaAlO3 and (001)TiO2||(001)LaAlO3 based on X-ray diffraction and a high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The epitaxial anatase films show significantly improved photocatalytic properties, compared with polycrystalline anatase film on fused silica substrate. The increase in the photocatalytic activity of epitaxial anatase films is explained by enhanced charge carrier mobility, which is traced to the decreased grain boundary density in the epitaxial anatase film.

  11. Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Films Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    1996-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) holds great potential as an electronic material because of its wide band gap energy, high breakdown electric field, thermal stability, and resistance to radiation damage. Possible aerospace applications of high-temperature, high-power, or high-radiation SiC electronic devices include sensors, control electronics, and power electronics that can operate at temperatures up to 600 C and beyond. Commercially available SiC devices now include blue light-emitting diodes (LED's) and high-voltage diodes for operation up to 350 C, with other devices under development. At present, morphological defects in epitaxially grown SiC films limit their use in device applications. Research geared toward reducing the number of structural inhomogeneities can benefit from an understanding of the type and nature of problems that cause defects. The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has proven to be a useful tool in characterizing defects present on the surface of SiC epitaxial films. The in-house High-Temperature Integrated Electronics and Sensors (HTIES) Program at the NASA Lewis Research Center not only extended the dopant concentration range achievable in epitaxial SiC films, but it reduced the concentration of some types of defects. Advanced structural characterization using the AFM was warranted to identify the type and structure of the remaining film defects and morphological inhomogeneities. The AFM can give quantitative information on surface topography down to molecular scales. Acquired, in part, in support of the Advanced High Temperature Engine Materials Technology Program (HITEMP), the AFM had been used previously to detect partial fiber debonding in composite material cross sections. Atomic force microscopy examination of epitaxial SiC film surfaces revealed molecular-scale details of some unwanted surface features. Growth pits propagating from defects in the substrate, and hillocks due, presumably, to existing screw dislocations in the substrates, were

  12. Magnetic x-ray dichroism in ultrathin epitaxial films

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    Tobin, J.G.; Goodman, K.W.; Cummins, T.R.

    1997-04-01

    The authors have used Magnetic X-ray Linear Dichroism (MXLD) and Magnetic X-ray Circular Dichroism (MXCD) to study the magnetic properties of epitaxial overlayers in an elementally specific fashion. Both MXLD and MXCD Photoelectron Spectroscopy were performed in a high resolution mode at the Spectromicroscopy Facility of the ALS. Circular Polarization was obtained via the utilization of a novel phase retarder (soft x-ray quarter wave plate) based upon transmission through a multilayer film. The samples were low temperature Fe overlayers, magnetic alloy films of NiFe and CoNi, and Gd grown on Y. The authors results include a direct comparison of high resolution angle resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy performed in MXLD and MXCD modes as well as structural studies with photoelectron diffraction.

  13. Reversible metal-hydride phase transformation in epitaxial films.

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    Roytburd, Alexander L; Boyerinas, Brad M; Bruck, Hugh A

    2015-03-11

    Metal-hydride phase transformations in solids commonly proceed with hysteresis. The extrinsic component of hysteresis is the result of the dissipation of energy of internal stress due to plastic deformation and fracture. It can be mitigated on the nanoscale, where plastic deformation and fracture are suppressed and the transformation proceeds through formation and evolution of coherent phases. However, the phase coherency introduces intrinsic thermodynamic hysteresis, preventing reversible transformation. In this paper, it is shown that thermodynamic hysteresis of coherent metal-hydride transformation can be eliminated in epitaxial film due to substrate constraint. Film-substrate interaction leads to formation of heterophase polydomain nanostructure with variable phase fraction which can change reversibly by varying temperature in a closed system or chemical potential in an open system.

  14. Reversible metal-hydride phase transformation in epitaxial films

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    Roytburd, Alexander L.; Boyerinas, Brad M.; Bruck, Hugh A.

    2015-03-01

    Metal-hydride phase transformations in solids commonly proceed with hysteresis. The extrinsic component of hysteresis is the result of the dissipation of energy of internal stress due to plastic deformation and fracture. It can be mitigated on the nanoscale, where plastic deformation and fracture are suppressed and the transformation proceeds through formation and evolution of coherent phases. However, the phase coherency introduces intrinsic thermodynamic hysteresis, preventing reversible transformation. In this paper, it is shown that thermodynamic hysteresis of coherent metal-hydride transformation can be eliminated in epitaxial film due to substrate constraint. Film-substrate interaction leads to formation of heterophase polydomain nanostructure with variable phase fraction which can change reversibly by varying temperature in a closed system or chemical potential in an open system.

  15. Malleability of uranium: Manipulating the charge-density wave in epitaxial films

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    Springell, R.; Ward, R. C. C.; Bouchet, J.; Chivall, J.; Wermeille, D.; Normile, P. S.; Langridge, S.; Zochowski, S. W.; Lander, G. H.

    2014-06-01

    We report x-ray synchrotron experiments on epitaxial films of uranium, deposited on niobium and tungsten seed layers. Despite similar lattice parameters for these refractory metals, the uranium epitaxial arrangements are different and the strains propagated along the orthorhombic a axis of the uranium layers are of opposite sign. At low temperatures these changes in epitaxy result in dramatic modifications to the behavior of the charge-density wave in uranium. The differences are explained with the current theory for the electron-phonon coupling in the uranium lattice. Our results emphasize the intriguing possibilities of producing epitaxial films of elements that have complex structures like the light actinides uranium to plutonium.

  16. Search for quantum size effects in ultrathin epitaxial metallic films

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    Badoz, P. A.; D'Avitaya, F. Arnaud; Rosencher, E.

    In order to investigate quantum size effects in ultrathin metal films, tunneling spectroscopy measurements have been performed in the epitaxial CoSi2/Si system, with a metal thickness ranging from 1000 Å down to 35 A, i.e. a few de Broglie wavelengths of electrons in CoSi 2. The resulting spectra show extremely rich sets of features, the origin of which are investigated. The peaks observed at low energy (-100 meV, +100 meV) are thickness independent and attributed to phonon emission by hot electrons. The peaks observed at higher energy (up to 600 meV) are thickness dependent but their physical origin is not yet fully ascertained. The absence of unambiguous electron quantization effects in these epitaxial films is discussed and tentatively attributed to small thickness fluctuations (of the order of a few monolayers), which tend to blur the quantization of the electronic energies. Nous avons étudié les effets de quantification électronique dans les films métalliques minces par spectroscopie tunnel des jonctions CoSi2/Si épitaxiées, pour des épaisseurs de film métallique variant de 1000 ? 35 A, i.e. quelques longueurs d'ondes de de Broglie des électrons dans le CoSi 2. Les spectres obtenus montrent un ensemble de structures extrêmement riche dont nous discutons l'origine physique. Les pics observés à faible énergie (-100 meV, + 100 meV) sont indépendants de I'épaisseur du film de CoSi2, et attribués à l'émission de phonons par les électrons chauds dans le silicium. L'origine des pics observés à plus forte énergie (jusqu'à 600 meV) et dont la position dépend de l'épaisseur du film, est encore incomplètement comprise. Nous discutons l'absence d'effets clairement reliés à la quantification du gaz d'électrons bidimensionnel dans ces films épitaxiés: celle-ci pourrait provenir de faibles fluctuations d'épaisseur (quelques monocouches) qui tendent à brouiller la quantification des énergies électroniques.

  17. Cyclotron resonance in epitaxial Bi1-xSbx films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Heremans, J.; Partin, D. L.; Thrush, C. M.; Karczewski, G.; Richardson, M. S.; Furdyna, J. K.

    1993-10-01

    The far-infrared magnetotransmission of thin films of semiconducting and semimetallic Bi1-xSbx alloys grown by molecular-beam epitaxy has been measured at fixed photon energies between 2.5 and 21.4 meV in magnetic fields up to 6 T, at T=1.8 K. The samples, grown on BaF2 substrates with composition 0<=x<=22.5%, were monocrystalline, with the trigonal axis perpendicular to the surface plane. The measurements were carried out in Faraday and Voigt geometries, with the magnetic field oriented parallel to binary, bisectrix, and trigonal axes of the films. Cyclotron-resonance lines of both electrons and holes were observed. From them, we establish the composition dependence of the effective-mass tensor, of the direct L-point band gap, and of the energy overlap in the semimetallic samples. We conclude that all band-structure parameters are the same in the films as in bulk Bi1-xSbx alloys, except for the energy overlap, which is increased by 16 meV independently of composition, possibly because of the strain induced by the substrate.

  18. Transparent Conductive Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide Epitaxial Thin Films.

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    Halim, Joseph; Lukatskaya, Maria R; Cook, Kevin M; Lu, Jun; Smith, Cole R; Näslund, Lars-Åke; May, Steven J; Hultman, Lars; Gogotsi, Yury; Eklund, Per; Barsoum, Michel W

    2014-04-08

    Since the discovery of graphene, the quest for two-dimensional (2D) materials has intensified greatly. Recently, a new family of 2D transition metal carbides and carbonitrides (MXenes) was discovered that is both conducting and hydrophilic, an uncommon combination. To date MXenes have been produced as powders, flakes, and colloidal solutions. Herein, we report on the fabrication of ∼1 × 1 cm(2) Ti3C2 films by selective etching of Al, from sputter-deposited epitaxial Ti3AlC2 films, in aqueous HF or NH4HF2. Films that were about 19 nm thick, etched with NH4HF2, transmit ∼90% of the light in the visible-to-infrared range and exhibit metallic conductivity down to ∼100 K. Below 100 K, the films' resistivity increases with decreasing temperature and they exhibit negative magnetoresistance-both observations consistent with a weak localization phenomenon characteristic of many 2D defective solids. This advance opens the door for the use of MXenes in electronic, photonic, and sensing applications.

  19. Growth of Atomically Flat DBCO Films Using Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Andrus, Aaron E.; Oh, Seongshik; Davidson, Bruce A.; O'Donnell, Jim; Eckstein, James N.

    2000-03-01

    We have grown atomically flat a-axis dysprosium barium copper oxide (DBCO) films by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using a pure ozone source. Such films can be used, for example, to exploit the inherent anisotropy of DBCO in spin injection devices using ferromagnetic polarized electron sources or all-superconducting Josephson junctions. The a-axis films are grown on a strontium titanate (STO) substrate using a low temperature DBCO template to achieve a-axis orientation. During growth, we use reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) to observe the emergence of one-third order streaks in the diffraction pattern and a reduction in the surface roughness as we increase the growth temperature. Subsequent x-ray diffraction shows complete a-axis normal orientation with pseudomorphic growth (in-plane lattice constants identical to the substrate) and a slightly larger out of plane lattice constant than bulk crystals. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) shows an RMS roughness of 4 Å over several millimeters of the film surface, sufficient to construct tunnel junction devices.

  20. Epitaxial growth of magnetic ZnCuO thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Kim, Tae Cheol; Lee, Seung Han; Jung, Hyun Kyu; Jeong, Jaeeun; Han, Seung Ho

    2017-02-01

    The crystal structure and magnetic properties of epitaxial ZnO thin films doped with 5 at% Cu on SrTiO3 (001) and (111) substrates were investigated. In the case of films deposited in oxygen, unique crystallographic growth directions on different substrates were observed, while a metallic phase was detected in films grown under vacuum. The Cu-doped ZnO thin films deposited on the SrTiO3 (111) substrates, with hexagonal structures, showed a single epitaxial relationship with the substrates, whereas those deposited on the SrTiO3 (001) substrates showed a double epitaxial growth mode. The epitaxial ZnCuO thin films deposited on the SrTiO3 (111) substrates under high vacuum exhibited a ferromagnetic signal at room temperature.

  1. Compensation in epitaxial cubic SiC films

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    Segall, B.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Haugland, E. J.; Matus, L. G.

    1986-01-01

    Hall measurements on four n-type cubic SiC films epitaxially grown by chemical vapor deposition on SiC substrates are reported. The temperature dependent carrier concentrations indicate that the samples are highly compensated. Donor ionization energies, E sub D, are less than one half the values previously reported. The values for E sub D and the donor concentration N sub D, combined with results for small bulk platelets with nitrogen donors, suggest the relation E sub D (N sub D) = E sub D(O) - alpha N sub N sup 1/3 for cubic SiC. A curve fit gives alpha is approx 2.6x10/5 meV cm and E sub D (O) approx 48 meV, which is the generally accepted value of E sub D(O) for nitrogen donors in cubic SiC.

  2. Ferroelastic twin structures in epitaxial WO3 thin films

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    Yun, Shinhee; Woo, Chang-Su; Kim, Gi-Yeop; Sharma, Pankaj; Lee, Jin Hong; Chu, Kanghyun; Song, Jong Hyun; Chung, Sung-Yoon; Seidel, Jan; Choi, Si-Young; Yang, Chan-Ho

    2015-12-01

    Tungsten trioxide is a binary oxide that has potential applications in electrochromic windows, gas sensors, photo-catalysts, and superconductivity. Here, we analyze the crystal structure of atomically flat epitaxial layers on YAlO3 single crystal substrates and perform nanoscale investigations of the ferroelastic twins revealing a hierarchical structure at multiple length scales. We have found that the finest stripe ferroelastic twin walls along pseudocubic <100> axes are associated with cooperative mosaic rotations of the monoclinic films and the larger stripe domains along pseudocubic <110> axes are created to reduce the misfit strain through a commensurate matching of an effective in-plane lattice parameter between film and substrate. The typical widths of the two fine and larger stripe domains increase with film thickness following a power law with scaling exponents of ˜0.6 and ˜0.4, respectively. We have also found that the twin structure can be readily influenced by illumination with an electron beam or a tip-based mechanical compression.

  3. Epitaxial thin films of novel multiferroic double perovskites.

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    Venimadhav, A.; Li, Qi

    2006-03-01

    Recently multiferroic materials have attracted great interest. However, relatively a few pure multiferroic compounds are currently known. Here we show the exploration of design of multiferroic properties in double perovskites by combining the ferrolectrisity driven by the Bi lone pairs and selectively choosing the 3d transition metals following Goodenough-Kanamori's rules to bring in ferromagnetism. We present growth issues in stabilizing the single phase, epitaxial thin films of new double perovskite multiferroic systems such as Bi2NiMnO6, Bi2FeCrO6 and La2NiMnO6 by pulsed laser deposition. Targets of these compositions were synthesized by solid state method with 15% of excess Bi in the composition to compensate the volatility of Bi during the deposition. We also present the synthesis of Bi2FeCrO6 by growing a superlattice structures from individual targets of Bi FeO3 and BiCrO3. In the cubic double perovskites, cations show rock salt kind of ordering in the (111) direction and hence growing these films on STO (111) substrates has an advantage. We present the growth, structural and multiferroic properties in these double perovskite thin films..

  4. Transparent Conductive Two-Dimensional Titanium Carbide Epitaxial Thin Films

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    2014-01-01

    Since the discovery of graphene, the quest for two-dimensional (2D) materials has intensified greatly. Recently, a new family of 2D transition metal carbides and carbonitrides (MXenes) was discovered that is both conducting and hydrophilic, an uncommon combination. To date MXenes have been produced as powders, flakes, and colloidal solutions. Herein, we report on the fabrication of ∼1 × 1 cm2 Ti3C2 films by selective etching of Al, from sputter-deposited epitaxial Ti3AlC2 films, in aqueous HF or NH4HF2. Films that were about 19 nm thick, etched with NH4HF2, transmit ∼90% of the light in the visible-to-infrared range and exhibit metallic conductivity down to ∼100 K. Below 100 K, the films’ resistivity increases with decreasing temperature and they exhibit negative magnetoresistance—both observations consistent with a weak localization phenomenon characteristic of many 2D defective solids. This advance opens the door for the use of MXenes in electronic, photonic, and sensing applications. PMID:24741204

  5. Epitaxial growth of AlN films via plasma-assisted atomic layer epitaxy

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    Nepal, N.; Qadri, S. B.; Hite, J. K.; Mahadik, N. A.; Mastro, M. A.; Eddy, C. R. Jr.

    2013-08-19

    Thin AlN layers were grown at 200–650 °C by plasma assisted atomic layer epitaxy (PA-ALE) simultaneously on Si(111), sapphire (1120), and GaN/sapphire substrates. The AlN growth on Si(111) is self-limited for trimethyaluminum (TMA) pulse of length > 0.04 s, using a 10 s purge. However, the AlN nucleation on GaN/sapphire is non-uniform and has a bimodal island size distribution for TMA pulse of ≤0.03 s. The growth rate (GR) remains almost constant for T{sub g} between 300 and 400 °C indicating ALE mode at those temperatures. The GR is increased by 20% at T{sub g} = 500 °C. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurement shows that the ALE AlN layers grown at T{sub g} ≤ 400 °C have no clear band edge related features, however, the theoretically estimated band gap of 6.2 eV was measured for AlN grown at T{sub g} ≥ 500 °C. X-ray diffraction measurements on 37 nm thick AlN films grown at optimized growth conditions (T{sub g} = 500 °C, 10 s purge, 0.06 s TMA pulse) reveal that the ALE AlN on GaN/sapphire is (0002) oriented with rocking curve full width at the half maximum (FWHM) of 670 arc sec. Epitaxial growth of crystalline AlN layers by PA-ALE at low temperatures broadens application of the material in the technologies that require large area conformal growth at low temperatures with thickness control at the atomic scale.

  6. Quantum and thermal phase slips in superconducting niobium nitride (NbN) ultrathin crystalline nanowire: application to single photon detection.

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    Delacour, Cécile; Pannetier, Bernard; Villegier, Jean-Claude; Bouchiat, Vincent

    2012-07-11

    We present low-temperature electronic transport properties of superconducting nanowires obtained by nanolithography of 4-nm-thick niobium nitride (NbN) films epitaxially grown on sapphire substrate. Below 6 K, clear evidence of phase slippages is observed in the transport measurements. Upon lowering the temperature, we observe the signatures of a crossover between a thermal and a quantum behavior in the phase slip regimes. We find that phase slips are stable even at the lowest temperatures and that no hotspot is formed. The photoresponse of these nanowires is measured as a function of the light irradiation wavelength and temperature and exhibits a behavior comparable with previous results obtained on thicker films.

  7. Epitaxial Growth of Intermetallic MnPt Films on Oxides and Large Exchange Bias

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    Liu, Zhiqi; Biegalski, Michael D; Hsu, Mr. S. L.; Shang, Dr. Shunli; Marker, Cassie; Liu, Jian; Li, Li; Fan, Lisha; Meyer, Tricia L; Wong, Anthony T; Nichols, John A; Chen, Deyang; You, Long; Chen, Zuhuang; Wang, Kai; Wang, Kevin; Ward, Thomas Zac; Gai, Zheng; Lee, Ho Nyung; Sefat, Athena Safa; Lauter, Valeria; Liu, Zi-Kui; Christen, Hans M.

    2015-11-05

    We achieved a high-quality epitaxial growth of inter­metallic MnPt films on oxides, with potential for multiferroic heterostructure applications. Also, antisite-stabilized spin-flipping induces ferromagnetism in MnPt films, although it is robustly antiferromagnetic in bulk. Moreover, highly ordered antiferromagnetic MnPt films exhibit superiorly large exchange coupling with a ferromagnetic layer.

  8. Lateral solid-phase epitaxy of oxide thin films on glass substrate seeded with oxide nanosheets.

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    Taira, Kenji; Hirose, Yasushi; Nakao, Shoichiro; Yamada, Naoomi; Kogure, Toshihiro; Shibata, Tatsuo; Sasaki, Takayoshi; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2014-06-24

    We developed a technique to fabricate oxide thin films with uniaxially controlled crystallographic orientation and lateral size of more than micrometers on amorphous substrates. This technique is lateral solid-phase epitaxy, where epitaxial crystallization of amorphous precursor is seeded with ultrathin oxide nanosheets sparsely (≈10% coverage) deposited on the substrate. Transparent conducting Nb-doped anatase TiO2 thin films were fabricated on glass substrates by this technique. Perfect (001) orientation and large grains with lateral sizes up to 10 μm were confirmed by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and electron beam backscattering diffraction measurements. As a consequence of these features, the obtained film exhibited excellent electrical transport properties comparable to those of epitaxial thin films on single-crystalline substrates. This technique is a versatile method for fabricating high-quality oxide thin films other than anatase TiO2 and would increase the possible applications of oxide-based thin film devices.

  9. Transport and magnetic properties of Fe3Si epitaxial films

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    Vinzelberg, H.; Schumann, J.; Elefant, D.; Arushanov, E.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2008-11-01

    The paper presents resistivity and magnetization measurements on nearly stoichiometric Fe3Si films epitaxially grown on GaAs substrates by electron-beam evaporation in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber. In the low-temperature resistivity a T3 term was found in all samples. A term like that is known to describe the anomalous single-magnon scattering processes in half-metallic materials and confirms so for our samples the hypothesis of half-metallic ferromagnetism in Fe3Si. The films show an anisotropic magnetoresistance in low magnetic fields. In high magnetic fields a negative longitudinal and transverse magnetoresistance (MR) has been observed linearly depending on the field strength. In the vicinity of 200 K the MR shows maximum absolute values up to 1.5% at magnetic fields of about 8 T. From the magnetization measurements a magnetic moment of 0.86μB/atom was obtained, which is close to that of bulk Fe3Si.

  10. Molecular beam epitaxy of thin HfTe2 semimetal films

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    Aminalragia-Giamini, S.; Marquez-Velasco, J.; Tsipas, P.; Tsoutsou, D.; Renaud, G.; Dimoulas, A.

    2017-03-01

    Epitaxial thin films of 1T-HfTe2 semimetal are grown by MBE on AlN(0001) substrates. The measured in-plane lattice parameter indicates an unstrained film which is also azimuthally aligned with the AlN substrate, albeit with an in-plane mosaic spread, as it would be expected for van der Waals epitaxy. Angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy combined with first principles electronic band structure calculations show steep linearly dispersing conduction and valence bands which cross near the Brillouin zone center, providing evidence that HfTe2/AlN is an epitaxial topological Dirac semimetal.

  11. Large-Area Dry Transfer of Single-Crystalline Epitaxial Bismuth Thin Films.

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    Walker, Emily S; Na, Seung Ryul; Jung, Daehwan; March, Stephen D; Kim, Joon-Seok; Trivedi, Tanuj; Li, Wei; Tao, Li; Lee, Minjoo L; Liechti, Kenneth M; Akinwande, Deji; Bank, Seth R

    2016-11-09

    We report the first direct dry transfer of a single-crystalline thin film grown by molecular beam epitaxy. A double cantilever beam fracture technique was used to transfer epitaxial bismuth thin films grown on silicon (111) to silicon strips coated with epoxy. The transferred bismuth films retained electrical, optical, and structural properties comparable to the as-grown epitaxial films. Additionally, we isolated the bismuth thin films on freestanding flexible cured-epoxy post-transfer. The adhesion energy at the bismuth/silicon interface was measured to be ∼1 J/m(2), comparable to that of exfoliated and wet transferred graphene. This low adhesion energy and ease of transfer is unexpected for an epitaxially grown film and may enable the study of bismuth's unique electronic and spintronic properties on arbitrary substrates. Moreover, this method suggests a route to integrate other group-V epitaxial films (i.e., phosphorus) with arbitrary substrates, as well as potentially to isolate bismuthene, the atomic thin-film limit of bismuth.

  12. Ferroelectric properties of highly c-oriented epitaxial Bi2WO6 thin films

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    Ahn, Yoonho; Son, Jong Yeog

    2017-03-01

    Bi2WO6 (BWO) thin films were epitaxially deposited onto single crystal Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrates via pulsed laser deposition (PLD). To control the growth mode of the BWO thin films, the deposition rate was varied from 0.01 to 0.4 nm/pulse. The BWO thin films yielded an island growth mode during a rapid deposition rate of 0.4 nm/pulse. On the other hand, a layer-by-layer growth mode was achieved with a low deposition rate of 0.01 nm/pulse. We could obtain highly c-oriented epitaxial BWO thin films by means of the layer-by-layer mode. Piezoresponse force microscopy revealed that the highly c-oriented epitaxial BWO thin films possessed spontaneous polarizations that were perpendicular to the c-axis.

  13. Solid-liquid phase epitaxial growth of Li4Ti5O12 thin film

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    Li, Ning; Katase, Takayoshi; Zhu, Yanbei; Matsumoto, Takao; Umemura, Tomonari; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-12-01

    A thin film of Li4Ti5O12, a candidate anode material for solid-state Li-ion batteries, was heteroepitaxially grown on a (001) SrTiO3 substrate using solid-liquid phase epitaxy. An amorphous Li4Ti5O12 film deposited at room temperature was first heated with LiNO3 powder in air and then washed with distilled water. The Li4Ti5O12 epitaxial film was obtained by heating with molten LiNO3 at 600 °C the liquid LiNO3 completely covered the film, suppressing the formation of Li deficiencies and enhancing the low-temperature crystal growth. Solid-liquid phase epitaxy is a powerful approach to grow Li-containing-oxide films, which are difficult to fabricate because of the loss of Li species at high temperature.

  14. Langevin Equation for the Morphological Evolution of Strained Epitaxial Films

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    Vvedensky, Dimitri; Haselwandter, Christoph

    2006-03-01

    A stochastic partial differential equation for the morphological evolution of strained epitaxial films is derived from an atomistic master equation. The transition rules in this master equation are based on previous kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations of a model that incorporates the effects of strain through local environment-dependent energy barriers to adatom detachment from step edges. The morphological consequences of these rules are seen in the transition from layer-by-layer growth to the appearance of three-dimensional islands with increasing strain. The regularization of the exact Langevin description of these rules yields a continuum equation whose lowest-order terms provide a coarse-grained theory of this model. The coefficients in this equation are expressed in terms of the parameters of the original lattice model, so a direct comparison between the morphologies produced by KMC simulations and this Langevin equation are meaningful. Comparisons with previous approaches are made to provide an atomistic interpretation of a similar equation derived by Golovin et al. based on classical elasticity.

  15. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; Geissbühler, Jonas; Alexander, Duncan T. L.; Jeangros, Quentin; Ballif, Christophe; De Wolf, Stefaan

    2014-08-05

    Low-temperature (≤ 180 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-ehanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems not only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. As a result of our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.

  16. Structure and magnetism of epitaxial rare-earth-transition-metal films

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    Fullerton, E.E.; Sowers, C.H.; Pearson, J.P.; Bader, S.D.

    1996-10-01

    Growth of epitaxial transition-metal superlattices; has proven essential in elucidating the role of crystal orientation and structure on magnetic properties such as giant magnetoresistance, interlayer coupling, and magnetic surface anisotropies. Extending these studies to the growth of epitaxial rare earth-transition metal (RE-TM) films and superlattices promises to play an equally important role in exploring and optimizing the properties of hard magnets. For instance, Skomski and Coey predict that a giant energy product (120 MG Oe) is possible in multilayer structures consisting of aligned hard-magnet layers exchanged coupled with soft-phase layers with high magnetization. Epitaxy provides one route to synthesizing such exchange-hardened magnets on controlled length scales. Epitaxial growth also allows the magnetic properties to be tailored by controlling the crystal orientation and the anisotropies of the magnetic layers and holds the possibility of stabilizing metastable phases. This paper describes the epitaxy and magnetic properties for several alloys.

  17. Quantum transport in the surface states of epitaxial Bi(111) thin films

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    Zhu, Kai; Wu, Lin; Gong, Xinxin; Xiao, Shunhao; Jin, Xiaofeng

    2016-09-01

    Although bulk Bi is a prototypical semimetal with a topologically trivial electronic band structure, we show by various quantum transport measurements that epitaxial Bi(111) thin films have unexpected and nontrivial properties. Not only the top and the bottom but also the side surfaces of epitaxial Bi(111) thin films are always robustly metallic while the interior has already become insulating. We identify the coupling between the top and the bottom surface states that drives the two originally independent surface conducting channels into a single connected one. The properties of Bi(111) thin films realized could lead to promising applications in spintronics.

  18. Suppression of inhomogeneous segregation in graphene growth on epitaxial metal films.

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    Yoshii, Shigeo; Nozawa, Katsuya; Toyoda, Kenji; Matsukawa, Nozomu; Odagawa, Akihiro; Tsujimura, Ayumu

    2011-07-13

    Large-scale uniform graphene growth was achieved by suppressing inhomogeneous carbon segregation using a single domain Ru film epitaxially grown on a sapphire substrate. An investigation of how the metal thickness affected growth and a comparative study on metals with different crystal structures have revealed that locally enhanced carbon segregation at stacking domain boundaries of metal is the origin of inhomogeneous graphene growth. Single domain Ru film has no stacking domain boundary, and the graphene growth on it is mainly caused not by segregation but by a surface catalytic reaction. Suppression of local segregation is essential for uniform graphene growth on epitaxial metal films.

  19. Growth of epitaxial bismuth and gallium substituted lutetium iron garnet films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Leitenmeier, Stephan; Heinrich, Andreas; Lindner, Joerg K. N.; Stritzker, Bernd

    2006-04-15

    Epitaxial bismuth and gallium substituted lutetium iron garnet thin films have been grown on (100) oriented gadolinium gallium garnet Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12} substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The films have been studied using x-ray diffraction, high resolution x-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and electron diffraction. We obtained smooth films with thicknesses between 0.3 and 1.0 {mu}m showing good crystalline quality and epitaxial growth.

  20. Epitaxial niobium dioxide thin films by reactive-biased target ion beam deposition

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    Wang, Yuhan; Comes, Ryan B.; Kittiwatanakul, Salinporn; Wolf, Stuart A.; Lu, Jiwei

    2015-03-01

    Epitaxial NbO2 thin films were synthesized on Al2O3 (0001) substrates via reactive bias target ion beam deposition. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra were used to confirm the tetragonal phase of pure NbO2. Through XPS, it was found that there was a ~ 1.3 nm thick Nb2O5 layer on the surface and the bulk of the thin film was NbO2. The epitaxial relationship between NbO2 film and substrate was determined. Electrical transport measurement as a function of temperature showed that the conduction mechanism could be described by variable range hopping mechanism.

  1. Process for forming epitaxial perovskite thin film layers using halide precursors

    DOEpatents

    Clem, Paul G.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Voigt, James A.; Ashley, Carol S.

    2001-01-01

    A process for forming an epitaxial perovskite-phase thin film on a substrate. This thin film can act as a buffer layer between a Ni substrate and a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x superconductor layer. The process utilizes alkali or alkaline metal acetates dissolved in halogenated organic acid along with titanium isopropoxide to dip or spin-coat the substrate which is then heated to about 700.degree. C. in an inert gas atmosphere to form the epitaxial film on the substrate. The YBCO superconductor can then be deposited on the layer formed by this invention.

  2. Infrared Response and Optoelectronic Memory Device Fabrication Based on Epitaxial VO2 Film.

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    Fan, Lele; Chen, Yuliang; Liu, Qianghu; Chen, Shi; Zhu, Lei; Meng, Qiangqiang; Wang, Baolin; Zhang, Qinfang; Ren, Hui; Zou, Chongwen

    2016-12-07

    In this work, high-quality VO2 epitaxial films were prepared on high-conductivity n-GaN (0001) crystal substrates via an oxide molecular beam epitaxy method. By fabricating a two-terminal VO2/GaN film device, we observed that the infrared transmittance and resistance of VO2 films could be dynamically controlled by an external bias voltage. Based on the hysteretic switching effect of VO2 in infrared range, an optoelectronic memory device was achieved. This memory device was operated under the "electrical writing-optical reading" mode, which shows promising applications in VO2-based optoelectronic device in the future.

  3. Epitaxial growth of iridate pyrochlore Nd2Ir2O7 films

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    Gallagher, J. C.; Esser, B. D.; Morrow, R.; ...

    2016-02-29

    Epitaxial films of the pyrochlore Nd2Ir2O7 have been grown on (111)-oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates by off-axis sputtering followed by post-growth annealing. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrate phase-pure epitaxial growth of the pyrochlore films on YSZ. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) investigation of an Nd2Ir2O7 film with a short post-annealing provides insight into the mechanism for crystallization of Nd2Ir2O7 during the post-annealing process. STEM images reveal clear pyrochlore ordering of Nd and Ir in the films. As a result, the epitaxial relationship between the YSZ and Nd2Ir2O7 is observed clearly while some interfacial regions show a thin region with polycrystallinemore » Ir nanocrystals.« less

  4. Epitaxial growth of iridate pyrochlore Nd2Ir2O7 films

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    Gallagher, J. C.; Esser, B. D.; Morrow, R.; Dunsiger, S. R.; Williams, R. E. A.; Woodward, P. M.; McComb, D. W.; Yang, F. Y.

    2016-01-01

    Epitaxial films of the pyrochlore Nd2Ir2O7 have been grown on (111)-oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates by off-axis sputtering followed by post-growth annealing. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrate phase-pure epitaxial growth of the pyrochlore films on YSZ. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) investigation of an Nd2Ir2O7 film with a short post-annealing provides insight into the mechanism for crystallization of Nd2Ir2O7 during the post-annealing process. STEM images reveal clear pyrochlore ordering of Nd and Ir in the films. The epitaxial relationship between the YSZ and Nd2Ir2O7 is observed clearly while some interfacial regions show a thin region with polycrystalline Ir nanocrystals. PMID:26923862

  5. Aligned carbon nanotubes sandwiched in epitaxial NbC film for enhanced superconductivity.

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    Zhang, Yingying; Ronning, Filip; Gofryk, Krzysztof; Mara, Nathan A; Haberkorn, Nestor; Zou, Guifu; Wang, Haiyan; Lee, Joon H; Bauer, Eve; McCleskey, Thomas M; Burell, Anthony K; Civale, Leonardo; Zhu, Y T; Jia, Quanxi

    2012-04-07

    Highly aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) ribbons were sandwiched in epitaxial superconducting NbC films by a chemical solution deposition method. The incorporation of aligned long CNTs into NbC film enhances the normal-state conductivity and improves the superconducting properties of the assembly.

  6. On the theory of electronic states of the "epitaxial graphene-quantum-well film" system

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    Alisultanov, Z. Z.; Meilanov, R. P.

    2012-07-01

    The problem of an epitaxial graphene formed on a thin metal film in an external magnetic field has been considered. It has been shown that the problem can be solved using the Green's function method within the Kadanoff-Baym formalism. Analytical expressions for the transferred charge as a function of the magnetic field and the thickness of the film have been obtained.

  7. Pinhole-free growth of epitaxial CoSi.sub.2 film on Si(111)

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    Lin, True-Lon (Inventor); Fathauer, Robert W. (Inventor); Grunthaner, Paula J. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    Pinhole-free epitaxial CoSi.sub.2 films (14') are fabricated on (111)-oriented silicon substrates (10) with a modified solid phase epitaxy technique which utilizes (1) room temperature stoichiometric (1:2) codeposition of Co and Si followed by (2) room temperature deposition of an amorphous silicon capping layer (16), and (3) in situ annealing at a temperature ranging from about 500.degree. to 750.degree. C.

  8. Growth of GaN epitaxial films on polycrystalline diamond by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Jiang, Quanzhong; Allsopp, Duncan W. E.; Bowen, Chris R.

    2017-04-01

    Heat extraction is often essential in ensuring efficient performance of semiconductor devices and requires minimising the thermal resistance between the functional semiconductor layers and any heat sink. This paper reports the epitaxial growth of N-polar GaN films on polycrystalline diamond substrates of high thermal conductivity with metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy, by using a Si x C layer formed during deposition of polycrystalline diamond on a silicon substrate. The Si x C layer acts to provide the necessary structure ordering information for the formation of a single crystal GaN film at the wafer scale. It is shown that a three-dimensional island (3D) growth process removes hexagonal defects that are induced by the non-single crystal nature of the Si x C layer. It is also shown that intensive 3D growth and the introduction of a convex curvature of the substrate can be deployed to reduce tensile stress in the GaN epitaxy to enable the growth of a crack-free layer up to a thickness of 1.1µm. The twist and tilt can be as low as 0.65° and 0.39° respectively, values broadly comparable with GaN grown on Si substrates with a similar structure.

  9. Thin film epitaxy and structure property correlations for non-polar ZnO films

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    Pant, Punam; Budai, John D; Aggarwal, R; Narayan, Roger; Narayan, Jagdish

    2009-01-01

    Heteroepitaxial growth and strain relaxation were investigated in non-polar a-plane (11-20)ZnO films grown on r-plane (10-12)sapphire substrates in the temperature range 200-700 C by pulsed laser deposition. The lattice misfit in the plane of the film for this orientation varied from -1.26% in [0001] to ?18.52% in the [-1100] direction. The alignment of (11-20)ZnO planes parallel to (10-12)sapphire planes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction {theta}-2{theta} scans over the entire temperature range. X-ray {psi}-scans revealed the epitaxial relationship:[0001]ZnO[-1101]sap; [-1100]ZnO[-1-120]sap. Depending on the growth temperature, variations in the structural, optical and electrical properties were observed in the grown films. Room temperature photoluminescence for films grown at 700 C shows a strong band-edge emission. The ratio of the band-edge emission to green band emission is 135:1, indicating reduced defects and excellent optical quality of the films. The resistivity data for the films grown at 700 C shows semiconducting behavior with room temperature resistivity of 2.2 x 10{sup -3} {Omega}-cm.

  10. Polarity Effects of Substrate Surface in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (0-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films are also deposited on the (000 I) Al203 substrates. It is found that the two polar surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which are strongly inference the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of epitaxial films on the ZnO substrates are different from the film on the Al203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite Surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth using reactive sputtering deposition.

  11. Structure-property correlation in epitaxial (2 0 0) rutile films on sapphire substrates

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    Bayati, M.R.; Joshi, Sh.; Molaei, R.; Narayan, R.J.; Narayan, J.

    2012-03-15

    We have investigated the influence of the deposition variables on photocatalytic properties of epitaxial rutile films. Despite a large lattice misfit of rutile with sapphire substrate, (2 0 0) epitaxial layers were grown on (0 0 0 1)sapphire by domain matching epitaxy paradigm. Using {phi}-scan XRD and cross section TEM, the epitaxial relationship was determined to be rutile(1 0 0)||sapphire(0 0 0 1), rutile(0 0 1)||sapphire(1 0 -1 0), and rutile(0 1 0)||sapphire(1 -2 1 0). Based on the XRD patterns, increasing the repetition rate introduced tensile stress along the film normal direction, which may arise as a result of trapped defects. Formation of such defects was studied by UV-VIS, PL, and XPS techniques. AFM studies showed that the film roughness increases with the repetition rate. Finally, photocatalytic performance of the layers was investigated through measuring decomposition rate of 4-chlorophenol on the films surface. The films grown at higher frequencies revealed higher photocatalytic efficiency. This behavior was mainly related to formation of point defects which enhance the charge separation. - Graphical abstract: In this report, epitaxial rutile TiO{sub 2} thin films were deposited by PLD process under various deposition rates (frequencies) and their physical and chemical properties, especially photocatalytic performance, were investigated. It was found that photocatalytic efficiency improves when frequency increases. This behavior was mainly related to formation of point defects which enhance the charge separation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rutile epitaxial thin films were deposited via PLD process under different frequencies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Defect characteristic was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photocatalytic performance of the layers was investigated.

  12. Electrodeposition and electrochemical reduction of epitaxial metal oxide thin films and superlattices

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    He, Zhen

    The focus of this dissertation is the electrodeposition and electrochemical reduction of epitaxial metal oxide thin films and superlattices. The electrochemical reduction of metal oxides to metals has been studied for decades as an alternative to pyrometallurgical processes for the metallurgy industry. However, the previous work was conducted on bulk polycrystalline metal oxides. Paper I in this dissertation shows that epitaxial face-centered cubic magnetite (Fe3O4 ) thin films can be electrochemically reduced to epitaxial body-centered cubic iron (Fe) thin films in aqueous solution on single-crystalline Au substrates at room temperature. This technique opens new possibilities to produce special epitaxial metal/metal oxide heterojunctions and a wide range of epitaxial metallic alloy films from the corresponding mixed metal oxides. Electrodeposition, like biomineralization, is a soft solution processing method which can produce functional materials with special properties onto conducting or semiconducting solid surfaces. Paper II in this dissertation presents the electrodeposition of cobalt-substituted magnetite (CoxFe3-xO4, 0 of cobalt-substituted magnetite (CoxFe3-xO4, 0epitaxial thin films and superlattices on Au single-crystalline substrates, which can be potentially used in spintronics and memory devices. Paper III in this dissertation reports the electrodeposition of crystalline cobalt oxide (Co3O4) thin films on stainless steel and Au single-crystalline substrates. The crystalline Co3O4 thin films exhibit high catalytic activity towards the oxygen evolution reaction in an alkaline solution. A possible application of the electrodeposited Co 3O4 is the fabrication of highly active and low-cost photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water-splitting cells.

  13. Layer matching epitaxy of NiO thin films on atomically stepped sapphire (0001) substrates

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    Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Hamasaki, Yosuke; Shibuya, Takuto; Saito, Akira; Tsuchimine, Nobuo; Koyama, Koji; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film epitaxy is critical for investigating the original properties of materials. To obtain epitaxial films, careful consideration of the external conditions, i.e. single-crystal substrate, temperature, deposition pressure and fabrication method, is significantly important. In particular, selection of the single-crystal substrate is the first step towards fabrication of a high-quality film. Sapphire (single-crystalline α-Al2O3) is commonly used in industry as a thin-film crystal-growth substrate, and functional thin-film materials deposited on sapphire substrates have found industrial applications. However, while sapphire is a single crystal, two types of atomic planes exist in accordance with step height. Here we discuss the need to consider the lattice mismatch for each of the sapphire atomic layers. Furthermore, through cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis, we demonstrate the uniepitaxial growth of cubic crystalline thin films on bistepped sapphire (0001) substrates. PMID:26402241

  14. Layer matching epitaxy of NiO thin films on atomically stepped sapphire (0001) substrates

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    Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Hamasaki, Yosuke; Shibuya, Takuto; Saito, Akira; Tsuchimine, Nobuo; Koyama, Koji; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-09-01

    Thin-film epitaxy is critical for investigating the original properties of materials. To obtain epitaxial films, careful consideration of the external conditions, i.e. single-crystal substrate, temperature, deposition pressure and fabrication method, is significantly important. In particular, selection of the single-crystal substrate is the first step towards fabrication of a high-quality film. Sapphire (single-crystalline α-Al2O3) is commonly used in industry as a thin-film crystal-growth substrate, and functional thin-film materials deposited on sapphire substrates have found industrial applications. However, while sapphire is a single crystal, two types of atomic planes exist in accordance with step height. Here we discuss the need to consider the lattice mismatch for each of the sapphire atomic layers. Furthermore, through cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis, we demonstrate the uniepitaxial growth of cubic crystalline thin films on bistepped sapphire (0001) substrates.

  15. Properties of epitaxial (210) iron garnet films exhibiting the magnetoelectric effect

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    Arzamastseva, G. V.; Balbashov, A. M.; Lisovskii, F. V. Mansvetova, E. G.; Temiryazev, A. G.; Temiryazeva, M. P.

    2015-04-15

    The properties of epitaxial magnetic (LuBi){sub 3}(FeGa){sub 5}O{sub 12} iron garnet films grown on (210) substrates, which exhibit the magnetoelectric effect, are experimentally studied. The induced anisotropy and the behavior of the domain structure in the films are investigated in uniform and nonuniform external fields. The existing hypotheses about the nature of the magnetoelectric coupling in such films are critically analyzed.

  16. Ferroelectric Tungsten Bronze Bulk Crystals and Epitaxial Thin Films for Electro-Optic Device Applications

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    1983-05-01

    23 FERROELECTRIC TUNGSTEN BRONZE BULK CRYSTALS AND EPITAXIAL THIN FILMS FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE APPLICATIONS 10 CO O Semi-Annual Technical... THIN FILMS FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC DEVICE APPLICATIONS s TV^C or REPORT * pcmoo COVCHCO Semi-Annual Tec1! Rpt #1 for period 09/30/82-03/31/83...months, considerable progress has been made in several areas, including single crystal and thin film growth and characteriza- tion. The new

  17. Atomic Layer Epitaxy of Group IV Materials: Surface Processes, Thin Films, Devices and their Characterization

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    1993-12-01

    U AD-A274 325 Semiannual Technical Report U Atomic Layer Epitaxy of Group IV Materials: Surface Processes, Thin Films, Devices and Their... Group IV Materials: Surface Processes, Thin 414v001---01 Films, Devices and Their Characterization 1114SS S. AUTHOS) N00179 Robert F. Davis, Salah... Conformal deposition of SiC has been demonstrated within trenches etched into Si(100) wafers. P-type films have also been achieved using Al as a

  18. Method for rapid, controllable growth and thickness, of epitaxial silicon films

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    Wang, Qi; Stradins, Paul; Teplin, Charles; Branz, Howard M.

    2009-10-13

    A method of producing epitaxial silicon films on a c-Si wafer substrate using hot wire chemical vapor deposition by controlling the rate of silicon deposition in a temperature range that spans the transition from a monohydride to a hydrogen free silicon surface in a vacuum, to obtain phase-pure epitaxial silicon film of increased thickness is disclosed. The method includes placing a c-Si substrate in a HWCVD reactor chamber. The method also includes supplying a gas containing silicon at a sufficient rate into the reaction chamber to interact with the substrate to deposit a layer containing silicon thereon at a predefined growth rate to obtain phase-pure epitaxial silicon film of increased thickness.

  19. Perpendicularly magnetized τ-MnAl (001) thin films epitaxied on GaAs

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    Nie, S. H.; Zhu, L. J.; Lu, J.; Pan, D.; Wang, H. L.; Yu, X. Z.; Xiao, J. X.; Zhao, J. H.

    2013-04-01

    Perpendicularly magnetized τ-MnAl films have been epitaxied on GaAs (001) by molecular-beam epitaxy. Crystalline quality and magnetic properties of the samples were strongly dependent on growth temperature. The highest coercivity of 10.7 kOe, saturation magnetization of 361.4 emu/cm3, perpendicular magnetic anisotropy constant of 13.65 Merg/cm3, and magnetic energy product of 4.44 MGOe were achieved. These tunable magnetic properties make MnAl films valuable as excellent and cost-effective alternative for not only high density perpendicular magnetic recording storage and spintronics devices but also permanent magnets.

  20. Formation and Characterization of Transversely Modulated Nanostructures in Metallic Thin Films using Epitaxial Control

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    Boyerinas, Brad Michael

    This thesis describes a fundamental investigation into the formation, characterization, and modeling of epitaxially-controlled self-assembly at the nanoscale. The presence of coherent nanophases and the clamping effect from an epitaxial substrate enables the formation of transversely modulated nanostructures (TMNS) resulting in improved functionality, which was previously observed through increased piezoelectric response in BiFeO3. The ability to fabricate high quality epitaxial films presents opportunity to investigate coherent phase decomposition in other material systems with multifunctional response. The research herein aims to extend the concept of nanoscale self assembly in metallic systems, including Ag-Si and Pd-PdH. First, the effect of annealing a Ag-Si couple was examined, and ordered, nanoscale Ag crystallites were observed along the interface with the epitaxial Si wafer. It is demonstrated that Ag foil can be used in place of doped Ag paste (commonly used in solar cell metallization) to achieve TMNS at the interface. It was proved that annealing the Ag-Si couple in air is necessary for the self-assembly reaction to take place, as doing so prevents bulk diffusion and eutectic melting. Electron backscatter diffraction was used to verify the epitaxial relation between the Ag nanostructures and Si crystal. A method to fabricate ordered, nanoscale PdH precipitates in epitaxial Pd thin films via high temperate gas phase hydrogenation was established. Epitaxial Pd films were deposited via e-beam deposition and a V buffer layer was necessary to induce epitaxy. This novel self-assembled nanostructure may enable hysteresis-less absorption and desorption, thus improving functionality with regard to hydrogen sensing and storage. The epitaxial Pd film was characterized before and after hydrogenation with x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy to determine composition and nanostructure of the film. A thermodynamic model was developed to demonstrate the

  1. Thermoelectric Properties of Epitaxial β-FeSi2 Thin Films on Si(111) and Approach for Their Enhancement

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    Taniguchi, Tatsuhiko; Sakane, Shunya; Aoki, Shunsuke; Okuhata, Ryo; Ishibe, Takafumi; Watanabe, Kentaro; Suzuki, Takeyuki; Fujita, Takeshi; Sawano, Kentarou; Nakamura, Yoshiaki

    2016-10-01

    We have investigated the intrinsic thermoelectric properties of epitaxial β-FeSi2 thin films and the impact of phosphorus (P) doping. Epitaxial β-FeSi2 thin films with single phase were grown on Si(111) substrates by two different techniques in an ultrahigh-vacuum molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system: solid-phase epitaxy (SPE), where iron silicide films formed by codeposition of Fe and Si at room temperature were recrystallized by annealing at 530°C to form epitaxial β-FeSi2 thin films on Si(111) substrates, and MBE of β-FeSi2 thin films on epitaxial β-FeSi2 templates formed on Si(111) by reactive deposition epitaxy (RDE) at 530°C (RDE + MBE). Epitaxial SPE thin films based on codeposition had a flatter surface and more abrupt β-FeSi2/Si(111) interface than epitaxial RDE + MBE thin films. We investigated the intrinsic thermoelectric properties of the epitaxial β-FeSi2 thin films on Si(111), revealing lower thermal conductivity and higher electrical conductivity compared with bulk β-FeSi2. We also investigated the impact of doping on the Seebeck coefficient of bulk and thin-film β-FeSi2. A route to enhance the thermoelectric performance of β-FeSi2 is proposed, based on (1) fabrication of thin-film structures for high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity, and (2) proper choice of doping for high Seebeck coefficient.

  2. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in epitaxially strained cobalt-ferrite (001) thin films

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    Yanagihara, H. Utsumi, Y.; Niizeki, T. Inoue, J.; Kita, Eiji

    2014-05-07

    We investigated the dependencies of both the magnetization characteristics and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3–x}O{sub 4}(001) epitaxial films (x = 0.5 and 0.75) on the growth conditions of the reactive magnetron sputtering process. Both saturation magnetization and the magnetic uniaxial anisotropy constant K{sub u} are strongly dependent on the reactive gas (O{sub 2}) flow rate, although there is little difference in the surface structures for all samples observed by reflection high-energy electron diffraction. In addition, certain dead-layer-like regions were observed in the initial stage of the film growth for all films. Our results suggest that the magnetic properties of Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3–x}O{sub 4} epitaxial films are governed by the oxidation state and the film structure at the vicinity of the interface.

  3. Enhanced performance of room-temperature-grown epitaxial thin films of vanadium dioxide

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    Nag, Joyeeta; Payzant, E Andrew; More, Karren Leslie; HaglundJr., Richard F

    2011-01-01

    Stoichiometric vanadium dioxide in bulk, thin film and nanostructured forms exhibits an insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) accompanied by a structural phase transformation, induced by temperature, light, electric fields, doping or strain. We have grown epitaxial films of vanadium dioxide on c-plane (0001) of sapphire using two different procedures involving (1) room temperature growth followed by annealing and (2) direct high temperature growth. Strain at the film-substrate interface due to growth at different temperatures leads to interesting differences in morphologies and phase transition characteristics. Comparison of the morphologies and switching characteristics of the two films shows that contrary to conventional wisdom, the room-temperature grown films have smoother, more continuous morphologies and better switching performance, consistent with the behavior of epitaxially grown semiconductors.

  4. Pulsed laser deposition of air-sensitive hydride epitaxial thin films: LiH

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    Oguchi, Hiroyuki; Isobe, Shigehito; Kuwano, Hiroki; Shiraki, Susumu; Hitosugi, Taro; Orimo, Shin-ichi

    2015-09-01

    We report on the epitaxial thin film growth of an air-sensitive hydride, lithium hydride (LiH), using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). We first synthesized a dense LiH target, which is key for PLD growth of high-quality hydride films. Then, we obtained epitaxial thin films of [100]-oriented LiH on a MgO(100) substrate at 250 °C under a hydrogen pressure of 1.3 × 10{sup −2} Pa. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the film demonstrates a Stranski-Krastanov growth mode and that the film with a thickness of ∼10 nm has a good surface flatness, with root-mean-square roughness R{sub RMS} of ∼0.4 nm.

  5. Magnetoresistance in polycrystalline and epitaxial Fe1-xCoxSi thin films

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    Porter, N. A.; Creeth, G. L.; Marrows, C. H.

    2012-08-01

    Thin films of Fe1-xCoxSi were grown using molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111). These 20-nm-thick films, with compositions x=0 or 0.5, were produced by two methods: the first produced large (111)-textured crystallites of the B20 phase; the second produced phase-pure B20 (111) epilayers. The lattice mismatch with the substrate causes biaxial tensile strain in the layers, greater in the epilayers, that distorts the (111)-oriented material to a rhombohedral form. Magnetotransport measurements show that a combination of additional scattering arising from crystal grain boundaries and strain-free polycrystalline films results in a higher resistivity than for the epitaxial films. Magnetometry for x=0.5 suggests an increase in the ordering temperature in strained films relative to the polycrystalline films of 15±4 K. Moreover, the characteristic linear magnetoresistance, typical of bulk single-crystal material of this composition, is retained in the polycrystalline film but reduced in the epitaxial film. While the bulk properties of these materials are reproduced qualitatively, there are small quantitative modifications, due to the strain, to properties such as band gap, Curie temperature, and magnetoresistance.

  6. Electrochemical properties and applications of nanocrystalline, microcrystalline, and epitaxial cubic silicon carbide films.

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    Zhuang, Hao; Yang, Nianjun; Zhang, Lei; Fuchs, Regina; Jiang, Xin

    2015-05-27

    Microstructures of the materials (e.g., crystallinitiy, defects, and composition, etc.) determine their properties, which eventually lead to their diverse applications. In this contribution, the properties, especially the electrochemical properties, of cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) films have been engineered by controlling their microstructures. By manipulating the deposition conditions, nanocrystalline, microcrystalline and epitaxial (001) 3C-SiC films are obtained with varied properties. The epitaxial 3C-SiC film presents the lowest double-layer capacitance and the highest reversibility of redox probes, because of its perfect (001) orientation and high phase purity. The highest double-layer capacitance and the lowest reversibility of redox probes have been realized on the nanocrystalline 3C-SiC film. Those are ascribed to its high amount of grain boundaries, amorphous phases and large diversity in its crystal size. Based on their diverse properties, the electrochemical performances of 3C-SiC films are evaluated in two kinds of potential applications, namely an electrochemical capacitor using a nanocrystalline film and an electrochemical dopamine sensor using the epitaxial 3C-SiC film. The nanocrystalline 3C-SiC film shows not only a high double layer capacitance (43-70 μF/cm(2)) but also a long-term stability of its capacitance. The epitaxial 3C-SiC film shows a low detection limit toward dopamine, which is one to 2 orders of magnitude lower than its normal concentration in tissue. Therefore, 3C-SiC film is a novel but designable material for different emerging electrochemical applications such as energy storage, biomedical/chemical sensors, environmental pollutant detectors, and so on.

  7. Magnetic properties of epitaxial hexagonal HoFeO3 thin films

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    Wang, Xiao; Xiao, Zhuyun; Xu, Xiaoshan; Wang, Wenbin; Keavney, David; Liu, Yaohua; Cheng, X. M.

    2014-03-01

    Multiferroic materials exhibit multiple ferroic orders simultaneously and thus have great potential applications in information technology, sensing and actuation. Epitaxial hexagonal HoFeO3 (h-HFO) films are very promising candidates as multiferroic materials with room temperature ferromagnetism, because magnetic Ho3+ ions are expected to have stronger exchange interactions with Fe3+ ions than the well-studied h-LuFeO3 films. We report study of magnetic properties of epitaxial h-HFO thin films deposited using laser molecular beam epitaxy on Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the epitaxial registry and six-fold symmetry of the film. Temperature dependence of magnetization of the film measured by a Quantum Design SQUID magnetometer shows dominating paramagnetic characteristic. Element specific x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements performed at beamline 4-ID-C of the Advanced Photon Source show a ferromagnetic ordering of Fe and an exchange coupling between Ho3+ and Fe3+ ions. Work at BMC is supported by NSF Career award (DMR 1053854). Work at ANL is supported by US-DOE, Office of Science, BES (No. DE-AC02-06CH11357).

  8. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Study of Phase Transition Properties in Epitaxial Ferroelectric Film

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    Wang, Chun-Dong; Teng, Bao-Hua; Ju, Yong-Feng; Cheng, Deng-Mu; Zhang, Chun-Lai

    2010-10-01

    Based on the transverse Ising model and using decoupling approximation to the Fermi-type Green's function, we study the phase transition properties of the epitaxial ferroelectric film with one substrate. A general recursive equation of the ferroelectric thin film with two n-layer materials is obtained, which enables us to study the phase transition properties for any number layers for epitaxial ferroelectric thin film. With the help of this equation, we analyze the effect of the exchange interaction and the transverse field in the phase diagram, the influence to the polarizations and Curie temperature numerically. The results show that epitaxial ferroelectric film are able to induce a strong increase or decrease of Curie temperature to different exchange interactions and transverse fields within the epitaxial film layers. The theoretical results are in reasonable accordance with experimental data of different ferroelectric thin film.

  9. Method for forming single phase, single crystalline 2122 BCSCO superconductor thin films by liquid phase epitaxy

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    Pandey, Raghvendra K. (Inventor); Raina, Kanwal (Inventor); Solayappan, Narayanan (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A substantially single phase, single crystalline, highly epitaxial film of Bi.sub.2 CaSr.sub.2 Cu.sub.2 O.sub.8 superconductor which has a T.sub.c (zero resistance) of 83 K is provided on a lattice-matched substrate with no intergrowth. This film is produced by a Liquid Phase Epitaxy method which includes the steps of forming a dilute supercooled molten solution of a single phase superconducting mixture of oxides of Bi, Ca, Sr, and Cu having an atomic ratio of about 2:1:2:2 in a nonreactive flux such as KCl, introducing the substrate, e.g., NdGaO.sub.3, into the molten solution at 850.degree. C., cooling the solution from 850.degree. C. to 830.degree. C. to grow the film and rapidly cooling the substrate to room temperature to maintain the desired single phase, single crystalline film structure.

  10. Strain induced giant magnetism in epitaxial Fe16N2 thin film

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    Ji, Nian; Lauter, Valeria; Zhang, Xiaowei; Ambaye, Hailemariam; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2013-02-01

    We report a direct observation of giant saturation magnetization in Fe16N2. By exploiting thin film epitaxy, which provides controlled biaxial stress to create lattice distortion, we demonstrate that giant magnetism can be established in Fe16N2 thin film coherently grown on MgO (001) substrate. Explored by polarized neutron reflectometry, the depth-dependent saturation magnetic induction (Bs) of epitaxial Fe16N2 thin films is visualized, which reveals a strong correlation with the in-plane lattice parameter and tensile strain developed at near substrate interface. With controlled growth process and dimension adjustment, the Bs of these films can be modulated over a broad range, from ˜2.1 Tesla (T) (normal Bs) up to ˜3.1 T (giant Bs).

  11. Growth of MoO3 films by oxygen plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy

    SciTech Connect

    Altman, Eric I.; Droubay, Timothy C.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2002-07-22

    The growth of MoO₃ films on SrLaAlO₄(0 0 1), a substrate lattice-matched to b-MoO , by oxygen plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy was characterized using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Xray diffraction (XRD), and atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopies (AFM and STM).It was found that the flux of reactive oxygen species to the surface was not high enough to maintain the proper stoichiometry, even at the lowest measurable deposition rates. Therefore, the films were grown by depositing Mo in small increments and then allowing the Mo to oxidize. At 675 K, the films grew epitaxially but in a three-dimensional manner. XRD of films grown under these conditions revealed atetragonal structure that has not been previously observed in bulk MoO₃ samples.

  12. Epitaxial layers of 2122 BCSCO superconductor thin films having single crystalline structure

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    Pandey, Raghvendra K. (Inventor); Raina, Kanwal K. (Inventor); Solayappan, Narayanan (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A substantially single phase, single crystalline, highly epitaxial film of Bi.sub.2 CaSr.sub.2 Cu.sub.2 O.sub.8 superconductor which has a T.sub.c (zero resistance) of 83K is provided on a lattice-matched substrate with no intergrowth. This film is produced by a Liquid Phase Epitaxy method which includes the steps of forming a dilute supercooled molten solution of a single phase superconducting mixture of oxides of Bi, Ca, Sr, and Cu having an atomic ratio of about 2:1:2:2 in a nonreactive flux such as KCl, introducing the substrate, e.g., NdGaO.sub.3, into the molten solution at 850.degree. C., cooling the solution from 850.degree. C. to 830.degree. C. to grow the film and rapidly cooling the substrate to room temperature to maintain the desired single phase, single crystalline film structure.

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxially grown MnAs films on GaAs(110)

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    Kolovos-Vellianitis, D.; Herrmann, C.; Däweritz, L.; Ploog, K. H.

    2005-08-01

    MnAs films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs(110) substrates, since this orientation was recently identified as promising for the increase of spin lifetimes in semiconductor heterojunctions, which is of interest in spin injection experiments. A single epitaxial orientation was revealed for the MnAs films which consist of both the ferromagnetic, hexagonal α-MnAs and the paramagnetic, orthorhombic β-MnAs phase at room temperature. This phase coexistence could be imaged as a well ordered stripe pattern, whose periodicity depends on the film thickness. The study of the ferromagnetic properties shows a strong influence of the film thickness on the measured coercive fields and saturation magnetizations.

  14. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxially grown MnAs films on GaAs(110)

    SciTech Connect

    Kolovos-Vellianitis, D.; Herrmann, C.; Daeweritz, L.; Ploog, K.H.

    2005-08-29

    MnAs films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs(110) substrates, since this orientation was recently identified as promising for the increase of spin lifetimes in semiconductor heterojunctions, which is of interest in spin injection experiments. A single epitaxial orientation was revealed for the MnAs films which consist of both the ferromagnetic, hexagonal {alpha}-MnAs and the paramagnetic, orthorhombic {beta}-MnAs phase at room temperature. This phase coexistence could be imaged as a well ordered stripe pattern, whose periodicity depends on the film thickness. The study of the ferromagnetic properties shows a strong influence of the film thickness on the measured coercive fields and saturation magnetizations.

  15. Epitaxial growth and stress relaxation of vapor-deposited Fe-Pd magnetic shape memory films

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    Kühnemund, L.; Edler, T.; Kock, I.; Seibt, M.; Mayr, S. G.

    2009-11-01

    To achieve maximum performance in microscale magnetic shape memory actuation devices epitaxial films several hundred nanometers thick are needed. Epitaxial films were grown on hot MgO substrates (500 °C and above) by e-beam evaporation. Structural properties and stress relaxation mechanisms were investigated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, in situ substrate curvature measurements and classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The high misfit stress incorporated during Vollmer-Weber growth at the beginning was relaxed by partial or perfect dislocations depending on the substrate temperature. This relaxation allowed the avoidance of a stress-induced breakdown of epitaxy and no thickness limit for epitaxy was found. For substrate temperatures of 690 °C or above, the films grew in the fcc austenite phase. Below this temperature, iron precipitates were formed. MD simulations showed how these precipitates influence the movements of partial dislocations, and can thereby explain the higher stress level observed in the experiments in the initial stage of growth for these films.

  16. Microbolometers Based On Epitaxial YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) Thin Films

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    Foote, Marc C.; Hunt, Brian D.; Johnson, Burgess R.; Marsh, Holly A.

    1995-01-01

    Improved microbolometers of superconducting-transition type developed with view toward eventual fabrication of staring, infrared-imaging planar arrays of such microbolometers integrated with addressing electronic circuitry. Superconducting thin films in microbolometers epitaxial. These devices exhibit high sensitivity and low noise.

  17. Growth of layered superconductor β-PdBi2 films using molecular beam epitaxy

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    Denisov, N. V.; Matetskiy, A. V.; Tupkalo, A. V.; Zotov, A. V.; Saranin, A. A.

    2017-04-01

    Bulk β-PdBi2 layered material exhibits advanced properties and is supposed to be probable topological superconductor. We present a method based on molecular beam epitaxy that allows us to grow β-PdBi2 films from a single β-PdBi2 triple layer up to the dozens of triple layers, using Bi(111) film on Si(111) as a template. The grown films demonstrate structural, electronic and superconducting properties similar to those of bulk β-PdBi2 crystals. Ability to grow the β-PdBi2 films of desired thickness opens the promising possibilities to explore fascinating properties of this advanced material.

  18. Self-organization of quantum dots in epitaxially strained solid films.

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    Golovin, A A; Davis, S H; Voorhees, P W

    2003-11-01

    A nonlinear evolution equation for surface-diffusion-driven Asaro-Tiller-Grinfeld instability of an epitaxially strained thin solid film on a solid substrate is derived in the case where the film wets the substrate. It is found that the presence of a weak wetting interaction between the film and the substrate can substantially retard the instability and modify its spectrum in such a way that the formation of spatially regular arrays of islands or pits on the film surface becomes possible. It is shown that the self-organization dynamics is significantly affected by the presence of the Goldstone mode associated with the conservation of mass.

  19. Fast magnetization precession for perpendicularly magnetized MnAlGe epitaxial films with atomic layered structures

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    Mizukami, S.; Sakuma, A.; Kubota, T.; Kondo, Y.; Sugihara, A.; Miyazaki, T.

    2013-09-01

    Epitaxial growth and magnetization precessional dynamics for tetragonal MnAlGe films are investigated. The films are grown on MgO (100) with c axis parallel to the film normal and well-ordered layered structures. The film exhibits rectangular hysteresis loop with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy constant of 4.7 Merg/cm3 and saturation magnetization of 250 emu/cm3. Magnetization precession with precession frequency of ˜100 GHz is observed by time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect. Further, the Gilbert damping constant is found to be less than ˜0.05, which is much larger than that obtained using the first principles calculations.

  20. Pure electron-electron dephasing in percolative aluminum ultrathin film grown by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Lin, Shih-Wei; Wu, Yue-Han; Chang, Li; Liang, Chi-Te; Lin, Sheng-Di

    2015-01-01

    We have successfully grown ultrathin continuous aluminum film by molecular beam epitaxy. This percolative aluminum film is single crystalline and strain free as characterized by transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The weak anti-localization effect is observed in the temperature range of 1.4 to 10 K with this sample, and it reveals that, for the first time, the dephasing is purely caused by electron-electron inelastic scattering in aluminum.

  1. Tuning morphology and magnetism in epitaxial L10 -FePt films

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    Lupo, P.; Orna, J.; Casoli, F.; Nasi, L.; Ranzieri, P.; Calestani, D.; Algarabel, P.; Morellón, L.; Albertini, F.

    2013-01-01

    In this work, well-ordered epitaxial FePt thin films have been grown by RF sputtering on two different substrates (MgO (100) and SrTiO3 (100)) and the effect of different lattice parameters between the substrate and FePt film on morphology and magnetic behavior has been considered. Growth conditions have been optimized to obtain different morphologies and magnetic behaviors.

  2. Structural characterization of metastable hcp-Ni thin films epitaxially grown on Au(100) single-crystal underlayers

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Tanaka, Takahiro; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2010-05-15

    Ni(1120) epitaxial thin films with hcp structure were prepared on Au(100) single-crystal underlayers at 100 deg. C by ultra high vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The detailed film structure is studied by in situ reflection high energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The hcp-Ni film consists of two types of variants whose c-axes are rotated around the film normal by 90 deg. each other. An atomically sharp boundary is recognized between the film and the underlayer, where misfit dislocations are introduced. Presence of such dislocations seems to relieve the strain caused by the lattice mismatch between the film and the underlayer.

  3. Structural characterization of epitaxial Cr(x)Mo(1-x) alloy thin films.

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    Kaspar, T C; Bowden, M E; Varga, T; Wang, C M; Shutthanandan, V; Joly, A G; Wirth, B D; Kurtz, R J

    2012-03-07

    To develop a model system containing regularly spaced misfit dislocations for studies of the radiation resistance of nanoscale defects, epitaxial thin films of Cr, Mo, and Cr(x)Mo(1-x) alloys were deposited on MgO(001) by molecular beam epitaxy. Film compositions were chosen to vary the lattice mismatch with MgO. The film structure was investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Epitaxial films with reasonably high crystalline quality and abrupt interfaces were achieved at a relatively low deposition temperature, as confirmed by STEM. However, it was found by XRD and RBS in the channeling geometry that increasing the Mo content of the CrMo alloy films degraded the crystalline quality, despite the improved lattice match with MgO. XRD rocking curve data indicated that regions of different crystalline order may be present within the films with higher Mo content. This is tentatively ascribed to spinodal decomposition into Cr-rich and Mo-rich regions, as predicted by the Cr(x)Mo(1-x) phase diagram.

  4. Lutetium-doped EuO films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Melville, A.; Heeg, T.; Mairoser, T.; Schmehl, A.; Shai, D. E.; Monkman, E. J.; Harter, J. W.; Hollaender, B.; Schubert, J.; Shen, K. M.; Mannhart, J.; Schlom, D. G.

    2012-05-28

    The effect of lutetium doping on the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of epitaxial EuO thin films grown by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy is experimentally investigated. The behavior of Lu-doped EuO is contrasted with doping by lanthanum and gadolinium. All three dopants are found to behave similarly despite differences in electronic configuration and ionic size. Andreev reflection measurements on Lu-doped EuO reveal a spin-polarization of 96% in the conduction band, despite non-magnetic carriers introduced by 5% lutetium doping.

  5. Sharp chemical interface in epitaxial Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin films

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    Gálvez, S.; Rubio-Zuazo, J. Salas-Colera, E.; Muñoz-Noval, A.; Castro, G. R.

    2014-12-15

    Chemically sharp interface was obtained on single phase single oriented Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (001) thin film (7 nm) grown on NiO (001) substrate using oxygen assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Refinement of the atomic structure, stoichiometry, and oxygen vacancies were determined by soft and hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, low energy electron diffraction and synchrotron based X-ray reflectivity, and X-ray diffraction. Our results demonstrate an epitaxial growth of the magnetite layer, perfect iron stoichiometry, absence of oxygen vacancies, and the existence of an intermixing free interface. Consistent magnetic and electrical characterizations are also shown.

  6. Magnetism and transport properties of epitaxial Fe-Ga thin films on GaAs(001)

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    Anh Tuan, Duong; Duc Dung, Dang; Thanh Son, Vo; Shin, Yooleemi; Cho, Sunglae

    2012-04-01

    Epitaxial Fe-Ga thin films in disordered bcc α-Fe crystal structure (A2) have been grown on GaAs(001) by molecular beam epitaxy. The saturated magnetization (MS) decreased from 1371 to 1105 kA/m with increasing Ga concentration from 10.5 to 24.3 % at room temperature. The lattice parameter increased with the increase in Ga content because of the larger atomic radius of Ga atom than that of Fe. The increase in carrier density with Ga content caused in lower resistivity.

  7. Mechanism of Charge Transport in Cobalt and Iron Phthalocyanine Thin Films Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Kumar, Arvind; Samanta, Soumen; Singh, Ajay; Debnath, A. K.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.

    2011-12-12

    Cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc), iron phthalocyanine (FePc) and their composite (CoPc-FePc) films have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies showed that composite films has better structural ordering compared to individual CoPc and FePc films. The temperature dependence of resistivity (in the temperature range 25 K- 100 K) showed that composite films are metallic, while individual CoPc and FePc films are in the critical regime of metal-to-insulator (M-I) transition The composite films show very high mobility of 110 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} at room temperature i.e. nearly two order of magnitude higher compared to pure CoPc and FePc films.

  8. Epitaxial niobium dioxide thin films by reactive-biased target ion beam deposition

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    Wang, Yuhan Kittiwatanakul, Salinporn; Lu, Jiwei; Comes, Ryan B.; Wolf, Stuart A.

    2015-03-15

    Epitaxial NbO{sub 2} thin films were synthesized on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) substrates via reactive bias target ion beam deposition. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra were used to confirm the tetragonal phase of pure NbO{sub 2}. Through XPS, it was found that there was a ∼1.3 nm thick Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} layer on the surface and the bulk of the thin film was NbO{sub 2}. The epitaxial relationship between the NbO{sub 2} film and the substrate was determined. Electrical transport measurement was measured up to 400 K, and the conduction mechanism was discussed.

  9. Role of thermal processes in dewetting of epitaxial Ag(111) film on Si(111)

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    Sanders, Charlotte E.; Zhang, Chendong D.; Kellogg, Gary L.; Shih, Chih-Kang

    2014-08-01

    Epitaxially grown silver (Ag) film on silicon (Si) is an optimal plasmonic device platform, but its technological utility has been limited by its tendency to dewet rapidly under ambient conditions (standard temperature and pressure). The mechanisms driving this dewetting have not heretofore been determined. In our study, scanning probe microscopy and low-energy electron microscopy are used to compare the morphological evolution of epitaxial Ag(111)/Si(111) under ambient conditions with that of similarly prepared films heated under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Furthermore, dewetting is seen to be initiated with the formation of pinholes, which might function to relieve strain in the film. We find that in the UHV environment, dewetting is determined by thermal processes, and while under ambient conditions, thermal processes are not required. Finally, we conclude that dewetting in ambient conditions is triggered by some chemical process, most likely oxidation.

  10. Role of thermal processes in dewetting of epitaxial Ag(111) film on Si(111)

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    Sanders, Charlotte E.; Zhang, Chendong D.; Kellogg, Gary L.; ...

    2014-08-01

    Epitaxially grown silver (Ag) film on silicon (Si) is an optimal plasmonic device platform, but its technological utility has been limited by its tendency to dewet rapidly under ambient conditions (standard temperature and pressure). The mechanisms driving this dewetting have not heretofore been determined. In our study, scanning probe microscopy and low-energy electron microscopy are used to compare the morphological evolution of epitaxial Ag(111)/Si(111) under ambient conditions with that of similarly prepared films heated under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. Furthermore, dewetting is seen to be initiated with the formation of pinholes, which might function to relieve strain in the film.more » We find that in the UHV environment, dewetting is determined by thermal processes, and while under ambient conditions, thermal processes are not required. Finally, we conclude that dewetting in ambient conditions is triggered by some chemical process, most likely oxidation.« less

  11. Process for growing a film epitaxially upon an oxide 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 a film comprised of a perovskite or a spinel is built epitaxially upon a surface, such as an alkaline earth oxide surface, involves the epitaxial build up of alternating constituent metal oxide planes of the perovskite or spinel. The first layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a small cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel, and the second layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a large cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel. 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 an oxide surface and structures formed with the process

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    McKee, Rodney A.; Walker, Frederick J.

    1995-01-01

    A process and structure wherein a film comprised of a perovskite or a spinel is built epitaxially upon a surface, such as an alkaline earth oxide surface, involves the epitaxial build up of alternating constituent metal oxide planes of the perovskite or spinel. The first layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a small cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel, and the second layer of metal oxide built upon the surface includes a metal element which provides a large cation in the crystalline structure of the perovskite or spinel. 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. Characterization of off-axis MgB2 epitaxial thin films for planar junctions

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    Iavarone, M.; Karapetrov, G.; Menzel, A.; Komanicky, V.; You, H.; Kwok, W. K.; Orgiani, P.; Ferrando, V.; Xi, X. X.

    2005-12-01

    Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy, we perform a full mapping of the quasiparticle density of states of magnesium diboride (MgB2) epitaxial thin films grown on (110) yttrium stabilized zirconia (YSZ) by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition. The films have critical temperatures of 40 K. X-ray measurements show an epitaxial MgB2 growth having the c-axis tilted by 32° with respect to the normal to the substrate, consistent with the atomic force microscopy images of the sample. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy clearly finds that the spectroscopic peak associated to the π gap is reduced on most of the film surface and the feature representative of the σ gap is present, with different intensity, on the majority of the sample's surface, which is consistent with x-ray measurements.

  14. Diamagnetism to ferromagnetism in Sr-substituted epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films

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    Singamaneni, Srinivasa Rao; Punugupati, Sandhyarani; Prater, John T.; Narayan, Jagdish

    2016-04-01

    We report on the ferromagnetic-like behavior in otherwise diamagnetic BaTiO3 (BTO) thin films upon doping with non-magnetic element Sr having the composition Ba0.4Sr0.6TiO3 (BST). The epitaxial integration of BST (˜800 nm) thick films on Si (100) substrate was achieved using MgO (40 nm) and TiN (20 nm) as buffer layers to prepare BST/MgO/TiN/Si (100) heterostructure by pulsed laser deposition. The c-axis oriented and cube-on-cube epitaxial BST is formed on Si (100) as evidenced by the in-plane and out-of-plane X-ray diffraction. All the deposited films are relaxed through domain matching epitaxy paradigm as observed from X-ray diffraction pattern and A1TO3 mode (at 521.27 cm-1) of Raman spectra. As-deposited BST thin films reveal ferromagnetic-like properties, which persist up to 400 K. The magnetization decreases two-fold upon oxygen annealing. In contrast, as-deposited un-doped BTO films show diamagnetism. Electron spin resonance measurements reveal no evidence of external magnetic impurities. XRD and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra show significant changes influenced by Sr doping in BTO. The ferromagnetic-like behavior in BST could be due to the trapped electron donors from oxygen vacancies resulting from Sr-doping.

  15. Preparation of Macroporous Epitaxial Quartz Films on Silicon by Chemical Solution Deposition.

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    Carretero-Genevrier, Adrián; Gich, Martí

    2015-12-21

    This work describes the detailed protocol for preparing piezoelectric macroporous epitaxial quartz films on silicon(100) substrates. This is a three-step process based on the preparation of a sol in a one-pot synthesis which is followed by the deposition of a gel film on Si(100) substrates by evaporation induced self-assembly using the dip-coating technique and ends with a thermal treatment of the material to induce the gel crystallization and the growth of the quartz film. The formation of a silica gel is based on the reaction of a tetraethyl orthosilicate and water, catalyzed by HCl, in ethanol. However, the solution contains two additional components that are essential for preparing mesoporous epitaxial quartz films from these silica gels dip-coated on Si. Alkaline earth ions, like Sr(2+) act as glass melting agents that facilitate the crystallization of silica and in combination with cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) amphiphilic template form a phase separation responsible of the macroporosity of the films. The good matching between the quartz and silicon cell parameters is also essential in the stabilization of quartz over other SiO2 polymorphs and is at the origin of the epitaxial growth.

  16. Epitaxial growth and properties of MoOx(2films

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    Bhosle, V.; Tiwari, A.; Narayan, J.

    2005-04-01

    We report the growth of epitaxial molybdenum oxide (MoOx,2films on c plane of sapphire substrate using pulsed laser deposition in oxygen environment. The structure was characterized using x-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Electrical resistivity and optical properties were investigated using four-point-probe resistivity measurements and spectroscopy techniques, respectively. It was found that the film had a monoclinic structure based on MoO2 phase and showed an unusual combination of high conductivity and high transmittance in the visible region after annealing. The unusual combination of these properties was realized by systematically controlling the relative fraction of different oxidation states of molybdenum, namely Mo4+, Mo5+, and Mo6+ in the monoclinic phase. For a film 60nm thick and annealed at 250°C for 1h, the ratio of Mo6+/(Mo4++Mo5+) was determined to be ˜2.9/1 using XPS, and a typical value of transmittance was ˜65% and resistivity close to 1×10-3Ωcm. These results demonstrate growth of epitaxial MoOx films with tunable electrical and optical properties. Further optimization of these properties is expected to result in applications related to display panels, solar cells, chromogenic (photochromic, electrochromic, gasochromic) devices, and transparent conducting oxides. Our ability to grow epitaxial MoOx films can further aid their integration with optoelectronic and photonic devices.

  17. Epitaxially-Grown Europium-Doped Barium Titanate Films on Various Substrates for Red Emission.

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    Hwang, Kyu-Seog; Jeon, Young-Sun; Lee, Young-Hwan; Hwangbo, Seung; Kim, Jin-Tae

    2015-10-01

    Intense red photoluminescence under ultraviolet excitation was observed in epitaxially-grown europium-doped perovskite BaTiO3 thin films deposited on the SrTiO3 (100), MgO (100) and sapphire (0001) substrates using metal carboxylate complexes. Precursor films prepared by spin coating were pyrolyzed at 250 °C for 120 min in argon, followed by final annealing at 850 °C for 60 min in argon. Crystallinity and epitaxy of the films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction θ-2θ scan and pole-figure analysis. Photoluminescence of the thin films at room temperature under 254 nm was confirmed by a fluorescent spectrophotometer. The obtained epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films on the SrTiO3 (100) and MgO (100) substrates show an intense red-emission lines at 615 nm corresponding to the (5)D0 --> (7)F2 transitions on Eu(3+) with broad bands at 595 and 650 nm.

  18. Ordering of defects induced by epitaxy in LaCoO3 films

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    Mehta, Virat; Biskup, Neven; Wong, Franklin; Arenholz, Elke; Varela, Maria; Suzuki, Yuri

    2012-02-01

    In the bulk, LaCoO3 (LCO) undergoes a spin state transition from a diamagnet to a paramagnet with increasing temperature. Recent studies of epitaxial LCO thin films have resulted in the stabilization of a higher spin state and ferromagnetic ordering at low temperatures. Here, we explore the effects of epitaxy on the electronic structure of LCO films with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). We find differences in XAS spectra in coherently strained thinner films compared to the thicker partially relaxed films which may be due to differences in Co valence and bonding. STEM and electron energy loss spectroscopy of thinner LCO films reveal ordered defect planes that appear to be associated with a change in the O and Co bonding environments. In films on LaAlO3 strained in compression periodic planes occur parallel to the substrate-film interface, while films on SrTiO3 strained in tension have perpendicular defect planes. Correlation with magnetic data suggests that defect rich regions may exhibit greater ferromagnetism.

  19. Epitaxial Growth and Electronic Properties of Large Hexagonal Graphene Domains on Cu(111) Thin Film

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    Ago, Hiroki; Kawahara, Kenji; Ogawa, Yui; Tanoue, Shota; Bissett, Mark A.; Tsuji, Masaharu; Sakaguchi, Hidetsugu; Koch, Roland J.; Fromm, Felix; Seyller, Thomas; Komatsu, Katsuyoshi; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito

    2013-07-01

    Large hexagonal single-crystalline domains of single-layer graphene are epitaxially grown by ambient-pressure chemical vapor deposition over a thin Cu(111) film deposited on c-plane sapphire. The hexagonal graphene domains with a maximum size of 100 µm are oriented in the same direction due to the epitaxial growth. Reflecting high crystallinity, a clear band structure with the Dirac cone is observed by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), and a high carrier mobility exceeding 4,000 cm2 V-1 s-1 is obtained on SiO2/Si at room temperature. Our epitaxial approach combined with large domain growth is expected to contribute to future electronic applications.

  20. Epitaxial strain-engineered self-assembly of magnetic nanostructures in FeRh thin films

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    Witte, Ralf; Kruk, Robert; Molinari, Alan; Wang, Di; Schlabach, Sabine; Brand, Richard A.; Provenzano, Virgil; Hahn, Horst

    2017-01-01

    In this paper we introduce an innovative bottom-up approach for engineering self-assembled magnetic nanostructures using epitaxial strain-induced twinning and phase separation. X-ray diffraction, 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy show that epitaxial films of a near-equiatomic FeRh alloy respond to the applied epitaxial strain by laterally splitting into two structural phases on the nanometer length scale. Most importantly, these two structural phases differ with respect to their magnetic properties, one being paramagnetic and the other ferromagnetic, thus leading to the formation of a patterned magnetic nanostructure. It is argued that the phase separation directly results from the different strain-dependence of the total energy of the two competing phases. This straightforward relation directly enables further tailoring and optimization of the nanostructures’ properties.

  1. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Bozovic, I.

    2015-09-09

    We have grown epitaxial WO3 films on various single-crystal substrates using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO4 substrates, films grown on YAlO3 substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. Furthermore, the dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch is discussed.

  2. Amorphization and recrystallization of epitaxial ReSi2 films grown on Si(100)

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    Kim, Kun HO; Bai, G.; Nicolet, MARC-A.; Mahan, John E.; Geib, Kent M.

    1991-01-01

    The effects of implantation damage and the chemical species of the implant on structural and electrical properties of epitaxial ReSi2 films on Si(100) implanted with Si-28 or Ar-40 ions, at doses ranging from 10 to the 13th/sq cm to 10 to the 15th/sq cm, were investigated using the backscattering spectrometry, XRD, and the van der Pauw techniques. Results showed that ion implantation produces damage in the film, which increases monotonically with dose; the resistivity of the film decreases monotonically with dose.

  3. Strain in epitaxial high-index Bi2Se3(221) films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Li, Bin; Chen, Weiguang; Guo, Xin; Ho, Wingkin; Dai, Xianqi; Jia, Jinfeng; Xie, Maohai

    2017-02-01

    High-index Bi2Se3(221) film has been grown on In2Se3-buffered GaAs(001), in which a much retarded strain relaxation dynamics is recorded. The slow strain-relaxation process of in epitaxial Bi2Se3(221) can be attributed to the layered structure of Bi2Se3 crystal, where the epifilm grown along [221] is like a pile of weakly-coupled quintuple layer slabs stacked side-by-side on substrate. Finally, we reveal strong chemical bonding at the interface of Bi2Se3 and In2Se3 by plotting differential charge contour calculated by first-principle method. This study points to the feasibility of achieving strained TIs for manipulating the properties of topological systems.

  4. Morphological instability in epitaxially strained dislocation-free solid films - Linear stability theory

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    Spencer, B. J.; Voorhees, P. W.; Davis, S. H.

    1993-01-01

    The morphological instability of a growing epitaxially strained dislocation-free solid film is analyzed. An evolution equation for the film surface is derived in the dilute limit of vacancies based on surface diffusion driven by a stress-dependent chemical potential. From the time-dependent linear stability problem the conditions for which a growing film is unstable are determined. It is found that the instability is driven by the lattice mismatch between the film and the substrate; however, low temperatures as well as elastically stiff substrates are stabilizing influences. The results also reveal that the critical film thickness for instability depends on the growth rate of the film itself. Detailed comparison with experimental observations indicates that the instability described exhibits many of the observed features of the onset of the 'island instability'.

  5. Highly aligned epitaxial nanorods with a checkerboard pattern in oxide films.

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    Park, S; Horibe, Y; Asada, T; Wielunski, L S; Lee, N; Bonanno, P L; O'Malley, S M; Sirenko, A A; Kazimirov, A; Tanimura, M; Gustafsson, T; Cheong, S-W

    2008-02-01

    One of the central challenges of nanoscience is fabrication of nanoscale structures with well-controlled architectures using planar thin-film technology. Herein, we report that ordered nanocheckerboards in ZnMnGaO4 films were grown epitaxially on single-crystal MgO substrates by utilizing a solid-state method of the phase separation-induced self-assembly. The films consist of two types of chemically distinct and regularly spaced nanorods with mutually coherent interfaces, approximately 4 x 4 x 750 nm3 in size and perfectly aligned along the film growth direction. Surprisingly, a significant in-plane strain, more than 2%, from the substrate is globally maintained over the entire film thickness of about 820 nm. The strain energy from Jahn-Teller distortions and the film-substrate lattice mismatch induce the coherent three-dimensional (3D) self-assembled nanostructure, relieving the volume strain energy while suppressing the formation of dislocations.

  6. Epitaxial growth and electronic structure of oxyhydride SrVO2H thin films

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    Katayama, Tsukasa; Chikamatsu, Akira; Yamada, Keisuke; Shigematsu, Kei; Onozuka, Tomoya; Minohara, Makoto; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Ikenaga, Eiji; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2016-08-01

    Oxyhydride SrVO2H epitaxial thin films were fabricated on SrTiO3 substrates via topotactic hydridation of oxide SrVO3 films using CaH2. Structural and composition analyses suggested that the SrVO2H film possessed one-dimensionally ordered V-H--V bonds along the out-of-plane direction. The synthesis temperature could be lowered by reducing the film thickness, and the SrVO2H film was reversible to SrVO3 by oxidation through annealing in air. Photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements revealed the V3+ valence state in the SrVO2H film, indicating that the hydrogen existed as hydride. Furthermore, the electronic density of states was highly suppressed at the Fermi energy, consistent with the prediction that tetragonal distortion induces metal to insulation transition.

  7. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; ...

    2014-08-05

    Low-temperature (≤ 180 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-ehanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems notmore » only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. As a result of our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.« less

  8. 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.

  9. Suppression of superconductivity in epitaxial MgB2 ultrathin films

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    Zhang, Chen; Wang, Yue; Wang, Da; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Zheng-Hao; Feng, Qing-Rong; Gan, Zi-Zhao

    2013-07-01

    MgB2 ultrathin films have potential to make sensitive superconducting devices such as superconducting single-photon detectors working at relatively high temperatures. We have grown epitaxial MgB2 films in thicknesses ranging from about 40 nm to 6 nm by using the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method and performed electrical transport measurements to study the thickness dependence of the superconducting critical temperature Tc. With reducing film thickness d, although a weak depression of the Tc has been observed, which could be attributed to an increase of disorder (interband impurity scattering) in the film, the Tc retains close to the bulk value of MgB2 (39 K), being about 35 K in the film of 6 nm thick. We show that this result, beneficial to the application of MgB2 ultrathin films and in accordance with recent theoretical calculations, is in contrast to previous findings in MgB2 films prepared by other methods such as co-evaporation and molecular-beam epitaxy, where a severe Tc suppression has been observed with Tc about one third of the bulk value in films of ˜5 nm thick. We discuss this apparent discrepancy in experiments and suggest that, towards the ultrathin limit, the different degrees of Tc suppression displayed in currently obtained MgB2 films by various techniques may arise from the different levels of disorder present in the film or different extents of proximity effect at the film surface or film-substrate interface.

  10. Epitaxial growth of nanostructured gold films on germanium via galvanic displacement.

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    Sayed, Sayed Y; Buriak, Jillian M

    2010-12-01

    This work focuses on the synthesis and characterization of gold films grown via galvanic displacement on Ge(111) substrates. The synthetic approach uses galvanic displacement, a type of electroless deposition that takes place in an efficient manner under aqueous, room temperature conditions. Investigations involving X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques were performed to study the crystallinity and orientation of the resulting gold-on-germanium films. A profound effect of HF(aq) concentration was noted, and although the SEM images did not show significant differences in the resulting gold films, a host of X-ray diffraction studies demonstrated that higher concentrations of HF(aq) led to epitaxial gold-on-germanium, whereas in the absence of HF(aq), lower degrees of order (fiber texture) resulted. Cross-sectional nanobeam diffraction analyses of the Au-Ge interface confirmed the epitaxial nature of the gold-on-germanium film. This epitaxial behavior can be attributed to the simultaneous etching of the germanium oxides, formed during the galvanic displacement process, in the presence of HF. High-resolution TEM analyses showed the coincident site lattice (CSL) interface of gold-on-germanium, which results in a small 3.8% lattice mismatch due to the coincidence of four gold lattices with three of germanium.

  11. Formation of V-grooves in SrRuO3 epitaxial film

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    Liu, Guiju; Feng, Honglei; Liu, Bin; Wang, Yiqian; Liu, Wei; Zou, Bin; Alford, Neil McN.; Petrov, Peter K.

    2016-12-01

    SrRuO3 thin films were epitaxially grown on a (001) SrTiO3 substrate using pulsed laser deposition technique. Various defects such as V-grooves, threading dislocations and dislocation dipoles are observed in the SrRuO3 epitaxial film. It is found that the sidewalls of most V-grooves are {101} facets, and the dominant angle between the sidewalls is 90°. Some threading dislocations end at the apexes of the V-grooves while the others penetrate the entire film. The threading dislocations and V-grooves can partially relieve the strain in the epitaxial SrRuO3 film. During the relaxation process, a two-dimensional growth mode transforms into a three-dimensional one, along with the formation of mesa-like islands separated by V-grooves. The dimensions and distributions of V-grooves are associated with the growth conditions. The control of growth mechanism and surface morphology are very important for the fabrication of novel perovskite oxide devices.

  12. Epitaxial film growth of zirconium diboride on Si(0 0 1)

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    Roucka, R.; Tolle, J.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Tsong, I. S. T.; Kouvetakis, J.

    2005-04-01

    The structure of epitaxial ZrB 2 films grown on Si(0 0 1) substrates via the thermal decomposition of the unimolecular precursor Zr(BH 4) 4 was studied by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM). In spite of the large lattice mismatch between the Si(0 0 1) substrate and ZrB 2, epitaxy occurs via a coincidence-misfit mechanism in which the strain between film and substrate is accommodated by edge dislocations along the film-substrate interface. While the growth axis of the ZrB 2 film lies along the [1 1̲ 0 0] direction, i.e. [1 1̲ 0 0]//[0 0 1], the epitaxy produces two orthogonal domains as the result of a 6:5 misfit for [1 1 2̲ 0]//[1 1̲ 0] and a 13:12 misfit for [0 0 0 1̲ ]//[1 1̲ 0] along the same direction on the interface plane. These domains take the form of two-dimensional rectangular islands orthogonal to each other. The island-substrate and island-island interfaces were examined in detail with high-resolution XTEM and compared with theoretical models.

  13. Thermal stability of MBE-grown epitaxial MoSe2 and WSe2 thin films

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    Chang, Young Jun; Choy, Byoung Ki; Phark, Soo-Hyon; Kim, Minu

    Layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) draw much attention, because of its unique optical properties and band structures depending on the layer thicknesses. However, MBE growth of epitaxial films demands information about thermal stability of stoichiometry and related electronic structure for high temperature range. We grow epitaxial MoSe2 and WSe2 ultrathin films by using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We characterize stoichiometry of films grown at various growth temperature by using various methods, XPS, EDX, and TOF-MEIS. We further test high temperature stability of electronic structure for those films by utilizing in-situ ellipsometry attached to UHV chamber. We discuss threshold temperatures up to 700~1000oC, at which electronic phases changes from semiconductor to metal due to selenium deficiency. This information can be useful for potential application of TMDs for fabrication of Van der Waals multilayers and related devices. This research was supported by Nano.Material Technology Development Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. (2009-0082580), NRF-2014R1A1A1002868.

  14. Growth of epitaxial orthorhombic YO1.5-substituted HfO2 thin film

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2015-07-01

    YO1.5-substituted HfO2 thin films with various substitution amounts were grown on (100) YSZ substrates by the pulsed laser deposition method directly from the vapor phase. The epitaxial growth of film with different YO1.5 amounts was confirmed by the X-ray diffraction method. Wide-area reciprocal lattice mapping measurements were performed to clarify the crystal symmetry of films. The formed phases changed from low-symmetry monoclinic baddeleyite to high-symmetry tetragonal/cubic fluorite phases through an orthorhombic phase as the YO1.5 amount increased from 0 to 0.15. The additional annular bright-field scanning transmission electron microscopy indicates that the orthorhombic phase has polar structure. This means that the direct growth by vapor is of polar orthorhombic HfO2-based film. Moreover, high-temperature X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the film with a YO1.5 amount of 0.07 with orthorhombic structure at room temperature only exhibited a structural phase transition to tetragonal phase above 450 °C. This temperature is much higher than the reported maximum temperature of 200 °C to obtain ferroelectricity as well as the expected temperature for real device application. The growth of epitaxial orthorhombic HfO2-based film helps clarify the nature of ferroelectricity in HfO2-based films (186 words/200 words).

  15. Epitaxial electrodeposition of metal oxide films and superlattices which exhibit resistance switching

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    Gudavarthy, Rakesh Vathsal

    This dissertation presents an investigation of the electrodeposition of metal oxide films and superlattices on conducting polycrystalline and single crystal substrates. In the first part of the study, electrodeposition of magnetite (Fe3O4) films and superlattices in the magnetite/zinc ferrite system which exhibit resistance switching is studied. Paper I reports the electrodeposition of superlattices in the magnetite/zinc ferrite system and shows that only superlattices exhibit multi state resistance switching. In paper II, simple polycrystalline magnetite films electrodeposited on stainless steel crystals exhibit multistate resistance switching which can be tuned by controlling the composition of the films. Paper III describes the epitaxial electrodeposition of Fe3O4films on Ni(111) substrates. In the second part, electrodeposited epitaxial films of CuO onto achiral Cu single crystals using chiral precursors are studied. Paper IV describes chiral electrodeposition of CuO from copper(II) complexes of malic acid on Cu single crystals. X-ray pole figures in conjunction with stereographic projections are used to determine the absolute configuration of the films. X-ray crystal structures of copper(II) malate crystals are analyzed to understand the mechanism of chiral electrodeposition.

  16. van der Waals epitaxy of CdTe thin film on graphene

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    Mohanty, Dibyajyoti; Xie, Weiyu; Wang, Yiping; Lu, Zonghuan; Shi, Jian; Zhang, Shengbai; Wang, Gwo-Ching; Lu, Toh-Ming; Bhat, Ishwara B.

    2016-10-01

    van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE) facilitates the epitaxial growth of materials having a large lattice mismatch with the substrate. Although vdWE of two-dimensional (2D) materials on 2D materials have been extensively studied, the vdWE for three-dimensional (3D) materials on 2D substrates remains a challenge. It is perceived that a 2D substrate passes little information to dictate the 3D growth. In this article, we demonstrated the vdWE growth of the CdTe(111) thin film on a graphene buffered SiO2/Si substrate using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technique, despite a 46% large lattice mismatch between CdTe and graphene and a symmetry change from cubic to hexagonal. Our CdTe films produce a very narrow X-ray rocking curve, and the X-ray pole figure analysis showed 12 CdTe (111) peaks at a chi angle of 70°. This was attributed to two sets of parallel epitaxy of CdTe on graphene with a 30° relative orientation giving rise to a 12-fold symmetry in the pole figure. First-principles calculations reveal that, despite the relatively small energy differences, the graphene buffer layer does pass epitaxial information to CdTe as the parallel epitaxy, obtained in the experiment, is energetically favored. The work paves a way for the growth of high quality CdTe film on a large area as well as on the amorphous substrates.

  17. Air-bridged lateral epitaxial overgrowth of GaN thin films

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    Kidoguchi, Isao; Ishibashi, Akihiko; Sugahara, Gaku; Ban, Yuzaburoh

    2000-06-01

    A promising technique of selective lateral epitaxy, namely air-bridged lateral epitaxial overgrowth, is demonstrated in order to reduce the wing tilt as well as the threading dislocation density in GaN thin films. A seed GaN layer was etched to make ridge-stripe along <11¯00>GaN direction and a GaN material was regrown from the exposed (0001) top facet of the ridged GaN seed structures, whose sidewalls and etched bottoms were covered with silicon nitride mask, using low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. The density of dislocations in the wing region was reduced to be <107cm-2, which was at least two orders of magnitude lower than that of underlying GaN. The magnitude of the wing tilt was determined to be 0.08° by x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, which was smaller than other lateral epitaxial overgrown GaN thin films. The full width at half maximum of XRD for the wing region was 138 arc sec, indicating high uniformity of c-axis orientation.

  18. Surfactant-assisted epitaxial growth and magnetism of Fe films on Cu(111).

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    Niño, M A; Camarero, J; Gómez, L; Ferrón, J; de Miguel, J J; Miranda, R

    2008-07-02

    The magnetic properties of thin epitaxial layers of Fe grown on Cu(111) depend sensitively on the films' structure and morphology. A combination of experiments and numerical simulations reveals that the use of a surfactant monolayer (ML) of Pb during molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth at room temperature reduces the amount of interdiffusion at the Cu-Fe interface, retards the fcc-to-bcc transformation by about 2 ML and substantially increases the films' coercivity. The origin of all these alterations to the magnetic behavior can be traced back to the structural modifications provoked by the surfactant during the early growth stages. These results open the way for the controlled fabrication of custom-designed materials with specific magnetic characteristics.

  19. Improvement of Crystalline Quality in GaN Films by Air-Bridged Lateral Epitaxial Growth

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    Kidoguchi, Isao; Ishibashi, Akihiko; Sugahara, Gaku; Tsujimura, Ayumu; Ban, Yuzaburoh

    2000-05-01

    Air-bridged lateral epitaxial growth (ABLEG), a new technique of lateral growth of GaN films, has been developed using low-pressure metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. A previously grown 1-μm-thick GaN film is grooved along the < 1{\\bar 1}00 >\\textrm{GaN} direction, and the bottoms of the trenches and the sidewalls are covered with a silicon nitride mask. A free-standing GaN material is regrown from the exposed (0001) surface of the ridged GaN seed structure. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy analysis reveals that the dislocations originating from the underlying seed GaN extend straight in the < 0001 > direction and dislocations do not propagate into the wing region. The wing region also exhibits a smooth surface and the root mean square roughness is found to be 0.088 nm by atomic force microscopy measurement of the (0001) face of the wing region.

  20. Controlled growth of antimony-doped tin dioxide thin films by atomic layer epitaxy

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    Viirola, H.; Niinistoe, L.

    1994-11-01

    Antimony-doped tin dioxide thin films were deposited on glass substrates by atomic layer epitaxy using SnCl4, SbCl5 and H2O as reactants. The growth experiments were carried out at 500 C. The effect of Sb doping on the growth rate, crystal texture and electrical and optical properties was studied. Spectrophotometry, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis, as well as sheet resistance and Hall measurements were used to characterize the films. The films were highly uniform with only small thickness and sheet resistance variations. The films were polycrystalline with their crystallites having a preferred orientation, which depended on the Sb doping level and film thickness.

  1. Thickness-dependent metal-insulator transition in epitaxial SrRuO3 ultrathin films

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    Shen, Xuan; Qiu, Xiangbiao; Su, Dong; ...

    2015-01-06

    Transport characteristics of ultrathin SrRuO₃ films, deposited epitaxially on TiO₂-terminated SrTiO₃ (001) single-crystal substrates, were studied as a function of film thickness. Evolution from a metallic to an insulating behavior is observed as the film thickness decreases from 20 to 4 unit cells. In films thicker than 4 unit cells, the transport behavior obeys the Drude low temperature conductivity with quantum corrections, which can be attributed to weak localization. Fitting the data with 2-dimensional localization model indicates that electron-phonon collisions are the main inelastic relaxation mechanism. In the film of 4 unit cells in thickness, the transport behavior follows variablemore » range hopping model, indicating a strongly localized state. As a result, magnetoresistance measurements reveal a likely magnetic anisotropy with the magnetic easy axis along the out-of-plane direction.« less

  2. Thermal process effect on microstructure and magnetic properties of epitaxial FePd(001) multilayer films.

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    Wei, D H; Fong, S C

    2011-03-01

    Thermal process effect on the microstructure and magnetic characterizations of epitaxial FePd multilayer films grown on MgO(001) substrates via electron-beam deposition have been investigated. For the FePd films directly grown at 400 degrees C, the isolated island-like morphology was observed and displayed a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a large coercivity of 8000 Oe. On the other hand, the FePd films grown at 100 degrees C and then post-annealed at 400 degrees C showed continuous film morphology and with a lower remanence corresponded to the alternate up and down orientations of the magnetization. The significant distinction in magnetic exhibition of the FePd films was due to the remarkable change in surface and magnetic domain structures caused by varied interfacial energy during different thermal processes.

  3. Growth of sputter-deposited metamagnetic epitaxial Ni-Co-Mn-In films

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    Niemann, R.; Schultz, L.; Faehler, S.

    2012-05-01

    Metamagnetic thin films represent a promising geometry for more efficient magnetocaloric cooling applications due to a fast heat transfer. Here, we identify suitable growth conditions to obtain epitaxial Ni-Mn-In-Co films with a metamagnetic transition in vicinity of room temperature. We show that both increased substrate temperature and target aging result in loss of indium. This can be attributed to evaporation and preferential sputtering, respectively. We present a model that treats the effect of target aging and temperature dependence of evaporation on the film composition independently and enables predictions of the film composition as a function of initial target composition, target age, and deposition temperature. Furthermore, our analysis reveals that a sufficient degree of chemical B2 order is required for a transformation, in addition to an appropriate film composition.

  4. Tunable epitaxial growth of magnetoresistive La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 thin films

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    Fontcuberta, J.; Bibes, M.; Martínez, B.; Trtik, V.; Ferrater, C.; Sánchez, F.; Varela, M.

    1999-04-01

    We report on the growth of epitaxial La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 thin films on buffered Si(001) substrates. We show that a suitable choice of the buffer heterostructure allows one to obtain epitaxial (00h), (0hh), and (hhh) manganite thin films. The magnetotransport properties are investigated and we have found that the low-field magnetoresistance is directly related to the width of the normal-to-plane rocking curves, irrespective of the film orientation. The magnetic anisotropy of these films has also been determined.

  5. Effects of Growth Temperature on Epitaxial Thin Films of Vanadium Dioxide Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Nag, Joyeeta; HaglundJr., Richard F; Payzant, E Andrew

    2011-01-01

    Stoichiometric vanadium dioxide in all of its bulk, thin film and nanostructured forms exhibits an insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) accompanied by structural change, induced by various physical and chemical stimuli such as temperature, ultrashort light pulses, electric field, doping or strain. In these applications, the optical qualities of the films are of paramount importance, but are often highly variable depending on fabrication procedure. We have grown epitaxial films of vanadium dioxide on c-plane (0001) of sapphire using two different procedures involving room temperature growth followed by annealing and direct high temperature growth. Strain at the interface of the substrate and the film due to growth at different temperatures leads to significant differences in morphologies and phase transition characteristics. We present a comparative study of the morphologies and switching characteristics of the two films and conclude that contrary to conventional wisdom, the room-temperature grown films have smoother, more continuous morphologies and better switching performance. Our observation is supported by theoretical and experimental studies of epitaxial growth of semiconductors.

  6. Strain induced room temperature ferromagnetism in epitaxial magnesium oxide thin films

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    Jin, Zhenghe; Kim, Ki Wook; Nori, Sudhakar; Lee, Yi-Fang; Narayan, Jagdish; Kumar, D.; Wu, Fan; Prater, J. T.

    2015-10-28

    We report on the epitaxial growth and room-temperature ferromagnetic properties of MgO thin films deposited on hexagonal c-sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The epitaxial nature of the films has been confirmed by both θ-2θ and φ-scans of X-ray diffraction pattern. Even though bulk MgO is a nonmagnetic insulator, we have found that the MgO films exhibit ferromagnetism and hysteresis loops yielding a maximum saturation magnetization up to 17 emu/cc and large coercivity, H{sub c} = 1200 Oe. We have also found that the saturation magnetization gets enhanced and that the crystallization degraded with decreased growth temperature, suggesting that the origin of our magnetic coupling could be point defects manifested by the strain in the films. X-ray (θ-2θ) diffraction peak shift and strain analysis clearly support the presence of strain in films resulting from the presence of point defects. Based on careful investigations using secondary ion mass spectrometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies, we have ruled out the possibility of the presence of any external magnetic impurities. We discuss the critical role of microstructural characteristics and associated strain on the physical properties of the MgO films and establish a correlation between defects and magnetic properties.

  7. Layer-by-layer epitaxial thin films of the pyrochlore Tb2Ti2O7

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    Bovo, Laura; Rouleau, Christopher M.; Prabhakaran, Dharmalingam; Bramwell, Steven T.

    2017-02-01

    Layer-by-layer epitaxial growth of the pyrochlore magnet Tb2Ti2O7 on the isostructural substrate Y2Ti2O7 results in high-quality single crystal films of up to 60 nm thickness. Substrate-induced strain is shown to act as a strong and controlled perturbation to the exotic magnetism of Tb2Ti2O7, opening up the general prospect of strain-engineering the diverse magnetic and electrical properties of pyrochlore oxides.

  8. Suppression of vacancy defects in epitaxial La-doped SrTiO{sub 3} films

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    Keeble, D. J.; Kanda, G.; Jalan, B.; Stemmer, S.; Ravelli, L.; Egger, W.

    2011-12-05

    Variable energy positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy of high-mobility La-doped SrTiO{sub 3} grown by molecular beam epitaxy found that the films contained sufficiently low concentrations of Sr vacancies and vacancy cluster defects to allow the observation of positron annihilation events from the perfect lattice. This enabled the concentrations of charged cation vacancies to be estimated, and these were found to be at least an order of magnitude below the La-dopant concentrations.

  9. Layer-by-layer epitaxial thin films of the pyrochlore Tb2Ti2O7.

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    Bovo, Laura; Rouleau, Christopher M; Prabhakaran, Dharmalingam; Bramwell, Steven T

    2017-02-03

    Layer-by-layer epitaxial growth of the pyrochlore magnet Tb2Ti2O7 on the isostructural substrate Y2Ti2O7 results in high-quality single crystal films of up to 60 nm thickness. Substrate-induced strain is shown to act as a strong and controlled perturbation to the exotic magnetism of Tb2Ti2O7, opening up the general prospect of strain-engineering the diverse magnetic and electrical properties of pyrochlore oxides.

  10. Epitaxial single crystalline ferrite films for high frequency applications

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    Suzuki, Y.; Dover, R.B. van; Korenivski, V.; Werder, D.; Chen, C.H.; Felder, R.J.; Phillips, J.M.

    1996-11-01

    The successful growth of single crystal ferrites in thin film form is an important step towards their future incorporation into integrated circuits operating at microwave frequencies. The authors have successfully grown high quality single crystalline spinel ferrite thin films of (Mn,Zn)Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} on (100) and (110) SrTiO{sub 3} and MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} at low temperature. These ferrite films are buffered with spinel structure layers that are paramagnetic at room temperature. In contrast to ferrite films grown directly on the substrates, ferrite films grown on buffered substrates exhibit excellent crystallinity and bulk saturation magnetization values, thus indicating the importance of lattice match and structural similarity between the film and the immediately underlying layer. X-ray, RBS, AFM and TEM analysis provide a consistent picture of the structural properties of these ferrite films. The authors then use this technique to grow exchange-coupled bilayers of single crystalline CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and (Mn,Zn)Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. In these bilayers, they observe strong exchange coupling across the interface that is similar in strength to the exchange coupling in the individual layers.

  11. Epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga-Co thin films on PMN-PT substrates for multicaloric applications

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    Schleicher, B. Niemann, R.; Schultz, L.; Fähler, S.; Diestel, A.; Hühne, R.

    2015-08-07

    Multicaloric stacks consisting of a magnetocaloric film on a piezoelectric substrate promise improved caloric properties as the transition temperature can be controlled by both magnetic and electric fields. We present epitaxially grown magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Ga-Co thin films on ferroelectric Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3}){sub 0.72}Ti{sub 0.28}O{sub 3} substrates. Structure and microstructure of two samples, being in the austenitic and martensitic state at room temperature, are investigated by X-ray diffraction in two- and four-circle geometry and by atomic force microscopy. In addition, high temperature magnetometry was performed on the latter sample. The combination of these methods allows separating the influence of epitaxial growth and martensitic transformation. A preferential alignment of twin boundaries is observed already in the as-deposited state, which indicates the presence of prestress, without applying an electric field to the substrate. A temperature-magnetic field phase diagram is presented, which demonstrates the inverse magnetocaloric effect of the epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga-Co film.

  12. Epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga-Co thin films on PMN-PT substrates for multicaloric applications

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    Schleicher, B.; Niemann, R.; Diestel, A.; Hühne, R.; Schultz, L.; Fähler, S.

    2015-08-01

    Multicaloric stacks consisting of a magnetocaloric film on a piezoelectric substrate promise improved caloric properties as the transition temperature can be controlled by both magnetic and electric fields. We present epitaxially grown magnetocaloric Ni-Mn-Ga-Co thin films on ferroelectric Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.72Ti0.28O3 substrates. Structure and microstructure of two samples, being in the austenitic and martensitic state at room temperature, are investigated by X-ray diffraction in two- and four-circle geometry and by atomic force microscopy. In addition, high temperature magnetometry was performed on the latter sample. The combination of these methods allows separating the influence of epitaxial growth and martensitic transformation. A preferential alignment of twin boundaries is observed already in the as-deposited state, which indicates the presence of prestress, without applying an electric field to the substrate. A temperature-magnetic field phase diagram is presented, which demonstrates the inverse magnetocaloric effect of the epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga-Co film.

  13. Epitaxial SrTiO3 films with electron mobilities exceeding 30,000cm2V-1s-1

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    Son, Junwoo; Moetakef, Pouya; Jalan, Bharat; Bierwagen, Oliver; Wright, Nicholas J.; Engel-Herbert, Roman; Stemmer, Susanne

    2010-06-01

    The study of quantum phenomena in semiconductors requires epitaxial structures with exceptionally high charge-carrier mobilities. Furthermore, low-temperature mobilities are highly sensitive probes of the quality of epitaxial layers, because they are limited by impurity and defect scattering. Unlike many other complex oxides, electron-doped SrTiO3 single crystals show high (~104cm2V-1s-1) electron mobilities at low temperatures. High-mobility, epitaxial heterostructures with SrTiO3 have recently attracted attention for thermoelectric applications, field-induced superconductivity and two-dimensional (2D) interface conductivity. Epitaxial SrTiO3 thin films are often deposited by energetic techniques, such as pulsed laser deposition. Electron mobilities in such films are lower than those of single crystals. In semiconductor physics, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is widely established as the deposition method that produces the highest mobility structures. It is a low-energetic, high-purity technique that allows for low defect densities and precise control over doping concentrations and location. Here, we demonstrate controlled doping of epitaxial SrTiO3 layers grown by MBE. Electron mobilities in these films exceed those of single crystals. At low temperatures, the films show Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. These high-mobility SrTiO3 films allow for the study of the intrinsic physics of SrTiO3 and can serve as building blocks for high-mobility oxide heterostructures.

  14. Epitaxial growth of REBa 2Cu 3O 7- y films on various substrates by chemical solution deposition

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    Yamagiwa, K.; Araki, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Hiei, H.; Kim, S. B.; Matsumoto, K.; Shibata, J.; Hirayama, T.; Ikuta, H.; Mizutani, U.; Hirabayashi, I.

    2001-07-01

    We have investigated the processing conditions for solid phase epitaxial growth of REBa 2Cu 3O 7- y (RE=rare earth and Y; RE123) by chemical solution deposition (CSD) using metalorganic precursors. We selected two kinds of starting materials, metal naphthenates and metal trifluoroacetates, for RE123 films. The films are crystallized through barium carbonate and fluoride, respectively. Superconducting properties of RE123 films were strongly dependent on microstructure of the calcined film. In the case of the metal naphthenates route, the calcined films had to be amorphous in order to realize solid phase epitaxial growth. However, Jc of the epitaxially grown film was low. On the other hand, using the metal trifluoroacetates, RE123 films were grown epitaxially even if the calcined films were crystallized in metal oxyfluoride. To prepare thicker RE123 films, single step coating controlling concentration and/or viscosity of coating solution is necessary because F-contained reactive gas was formed during heat-treatment. Using chemically stable CeO 2-buffered YSZ as substrates, we have succeeded in preparing the YBCO films, having high Jc of 3.6 MA/cm 2 and 4700 Å in thickness.

  15. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-x nanocomposite thin films from colloidal solutions

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    Cayado, P.; De Keukeleere, K.; Garzón, A.; Perez-Mirabet, L.; Meledin, A.; De Roo, J.; Vallés, F.; Mundet, B.; Rijckaert, H.; Pollefeyt, G.; Coll, M.; Ricart, S.; Palau, A.; Gázquez, J.; Ros, J.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Van Driessche, I.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.

    2015-12-01

    A methodology of general validity to prepare epitaxial nanocomposite films based on the use of colloidal solutions containing different crystalline preformed oxide nanoparticles (ex situ nanocomposites) is reported. The trifluoroacetate (TFA) metal-organic chemical solution deposition route is used with alcoholic solvents to grow epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films. For this reason stabilizing oxide nanoparticles in polar solvents is a challenging goal. We have used scalable nanoparticle synthetic methodologies such as thermal and microwave-assisted solvothermal techniques to prepare CeO2 and ZrO2 nanoparticles. We show that stable and homogeneous colloidal solutions with these nanoparticles can be reached using benzyl alcohol, triethyleneglycol, nonanoic acid, trifluoroacetic acid or decanoic acid as protecting ligands, thereby allowing subsequent mixing with alcoholic TFA solutions. An elaborate YBCO film growth analysis of these nanocomposites allows the identification of the different relevant growth phenomena, e.g. nanoparticles pushing towards the film surface, nanoparticle reactivity, coarsening and nanoparticle accumulation at the substrate interface. Upon mitigation of these effects, YBCO nanocomposite films with high self-field critical currents (J c ˜ 3-4 MA cm-2 at 77 K) were reached, indicating no current limitation effects associated with epitaxy perturbation, while smoothed magnetic field dependences of the critical currents at high magnetic fields and decreased effective anisotropic pinning behavior confirm the effectiveness of the novel developed approach to enhance vortex pinning. In conclusion, a novel low cost solution-derived route to high current nanocomposite superconducting films and coated conductors has been developed with very promising features.

  16. Electron mobility enhancement in epitaxial multilayer Si-Si/1-x/Ge/x/ alloy films on /100/Si

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    Manasevit, H. M.; Gergis, I. S.; Jones, A. B.

    1982-01-01

    Enhanced Hall-effect mobilities have been measured in epitaxial (100)-oriented multilayer n-type Si/Si(1-x)Ge(x) films grown on single-crystal Si substrates by chemical vapor deposition. Mobilities from 20 to 40% higher than that of epitaxial Si layers and about 100% higher than that of epitaxial SiGe layers on Si were measured for the doping range 8 x 10 to the 15th to 10 to the 17th/cu cm. No mobility enhancement was observed in multilayer p-type (100) films and n-type (111)-oriented films. Experimental studies included the effects upon film properties of layer composition, total film thickness, doping concentrations, layer thickness, and growth temperature.

  17. Robust Zero-Field Skyrmion Formation in FeGe Epitaxial Thin Films

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    Gallagher, J. C.; Meng, K. Y.; Brangham, J. T.; Wang, H. L.; Esser, B. D.; McComb, D. W.; Yang, F. Y.

    2017-01-01

    B 20 phase magnetic materials have been of significant interest because they enable magnetic Skyrmions. One major effort in this emerging field is the stabilization of Skyrmions at room temperature and zero magnetic field. We grow phase-pure, high crystalline quality FeGe epitaxial films on Si(111). Hall effect measurements reveal a strong topological Hall effect after subtracting the ordinary and anomalous Hall effects, demonstrating the formation of high density Skyrmions in FeGe films between 5 and 275 K. In particular, a substantial topological Hall effect was observed at a zero magnetic field, showing a robust Skyrmion phase without the need of an external magnetic field.

  18. Surface and electronic structure of epitaxial PtLuSb (001) thin films

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    Patel, Sahil J.; Kawasaki, Jason K.; Logan, John; Schultz, Brian D.; Adell, J.; Thiagarajan, B.; Mikkelsen, A.; Palmstrøm, Chris J.

    2014-05-19

    The surface and electronic structure of single crystal thin films of PtLuSb (001) grown by molecular beam epitaxy were studied. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), photoemission spectroscopy, and temperature dependent Hall measurements of PtLuSb thin films are consistent with a zero-gap semiconductor or semi-metal. STS and photoemission measurements show a decrease in density of states approaching the Fermi level for both valence and conduction bands as well as a slight shift of the Fermi level position into the valence band. Temperature dependent Hall measurements also corroborate the Fermi level position by measurement of p-type carriers.

  19. Magnetic domain pattern in hierarchically twinned epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga films.

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    Diestel, Anett; Neu, Volker; Backen, Anja; Schultz, Ludwig; Fähler, Sebastian

    2013-07-03

    Magnetic shape memory alloys exhibit a hierarchically twinned microstructure, which has been examined thoroughly in epitaxial Ni-Mn-Ga films. Here we analyze the consequences of this 'twin within twins' microstructure on the magnetic domain pattern. Atomic and magnetic force microscopy are used to probe the correlation between the martensitic microstructure and magnetic domains. We examine the consequences of different twin boundary orientations with respect to the substrate normal as well as variant boundaries between differently aligned twinned laminates. A detailed micromagnetic analysis is given which describes the influence of the finite film thickness on the formation of magnetic band domains in these multiferroic materials.

  20. Room temperature nanoscale ferroelectricity in magnetoelectric GaFeO3 epitaxial thin films.

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    Mukherjee, Somdutta; Roy, Amritendu; Auluck, Sushil; Prasad, Rajendra; Gupta, Rajeev; Garg, Ashish

    2013-08-23

    We demonstrate room temperature ferroelectricity in the epitaxial thin films of magnetoelectric gallium ferrite. Piezoforce measurements show a 180° phase shift of piezoresponse upon switching the electric field indicating nanoscale ferroelectricity in the thin films. Further, temperature-dependent impedance analysis with and without the presence of an external magnetic field clearly reveals a pronounced magnetodielectric effect across the magnetic transition temperature. In addition, our first principles calculations show that Fe ions are not only responsible for ferrimagnetism as observed earlier but also give rise to the observed ferroelectricity, making gallium ferrite a unique single phase multiferroic.

  1. Thickness dependent exchange bias in martensitic epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films

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    Behler, Anna; Teichert, Niclas; Auge, Alexander; Hütten, Andreas; Dutta, Biswanath; Hickel, Tilmann; Waske, Anja; Eckert, Jürgen

    2013-12-15

    A thickness dependent exchange bias in the low temperature martensitic state of epitaxial Ni-Mn-Sn thin films is found. The effect can be retained down to very small thicknesses. For a Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 32}Sn{sub 18} thin film, which does not undergo a martensitic transformation, no exchange bias is observed. Our results suggest that a significant interplay between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic regions, which is the origin for exchange bias, is only present in the martensite. The finding is supported by ab initio calculations showing that the antiferromagnetic order is stabilized in the phase.

  2. Advanced Techniques to Decrease Defect Density in Molecular Beam Epitaxial Silicon Films

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    Tatsumi, Toru; Aizaki, Naoaki; Tsuya, Hideki

    1985-04-01

    Defect density dependence on various surface cleaning conditions for molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) silicon films was investigated. Defect-free films were obtained on (100) and (511) wafers, using a combination of ozone cleaning and predeposition process after the usual wet cleaning. On the (111) wafer, the defect density dependence on growth rate was examined. The two-step growth-rate procedure was effective in decreasing stacking faults on the (111) wafer. The difference in defect density between (100) and (111) wafers is also discussed.

  3. Ta-doped Anatase TiO2 Epitaxial Film as Transparent Conducting Oxide

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    Hitosugi, Taro; Furubayashi, Yutaka; Ueda, Atsuki; Itabashi, Kinnosuke; Inaba, Kazuhisa; Hirose, Yasushi; Kinoda, Go; Yamamoto, Yukio; Shimada, Toshihiro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2005-08-01

    We present electrical transport and optical properties of Ta-doped TiO2 epitaxial thin films with varying Ta concentration grown by the pulsed laser deposition method. The Ti0.95Ta0.05O2 film exhibited a resistivity of 2.5× 10-4 Ω cm at room temperature, and an internal transmittance of 95% in the visible light region. These values are comparable to those of a widely used transparent conducting oxide (TCO), indium tin oxide. Furthermore, this new material falls into a new category of TCOs that utilizes d electrons.

  4. Epitaxial growth and photoluminescence of hexagonal CdS 1- xSe x alloy films

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    Grün, M.; Gerlach, H.; Breitkopf, Th.; Hetterich, M.; Reznitsky, A.; Kalt, H.; Klingshirn, C.

    1995-01-01

    CdSSe ternary alloy films were grown on GaAs(111) by hot-wall beam epitaxy. The hexagonal crystal phase is obtained. The composition varies from 0 to 40% selenium. Luminescence spectroscopy at low temperatures shows a dominant effect by alloy disorder. Localization of carriers, for example, is still observed at a pulsed optical excitation density of 6 mJ/cm 2. The overall quality of the CdSSe films is sufficient to use them as buffer layers for the growth of hexagonal superlattices.

  5. Epitaxial ferromagnetic oxide thin films on silicon with atomically sharp interfaces

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    Coux, P. de; Bachelet, R.; Fontcuberta, J.; Sánchez, F.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Skumryev, V.; Lupina, L.; Niu, G.; Schroeder, T.

    2014-07-07

    A bottleneck in the integration of functional oxides with silicon, either directly grown or using a buffer, is the usual formation of an amorphous interfacial layer. Here, we demonstrate that ferromagnetic CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} films can be grown epitaxially on Si(111) using a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} buffer layer, and remarkably the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Si(111) interface is stable and remains atomically sharp. CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} films present high crystal quality and high saturation magnetization.

  6. Big-Data RHEED analysis for understanding epitaxial film growth processes

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    Vasudevan, Rama K; Tselev, Alexander; Baddorf, Arthur P; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2014-10-28

    Reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) has by now become a standard tool for in-situ monitoring of film growth by pulsed laser deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. Yet despite the widespread adoption and wealth of information in RHEED image, most applications are limited to observing intensity oscillations of the specular spot, and much additional information on growth is discarded. With ease of data acquisition and increased computation speeds, statistical methods to rapidly mine the dataset are now feasible. Here, we develop such an approach to the analysis of the fundamental growth processes through multivariate statistical analysis of RHEED image sequence. This approach is illustrated for growth of LaxCa1-xMnO3 films grown on etched (001) SrTiO3 substrates, but is universal. The multivariate methods including principal component analysis and k-means clustering provide insight into the relevant behaviors, the timing and nature of a disordered to ordered growth change, and highlight statistically significant patterns. Fourier analysis yields the harmonic components of the signal and allows separation of the relevant components and baselines, isolating the assymetric nature of the step density function and the transmission spots from the imperfect layer-by-layer (LBL) growth. These studies show the promise of big data approaches to obtaining more insight into film properties during and after epitaxial film growth. Furthermore, these studies open the pathway to use forward prediction methods to potentially allow significantly more control over growth process and hence final film quality.

  7. Single orientation graphene synthesized on iridium thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Dangwal Pandey, A.; Krausert, K.; Franz, D.; Grânäs, E.; Shayduk, R.; Müller, P.; Keller, T. F.; Noei, H.; Vonk, V.; Stierle, A.

    2016-08-01

    Heteroepitaxial iridium thin films were deposited on (0001) sapphire substrates by means of molecular beam epitaxy, and subsequently, one monolayer of graphene was synthesized by chemical vapor deposition. The influence of the growth parameters on the quality of the Ir films, as well as of graphene, was investigated systematically by means of low energy electron diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, x-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Our study reveals (111) oriented iridium films with high crystalline quality and extremely low surface roughness, on which the formation of large-area epitaxial graphene is achieved. The presence of defects, like dislocations, twins, and 30° rotated domains in the iridium films is also discussed. The coverage of graphene was found to be influenced by the presence of 30° rotated domains in the Ir films. Low iridium deposition rates suppress these rotated domains and an almost complete coverage of graphene was obtained. This synthesis route yields inexpensive, air-stable, and large-area graphene with a well-defined orientation, making it accessible to a wider community of researchers for numerous experiments or applications, including those which use destructive analysis techniques or irreversible processes. Moreover, this approach can be used to tune the structural quality of graphene, allowing a systematic study of the influence of defects in various processes like intercalation below graphene.

  8. Atomic Layer Deposition of Ultrathin Crystalline Epitaxial Films of V2O5.

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    Sreedhara, M B; Ghatak, J; Bharath, B; Rao, C N R

    2017-01-25

    Ultrathin epitaxial films (10-90 nm thick) of V2O5 have been grown on c-Al2O3 by atomic layer deposition using vanadyl acetylacetonate as the vanadium precursor along with oxygen plasma. Various process parameters have been optimized for the purpose, and excellent crystalline films could be obtained below 200 °C, without the need for post-heat treatment. With a moderate temperature window, the process yields a growth rate of 0.45 Å/cycle. The films have been characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and other means. The films exhibit a (001) preferred orientation with respect to c-Al2O3 and undergo compressive strain at the initial few monolayer growth to adjust epitaxially with the substrate. Heterojunction diodes based on TiO2(p)-(n)V2O5 as well as a humidity sensor have been fabricated using the V2O5 films.

  9. Big-data reflection high energy electron diffraction analysis for understanding epitaxial film growth processes.

    PubMed

    Vasudevan, Rama K; Tselev, Alexander; Baddorf, Arthur P; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2014-10-28

    Reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) has by now become a standard tool for in situ monitoring of film growth by pulsed laser deposition and molecular beam epitaxy. Yet despite the widespread adoption and wealth of information in RHEED images, most applications are limited to observing intensity oscillations of the specular spot, and much additional information on growth is discarded. With ease of data acquisition and increased computation speeds, statistical methods to rapidly mine the data set are now feasible. Here, we develop such an approach to the analysis of the fundamental growth processes through multivariate statistical analysis of a RHEED image sequence. This approach is illustrated for growth of La(x)Ca(1-x)MnO(3) films grown on etched (001) SrTiO(3) substrates, but is universal. The multivariate methods including principal component analysis and k-means clustering provide insight into the relevant behaviors, the timing and nature of a disordered to ordered growth change, and highlight statistically significant patterns. Fourier analysis yields the harmonic components of the signal and allows separation of the relevant components and baselines, isolating the asymmetric nature of the step density function and the transmission spots from the imperfect layer-by-layer (LBL) growth. These studies show the promise of big data approaches to obtaining more insight into film properties during and after epitaxial film growth. Furthermore, these studies open the pathway to use forward prediction methods to potentially allow significantly more control over growth process and hence final film quality.

  10. Epitaxial thin film growth of LiH using a liquid-Li atomic template

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    Oguchi, Hiroyuki; Ikeshoji, Tamio; Orimo, Shin-ichi; Ohsawa, Takeo; Shiraki, Susumu; Hitosugi, Taro; Kuwano, Hiroki

    2014-11-24

    We report on the synthesis of lithium hydride (LiH) epitaxial thin films through the hydrogenation of a Li melt, forming abrupt LiH/MgO interface. Experimental and first-principles molecular dynamics studies reveal a comprehensive microscopic picture of the crystallization processes, which sheds light on the fundamental atomistic growth processes that have remained unknown in the vapor-liquid-solid method. We found that the periodic structure that formed, because of the liquid-Li atoms at the film/MgO-substrate interface, serves as an atomic template for the epitaxial growth of LiH crystals. In contrast, films grown on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates indicated polycrystalline films with a LiAlO{sub 2} secondary phase. These results and the proposed growth process provide insights into the preparation of other alkaline metal hydride thin films on oxides. Further, our investigations open the way to explore fundamental physics and chemistry of metal hydrides including possible phenomena that emerge at the heterointerfaces of metal hydrides.

  11. Effects of epitaxial strain on oxygen vacancy ordering in LaCoO3 films

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    Biskup, Neven; Mehta, Virat; Pennycook, Steven; Suzuki, Yuri; Varela, Maria; Ornl Collaboration; Ucb Collaboration; Ucm Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    We report on atomically-resolved Z-contrast imaging and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy of epitaxial LaCoO3 thin films grown on SrTiO3, LaAlO3 and (LaAlO3)(SrTaO3) substrates. Regardless of the sign and magnitude of the epitaxial strain imposed by substrate, the LaCoO3 thin films contain oxygen vacancies to varying degrees. These oxygen vacancies tend to order parallel to the film/substrate interface in LCO films under tensile strain and perpendicular under compressive strain. Oxygen vacancy ordering results in charge ordering (CO) among the Co ions as observed by EELS through analysis of the Co L2,3 intensity ratio. We will discuss the amount of oxygen vacancies, the resulting superstructures and CO in the context of the ferromagnetismobserved in these films. Research at ORNL supported by the U.S. DOE-BES, MSED, and also by ORNL's ShaRE User Program (sponsored by DOE-BES), at UCM supported by the ERC Starting Investigator Award and at UC Berkeley and LBNL was supported by the Director, Office of Science, BES -

  12. Characterization of Epitaxial Film Silicon Solar Cells Grown on Seeded Display Glass: Preprint

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    Young, D. L.; Grover, S.; Teplin, C.; Stradins, P.; LaSalvia, V.; Chuang, T. K.; Couillard, J. G.; Branz, H. M.

    2012-06-01

    We report characterizations of epitaxial film crystal silicon (c-Si) solar cells with open-circuit voltages (Voc) above 560 mV. The 2-um absorber cells are grown by low-temperature (<750 degrees C) hot-wire CVD (HWCVD) on Corning EAGLE XG display glass coated with a layer-transferred (LT) Si seed. The high Voc is a result of low-defect epitaxial Si (epi-Si) growth and effective hydrogen passivation of defects. The quality of HWCVD epitaxial growth on seeded glass substrates depends on the crystallographic quality of the seed and the morphology of the epitaxial growth surface. Heterojunction devices consist of glass/c-Si LT seed/ epi n+ Si:P/epi n- Si:P/intrinsic a-Si:H/p+ a-Si:H/ITO. Similar devices grown on electronically 'dead' n+ wafers have given Voc {approx}630 mV and {approx}8% efficiency with no light trapping features. Here we study the effects of the seed surface polish on epi-Si quality, how hydrogenation influences the device character, and the dominant junction transport physics.

  13. 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

    2014-11-12

    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.

  14. Highly resistive epitaxial Mg-doped GdN thin films

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    Lee, C.-M.; Warring, H.; Trodahl, H. J.; Ruck, B. J.; Natali, F.; Vézian, S.; Damilano, B.; Cordier, Y.; Granville, S.; Al Khalfioui, M.

    2015-01-12

    We report the growth by molecular beam epitaxy of highly resistive GdN, using intentional doping with magnesium. Mg-doped GdN layers with resistivities of 10{sup 3} Ω cm and carrier concentrations of 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −3} are obtained for films with Mg concentrations up to 5 × 10{sup 19} atoms/cm{sup 3}. X-ray diffraction rocking curves indicate that Mg-doped GdN films have crystalline quality very similar to undoped GdN films, showing that the Mg doping did not affect the structural properties of the films. A decrease of the Curie temperature with decreasing the electron density is observed, supporting a recently suggested magnetic polaron scenario [F. Natali, B. J. Ruck, H. J. Trodahl, D. L. Binh, S. Vézian, B. Damilano, Y. Cordier, F. Semond, and C. Meyer, Phys. Rev. B 87, 035202 (2013)].

  15. Electrical transport and magnetic properties of epitaxial LSMO films grown on STO substrates

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    Yuan, Wei; Zhao, Yuelei; Su, Tang; Song, Qi; Han, Wei; Shi, Jing

    2015-03-01

    La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) is a very attractive material for spintronics due to its half-metallic ferromagnetic properties. The LSMO films are epitaxially grown on STO (100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. The effects of substrate temperature, laser power, oxygen pressure, and annealing on the LSMO growth are systematically investigated by the reflection high energy electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy. Under the optimized growth condition, we have achieved atomically flat LSMO thin films with a wide terrace width of more than 5 micro-meters. The electrical transport properties of LSMO thin films of various thicknesses ranging from 8 to 20 monolayers are studied by measuring the resistivity as a function of temperature. We find that the growth condition plays an important role in the critical film thickness for the metal-insulator transition and the Curie temperature. The Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

  16. Epitaxial Growth of Oriented Metalloporphyrin Network Thin Film for Improved Selectivity of Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Li, De-Jing; Gu, Zhi-Gang; Vohra, Ismail; Kang, Yao; Zhu, Yong-Sheng; Zhang, Jian

    2017-03-03

    This study reports an oriented and homogenous cobalt-metalloporphyrin network (PIZA-1) thin film prepared by liquid phase epitaxial (LPE) method. The thickness of the obtained thin films can be well controlled, and their photocurrent properties can also be tuned by LPE cycles or the introduction of conductive guest molecules (tetracyanoquinodimethane and C60 ) into the PIZA-1 pores. The study of quartz crystal microbalance adsorption confirms that the PIZA-1 thin film with [110]-orientation presents much higher selectivity of benzene over toluene and p-xylene than that of the PIZA-1 powder with mixed orientations. These results reveal that the selective adsorption of volatile organic compounds highly depends on the growth orientations of porphyrin-based metal-organic framework thin films. Furthermore, the work will provide a new perspective for developing important semiconductive sensing materials with improved selectivity of guest compounds.

  17. Improved epitaxy of ultrathin praseodymia films on chlorine passivated Si(111) reducing silicate interface formation

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    Gevers, S.; Bruns, D.; Weisemoeller, T.; Wollschlaeger, J.; Flege, J. I.; Kaemena, B.; Falta, J.

    2010-12-13

    Ultrathin praseodymia films have been deposited on both Cl-passivated and nonpassivated Si(111) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. Comparative studies on the crystallinity and stoichiometry are performed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray standing waves, and x-ray reflectometry. On nonpassivated Si(111) an amorphous silicate film is formed. In contrast, praseodymia deposited on Cl-passivated Si(111) form a well-ordered crystalline film with cubic-Pr{sub 2}O{sub 3} (bixbyite) structure. The vertical lattice constant of the praseodymia film is increased by 1.4% compared to the bulk value. Furthermore, the formation of an extended amorphous silicate interface layers is suppressed and confined to only one monolayer.

  18. The Long Forgotten Compound: CoTe, and its Epitaxial Film Growth and Properties

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    Zhang, Zhiwei; Zhu, Zhihai; Hines, William A.; Budnick, Joseph I.; Wells, Barrett O.

    As part of our investigation of Co-doped, Fe-chalcogenide superconductors, we have synthesized films of CoTe; a long forgotten binary compound. Using pulsed laser deposition, we have grown epitaxial films on MgO, CaF2, and SrTiO3 and have found that careful control of growth conditions allows for the synthesis of either (001) or (101) oriented films. X-ray diffraction shows the structure of the films is hexagonal. However, we also find the surprising presence of the nominally disallowed (001) peak. We also report temperature dependent transport and magnetic properties. This material may be of interest as a magnetic semiconductor and for its relationship to chemically doping Fe-based superconductors. DOE/BES Contract DE-FG02-00ER45801.

  19. Strain control of oxygen vacancies in epitaxial strontium cobaltite films

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    Jeen, Hyoung Jeen; Choi, Woo Seok; Reboredo, Fernando A.; ...

    2016-01-25

    In this study, the ability to manipulate oxygen anion defects rather than metal cations in complex oxides can facilitate creating new functionalities critical for emerging energy and device technologies. However, the difficulty in activating oxygen at reduced temperatures hinders the deliberate control of important defects, oxygen vacancies. Here, strontium cobaltite (SrCoOx) is used to demonstrate that epitaxial strain is a powerful tool for manipulating the oxygen vacancy concentration even under highly oxidizing environments and at annealing temperatures as low as 300 °C. By applying a small biaxial tensile strain (2%), the oxygen activation energy barrier decreases by ≈30%, resulting inmore » a tunable oxygen deficient steady-state under conditions that would normally fully oxidize unstrained cobaltite. These strain-induced changes in oxygen stoichiometry drive the cobaltite from a ferromagnetic metal towards an antiferromagnetic insulator. The ability to decouple the oxygen vacancy concentration from its typical dependence on the operational environment is useful for effectively designing oxides materials with a specific oxygen stoichiometry.« less

  20. Strain Control of Oxygen Vacancies in Epitaxial Strontium Cobaltite Films

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    Petrie, Jonathan R.; Mitra, Chandrima; Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Choi, Woo Seok; Meyer, Tricia L.; Reboredo, Fernando A.; Freeland, John W.; Eres, Gyula; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2016-03-08

    The ability to manipulate oxygen anion defects rather than metal cations in complex oxides can facilitate creating new functionalities critical for emerging energy and device technologies. However, the difficulty in activating oxygen at reduced temperatures hinders the deliberate control of important defects, oxygen vacancies. Here, strontium cobaltite (SrCoOx) is used to demonstrate that epitaxial strain is a powerful tool for manipulating the oxygen vacancy concentration even under highly oxidizing environments and at annealing temperatures as low as 300 degrees C. By applying a small biaxial tensile strain (2%), the oxygen activation energy barrier decreases by approximate to 30%, resulting in a tunable oxygen defi cient steady-state under conditions that would normally fully oxidize unstrained cobaltite. These strain-induced changes in oxygen stoichiometry drive the cobaltite from a ferromagnetic metal towards an antiferromagnetic insulator. The ability to decouple the oxygen vacancy concentration from its typical dependence on the operational environment is useful for effectively designing oxides materials with a specific oxygen stoichiometry.

  1. Strain control of oxygen vacancies in epitaxial strontium cobaltite films

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    Jeen, Hyoung Jeen; Choi, Woo Seok; Reboredo, Fernando A.; Freeland, John W.; Eres, Gyula; Lee, Ho Nyung; Petrie, Jonathan R.; Mitra, Chandrima; Meyer, Tricia L.

    2016-01-25

    In this study, the ability to manipulate oxygen anion defects rather than metal cations in complex oxides can facilitate creating new functionalities critical for emerging energy and device technologies. However, the difficulty in activating oxygen at reduced temperatures hinders the deliberate control of important defects, oxygen vacancies. Here, strontium cobaltite (SrCoOx) is used to demonstrate that epitaxial strain is a powerful tool for manipulating the oxygen vacancy concentration even under highly oxidizing environments and at annealing temperatures as low as 300 °C. By applying a small biaxial tensile strain (2%), the oxygen activation energy barrier decreases by ≈30%, resulting in a tunable oxygen deficient steady-state under conditions that would normally fully oxidize unstrained cobaltite. These strain-induced changes in oxygen stoichiometry drive the cobaltite from a ferromagnetic metal towards an antiferromagnetic insulator. The ability to decouple the oxygen vacancy concentration from its typical dependence on the operational environment is useful for effectively designing oxides materials with a specific oxygen stoichiometry.

  2. Surface Control of Epitaxial Manganite Films via Oxygen Pressure.

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    Tselev, Alexander; Vasudevan, Rama K; Gianfrancesco, Anthony G; Qiao, Liang; Ganesh, P; Meyer, Tricia L; Lee, Ho Nyung; Biegalski, Michael D; Baddorf, Arthur P; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2015-04-28

    The trend to reduce device dimensions demands increasing attention to atomic-scale details of structure of thin films as well as to pathways to control it. This is of special importance in the systems with multiple competing interactions. We have used in situ scanning tunneling microscopy to image surfaces of La5/8Ca3/8MnO3 films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The atomically resolved imaging was combined with in situ angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We find a strong effect of the background oxygen pressure during deposition on structural and chemical features of the film surface. Deposition at 50 mTorr of O2 leads to mixed-terminated film surfaces, with B-site (MnO2) termination being structurally imperfect at the atomic scale. A relatively small reduction of the oxygen pressure to 20 mTorr results in a dramatic change of the surface structure leading to a nearly perfectly ordered B-site terminated surface with only a small fraction of A-site (La,Ca)O termination. This is accompanied, however, by surface roughening at a mesoscopic length scale. The results suggest that oxygen has a strong link to the adatom mobility during growth. The effect of the oxygen pressure on dopant surface segregation is also pronounced: Ca surface segregation is decreased with oxygen pressure reduction.

  3. Surface control of epitaxial manganite films via oxygen pressure

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    Tselev, Alexander; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony G.; ...

    2015-03-11

    The trend to reduce device dimensions demands increasing attention to atomic-scale details of structure of thin films as well as to pathways to control it. We found that this is of special importance in the systems with multiple competing interactions. We have used in situ scanning tunneling microscopy to image surfaces of La5/8Ca3/8MnO3 films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The atomically resolved imaging was combined with in situ angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We find a strong effect of the background oxygen pressure during deposition on structural and chemical features of the film surface. Deposition at 50 mTorr of O2 leadsmore » to mixed-terminated film surfaces, with B-site (MnO2) termination being structurally imperfect at the atomic scale. Moreover, a relatively small reduction of the oxygen pressure to 20 mTorr results in a dramatic change of the surface structure leading to a nearly perfectly ordered B-site terminated surface with only a small fraction of A-site (La,Ca)O termination. This is accompanied, however, by surface roughening at a mesoscopic length scale. The results suggest that oxygen has a strong link to the adatom mobility during growth. The effect of the oxygen pressure on dopant surface segregation is also pronounced: Ca surface segregation is decreased with oxygen pressure reduction.« less

  4. Surface control of epitaxial manganite films via oxygen pressure

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    Tselev, Alexander; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony G.; Qiao, Liang; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Meyer, Tricia L.; Lee, Ho Nyung; Biegalski, Michael D.; Baddorf, Arthur P.; Kalinin, Sergei

    2015-03-11

    The trend to reduce device dimensions demands increasing attention to atomic-scale details of structure of thin films as well as to pathways to control it. We found that this is of special importance in the systems with multiple competing interactions. We have used in situ scanning tunneling microscopy to image surfaces of La5/8Ca3/8MnO3 films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The atomically resolved imaging was combined with in situ angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We find a strong effect of the background oxygen pressure during deposition on structural and chemical features of the film surface. Deposition at 50 mTorr of O2 leads to mixed-terminated film surfaces, with B-site (MnO2) termination being structurally imperfect at the atomic scale. Moreover, a relatively small reduction of the oxygen pressure to 20 mTorr results in a dramatic change of the surface structure leading to a nearly perfectly ordered B-site terminated surface with only a small fraction of A-site (La,Ca)O termination. This is accompanied, however, by surface roughening at a mesoscopic length scale. The results suggest that oxygen has a strong link to the adatom mobility during growth. The effect of the oxygen pressure on dopant surface segregation is also pronounced: Ca surface segregation is decreased with oxygen pressure reduction.

  5. Defects Induced by Carbon Contamination in Low-Temperature Epitaxial Silicon Films Grown with Monosilane

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    Sato, Shin'ya; Mizushima, Ichiro; Miyano, Kiyotaka; Sato, Tsutomu; Nakamura, Shin'ichi; Tsunashima, Yoshitaka; Arikado, Tsunetoshi; Uchitomi, Naotaka

    2005-03-01

    The structures of the defects induced by carbon contamination in epitaxial silicon films grown with monosilane (SiH4) on silicon substrates were investigated. A new formation mechanism of defects associated with carbon in silicon epitaxial growth processes is proposed. The carbon contaminants were introduced prior to the growth by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), where the growth chamber was intentionally contaminated with organic materials. The carbon contaminant concentration was changed by adjusting the annealing conditions at temperatures ranging from 900°C to 1100°C. Silicon epitaxial films were grown by CVD at a temperature of 700°C. In this experiment, we found that pits were formed as dominant surface defects under the condition of a relatively low carbon concentration of less than 4.5× 1013 cm-2, while mound defects were formed at a carbon concentration of more than 4.5× 1013 cm-2. These defects can be explained by the formation of silicon carbide (SiC) islands resulting from the carbon contamination.

  6. Reversal of lattice, electronic structure, and magnetism in epitaxial SrCoOx thin films

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    Jeen, H.; Choi, W. S.; Lee, J. H.; Cooper, V. R.; Lee, H. N.; Seo, S. S. A.; Rabe, K. M.

    2014-03-01

    SrCoOx (x = 2.5 - 3.0, SCO) is an ideal material to study the role of oxygen content for electronic structure and magnetism, since SCO has two distinct topotactic phases: the antiferromagnetic insulating brownmillerite SrCoO2.5 and the ferromagnetic metallic perovskite SrCoO3. In this presentation, we report direct observation of a reversible lattice and electronic structure evolution in SrCoOx epitaxial thin films as well as different magnetic and electronic ground states between the topotactic phases.[2] By magnetization measurements, optical absorption, and transport measurements drastically different electronic and magnetic ground states are found in the epitaxially grown SrCoO2.5 and SrCoO3 thin films by pulsed laser epitaxy. First-principles calculations confirm substantial, which originate from the modification in the Co valence states and crystallographic structures. By real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry, the two electronically and magnetically different phases can be reversibly changed by changing the ambient pressure at greatly reduced temperatures. Our finding provides an important pathway to understanding the novel oxygen-content-dependent phase transition uniquely found in multivalent transition metal oxides. The work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

  7. Epitaxial Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin film on Si (111) 4° substrate

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    Song, Ning; Liu, Fangyang; Huang, Yidan; Hao, Xiaojing E-mail: xj.hao@unsw.edu.au; Green, Martin A.; Young, Matthew; Erslev, Pete; Harvey, Steven P.; Teeter, Glenn E-mail: xj.hao@unsw.edu.au; Wilson, Samual

    2015-06-22

    To explore the possibility of Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS)/Si based tandem solar cells, the heteroepitaxy of tetragonal Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin films on single crystalline cubic Si (111) wafers with 4° miscut is obtained by molecular beam epitaxy. The X-ray θ-2θ scan and selected area diffraction patterns of the CZTS thin films and Si substrates, and the high resolution transmission electron microscopy image of the CZTS/Si interface region demonstrate that the CZTS thin films are epitaxially grown on the Si substrates. A CZTS/Si P-N junction is formed and shows photovoltaic responses, indicating the promising application of epitaxial CZTS thin films on Si.

  8. The magnetic and chemical structural property of the epitaxially-grown multilayered thin film

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    Lee, Hwachol

    L10 FePt- and Fe-related alloys such as FePtRh, FeRh and FeRhPd have been studied for the high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and magnetic phase transition property for the future application. In this work, the thin film structural and magnetic property is investigated for the selected FePtRh and FeRhPd alloys. The compositionally-modulated L10 FePtRh multilayered structure is grown epitaxially on a-plane Al2O3 with Cr and Pt buffer layer at 600degC growth temperature by DC sputtering technique and examined for the structural, interfacial and magnetic property. For the epitaxially grown L10 [Fe50Pt45Rh5 (FM) (10nm) / Fe50Pt25Rh25 (AFM) (20nm)]x8 superlattice, the magnetically and chemically sharp interface formation between layers was observed in X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and polarized neutron reflectivity measurements with the negligible exchange bias at room and a slight coupling effect at lower temperature regime. For FeRhPd, the magnetic phase transition of epitaxially-grown 111-oriented Fe46Rh48Pd6 thin film is studied. The applied Rhodium buffer layer on a-plane Al2O3 (11 20) at 600degC shows the extraordinarily high quality of epitaxial film in (111) orientation, where two broad and coherent peak in rocking curve, and Laue oscillations are observed. The epitaxially-grown Pd-doped FeRh on Pt (111) grown at 600degC, 700degC exhibits the co-existing stable L10 (111) and B2 (110) structures and magnetic phase transition around 300degC. On the other hand, the partially-ordered FeRhPd structure grown at 400degC, 500degC shows background high ferromagnetic state over 5K˜350K temperature. For the reduced thickness of Fe46Rh48Pd 6, the ferromagnetic state becomes dominant with a reduced portion of the film undergoing a magnetic phase transition. For some epitaxial FeRhPd film, the spin-glass-like disordered state is also observed in field dependent SQUID measurement. For the tri-layered FeRhPd with thin Pt spacer, the background

  9. Preparation and characterization of Co epitaxial thin films on Al2O3(0001) single-crystal substrates

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    Yabuhara, Osamu; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Nukaga, Yuri; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2011-01-01

    Co epitaxial thin films were prepared on Al2O3(0001) single-crystal substrates in a substrate temperature range between 50 and 500 °C by ultra high vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. Effects of substrate temperature on the structure and the magnetic properties of the films were investigated. The films grown at temperatures lower than 150 °C consist of fcc- Co(111) crystal. With increasing the substrate temperature, hcp-Co(0001) crystal coexists with the fcc crystal and the volume ratio of hcp to fcc crystal increases. The films prepared at temperatures higher than 250 °C consist primarily of hcp crystal. The film growth seems to follow island-growth mode. The films consisting primarily of hcp crystal show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The domain structure and the magnetization properties are influenced by the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the shape anisotropy caused by the film surface roughness.

  10. Fabrication of high critical current density superconducting tapes by epitaxial deposition of YBCO thick films on biaxially textured metal substrates

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    Goyal, A.; Norton, D.P.; Paranthaman, M.

    1996-12-31

    High critical current density YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) tapes were fabricated by epitaxial deposition on rolling- assisted-biaxially-textured-substrates (RABiTS). The RABiTS technique uses well established, industrially scaleable, thermomechanical processes to impart a strong biaxial texture to a base metal. This is followed by vapor deposition of epitaxial buffer layers to yield chemically and structurally compatible surfaces. Epitaxial YBCO films grown on such substrates have critical current densities approaching 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 77K in zero field and have field dependences similar to epitaxial films on single crystal ceramic substrates. Deposited conductors made using this technique offer a potential route for fabricating long lengths of high J{sub c} wire capable of carrying high currents in high magnetic fields and at elevated temperatures.

  11. Microstructure and Transport properties of epitaxial VO2 thin films on TiO2 substrates

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    Lu, Jiwei

    2008-10-01

    Vanadium oxides are paradigms of strongly correlated oxides and have attracted attention because of the metal insulator transitions (MIT) that several of the oxides and sub-oxides exhibit. In particular, VO2 has a metal--semiconductor transition at 340 K. This transition in VO2 combines the properties of a pure Mott Hubbard electronic transition with those of a Peierls structural transition. The Mott transition is responsible for the extreme speed of the optical switching that has been observed (faster than 100 fs). Understanding this transition and how to control it remains a challenge for both theory and experimental physics. We used a novel deposition technique, Reactive Bias Target Ion Beam Deposition, to grow 40 nm epitaxial VO2 thin films on rutile TiO2 substrates with various crystal orientations. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to explore the epitaxy of VO2 and we found that all VO2 thin films on TiO2 substrates showed tetragonal symmetry at room temperature due to the constrain from rutile substrates. We also characterized the metal-insulator transition of VO2 films as the function of the crystal orientation of rutile TiO2. We also characterized the anisotropy of VO2 thin films. In collaboration with Kevin West and Stuart Wolf, University of Virginia.

  12. Influence of the polarization anisotropy on the electrocaloric effect in epitaxial PMN-PT thin films

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    Mietschke, M.; Chekhonin, P.; Molin, C.; Gebhardt, S.; Fähler, S.; Nielsch, K.; Schultz, L.; Hühne, R.

    2016-09-01

    Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) compounds, which are typically used for high performance actuator applications due to their outstanding piezoelectric properties, show, in addition, a pronounced electrocaloric (EC) effect. The study of epitaxial films is a useful tool to analyze the correlation between the microstructure and EC properties in order to optimize the performance of these materials. Therefore, the 0.9PMN-0.1PT films were grown by a pulsed laser deposition on (001) as well as (111) oriented SrTiO3 single crystalline substrates using a La0.7Sr0.3CoO3 buffer as the bottom electrode and additional Au top electrodes. The structural properties determined by a high resolution X-ray and electron microscopy techniques indicated an undisturbed epitaxial growth. The anisotropy of the ferroelectric domain structure was investigated by a vertical and lateral piezoresponse force microscopy showing clear differences between the two orientations. A significant reduction of the thermal hysteresis was observed in the T-dependent polarization measurements for (111) oriented PMN-PT films, whereas the indirectly determined EC properties yield a maximum ΔT of around 15 K at 40 °C for a field of about 400 kV/cm for both film orientations.

  13. Suppression of creep-regime dynamics in epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO3 films

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    Shin, Y. J.; Jeon, B. C.; Yang, S. M.; Hwang, I.; Cho, M. R.; Sando, D.; Lee, S. R.; Yoon, J.-G.; Noh, T. W.

    2015-01-01

    Switching dynamics of ferroelectric materials are governed by the response of domain walls to applied electric field. In epitaxial ferroelectric films, thermally-activated ‘creep’ motion plays a significant role in domain wall dynamics, and accordingly, detailed understanding of the system’s switching properties requires that this creep motion be taken into account. Despite this importance, few studies have investigated creep motion in ferroelectric films under ac-driven force. Here, we explore ac hysteretic dynamics in epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films, through ferroelectric hysteresis measurements, and stroboscopic piezoresponse force microscopy. We reveal that identically-fabricated BiFeO3 films on SrRuO3 or La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 bottom electrodes exhibit markedly different switching behaviour, with BiFeO3/SrRuO3 presenting essentially creep-free dynamics. This unprecedented result arises from the distinctive spatial inhomogeneities of the internal fields, these being influenced by the bottom electrode’s surface morphology. Our findings further highlight the importance of controlling interface and defect characteristics, to engineer ferroelectric devices with optimised performance. PMID:26014521

  14. Acceptor states in heteroepitaxial CdHgTe films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Mynbaev, K. D.; Shilyaev, A. V. Bazhenov, N. L.; Izhnin, A. I.; Izhnin, I. I.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Varavin, V. S.; Dvoretsky, S. A.

    2015-03-15

    The photoluminescence method is used to study acceptor states in CdHgTe heteroepitaxial films (HEFs) grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. A comparison of the photoluminescence spectra of HEFs grown on GaAs substrates (CdHgTe/GaAs) with the spectra of CdHgTe/Si HEFs demonstrates that acceptor states with energy depths of about 18 and 27 meV are specific to CdHgTe/GaAs HEFs. The possible nature of these states and its relation to the HEF synthesis conditions and, in particular, to the vacancy doping occurring under conditions of a mercury deficiency during the course of epitaxy and postgrowth processing are discussed.

  15. Misfit strain phase diagrams of epitaxial PMN-PT films

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    Khakpash, N.; Khassaf, H.; Rossetti, G. A.; Alpay, S. P.

    2015-02-01

    Misfit strain-temperature phase diagrams of three compositions of (001) pseudocubic (1 - x).Pb (Mgl/3Nb2/3)O3 - x.PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) thin films are computed using a phenomenological model. Two (x = 0.30, 0.42) are located near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of bulk PMN-PT at room temperature (RT) and one (x = 0.70) is located far from the MPB. The results show that it is possible to stabilize an adaptive monoclinic phase over a wide range of misfit strains. At RT, the stability region of this phase is much larger for PMN-PT compared to barium strontium titanate and lead zirconate titanate films.

  16. Misfit strain phase diagrams of epitaxial PMN–PT films

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    Khakpash, N.; Khassaf, H.; Rossetti, G. A.; Alpay, S. P.

    2015-02-23

    Misfit strain–temperature phase diagrams of three compositions of (001) pseudocubic (1 − x)·Pb (Mg{sub l/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3} − x·PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN–PT) thin films are computed using a phenomenological model. Two (x = 0.30, 0.42) are located near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) of bulk PMN–PT at room temperature (RT) and one (x = 0.70) is located far from the MPB. The results show that it is possible to stabilize an adaptive monoclinic phase over a wide range of misfit strains. At RT, the stability region of this phase is much larger for PMN–PT compared to barium strontium titanate and lead zirconate titanate films.

  17. Growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O, F) epitaxial films by F diffusion

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    Takeda, S.; Ueda, S.; Takano, S.; Yamamoto, A.; Naito, M.

    2012-03-01

    We report on our growth of superconducting SmFeAs(O, F) films by F diffusion. In our process, F-free SmFeAsO films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) first, and subsequently F was introduced to the films via F diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3. We compared the growth conditions and also the properties of resultant films for CaF2 and LaAlO3 substrates. The best films on CaF2 exhibited a high transition temperature, {T}_{{c}}^{{on}}~({T}_{{c}}^{{end}})=57.8 K (56.4 K) at the highest, which may exceed the highest Tc ever reported for bulk samples. Furthermore, the films on CaF2 also showed high critical current density over 1 MA cm-2 in self-field at 5 K. On the other hand, the {T}_{{c}}^{{on}}~({T}_{{c}}^{{end}}) of the film on LaAlO3 was 50.3 K (49.3 K). The deteriorated superconducting properties on LaAlO3 appear to be due to oxygen diffusion from LaAlO3 to films.

  18. Characterization of epitaxial films of CdTe and CdS grown by hot-wall epitaxy

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    Sitter, H.; Humenberger, J.; Huber, W.; Lopez-Otero, A.

    1983-09-01

    Layers of n-type CdTe and CdS doped with indium are grown on single-crystal BaF2 and SrF2 substrates, respectively, using the method of hot-wall epitaxy. The electron concentrations are typically up to 2 x 10 to the 17th/cu cm in CdTe and 3 x 10 to the 18th/cu cm in CdS. Mobilities of 600 sq cm/Vs for CdTe and 230 sq cm/Vs for CdS are measured at room temperature. The mobility of some of the samples is found to increase exponentially with temperature in the range from 300 to 100 K. It is noted that this effect can be explained by means of a grain boundary model. In other samples, however, bulk scattering mechanisms figure prominently for tempperatures lower than 100 K. Attention is also given to mobility as a function of grain size. Deep level transient spectroscopy measurements are made in characterizing the carrier traps in the CdTe films. Six different defect levels are found in the upper half of the forbidden gap. It is determined that the concentration of the defects and their distribution with depth away from the interface in heterojunction diodes are a function of the growth conditions.

  19. Study of CdS epitaxial films chemically deposited from aqueous solutions on InP single crystals

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    Froment, M.; Bernard, M.C.; Cortes, R.; Mokili, B.; Lincot, D.

    1995-08-01

    Epitaxial growth of cadmium sulfide on InP single crystals is achieved by chemical bath deposition (CBD) in ammonia solutions at near room temperature. A better understanding of the correlations between the deposition parameters (temperature, bath composition) and the epitaxial quality is obtained by using electron diffraction and transmission techniques, x-ray diffraction, in combination with Raman spectroscopy. They are supplemented by electrochemical impedance and photocurrent experiments which give information on energetic structures between InP and CBD-CdS. Direct relations between the substrate properties and the growth habits of the CdS film (hexagonal vs. cubic, epitaxial vs. polycrystalline) are found.

  20. Epitaxially grown BaM hexaferrite films having uniaxial axis in the film plane for self-biased devices

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    Zhang, Xiaozhi; Meng, Siqin; Song, Dongsheng; Zhang, Yao; Yue, Zhenxing; Harris, Vincent G.

    2017-01-01

    Barium hexaferrite (BaM) films with in-plane c-axis orientation are promising and technically important materials for self-biased magnetic microwave devices. In this work, highly oriented BaM films with different thickness and an in-plane easy axis (c-axis) of magnetization were grown on a-plane single-crystal sapphire substrates by direct current magnetron sputtering. A procedure involving seed layers, layer-by-layer annealing was adopted to reduce the substrate-induced strains and allow for the growth of thick (~3.44 μm) films. The epitaxial growth of the BaM film on sapphire was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy with dislocations being observed at the film-substrate interface. The orientation was also verified by X-ray diffraction and more notably, polarized Raman scattering. The magnetic properties and ferromagnetic resonant frequencies were experimentally characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometry and a frequency-swept ferromagnetic resonant flip-chip technique, respectively. The micron-thick BaM films exhibited a large remanence ratio of 0.92 along in-plane easy axis and a small one of 0.09 for the in-plane hard axis loop measurement. The FMR frequency was 50.3 GHz at zero field and reached 57.9 GHz under a magnetic field of 3 kOe, indicating that the epitaxial BaM films with strong self-biased behaviors have good electromagnetic properties in millimeter-wave range. PMID:28276492

  1. Epitaxially grown BaM hexaferrite films having uniaxial axis in the film plane for self-biased devices

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    Zhang, Xiaozhi; Meng, Siqin; Song, Dongsheng; Zhang, Yao; Yue, Zhenxing; Harris, Vincent G.

    2017-03-01

    Barium hexaferrite (BaM) films with in-plane c-axis orientation are promising and technically important materials for self-biased magnetic microwave devices. In this work, highly oriented BaM films with different thickness and an in-plane easy axis (c-axis) of magnetization were grown on a-plane single-crystal sapphire substrates by direct current magnetron sputtering. A procedure involving seed layers, layer-by-layer annealing was adopted to reduce the substrate-induced strains and allow for the growth of thick (~3.44 μm) films. The epitaxial growth of the BaM film on sapphire was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy with dislocations being observed at the film-substrate interface. The orientation was also verified by X-ray diffraction and more notably, polarized Raman scattering. The magnetic properties and ferromagnetic resonant frequencies were experimentally characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometry and a frequency-swept ferromagnetic resonant flip-chip technique, respectively. The micron-thick BaM films exhibited a large remanence ratio of 0.92 along in-plane easy axis and a small one of 0.09 for the in-plane hard axis loop measurement. The FMR frequency was 50.3 GHz at zero field and reached 57.9 GHz under a magnetic field of 3 kOe, indicating that the epitaxial BaM films with strong self-biased behaviors have good electromagnetic properties in millimeter-wave range.

  2. Control of magnetic properties of epitaxial Mn5Ge3Cx films induced by carbon doping

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    Spiesser, A.; Slipukhina, I.; Dau, M.-T.; Arras, E.; Le Thanh, V.; Michez, L.; Pochet, P.; Saito, H.; Yuasa, S.; Jamet, M.; Derrien, J.

    2011-10-01

    We report the effects of carbon incorporation on the structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Mn5Ge3Cx films grown on Ge(111) by the solid phase epitaxy method. This variation of molecular beam epitaxy favors the diffusion process of carbon atoms. We show that up to a carbon molar concentration x of ˜0.6-0.7, the atoms are incorporated in the interstitial sites of the Mn5Ge3 lattice. Such a process results in a linear increase of the Curie temperature TC of the alloy, which can reach a value as high as ˜430 K [TC≈460 K at M(TC)=0]. Above this carbon content, TC is found to decrease. Structural characterizations reveal that Mn5Ge3Cx films are in perfect epitaxy when x ≤ 0.6, whereas cluster formation in the grown layers is detected above that threshold. The clusters can be attributed to manganese carbide (MnC) compounds which are formed when the carbon content exceeds the saturation value of 0.6 by consuming previously deposited carbon. Theoretical calculations accurately reproduce the main trend of TC variation as well as the cluster formation for x larger than the saturation content. In addition, we also show that after post-thermal annealing, the carbon-doped Mn5Ge3Cx alloys remain magnetically and structurally stable up to a temperature as high as 850 °C. The results are very promising for integrating Mn5Ge3Cx into ferromagnetic-semiconductor heterostructures, the ultimate goal being the realization of spintronic devices.

  3. The growth of strontium titanate and lutetium ferrite thin films by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Brooks, Charles M.

    Included in this work is a range of studies on films of homoeptaxial and heteroepitaxial films of SrTiO3 and the first reported phase-pure films of LuFe2O4. We report the structural properties of homoepitaxial (100) SrTiO3 films grown by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). The lattice spacing and x-ray diffraction (XRD) rocking curves of stoichiometric MBEgrown SrTiO3 films are indistinguishable from the underlying SrTiO3 substrates. The effect of off-stoichiometry for both strontium-rich and strontium-poor compositions results in lattice expansion with significant changes to the shuttered reflection high-energy electron diffraction oscillations, XRD, film microstructure, and thermal conductivity. Up to an 80% reduction in Sr(1+x)TiO3 film thermal conductivity is measured for x = -0.1 to 0.5. Significant reduction, from 11.5 to ˜2 W˙m-1K-1, occurs through the formation of Ruddlesden-Popper planar faults. The ability to deposit films with a reduction in thermal conductivity is applicable to thermal barrier coatings and thermoelectrics. Scanning transmission electron microscopy is used to examine the formation of Ruddlesden-Popper planar faults in films with strontium excess. We also show that the band gap of SrTiO3 can be altered by >10% (0.3 eV) by using experimentally realizable biaxial strains providing a new means to accomplish band gap engineering of SrTiO3 and related perovskites. Such band gap manipulation is relevant to applications in solar cells water splitting, transparent conducting oxides, superconductivity, two-dimensional electron liquids, and other emerging oxide electronics. This work also presents the adsorption-controlled growth of single-phase (0001)-oriented epitaxial films of charge ordered multiferroic, LuFe2O4, on (111) MgAl2O4, (111) MgO, and (0001) 6H-SiC substrates in an iron-rich environment at pressures and temperatures where excess iron desorbs from the film surface during growth. Scanning transmission electron microscopy reveals

  4. 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.

  5. Anomalous resistivity upturn in epitaxial L21-Co2MnAl films

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    Zhu, L. J.; Zhao, J. H.

    2017-02-01

    Despite of the great scientific and technology interest, highly ordered full-Heusler L21-Co2MnAl films have remained a big challenge in terms of the availability and the electrical transport. Here we report the controllable growth and the intriguing transport behavior of epitaxial L21-Co2MnAl films, which exhibit a low-temperature (T) resistivity upturn with a pronounced T1/2 dependence, a robust independence of magnetic fields, and a close relevance to structural disorder. The resistivity upturn turns out to be qualitatively contradictory to weak localization, particle-particle channel electron-electron interaction (EEI), and orbital two-channel Kondo effect, leaving a three-dimensional particle-hole channel EEI the most likely physical source. Our result highlights a considerable tunability of the structural and electronic disorder of magnetic films by varying growth temperature, affording unprecedented insights into the origin of the resistivity upturn.

  6. Molecular beam epitaxy growth and scanning tunneling microscopy study of TiSe2 ultrathin films

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    Peng, Jun-Ping; Guan, Jia-Qi; Zhang, Hui-Min; Song, Can-Li; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Xue, Qi-Kun; Ma, Xu-Cun

    2015-03-01

    Molecular beam epitaxy is used to grow TiSe2 ultrathin films on a graphitized SiC(0001) substrate. TiSe2 films proceed via a nearly layer-by-layer growth mode and exhibit two dominant types of defects, identified as Se vacancy and interstitial, respectively. By means of scanning tunneling microscopy, we demonstrate that the well-established charge density waves can survive in a single unit-cell (one triple-layer) regime, and find a gradual reduction in their correlation length as the density of surface defects in TiSe2 ultrathin films increases. Our findings offer important insights into the nature of charge density waves in TiSe2, and also pave a material foundation for potential applications based on the collective electronic states.

  7. The effect of thin epitaxial films on the early deformation of copper single crystals

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    Ravindhran, K. S.

    1980-08-01

    The film substrate combinations studied were Nickel-Copper, Ruthenium-Copper, Platinum-Copper and Titanium-Tungsten-Copper. The single crystals were characterized by the subgrain size and initial dislocation density. The films were applied by electroplating and sputtering. The interface regions were examined qualitatively by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry technique. The presence of the epitaxial films raised the easy glide resolved shear stress and the slope of Stage 1. The extent of easy glide was unchanged. It was proposed that the strengthening in coated crystals resulted from a plastic constraint leading to plastic incompatibility across the interface. Automations diffusion across the interface resulting in an impurity atmosphere at the surface was also proposed as a mechanism to account for the observed strengthening. This was substantiated by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry.

  8. Photoluminescence properties of MgxZn1-xO films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wu, T. Y.; Huang, Y. S.; Hu, S. Y.; Lee, Y. C.; Tiong, K. K.; Chang, C. C.; Chou, W. C.; Shen, J. L.

    2017-02-01

    The optical properties of MgxZn1-xO films with x=0.03, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.11 grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been studied by temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurement. It is presented that the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the 12 K PL spectrum of MgZnO films increases with increasing Mg concentration and would deviate significantly from the simulation curve of Schubert model with higher Mg contents. The abnormal broader PL FWHM is inferred from larger compositional fluctuation by incorporating higher Mg contents, which results in larger effect of excitonic localization to induce more significant S-shaped behavior of the PL peak energy with temperature dependence. Additionally, the degree of localization increases as the linear proportion of the PL FWHM, indicating that the excitonic behavior in MgZnO films belong to the strong localization effect.

  9. Thin film phase diagram of iron nitrides grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Gölden, D.; Hildebrandt, E.; Alff, L.

    2017-01-01

    A low-temperature thin film phase diagram of the iron nitride system is established for the case of thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy and nitrided by a nitrogen radical source. A fine-tuning of the nitridation conditions allows for growth of α ‧ -Fe8Nx with increasing c / a -ratio and magnetic anisotropy with increasing x until almost phase pure α ‧ -Fe8N1 thin films are obtained. A further increase of nitrogen content below the phase decomposition temperature of α ‧ -Fe8N (180 °C) leads to a mixture of several phases that is also affected by the choice of substrate material and symmetry. At higher temperatures (350 °C), phase pure γ ‧ -Fe4N is the most stable phase.

  10. Chemical and Magnetic Properties of NiO Thin Films Epitaxially Grown on Fe(001)

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    Brambilla, Alberto

    2008-01-01

    Very high quality NiO films have been grown on Fe(001) by means of Molecular Beam Epitaxy. The chemical and magnetic properties of the NiO/Fe(001) interface have been evaluated by means of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism. Furthermore, combined use of X-ray Magnetic Linear Dichroism and PhotoElectron Emission Microscopy allowed to observe an in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in very thin NiO films. For NiO films thinner than about 9 atomic layers the NiO magnetic moments align in-plane perpendicular to the Fe substrate magnetization. Above such critical thickness the coupling turns out to be collinear. The effects of thermal treatments, fundamental to produce exchange-biased structures, have also been considered.

  11. Magnetic properties and interlayer coupling of epitaxial Co/Cu films on Si

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    Mansell, R.; Petit, D. C. M. C.; Fernández-Pacheco, A.; Lavrijsen, R.; Lee, J. H.; Cowburn, R. P.

    2014-08-14

    Thin films of Co and Co/Cu/Co trilayers with wedged Cu interlayers were grown epitaxially on Cu buffer layers on hydrogen passivated Si(001) wafers. We find that single Co layers have a well-defined four-fold anisotropy but with smaller in-plane anisotropies than observed in Co grown on Cu crystals. Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida (RKKY) interlayer coupling is observed in one Co/Cu/Co sample which is the smoothest of the films as measured by atomic force microscopy. Some of the films also form a dot-like structure on the surface. Intermixing at elevated temperatures between the Cu buffer and Si limits the ability to form flat surfaces to promote RKKY coupling.

  12. Epitaxy of Fe/Cu/Si(1 1 1) ultrathin films: an Auger electron diffraction study

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    Castrucci, P.; Gunnella, R.; Bernardini, R.; Montecchiari, A.; Carboni, R.; De Crescenzi, M.

    2001-06-01

    Epitaxial Fe films, with thickness in the range between 1 and 50 ML (monolayer, ML), were grown in ultrahigh vacuum conditions on the 7×7 reconstructed (1 1 1)-Si surface. The films were evaporated on a Cu thick buffer layer to avoid iron silicides formation. Auger electron diffraction (AED) technique has been used to investigate the growth of the pseudomorphic film of fcc γ-Fe(1 1 1) and the successive growth of bcc Fe(1 1 0) domains in the Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation. The early stages of growth have been carefully investigated through AED to assess the pseudomorphism of iron γ-phase. AED patterns clearly show the presence of diffraction features that are fingerprints of the existence of a few bcc arranged atomic structures even for 1 ML iron coverage.

  13. Anomalous resistivity upturn in epitaxial L21-Co2MnAl films.

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    Zhu, L J; Zhao, J H

    2017-02-20

    Despite of the great scientific and technology interest, highly ordered full-Heusler L21-Co2MnAl films have remained a big challenge in terms of the availability and the electrical transport. Here we report the controllable growth and the intriguing transport behavior of epitaxial L21-Co2MnAl films, which exhibit a low-temperature (T) resistivity upturn with a pronounced T(1/2) dependence, a robust independence of magnetic fields, and a close relevance to structural disorder. The resistivity upturn turns out to be qualitatively contradictory to weak localization, particle-particle channel electron-electron interaction (EEI), and orbital two-channel Kondo effect, leaving a three-dimensional particle-hole channel EEI the most likely physical source. Our result highlights a considerable tunability of the structural and electronic disorder of magnetic films by varying growth temperature, affording unprecedented insights into the origin of the resistivity upturn.

  14. Light scattering by epitaxial VO{sub 2} films near the metal-insulator transition point

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    Lysenko, Sergiy Fernández, Felix; Rúa, Armando; Figueroa, Jose; Vargas, Kevin; Cordero, Joseph; Aparicio, Joaquin; Sepúlveda, Nelson

    2015-05-14

    Experimental observation of metal-insulator transition in epitaxial films of vanadium dioxide is reported. Hemispherical angle-resolved light scattering technique is applied for statistical analysis of the phase transition processes on mesoscale. It is shown that the thermal hysteresis strongly depends on spatial frequency of surface irregularities. The transformation of scattering indicatrix depends on sample morphology and is principally different for the thin films with higher internal elastic strain and for the thicker films where this strain is suppressed by introduction of misfit dislocations. The evolution of scattering indicatrix, fractal dimension, surface power spectral density, and surface autocorrelation function demonstrates distinctive behavior which elucidates the influence of structural defects and strain on thermal hysteresis, twinning of microcrystallites, and domain formation during the phase transition.

  15. Epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films for unassisted photocatalytic water splitting

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    Ji, Wei; Yao, Kui; Lim, Yee-Fun; Liang, Yung C.; Suwardi, Ady

    2013-08-01

    Considering energy band alignment and polarization effect, ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films are proposed as the photoanode in a monolithic cell to achieve unassisted photocatalytic water splitting. Significant anodic photocurrent was observed in our epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO3 films prepared from sputter deposition. Both negative polarization charges and thinner films were found to promote the anodic photocatalytic reaction. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy proved that the conduction and valence band edges of BiFeO3 straddle the water redox levels. Theoretical analyses show that the large switchable polarization can modify the surface properties to promote the hydrogen and oxygen evolutions on the surfaces with positive and negative polarization charges, respectively.

  16. Modeling the transport properties of epitaxially grown thermoelectric oxide thin films using spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Sarath Kumar, S. R.; Abutaha, Anas I.; Hedhili, M. N.; Alshareef, H. N.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of oxygen vacancies on the transport properties of epitaxial thermoelectric (Sr,La)TiO3 thin films is determined using electrical and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements. Oxygen vacancy concentration was varied by ex-situ annealing in Ar and Ar/H2. All films exhibited degenerate semiconducting behavior, and electrical conductivity decreased (258-133 S cm-1) with increasing oxygen content. Similar decrease in the Seebeck coefficient is observed and attributed to a decrease in effective mass (7.8-3.2 me), as determined by SE. Excellent agreement between transport properties deduced from SE and direct electrical measurements suggests that SE is an effective tool for studying oxide thin film thermoelectrics.

  17. Resistance switching in epitaxial SrCoO{sub x} thin films

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    Tambunan, Octolia T.; Parwanta, Kadek J.; Acharya, Susant K.; Lee, Bo Wha; Jung, Chang Uk; Kim, Yeon Soo; Park, Bae Ho; Jeong, Huiseong; Park, Ji-Yong; Cho, Myung Rae; Park, Yun Daniel; Choi, Woo Seok; Kim, Dong-Wook; Jin, Hyunwoo; Lee, Suyoun; Song, Seul Ji; Kang, Sung-Jin; Kim, Miyoung; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2014-08-11

    We observed bipolar switching behavior from an epitaxial strontium cobaltite film grown on a SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrate. The crystal structure of strontium cobaltite has been known to undergo topotactic phase transformation between two distinct phases: insulating brownmillerite (SrCoO{sub 2.5}) and conducting perovskite (SrCoO{sub 3−δ}) depending on the oxygen content. The current–voltage characteristics of the strontium cobaltite film showed that it could have a reversible insulator-to-metal transition triggered by electrical bias voltage. We propose that the resistance switching in the SrCoO{sub x} thin film could be related to the topotactic phase transformation and the peculiar structure of SrCoO{sub 2.5}.

  18. Effects of oxygen-reducing atmosphere annealing on LaMnO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Choi, W. S.; Marton, Zsolt; Jang, S. Y.; Moon, S. J.; Jeon, B. C.; Shin, J. H.; Seo, Sung Seok A; Noh, Tae Won; Myung-Whun, Kim; Lee, Ho Nyung; Lee, Y. S.

    2009-01-01

    We investigated the effects of annealing on LaMnO{sub 3} epitaxial thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and propose an efficient method of characterizing their stoichiometry. Structural, magnetic and optical properties coherently indicate non-stoichiometric ferromagnetic and semiconducting phases for as-grown LaMnO{sub 3} films. By annealing in an oxygen-reducing atmosphere, we recovered the antiferromagnetic and insulating phases of bulk-like stoichiometric LaMnO{sub 3}. We show that non-destructive optical spectroscopy at room temperature is one of the most convenient tools for identifying the phases of LaMnO{sub 3} films. Our results serve as a prerequisite for studying LaMnO{sub 3} based heterostructures grown by PLD.

  19. Exchange-spring behavior in epitaxial hard/soft magnetic bilayer films.

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    Bader, S. D.; Fullerton, E. E.; Grimsditch, M.; Jiang, J. S.; Sowers, C. H.

    1997-12-05

    We present results on the magnetic reversal process in epitaxial Sm-Co (1{bar 1}00)/TM (TM = Fe, Co) bilayer films prepared via magnetron sputtering onto Cr-buffered single-crystal MgO substrates. The magnetically hard Sm-Co films have 20-T uniaxial anisotropy and coercivities >3 T at room temperature. The magnetization of the soft layer is pinned at the interface to the hard-magnet layer and switches reversibly as expected for an exchange-spring magnet. With increasing soft layer thickness, the coercive field of the hard layer becomes significantly less than that of a single layer. We also present numerical solutions of a one-dimensional model that provide the spin configuration for each atomic layer. Comparison of the experimental results with the model simulations indicates that the exchange-spring behavior of our bilayer films can be understood from the intrinsic parameters of the hard and soft layers.

  20. Selective Epitaxial Growth of SiGe Layers with High Aspect Ratio Mask of Dielectric Films

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    Choi, A.-Ram; Choi, Sang-Sik; Park, Byung-Guan; Suh, Dongwoo; Kim, Gyungock; Kim, Jin-Tae; Choi, Jin-Soo; Cho, Deok-Ho; Han, Tae-Hyun; Shim, Kyu-Hwan

    This paper presents the selective epitaxial growth (SEG) properties of reduced pressure chemical vapor deposition (RPCVD) at low temperatures (LT) of 675-725°C with high aspect ratio mask of dielectric films. The SEG process could be explained in conjunction with the loading effect, the mask pattern shape/size, and the process parameters of RPCVD. The growth rates showed a large non-uniformity up to 40% depending upon the pattern size of the dielectric mask films, but as the SEG film becomes thicker, the growth rate difference converged on -15% between the narrow 2-μm and the wide 100-μm patterns. The evolution of SEG was controlled dominantly by the surface migration control at the initial stage, and converted to the surface topology control. The design of pattern size and distribution with dummy patterns must be useful to accomplish the reliable and uniform LT-SEG.

  1. Samarium monoxide epitaxial thin film as a possible heavy-fermion compound

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    Uchida, Yutaka; Kaminaga, Kenichi; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2017-03-01

    SmO (001) epitaxial thin films were grown on YAl O3 (110) substrates by pulsed laser deposition method. X-ray photoemission spectroscopy indicated coexistence of S m2 + and S m3 + , suggesting a valence fluctuating state. A SmO thin film showed a metallic conductionlike SmO polycrystal in a previous study. However, a SmO thin film showed nonmonotonical temperature dependence at low temperature in contrast with the polycrystal. A local resistivity minimum was observed at 16 K, probably caused by the dense Kondo effect, and the resistivity below 2 K was proportional to T2. These features suggest the heavy-fermionic nature of SmO.

  2. Anomalous resistivity upturn in epitaxial L21-Co2MnAl films

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    Zhu, L. J.; Zhao, J. H.

    2017-01-01

    Despite of the great scientific and technology interest, highly ordered full-Heusler L21-Co2MnAl films have remained a big challenge in terms of the availability and the electrical transport. Here we report the controllable growth and the intriguing transport behavior of epitaxial L21-Co2MnAl films, which exhibit a low-temperature (T) resistivity upturn with a pronounced T1/2 dependence, a robust independence of magnetic fields, and a close relevance to structural disorder. The resistivity upturn turns out to be qualitatively contradictory to weak localization, particle-particle channel electron-electron interaction (EEI), and orbital two-channel Kondo effect, leaving a three-dimensional particle-hole channel EEI the most likely physical source. Our result highlights a considerable tunability of the structural and electronic disorder of magnetic films by varying growth temperature, affording unprecedented insights into the origin of the resistivity upturn. PMID:28218300

  3. Epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO{sub 3} thin films for unassisted photocatalytic water splitting

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    Ji, Wei; Yao, Kui; Lim, Yee-Fun; Suwardi, Ady; Liang, Yung C.

    2013-08-05

    Considering energy band alignment and polarization effect, ferroelectric BiFeO{sub 3} thin films are proposed as the photoanode in a monolithic cell to achieve unassisted photocatalytic water splitting. Significant anodic photocurrent was observed in our epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO{sub 3} films prepared from sputter deposition. Both negative polarization charges and thinner films were found to promote the anodic photocatalytic reaction. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy proved that the conduction and valence band edges of BiFeO{sub 3} straddle the water redox levels. Theoretical analyses show that the large switchable polarization can modify the surface properties to promote the hydrogen and oxygen evolutions on the surfaces with positive and negative polarization charges, respectively.

  4. Synthesis of atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride films on nickel foils by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Nakhaie, S.; Wofford, J. M.; Schumann, T.; Jahn, U.; Ramsteiner, M.; Hanke, M.; Lopes, J. M. J. Riechert, H.

    2015-05-25

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is a layered two-dimensional material with properties that make it promising as a dielectric in various applications. We report the growth of h-BN films on Ni foils from elemental B and N using molecular beam epitaxy. The presence of crystalline h-BN over the entire substrate is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy is used to examine the morphology and continuity of the synthesized films. A scanning electron microscopy study of films obtained using shorter depositions offers insight into the nucleation and growth behavior of h-BN on the Ni substrate. The morphology of h-BN was found to evolve from dendritic, star-shaped islands to larger, smooth triangular ones with increasing growth temperature.

  5. Epitaxial stabilization of ultra thin films of electron doped manganites

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    Middey, S. Kareev, M.; Meyers, D.; Liu, X.; Cao, Y.; Tripathi, S.; Chakhalian, J.; Yazici, D.; Maple, M. B.; Ryan, P. J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2014-05-19

    Ultra-thin films of the electron doped manganite La{sub 0.8}Ce{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} were grown in a layer-by-layer growth mode on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrates by pulsed laser interval deposition. High structural quality and surface morphology were confirmed by a combination of synchrotron based x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. Resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements confirm the presence of Ce{sup 4+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions. In addition, the electron doping signature was corroborated by Hall effect measurements. All grown films show a ferromagnetic ground state as revealed by both dc magnetization and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements and remain insulating contrary to earlier reports of a metal-insulator transition. Our results hint at the possibility of electron-hole asymmetry in the colossal magnetoresistive manganite phase diagram akin to the high-T{sub c} cuprates.

  6. Structural and electrical properties of large area epitaxial VO2 films grown by electron beam evaporation

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    Théry, V.; Boulle, A.; Crunteanu, A.; Orlianges, J. C.; Beaumont, A.; Mayet, R.; Mennai, A.; Cosset, F.; Bessaudou, A.; Fabert, M.

    2017-02-01

    Large area (up to 4 squared inches) epitaxial VO2 films, with a uniform thickness and exhibiting an abrupt metal-insulator transition with a resistivity ratio as high as 2.85 × 10 4 , have been grown on (001)-oriented sapphire substrates by electron beam evaporation. The lattice distortions (mosaicity) and the level of strain in the films have been assessed by X-ray diffraction. It is demonstrated that the films grow in a domain-matching mode where the distortions are confined close to the interface which allows growth of high-quality materials despite the high film-substrate lattice mismatch. It is further shown that a post-deposition high-temperature oxygen annealing step is crucial to ensure the correct film stoichiometry and provide the best structural and electrical properties. Alternatively, it is possible to obtain high quality films with a RF discharge during deposition, which hence do not require the additional annealing step. Such films exhibit similar electrical properties and only slightly degraded structural properties.

  7. Epitaxial yttria-stabilized zirconia on (1 -1 0 2) sapphire for YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films

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    Wu, X. D.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Nogar, N. S.; Pique, A.; Edwards, R.

    1991-01-01

    Epitaxial yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) films were deposited on (1 -1 0 2) sapphire by pulsed laser deposition. The films are formed in a cubic phase with the a axis normal to the substrate surface. Ion beam channeling measurements show that the YSZ films are highly crystalline with a channeling minimum yield of 8 percent. The epitaxial relationship between the film and substrate is further confirmed by a cross-section TEM study. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films deposited on YSZ/sapphire have Tc and Jc of up to 89 K and 10 to the 6th A/sq cm at 77 K, respectively.

  8. Pulsed laser deposition of epitaxial BeO thin films on sapphire and SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Peltier, Thomas; Takahashi, Ryota; Lippmaa, Mikk

    2014-06-09

    Epitaxial beryllia thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(001) and SrTiO{sub 3}(111) substrates. Nearly relaxed epitaxial films were obtained on both substrates at growth temperatures of up to about 600 °C. Crystalline films with expanded lattice parameters were obtained even at room temperature. The maximum growth temperature was limited by a loss of beryllium from the film surface. The volatility of beryllium appeared to be caused by the slow oxidation kinetics at the film surface and the re-sputtering effect of high-energy Be and BeO species in the ablation plume. Time-of-flight plume composition analysis suggested that the target surface became Be metal rich at low oxygen pressures, reducing the growth rate of beryllia films.

  9. Composition Shift as a Function of Thickness in Fe3-δO4(001) Epitaxial Films

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    Minagawa, Makoto; Yanagihara, Hideto; Uwabo, Kazuyuki; Kita, Eiji; Mibu, Ko

    2010-08-01

    We report on a thickness-dependent composition shift and a valency change in B-site Fe in Fe3-δO4(001) epitaxial films prepared by ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) measurements for locally inserted 57Fe-enriched probe layers showed that a pure γ-Fe2O3 film can be obtained only if the film is sufficiently thin, and that the composition shift occurs when the thickness increases. The resistivity of Fe3-δO4 films having different thicknesses exhibited a significant decrease with an increase in the thickness, consistent with the CEMS experiment. These results indicate that γ-Fe2O3 films do not preferably grow homoepitaxially and that careful control of the growth is necessary to apply γ-Fe2O3 films to spintronics devices.

  10. Ferromagnetic resonance in Mn5Ge3 epitaxial films with weak stripe domain structure

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    Kalvig, R.; Jedryka, E.; Aleshkevych, P.; Wojcik, M.; Bednarski, W.; Petit, M.; Michez, L.

    2017-03-01

    Extensive X-band and Q-band FMR experiments have been performed in the Mn5Ge3 epitaxial films with thicknesses varying between 4.5 and 68 nm. FMR signals were recorded in the temperature range between 15 and 295 K, at different orientations of magnetic field with respect to the film plane. In addition to the acoustic FMR mode with well defined resonance field, originating from inside the magnetic domains, a broad absorption line has been observed at low fields and attributed to the unresolved spectrum of FMR modes having the origin in flux closure caps. The FMR results have been discussed in the context of the domain structure computed with the use of OOMMF micromagnetic calculations and giving good agreement with the experimental hysteresis curves. From the Q-band experiments, where the FMR signal is observed in the magnetically saturated sample, the uniaxial anisotropy constant in films with different thicknesses has been determined as a function of temperature. This FMR study provides the evidence that the strong uniaxial anisotropy observed in epitaxial thin films of Mn5Ge3 leads to the formation of a stripe domain structure above 25 nm, in agreement with the published reports on magnetization studies in these films. It also eliminates a possible confusion that may arise from previously published FMR studies on films grown with the same method, which led their authors to conclude that the shape anisotropy can force the magnetization to the in-plane orientation in this thickness range and even above it.

  11. Comparative study of electron transport mechanisms in epitaxial and polycrystalline zinc nitride films

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    Cao, Xiang; Yamaguchi, Yuuki; Ninomiya, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Naoomi

    2016-01-01

    Zn3N2 has been reported to have high electron mobility even in polycrystalline films. The high mobility in polycrystalline films is a striking feature as compared with group-III nitrides. However, the origins of the high mobility have not been elucidated to date. In this paper, we discuss the reason for high mobility in Zn3N2. We grew epitaxial and polycrystalline films of Zn3N2. Electron effective mass (m*) was determined optically and found to decrease with a decrease in electron density. Using a nonparabolic conduction band model, the m* at the bottom of the conduction band was derived to be (0.08 ± 0.03)m0 (m0 denotes the free electron mass), which is comparable to that in InN. Optically determined intra-grain mobility (μopt) in the polycrystalline films was higher than 110 cm2 V-1 s-1, resulting from the small m*. The Hall mobility (μH) in the polycrystalline films was significantly smaller than μopt, indicating that electron transport is impeded by scattering at the grain boundaries. Nevertheless, μH higher than 70 cm2 V-1 s-1 was achievable owing to the beneficial effect of the high μopt. As for the epitaxial films, we revealed that electron transport is hardly affected by grain boundary scattering and is governed solely by ionized impurity scattering. The findings in this study suggest that Zn3N2 is a high-mobility semiconductor with small effective mass.

  12. Comparative study of electron transport mechanisms in epitaxial and polycrystalline zinc nitride films

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    Cao, Xiang; Yamaguchi, Yuuki; Ninomiya, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Naoomi

    2016-01-14

    Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} has been reported to have high electron mobility even in polycrystalline films. The high mobility in polycrystalline films is a striking feature as compared with group-III nitrides. However, the origins of the high mobility have not been elucidated to date. In this paper, we discuss the reason for high mobility in Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}. We grew epitaxial and polycrystalline films of Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}. Electron effective mass (m*) was determined optically and found to decrease with a decrease in electron density. Using a nonparabolic conduction band model, the m* at the bottom of the conduction band was derived to be (0.08 ± 0.03)m{sub 0} (m{sub 0} denotes the free electron mass), which is comparable to that in InN. Optically determined intra-grain mobility (μ{sub opt}) in the polycrystalline films was higher than 110 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, resulting from the small m*. The Hall mobility (μ{sub H}) in the polycrystalline films was significantly smaller than μ{sub opt}, indicating that electron transport is impeded by scattering at the grain boundaries. Nevertheless, μ{sub H} higher than 70 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} was achievable owing to the beneficial effect of the high μ{sub opt}. As for the epitaxial films, we revealed that electron transport is hardly affected by grain boundary scattering and is governed solely by ionized impurity scattering. The findings in this study suggest that Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} is a high-mobility semiconductor with small effective mass.

  13. Large magneto-optic enhancement in ultra-thin liquid-phase-epitaxy iron garnet films

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    Levy, Miguel; Chakravarty, A.; Huang, H.-C.; Osgood, R. M.

    2015-07-06

    Significant departures from bulk-like magneto-optic behavior are found in ultra-thin bismuth-substituted iron-garnet films grown by liquid-phase-epitaxy. These changes are due, at least in part, to geometrical factors and not to departures from bulk-composition in the transient layer at the film-substrate interface. A monotonic increase in specific Faraday rotation with reduced thickness is the signature feature of the observed phenomena. These are traced to size-dependent modifications in the diamagnetic transition processes responsible for the Faraday rotation. These processes correspond to the electronic transitions from singlet {sup 6}S ground states to spin-orbit split excited states of the Fe{sup 3+} ions in the garnet. A measurable reduction in the corresponding ferrimagnetic resonance linewidths is found, thus pointing to an increase in electronic relaxation times and longer lived excitations at reduced thicknesses. These changes together with a shift in vibrational frequency of the Bi-O bonds in the garnet at reduced thicknesses result in greatly enhanced magneto-optical performance. These studies were conducted on epitaxial monocrystalline Bi{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}Lu{sub 2}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} films.

  14. Magnetoelectric properties of epitaxial Fe3O4 thin films on (011) PMN-PT piezosubstrates

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    Tkach, Alexander; Baghaie Yazdi, Mehrdad; Foerster, Michael; Büttner, Felix; Vafaee, Mehran; Fries, Maximilian; Kläui, Mathias

    2015-01-01

    We determine the magnetic and magnetotransport properties of 33 nm thick Fe3O4 films epitaxially deposited by rf-magnetron sputtering on unpoled (011) [PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3] 0.68-[PbTiO3]0.32 (PMN-PT) substrates. The magnetoresistance (MR), as well as the magnetization reversal, strongly depend on the in-plane crystallographic direction of the epitaxial (011) Fe3O4 film and strain. When the magnetic field is applied along [100], the magnetization loops are slanted and the sign of the longitudinal MR changes from positive to negative around the Verwey transition at 125 K on cooling. Along the [01 1 ¯] direction, the loops are square shaped and the MR is negative above the switching field across the whole temperature range, just increasing in absolute value when cooling from 300 K to 150 K. The value of the MR is found to be strongly affected by poling the PMN-PT substrate, decreasing in the [100] direction and slightly increasing in the [01 1 ¯] direction upon poling, which results in a strained film.

  15. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film.

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-09-09

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed - electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm(2). Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm(2). This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes.

  16. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-09-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed – electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm2. Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm2. This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes.

  17. Epitaxial growth and physical properties of ternary nitride thin films by polymer-assisted deposition

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    Enriquez, Erik M.; Zhang, Yingying; Chen, Aiping; Bi, Zhenxing; Wang, Yongqiang; Fu, Engang; Harrell, Zachary John; Lu, Xujie; Dowden, Paul Charles; Wang, Haiyan; Chen, Chonglin; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-08-26

    Epitaxial layered ternary metal-nitride FeMoN2, (Fe0.33 Mo0.67)MoN2, CoMoN2, and FeWN2 thin films have been grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by polymer-assisted deposition. The ABN2 layer sits on top of the oxygen sublattices of the substrate with three possible matching configurations due to the significantly reduced lattice mismatch. The doping composition and elements affect not only the out-of-plane lattice parameters but also the temperature-dependent electrical properties. These films have resistivity in the range of 0.1–1 mΩ·cm, showing tunable metallic or semiconducting behaviors by adjusting the composition. A modified parallel connection channel model has been used to analyze the grain boundary and Coulomb blockade effect on the electrical properties. Furthermore, the growth of the high crystallinity layered epitaxial thin films provides an avenue to study the composition-structure-property relationship in ABN2 materials through A and B-site substitution.

  18. Epitaxial growth and physical properties of ternary nitride thin films by polymer-assisted deposition

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    Enriquez, Erik M.; Zhang, Yingying; Chen, Aiping; ...

    2016-08-26

    Epitaxial layered ternary metal-nitride FeMoN2, (Fe0.33 Mo0.67)MoN2, CoMoN2, and FeWN2 thin films have been grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by polymer-assisted deposition. The ABN2 layer sits on top of the oxygen sublattices of the substrate with three possible matching configurations due to the significantly reduced lattice mismatch. The doping composition and elements affect not only the out-of-plane lattice parameters but also the temperature-dependent electrical properties. These films have resistivity in the range of 0.1–1 mΩ·cm, showing tunable metallic or semiconducting behaviors by adjusting the composition. A modified parallel connection channel model has been used to analyze the grain boundary andmore » Coulomb blockade effect on the electrical properties. Furthermore, the growth of the high crystallinity layered epitaxial thin films provides an avenue to study the composition-structure-property relationship in ABN2 materials through A and B-site substitution.« less

  19. The demonstration of significant ferroelectricity in epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film

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    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Sakata, Osami; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Ferroelectricity and Curie temperature are demonstrated for epitaxial Y-doped HfO2 film grown on (110) yttrium oxide-stabilized zirconium oxide (YSZ) single crystal using Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) as bottom electrodes. The XRD measurements for epitaxial film enabled us to investigate its detailed crystal structure including orientations of the film. The ferroelectricity was confirmed by electric displacement filed – electric filed hysteresis measurement, which revealed saturated polarization of 16 μC/cm2. Estimated spontaneous polarization based on the obtained saturation polarization and the crystal structure analysis was 45 μC/cm2. This value is the first experimental estimations of the spontaneous polarization and is in good agreement with the theoretical value from first principle calculation. Curie temperature was also estimated to be about 450 °C. This study strongly suggests that the HfO2-based materials are promising for various ferroelectric applications because of their comparable ferroelectric properties including polarization and Curie temperature to conventional ferroelectric materials together with the reported excellent scalability in thickness and compatibility with practical manufacturing processes. PMID:27608815

  20. Surfactant-mediated epitaxy of thin germanium films on SiGe(001) virtual substrates

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    Schmidt, J.; Tetzlaff, D.; Bugiel, E.; Wietler, T. F.

    2017-01-01

    We report on the impact of a surfactant on the growth mode and strain relaxation of thin Ge films on Si0.21Ge0.79 virtual substrates grown by surfactant mediated epitaxy on Si(001) wafers. Ge epitaxy without surfactant results in island formation after deposition of only 5 nm Ge. A certain part of the strain in the Ge islands is relaxed via interfacial misfit dislocations, which are located within the core part of the islands. We discuss the possibilities for the occurrence of three-dimensional growth at low Ge layer thickness. The use of Sb as a surfactant suppresses three-dimensional islanding and enables the growth of smooth pseudomorphically strained Ge films on Si0.21Ge0.79(001) virtual substrates up to a thickness of 10 nm. At thicknesses higher than 20 nm, the films relax via the formation of a misfit dislocation network at the Ge/ Si1-xGex interface. The surface roughness of up to 30 nm thick layers is below 1.6 nm. Our experimental results corroborate the calculated thickness for plastic relaxation of Ge on Si1-xGex. The effect of the surfactant on the growth of the virtual substrate and on the subsequent growth of Ge on Si0.21Ge0.79 is discussed.

  1. Crystallographic dependence of photocatalytic activity of WO3 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Li, Guoqiang; Varga, Tamas; Yan, Pengfei; Wang, Zhiguo; Wang, Chongmin; Chambers, Scott A; Du, Yingge

    2015-06-21

    We investigated the impact of crystallographic orientation on the photocatalytic activity of single crystalline WO3 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB). A clear effect is observed, with (111) being the most reactive surface, followed by (110) and (001). Photoreactivity is directly correlated with the surface free energy determined by density functional theory calculations. The RhB photodegradation mechanism is found to involve hydroxyl radicals in solution formed from photo-generated holes and differs from previous studies performed on nanoparticles and composites.

  2. Symmetry rules in magnetic core-level photoelectron spectroscopy from epitaxial ferromagnetic ultrathin films

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    Schellenberg, R.; Meinert, H.; Perez, A.; Kisker, E.

    2001-09-01

    For two x-ray incidence directions onto an epitaxial FeNi(001) film, one to the left and a second one to the right side of the symmetry plane spanned by the magnetization direction and the photoelectron wave vector, we have measured distributions of the emission-angle dependence with respect to the crystallographic axes of the Fe 2p3/2 core-level photoelectron intensity asymmetry occurring upon magnetization reversal. The two angular distributions transform into each other when the signs of the magnetization and of the photoelectron emission angle are inverted, in accordance with the conservation of parity.

  3. Reversible plasma switching in epitaxial BiFeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Kim, Yunseok; Vrejoiu, Ionela; Hesse, Dietrich; Alexe, Marin

    2010-05-17

    Reversible plasma switching in epitaxial multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} thin films was directly observed and analyzed using piezoresponse force microscopy. The polarization could be reversibly switched using oxygen plasma and a subsequent thermal annealing treatment in vacuum, respectively. The domain wall velocity during plasma switching, estimated to about 10{sup -8} m/s, is much slower compared to the normal electrical switching, however a large area of square centimeter scale could be stably switched. The results demonstrate that reversible plasma switching can be achieved by oxygen plasma treatment and it can be a useful tool for an electrode-less control of ferroelectric switching on large area.

  4. Spin Seebeck effect in insulating epitaxial γ-Fe2O3 thin films

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    Jiménez-Cavero, P.; Lucas, I.; Anadón, A.; Ramos, R.; Niizeki, T.; Aguirre, M. H.; Algarabel, P. A.; Uchida, K.; Ibarra, M. R.; Saitoh, E.; Morellón, L.

    2017-02-01

    We report the fabrication of high crystal quality epitaxial thin films of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), a classic ferrimagnetic insulating iron oxide. Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) measurements in γ-Fe2O3/Pt bilayers as a function of sample preparation conditions and temperature yield a SSE coefficient of 0.5(1) μV/K at room temperature. Dependence on temperature allows us to estimate the magnon diffusion length in maghemite to be in the range of tens of nanometers, in good agreement with that of conducting iron oxide magnetite (Fe3O4), establishing the relevance of spin currents of magnonic origin in magnetic iron oxides.

  5. Continuous spin reorientation transition in epitaxially grown antiferromagnetic NiO thin films

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    Li, J.; Arenholz, E.; Meng, Y.; Tan, A.; Park, J.; Jin, E.; Son, H.; Wu, J.; Jenkins, C. A.; Scholl, A.; Hwang, Chanyong; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2011-03-01

    Fe/NiO/MgO/Ag(001) films were grown epitaxially, and the Fe and NiO spin orientations were determined using x-ray magnetic dichroism. We find that the NiO spins are aligned perpendicularly to the in-plane Fe spins. Analyzing both the in-plane and out-of-plane spin components of the NiO layer, we demonstrate unambiguously that the antiferromagnetic NiO spins undergo a continuous spin reorientation transition from the in-plane to out-of-plane directions with increasing of the MgO thickness.

  6. Epitaxially grown polycrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells on solid-phase crystallised seed layers

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    Li, Wei; Varlamov, Sergey; Xue, Chaowei

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents the fabrication of poly-Si thin film solar cells on glass substrates using seed layer approach. The solid-phase crystallised P-doped seed layer is not only used as the crystalline template for the epitaxial growth but also as the emitter for the solar cell structure. This paper investigates two important factors, surface cleaning and intragrain defects elimination for the seed layer, which can greatly influence the epitaxial grown solar cell performance. Shorter incubation and crystallisation time is observed using a simplified RCA cleaning than the other two wet chemical cleaning methods, indicating a cleaner seed layer surface is achieved. Cross sectional transmission microscope images confirm a crystallographic transferal of information from the simplified RCA cleaned seed layer into the epi-layer. RTA for the SPC seed layer can effectively eliminate the intragrain defects in the seed layer and improve structural quality of both of the seed layer and the epi-layer. Consequently, epitaxial grown poly-Si solar cell on the RTA treated seed layer shows better solar cell efficiency, Voc and Jsc than the one on the seed layer without RTA treatment.

  7. Epitaxial Thin Films of Y doped HfO2

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    Serrao, Claudy; Khan, Asif; Ramamoorthy, Ramesh; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    Hafnium oxide (HfO2) is one of a few metal oxides that is thermodynamically stable on silicon and silicon oxide. There has been renewed interest in HfO2 due to the recent discovery of ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity in doped HfO2. Typical ferroelectrics - such as strontium bismuth tantalate (SBT) and lead zirconium titanate (PZT) - contain elements that easily react with silicon and silicon oxide at elevated temperatures; therefore, such ferroelectrics are not suited for device applications. Meanwhile, ferroelectric HfO2 offers promise regarding integration with silicon. The stable phase of HfO2 at room temperature is monoclinic, but HfO2 can be stabilized in the tetragonal, orthorhombic or even cubic phase by suitable doping. We stabilized Y-doped HfO2 thin films using pulsed laser deposition. The strain state can be controlled using various perovskite substrates and controlled growth conditions. We report on Y-doped HfO2 domain structures from piezo-response force microscopy (PFM) and structural parameters via X-ray reciprocal space maps (RSM). We hope this work spurs further interest in strain-tuned ferroelectricity in doped HfO2.

  8. Measurements of magnetostriction constants of epitaxial garnet films by double-crystal x-ray diffraction

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    Mada, J.; Yamaguchi, K.

    1982-01-01

    Magnetostriction constants lambda/sub 111/ have been determined at room temperature with the double-crystal x-ray diffraction technique by measuring a small change in the lattice parameter. Measurements were carried out for epitaxial garnet films of Y/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/ and Sm/sub 0.85/Tm/sub 2.15/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/ grown on (111) oriented Gd/sub 3/Ga/sub 5/O/sub 12/ substrates; and also for flux-grown bulk single crystal of Y/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/. Values of lambda/sub 111/ obtained were -1.7 x 10/sup -6/ for film and -3.0 x 10/sup -6/ for bulk crystal. lambda/sub 111/ of Sm/sub 0.85/Tm/sub 2.15/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/ was -5.0 x 10/sup -6/. The discrepancy in lambda/sub 111/ values between film and bulk Y/sub 3/Fe/sub 5/O/sub 12/ is almost accounted for by the fact that the film can deform only perpendicular to the film plane due to the shear force of the substrate. It has been experimentally demonstrated that lambda/sub 111/ does not depend on film thickness or lattice mismatch, which is consistent with the present analysis.

  9. Micromagnetics and microstructure of epitaxially grown Co and Co-Cr films for perpendicular magnetic recording

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    Krishnan, K. M.; Takeuchi, T.; Hirayama, Y.; Donnet, D. M.; Honda, Y.; Futamoto, M.

    1994-07-01

    Highly c-axis oriented, single crystal films of Co(1-x)Cr(x) (0 less than or equal to x less than 0.3) have been grown epitaxially on mica substrates by e-beam evaporation. Films grown on Ru underlayers have an average grain size of 50-80 nm, negligibe fcc content, and very narrow c-axis dispersions. For Co films (x = 0), the as-grown magnetization structure are mainly 180 degree domain walls with a uniform distribution of cross-ties for thinner samples (less than or equal to 300 Angstrom), while thicker (greater than 400 Angstrom) ones show stripe domains. These images were analyzed in detail to measure the wall widths and associated energy densities for as-grown, remanent, and ac-magnetized samples. As expected, the magnetic properties of these films are composition dependent. However, for any Cr concentration, these films exhibit the largest saturation magnetization when compared with either sputtered or evaporated samples. This enhancement can be attributed to a nanometer-scale segregation of Cr, which in these samples could be particularly aided by the diffusion on the close-packed planes of the films with very narrow c-axis dispersions. Preliminary x-ray microanalysis and NMR data support this interpretation.

  10. Epitaxial two dimensional aluminum films on silicon (111) by ultra-fast thermal deposition

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    Levine, Igal; Li Wenjie; Vilan, Ayelet; Yoffe, Alexander; Feldman, Yishay; Salomon, Adi

    2012-06-15

    Aluminum thin films are known for their extremely rough surface, which is detrimental for applications such as molecular electronics and photonics, where protrusions cause electrical shorts or strong scattering. We achieved atomically flat Al films using a highly non-equilibrium approach. Ultra-fast thermal deposition (UFTD), at rates >10 nm/s, yields RMS roughness of 0.4 to 0.8 nm for 30-50 nm thick Al films on variety of substrates. For UFTD on Si(111) substrates, the top surface follows closely the substrate topography (etch pits), indicating a 2D, layer-by-layer growth. The Al film is a mixture of (100) and (111) grains, where the latter are commensurate with the in-plane orientation of the underlying Si (epitaxy). We show the use of these ultra-smooth Al films for highly reproducible charge-transport measurements across a monolayer of alkyl phosphonic acid as well as for plasmonics applications by directly patterning them by focused ion beam to form a long-range ordered array of holes. UFTD is a one-step process, with no need for annealing, peeling, or primer layers. It is conceptually opposite to high quality deposition methods, such as MBE or ALD, which are slow and near-equilibrium processes. For Al, though, we find that limited diffusion length (and good wetting) is critical for achieving ultra-smooth thin films.

  11. Preparation and characterization of epitaxially grown unsupported yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films

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    Götsch, Thomas; Mayr, Lukas; Stöger-Pollach, Michael; Klötzer, Bernhard; Penner, Simon

    2015-03-01

    Epitaxially grown, chemically homogeneous yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films ("YSZ", 8 mol% Y2O3) are prepared by direct-current sputtering onto a single-crystalline NaCl(0 0 1) template at substrate temperatures ≥493 K, resulting in unsupported YSZ films after floating off NaCl in water. A combined methodological approach by dedicated (surface science) analytical characterization tools (transmission electron microscopy and diffraction, atomic force microscopy, angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) reveals that the film grows mainly in a [0 0 1] zone axis and no Y-enrichment in surface or bulk regions takes place. In fact, the Y-content of the sputter target is preserved in the thin films. Analysis of the plasmon region in EEL spectra indicates a defective nature of the as-deposited films, which can be suppressed by post-deposition oxidation at 1073 K. This, however, induces considerable sintering, as deduced from surface morphology measurements by AFM. In due course, the so-prepared unsupported YSZ films might act as well-defined model systems also for technological applications.

  12. Dislocation Reduction Mechanisms in Gallium Nitride Films Grown by Canti-Bridge Epitaxy Method

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    Xing, Zhi-Gang; Wang, Jing; Pei, Xiao-Jiang; Wan, Wei; Chen, Hong; Zhou, Jun-Ming

    2007-08-01

    By using the special maskless V-grooved c-plane sapphire as the substrate, we previously developed a novel GaN LEO method, or the so-called canti-bridge epitaxy (CBE), and consequently wing-tilt-free GaN films were obtained with low dislocation densities, with which all the conventional difficulties can be overcome [J. Vacuum Sci. Technol. B 23 (2005) 2476]. Here the evolution manner of dislocations in the CBE GaN films is investigated using transmission electron microscopy. The mechanisms of dislocation reduction are discussed. Dislocation behaviour is found to be similar to that in the conventional LEO GaN films except the enhanced dislocation-combination at the coalescence boundary that is a major dislocation-reduction mechanism for the bent horizontal-propagating dislocations in the CBE GaN films. The enhancement of this dislocation-combination probability is believed to result from the inclined shape and the undulate morphology of the sidewalls, which can be readily obtained in a wide range of applicable film-growth conditions during the GaN CBE process. Further development of the GaN CBE method and better crystal-quality of the GaN film both are expected.

  13. Epitaxial BiFeO3 nanostructures fabricated by differential etching of BiFeO3 films

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    Johann, Florian; Morelli, Alessio; Vrejoiu, Ionela

    2011-08-01

    We report on differential etching behavior of the different orientations of the polarization in BiFeO3 (BFO), similar to other ferroelectrics, such as LiNbO3. We show how this effect can be used to fabricate epitaxial BiFeO3 nanostructures. By means of piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) domains of arbitrary shape and size can be poled in an epitaxial BiFeO3 film, which are then reproduced in the film morphology by differential etching. Structures with a lateral size smaller than 200 nm were fabricated and very good retention properties as well as a highly increased piezoelectric response were detected by PFM.

  14. Epitaxial growth of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} topological insulator thin films on Si (111)

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    He Liang; Xiu Faxian; Huang Guan; Kou Xufeng; Lang Murong; Wang, Kang L.; Wang Yong; Fedorov, Alexei V.; Beyermann, Ward P.; Zou Jin

    2011-05-15

    In this paper, we report the epitaxial growth of Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} thin films on Si (111) substrate, using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). We show that the as-grown samples have good crystalline quality, and their surfaces exhibit terracelike quintuple layers. Angel-resolved photoemission experiments demonstrate single-Dirac-conelike surface states. These results combined with the temperature- and thickness-dependent magneto-transport measurements, suggest the presence of a shallow impurity band. Below a critical temperature of {approx}100K, the surface states of a 7 nm thick film contribute up to 50% of the total conduction.

  15. Structure and defects of a linear chain polymer film; GeO phthalocyanine epitaxially grown on KC1

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    Kobayashi, Takashi; Uyeda, Natsu

    1987-10-01

    Epitaxial film of GeO phthalocyanine polymer grown on KC1 has been investigated by direct observation of molecular images and electron diffraction. The film is composed of many crystallites oriented in two directions. The mechanism of the epitaxial growth of an organic crystal has been related to the determination of a staggering angle of the molecules stacked in polymer chains. Prominent diffuse scatterings have been observed and their origin has been revealed to be the existence of stacking faults in the crystal. The molecular orientation at the fault is discussed.

  16. Oxygen vacancy induced photoluminescence and ferromagnetism in SrTiO3 thin films by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Xu, Wenfei; Yang, Jing; Bai, Wei; Tang, Kai; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Tang, Xiaodong

    2013-10-01

    SrTiO3 thin films were epitaxially grown on (100) SrTiO3 substrates using molecular beam epitaxy. The temperature for growth of the films was optimized, which was indicated by x-ray diffraction and further confirmed by microstructural characterization. Photoluminescence spectra show that oxygen-vacancy contributes to red and blue luminescence of oxygen-deficient post-annealed films, and a red shift was observed in blue region. On the other hand, ferromagnetism in film form SrTiO3 was observed from 5 K to 400 K and could be further enhanced with decreasing oxygen plasma partial pressure in annealing processes, which might be explained by the theory involving d0 magnetism related to oxygen-vacancy. From the cooperative investigations of optical and magnetic properties, we conclude that intrinsic defects, especially oxygen-vacancy, can induce and enhance luminescence and magnetism in SrTiO3 films.

  17. Layer-by-layer epitaxial growth of polar FeO(111) thin films on MgO(111)

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    Gurgul, Jacek; Młyńczak, Ewa; Spiridis, Nika; Korecki, Józef

    2012-04-01

    We report on the structural properties of epitaxial FeO layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy on MgO(111). The successful stabilization of polar FeO films as thick as 16 monolayers (ML), obtained by deposition and subsequent oxidation of single Fe layers, is presented. FeO/MgO(111) thin films were chemically and structurally characterized using low-energy electron diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy and conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS). Detailed in situ CEMS measurements as a function of the film thickness demonstrated a size-effect-induced evolution of the hyperfine parameters, with the thickest film exhibiting the bulk-wüstite hyperfine pattern. Ex situ CEMS investigation confirmed existence of magnetic ordering of the wüstite thin film phase at liquid nitrogen temperature.

  18. Room-temperature laser annealing for solid-phase epitaxial crystallization of β-Ga2O3 thin films

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    Shiojiri, Daishi; Fukuda, Daiji; Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Tsuchimine, Nobuo; Koyama, Koji; Kaneko, Satoru; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2016-10-01

    The epitaxial crystallization of β-Ga2O3 thin films on NiO-buffered α-Al2O3(0001) substrates via the solid-phase crystallization of amorphous Ga2O3 thin films by KrF excimer laser annealing at room temperature (RT) was examined. The results of X-ray and reflection high-energy electron diffraction measurements indicated that the epitaxial β-Ga2O3 (\\bar{2}01) thin films were fabricated by RT laser annealing. The optical bandgap of the thin films was estimated to be 4.9 eV from the results of UV/vis transmittance measurements. In the cathodoluminescence spectrum, UV-green luminescence was observed for the thin films. These optical properties are similar to those of bulk β-Ga2O3.

  19. GaAs thin film epitaxy and x-ray detector development

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    Wynne, Dawnelle I.; Cardozo, B.; Haller, Eugene E.

    1999-10-01

    We report on the growth of high purity n-GaAs using Liquid Phase Epitaxy and on the fabrication of Schottky barrier diodes for use as x-ray detectors using these layers. Our epilayers are grown form an ultra-pure Ga solvent in a graphite boat in a hydrogen atmosphere. Growth is started at a temperature of approximately 800 degrees C; the temperature is ramped down at 2 degrees C/min. to room temperature. Our best epilayers show a net-residual-donor concentration of approximately 2 X 1012 cm-3, measured by Hall effect. Electron mobilities as high as 150,000 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 77K have been obtained. The residual donors have been analyzed by far IR photothermal ionization spectroscopy and found to be sulfur and silicon. Up to approximately 200 micrometers of epitaxial GaAs have been deposited using several sequential growth runs on semi-insulating and n+-doped substrates. Schottky barrier diodes have been fabricated using this epitaxial material and have been electrically characterized by current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements. The Schottky barriers are formed by electron beam evaporation of Pt films. The ohmic contacts are made by electron beam evaporated and alloyed Ni-Ge-Au films on the backside of the substrate. Several of our diodes exhibit dark currents of the order of 0.3-3.3 nA/mm2 at reverse biases depleting approximately 50 micrometers of the epilayer. Electrical characteristics and preliminary performance results of our Schottky diodes using 109Cd and 241Am gamma and x- ray radiation will be discussed.

  20. Hidden Magnetic Configuration in Epitaxial La1-x SrxMnO3 Films

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    Lee, J.S.; Arena, D.A.; Yu, P.; Nelson, C.S.; Fan, R.; Kinane, C.J.; Langridge, S.; Rossell, M.D.; Ramesh, R.; Kao, C.C.

    2010-12-17

    We present an unreported magnetic configuration in epitaxial La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x {approx} 0.3) (LSMO) films grown on strontium titanate (STO). X-ray magnetic circular dichroism indicates that the remanent magnetic state of thick LSMO films is opposite to the direction of the applied magnetic field. Spectroscopic and scattering measurements reveal that the average Mn valence varies from mixed Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} to an enriched Mn{sup 3+} region near the STO interface, resulting in a compressive lattice along the a, b axis and a possible electronic reconstruction in the Mn e{sub g} orbital (d{sub 3z{sup 2}-r{sup 2}}). This reconstruction may provide a mechanism for coupling the Mn{sup 3+} moments antiferromagnetically along the surface normal direction, and in turn may lead to the observed reversed magnetic configuration.

  1. HfSe2 thin films: 2D transition metal dichalcogenides grown by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Yue, Ruoyu; Barton, Adam T; Zhu, Hui; Azcatl, Angelica; Pena, Luis F; Wang, Jian; Peng, Xin; Lu, Ning; Cheng, Lanxia; Addou, Rafik; McDonnell, Stephen; Colombo, Luigi; Hsu, Julia W P; Kim, Jiyoung; Kim, Moon J; Wallace, Robert M; Hinkle, Christopher L

    2015-01-27

    In this work, we demonstrate the growth of HfSe2 thin films using molecular beam epitaxy. The relaxed growth criteria have allowed us to demonstrate layered, crystalline growth without misfit dislocations on other 2D substrates such as highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and MoS2. The HfSe2 thin films exhibit an atomically sharp interface with the substrates used, followed by flat, 2D layers with octahedral (1T) coordination. The resulting HfSe2 is slightly n-type with an indirect band gap of ∼ 1.1 eV and a measured energy band alignment significantly different from recent DFT calculations. These results demonstrate the feasibility and significant potential of fabricating 2D material based heterostructures with tunable band alignments for a variety of nanoelectronic and optoelectronic applications.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  4. Octahedral tilt transitions in relaxed epitaxial Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 films

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    Tinberg, Daniel S.; Johnson-Wilke, Raegan L.; Fong, Dillon D.; Fister, Timothy T.; Streiffer, Stephen K.; Han, Yisong; Reaney, Ian M.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2011-05-01

    Relaxed epitaxial {100}pc and {111}pc oriented films (350 nm) of Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 (0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) on SrRuO3/SrTiO3 substrates were grown by pulsed laser deposition and studied using high resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The dielectric behavior and ferroelectric phase transition temperatures of the films were consistent with bulk PZT. However, weak 1/2{311}pc reflections in x-ray diffraction profiles were recorded above bulk TTilt (as indicated in the Jaffe, Cooke, and Jaffe phase diagram, where pc denotes pseudocubic indices). Moreover, anomalies in the dielectric and ferroelectric response were detected above TTilt which are explained by coupling of short coherence or weakly tilted regions to the ferroelectric polarization.

  5. Roughness of CdTe thin films grown on glass by hot wall epitaxy

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    Leal, F. F.; Ferreira, S. O.; Menezes-Sobrinho, I. L.; Faria, T. E.

    2005-01-01

    Cadmium telluride films were grown on glass substrates using the hot wall epitaxy (HWE) technique. The samples were polycrystalline with a preferential (111) orientation. Scanning electron micrographs reveal a grain size between 0.1 and 0.5 µm. The surface morphology of the samples was studied by measuring the roughness profile using a stylus profiler. The roughness as a function of growth time and scale size were investigated to determine the growth and roughness exponents, β and α, respectively. From the results we can conclude that the growth surface has a self-affine character with a roughness exponent α equal to 0.69 ± 0.03 and almost independent of growth time. The growth exponent β was equal to 0.38 ± 0.06. These values agree with that determined previously for CdTe(111) films grown on GaAs(100).

  6. Hidden magnetic configuration in epitaxial La1-rSrzMnO3 films

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    Kao, Chi-Chang

    2011-05-23

    We present an unreported magnetic configuration in epitaxial La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x {approx} 0.3) (LSMO) films grown on strontium titanate (STO). X-ray magnetic circular dichroism indicates that the remanent magnetic state of thick LSMO films is opposite to the direction of applied magnetic field. Spectroscopic and scattering measurements reveal that the average Mn valence varies from mixed Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} to an enriched Mn{sup 3+} region near the STO interface, resulting in a compressive lattice along a, b-axis and a possible electronic reconstruction in the Mn e{sub g} orbital (d{sub 3z{sup 2}-r{sup 2}}). This reconstruction may provide a mechanism for coupling the Mn{sup 3+} moments antiferromagnetically along the surface normal direction, and in turn may lead to the observed reversed magnetic configuration.

  7. Structural evolution of dilute magnetic (Sn,Mn)Se films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kanzyuba, Vasily; Dong, Sining; Liu, Xinyu; Li, Xiang; Rouvimov, Sergei; Okuno, Hanako; Mariette, Henri; Zhang, Xueqiang; Ptasinska, Sylwia; Tracy, Brian D.; Smith, David J.; Dobrowolska, Margaret; Furdyna, Jacek K.

    2017-02-01

    We describe the structural evolution of dilute magnetic (Sn,Mn)Se films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (111) substrates, as revealed by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. When the Mn concentration is increased, the lattice of the ternary (Sn,Mn)Se films evolves quasi-coherently from a SnSe2 two-dimensional (2D) crystal structure into a more complex quasi-2D lattice rearrangement, ultimately transforming into the magnetically concentrated antiferromagnetic MnSe 3D rock-salt structure as Mn approaches 50 at. % of this material. These structural transformations are expected to underlie the evolution of magnetic properties of this ternary system reported earlier in the literature.

  8. Characteristics of Dy/W( 1 1 2 ) thin films during epitaxial growth

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    Moslemzadeh, N.; Barrett, S. D.; Ledieu, J.

    2002-12-01

    At RT a laminar growth has been found for Dy on W(1 1 2). For coverages more than 1 ML, epitaxial relations of Dy(0 0 0 1)∥W(1 1 2) with Dy[1 1 2¯ 0]∥W[1 1 1¯] were found. The high background intensity and the limited energy range over which the Dy LEED spots were visible suggests that the film was not well ordered. STM studies showed that the development of the second monolayer involved chain-like atomic rows, with irregular lengths and distances, on top of the first monolayer. For five monolayer films, flat terraces of Dy were observed by STM. Growth at 470 and 570 K was also found to be laminar, but LEED produced patterns with streaks.

  9. Oxidized film structure and method of making epitaxial metal oxide structure

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    Gan, Shupan [Richland, WA; Liang, Yong [Richland, WA

    2003-02-25

    A stable oxidized structure and an improved method of making such a structure, including an improved method of making an interfacial template for growing a crystalline metal oxide structure, are disclosed. The improved method comprises the steps of providing a substrate with a clean surface and depositing a metal on the surface at a high temperature under a vacuum to form a metal-substrate compound layer on the surface with a thickness of less than one monolayer. The compound layer is then oxidized by exposing the compound layer to essentially oxygen at a low partial pressure and low temperature. The method may further comprise the step of annealing the surface while under a vacuum to further stabilize the oxidized film structure. A crystalline metal oxide structure may be subsequently epitaxially grown by using the oxidized film structure as an interfacial template and depositing on the interfacial template at least one layer of a crystalline metal oxide.

  10. Tailoring of magnetic properties of ultrathin epitaxial Fe films by Dy doping

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    Baker, A. A.; Figueroa, A. I.; Laan, G. van der; Hesjedal, T.

    2015-07-15

    We report on the controlled modification of relaxation parameters and magnetic moments of epitaxial Fe thin films through Dy doping. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements show that an increase of Dy doping from 0.1% to 5% gives a tripling in Gilbert damping, and more importantly a strongly enhanced anisotropic damping that can be qualitatively understood through the slow-relaxing impurity model. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements show a pronounced suppression of the orbital moment of the Fe with Dy doping, leading to an almost threefold drop in the orbital to spin moment ratio, m{sub l}/m{sub s}. Doping with Dy can therefore be used to control both dynamic and static properties of thin ferromagnetic films for improved performance in spintronics device applications, mediated through the antiferromagnetic interaction of the 4f and 3d states.

  11. Effect of residual stress on the microstructure of GaN epitaxial films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, Haiyan; Wang, Wenliang; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Lin, Zhiting; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-04-01

    The stress-free GaN epitaxial films have been directly grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at 850 °C, and the effect of different stress on the microstructure of as-grown GaN epitaxial films has been explored in detail. The as-grown stress-free GaN epitaxial films exhibit very smooth surface without any particles and grains, which is confirmed by the smallest surface root-mean-square roughness of 2.3 nm measured by atomic force microscopy. In addition, they also have relatively high crystalline quality, which is proved by the small full-width at half maximum values of GaN(0002) and GaN (10 1 bar 2) X-ray rocking curves as 0.27° and 0.68°, respectively. However, when the growth temperature is lower or higher than 850 °C, internal or thermal stress would be increased in as-grown GaN epitaxial films. To release the larger stress, a great number of dislocations are generated. Many irregular particulates, hexagonal GaN gains and pits are therefore produced on the films surface, and the crystalline quality is greatly reduced consequently. This work has demonstrated the direct growth of stress-free GaN epitaxial films with excellent surface morphology and high crystalline quality by PLD, and presented a comprehensive study on the origins and the effect of stress in GaN layer. It is instructional to achieve high-quality nitride films by PLD, and shows great potential and broad prospect for the further development of high-performance GaN-based devices.

  12. Modeling of light scattering from features on and within films and light scatter from epitaxial silicon defects

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    Zhang, Haiping

    The detection of particles and defects on or within films deposited on wafers using light scattering is of great interest to the semiconductor industry. Numerical calculation of light scattering characteristics from these features is very useful to the development and calibration of wafer inspection tools. A model and associated code is developed by using a modification of the discrete-dipole approximation (DDA) method to compute the light scattering from a feature with arbitrary shape on or within a filmed surface. The reflection interaction matrix is modified with the Sommerfeld integrals for filmed surfaces. Three-dimensional fast Fourier transform technique is used for accelerating the computation of light scatter from features associated with layered surfaces using the DDA method. Far field scatter is calculated approximately based on the reaction theorem. Model predictions of scattering signatures are compared with experimental results and other numerical models. Comparisons show good agreement for the cases considered, which demonstrates the accuracy and validity of the model. An epitaxial silicon wafer defect sample was fabricated containing typical epitaxial wafer defects such as epitaxial stacking faults, spikes and mounds. Atomic force microscopy was used to determine their physical sizes and shapes. The optical scattering characteristics of these epitaxial silicon wafer defects were studied using the numerical model. A method to discriminate epitaxial crystalline defects and particles is proposed.

  13. Magnetic structure of dysprosium in epitaxial Dy films and in Dy/Er superlattices

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    Dumesnil, K.; Dufour, C.; Mangin, P.; Marchal, G.; Hennion, M.

    1996-09-01

    We present a magnetization and neutron-diffraction study of the basal plane magnetic structure of Dy epitaxial films and Dy/Er superlattices. The thermal evolution of the magnetic phases, the stability of the helical phase under a magnetic field, the thermal variation of the dysprosium in-plane and {ital c} parameters, and of the dysprosium turn angle are successively shown. In Dy/Er superlattices, the dysprosium helix propagates coherently through paramagnetic erbium; at low temperature, individual dysprosium layers undergo a ferromagnetic transition and are coupled antiferromagnetically to each other for erbium layers thicknesses larger than 20 A. In dysprosium films, as expected from the epitaxy effect, the Curie temperature of dysprosium is reduced if dysprosium is grown on yttrium and increased if it is grown on erbium, whereas it is unexpectedly close to the bulk value in Dy/Er superlattices. This amazing value of the Curie temperature in superlattices is correlated to two main experimentally observed effects: (i) the magnetoelastic driving force is reduced compared to bulk dysprosium because of the clamped {gamma} distortion; (ii) the difference between the exchange energies in the helical and the ferromagnetic phases is increased compared to the bulk value. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  14. Process for selectively patterning epitaxial film growth on a semiconductor substrate

    DOEpatents

    Sheldon, P.; Hayes, R.E.

    1984-12-04

    Disclosed is a process for selectively patterning epitaxial film growth on a semiconductor substrate. The process includes forming a masking member on the surface of the substrate, the masking member having at least two layers including a first layer disposed on the substrate and the second layer covering the first layer. A window is then opened in a selected portion of the second layer by removing that portion to expose the first layer thereunder. The first layer is then subjected to an etchant introduced through the window to dissolve the first layer a sufficient amount to expose the substrate surface directly beneath the window, the first layer being adapted to preferentially dissolve at a substantially greater rate than the second layer so as to create an overhanging ledge portion with the second layer by undercutting the edges thereof adjacent the window. The epitaxial film is then deposited on the exposed substrate surface directly beneath the window. Finally, an etchant is introduced through the window to dissolve the remainder of the first layer so as to lift-off the second layer and materials deposited thereon to fully expose the balance of the substrate surface.

  15. Process for selectively patterning epitaxial film growth on a semiconductor substrate

    DOEpatents

    Sheldon, Peter; Hayes, Russell E.

    1986-01-01

    A process is disclosed for selectively patterning epitaxial film growth on a semiconductor substrate. The process includes forming a masking member on the surface of the substrate, the masking member having at least two layers including a first layer disposed on the substrate and the second layer covering the first layer. A window is then opened in a selected portion of the second layer by removing that portion to expose the first layer thereunder. The first layer is then subjected to an etchant introduced through the window to dissolve a sufficient amount of the first layer to expose the substrate surface directly beneath the window, the first layer being adapted to preferentially dissolve at a substantially greater rate than the second layer so as to create an overhanging ledge portion with the second layer by undercutting the edges thereof adjacent to the window. The epitaxial film is then deposited on the exposed substrate surface directly beneath the window. Finally, an etchant is introduced through the window to dissolve the remainder of the first layer so as to lift-off the second layer and materials deposited thereon to fully expose the balance of the substrate surface.

  16. Epitaxial growth of higher transition-temperature VO2 films on AlN/Si

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    Slusar, Tetiana; Cho, Jin-Cheol; Kim, Bong-Jun; Yun, Sun Jin; Kim, Hyun-Tak

    2016-02-01

    We report the epitaxial growth and the mechanism of a higher temperature insulator-to-metal-transition (IMT) of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films synthesized on aluminum nitride (AlN)/Si (111) substrates by a pulsed-laser-deposition method; the IMT temperature is TIMT ≈ 350 K. X-ray diffractometer and high resolution transmission electron microscope data show that the epitaxial relationship of VO2 and AlN is VO2 (010) ‖ AlN (0001) with VO2 [101] ‖ AlN [ 2 1 ¯ 1 ¯ 0 ] zone axes, which results in a substrate-induced tensile strain along the in-plane a and c axes of the insulating monoclinic VO2. This strain stabilizes the insulating phase of VO2 and raises TIMT for 10 K higher than TIMT single crystal ≈ 340 K in a bulk VO2 single crystal. Near TIMT, a resistance change of about four orders is observed in a thick film of ˜130 nm. The VO2/AlN/Si heterostructures are promising for the development of integrated IMT-Si technology, including thermal switchers, transistors, and other applications.

  17. Transport Anisotropy of Epitaxial VO2 films grown on (100) TiO2

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    Kittiwatanakul, Salinporn; Lu, Jiwei; Wolf, Stuart

    2011-03-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) exhibits a metal semiconductor transition (MST) at 340 K. This transition is accompanied by the abrupt change in the electrical conductivity, optical transmittance and reflectance in infrared region, which can be used in the electronic devices such as temperature sensors and electric switches. In this study, Reactive Bias Target Ion Beam Deposition was used for epitaxial VO2 thin film growth on Ti O2 (100) substrates. The out-of-plane and the in-plane XRD scans have been performed to confirm the single phase VO2 and the epitaxial relationship between the film and the substrate. The hall bars along the in-plane c-axis and b-axis of R-VO2 were fabricated via the photolithographic process. It is found that the maximum conductivity was parallel to c-axis, while the minimum conductivity was parallel to b-axis. The conductivity anisotropy persisted through the metal semiconductor transition. The conductivity anisotropy ratio σc / σb was found to be ~ 16.2 at 300 K, much larger than that of single crystal VO2 . The temperature dependent anisotropy of the carrier concentration and the mobility is to be discussed.

  18. Columnar structured FePt films epitaxially grown on large lattice mismatched intermediate layer.

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    Dong, K F; Deng, J Y; Peng, Y G; Ju, G; Chow, G M; Chen, J S

    2016-09-30

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt films grown on large mismatched ZrN (15.7%) intermediate layer were investigated. With using ZrN intermediate layer, FePt 10 nm films exhibited (001) texture except for some weaker FePt (110) texture. Good epitaxial relationships of FePt (001) <100>//ZrN (001) <100>//TiN (001) <100> among FePt and ZrN/TiN were revealed from the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results. As compared with TiN intermediate layer, although FePt-SiO2-C films grown on ZrN/TiN intermediate layer showed isotropic magnetic properties, the large interfacial energy and lattice mismatch between FePt and ZrN would lead to form columnar structural FePt films with smaller grain size and improved isolation. By doping ZrN into the TiN layer, solid solution of ZrTiN was formed and the lattice constant is increased comparing with TiN and decreased comparing with ZrN. Moreover, FePt-SiO2-C films grown on TiN 2 nm-20 vol.% ZrN/TiN 3 nm intermediate layer showed an improved perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Simultaneously, columnar structure with smaller grain size retained.

  19. Quantum Confinement Effects in PbSe Thin Films Formed Using Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy

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    Cox, Stephen M.; Happek, Uwe; Mathe, Mahlanyane K.; Stickney, John L.

    2004-03-01

    Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy (EC-ALE) is an alternative technique to MBE for the deposition of semiconductor films, heterostructures and nanodeposits. Advantages of this technique include room temperature deposition, deposition into templates and onto odd surfaces. Here we report on the deposition and characterization of PbSe thin films. The PbSe films were formed using EC-ALE as follows: A layer of Se was deposited onto a gold substrate at a potential less than that required to deposit Se onto Se, thus a Se monolayer is formed. Then, a monolayer of Pb was deposited onto the Se layer at a potential smaller than that required to deposit Pb onto itself. This technique is known as underpotential deposition (UPD). By alternately depositing Pb and Se layers using UPD, PbSe thin films of different thickness ranging from 10 to 85 layers of PbSe were formed. The dependence of the bandgap as a function of film thickness was obtained via IR absorption measurements and compared to models based on parabolic and hyperbolic band models.

  20. Columnar structured FePt films epitaxially grown on large lattice mismatched intermediate layer

    PubMed Central

    Dong, K. F.; Deng, J. Y.; Peng, Y. G.; Ju, G.; Chow, G. M.; Chen, J. S.

    2016-01-01

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt films grown on large mismatched ZrN (15.7%) intermediate layer were investigated. With using ZrN intermediate layer, FePt 10 nm films exhibited (001) texture except for some weaker FePt (110) texture. Good epitaxial relationships of FePt (001) <100>//ZrN (001) <100>//TiN (001) <100> among FePt and ZrN/TiN were revealed from the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results. As compared with TiN intermediate layer, although FePt-SiO2-C films grown on ZrN/TiN intermediate layer showed isotropic magnetic properties, the large interfacial energy and lattice mismatch between FePt and ZrN would lead to form columnar structural FePt films with smaller grain size and improved isolation. By doping ZrN into the TiN layer, solid solution of ZrTiN was formed and the lattice constant is increased comparing with TiN and decreased comparing with ZrN. Moreover, FePt-SiO2-C films grown on TiN 2 nm-20 vol.% ZrN/TiN 3 nm intermediate layer showed an improved perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Simultaneously, columnar structure with smaller grain size retained. PMID:27686046

  1. Structural, magnetic, and transport properties of Fe-doped CoTiSb epitaxial thin films

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    Sun, N. Y.; Zhang, Y. Q.; Che, W. R.; Shan, R.; Qin, J.

    2015-11-07

    Epitaxial intrinsic and Fe-doped CoTiSb thin films with C1{sub b} structure were grown on MgO(100) substrates by magnetron sputtering. The semiconducting-like behavior in both intrinsic and Fe-doped thin films was demonstrated by temperature dependence of longitudinal resistivity. The Fe-doped CoTiSb films with a wide range of doping concentrations can maintain semiconducting-like and magnetic properties simultaneously, while the semiconducting behavior is weakening with the increasing Fe concentration. For 21 at. % Fe-doped film, low lattice magnetic moment (around 0.65 μ{sub B}) and high resistivity (larger than 800 μΩ cm) are beneficial to its application as a magnetic electrode in spintronic devices. Anomalous Hall effect of 21 at. % Fe-doped film was also investigated and its behaviors can be treated well by recent-reported anomalous Hall scaling including the contribution of spin-phonon skew scattering.

  2. Creep-free ac hysteretic dynamics in epitaxial ferroelectric BiFeO3 films

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    Shin, Yeongjae; Jeon, Byung Chul; Yang, Sang Mo; Hwang, Inrok; Cho, Myung Rae; Sando, Daniel; Lee, Seung Ran; Yoon, Jong-Gul; Noh, Tae Won

    2015-03-01

    Dynamics of domain wall (DW) in ferroelectric (FE) films principally governs their switching properties under applied electric field (E) . At finite temperature (T) , the DW motion and their FE switching characteristics can be understood only by introducing the creep motion. Despite this importance, there have been little studies on creep motion of FE films under ac-driven force. In this work, we investigate ac-driven hysteretic dynamics of FE domains in epitaxial BiFeO3 (BFO) films through polarization-electric field hysteresis loops with varying frequency and other switching characters. All BFO films were grown at the optimized growth condition, by employing different bottom electrodes of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) and SrRuO3 (SRO); only BFO/SRO shows nearly creep-free hysteretic dynamics. We argue that inhomogeneous internal E plays a significant role in such distinctive FE dynamics of BFO domains, which are affected by surface morphologies of bottom electrodes. Our results highlight that growth-mode-induced interfacial structure between an FE film and a bottom electrode result in engineering domain dynamics of FE switching characteristics. This work was supported by IBS-R009-D1.

  3. Epitaxial growth of metal fluoride thin films by pulsed-laser deposition

    SciTech Connect

    Norton, D.P.; Budal, J.D.; Chakoumakos, B.C.; Geohegan, D.B.; Puretzky, A.

    1995-12-01

    We have studied growth of GdLiF4 thin films for optical waveguide applications. Epitaxial, c-axis oriented GdLiF4 films wer grown from undoped GdLiF4 targets in an on-axis Pulsed-laser deposition geometry on (100) CaF2. These films exhibit a high density of particulates on the surface which are ejected from the target in the ablation process. Growth from Nd-doped polycrystalline GdLiF4 ablation targets results in smooth films with lower particulate densities, as Nd doping increases the optical absorption of GdLiF4 at the ablation laser wavelength 193 nm and permits efficient pulsed-laser deposition. Optical emission spectra of the ablation pume reveals the presence of atomic F, Gd, and Li, indicating the dissociation of the metal-fluorine bonds in the ablation process. In addition, we find that the residual background oxygen pressure must be reduced to avoid formation of Gd4O3F6 as an impurity oxyfluoride phase in the films.

  4. Columnar structured FePt films epitaxially grown on large lattice mismatched intermediate layer

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    Dong, K. F.; Deng, J. Y.; Peng, Y. G.; Ju, G.; Chow, G. M.; Chen, J. S.

    2016-09-01

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of the FePt films grown on large mismatched ZrN (15.7%) intermediate layer were investigated. With using ZrN intermediate layer, FePt 10 nm films exhibited (001) texture except for some weaker FePt (110) texture. Good epitaxial relationships of FePt (001) <100>//ZrN (001) <100>//TiN (001) <100> among FePt and ZrN/TiN were revealed from the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results. As compared with TiN intermediate layer, although FePt-SiO2-C films grown on ZrN/TiN intermediate layer showed isotropic magnetic properties, the large interfacial energy and lattice mismatch between FePt and ZrN would lead to form columnar structural FePt films with smaller grain size and improved isolation. By doping ZrN into the TiN layer, solid solution of ZrTiN was formed and the lattice constant is increased comparing with TiN and decreased comparing with ZrN. Moreover, FePt-SiO2-C films grown on TiN 2 nm-20 vol.% ZrN/TiN 3 nm intermediate layer showed an improved perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Simultaneously, columnar structure with smaller grain size retained.

  5. InGaN-based thin film solar cells: Epitaxy, structural design, and photovoltaic properties

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    Sang, Liwen; Liao, Meiyong; Koide, Yasuo; Sumiya, Masatomo

    2015-03-14

    In{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N, with the tunable direct bandgaps from ultraviolet to near infrared region, offers a promising candidate for the high-efficiency next-generation thin-film photovoltaic applications. Although the adoption of thick InGaN film as the active region is desirable to obtain efficient light absorption and carrier collection compared to InGaN/GaN quantum wells structure, the understanding on the effect from structural design is still unclear due to the poor-quality InGaN films with thickness and difficulty of p-type doping. In this paper, we comprehensively investigate the effects from film epitaxy, doping, and device structural design on the performances of the InGaN-based solar cells. The high-quality InGaN thick film is obtained on AlN/sapphire template, and p-In{sub 0.08}Ga{sub 0.92}N is achieved with a high hole concentration of more than 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3}. The dependence of the photovoltaic performances on different structures, such as active regions and p-type regions is analyzed with respect to the carrier transport mechanism in the dark and under illumination. The strategy of improving the p-i interface by using a super-thin AlN interlayer is provided, which successfully enhances the performance of the solar cells.

  6. A new approach to epitaxially grow high-quality GaN films on Si substrates: the combination of MBE and PLD

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    Wang, Wenliang; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-01-01

    High-quality GaN epitaxial films have been grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technologies. MBE is used to grow Al buffer layer at first, and then PLD is deployed to grow GaN epitaxial films on the Al buffer layer. The surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates are studied systematically. The as-grown ~300 nm-thick GaN epitaxial films grown at 850 °C with ~30 nm-thick Al buffer layer on Si substrates show high crystalline quality with the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for GaN(0002) and GaN(102) X-ray rocking curves of 0.45° and 0.61°, respectively; very flat GaN surface with the root-mean-square surface roughness of 2.5 nm; as well as the sharp and abrupt GaN/AlGaN/Al/Si hetero-interfaces. Furthermore, the corresponding growth mechanism of GaN epitaxial films grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of MBE and PLD is hence studied in depth. This work provides a novel and simple approach for the epitaxial growth of high-quality GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates. PMID:27101930

  7. Effect of residual impurities on transport properties of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} epitaxial films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

    SciTech Connect

    Terai, Y.; Yoneda, K.; Noda, K.; Miura, N.; Fujiwara, Y.

    2012-07-01

    Unintentionally doped {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} epitaxial films were grown on silicon-on-insulator substrates by molecular beam epitaxy using a high-purity (5N) Fe source to investigate the effect of residual impurities on the transport properties of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2}. From secondary ion mass spectroscopy analysis, impurities of As, Al, and Mn ({approx}10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}); P and B ({approx}10{sup 16} cm{sup -3}); and Cr and Pb ({approx}10{sup 15} cm{sup -3}) were detected in the epitaxial layer. In Hall measurements at room temperature, the films exhibited n-type conduction with a carrier density of 4-6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} and a Hall mobility of 400-440 cm{sup 2}/Vs. In the temperature (T) dependence of the transport properties, a transition from band conduction to hopping conduction was observed at approximately T = 230 K. At temperatures of 110-150 K, both negative and positive magnetoresistance (MR) were observed depending on the temperature and magnetic field. The MR exhibits mixed conduction of defect band conduction and band conduction in this temperature range.

  8. Kinematical calculations of RHEED intensity oscillations during the growth of thin epitaxial films

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    Daniluk, Andrzej

    2005-08-01

    A practical computing algorithm working in real time has been developed for calculating the reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) from the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growing surface. The calculations are based on the use of kinematical diffraction theory. Simple mathematical models are used for the growth simulation in order to investigate the fundamental behaviors of reflectivity change during the growth of thin epitaxial films prepared using MBE. Program summaryTitle of program:GROWTH Catalogue identifier:ADVL Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADVL Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland Distribution format: tar.gz Computer for which the program is designed and others on which is has been tested:Pentium-based PC Operating systems or monitors under which the program has been tested:Windows 9x, XP, NT Programming language used:Object Pascal Memory required to execute with typical data:more than 1 MB Number of bits in a word: 64 bits Number of processors used: 1 Number of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 10 989 Number of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.:103 048 Nature of the physical problem:Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) is a very useful technique for studying growth and surface analysis of thin epitaxial structures prepared using the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The simplest approach to calculating the RHEED intensity during the growth of thin epitaxial films is the kinematical diffraction theory (often called kinematical approximation), in which only a single scattering event is taken into account. The biggest advantage of this approach is that we can calculate RHEED intensity in real time. Also, the approach facilitates intuitive understanding of the growth mechanism and surface morphology [P.I. Cohen, G.S. Petrich, P.R. Pukite, G.J. Whaley, A.S. Arrott, Surf. Sci. 216 (1989) 222]. Method of solution:Epitaxial

  9. Improving dielectric properties of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films on silicon by nitrogen doping

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    Roy Chaudhuri, Ayan; Osten, H. J.; Fissel, A.; Archakam, V. R.

    2013-01-14

    We report about the effect of nitrogen doping on the electrical properties of epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films. Epitaxial Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N thin films were grown on Si (111) substrates by solid source molecular beam epitaxy using nitrous oxide as the nitridation agent. Substitutional nitrogen incorporation into the dielectric layer was confirmed by secondary ion mass spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Substantial reduction of the leakage current density and disappearance of hysteresis in capacitance-voltage characteristics observed in the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:N layers indicate that nitrogen incorporation in Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} effectively eliminates the adverse effects of the oxygen vacancy induced defects in the oxide layer.

  10. The in-plane anisotropic magnetic damping of ultrathin epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl film

    SciTech Connect

    Qiao, Shuang; Yan, Wei; Nie, Shuaihua; Zhao, Jianhua; Zhang, Xinhui

    2015-08-15

    The in-plane orientation-dependent effective damping of ultrathin Co{sub 2}FeAl film epitaxially grown on GaAs(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) has been investigated by employing the time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect (TR-MOKE) measurements. It is found that the interface-induced uniaxial anisotropy is favorable for precession response and the anisotropy of precession frequency is mainly determined by this uniaxial anisotropy, while the magnetic relaxation time and damping factor exhibit the fourfold anisotropy at high-field regime. The field-independent anisotropic damping factor obtained at high fields indicates that the effective damping shows an intrinsic fourfold anisotropy for the epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl thin films.

  11. Effects of the inhomogenous co doping on the magnetoresistance of Zn1-xCo(x)O epitaxial films.

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    Ye, Shuangli; Klar, Limei; Ney, Andreas; Ney, Verena; Kammermeier, Tom; Ollefs, Katharina; Liu, Feng; Wang, Gaofeng

    2012-02-01

    A series of Zn1-xCo(x)O epitaxial films around 100 nm with nominal Co concentration from 5% to 15% was prepared by ultra high vacuum (UHV) magnetron reactive sputtering. The optical, magnetic and magneto-transport properties of this series of Zn1-xCo(x)O epitaxial films were investigated, respectively. Resonant Raman spectra indicate the high structural and crystalline quality of these Zn1-xCo(x)O (5 < or = x < or = 15%) films, and confirm a consistent correlation between the substituting Co ions content with the Co doping concentration as well. Paramagnetism, superparamagnetism and ferromagnetism with altered Curie temperature from low temperatures to above room temperatures have been observed in these films by SQUID magnetometry. The broad blocking temperature range indicates the presence of inhomogenous distribution of the magnetic nano-clusters in the superparamagnetic films. However, the magneto-transport behaviors do not strongly respond to the change of the magnetic properties from paramagnetism to ferromagnetism of these Zn1-xCo(x)O films. The lack of efficient coupling between the inhomogenous magnetic nanoclusters and the carrier system in ferromagnetic Zn1-xCo(x)O films highlights the absence of the intrinsic magnetic origins in high structural quality Zn1-xCo(x)O (5 < or = x < or = 15%) epitaxial films. On the other hand, the competition between the spin alignments and the inhomogenous local disorder effect by magnetic ions is suggested to be responsible for the carrier properties and the oberseved magnetoresistance in these Co doping Zn1-xCo(x)O (5 < or = x < or = 15%) epitaxial films.

  12. Effect of GaN interlayer on polarity control of epitaxial ZnO thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, X. Q.; Sun, H. P.; Pan, X. Q.

    2010-10-11

    Epitaxial ZnO thin films were grown on nitrided (0001) sapphire substrates with an intervening GaN layer by rf-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. It was found that polarity of the ZnO epilayer could be controlled by modifying the GaN interlayer. ZnO grown on a distorted 3-nm-thick GaN interlayer has Zn-polarity while ZnO on a 20-nm-thick GaN interlayer with a high structural quality has O-polarity. High resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicates that the polarity of ZnO epilayer is controlled by the atomic structure of the interface between the ZnO buffer layer and the intervening GaN layer.

  13. Non-Epitaxial Thin-Film Indium Phosphide Photovoltaics: Growth, Devices, and Cost Analysis

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    Zheng, Maxwell S.

    In recent years, the photovoltaic market has grown significantly as module prices have continued to come down. Continued growth of the field requires higher efficiency modules at lower manufacturing costs. In particular, higher efficiencies reduce the area needed for a given power output, thus reducing the downstream balance of systems costs that scale with area such as mounting frames, installation, and soft costs. Cells and modules made from III-V materials have the highest demonstrated efficiencies to date but are not yet at the cost level of other thin film technologies, which has limited their large-scale deployment. There is a need for new materials growth, processing and fabrication techniques to address this major shortcoming of III-V semiconductors. Chapters 2 and 3 explore growth of InP on non-epitaxial Mo substrates by MOCVD and CSS, respectively. The results from these studies demonstrate that InP optoelectronic quality is maintained even by growth on non-epitaxial metal substrates. Structural characterization by SEM and XRD show stoichiometric InP can be grown in complete thin films on Mo. Photoluminescence measurements show peak energies and widths to be similar to those of reference wafers of similar doping concentrations. In chapter 4 the TF-VLS growth technique is introduced and cells fabricated from InP produced by this technique are characterized. The TF-VLS method results in lateral grain sizes of >500 mum and exhibits superior optoelectronic quality. First generation devices using a n-TiO2 window layer along with p-type TF-VLS grown InP have reached ˜12.1% power conversion efficiency under 1 sun illumination with VOC of 692 mV, JSC of 26.9 mA/cm2, and FF of 65%. The cells are fabricated using all non-epitaxial processing. Optical measurements show the InP in these cells have the potential to support a higher VOC of ˜795 mV, which can be achieved by improved device design. Chapter 5 describes a cost analysis of a manufacturing process using an

  14. Epitaxial Growth of Silicon Films on SiO2 Patterned Si(100) Substrates by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Duan, Chunyan; Deng, Youjun; Ai, Bin; Liu, Chao; Zhuang, Lin; Shen, Hui

    2012-09-01

    In order to investigate the effect of selective area nucleation on epitaxial growth of silicon (Si) films, 35 µm thick Si films were deposited by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) under the standard condition on two kinds of SiO2 patterned Si(100) wafers. One was circular patterns, and the other was striated patterns. Then, the structural properties of the as-deposited silicon thin films were investigated by metallurgical microscope, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results show that normal epitaxial growth occurs on the exposed Si(100) regions, while just polycrystalline Si deposition happens on the SiO2 regions. Moreover, for the substrates with circular patterns, the as-deposited Si thin films possess pyramid surface morphology thus excellent light trapping performance being spontaneously formed, and the sizes of the pyramid grains approximately equal to the sum of the diameter and spacing of the round exposed Si regions.

  15. Molecular beam epitaxy deposition of Gd2O3 thin films on SrTiO3 (100) substrate

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    Wang, Jinxing; Hao, Jinghua; Zhang, Yangyang; Wei, Hongmei; Mu, Juyi

    2016-06-01

    Gd2O3 thin films are grown on the SrTiO3 (100) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) deposition. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, conventional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) are performed to investigate the microstructure of deposited thin films. It is found that the as-deposited thin film possesses a very uniform thickness of ∼40 nm and is composed of single cubic phase Gd2O3 grains. STEM and TEM observations reveal that Gd2O3 thin film grows epitaxially on the SrTiO3 (100) substrate with (001)Gd2O3//(100)STO and [110]Gd2O3//[001]STO orientations. Furthermore, the Gd atoms are found to diffuse into the SrTiO3 substrate for a depth of one unit cell and substitute for the Sr atoms near the interface.

  16. Critical thickness and strain relaxation in molecular beam epitaxy-grown SrTiO3 films

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    Wang, Tianqi; Ganguly, Koustav; Marshall, Patrick; Xu, Peng; Jalan, Bharat

    2013-11-01

    We report on the study of the critical thickness and the strain relaxation in epitaxial SrTiO3 film grown on (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 (001) (LSAT) substrate using the hybrid molecular beam epitaxy approach. No change in the film's lattice parameter (both the in-plane and the out-of-plane) was observed up to a film thickness of 180 nm, which is in sharp contrast to the theoretical critical thickness of ˜12 nm calculated using the equilibrium theory of strain relaxation. For film thicknesses greater than 180 nm, the out-of-plane lattice parameter was found to decrease hyperbolically in an excellent agreement with the relaxation via forming misfit dislocations. Possible mechanisms are discussed by which the elastic strain energy can be accommodated prior to forming misfit dislocations leading to such anomalously large critical thickness.

  17. Real structure of the ZnO epitaxial films on (0001) leucosapphire substrates coated by ultrathin gold layers

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    Muslimov, A. E. Butashin, A. V.; Kolymagin, A. B.; Vasilyev, A. L.; Kanevsky, V. M.

    2016-01-15

    The real structure of ZnO films formed by magnetron sputtering on (0001) leucosapphire substrates coated by an ultrathin (less than 0.7 nm) Au buffer layer has been studied by high-resolution microscopy. It is shown that modification of the leucosapphire substrate surface by depositing ultrathin Au layers does not lead to the formation of Au clusters at the film–substrate interface but significantly improves the structural quality of ZnO epitaxial films. It is demonstrated that the simplicity and scalability of the technique used to modify the substrate surface in combination with a high (above 2 nm/s) film growth rate under magnetron sputtering make it possible to obtain high-quality (0001) ZnO epitaxial films with an area of 5–6 cm{sup 2}.

  18. Metallic transport and large anomalous Hall effect at room temperature in ferrimagnetic Mn{sub 4}N epitaxial thin film

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    Shen, Xi; Shigematsu, Kei; Chikamatsu, Akira Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hirose, Yasushi; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2014-08-18

    We report the electrical transport properties of ferrimagnetic Mn{sub 4}N (001) epitaxial thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on MgO (001) substrates. The Mn{sub 4}N thin films were tetragonally distorted with a ratio of out-of-plane to in-plane lattice constants of 0.987 and showed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with an effective magnetic anisotropy constant of 0.16 MJ/m{sup 3}, which is comparable with that of a recently reported molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown film. The thin films exhibited metallic transport with a room temperature resistivity of 125 μΩ cm in addition to a large anomalous Hall effect with a Hall angle tangent of 0.023.

  19. Preparation and structure characterization of SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial thin films grown on Cu(111) underlayers

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

    2009-04-01

    SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial films were prepared on Cu(111) single-crystal underlayers formed on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates at 500 deg. C. The nucleation and growth mechanism of (0001)-oriented SmCo{sub 5} crystal on Cu(111) underlayer is investigated and a method to control the nucleation is proposed. The SmCo{sub 5} epitaxial thin film formed directly on Cu underlayer consists of two types of domains whose orientations are rotated around the film normal by 30 deg. each other. By introducing a thin Co seed layer on the Cu underlayer, a SmCo{sub 5}(0001) single-crystal thin film is successfully obtained. Nucleation of SmCo{sub 5} crystal on Cu underlayer seems controllable by varying the interaction between the Cu underlayer and the SmCo{sub 5} layer.

  20. Pulsed laser deposition of epitaxial yttrium iron garnet films with low Gilbert damping and bulk-like magnetization

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    Onbasli, M. C. Kim, D. H.; Ross, C. A.; Kehlberger, A.; Jakob, G.; Kläui, M.; Chumak, A. V.; Hillebrands, B.

    2014-10-01

    Yttrium iron garnet (YIG, Y {sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}) films have been epitaxially grown on Gadolinium Gallium Garnet (GGG, Gd{sub 3}Ga{sub 5}O{sub 12}) substrates with (100) orientation using pulsed laser deposition. The films were single-phase, epitaxial with the GGG substrate, and the root-mean-square surface roughness varied between 0.14 nm and 0.2 nm. Films with thicknesses ranging from 17 to 200 nm exhibited low coercivity (<2 Oe), near-bulk room temperature saturation moments (∼135 emu cm{sup −3}), in-plane easy axis, and damping parameters as low as 2.2 × 10{sup −4}. These high quality YIG thin films are useful in the investigation of the origins of novel magnetic phenomena and magnetization dynamics.

  1. Metallic transport and large anomalous Hall effect at room temperature in ferrimagnetic Mn4N epitaxial thin film

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    Shen, Xi; Chikamatsu, Akira; Shigematsu, Kei; Hirose, Yasushi; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2014-08-01

    We report the electrical transport properties of ferrimagnetic Mn4N (001) epitaxial thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on MgO (001) substrates. The Mn4N thin films were tetragonally distorted with a ratio of out-of-plane to in-plane lattice constants of 0.987 and showed perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with an effective magnetic anisotropy constant of 0.16 MJ/m3, which is comparable with that of a recently reported molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown film. The thin films exhibited metallic transport with a room temperature resistivity of 125 μΩ cm in addition to a large anomalous Hall effect with a Hall angle tangent of 0.023.

  2. The structural state of epitaxial GaP films of different polarities grown on misoriented Si(001) substrates

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    Loshkarev, I. D.; Vasilenko, A. P.; Trukhanov, E. M.; Kolesnikov, A. V.; Putyato, M. A.; Esin, M. Yu.; Petrushkov, M. O.

    2017-02-01

    The structure of GaP films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on vicinal Si(1113) substrates has been studied by X-ray diffraction. It is established that the crystalline lattice of a pseudomorphic film rotates about the <110> axis toward increasing deviation from the singular orientation, while the subsequent relaxation leads to rotation in the opposite direction. This is valid for the films of both (001) and (001¯) polarities. Differences between the surface morphologies of relaxed and pseudomorphic GaP films are revealed.

  3. Structural and Optical Properties of Thick Freestanding AlN Films Prepared by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy

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    2012-01-01

    electronic device applications, optoe- lectronic devices are the driving force of AlN based material research. Deep ultraviolet laser diodes and light...films deposited on Si and SiC substrates, removed from the substrates by etching techniques, were used as seeds to grow AlN boules with a diameter...ranging from 0.5 to 1.75 in. Selected wafers were employed as substrates to deposit epitaxial AlN films with improved structural and optical properties

  4. Intrinsic high electrical conductivity of stoichiometric SrNb O3 epitaxial thin films

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    Oka, Daichi; Hirose, Yasushi; Nakao, Shoichiro; Fukumura, Tomoteru; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2015-11-01

    SrV O3 and SrNb O3 are perovskite-type transition-metal oxides with the same d1 electronic configuration. Although SrNb O3 (4 d1 ) has a larger d orbital than SrV O3 (3 d1 ), the reported electrical resistivity of SrNb O3 is much higher than that of SrV O3 , probably owing to nonstoichiometry. In this paper, we grew epitaxial, high-conductivity stoichiometric SrNb O3 using pulsed laser deposition. The growth temperature strongly affected the Sr/Nb ratio and the oxygen content of the films, and we obtained stoichiometric SrNb O3 at a very narrow temperature window around 630 °C. The stoichiometric SrNb O3 epitaxial thin films grew coherently on KTa O3 (001) substrates with high crystallinity. The room-temperature resistivity of the stoichiometric film was 2.82 ×10-5Ω cm , one order of magnitude lower than the lowest reported value of SrNb O3 and comparable with that of SrV O3 . We observed a T -square dependence of resistivity below T*=180 K and non-Drude behavior in near-infrared absorption spectroscopy, attributable to the Fermi-liquid nature caused by electron correlation. Analysis of the T -square coefficient A of resistivity experimentally revealed that the 4 d orbital of Nb that is larger than the 3 d ones certainly contributes to the high electrical conduction of SrNb O3 .

  5. Hall effect in semiconducting epitaxial and amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Shan, Pao-Chuan; Jahanzeb, Agha; Butler, Donald P.; ćelik-Butler, Zeynep; Kula, Witold; Sobolewski, Roman

    1997-05-01

    An experimental study of the Hall effect in nonmetallic Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films is reported. Both epitaxial crystalline YBa2Cuoverflow="scroll">3O6+x (x⩽0.5) and multiphase/amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films were studied. The structure of the samples was measured by x-ray diffraction and Raman microprobe. The amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O samples were found to have a grain size of about 100 Å. The conduction properties were studied and analyzed for the two types of samples over a wide temperature range including room temperature. The Hall effect measurements showed positive charge carriers with a concentration ranging from 1017 to 1020 cm-3 at room temperature. The mobility was found to decrease with higher Hall carrier concentration. The empirical relationship for the mobility dependence on impurity concentration agreed with the relationship between mobility and the experimental Hall carrier concentration, suggesting that the same localized states were responsible for both providing the carriers and reducing the mobility through scattering. It was also observed that the mobility values for both amorphous and crystalline samples followed the same empirical curve, a result which showed that the conduction mechanisms in the epitaxial (tetragonal) and amorphous Y-Ba-Cu-O materials are very likely to be similar despite the differences in the composition and structure of the films. The similarity is consistent with other work that concludes that the conduction mechanism occurs along the copper oxide planes. Our work implies that the conduction mechanism operates over a short range, less than the 100 Å grain size of the amorphous, such that the lack of order in the amorphous samples was essentially irrelevant to the charge transport.

  6. Atomic layer epitaxy group IV materials: Surface processes, thin films, devices and their characterization

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    Davis, Robert F.; Bedair, Salah; El-Masry, Nadia; Glass, Jeffrey T.

    1993-06-01

    The maximum temperature at which self-terminating monolayers of Si can be formed on Si(100) from Si2H6 has been determined to be 570 deg C. As such, the chemical reactivity of C2H4 has been determined to be insufficient at this temperature, and acetylene has been selected as the successor C precursor due to its superior reactivity and chemisorption properties. A cryogenic purifier for removing acetone has been commissioned. Trenched Si(100) wafers are also being made to assess the ALE process for sidewall deposition uniformity and future bipolar devices. Nonstoichiometric, Si-rich SiC has been produced with an associated decrease in the band gap. An AES/XPS UHV analytical system and associated ALE deposition system has been commissioned and integrated into a much larger surface science system. These dual systems will allow a thorough study and characterization of both the initial nucleation of SiC and the overall ALE growth process of SiC. Tetramethylsilane and hexamethyldisilane have been deposited onto Si substrates in a hot filament CVD chamber to investigate their ability to promote ALE of diamond under DC biasing and a variety of system parameters. An electron gun and heating stage has been added to the growth chamber to enable AES and substrate heating. Good quality diamond films have been nucleated on deposited interlayers of both precursor compounds. The films have been examined by SEM and Raman spectroscopy. Good quality epitaxial films of CeO2 have been grown on Si(111) using laser ablation. Atomically clean substrates and slow growth rates were determined necessary for epitaxy.

  7. Epitaxial strain effect on the Jeff = 1/2 moment orientation in Sr2IrO4 thin films

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    Miao, Ludi; Xu, Hong; Mao, Z. Q.

    2014-01-01

    We have grown Sr2IrO4 (SIO) epitaxial thin films on SrTiO3 (STO) and NdGaO3 (NGO) substrates by a pulsed laser deposition method and characterized their structures and magnetic properties. We find that SIO films grown on STO substrates display tetragonal structure with a tensile strain of 0.13%, while SIO films grown on NGO substrates exhibit slightly orthorhombic structure with anisotropic biaxial tensile strains of 0.39% and 0.51% along the in-plane crystallographic axes. Although both films display insulating properties as bulk SIO does, their magnetic properties are distinct from that of bulk SIO. The ferromagnetic (FM) component of the Jeff = 1/2 canted antiferromagnetic order, which emerges below ˜240 K in bulk SIO, is significantly weakened in both films, with a greater weakening appearing in the SIO/NGO film. From structural and magnetoresistance anisotropy analyses for both films, we reveal that the weak FM component in SIO films is dependent on the epitaxial strain. The greater tensile strain leads to a smaller octahedral rotation: The rotation angle is ˜9.7(1)° for the SIO/NGO film and ˜10.7(2)° for the SIO/STO film. These findings indicate that the Jeff = 1/2 moment orientation in SIO follows the IrO6 octahedral rotation due to strong spin-orbit interaction.

  8. Tuning of magnetic properties for epitaxial Y2NiMnO6 thin film: Substrate is crucial

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    Xie, Changzheng; Shi, Lei

    2016-10-01

    The effects of epitaxial strain induced by lattice mismatch and substrate type on the structure and magnetic properties of Y2NiMnO6 thin films have been systematically investigated. Y2NiMnO6 thin films grown on (001)-oriented LaAlO3 (LAO), (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3 (LSAT), and SrTiO3 (STO) substrates with varying film thickness are obtained by a simple polymer assisted deposition method. X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering observations indicate that the single-phase epitaxial films are successfully obtained. By magnetic measurements, it is found that all the films show an obvious ferromagnetic transition with a lower transition temperatures (Tc) than that of the Y2NiMnO6 bulk. With the biaxial tensile strain decreasing or the film thickness increasing, the Tc of the film increases. Besides, due to the different strain states of the films and the different surface migrations of the substrates, the structure and magnetic properties show a strong dependence on the type of substrate. It is suggested that the biaxial tensile strain and substrate type have crucial effects on the structure, magnetic properties and the related Tc of the thin film, which can be utilized to engineer the magnetic properties of the films and the related ferroelectricity.

  9. Electronic structure of fully epitaxial Co2TiSn thin films

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    Meinert, Markus; Schmalhorst, Jan; Wulfmeier, Hendrik; Reiss, Gunter; Arenholz, Elke; Graf, Tanja; Felser, Claudia

    2010-10-28

    In this article we report on the properties of thin films of the full Heusler compound Co{sub 2}TiSn prepared by DC magnetron co-sputtering. Fully epitaxial, stoichiometric films were obtained by deposition on MgO (001) substrates at substrate temperatures above 600 C. The films are well ordered in the L2{sub 1} structure, and the Curie temperature exceeds slightly the bulk value. They show a significant, isotropic magnetoresistance and the resistivity becomes strongly anomalous in the paramagnetic state. The films are weakly ferrimagnetic, with nearly 1 {mu}{sub B} on the Co atoms, and a small antiparallel Ti moment, in agreement with theoretical expectations. From comparison of x-ray absorption spectra on the Co L{sub 3,2} edges, including circular and linear magnetic dichroism, with ab initio calculations of the x-ray absorption and circular dichroism spectra we infer that the electronic structure of Co{sub 2}TiSn has essentially non-localized character. Spectral features that have not been explained in detail before, are explained here in terms of the final state band structure.

  10. Growth of uniform CaGe2 films by alternating layer molecular beam epitaxy

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    Xu, Jinsong; Katoch, Jyoti; Ahmed, Adam S.; Pinchuk, Igor V.; Young, Justin R.; Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel; Pelz, Jonathan; Kawakami, Roland K.

    2017-02-01

    Layered Zintl phase van der Waals (vdW) materials are of interest due to their strong spin-orbit coupling and potential for high mobility. Here, we report the successful growth of large area CaGe2 films, as a model of layered Zintl phase materials, on atomically flat Ge(111) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using an alternating layer growth (ALG) protocol. Reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns of the Ge buffer layer and CaGe2 indicate high quality two dimensional surfaces, which is further confirmed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), showing atomically flat and uniform CaGe2 films. The appearance of Laue oscillations in X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Kiessig fringes in the X-ray reflectivity (XRR), which are absent in co-deposited CaGe2, confirms the uniformity of the CaGe2 film and the smoothness of the interface. These results demonstrate a novel method of deposition of CaGe2 that could be also applied to other layered Zintl phase vdW materials. Also, the high quality of the CaGe2 film is promising for the exploration of novel properties of germanane.

  11. Growth of SrVO{sub 3} thin films by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Eaton, Craig; Brahlek, Matthew; Engel-Herbert, Roman; Moyer, Jarrett A.; Alipour, Hamideh M.; Grimley, Everett D.; LeBeau, James M.

    2015-11-15

    The authors report the growth of stoichiometric SrVO{sub 3} thin films on (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (001) substrates using hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. This growth approach employs a conventional effusion cell to supply elemental A-site Sr and the metalorganic precursor vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VTIP) to supply vanadium. Oxygen is supplied in its molecular form through a gas inlet. An optimal VTIP:Sr flux ratio has been identified using reflection high-energy electron-diffraction, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy, demonstrating stoichiometric SrVO{sub 3} films with atomically flat surface morphology. Away from the optimal VTIP:Sr flux, characteristic changes in the crystalline structure and surface morphology of the films were found, enabling identification of the type of nonstoichiometry. For optimal VTIP:Sr flux ratios, high quality SrVO{sub 3} thin films were obtained with smallest deviation of the lattice parameter from the ideal value and with atomically smooth surfaces, indicative of the good cation stoichiometry achieved by this growth technique.

  12. Investigation of the growth of garnet films by liquid phase epitaxy

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    Moody, J. W.; Shaw, R. W.; Sandfort, R. M.

    1974-01-01

    Liquid phase expitaxy was investigated to determine its applicability to fabricating magnetic rare earth garnet films for spacecraft data recording systems. Two mixed garnet systems were investigated in detail: (1) Gd-Y and (2) Eu-Yb-Y. All films were deposited on Gd3Ga5012 substrates. The uniaxial anisotropy of the Gd-Y garnets is primarily stress-induced. These garnets are characterized by high-domain wall mobility, low coercivity and modest anisotropy. Characteristic length was found to be relatively sensitive to temperature. The Eu-Yb-Y garnets exhibit acceptable mobilities, good temperature stability and reasonable quality factors. The uniaxial anisotropy of these garnets is primarily growth-induced. The system is well suited for compositional "tailoring" to optimize specific desirable properties. Liquid phase epitaxy can be used to deposit Gd3Ga5012 spacing layers on magnetic garnet films and this arrangement possesses certain advantages over more conventional magnetic filmspacing layer combinations. However, it cannot be used if the magnetic film is to be ion implanted.

  13. Thin film growth of CaFe2As2 by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hatano, T.; Kawaguchi, T.; Fujimoto, R.; Nakamura, I.; Mori, Y.; Harada, S.; Ujihara, T.; Ikuta, H.

    2016-01-01

    Film growth of CaFe2As2 was realized by molecular beam epitaxy on six different substrates that have a wide variation in the lattice mismatch to the target compound. By carefully adjusting the Ca-to-Fe flux ratio, we obtained single-phase thin films for most of the substrates. Interestingly, an expansion of the CaFe2As2 lattice to the out-of-plane direction was observed for all films, even when an opposite strain was expected. A detailed microstructure observation of the thin film grown on MgO by transmission electron microscope revealed that it consists of cube-on-cube and 45°-rotated domains. The latter domains were compressively strained in plane, which caused a stretching along the c-axis direction. Because the domains were well connected across the boundary with no appreciable discontinuity, we think that the out-of-plane expansion in the 45°-rotated domains exerted a tensile stress on the other domains, resulting in the unexpectedly large c-axis lattice parameter, despite the apparently opposite lattice mismatch.

  14. Electronic Properties of High-Quality Epitaxial Topological Dirac Semimetal Thin Films.

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    Hellerstedt, Jack; Edmonds, Mark T; Ramakrishnan, Navneeth; Liu, Chang; Weber, Bent; Tadich, Anton; O'Donnell, Kane M; Adam, Shaffique; Fuhrer, Michael S

    2016-05-11

    Topological Dirac semimetals (TDS) are three-dimensional analogues of graphene, with linear electronic dispersions in three dimensions. Nanoscale confinement of TDSs in thin films is a necessary step toward observing the conventional-to-topological quantum phase transition (QPT) with increasing film thickness, gated devices for electric-field control of topological states, and devices with surface-state-dominated transport phenomena. Thin films can also be interfaced with superconductors (realizing a host for Majorana Fermions) or ferromagnets (realizing Weyl Fermions or T-broken topological states). Here we report structural and electrical characterization of large-area epitaxial thin films of TDS Na3Bi on single crystal Al2O3[0001] substrates. Charge carrier mobilities exceeding 6,000 cm(2)/(V s) and carrier densities below 1 × 10(18) cm(-3) are comparable to the best single crystal values. Perpendicular magnetoresistance at low field shows the perfect weak antilocalization behavior expected for Dirac Fermions in the absence of intervalley scattering. At higher fields up to 0.5 T anomalously large quadratic magnetoresistance is observed, indicating that some aspects of the low field magnetotransport (μB < 1) in this TDS are yet to be explained.

  15. Voltage Scaling of Graphene Device on SrTiO3 Epitaxial Thin Film.

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    Park, Jeongmin; Kang, Haeyong; Kang, Kyeong Tae; Yun, Yoojoo; Lee, Young Hee; Choi, Woo Seok; Suh, Dongseok

    2016-03-09

    Electrical transport in monolayer graphene on SrTiO3 (STO) thin film is examined in order to promote gate-voltage scaling using a high-k dielectric material. The atomically flat surface of thin STO layer epitaxially grown on Nb-doped STO single-crystal substrate offers good adhesion between the high-k film and graphene, resulting in nonhysteretic conductance as a function of gate voltage at all temperatures down to 2 K. The two-terminal conductance quantization under magnetic fields corresponding to quantum Hall states survives up to 200 K at a magnetic field of 14 T. In addition, the substantial shift of charge neutrality point in graphene seems to correlate with the temperature-dependent dielectric constant of the STO thin film, and its effective dielectric properties could be deduced from the universality of quantum phenomena in graphene. Our experimental data prove that the operating voltage reduction can be successfully realized due to the underlying high-k STO thin film, without any noticeable degradation of graphene device performance.

  16. Photoelectrochemical etching of epitaxial InGaN thin films: Self-limited kinetics and nanostructuring

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    Xiao, Xiaoyin; Fischer, Arthur J.; Coltrin, Michael E.; Lu, Ping; Koleske, Daniel D.; Wang, George T.; Polsky, Ronen; Tsao, Jeffrey Y.

    2014-10-22

    We report here the characteristics of photoelectrochemical (PEC) etching of epitaxial InGaN semiconductor thin films using narrowband lasers with linewidth less than ~1 nm. In the initial stages of PEC etching, when the thin film is flat, characteristic voltammogram shapes are observed. At low photo-excitation rates, voltammograms are S-shaped, indicating the onset of a voltage-independent rate-limiting process associated with electron-hole-pair creation and/or annihilation. At high photo-excitation rates, voltammograms are superlinear in shape, indicating, for the voltage ranges studied here, a voltage-dependent rate-limiting process associated with surface electrochemical oxidation. As PEC etching proceeds, the thin film becomes rough at the nanoscale, and ultimately evolves into an ensemble of nanoparticles. As a result, this change in InGaN film volume and morphology leads to a characteristic dependence of PEC etch rate on time: an incubation time, followed by a rise, then a peak, then a slow decay.

  17. Photoelectrochemical etching of epitaxial InGaN thin films: Self-limited kinetics and nanostructuring

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    Xiao, Xiaoyin; Fischer, Arthur J.; Coltrin, Michael E.; ...

    2014-10-22

    We report here the characteristics of photoelectrochemical (PEC) etching of epitaxial InGaN semiconductor thin films using narrowband lasers with linewidth less than ~1 nm. In the initial stages of PEC etching, when the thin film is flat, characteristic voltammogram shapes are observed. At low photo-excitation rates, voltammograms are S-shaped, indicating the onset of a voltage-independent rate-limiting process associated with electron-hole-pair creation and/or annihilation. At high photo-excitation rates, voltammograms are superlinear in shape, indicating, for the voltage ranges studied here, a voltage-dependent rate-limiting process associated with surface electrochemical oxidation. As PEC etching proceeds, the thin film becomes rough at the nanoscale,more » and ultimately evolves into an ensemble of nanoparticles. As a result, this change in InGaN film volume and morphology leads to a characteristic dependence of PEC etch rate on time: an incubation time, followed by a rise, then a peak, then a slow decay.« less

  18. Enhanced UV detection by non-polar epitaxial GaN films

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    Mukundan, Shruti; Chandan, Greeshma; Mohan, Lokesh; Krupanidhi, S. B.; Roul, Basanta; Shetty, Arjun

    2015-12-15

    Nonpolar a-GaN (11-20) epilayers were grown on r-plane (1-102) sapphire substrates using plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. High resolution x-ray diffractometer confirmed the orientation of the grown film. Effect of the Ga/N ratio on the morphology and strain of a-GaN epilayers was compared and the best condition was obtained for the nitrogen flow of 1 sccm. Atomic force microscopy was used to analyze the surface morphology while the strain in the film was quantitatively measured using Raman spectroscopy and qualitatively analyzed by reciprocal space mapping technique. UV photo response of a-GaN film was measured after fabricating a metal-semiconductor-metal structure over the film with gold metal. The external quantum efficiency of the photodetectors fabricated in the (0002) polar and (11-20) nonpolar growth directions were compared in terms of responsivity and nonpolar GaN showed the best sensitivity at the cost of comparatively slow response time.

  19. Dielectric relaxation and polaronic conduction in epitaxial BaFe12O19 hexaferrite thin film

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    Tang, Rujun; Zhou, Hao; Zhao, Run; Jian, Jie; Wang, Han; Huang, Jijie; Fan, Meng; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2016-03-01

    The dielectric properties of epitaxial BaFe12O19 hexaferrite thin film have been investigated as a function of frequency (50 Hz  -  2 MHz) and temperature (100-375 K). The frequency dependent permittivity, impedance ({{Z}\\prime \\prime} ) and modulus ({{M}\\prime \\prime} ) spectra show that the dielectric responses of BaFe12O19 thin film are thermally activated. The activation energy of BaFe12O19 film (E a) is much smaller than that of the polycrystalline bulk BaFe12O19. In addition, E a increases with increasing temperature and there is a distribution of relaxation time in the sample. The scaling behavior of {{Z}\\prime \\prime} and {{M}\\prime \\prime} spectra of the sample further suggest that the distribution of relaxation time is temperature independent at low temperatures (<250 K) and temperature dependent at high temperatures. The temperature dependent dc conductivity shows that small polaron hopping is the most probable conduction mechanism for BaFe12O19 film.

  20. Composition gradient effects on strain relaxation in Sr-doped LaMnO{sub 3} epitaxial thin films

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    Wang, Yishu; Meletis, Efstathios I.

    2015-07-15

    The authors report on a novel method to fabricate Sr-doped composition gradient epitaxial La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} thin films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. Biaxially strained epitaxial La{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} thin films were grown on (001) LaAlO{sub 3} substrates by following a cosputtering procedure from LaMnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} targets. Three depositions were conducted by varying the substrate temperature (750 and 850 °C) and controlling the relative deposition rate from the two targets by varying their power rate during sputtering. The thickness of the thin films was about 20 and 30 nm for the short and long duration deposition, respectively. The films were studied by symmetric θ–2θ x-ray diffraction, pole figure analysis, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Fabrication of smooth, composition gradient films of high epitaxial quality was achieved at a substrate temperature of 850 °C and low sputtering rate. A novel strain relaxation mechanism is also found that decreases significantly the mismatch between the film and substrate as the Sr doping level increases. The reported deposition procedure can produce new possibilities of designing nanoscale structures with cross coupled properties that may result in new materials.

  1. Preparation and structural characterization of FeCo epitaxial thin films on insulating single-crystal substrates

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    Nishiyama, Tsutomu; Ohtake, Mitsuru; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2010-05-15

    FeCo epitaxial films were prepared on MgO(111), SrTiO{sub 3}(111), and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) single-crystal substrates by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The effects of insulating substrate material on the film growth process and the structures were investigated. FeCo(110){sub bcc} films grow on MgO substrates with two type domains, Nishiyama-Wassermann (NW) and Kurdjumov-Sachs (KS) relationships. On the contrary, FeCo films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates include FeCo(111){sub bcc} crystal in addition to the FeCo(110){sub bcc} crystals with NW and KS relationships. The FeCo(111){sub bcc} crystal consists of two type domains whose orientations are rotated around the film normal by 180 deg. each other. The out-of-plane and the in-plane lattice spacings of FeCo(110){sub bcc} and FeCo(111){sub bcc} crystals formed on the insulating substrates are in agreement with those of the bulk Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50} (at. %) crystal with small errors ranging between +0.2% and +0.4%, showing that the strains in the epitaxial films are very small.

  2. Long Range Ferromagnetic Order in LaCoO3-δ epitaxial films due to the interplay of epitaxial strain and oxygen vacancy ordering

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    Mehta, Virat; Biskup, Nevenko; Arenholz, E; ...

    2015-04-23

    We demonstrate that a combination of electronic structure modification and oxygen vacancy ordering can stabilize a long-range ferromagnetic ground state in epitaxial LaCoO3 thin films. Highest saturation magnetization values are found in the thin films in tension on SrTiO3 and (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3 substrates and the lowest values are found in thin films in compression on LaAlO3. Electron microscopy reveals oxygen vacancy ordering to varying degrees in all samples, although samples with the highest magnetization are the most defective. Element-specific x-ray absorption techniques reveal the presence of high spin Co2+ and Co3+ as well as low spin Co3+ in different proportions dependingmore » on the strain state. The interactions among the high spin Co ions and the oxygen vacancy superstructure are correlated with the stabilization of the long-range ferromagnetic order.« less

  3. Long-range ferromagnetic order in LaCoO3 -δ epitaxial films due to the interplay of epitaxial strain and oxygen vacancy ordering

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    Mehta, V. V.; Biskup, N.; Jenkins, C.; Arenholz, E.; Varela, M.; Suzuki, Y.

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate that a combination of electronic structure modification and oxygen vacancy ordering can stabilize a long-range ferromagnetic ground state in epitaxial LaCoO3 thin films. Highest saturation magnetization values are found in the thin films in tension on SrTiO3 and (La ,Sr )(Al ,Ta )O3 substrates and the lowest values are found in thin films in compression on LaAlO3. Electron microscopy reveals oxygen vacancy ordering to varying degrees in all samples, although samples with the highest magnetization are the most defective. Element-specific x-ray absorption techniques reveal the presence of high spin Co2 + and Co3 + as well as low spin Co3 + in different proportions depending on the strain state. The interactions among the high spin Co ions and the oxygen vacancy superstructure are correlated with the stabilization of the long-range ferromagnetic order.

  4. Structural Properties of Alternate Monatomic Layered [Fe/Co]n Epitaxial Films on MgO Substrate

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    Chu, In Chang; Saki, Yoshinobu; Kawasaki, Shohei; Doi, Masaaki; Sahashi, Masashi

    2008-06-01

    Body-centered-cubic (bcc) Fe50Co50 material is reported to show a high bulk spin scattering coefficient on current perpendicular to plane-giant magneto-resistance (CPP-GMR) system. But the origin of that phenomenon does not make sure yet. We prepared artificially alternate monatomic layered (AML) [Fe/Co] 41 MLs epitaxial films (Ts: 75, 250 °C) by monatomic deposition method and investigated the topology of AML [Fe/Co]n epitaxial films on MgO substrate with different orientation (001), (011) by the scanning tunnel microscopy (STM) and reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED), which we could confirm Frank-van der Merwe (FM) growth mode for AML [Fe/Co]n on MgO(001) and Volmer-Weber (VW) growth mode for that on Mg(011). The roughness of surface, Ra (0.20 nm) of AML [Fe/Co] 41 MLs epitaxial film grown at 75 °C on MgO(001) is smaller than that (0.46 nm) of AML [Fe/Co] grown at 250 °C on MgO(001), which has the large terraces of over 50 nm (Ra: 0.17 nm), even though there are some valleys between large terraces. Moreover we confirmed the structural properties of trilayered epitaxial films with AML [Fe/Co]n (Ra: 0.18 nm) and Fe50Co50 alloy epitaxial film on Au electrode by RHEED before confirming the characteristics of CPP-GMR devices.

  5. Epitaxial growth and characterization of II-VI-semiconductor, one-dimensional nanostructures and thin films

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    Zhu, Zuoming

    In this thesis, I present the results of three material science studies on II-VI semiconductor nanostructures and thin films: (1) epitaxial growth and characterization of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures, (2) crystal structure and self-assembly of ultrathin ZnO nanorods, and (3) investigations of surface chemistry for atomic layer epitaxy of ZnS thin film on silicon with chemical precursors. First, in Chapter 3, I present a comparative study of metal-surface-catalyzed growth of ZnO nanowires using four different metal catalysts and using substrates of differing materials and crystal orientation. Multiple material diagnostics were employed to compare the material, structural, and optical properties of the nanowires grown using these different surface systems. My study showed that the growth modes of nanowires are dependent on the choice of surface catalysts. Further, the study revealed that these differences in growth modes are also closely related to the differences in materials properties of these wires including the degree of nanowire alignment on substrates, and the atomic composition ratio of Zn/O, as well as the relative intensity of the oxygen vacancy-related emission in photoluminescence spectra. Second, in Chapter 4, I investigated the growth and self-assembly of ultrathin ZnO nanorods using a combination of small-angle and wide-angle synchrotron X-ray diffraction (SAXRD and WAXRD), and TEM. SAXRD and TEM were used to investigate nanorod self-assembly and the influence of surfactant/precursor ratio on self-assembly; WAXRD were used to study the effects of growth chemistry and physical parameters on the nanorod size and lattice constants. These measurements revealed that these rods self-assemble into periodic superstructures and that the surfactant ligands are important in controlling self-assembly. WAXRD results suggest that surface-dependent changes, such as the binding of surface ligands or other adsorbed species may dominate the changes in nanorod

  6. Semiconducting p-type MgNiO:Li epitaxial films fabricated by cosputtering method

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    Kwon, Yong Hun; Chun, Sung Hyun; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2013-07-15

    Li-doped ternary Mg{sub x}Ni{sub 1-x}O thin films were deposited on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates by a radio frequency (RF) magnetron cosputtering method with MgO and NiO:Li targets. The Mg mole fraction and Li content were relatively controlled by changing RF power for the MgO target over a range of 0-300 W, while the NiO:Li target was kept at 150 W. As a result, all films were epitaxially grown on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates with the relationship of [110]{sub NiO}||[1110]{sub Al2O3}, [112]{sub NiO}||[2110]{sub Al2O3} (in-plane), and [111]{sub NiO}||[0001]{sub Al2O3} (out-of-plane), and showed p-type semiconducting properties. Furthermore, from x-ray diffraction patterns, the authors found that MgO was effectively mixed with NiO:Li without structural deformation due to low lattice mismatch (0.8%) between NiO and MgO. However, the excess Li contents degraded the crystallinity of the MgNiO films. The band-gap of films was continuously shifted from 3.66 eV (339 nm) to 4.15 eV (299 nm) by the RF power of the MgO target. A visible transmittance of more than 80% was exhibited at RF powers higher than 200 W. Ultimately, the electrical resistivity of p-type MgNiO films was improved from 7.5 to 673.5 {Omega}cm, indicating that the Li-doped MgNiO films are good candidates for transparent p-type semiconductors.

  7. Cationic Redistribution at Epitaxial Interfaces in Superconducting Two-Dimensionally Doped Lanthanum Cuprate Films.

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    Baiutti, Federico; Gregori, Giuliano; Wang, Yi; Suyolcu, Y Eren; Cristiani, Georg; van Aken, Peter A; Maier, Joachim; Logvenov, Gennady

    2016-10-12

    The exploration of interface effects in complex oxide heterostructures has led to the discovery of novel intriguing phenomena in recent years and has opened the path toward the precise tuning of material properties at the nanoscale. One recent example is space-charge superconductivity. Among the complex range of effects which may arise from phase interaction, a crucial role is played by cationic intermixing, which defines the final chemical composition of the interface. In this work, we performed a systematic study on the local cationic redistribution of two-dimensionally doped lanthanum cuprate films grown by oxide molecular beam epitaxy, in which single LaO layers in the epitaxial crystal structure were substituted by layers of differently sized and charged dopants (Ca, Sr, Ba, and Dy). In such a model system, in which the dopant undergoes an asymmetric redistribution across the interface, the evolution of the cationic concentration profile can be effectively tracked by means of atomically resolved imaging and spectroscopic methods. This allowed for the investigation of the impact of the dopant chemistry (ionic size and charge) and of the growth conditions (temperature) on the final superconducting and structural properties. A qualitative model for interface cationic intermixing, based on thermodynamic considerations, is proposed. This work highlights the key role which cationic redistribution may have in the definition of the final interface properties and represents a further step forward the realization of heterostructures with improved quality.

  8. Ultralow 1/f Noise in a Heterostructure of Superconducting Epitaxial Cobalt Disilicide Thin Film on Silicon.

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    Chiu, Shao-Pin; Yeh, Sheng-Shiuan; Chiou, Chien-Jyun; Chou, Yi-Chia; Lin, Juhn-Jong; Tsuei, Chang-Chyi

    2017-01-24

    High-precision resistance noise measurements indicate that the epitaxial CoSi2/Si heterostructures at 150 and 2 K (slightly above its superconducting transition temperature Tc of 1.54 K) exhibit an unusually low 1/f noise level in the frequency range of 0.008-0.2 Hz. This corresponds to an upper limit of Hooge constant γ ≤ 3 × 10(-6), about 100 times lower than that of single-crystalline aluminum films on SiO2 capped Si substrates. Supported by high-resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy studies, our analysis reveals that the 1/f noise is dominated by excess interfacial Si atoms and their dimer reconstruction induced fluctuators. Unbonded orbitals (i.e., dangling bonds) on excess Si atoms are intrinsically rare at the epitaxial CoSi2/Si(100) interface, giving limited trapping-detrapping centers for localized charges. With its excellent normal-state properties, CoSi2 has been used in silicon-based integrated circuits for decades. The intrinsically low noise properties discovered in this work could be utilized for developing quiet qubits and scalable superconducting circuits for future quantum computing.

  9. Structural evolution of epitaxial SrCoOx films near topotactic phase transition

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    Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-12-01

    Control of oxygen stoichiometry in complex oxides via topotactic phase transition is an interesting avenue to not only modifying the physical properties, but utilizing in many energy technologies, such as energy storage and catalysts. However, detailed structural evolution in the close proximity of the topotactic phase transition in multivalent oxides has not been much studied. In this work, we used strontium cobaltites (SrCoOx) epitaxially grown by pulsed laser epitaxy (PLE) as a model system to study the oxidation-driven evolution of the structure, electronic, and magnetic properties. We grew coherently strained SrCoO2.5 thin films and performed post-annealing at various temperatures for topotactic conversion into the perovskite phase (SrCoO3-δ). We clearly observed significant changes in electronic transport, magnetism, and microstructure near the critical temperature for the topotactic transformation from the brownmillerite to the perovskite phase. Nevertheless, the overall crystallinity was well maintained without much structural degradation, indicating that topotactic phase control can be a useful tool to control the physical properties repeatedly via redox reactions.

  10. Structural evolution of epitaxial SrCoO{sub x} films near topotactic phase transition

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    Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-12-15

    Control of oxygen stoichiometry in complex oxides via topotactic phase transition is an interesting avenue to not only modifying the physical properties, but utilizing in many energy technologies, such as energy storage and catalysts. However, detailed structural evolution in the close proximity of the topotactic phase transition in multivalent oxides has not been much studied. In this work, we used strontium cobaltites (SrCoO{sub x}) epitaxially grown by pulsed laser epitaxy (PLE) as a model system to study the oxidation-driven evolution of the structure, electronic, and magnetic properties. We grew coherently strained SrCoO{sub 2.5} thin films and performed post-annealing at various temperatures for topotactic conversion into the perovskite phase (SrCoO{sub 3-δ}). We clearly observed significant changes in electronic transport, magnetism, and microstructure near the critical temperature for the topotactic transformation from the brownmillerite to the perovskite phase. Nevertheless, the overall crystallinity was well maintained without much structural degradation, indicating that topotactic phase control can be a useful tool to control the physical properties repeatedly via redox reactions.

  11. 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

  12. Influence of epitaxial strain on the magnetic properties of (110) SmFe{sub 2} thin film

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    Fuente, C. de la; Arnaudas, J. I.; Ciria, M.; Moral, A. del; Dufour, C.; Dumesnil, K.

    2009-03-30

    A novel nonlinear influence of the magnetoelastic energy because of the epitaxial strain allows us to explain the spontaneous magnetization and the cubic magnetostriction of a molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown SmFe{sub 2} thin film. Under this scope, new crystal-field parameters A{sub 4} and A{sub 6} and exchange coupling parameter {lambda}{sub ex} have been found. These new parameters could account for the change of the energy balance in the spin reorientation transition and explain the softening it has with respect to the bulk case.

  13. Epitaxial growth of cadmium telluride films on silicon with a buffer silicon carbide layer

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    Antipov, V. V.; Kukushkin, S. A.; Osipov, A. V.

    2017-02-01

    An epitaxial 1-3-μm-thick cadmium telluride film has been grown on silicon with a buffer silicon carbide layer using the method of open thermal evaporation and condensation in vacuum for the first time. The optimum substrate temperature was 500°C at an evaporator temperature of 580°C, and the growth time was 4 s. In order to provide more qualitative growth of cadmium telluride, a high-quality 100-nm-thick buffer silicon carbide layer was previously synthesized on the silicon surface using the method of topochemical substitution of atoms. The ellipsometric, Raman, X-ray diffraction, and electron-diffraction analyses showed a high structural perfection of the CdTe layer in the absence of a polycrystalline phase.

  14. High electron mobility in Ga(In)NAs films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Miyashita, Naoya; Ahsan, Nazmul; Monirul Islam, Muhammad; Okada, Yoshitaka; Inagaki, Makoto; Yamaguchi, Masafumi

    2012-11-26

    We report the highest mobility values above 2000 cm{sup 2}/Vs in Si doped GaNAs film grown by molecular beam epitaxy. To understand the feature of the origin which limits the electron mobility in GaNAs, temperature dependences of mobility were measured for high mobility GaNAs and referential low mobility GaInNAs. Temperature dependent mobility for high mobility GaNAs is similar to the GaAs case, while that for low mobility GaInNAs shows large decrease in lower temperature region. The electron mobility of high quality GaNAs can be explained by intrinsic limiting factor of random alloy scattering and extrinsic factor of ionized impurity scattering.

  15. Carbon dioxide and water adsorption on highly epitaxial Delafossite CuFeO2 thin film

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    Rojas, S.; Joshi, T.; Borisov, P.; Sarabia, M.; Lederman, D.; Cabrera, A. L.

    2015-03-01

    Thermal programmed desorption (TPD) of CO2 and H2O from a 200 nm thick CuFeO2 Delafossite surface was performed in a standard UHV chamber, The CuFeO2 thin film grown using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) over an Al2O3 (0001) substrate with controlled O2 atmosphere resulted with highly epitaxial crystal structure. The adsorption/desorption of CO2 and H2O process was also monitored with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES). Our results revealed that carbon dioxide interacts with CuFeO2 forming Fe carbonates compounds on its surface. Hydroxides were also formed on the surface due to water presence. Using TPD data, Arrhenius plots for CO2 and water desorption were done and activation energy for desorption was obtained. Funds FONDECyT 1130372; Thanks to P. Ferrari.

  16. Structural and optical characterizations of InPBi thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Gu, Yi; Wang, Kai; Zhou, Haifei; Li, Yaoyao; Cao, Chunfang; Zhang, Liyao; Zhang, Yonggang; Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin

    2014-01-13

    InPBi thin films have been grown on InP by gas source molecular beam epitaxy. A maximum Bi composition of 2.4% is determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. X-ray diffraction measurements show good structural quality for Bi composition up to 1.4% and a partially relaxed structure for higher Bi contents. The bandgap was measured by optical absorption, and the bandgap reduction caused by the Bi incorporation was estimated to be about 56 meV/Bi%. Strong and broad photoluminescence signals were observed at room temperature for samples with xBi < 2.4%. The PL peak position varies from 1.4 to 1.9 μm, far below the measured InPBi bandgap.

  17. Detection of current induced spin polarization in epitaxial Bi2Te3 thin film

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    Dey, Rik; Roy, Anupam; Pramanik, Tanmoy; Rai, Amritesh; Heon Shin, Seung; Majumder, Sarmita; Register, Leonard F.; Banerjee, Sanjay K.

    2017-03-01

    We electrically detect charge current induced spin polarization on the surface of a molecular beam epitaxy grown Bi2Te3 thin film in a two-terminal device with a ferromagnetic MgO/Fe contact and a nonmagnetic Ti/Au contact. The two-point resistance, measured in an applied magnetic field, shows a hysteresis tracking the magnetization of Fe. A theoretical estimate is obtained for the change in resistance on reversing the magnetization direction of Fe from coupled spin-charge transport equations based on the quantum kinetic theory. The order of magnitude and the sign of the hysteresis are consistent with the spin-polarized surface state of Bi2Te3.

  18. Influence of epitaxial strain on elastocaloric effect in ferroelectric thin films

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    Liu, Yang Dkhil, Brahim; Wei, Jie; Lou, Xiaojie; Bellaiche, L.; Scott, James F.

    2015-01-19

    We report the influence of epitaxial strain u{sub m} on the elastocaloric properties of BaTiO{sub 3} thin films. Using thermodynamic calculations, we show that there exists a critical compressive stress σ{sub 3c} at which the elastocaloric effect is maximized for any compressive misfit strain we investigate. Moreover, it is found that |σ{sub 3c}| decreases significantly with decreasing |u{sub m}|, which is accompanied by a reduction of the elastocaloric response. Interestingly, a several fold enhancement in the electrocaloric effect can be achieved for stress in proximity of σ{sub 3c}. The elastocaloric effect predicted here may find potential cooling applications by combining the stress-mediated electrocaloric effect or designing hybrid elastocaloric/electrocaloric devices in the future.

  19. Electrical properties of the amorphous interfacial layer between Al electrodes and epitaxial NiO films

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    Hyuck Jang, Jae; Kwon, Ji-Hwan; Kim, Miyoung; Ran Lee, Seung; Char, Kookrin

    2012-04-23

    The amorphous interfacial layer (a-IL) between Al electrode and epitaxial NiO films were studied using electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Two distinct properties were found in the a-IL, i.e., a lower metallic and an upper insulating layer. EELS results revealed that the metallic Ni atoms were responsible for the conducting nature of the lower oxide amorphous layer. The resistance behavior of Al/a-IL/epi-NiO was changed from a high to a low resistance state after forming process. The resistance change could be explained by the formation of a nanocrystalline metal alloy in the insulating amorphous layer.

  20. Composition dependence of magnetic properties in perpendicularly magnetized epitaxial thin films of Mn-Ga alloys

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    Mizukami, S.; Kubota, T.; Wu, F.; Zhang, X.; Miyazaki, T.; Naganuma, H.; Oogane, M.; Sakuma, A.; Ando, Y.

    2012-01-01

    Mn-Ga binary alloys show strong magnetism and large uniaxial magnetic anisotropy even though these alloys do not contain any noble, rare-earth metals or magnetic elements. We investigate the composition dependence of saturation magnetization MS and uniaxial magnetic anisotropy Ku in epitaxial films of MnxGa1-x alloys (x˜0.5-0.75) grown by magnetron sputtering. The MS values decrease linearly from approximately 600 to 200 emu/cm3 with increasing x, whereas the Ku values decrease slightly from approximately 15 to 10 Merg/cm3 with increasing x. These trends are distinct from those for known tetragonal hard magnets obtained in a limited composition range in Mn-Al and Fe-Pt binary alloys. These data are analyzed using a localized magnetic moment model.

  1. Compliant ferroelastic domains in epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} thin films

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    Feigl, L.; McGilly, L. J.; Sandu, C. S.; Setter, N.

    2014-04-28

    Ordered patterns of highly compliant ferroelastic domains have been created by use of tensile strained epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} thin films, of very low defect density, grown on DyScO{sub 3} substrates. The effect of 180° switching on well-ordered a/c 90° domain patterns is investigated by a combination of transmission electron microscopy, piezoelectric force microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. It is shown that ferroelastic a-domains, having an in-plane polarization, can be created and completely removed on a local level by an out-of-plane electric field. The modifications of the ferroelastic domain pattern can be controlled by varying the parameters used during switching with a piezoresponse force microscope to produce the desired arrangement.

  2. Time-resolved probing of magnon mass renormalization in epitaxial Fe films

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    Stoica, Vladimir; Schlepuetz, Christian; Walko, Donald; Li, Yuelin; Dufresne, Eric; Landahl, Eric; Clarke, Roy

    2011-03-01

    Irradiation of ferromagnetic metals with femtosecond laser pulses leads to sub-picosecond ultrafast demagnetization, followed by coherent spin wave dynamics on the picosecond to nanosecond timescales. Presently, it is of high interest to develop a cohesive picture that consistently accounts for these experimental observations. One way to address this is to refine the experimental techniques for improving the quantitative comparison with theory. Here, we present in-detail investigations of the coherent exchange spin waves in epitaxial Fe films, which are used for accurate determination the spin wave stiffness constant, D. These studies enabled to detect the effect of femtosecond laser excitation on D and correlate the results with time-resolved X-ray diffraction measurements of the thermal relaxation. Our data provide evidence for the magnon mass renormalization induced by electron-magnon interaction. Preliminary data obtained in Ni and Co seem to indicate the same effect.

  3. Thermal generation of spin current in epitaxial CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films

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    Guo, Er-Jia E-mail: klaeui@uni-mainz.de; Herklotz, Andreas; Kehlberger, Andreas; Cramer, Joel; Jakob, Gerhard; Kläui, Mathias E-mail: klaeui@uni-mainz.de

    2016-01-11

    The longitudinal spin Seebeck effect (LSSE) has been investigated in high-quality epitaxial CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (CFO) thin films. The thermally excited spin currents in the CFO films are electrically detected in adjacent Pt layers due to the inverse spin Hall effect. The LSSE signal exhibits a linear increase with increasing temperature gradient, yielding a LSSE coefficient of ∼100 nV/K at room temperature. The temperature dependence of the LSSE is investigated from room temperature down to 30 K, showing a significant reduction at low temperatures, revealing that the total amount of thermally generated magnons decreases. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the spin Seebeck effect is an effective tool to study the magnetic anisotropy induced by epitaxial strain, especially in ultrathin films with low magnetic moments.

  4. AlN thin films grown on epitaxial 3C-SiC (100) for piezoelectric resonant devices

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    Lin, Chih-Ming; Senesky, Debbie G.; Pisano, Albert P.; Lien, Wei-Cheng; Felmetsger, Valery V.; Hopcroft, Matthew A.

    2010-10-04

    Highly c-axis oriented heteroepitaxial aluminum nitride (AlN) films were grown on epitaxial cubic silicon carbide (3C-SiC) layers on Si (100) substrates using alternating current reactive magnetron sputtering at temperatures between approximately 300-450 deg. C. The AlN films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscopy. A two-port surface acoustic wave device was fabricated on the AlN/3C-SiC/Si composite structure, and an expected Rayleigh mode exhibited a high acoustic velocity of 5200 m/s. The results demonstrate the potential of utilizing AlN films on epitaxial 3C-SiC layers to create piezoelectric resonant devices.

  5. Surface and Interface Properties of 10–12 Unit Cells Thick Sputter Deposited Epitaxial CeO 2 Films

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    Saraf, L. V.; Wang, C. M.; Engelhard, M. H.; ...

    2008-01-01

    Ulmore » trathin and continuous epitaxial films with relaxed lattice strain can potentially maintain more of its bulk physical and chemical properties and are useful as buffer layers. We study surface, interface, and microstructural properties of ultrathin ( ∼ 10–12 unit cells thick) epitaxial ceria films grown on single crystal YSZ substrates. The out-of -plane and in-plane lattice parameters indicate relaxation in the continuous film due to misfit dislocations seen by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and substrate roughness of ∼ 1-2 unit cells, confirmed by atomic force microscopy and HRTEM. A combination of secondary sputtering, lattice mismatch, substrate roughness, and surface reduction creating secondary phase was likely the cause of surface roughness which should be reduced to a minimum level for effective use of it as buffer layers.« less

  6. Shift of morphotropic phase boundary in high-performance [111]-oriented epitaxial Pb (Zr, Ti) O3 thin films

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    Yu, Qi; Li, Jing-Feng; Zhu, Zhi-Xiang; Xu, Ying; Wang, Qing-Ming

    2012-07-01

    High-performance epitaxial niobium-doped lead zirconate titanate thin films [Pb(ZrxTi1-x)0.98Nb0.02O3] with a fixed thickness were deposited on [111]-cut single-crystalline SrTiO3 substrates by a sol-gel process as a function of Zr/Ti ratio ranging from 20/80 to 80/20. An obvious shift of morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) was observed in the [111]-oriented epitaxial films. Deviating from the Zr/Ti ratio of 52/48 in bulk materials, the MPB composition in the as-deposited films was found to move to a lower Zr/Ti ratio between 30/70 and 40/60, which agrees with the theoretical analysis on the basis of lattice mismatch between films and substrates and is further confirmed by the XRD patterns and Raman spectrum as well as ferroelectric test. Furthermore, a superior remnant polarization (Pr) value among all the compositions was obtained at a Zr/Ti ratio of 30/70, indicating that the extrinsic ferroelectric polarization near the new morphotropic phase boundary will lead to outstanding dielectric and piezoelectric performance in the epitaxial PZT thin film system.

  7. Growth and magnetic properties of epitaxial Fe4N films on insulators possessing lattice spacing close to Si(001) plane

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    Ito, Keita; Higashikozono, Soma; Takata, Fumiya; Gushi, Toshiki; Toko, Kaoru; Suemasu, Takashi

    2016-12-01

    We grew ferromagnetic Fe4N films by molecular beam epitaxy on MgO(001), MgAl2O4(MAO)(001), SrTiO3(STO)(001), and CaF2(001) substrates, possessing the lattice spacing close to Si(001) plane. Highly oriented epitaxial growth was confirmed for the Fe4N films on the MgO, MAO, and STO by reflection high-energy electron diffraction and x-ray diffractions. The degree of orientation of the Fe4N film on the STO was the best among these samples. This was attributed to the smallest lattice mismatch of -2.8% between Fe4N(001) and STO(001). On the other hand, crystallinity of the Fe4N film on the CaF2(001) substrate was poor due to a very large lattice mismatch of -30% between Fe4N(001) and CaF2(001) arising from the unexpected epitaxial relationship as Fe4N(001)[100] || CaF2(001)[100]. The saturation magnetization of the Fe4N films was approximately 1200 emu/cm3 at room temperature for all the samples, and the magnetization easy axis was in-plane Fe4N[100]. We consider that STO is the suitable buffer layer for the growth of Fe4N on Si(001), hence to realize the Si-based spintronics devices using highly spin-polarized Fe4N.

  8. Epitaxial growth of highly-crystalline spinel ferrite thin films on perovskite substrates for all-oxide devices

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    Moyer, Jarrett A.; Gao, Ran; Schiffer, Peter; Martin, Lane W.

    2015-01-01

    The potential growth modes for epitaxial growth of Fe3O4 on SrTiO3 (001) are investigated through control of the energetics of the pulsed-laser deposition growth process (via substrate temperature and laser fluence). We find that Fe3O4 grows epitaxially in three distinct growth modes: 2D-like, island, and 3D-to-2D, the last of which is characterized by films that begin growth in an island growth mode before progressing to a 2D growth mode. Films grown in the 2D-like and 3D-to-2D growth modes are atomically flat and partially strained, while films grown in the island growth mode are terminated in islands and fully relaxed. We find that the optimal structural, transport, and magnetic properties are obtained for films grown on the 2D-like/3D-to-2D growth regime boundary. The viability for including such thin films in perovskite-based all-oxide devices is demonstrated by growing a Fe3O4/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 spin valve epitaxially on SrTiO3. PMID:26030835

  9. Ferroelastic twin structures in epitaxial WO{sub 3} thin films

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    Yun, Shinhee; Woo, Chang-Su; Lee, Jin Hong; Chu, Kanghyun; Kim, Gi-Yeop; Choi, Si-Young; Sharma, Pankaj; Seidel, Jan; Song, Jong Hyun; Chung, Sung-Yoon; Yang, Chan-Ho

    2015-12-21

    Tungsten trioxide is a binary oxide that has potential applications in electrochromic windows, gas sensors, photo-catalysts, and superconductivity. Here, we analyze the crystal structure of atomically flat epitaxial layers on YAlO{sub 3} single crystal substrates and perform nanoscale investigations of the ferroelastic twins revealing a hierarchical structure at multiple length scales. We have found that the finest stripe ferroelastic twin walls along pseudocubic 〈100〉 axes are associated with cooperative mosaic rotations of the monoclinic films and the larger stripe domains along pseudocubic 〈110〉 axes are created to reduce the misfit strain through a commensurate matching of an effective in-plane lattice parameter between film and substrate. The typical widths of the two fine and larger stripe domains increase with film thickness following a power law with scaling exponents of ∼0.6 and ∼0.4, respectively. We have also found that the twin structure can be readily influenced by illumination with an electron beam or a tip-based mechanical compression.

  10. Visible light carrier generation in co-doped epitaxial titanate films

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    Comes, Ryan B. Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Chambers, Scott A.; Smolin, Sergey Y.; Baxter, Jason B.; Gao, Ran; Apgar, Brent A.; Martin, Lane W.; Bowden, Mark E.

    2015-03-02

    Perovskite titanates such as SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) exhibit a wide range of important functional properties, including ferroelectricity and excellent photocatalytic performance. The wide optical band gap of titanates limits their use in these applications; however, making them ill-suited for integration into solar energy harvesting technologies. Our recent work has shown that by doping STO with equal concentrations of La and Cr, we can enhance visible light absorption in epitaxial thin films while avoiding any compensating defects. In this work, we explore the optical properties of photoexcited carriers in these films. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry, we show that the Cr{sup 3+} dopants, which produce electronic states immediately above the top of the O 2p valence band in STO reduce the direct band gap of the material from 3.75 eV to 2.4–2.7 eV depending on doping levels. Transient reflectance spectroscopy measurements are in agreement with the observations from ellipsometry and confirm that optically generated carriers are present for longer than 2 ns. Finally, through photoelectrochemical methylene blue degradation measurements, we show that these co-doped films exhibit enhanced visible light photocatalysis when compared to pure STO.

  11. Semimetallic transport properties of epitaxially stabilized perovskite CaIrO{sub 3} films

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    Hirai, Daigorou; Matsuno, Jobu; Nishio-Hamane, Daisuke; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-07-06

    We report on the synthesis and transport properties of perovskite (Pv) CaIrO{sub 3} thin films. The Pv phase of CaIrO{sub 3} was stabilized by epitaxial growth on SrTiO{sub 3}, (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7}, and LaAlO{sub 3} substrates with strong tensile, weak tensile, and compressive strains, respectively. The resistivity of these films showed a poorly metallic behavior. The Hall resistivity exhibited a sign change as a function of temperature and a nonlinear magnetic-field dependence, which clearly indicated the coexistence of electrons and holes and hence supported that Pv CaIrO{sub 3} films are semimetallic. The observed robustness of the semimetallic ground state against tensile and compressive strains is consistent with the presence of symmetry-protected Dirac points (nodes) around the Fermi level that prohibits the system from becoming a band insulator.

  12. Phonon spectroscopy near phase transition temperatures in multiferroic BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Palai, R.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2010-01-01

    We report a Raman-scattering investigation of multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) epitaxial ( c -axis-oriented) thin films from -192 to 1000°C . Phonon anomalies have been observed in three temperature regions: in the γ phase from 930 to 950°C ; at ˜370°C , Néel temperature (TN) , and at ˜-123°C , due to a phase transition of unknown type (magnetic or structural). An attempt has been made to understand the origin of the weak phonon-magnon coupling and the dynamics of the phase sequence. The disappearance of several Raman modes at ˜820°C (Tc) is compatible with the known structural phase transition and the Pbnm orthoferrite space group assigned by Arnold [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 027602 (2009)]. The spectra also revealed a noncubic β phase from 820-930°C and the same noncubic phase extends through the γ phase between 930-950°C , in agreement with Arnold [Phys. Rev. B (to be published)], and an evidence of a cubic δ phase around 1000°C in thin films that is not stable in powder and bulk. Such a cubic phase has been theoretically predicted by and Gonzalez-Vazquez and Iniguez [Phys. Rev. B 79, 064102 (2009)]. Micro-Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction showed no structural decomposition in thin films during the thermal cycling from 22-1000°C .

  13. Multiferroic fluoride BaCoF4 Thin Films Grown Via Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent; García-Castro, Camilo; Kc, Amit; Schrecongost, Dustin; Cen, Cheng; Romero, Aldo; Lederman, David

    Multiferroic materials exhibit exciting physics related to the simultaneous presence of multiple long-range orders, in many cases consisting of antiferromagnetic (AF) and ferroelectric (FE) orderings. In order to provide a new, promising route for fluoride-based multiferroic material engineering, we grew multiferroic fluoride BaCoF4 in thin film form on Al2O3 (0001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The films grow with the orthorhombic b-axis out-of-plane and with three in-plane structural twin domains along the polar c-axis directions. The FE ordering in thin films was verified by FE remanent hysteresis loops measurements at T = 14 K and by room temperature piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). An AF behavior was found below Neel temperature TN ~ 80 K, which is in agreement with the bulk properties. At lower temperatures two additional magnetic phase transitions at 19 K and 41 K were found. First-principles calculations demonstrated that the growth strain applied to the bulk BaCoF4 indeed favors two canted spin orders, along the b- and a-axes, respectively, in addition to the main AF spin order along the c-axis. Supported by FAME (Contract 2013-MA-2382), WV Research Challenge Grant (HEPC.dsr.12.29), and DMREF-NSF 1434897.

  14. Visible light carrier generation in co-doped epitaxial titanate films

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    Comes, Ryan B.; Smolin, Sergey Y.; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Gao, Ran; Apgar, Brent A.; Martin, Lane W.; Bowden, Mark E.; Baxter, Jason; Chambers, Scott A.

    2015-03-02

    Perovskite titanates such as SrTiO3 (STO) exhibit a wide range of important functional properties, including high electron mobility, ferroelectricity—which may be valuable in photovoltaic applications—and excellent photocatalytic performance. The wide optical band gap of titanates limits their use in these applications, however, making them ill-suited for integration into solar energy harvesting technologies. Our recent work has shown that by doping STO with equal concentrations of La and Cr we can enhance visible light absorption in epitaxial thin films while avoiding any compensating defects. In this work, we explore the optical properties of photoexcited carriers in these films. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry, we show that the Cr3+ dopants, which produce electronic states immediately above the top of the O 2p valence band in STO reduce the direct band gap of the material from 3.75 eV to between 2.4 and 2.7 eV depending on doping levels. Transient reflectance measurements confirm that optically generated carriers have a recombination lifetime comparable to that of STO and are in agreement with the observations from ellipsometry. Finally, through photoelectrochemical yield measurements, we show that these co-doped films exhibit enhanced visible light photocatalysis when compared to pure STO.

  15. Synthesis, Structure, and Spectroscopy of Epitaxial EuFeO3 Thin Films

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    Choquette, Amber K.; Colby, Robert J.; Moon, E. J.; Schleputz, C. M.; Scafetta, Mark D.; Keavney, David J.; May, Steven J.

    2015-03-04

    Rare earth iron perovskites RFeO3, where R is a rare earth cation, exhibit an array of magnetic, catalytic, optical and electrochemical properties. Here we study EuFeO3 films synthesized by molecular beam epitaxy in order to better understand the optical properties of ferrites. A combination of x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflectivity, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the film structure and cation composition. X-ray absorption spectroscopy confirms the nominal 3+ valence states of Eu and Fe. The optical properties of EuFeO3 were investigated using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry between the phonon energies of 1.25 to 5 eV. We find that EuFeO3 is a semiconductor with an onset of optical absorption near 2.5 eV. The absorption spectrum of EuFeO3 is blue-shifted with respect to LaFeO3 films, a result that is attributed to the structural differences of the two materials.

  16. Enhancement of Magnetization in Y3Fe5O12 Epitaxial Thin Films

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    Brangham, Jack T.; Gallagher, James C.; Yang, Angela S.; White, Shane P.; Adur, Rohan; Ruane, Willam T.; Esser, Bryan D.; Page, Michael R.; Hammel, P. Chris; McComb, David W.; Yang, Fengyuan

    The ability to generate pure spin currents has applications in telecommunications, radar, and spin-based logic. Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) is one of the best materials for dynamic generation of spin currents due to its low damping, narrow ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth, and insulating behavior. We grow stoichiometric, high quality, epitaxial YIG thin films with thicknesses ranging from 4 to 250 nm on Gd3Ga5O12 by off-axis magnetron sputtering and characterize the YIG films by various techniques. The temperature dependence of the saturation magnetization was independently measured by in-plane vibrating sample magnetometry, out-of-plane magnetic shape anisotropy, and angular-dependent FMR absorption from 10 K to the Curie temperature of 530 K. The room temperature saturation magnetization was also measured with frequency dependent FMR. All measurements show a magnetization enhancement of 15% or greater when compared to reported magnetization values of bulk YIG crystals. We speculate this is due to suppression of the long wavelength magnons due to the finite size of the films.

  17. Depth resolved lattice-charge coupling in epitaxial BiFeO3 thin film

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    Lee, Hyeon Jun; Lee, Sung Su; Kwak, Jeong Hun; Kim, Young-Min; Jeong, Hu Young; Borisevich, Albina Y.; Lee, Su Yong; Noh, Do Young; Kwon, Owoong; Kim, Yunseok; Jo, Ji Young

    2016-01-01

    For epitaxial films, a critical thickness (tc) can create a phenomenological interface between a strained bottom layer and a relaxed top layer. Here, we present an experimental report of how the tc in BiFeO3 thin films acts as a boundary to determine the crystalline phase, ferroelectricity, and piezoelectricity in 60 nm thick BiFeO3/SrRuO3/SrTiO3 substrate. We found larger Fe cation displacement of the relaxed layer than that of strained layer. In the time-resolved X-ray microdiffraction analyses, the piezoelectric response of the BiFeO3 film was resolved into a strained layer with an extremely low piezoelectric coefficient of 2.4 pm/V and a relaxed layer with a piezoelectric coefficient of 32 pm/V. The difference in the Fe displacements between the strained and relaxed layers is in good agreement with the differences in the piezoelectric coefficient due to the electromechanical coupling. PMID:27929103

  18. Growth Parameters for Thin Film InBi Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Keen, B.; Makin, R.; Stampe, P. A.; Kennedy, R. J.; Sallis, S.; Piper, L. J.; McCombe, B.; Durbin, S. M.

    2014-04-01

    The alloying of bismuth with III-V semiconductors, in particular GaAs and InAs thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), has attracted considerable interest due to the accompanying changes in band structure and lattice constant. Specifically, bismuth incorporation in these compounds results in both a reduction in band gap (through shifting of the valence band) and an increase in the lattice constant of the alloy. To fully understand the composition of these alloys, a better understanding of the binary endpoints is needed. At present, a limited amount of literature exists on the III-Bi family of materials, most of which is theoretical work based on density functional theory calculations. The only III-Bi material known to exist (in bulk crystal form) is InBi, but its electrical properties have not been sufficiently studied and, to date, the material has not been fabricated as a thin film. We have successfully deposited crystalline InBi on (100) GaAs substrates using MBE. Wetting of the substrate is poor, and regions of varying composition exist across the substrate. To obtain InBi, the growth temperature had to be below 100 °C. It was found that film crystallinity improved with reduced Bi flux, into an In-rich regime. Additionally, attempts were made to grow AlBi and GaBi.

  19. The structure and morphology of (112)-oriented Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} epitaxial films

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    Liao Dongxiang; Rockett, Angus

    2008-11-01

    The properties of the (112) surfaces of Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) are important to the performance of photovoltaic devices based on these materials. Epitaxial CIGS films were grown on GaAs (111)A (cation-terminated) and B (anion-terminated) substrates and the structure and morphology of the films were studied. There are a large number of rotational twins in films grown on (111)B substrates, but not for (111)A substrates. The surfaces consist of shallow triangular pyramids bounded by one type of <110> step. The steps show both sharp inside and outside corners. New layers nucleated as islands at step edges. The step heights are a mixture of single and multiple atomic layers. The change in surface chemistry from cation to anion terminated affects the measured electronic states comprising the valence band and is probably accompanied by a shift in the valence band edge. There is a distinct difference in step edge shape that shows a difference in step kink density but the expected high kink energy on both surfaces indicates that this may be due to kinetic rather than thermodynamic effects.

  20. Compact laser molecular beam epitaxy system using laser heating of substrate for oxide film growth

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    Ohashi, S.; Lippmaa, M.; Nakagawa, N.; Nagasawa, H.; Koinuma, H.; Kawasaki, M.

    1999-01-01

    A high-temperature, oxygen compatible, and compact laser molecular beam epitaxy (laser MBE) system has been developed. The 1.06 μm infrared light from a continuous wave neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser was used to achieve a wide range and rapid control of substrate temperature in ultrahigh vacuum and at up to 1 atm oxygen pressure. The maximum usable temperature was limited to 1453 °C by the melting point of the nickel sample holder. To our knowledge, this is the highest temperature reported for pulsed laser deposition of oxide films. The efficient laser heating combined with temperature monitoring by a pyrometer and feedback control of the Nd:YAG laser power by a personal computer made it possible to regulate the substrate temperature accurately and to achieve high sample heating and cooling rates. The oxygen pressure and ablation laser triggering were also controlled by the computer. The accurate growth parameter control was combined with real-time in situ surface structure monitoring by reflection high energy electron diffraction to investigate oxide thin film growth in detail over a wide range of temperatures, oxygen partial pressures, and deposition rates. We have demonstrated the performance of this system by the fabrication of homoepitaxial SrTiO3 films as well as heteroepitaxial Sr2RuO4, and SrRuO3 films on SrTiO3 substrates at temperatures of up to 1300 °C. This temperature was high enough to change the film growth mode from layer by layer to step flow.

  1. Metal-insulator transition with ferrimagnetic order in epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4

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    Silwal, Punam; Miao, Ludi; Stern, Ilan; Zhou, Xiaolan; Hu, Jin; Spinu, Leonard; Kim, Dae Ho; Talbayev, Diyar

    2014-03-01

    Spinel NiCo2O4 is attractive for various technological applications but is less studied partly because of the unavailability of NiCo2O4 single crystal or epitaxial thin film. We have grown high-quality crystalline epitaxial NiCo2O4 thin films on MgAl2O4 (001) substrates. The systematic investigation of the films grown at various temperatures reveals a strong correlation between the structural, magnetic, and electrical transport properties. The low-temperature grown films show metallic behavior with strong ferrimagnetic ordering while the high temperature grown films are insulating with suppressed magnetic order. In addition, these films show excellent transport and magnetic properties down to 2 unit-cell thickness. Our study of temperature- and growth-condition dependent optical conductivity provides further insight in the carrier transport of these films. We observed coherent band-like transport in both low- and high temperature grown films, whereas only thermally activated hopping conductivity was reported in previous studies. The confirmation of coherent band like transport provides a basis for further improving NiCo2O4 for the application as transparent conducting oxide.

  2. Growth, structure, and magnetic properties of γ-Fe2O3 epitaxial films on MgO

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    Gao, Y.; Kim, Y. J.; Thevuthasan, S.; Chambers, S. A.; Lubitz, P.

    1997-04-01

    Single-crystal epitaxial thin films of γ-Fe2O3(001) have been grown on MgO(001) using oxygen-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The structure and magnetic properties of these films have been characterized by a variety of techniques, including reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron/Auger electron diffraction (XPD/AED), vibrating sample magnetometry, and ferromagnetic resonance. Real-time RHEED reveals that the film growth occurs in a layer-by-layer fashion. The γ-Fe2O3(001) film surface exhibits a (1×1) LEED pattern. The growth of γ-Fe2Ooverflow="scroll">3 films at 450 °C is accompanied by significant Mg outdiffusion. AED of Mg KLL Auger emission reveals that Mg substitutionally incorporates in the γ-Fe2O3 lattice, occupying the octahedral sites. Magnetic moments are ˜2300 G and ˜4500 G for γ-Fe2O3 films grown at 250 °C and 450 °C, respectively. The high magnetic moment for the films grown at 450 °C could be attributed to the high degree of structural order of the films and Mg substitution at octahedral sites.

  3. Influence of disorder on magnetic properties and intrinsic anomalous hall effect in epitaxial Co2FeAl film

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    Meng, K. K.; Miao, J.; Xu, X. G.; Wu, Y.; Zhao, J. H.; Jiang, Y.

    2017-03-01

    We have investigated the influence of disorder on magnetic properties and intrinsic anomalous Hall effects in epitaxial single crystalline full Heusler alloy Co2FeAl. The magnetic properties in both ordered and disordered films are proved by X ray absorption spectroscopy and X ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements. Using a proper scaling, we have extracted the intrinsic anomalous Hall conductivity (AHC) of the films. The intrinsic AHC in the as deposited films is thickness dependent, but in the annealed ones the value is nearly constant, which is ascribed to modified the Fermi surface due to disordering.

  4. Orientation control and domain structure analysis of {100}-oriented epitaxial ferroelectric orthorhombic HfO2-based thin films

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    Katayama, Kiliha; Shimizu, Takao; Sakata, Osami; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Nakamura, Shogo; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Uchida, Hiroshi; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    Orientation control of {100}-oriented epitaxial orthorhombic 0.07YO1.5-0.93HfO2 films grown by pulsed laser deposition was investigated. To achieve in-plane lattice matching, indium tin oxide (ITO) and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were selected as underlying layers. We obtained (100)- and (001)/(010)-oriented films on ITO and YSZ, respectively. Ferroelastic domain formation was confirmed for both films by X-ray diffraction using the superlattice diffraction that appeared only for the orthorhombic symmetry. The formation of ferroelastic domains is believed to be induced by the tetragonal-orthorhombic phase transition upon cooling the films after deposition. The present results demonstrate that the orientation of HfO2-based ferroelectric films can be controlled in the same manner as that of ferroelectric films composed of conventional perovskite-type material such as Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 and BiFeO3.

  5. Voltage-current characteristics of epitaxial and misoriented Ba(Fe1-xCox) 2As2 thin films

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    Rodríguez, O.; Mariño, A.

    2015-06-01

    Ba(Fe1-xCox) 2As2 thin films were produced by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). Epitaxial thin films were obtained when the deposition temperature was 700 °C while at 875 °C misoriented films were obtained. The presence of grain boundaries reduces the transport critical current Jc in almost two order of magnitude with respect to the textured thin films. The Voltage-Current (V-I) curves of misoriented films, exhibit a mixture of a non-ohmic linear differential (NOLD) and power law behaviors, due to the viscous flow of the flux lines along the grain boundaries lines, corresponding to the Jc limited by grain boundaries and Jc limited by intragrain, respectively. The misoriented thin films also present a kinked V-I curves attributed to a vortex channeling along the boundaries.

  6. Reversible Change in Electrical and Optical Properties in Epitaxially Grown Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Noh, J. H.; Jung, H. S.; Lee, J. K.; Kim, J. Y; Cho, C. M.; An, J.; Hong, K. S.

    2008-01-01

    Aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) films were epitaxially grown on sapphire (0001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. As-deposited AZO films had a low resistivity of 8.01 x 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm. However, after annealing at 450 C in air, the electrical resistivity of the AZO films increased to 1.97 x 10{sup -1} {Omega} cm because of a decrease in the carrier concentration. Subsequent annealing of the air-annealed AZO films in H{sub 2} recovered the electrical conductivity of the AZO films. In addition, the conductivity change was reversible upon repeated air and H{sub 2} annealing. A photoluminescence study showed that oxygen interstitial (O{sub i}) is a critical material parameter allowing for the reversible control of the electrical conducting properties of AZO films.

  7. Thermodynamic theory of epitaxial alloys: first-principles mixed-basis cluster expansion of (In, Ga)N alloy film.

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    Liu, Jefferson Zhe; Zunger, Alex

    2009-07-22

    Epitaxial growth of semiconductor alloys onto a fixed substrate has become the method of choice to make high quality crystals. In the coherent epitaxial growth, the lattice mismatch between the alloy film and the substrate induces a particular form of strain, adding a strain energy term into the free energy of the alloy system. Such epitaxial strain energy can alter the thermodynamics of the alloy, leading to a different phase diagram and different atomic microstructures. In this paper, we present a general-purpose mixed-basis cluster expansion method to describe the thermodynamics of an epitaxial alloy, where the formation energy of a structure is expressed in terms of pair and many-body interactions. With a finite number of first-principles calculation inputs, our method can predict the energies of various atomic structures with an accuracy comparable to that of first-principles calculations themselves. Epitaxial (In, Ga)N zinc-blende alloy grown on GaN(001) substrate is taken as an example to demonstrate the details of the method. Two (210) superlattice structures, (InN)(2)/(GaN)(2) (at x = 0.50) and (InN)(4)/(GaN)(1) (at x = 0.80), are identified as the ground state structures, in contrast to the phase-separation behavior of the bulk alloy.

  8. Development of Fast NbN RSFQ Logic Gates in Sigma-Delta Converters for Space Telecommunications

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2005-07-13

    spatiales des circuits logiques supraconducteurs ” Internal Technical Reports, Alcatel Space & CEA, 2003. [3] P. Bunyk, K. Likharev and D. Zinoviev...films minces et de junctions Josephson en nitrures supraconducteurs (TiN et NbN), application à la logique RSFQ, PhD Thesis, Université J. Fourier

  9. Origin of lowered magnetic moments in epitaxially strained thin films of multiferroic Bi2FeCrO6

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    Rout, Paresh C.; Putatunda, Aditya; Srinivasan, Varadharajan

    2016-03-01

    We have investigated the effect of epitaxial strain on the magnetic properties and B -site cation ordering in multiferroic Bi2FeCrO6 (001) thin films using a density-functional theory approach. We find that in thin films with rock-salt ordering of Fe and Cr the ground state is characterized by C-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) order. This is in contrast to the bulk form of the material, which was predicted to be a ferrimagnet with G-type AFM order. Furthermore, the cation-ordered thin films undergo a transition with epitaxial strain from C- to A-type AFM order. Other magnetic orders appear as thermally accessible excited states. We also find that B -site cation-disordered structures are more stable in coherent epitaxial strains, thereby explaining the lowered magnetic moments observed in these samples at room temperature. Strain varies both the sign and strength of the Fe-Cr superexchange coupling, resulting in a very interesting phase diagram for Bi2FeCrO6 thin films.

  10. Optical band gap of NpO2 and PuO2 from optical absorbance of epitaxial films

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    Mark McCleskey, T.; Bauer, Eve; Jia, Quanxi; Burrell, Anthony K.; Scott, Brian L.; Conradson, Steven D.; Mueller, Alex; Roy, Lindsay; Wen, Xiaodong; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Martin, Richard L.

    2013-01-01

    We report a solution based synthesis of epitaxial thin films of neptunium oxide and plutonium oxide. Actinides represent a challenge to first principle calculations due to features that arise from f orbital interactions. Conventional semi-local density functional theory predicts NpO2 and PuO2 to be metallic, when they are well known insulators. Improvements in theory are dependent on comparison with accurate measurements of material properties, which in turn demand high-quality samples. The high melting point of actinide oxides and their inherent radioactivity makes single crystal and epitaxial film formation challenging. We report on the preparation of high quality epitaxial actinide films. The films have been characterized through a combination of X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption fine structure (XANES and EXAFS) measurements. We report band gaps of 2.80 ± 0.1 eV and 2.85 ± 0.1 eV at room temperature for PuO2 and NpO2, respectively, and compare our measurements with state-of-the-art calculations.

  11. Ultra-low coercive field of improper ferroelectric Ca3Ti2O7 epitaxial thin films

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    Li, X.; Yang, L.; Li, C. F.; Liu, M. F.; Fan, Z.; Xie, Y. L.; Lu, C. L.; Lin, L.; Yan, Z. B.; Zhang, Z.; Dai, J. Y.; Liu, J.-M.; Cheong, S. W.

    2017-01-01

    Hybrid improper ferroelectrics have their electric polarization generated by two or more combined non-ferroelectric structural distortions, such as the rotation and tilting of Ti-O octahedral in the Ca3Ti2O7 (CTO) family. In this work, we prepare the high quality (010)-oriented CTO thin films on (110) SrTiO3 (STO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The good epitaxial growth of the CTO thin films on the substrates with the interfacial epitaxial relationship of [001]CTO//[001]STO and [100]CTO//[-110]STO is revealed. The in-plane ferroelectric hysteresis unveils an ultralow coercive field of ˜5 kV/cm even at low temperature, nearly two orders of magnitude lower than that of bulk CTO single crystals. The huge difference between the epitaxial thin films and bulk crystals is most likely due to the lattice imperfections in the thin films rather than substrate induced lattice strains, suggesting high sensitivity of the ferroelectric properties to lattice defects.

  12. Growth of (111)-oriented epitaxial and textured ferroelectric Y-doped HfO2 films for downscaled devices

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    Katayama, Kiliha; Shimizu, Takao; Sakata, Osami; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Nakamura, Syogo; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Uchida, Hiroshi; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-09-01

    In this study, the growth of (111)-oriented epitaxial and textured YO1.5-HfO2 (0.07:0.93 ratio) films using the pulsed laser deposition method is presented. Epitaxial films were prepared on ITO//(111)yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates (ITO: Sn-doped In2O3; YSZ: yttria-stabilized zirconia), while textured films were prepared on (111)Pt/TiOx/SiO2//Si substrates with and without an ITO buffer layer via the grain on grain coherent growth. Inserting an ITO layer increased the volume fraction of the ferroelectric orthorhombic phase. Both the epitaxial and uniaxially textured films exhibited similar ferroelectricity with a remanent polarization of around 10 μC/cm2 and a coercive field of 1.9 to 2.0 MV/cm. These results present us with a way of obtaining stable and uniform ferroelectric properties for each grain and device cells consisting of a small number of grains. This opens the door for ultimately miniaturized ferroelectric devices, such as ferroelectric field effect transistors with small gate length and resistive random access memory using ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

  13. Investigation of cracks in GaN films grown by combined hydride and metal organic vapor-phase epitaxial method

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    Liu, Jianming; Liu, Xianlin; Li, Chengming; Wei, Hongyuan; Guo, Yan; Jiao, Chunmei; Li, Zhiwei; Xu, Xiaoqing; Song, Huaping; Yang, Shaoyan; Zhu, Qinsen; Wang, Zhanguo; Yang, Anli; Yang, Tieying; Wang, Huanhua

    2011-12-01

    Cracks appeared in GaN epitaxial layers which were grown by a novel method combining metal organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOCVD) and hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) in one chamber. The origin of cracks in a 22-μm thick GaN film was fully investigated by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectra, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Many cracks under the surface were first observed by SEM after etching for 10 min. By investigating the cross section of the sample with high-resolution micro-Raman spectra, the distribution of the stress along the depth was determined. From the interface of the film/substrate to the top surface of the film, several turnings were found. A large compressive stress existed at the interface. The stress went down as the detecting area was moved up from the interface to the overlayer, and it was maintained at a large value for a long depth area. Then it went down again, and it finally increased near the top surface. The cross-section of the film was observed after cleaving and etching for 2 min. It was found that the crystal quality of the healed part was nearly the same as the uncracked region. This indicated that cracking occurred in the growth, when the tensile stress accumulated and reached the critical value. Moreover, the cracks would heal because of high lateral growth rate.

  14. Epitaxial Fe3Si films on GaAs(100) substrates by means of electron beam evaporation

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    Thomas, J.; Schumann, J.; Vinzelberg, H.; Arushanov, E.; Engelhard, R.; Schmidt, O. G.; Gemming, T.

    2009-06-01

    This paper presents results on the preparation, structural, electrical and magnetic properties of Fe3Si films as a representative for a Heusler alloy-like compound which are known as half-metallic materials with ferromagnetic behaviour. The films have been prepared by means of ultra-high vacuum (UHV) electron beam evaporation with the aim of achieving epitaxial growth on GaAs(100) substrates. The main focus of this work is the structural characterization of the Fe3Si films grown on GaAs by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to confirm the epitaxial growth. For Fe3Si with a composition in the vicinity of stoichiometry an almost lattice-matched growth on GaAs(001) has been observed characterized by a high crystalline quality and a good interface perfection. Besides the studies on cross-sectional samples by TEM data from reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were also included into the discussion. The electrical and magnetic parameters of the films studied are found to be in good agreement with data reported for the best Fe3Si molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) layers. As evidenced by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, resistivity and magnetic measurements, we find an optimum growth temperature of 280-350 °C to obtain ferromagnetic layers with high crystal and interface perfection as well as a high degree of atomic ordering.

  15. Epitaxial Fe3Si films on GaAs(100) substrates by means of electron beam evaporation.

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    Thomas, J; Schumann, J; Vinzelberg, H; Arushanov, E; Engelhard, R; Schmidt, O G; Gemming, T

    2009-06-10

    This paper presents results on the preparation, structural, electrical and magnetic properties of Fe(3)Si films as a representative for a Heusler alloy-like compound which are known as half-metallic materials with ferromagnetic behaviour. The films have been prepared by means of ultra-high vacuum (UHV) electron beam evaporation with the aim of achieving epitaxial growth on GaAs(100) substrates. The main focus of this work is the structural characterization of the Fe(3)Si films grown on GaAs by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to confirm the epitaxial growth. For Fe(3)Si with a composition in the vicinity of stoichiometry an almost lattice-matched growth on GaAs(001) has been observed characterized by a high crystalline quality and a good interface perfection. Besides the studies on cross-sectional samples by TEM data from reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were also included into the discussion. The electrical and magnetic parameters of the films studied are found to be in good agreement with data reported for the best Fe(3)Si molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) layers. As evidenced by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, resistivity and magnetic measurements, we find an optimum growth temperature of 280-350 degrees C to obtain ferromagnetic layers with high crystal and interface perfection as well as a high degree of atomic ordering.

  16. High in-plane anisotropy of epitaxial CoPt(110) alloy films prepared by cosputtering or molecular beam epitaxy on MgO

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    Abes, M.; Ersen, O.; Meny, C.; Schmerber, G.; Acosta, M.; Arabski, J.; Ulhaq-Bouillet, C.; Dinia, A.; Panissod, P.; Pierron-Bohnes, V.

    2007-03-15

    We present structural and magnetic properties of three sets of structures: as-deposited CoPt films cosputtered at 900 K on MgO(110) substrates with a Pt(110) buffer layer and CoPt films deposited by molecular beam epitaxy directly on MgO(110) substrates at 900 K, as prepared and annealed at 900 K. All layers have the L1{sub 0} tetragonal structure. The chemical long-range ordering for the as-deposited CoPt films is incomplete in contrast with the annealed CoPt films, where long-range order is the highest. The structural study of these CoPt films grown on MgO(110) has pointed out that three variants of the L1{sub 0} phase coexist. The proportion of x and y variants, with the concentration modulation along a vector oriented at 45 degree sign with respect to the growth direction, is higher than the proportion of the z variant with the concentration modulation within the plane. The magnetic study shows an in-plane easy magnetization axis with a large magnetic anisotropy. This is interesting for the magnetic recording media with classical longitudinal writing and reading heads. The simulation of the magnetization loops confirms that the easy magnetization axis is within the plane and along the [110] direction, favored by the dominant x and y variants.

  17. Epitaxial growth of YBCO films on metallic substrates buffered with yttria-stabilized zirconia

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Fisher, B. L.; Koritala, R. E.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-05-01

    Biaxially textured yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) films were grown on polished Hastelloy C (HC) substrates by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) and electron-beam evaporation. A water-cooled sample stage was used to dissipate heat generated by the Kaufman ion source and to maintain the substrate temperature below 100 °C during deposition. X-ray pole figures were used for texture analysis. In-plane texture measured from the YSZ (111) φ-scan full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) was 13.2° and out-of-plane texture from the YSZ (002) ω-scan FWHM was 7.7°. In-plane texture improved with lowered substrate temperature during IBAD deposition. RMS surface roughness of 3.3 nm was measured by atomic force microscopy. A thin CeO2 buffer layer (≈10 nm) was deposited to improve the lattice match between the YSZ and YBCO films and to enhance the biaxial alignment of YBCO films. YBCO films were epitaxially grown on IBAD-YSZ buffered HC substrates with and without CeO2 buffer layers by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In-plane texture FWHMs of 12° and 9° were observed for CeO2 (111) and YBCO (103), respectively. Tc=90 K, with sharp transition, and Jc values of ≈2×106 A/cm2 at 77 K in zero field were observed on 0.5-μm-thick, 5-mm-wide, and 1-cm-long samples.

  18. MBE Growth and Transfer of HgCdTe Epitaxial Films from InSb Substrates

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    de Lyon, T. J.; Rajavel, R. D.; Nosho, B. Z.; Terterian, S.; Beliciu, M. L.; Patterson, P. R.; Chang, D. T.; Boag-O'Brien, M. F.; Holden, B. T.; Jacobs, R. N.; Benson, J. D.

    2010-07-01

    An investigation of the heteroepitaxial growth of HgCdTe films onto InSb(211)B substrates is reported. High-quality HgCdTe(211)B single-crystal films have been successfully deposited onto InSb(211)B substrates and have been characterized with x-ray diffraction rocking curve analysis, etch pit density analysis, and surface void defect mapping. X-ray rocking curve (422) reflection full-width at half-maximum of 60 arcsec has been obtained for 7- μm-thick x = 0.22 HgCdTe epitaxial films, and etch pit densities of 3 × 106 cm-2 to 3 × 107 cm-2 have been observed. A significant reduction in HgCdTe void defect densities to 100 cm-2 to 200 cm-2 has been observed on InSb, including a complete absence of large “void cluster” defects that are often observed for growth on CdZnTe. Wafer bow induced by the growth of HgCdTe on InSb is less than 1 μm for 2-inch-diameter substrates. Significant diffusion of In into HgCdTe is observed for HgCdTe/InSb wafers that are subjected to Hg anneals at 250°C to 300°C. A preliminary investigation of the transfer of HgCdTe films from InSb onto Si substrates has also been undertaken, using an adhesive wafer bonding approach evaluated with scanning acoustic microscopy. The infrared transmission characteristics of the bonding adhesive have been investigated with respect to postgrowth annealing procedures to establish the compatibility of the bonding approach with HgCdTe device processing and detector operation.

  19. Stable metal-insulator transition in epitaxial SmNiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Ha, Sieu D.; Otaki, Miho; Jaramillo, R.; Podpirka, Adrian; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2012-06-15

    Samarium nickelate (SmNiO{sub 3}) is a correlated oxide that exhibits a metal-insulator transition (MIT) above room temperature and is of interest for advanced electronics and optoelectronics. However, studies on SmNiO{sub 3} thin films have been limited to date, in part due to well-known difficulties in stabilizing the Ni{sup 3+} valence state during growth, which are manifested in non-reproducible electrical characteristics. In this work, we show that stable epitaxial SmNiO{sub 3} thin films can be grown by rf magnetron sputtering without extreme post-deposition annealing conditions using relatively high growth pressure (>200 mTorr). At low growth pressure, SmNiO{sub 3} is insulating and undergoes an irreversible MIT at {approx}430 K. As pressure is increased, films become metallic across a large temperature range from 100 to 420 K. At high pressure, films are insulating again but with a reversible and stable MIT at {approx}400 K. Phase transition properties can be continuously tuned by control of the sputtering pressure. - Graphical Abstract: X-ray diffraction (left) and resistivity-temperature characteristics (right) of sputtered SmNiO{sub 3} thin films as a function of sputtering pressure. As sputtering pressure increases, the out-of-plane lattice constant of SmNiO{sub 3} decreases, consistent with enhanced oxygen concentration. Concordantly, the electrical properties are strongly modified, and a reversible metal-insulator phase transition is observed at {approx}400 K in the film grown at high pressure. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Stable SmNiO{sub 3} films grown by rf sputtering without extreme annealing conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High sputtering pressures needed to fully stabilize SmNiO{sub 3}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reversible metal-insulator transition observed at {approx}400 K, similar to bulk. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrical properties strongly modifiable by varying sputtering pressure.

  20. Microstructure of Co/X (X=Cu,Ag,Au) epitaxial thin films grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Akita, Yuta; Futamoto, Masaaki; Kirino, Fumiyoshi

    2007-05-01

    Epitaxial thin films of Co/X (X=Cu,Ag,Au) were prepared on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) substrates at substrate temperatures of 100 and 300 degree sign C by UHV molecular beam epitaxy. A complicated microstructure was realized for the epitaxial thin films. In-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction observation has shown that X atoms of the buffer layer segregated to the surface during Co layer deposition, and it yielded a unique epitaxial granular structure. The structure consists of small Co grains buried in the X buffer layer, where both the magnetic small Co grains and the nonmagnetic X layer are epitaxially grown on the single crystal substrate. The structure varied depending on the X element and the substrate temperature. The crystal structure of Co grains is influenced by the buffer layer material and determined to be hcp and fcc structures for the buffer layer materials of Au and Cu, respectively.

  1. Multi-scale simulations of thin-film metal epitaxial growth

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    Borovikov, Valery

    The main objective of the work presented in this thesis is to contribute to the understanding of how the growth conditions may affect the surface morphology during deposition. In thin film growth physical processes in a very wide range of time and length scales are relevant. A set of quite different methods of modelling is required when aiming at a more or less complete realistic picture of the growth process. Accordingly, both computer simulations/modelling and analytic calculations were employed in our studies of thin film growth. In particular, a hybrid multi-scale model, which combines a kinetic Monte Carlo simulation for the thermal surface diffusion with a Molecular Dynamics simulation of deposition events, was developed and successfully employed to study Cu/Cu(100) growth at a range of substrate temperatures and deposition angles. Predictive capabilities of this model allowed us to explain a number of puzzling experimental observations. Another accomplishment presented in this thesis is an analytic calculation of the surface current and selected mound angle for the case of epitaxial growth on fcc(111) surface. The results of this calculation help to understand the morphologies observed experimentally for a wide range of systems and deposition conditions.

  2. Temperature stabilized effusion cell evaporation source for thin film deposition and molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Tiedje, H. F.; Brodie, D. E.

    2000-05-01

    A simple effusion cell evaporation source for thin film deposition and molecular-beam epitaxy is described. The source consists of a crucible with a thermocouple temperature sensor heated by a resistive crucible heater. Radiation heat transfer from the crucible to the thermocouple produces a consistent and reproducible thermocouple temperature for a given crucible temperature, without direct contact between the thermocouple and the crucible. The thermocouple temperature is somewhat less than the actual crucible temperature because of heat flow from the thermocouple junction along the thermocouple lead wires. In a typical case, the thermocouple temperature is 1007 °C while the crucible is at 1083 °C. The crucible temperature stability is estimated from the measured sensitivity of the evaporation rate of indium to temperature, and the observed variations in the evaporation rate for a fixed thermocouple temperature. The crucible temperature peak-to-peak variation over a one hour period is 1.2 °C. Machined molybdenum crucibles were used in the indium and copper sources for depositing CuInSe2 thin films for solar cells.

  3. Irreversible properties of YBCO thick films deposited by liquid phase epitaxy on single crystalline substrates

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    Vostner, A.; Tönies, S.; Weber, H. W.; Cheng, Y. S.; Kurumovic, A.; Evetts, J. E.; Mennema, S. H.; Zandbergen, H. W.

    2003-10-01

    We report on the field and temperature dependence of the critical transport current density Jc, the angular dependence of the transport current at various external magnetic fields and the irreversibility fields in YBa2Cu3O7-delta (Y-123) thick films prepared by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE). A comparison of the irreversible properties between specimens produced with and without silver additions to the melt is also presented. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was employed to obtain information on the correlation between the transport properties and the microstructure. The samples were deposited either directly on NdGaO3 (NGO) or on seeded (100) MgO substrates, where a 200 nm thin YBCO film deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) acts as seed layer for the LPE process. The final thickness of the Y-123 layer is of the order of 1 µm for the NGO and between 2 and 10 µm for the MgO samples. The critical current densities reach 3 × 109 A m-2 at zero field and 77 K in the best case.

  4. Neutron Depth Profiling (NDP) of boron thin films in epitaxially grown silicon

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    Chen-Mayer, H. Heather; Lamaze, George P.; Simons, David S.

    2001-03-01

    Neutron Depth Profiling is a technique for the determination of concentration and distribution of certain light elements in the region of about 1 µm below a solid surface. An incident neutron beam activates the nucleus of interest and causes the emission of reaction products in the form of charged particles which carry information of the reaction origin. The eligible elements include boron, lithium, and nitrogen. The most common substrate measured at NIST is silicon. We have studied a calibration sample for the purpose of inter-comparison between NDP and SIMS. The sample is a multilayer consisting of a 1 µm-thick epitaxially grown silicon film with four thin layers of boron about 0.25 micrometers apart. A previous study on the mathematical modeling of the NDP data indicates a discrepancy between the NDP and the SIMS data, either due to the uncertainty of the density of the film or of the stopping power of the alpha particle in silicon. The density has been verified by x-ray reflectivity to be that of the bulk. To understand this discrepancy, we have measured the angular dependence of the charged-particle emission which provides an experimentally determined relation between the energy loss and the depth. The result is compared with the stopping power obtained from TRIM to determine whether the discrepancy can be resolved with a modified stopping power.

  5. Molecular beam epitaxy growth and magnetic properties of Cr-Co-Ga Heusler alloy films

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    Feng, Wuwei Wang, Weihua; Zhao, Chenglong; Van Quang, Nguyen; Cho, Sunglae; Dung, Dang Duc

    2015-11-15

    We have re-investigated growth and magnetic properties of Cr{sub 2}CoGa films using molecular beam epitaxy technique. Phase separation and precipitate formation were observed experimentally again in agreement with observation of multiple phases separation in sputtered Cr{sub 2}CoGa films by M. Meinert et al. However, significant phase separation could be suppressed by proper control of growth conditions. We showed that Cr{sub 2}CoGa Heusler phase, rather than Co{sub 2}CrGa phase, constitutes the majority of the sample grown on GaAs(001) at 450 {sup o}C. The measured small spin moment of Cr{sub 2}CoGa is in agreement with predicted HM-FCF nature; however, its Curie temperature is not as high as expected from the theoretical prediction probably due to the off-stoichiometry of Cr{sub 2}CoGa and the existence of the disorders and phase separation.

  6. Misfit strain driven cation inter-diffusion across an epitaxial multiferroic thin film interface

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    Sankara Rama Krishnan, P. S.; Morozovska, Anna N.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Liang, Wen-I.; Chu, Ying-Hao; Munroe, Paul; Nagarajan, V.

    2014-02-01

    Cation intermixing at functional oxide interfaces remains a highly controversial area directly relevant to interface-driven nanoelectronic device properties. Here, we systematically explore the cation intermixing in epitaxial (001) oriented multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) grown on a (001) lanthanum aluminate (LAO) substrate. Aberration corrected dedicated scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy reveal that the interface is not chemically sharp, but with an intermixing of ˜2 nm. The driving force for this process is identified as misfit-driven elastic strain. Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire-based phenomenological theory was combined with the Sheldon and Shenoy formula in order to understand the influence of boundary conditions and depolarizing fields arising from misfit strain between the LAO substrate and BFO film. The theory predicts the presence of a strong potential gradient at the interface, which decays on moving into the bulk of the film. This potential gradient is significant enough to drive the cation migration across the interface, thereby mitigating the misfit strain. Our results offer new insights on how chemical roughening at oxide interfaces can be effective in stabilizing the structural integrity of the interface without the need for misfit dislocations. These findings offer a general formalism for understanding cation intermixing at highly strained oxide interfaces that are used in nanoelectronic devices.

  7. Interface structure and film polarization in epitaxial SrTiO3/Si(001)

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    Kolpak, A. M.; Ismail-Beigi, S.

    2012-05-01

    Phenomenological models suggest that thin epitaxial SrTiO3 films on silicon will exhibit ferroelectric behavior as a result of compressive strain. However, such models do not include atomic-scale interface effects, which can dramatically alter the predicted behavior. In this paper, we use density functional theory computations to systematically elucidate the effects of the interface atomic structure and composition on the properties of SrTiO3/Si heterostructures. We show that while the band alignment and metallicity of the heterostructure are highly sensitive to the chemical composition and geometry of the interface, the system also exhibits several important features that are universal to all compositions. These universal features, which include an electronic dipole across the interface and a large cation-oxygen displacement in the interfacial oxide layer, conspire to induce a net positive polarization in ultrathin SrTiO3 films. We demonstrate that, due to its origin in the chemical bonds at the interface, this polarization is pinned in a single direction. Our results provide a fundamental understanding of the important role played by interfacial chemical bonds within the general class of atomically abrupt, oxide-semiconductor heterostructures and, furthermore, suggest guidelines for the future design of coupled functional oxide-semiconductor devices.

  8. Direct observation of epitaxial organic film growth: temperature-dependent growth mechanisms and metastability.

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    Marchetto, Helder; Schmidt, Thomas; Groh, Ullrich; Maier, Florian C; Lévesque, Pierre L; Fink, Rainer H; Freund, Hans-Joachim; Umbach, Eberhard

    2015-11-21

    The growth of the first ten layers of organic thin films on a smooth metallic substrate has been investigated in real-time using the model system PTCDA on Ag(111). The complex behaviour is comprehensively studied by electron microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction in a combined PEEM/LEEM instrument revealing several new phenomena and yielding a consistent picture of this layer growth. PTCDA grows above room temperature in a Stranski-Krastanov mode, forming three-dimensional islands on a stable bi-layer, in competition with metastable 3rd and 4th layers. Around room temperature this growth mode changes into a quasi layer-by-layer growth, while at temperatures below about 250 K a Vollmer-Weber-like behaviour is observed. By means of laterally resolved soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy the orientation of all adsorbed molecules is found to be homogeneously flat lying on the surface, even during the growth process. The films grow epitaxially, showing long-range order with rotational domains. For the monolayer these domains could be directly analysed, showing an average size of several micrometers extending over substrate steps.

  9. The electronic structure of epitaxially strained iridate thin films and superlattices from first principles

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    Voss, Johannes; Fennie, Craig J.

    2012-02-01

    Within the Ruddlesden-Popper iridates Srn+1IrnO3n+1, strong spin-orbit interactions lead to the formation of a half-filled, narrow Jeff=1/2 band and filled Jeff=3/2 bands. This places the iridates in the vicinity of a Mott transition, which is sensitive to perturbations in crystal structure, despite relatively weak on-site Coulomb interactions [1]. For example, Sr2IrO4 (n=1) is an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator that displays an almost rigid coupling between spin canting and IrO6 octahedron rotations [2], while epitaxially stabilized SrIrO3 (n=∞) is a correlated metal. In this talk, we will discuss from first-principles within the LDA+SO+U approach the possibility to engineer the electronic structure of SrIrO3 and CaIrO3 thin films using epitaxial strain and by creating superlattices of the form (AIrO3)m(A'BO3)m' with A, A' = Ca, Sr. [1] S.J. Moon, H. Jin, K.W. Kim, W.S. Choi, Y.S. Lee, J. Yu, G. Cao, A. Sumi, H. Funakubo, C. Bernhard, and T.W. Noh, PRL 101, 226402 (2008). [2] B.J. Kim, H. Jin, S.J. Moon, J.-Y. Kim, B.-G. Park, C.S. Leem, J. Yu, T.W. Noh, C. Kim, S.-J. Oh, J.-H. Park, V. Durairaj, G. Cao, and E. Rotenberg, PRL 101, 076402 (2008).

  10. Quality-enhanced AlN epitaxial films grown on c-sapphire using ZnO buffer layer for SAW applications

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    Fu, Sulei; Li, Qi; Gao, Shuang; Wang, Guangyue; Zeng, Fei; Pan, Feng

    2017-04-01

    AlN epitaxial films with a thin ZnO buffer layer were successfully deposited on c-sapphire by DC magnetron sputtering for surface acoustic wave (SAW) applications. The effect of ZnO buffer layer thickness on structural properties of AlN epitaxial films and the related SAW properties were investigated systematically. The results revealed that a thin ZnO buffer layer can significantly enhance the crystalline quality of AlN films and release the strain in AlN films. The AlN films were epitaxially grown on ZnO buffered-substrate with orientation relationship of (0001) [ 10 1 bar 0 ] AlN//(0001) [ 10 1 bar 0 ] ZnO//(0001) [2 bar 110 ] Al2O3. High frequency SAW devices with a center frequency of 1.4 GHz, a phase velocity of 5600 m/s were achieved on the obtained AlN films. The optimum ZnO buffer layer thickness was found to be 10 nm, resulting in high-quality epitaxial AlN films with a FWHM value of the rocking curve of 0.84°, nearly zero stress and low insertion loss of SAW devices. This work offers an effective approach to achieve high-quality AlN epitaxial films on sapphire substrates for the applications of AlN-based SAW devices.

  11. Origin of the butterfly-shaped magnetoresistance in reactive sputtered epitaxial Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films

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    Li, P.; Zhang, L. T.; Mi, W. B.; Jiang, E. Y.; Bai, H. L.

    2009-08-01

    Epitaxial Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} thin films were synthesized by facing-target reactive sputtering Fe targets. The epitaxy of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} film on MgO (100) was examined macroscopically using x-ray diffraction, including conventional theta-2theta scan, tilting 2theta scan, phi scan, and pole figure. The observed low-field butterfly-shaped magnetoresistance (MR) are explained by the primary fast rotation of the spins far away from antiphase boundaries and the high-field MR changing linearly with magnetic field can be understood by the gradual rotation of the spins near the antiphase boundaries. It is magnetocrystalline anisotropy that causes an increase in MR below Verwey transition temperature.

  12. Growth temperature dependent structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy films

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    Qiao, Shuang; Nie, Shuaihua; Zhao, Jianhua; Zhang, Xinhui

    2013-06-21

    The structural and magnetic properties of a series of Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler alloy films grown on GaAs(001) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy have been studied. The epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl films with an ordered L{sub 21} structure have been successfully obtained at growth temperature of 433 K, with an in-plane cubic magnetic anisotropy superimposed with an unusual uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. With increasing growth temperature, the ordered L{sub 21} structure degrades. Meanwhile, the uniaxial anisotropy decreases and eventually disappears above 673 K. The interfacial bonding between As and Co or Fe atom is suggested to be responsible for the additional uniaxial anisotropy.

  13. Role of microstructures on the M1-M2 phase transition in epitaxial VO2 thin films

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    Ji, Yanda; Zhang, Yin; Gao, Min; Yuan, Zhen; Xia, Yudong; Jin, Changqing; Tao, Bowan; Chen, Chonglin; Jia, Quanxi; Lin, Yuan

    2014-01-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) with its unique sharp resistivity change at the metal-insulator transition (MIT) has been extensively considered for the near-future terahertz/infrared devices and energy harvesting systems. Controlling the epitaxial quality and microstructures of vanadium dioxide thin films and understanding the metal-insulator transition behaviors are therefore critical to novel device development. The metal-insulator transition behaviors of the epitaxial vanadium dioxide thin films deposited on Al2O3 (0001) substrates were systematically studied by characterizing the temperature dependency of both Raman spectrum and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Our findings on the correlation between the nucleation dynamics of intermediate monoclinic (M2) phase with microstructures will open a new avenue for the design and integration of advanced heterostructures with controllable multifunctionalities for sensing and imaging system applications. PMID:24798056

  14. Static and dynamic magnetic properties of epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl 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 Co{sub 2}FeAl 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 deg. 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/cm{sup 3}, and Cr buffered sample displays a magnetization saturation of 1032 {+-} 40 emu/cm{sup 3}. Damping factor was studied by strip-line ferromagnetic resonance measures. We observed a maximum value for the MgO buffered sample of about 8.5 x 10{sup -3}, and a minimum value of 3.8 x 10{sup -3} for the Cr buffered one.

  15. Epitaxial growth of hexagonal tungsten bronze Cs x WO3 films in superconducting phase region exceeding bulk limit

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    Soma, Takuto; Yoshimatsu, Kohei; Ohtomo, Akira

    2016-07-01

    We report epitaxial synthesis of superconducting Cs x WO3 (x = 0.11, 0.20, and 0.31) films on Y-stabilized ZrO2 (111) substrates. The hexagonal crystal structure was verified not only for the composition within the stable region of the bulk (x = 0.20 and 0.31), but also for the out-of-range composition (x = 0.11). The onset of the superconducting transition was recorded at 5.8 K for x = 0.11. We found a strong correlation between the superconducting transition temperature (T C) and the c-axis length, irrespective of the Cs content. These results indicated that the hidden superconducting phase region of hexagonal tungsten bronze is accessible using epitaxial synthesis of lightly doped films.

  16. Epitaxial films of Sm 1-xGd xAl 2, a zero-moment ferromagnet

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    Avisou, A.; Dumesnil, K.; Dufour, C.

    2007-09-01

    Bulk Sm 1-xGd xAl 2 (0.003< x<0.02) compound exhibits an exciting magnetic property: its magnetic moment drops to zero at a compensation temperature Tcomp while it maintains a long-range ferromagnetic order. This compound is, therefore, an interesting candidate for electron spin analyzer or polarizer purposes. We achieved the epitaxial growth of (1 1 1) Sm 1-xGd xAl 2 films by molecular beam epitaxy. Macroscopic magnetization measurements confirmed the existence of a magnetic compensated state occurring at a temperature that depends on the concentration of Gd. Specific features observed in the Sm 1-xGd xAl 2 films are a strong [1 1 1] perpendicular magnetization direction and a very large coercivity.

  17. Negligible substrate clamping effect on piezoelectric response in (111)-epitaxial tetragonal Pb(Zr, Ti)O{sub 3} films

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    Yamada, Tomoaki; Yasumoto, Jun; Ito, Daisuke; Yoshino, Masahito; Nagasaki, Takanori; Sakata, Osami; Imai, Yasuhiko; Kiguchi, Takanori; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Shimizu, Takao; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2015-08-21

    The converse piezoelectric responses of (111)- and (001)-epitaxial tetragonal Pb(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.65})O{sub 3} [PZT] films were compared to investigate the orientation dependence of the substrate clamping effect. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that the as-grown (111)-PZT film has a polydomain structure with normal twin boundaries that are changed by the poling process to inclined boundaries, as predicted by Romanov et al. [Phys. Status Solidi A 172, 225 (1999)]. Time-resolved synchrotron XRD under bias voltage showed the negligible impact of substrate clamping on the piezoelectric response in the (111)-PZT film, unlike the case for (001)-PZT film. The origin of the negligible clamping effect in the (111)-PZT film is discussed from the viewpoint of the elastic properties and the compensation of lattice distortion between neighboring domains.

  18. Negligible substrate clamping effect on piezoelectric response in (111)-epitaxial tetragonal Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 films

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    Yamada, Tomoaki; Yasumoto, Jun; Ito, Daisuke; Sakata, Osami; Imai, Yasuhiko; Kiguchi, Takanori; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Shimizu, Takao; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Yoshino, Masahito; Nagasaki, Takanori

    2015-08-01

    The converse piezoelectric responses of (111)- and (001)-epitaxial tetragonal Pb(Zr0.35Ti0.65)O3 [PZT] films were compared to investigate the orientation dependence of the substrate clamping effect. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that the as-grown (111)-PZT film has a polydomain structure with normal twin boundaries that are changed by the poling process to inclined boundaries, as predicted by Romanov et al. [Phys. Status Solidi A 172, 225 (1999)]. Time-resolved synchrotron XRD under bias voltage showed the negligible impact of substrate clamping on the piezoelectric response in the (111)-PZT film, unlike the case for (001)-PZT film. The origin of the negligible clamping effect in the (111)-PZT film is discussed from the viewpoint of the elastic properties and the compensation of lattice distortion between neighboring domains.

  19. Single-crystalline BaTiO3 films grown by gas-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Matsubara, Yuya; Takahashi, Kei S.; Tokura, Yoshinori; Kawasaki, Masashi

    2014-12-01

    Thin BaTiO3 films were grown on GdScO3 (110) substrates by metalorganic gas-source molecular beam epitaxy. Titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) was used as a volatile precursor that provides a wide growth window of the supplied TTIP/Ba ratio for automatic adjustment of the film composition. Within the growth window, compressively strained films can be grown with excellent crystalline quality, whereas films grown outside of the growth window are relaxed with inferior crystallinity. This growth method will provide a way to study the intrinsic properties of ferroelectric BaTiO3 films and their heterostructures by precise control of the stoichiometry, structure, and purity.

  20. Structural and optical properties of thick freestanding AlN films prepared by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Freitas, J. A.; Culbertson, J. C.; Mastro, M. A.; Kumagai, Y.; Koukitu, A.

    2012-07-01

    The morphology, structural and optical properties of void-assisted freestanding HVPE-AlN films were investigated by a combination of non-destructive microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. The freestanding approximately 80 μm thick clear film has a wurtzite crystalline structure with remarkable properties around the central film region. The E2(high)-phonon frequency coincides with reported stress-free film phonon frequency. The low temperature luminescence study of the growth and interface sides of the film is consistent with the incorporation of a high concentration of oxygen impurities. These results are promising as the growth method amenable to the production of freestanding stress-free large area substrates for epitaxial growth.

  1. Thickness-dependent metal-insulator transition in epitaxial SrRuO3 ultrathin films

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    Shen, Xuan; Qiu, Xiangbiao; Su, Dong; Zhou, Shengqiang; Li, Aidong; Wu, Di

    2015-01-06

    Transport characteristics of ultrathin SrRuO₃ films, deposited epitaxially on TiO₂-terminated SrTiO₃ (001) single-crystal substrates, were studied as a function of film thickness. Evolution from a metallic to an insulating behavior is observed as the film thickness decreases from 20 to 4 unit cells. In films thicker than 4 unit cells, the transport behavior obeys the Drude low temperature conductivity with quantum corrections, which can be attributed to weak localization. Fitting the data with 2-dimensional localization model indicates that electron-phonon collisions are the main inelastic relaxation mechanism. In the film of 4 unit cells in thickness, the transport behavior follows variable range hopping model, indicating a strongly localized state. As a result, magnetoresistance measurements reveal a likely magnetic anisotropy with the magnetic easy axis along the out-of-plane direction.

  2. Direct band-gap measurement on epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} Heusler-alloy films

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    Alhuwaymel, Tariq F.; Carpenter, Robert; Yu, Chris Nga Tung; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Lazarov, Vlado K.; Abdullah, Ranjdar M.; El-Gomati, Mohamed; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2015-05-07

    In this study, a newly developed band-gap measurement technique has been used to characterise epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (CFAS) films. The CFAS films were deposited on MgO(001) substrate by ultra high vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The band-gap for the as deposited films was found to be ∼110 meV when measured at room temperature. This simple technique provides a macroscopic analysis of the half-metallic properties of a thin film. This allows for simple optimisation of growth and annealing conditions.

  3. Self-regulated growth of LaVO{sub 3} thin films by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy

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    Zhang, Hai-Tian; Engel-Herbert, Roman; Dedon, Liv R.; Martin, Lane W.

    2015-06-08

    LaVO{sub 3} thin films were grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. A volatile metalorganic precursor, vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VTIP), and elemental La were co-supplied in the presence of a molecular oxygen flux. By keeping the La flux fixed and varying the VTIP flux, stoichiometric LaVO{sub 3} films were obtained for a range of cation flux ratios, indicating the presence of a self-regulated growth window. Films grown under stoichiometric conditions were found to have the largest lattice parameter, which decreased monotonically with increasing amounts of excess La or V. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering measurements were carried out to confirm film compositions. Stoichiometric growth of complex vanadate thin films independent of cation flux ratios expands upon the previously reported self-regulated growth of perovskite titanates using hybrid molecular beam epitaxy, thus demonstrating the general applicability of this growth approach to other complex oxide materials, where a precise control over film stoichiometry is demanded by the application.

  4. Enhanced Piezoelectric Response due to Polarization Rotation in Cobalt-Substituted BiFeO3 Epitaxial Thin Films.

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    Shimizu, Keisuke; Hojo, Hajime; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Azuma, Masaki

    2016-10-01

    Polarization rotation induced by an external electric field in piezoelectric materials such as PbZr1-x Tix O3 is generally regarded as the origin of their large piezoelectric responses. Here, the piezoelectric responses of high-quality cobalt-substituted BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films with monoclinic distortions are systematically examined. It is demonstrated that polarization rotation plays a crucial role in improving the piezoelectric responses in this material.

  5. Stranski-Krastanow islanding initiated on the stochastic rough surfaces of the epitaxially strained thin films

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    Tarik Ogurtani, Omer; Celik, Aytac; Emre Oren, Ersin

    2014-06-14

    Quantum dots (QD) have discrete energy spectrum, which can be adjusted over a wide range by tuning composition, density, size, lattice strain, and morphology. These features make quantum dots attractive for the design and fabrication of novel electronic, magnetic and photonic devices and other functional materials used in cutting-edge applications. The formation of QD on epitaxially strained thin film surfaces, known as Stranski-Krastanow (SK) islands, has attracted great attention due to their unique electronic properties. Here, we present a systematic dynamical simulation study for the spontaneous evolution of the SK islands on the stochastically rough surfaces (nucleationless growth). During the development of SK islands through the mass accumulation at randomly selected regions of the film via surface drift-diffusion (induced by the capillary and mismatch stresses) with and/or without growth, one also observes the formation of an extremely thin wetting layer having a thickness of a few Angstroms. Above a certain threshold level of the mismatch strain and/or the size of the patch, the formation of multiple islands separated by shallow wetting layers is also observed as metastable states such as doublets even multiplets. These islands are converted into a distinct SK islands after long annealing times by coalescence through the long range surface diffusion. Extensive computer simulation studies demonstrated that after an initial transient regime, there is a strong quadratic relationship between the height of the SK singlet and the intensity of the lattice mismatch strain (in a wide range of stresses up to 8.5 GPa for germanium thin crystalline films), with the exception at those critical points where the morphological (shape change with necking) transition takes place.

  6. Interplay of the strain and microstructure in ferroelectric epitaxial CaTiO3 Films

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    He, Qian; Liang, Qiao; Biegalski, Michael; Borisevich, Albina

    2014-03-01

    CaTiO3 (CTO) was predicted to become ferroelectric under lattice strain. However, other factors such as oxygen octahedral tilts or microstructural details can play a role. In this work, two 20 nm CTO films were grown on LSAT and NGO by PLD. They both show ferroelectricity, with Tc near 140 K on LSAT and near 70 K on NGO, and the remnant polarization at 10K of 5 and 2 μC/cm, respectively. This is surprising given that the strain of CTO on both substrates is similar. AC-STEM shows two major differences in microstructure between two CTO films: Firstly, the first few nm of CTO on NGO show perfect epitaxial growth, and after that grains start to develop, but the c-axis of CTO remains aligned with the c-axis of NGO, suggesting the presence of 180° grain boundaries only. However for CTO/LSAT, grains begin to develop at the interface and their c-axes have two possible orientations, resulting in both 180° and 90° grain boundaries. These grain boundaries are either dislocations or ferroelastic twins. Secondly, the octahedral tilt behavior at the film/substrate interface is different: CTO/LSAT has a 5-6 unit cell transition region from the untilted LSAT to the tilted CTO, which is not the case in CTO/NGO. The connection between the microstructure, substrate strain and connections to the ferroelectric properties will be discussed in detail. Research at ORNL supported by the MSE Division, BES, U.S. DOE, and through a user project supported by ORNL's CNMS, which is also sponsored by BES, U.S. DOE.

  7. Epitaxial Growth of GaN Nanowires with High Structural Perfection on a Metallic TiN Film.

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    Wölz, M; Hauswald, C; Flissikowski, T; Gotschke, T; Fernández-Garrido, S; Brandt, O; Grahn, H T; Geelhaar, L; Riechert, H

    2015-06-10

    Vertical GaN nanowires are grown in a self-induced way on a sputtered Ti film by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Both in situ electron diffraction and ex situ ellipsometry show that Ti is converted to TiN upon exposure of the surface to the N plasma. In addition, the ellipsometric data demonstrate this TiN film to be metallic. The diffraction data evidence that the GaN nanowires have a strict epitaxial relationship to this film. Photoluminescence spectroscopy of the GaN nanowires shows excitonic transitions virtually identical in spectral position, line width, and decay time to those of state-of-the-art GaN nanowires grown on Si. Therefore, the crystalline quality of the GaN nanowires grown on metallic TiN and on Si is equivalent. The freedom to employ metallic substrates for the epitaxial growth of semiconductor nanowires in high structural quality may enable novel applications that benefit from the associated high thermal and electrical conductivity as well as optical reflectivity.

  8. Morphological and optical properties of titanyl phthalocyanine films deposited by supersonic molecular beam epitaxy (SuMBE)

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    Walzer, Karsten; Toccoli, Tullio; Pallaoro, Alessia; Verucchi, Roberto; Fritz, Torsten; Leo, Karl; Boschetti, Andrea; Iannotta, Salvatore

    2004-12-01

    We studied the growth and properties of titanyl phthalocyanine (TiOPc) thin films made by supersonic molecular beam epitaxy (SuMBE). Interesting differences in the growth properties on amorphous (quartz) and crystalline (mica) substrates were found, indicating that SuMBE gives rise to an epitaxy of disc-like organic molecules on crystalline substrates. The combined control of the kinetic energy of the molecules in the supersonic beam specific to SuMBE and of the substrate temperature during deposition are the key parameters used to determine the final properties of the films. We show that SuMBE is a well-suited epitaxy method for the deposition of relatively large organic molecules, leading to layers of thin organic (single-)crystals with lateral dimensions in the micrometer range. By SuMBE we can control the growth of different polymorphs of TiOPc. We found and studied two ways to produce films of red and infrared absorbing phase II TiOPc, which is of interest for applications in organic solar cells.

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

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

    2013-12-14

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Angle Resolved Photoelectron and Auger Electron Diffraction as a Structural Probe for Surfaces, Interfaces, and Epitaxial Films.

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    Li, Hong

    The recently developed techniques of angle-resolved photoelectron and Auger electron diffraction (ARXPD/AED) have shown promise in identifying the structures of epitaxial films. This is due to the realization that electrons scattered by other atoms are enhanced along the forward direction. In this dissertation research, we have further investigated the capabilities of the ARXPD/AED technique. First, the complete polar angle distribution of the Auger electron intensity from Cu(001) was measured from the (100) to the (110) azimuth. The presentation of the ARAED in the form of a contour map clearly shows the relationship of the constructive and destructive interference of electron scattering to the crystallographic index of the crystal. Secondly, the angular distributions of electron emissions with initial states of 3p, 3d, 4d, and the Auger emission with electron kinetic energies ranging from 348 eV to 1477 eV were measured for single crystal Ag(001). The results show that all of these electron emissions have similar electron forward scattering enhancements along the directions of nearest and next nearest neighbour atoms in the crystal. The forward scattering enhancements do not shift as the electron kinectic energy changes. The ARXPD/AED combined with low energy electron diffraction (LEED) has been demonstrated to be a very powerful technique in probing both the long range order and the short range order of the epitaxial films. The epitaxial films studied include Co on Cu(001), Fe on Ag(001), Co on Ag(001), and Co on an ultra-thin film of Fe(001), which was epitaxially grown on Ag(001). We find that up to 20 ML thickness of high quality metastable fcc Co can be stabilized on Cu(001) at room temperature. We have directly verified that the Fe on Ag(001) is bcc. The Co on Ag(001) is neither bcc nor fcc for coverages of less than 3 ML. Thick films of Co on Ag(001) are disordered, of which a very small portion has a local structure of bcc. The bcc Co phases has been

  12. Influence of film thickness on the morphological and electrical properties of epitaxial TiC films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates

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    Zoita, N. C.; Braic, V.; Danila, M.; Vlaicu, A. M.; Logofatu, C.; Grigorescu, C. E. A.; Braic, M.

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxial TiC films were deposited on MgO (001) by DC magnetron sputtering in a reactive atmosphere of Ar and CH4 at 800 °C. The films elemental composition and chemical bonding was investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The crystallographic structure, investigated by X-ray diffraction, exhibited an increased degree of (001) orientation with the film thickness, with a cube-on-cube epitaxial relationship with the substrate. The films morphology and electrical properties were determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Hall measurements in Van der Pauw geometry. The influences of the film thickness (57-545 nm) on the morphological and electrical properties were investigated. The thinnest film presented the lowest resistivity, 160 μΩ cm, showing an atomically flat surface, while higher values were obtained for the thicker films, explained by their different morphology dominated by low aspect ratio nanoislands/nanocolumns.

  13. High-quality GaN films obtained by air-bridged lateral epitaxial growth

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    Ishibashi, Akihiko; Kidoguchi, Isao; Sugahara, Gaku; Ban, Yuzaburoh

    2000-12-01

    High-quality GaN films with low dislocation density and low wing tilt of c-axis orientation have been successfully obtained by a promising technique of selected area growth, namely air-bridged lateral epitaxial growth (ABLEG). A GaN film was grown from the exposed (0 0 0 1) top facet of the ridged GaN seed structures, whose side walls and etched bottoms were covered with silicon nitride mask, using low-pressure metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy. The ridge-stripe structures of the GaN seed were constructed in the 1 1¯00 GaN direction. At the optimum growth temperature of 950°C, only the 1 1 2¯ 0 and {0 0 0 1} facets were obtained. Continuing the growth led to fabricating the air-bridged structure, where the coalescence of the wing region occurred. From the transmission electron microscopy study, it was found that most of the vertical dislocations along the c-axis were confined to the seed region, while the horizontal dislocations were newly generated in the vicinity of coalescence boundary. The densities of the vertical dislocations were about 9×10 8 cm -2 in the seed region, while below 1×10 6 cm -2 in other regions. The densities of the horizontal dislocations were about 1×10 6 cm -2 in the wing region and 4×10 7 cm -2 in the vicinity of the coalescence boundary, respectively. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements revealed that the tilt angle of c-axis relative to underlying seed GaN was about 297 arcsec (0.083°), and the full-width at half-maximum of the XRD curve for the wing region was 138 arcsec, indicating that the wing region has high uniformity of c-axis orientation. Both of the wing and the coalescence boundary region exhibited atomically smooth surfaces with stepped terraces, whose root mean square roughness was found to be 0.089 nm by atomic force microscopy measurements.

  14. Band gap tuning of epitaxial SrTiO{sub 3-δ}/Si(001) thin films through strain engineering

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    Cottier, Ryan J.; Steinle, Nathan A.; Currie, Daniel A.; Theodoropoulou, Nikoleta

    2015-11-30

    We investigate the effect of strain and oxygen vacancies (V{sub O}) on the crystal and optical properties of oxygen deficient, ultra-thin (4–30 nm) films of SrTiO{sub 3-δ} (STO) grown heteroepitaxially on p-Si(001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. We demonstrate that STO band gap tuning can be achieved through strain engineering and show that the energy shift of the direct energy gap transition of SrTiO{sub 3-δ}/Si films has a quantifiable dimensional and doping dependence that correlates well with the changes in crystal structure.

  15. Insights in High-Temperature Superconductivity from the Study of Films and Heterostructures Synthesized by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Bozovic,I.

    2009-01-09

    Using molecular beam epitaxy, we synthesize atomically smooth thin films, multilayers and superlattices of cuprate high-temperature superconductors (HTS). Such heterostructures enable novel experiments that probe the basicphysics of HTS. For example, we have established that HTS and antiferromagnetic phases separate on Ångstrom scale, while the pseudo-gap state apparently mixes with HTS over an anomalously large length scale ('Giant Proximity Effect'). Here, we briefly review our most recent experiments on such films and superlattices. The new results include an unambiguous demonstration of strong coupling of in-plane charge excitations to out-of-plane lattice vibrations and the discovery of interface HTS.

  16. Metal insulator transition with ferrimagnetic order in epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4

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    Silwal, Punam; Miao, Ludi; Stern, Ilan; Zhou, Xiaolan; Hu, Jin; Ho Kim, Dae

    2012-01-01

    We have grown epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4 on single crystalline MgAl2O4 (001) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Magnetization measurement revealed hysteresis loops consistent with the reported ferrimagnetic order. The electrical transport exhibits a metallic behavior with the lowest resistivity of 0.8 mΩ cm and a metal insulator transition around the Néel temperature. The systematic variation in the properties of the films grown at different growth temperatures indicates a close relationship between the magnetic order and electrical transport.

  17. Microstructural, Magnetic Anisotropy, and Magnetic Domain Structure Correlations in Epitaxial FePd Thin Films with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Skuza, J. R.; Clavero, C.; Yang, K.; Wincheski, B.; Lukaszew, R. A.

    2009-01-01

    L1(sub 0)-ordered FePd epitaxial thin films were prepared using dc magnetron sputter deposition on MgO (001) substrates. The films were grown with varying thickness and degree of chemical order to investigate the interplay between the microstructure, magnetic anisotropy, and magnetic domain structure. The experimentally measured domain size/period and magnetic anisotropy in this high perpendicular anisotropy system were found to be correlated following the analytical energy model proposed by Kooy and Enz that considers a delicate balance between the domain wall energy and the demagnetizing stray field energy.

  18. Interface morphology studies of liquid phase epitaxy grown HgCdTe films by atomic force microscopy

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    Azoulay, M.; George, M. A.; Burger, A.; Collins, W. E.; Silberman, E.

    1994-04-01

    In this paper we report an investigation of the morphology of the interfaces of liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) grown HgCdTe thin films on CdTe and CdZnTe substrates by atomic force microscopy (AFM) on freshly cleaved (110) crystallographic planes. An empirical observation which may be linked to lattice mismatch was indicated by an angle between the cleavage steps of the substrate to those of the film. The precipitates with size ranging from 5 nm to 20 nm were found to be most apparent near the interface.

  19. Room-temperature Domain-epitaxy of Copper Iodide Thin Films for Transparent CuI/ZnO Heterojunctions with High Rectification Ratios Larger than 10(9).

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    Yang, Chang; Kneiß, Max; Schein, Friedrich-Leonhard; Lorenz, Michael; Grundmann, Marius

    2016-02-26

    CuI is a p-type transparent conductive semiconductor with unique optoelectronic properties, including wide band gap (3.1 eV), high hole mobility (>40 cm(2)V(-1)s(-1) in bulk), and large room-temperature exciton binding energy (62 meV). The difficulty in epitaxy of CuI is the main obstacle for its application in advanced solid-state electronic devices. Herein, room-temperature heteroepitaxial growth of CuI on various substrates with well-defined in-plane epitaxial relations is realized by reactive sputtering technique. In such heteroepitaxial growth the formation of rotation domains is observed and hereby systematically investigated in accordance with existing theoretical study of domain-epitaxy. The controllable epitaxy of CuI thin films allows for the combination of p-type CuI with suitable n-type semiconductors with the purpose to fabricate epitaxial thin film heterojunctions. Such heterostructures have superior properties to structures without or with weakly ordered in-plane orientation. The obtained epitaxial thin film heterojunction of p-CuI(111)/n-ZnO(00.1) exhibits a high rectification up to 2 × 10(9) (± 2 V), a 100-fold improvement compared to diodes with disordered interfaces. Also a low saturation current density down to 5 × 10(-9)Acm(-2) is formed. These results prove the great potential of epitaxial CuI as a promising p-type optoelectronic material.

  20. Growth of high Mg content wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial films via pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Alema, Fikadu; Ledyaev, Oleg; Miller, Ross; Beletsky, Valeria; Osinsky, Andrei; Schoenfeld, Winston V.

    2016-02-01

    We report on the growth of high Mg content, high quality, wurtzite MgxZn1-xO (MgZnO) epitaxial films using a pulsed metal organic chemical vapor deposition (PMOCVD) method. Series of MgZnO films with variable Mg concentration were deposited on bare and AlN coated sapphire substrates. The band gap of the films estimated using UV-visible transmission spectra ranges from 3.24 eV to 4.49 eV, corresponding to fraction of Mg between x=0.0 and x=0.51, as determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence (CL) measurement has shown a blue-shift in the peak position of MgZnO with an increasing Mg content. No multi-absorption edges and CL band splitting were observed, suggesting the absence of phase segregation in the as grown films. The crystal structure and phase purity of the films were also confirmed by XRD analysis. Hall effect measurement in van der Pauw configuration was employed to evaluate the electrical properties of the films. With a rise in Mg incorporation into the ZnO lattice, the films became very resistive, consistent with the widening of the band gap. The AFM measurement on the films has shown a decreasing surface roughness with an Mg content. To the best of our knowledge, the current result shows the highest Mg content (x=0.51), high quality, wurtzite MgZnO epitaxial film ever grown by MOCVD. The high Mg incorporation without phase separation is believed to be due to the non-equilibrium behavior of the PMOCVD in which the kinetic processes dominate the thermodynamic one.

  1. Electrodeposited epitaxial Fe{sub 100-x}Co{sub x} films on n-GaAs (100)

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    Mallett, J. J.; Svedberg, E. B.; Vaudin, M. D.; Bendersky, L. A.; Shapiro, A. J.; Egelhoff, W. F. Jr.; Moffat, T. P.

    2007-02-15

    The electrodeposition of epitaxial cube-on-cube Fe{sub 100-x}Co{sub x} films onto (100)-oriented n-GaAs from ferrous ammonium sulfate solutions containing various concentrations of cobalt sulfate is described. The cobalt composition in a series of 400-nm-thick films was found to vary in proportion to the concentration of cobalt sulfate in the electrolyte and six compositions in the range from 0 to 74% were deposited. Epitaxial (100)-oriented bcc films were produced throughout this range, as suggested by symmetrical x-ray diffraction and confirmed by x-ray pole figure measurements. Rocking curve measurements yielded data that could be fitted to the sum of a Lorentzian and a Gaussian, corresponding to the (200) Fe{sub 100-x}Co{sub x} planes and to a residual contribution from GaAs (400), respectively. The full width at half maximum obtained for the film Lorentzians varied from 0.44 deg. to 0.90 deg. and was apparently uncorrelated with composition. X-ray (211) pole figure measurements revealed a high degree of twinning of the (100) bcc Fe{sub 100-x}Co{sub x} consistent with a recent study of Fe films electrodeposited on n-GaAs.

  2. Optical and electrical properties of high-quality Ti2O3 epitaxial film grown on sapphire substrate

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    Fan, Haibo; Wang, Mingzi; Yang, Zhou; Ren, Xianpei; Yin, Mingli; Liu, Shengzhong

    2016-11-01

    Epitaxial film of Ti2O3 with high crystalline quality was grown on Al2O3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition process using a powder-pressed TiO2 target in active O2 flow. X-ray diffraction clearly reveals the (0006) crystalline Ti2O3 orientation and its (10overline{1} 0)_{{{{Ti}}_{ 2} {{O}}_{ 3} }} ||(10overline{1} 0)_{{sapphire}} in-plane epitaxial relationship with the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy images show that the film grew uniformly on the substrate with a Volmer-Weber mode. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction further confirm the high crystalline quality of the film. Transmittance spectrum shows that the Ti2O3 film is highly transparent in 400-800 nm with the optical band gap estimated to be 3.53 eV by Tauc plot. The temperature-dependent Hall effect measurement indicates that the Ti2O3 film appears to be n-type semiconductor with carrier concentration, mobility, and resistivity showing typical temperature-dependent behavior. The donor ionization energy was estimated to be 83.6 meV by linear relationship of conductivity versus temperature.

  3. Anisotropic spin structure along the easy axis of magnetization in epitaxially grown MnAs/GaAs(100) thin films

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    Song, J. H.; Cui, Y.; Lee, J. J.; Ketterson, J. B.

    2014-05-07

    We grew epitaxial MnAs thin films on GaAs(100) substrates using molecular-beam epitaxy and investigated their magnetic properties. The crystal orientation of the film was type-B. Measurements of the film's magnetization revealed two-fold symmetric magnetic anisotropy on its surface, with the easy and hard directions of magnetization along GaAs[1{sup ¯}10](MnAs[1{sup ¯}1{sup ¯}20]) and GaAs[110](MnAs[11{sup ¯}02]), respectively. We found breakage of the uniaxial anisotropy in magnetization along the easy direction of magnetization for both the magnetization versus magnetic field and magnetization versus temperature measurements. We suggest that the origin of this peculiar pinned ferromagnetism in the MnAs layer is the spin-exchange interaction between the MnAs film and the ultra-thin Mn layer formed at the interface of MnAs film and GaAs(100) substrate.

  4. Transport characteristics of Co-doped BaFe2As2 epitaxial thin film 24deg grain-boundaries

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    Panyajirawut, P.; Smith, N.; Tarantini, C.; Lee, S.; Jiang, J.; Bark, C. W.; Weiss, J. D.; Folkman, C. M.; Baek, S. H.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Eom, C. B.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Rzchowski, M. S.

    2010-03-01

    We investigate [001] 24deg tilt GBs of epitaxial thin film of the pnictide superconductor Co-doped Ba(Fe0.92Co0.08)2As2 on (001) SrTiO3 bicrystal substrates. The films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with KrF (248 nm) UW excimer laser in vacuum at a base pressure of 2x10-7 Torr. The chemical composition of the films determined by wavelength dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (WDS) is Ba : Fe : Co : As : O = 1 : 1.7 : 0.13 : 1.7 : 0.3. Four-circle x-ray diffraction exhibits excellent expitaxy with cube-on cube in-plane epitaxial relationship. The films have an onset Tc of 20.5 K, and a Tco of 19.8K. The intragrain Jc is over 1 MA/cm^2 (4.2K, self field) which is significantly higher than in previously reported thin films. The grain boundary couples at a slightly lower temperature of 19.7 K. We discuss magnetic field and temperature dependence of the IV characteristics, and microwave response.

  5. Enhanced metallic properties of SrRuO3 thin films via kinetically controlled pulsed laser epitaxy

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    Thompson, J.; Nichols, John A.; Lee, Shinbuhm; ...

    2016-10-17

    Metal electrodes are a universal element of all electronic devices. Conducting SrRuO3 (SRO) epitaxial thin films have been extensively used as electrodes in complex-oxide heterostructures due to good lattice mismatches with perovskite substrates. However, when compared to SRO single crystals, SRO thin films have shown reduced conductivity and Curie temperatures (TC), which can lead to higher Joule heating and energy loss in the devices. In this paper, we report that high-quality SRO thin films can be synthesized by controlling the plume dynamics and growth rate of pulsed laser epitaxy (PLE) with real-time optical spectroscopic monitoring. The SRO thin films grownmore » under the kinetically controlled conditions, down to ca. 16 nm in thickness, exhibit both enhanced conductivity and TC as compared to bulk values, due to their improved stoichiometry and a strain-mediated increase of the bandwidth of Ru 4d electrons. Finally, this result provides a direction for enhancing the physical properties of PLE-grown thin films and paves a way to improved device applications.« less

  6. Enhanced metallic properties of SrRuO3 thin films via kinetically controlled pulsed laser epitaxy

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    Thompson, J.; Nichols, John A.; Lee, Shinbuhm; Ryee, S.; Gruenewald, J. H.; Connell, J. G.; Souri, M.; Johnson, J. M.; Hwang, J.; Han, M. J.; Lee, Ho Nyung; Kim, D. -W.; Seo, Sung Seok A.

    2016-10-17

    Metal electrodes are a universal element of all electronic devices. Conducting SrRuO3 (SRO) epitaxial thin films have been extensively used as electrodes in complex-oxide heterostructures due to good lattice mismatches with perovskite substrates. However, when compared to SRO single crystals, SRO thin films have shown reduced conductivity and Curie temperatures (TC), which can lead to higher Joule heating and energy loss in the devices. In this paper, we report that high-quality SRO thin films can be synthesized by controlling the plume dynamics and growth rate of pulsed laser epitaxy (PLE) with real-time optical spectroscopic monitoring. The SRO thin films grown under the kinetically controlled conditions, down to ca. 16 nm in thickness, exhibit both enhanced conductivity and TC as compared to bulk values, due to their improved stoichiometry and a strain-mediated increase of the bandwidth of Ru 4d electrons. Finally, this result provides a direction for enhancing the physical properties of PLE-grown thin films and paves a way to improved device applications.

  7. Growth of epitaxial Ba 2YCu 3O 7- x films on LaAlO 3 (001)

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    Siegal, Michael P.; Phillips, Julia M.; Hsieh, Yong-Fen; Marshall, J. H.

    1990-12-01

    We report the ex situ growth of 1000 and 2000 Å epitaxial Ba 2YCu 3O 7- x ( BYCO) filmsonLaAlO3 (001 with surface morphologies and crystallinity generally associated with high quality in situ films. Films are grown by co-depositing BaF 2, Y and Cu in a stoichiometric ratio within 1% of 2:1:3, followed by annealing in a two-stage process in a tube furnace. By optimizing the annealing conditions, excellent crystallinity is obtained, with χ min∼ 2-4] from Rutherford backscattering/channeling. These films have sharp superconducting resistance transitions at 90-91 K. Critical current densities at 77 K are ∼ 10 6 A/cm 2 in zero magnetic field and ⪅ 10 5 A/cm 2 in H=0.9 T oriented perpendicular to the ab plane of the films.

  8. Formation of In-plane Skyrmions in Epitaxial MnSi Thin Films as Revealed by Planar Hall Effect

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    Yokouchi, Tomoyuki; Kanazawa, Naoya; Tsukazaki, Atsushi; Kozuka, Yusuke; Kikkawa, Akiko; Taguchi, Yasujiro; Kawasaki, Masashi; Ichikawa, Masakazu; Kagawa, Fumitaka; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-10-01

    We investigate skyrmion formation in both a single crystalline bulk and epitaxial thin films of MnSi by measurements of planar Hall effect. A prominent stepwise field profile of planar Hall effect is observed in the well-established skyrmion phase region in the bulk sample, which is assigned to anisotropic magnetoresistance effect with respect to the magnetic modulation direction. We also detect the characteristic planar Hall anomalies in the thin films under the in-plane magnetic field at low temperatures, which indicates the formation of skyrmion strings lying in the film plane. Uniaxial magnetic anisotropy plays an important role in stabilizing the in-plane skyrmions in the MnSi thin film.

  9. Strain-mediated magnetic and transport properties of epitaxial LuxFe3-xO4 films

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    Wang, P.; Jin, C.; Zheng, D. X.; Bai, H. L.

    2015-10-01

    Strain mediated structure, magnetic, and transport properties of spinel ferrites were investigated by growing epitaxial LuxFe3-xO4 (LFO, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.26 ) films on SrTiO3 and MgO substrates with in-plane compressive and tensile strains, respectively. The lattice parameter of LFO films decreases on SrTiO3 substrates, while increases on MgO substrates with the increasing Lu content. The LFO films on SrTiO3 substrates exhibit larger saturation magnetization and smaller exchange bias and coercive field. Phase shift of anisotropic magnetoresistance is also observed in the LFO films on SrTiO3 substrates. In addition, the nonmagnetic Lu3+ ions in spinel ferrites enhance the spin canting, which further increases the exchange bias and coercive field and strengthens the four-fold symmetry of anisotropic magnetoresistance and the two-fold symmetry of planar Hall effect.

  10. Raman studies of cation distribution and thermal stability of epitaxial spinel NiCo2O4 films

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    Iliev, M. N.; Silwal, P.; Loukya, B.; Datta, R.; Kim, D. H.; Todorov, N. D.; Pachauri, N.; Gupta, A.

    2013-07-01

    Epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4 (NCO) grown on MgAl2O4 (001) substrates are reported to exhibit dramatic changes in the magnetic and transport properties with deposition temperature. While films grown at lower temperatures (<450°C) are ferrimagnetic with metallic characteristics, those grown at higher temperatures are non-magnetic and insulating. Detailed polarized Raman spectroscopy studies indicate that the higher temperature films have close to the ideal inverse spinel cation distribution, Co3+[Ni2+Co3+]O42-, whereas those deposited at lower temperature are characterized by mixed cation/charge distribution at both the tetragonal (A) and octahedral (B) sites. Additionally, temperature-dependent Raman studies demonstrate that, unlike bulk polycrystalline samples, all the NCO films are robust against thermal treatment with full reversibility after annealing at 600°C in oxygen and air. However, partial decomposition is observed after annealing in vacuum.

  11. Giant Faraday rotation in Bi(x)Ce(3-x)Fe5O12 epitaxial garnet films.

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    Chandra Sekhar, M; Singh, Mahi R; Basu, Shantanu; Pinnepalli, Sai

    2012-04-23

    Thin films of Bi(x)Ce(3-x)Fe(5)O(12) with x = 0.7 and 0.8 compositions were prepared by using pulsed laser deposition. We investigated the effects of processing parameters used to fabricate these films by measuring various physical properties such as X-ray diffraction, transmittance, magnetization and Faraday rotation. In this study, we propose a phase diagram which provides a suitable window for the deposition of Bi(x)Ce(3-x)Fe(5)O(12) epitaxial films. We have also observed a giant Faraday rotation of 1-1.10 degree/µm in our optimized films. The measured Faraday rotation value is 1.6 and 50 times larger than that of CeYIG and YIG respectively. A theoretical model has been proposed for Faraday rotation based on density matrix method and an excellent agreement between experiment and theory is found.

  12. Full tunability of strain along the fcc-bcc bain path in epitaxial films and consequences for magnetic properties.

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    Buschbeck, J; Opahle, I; Richter, M; Rössler, U K; Klaer, P; Kallmayer, M; Elmers, H J; Jakob, G; Schultz, L; Fähler, S

    2009-11-20

    Strained coherent film growth is commonly either limited to ultrathin films or low strains. Here, we present an approach to achieve high strains in thicker films, by using materials with inherent structural instabilities. As an example, 50 nm thick epitaxial films of the Fe70Pd30 magnetic shape memory alloy are examined. Strained coherent growth on various substrates allows us to adjust the tetragonal distortion from c/a{bct}=1.09 to 1.39, covering most of the Bain transformation path from fcc to bcc crystal structure. Magnetometry and x-ray circular dichroism measurements show that the Curie temperature, orbital magnetic moment, and magnetocrystalline anisotropy change over broad ranges.

  13. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy and Spin Glass-like Behavior in Molecular Beam Epitaxy Grown Chromium Telluride Thin Films.

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    Roy, Anupam; Guchhait, Samaresh; Dey, Rik; Pramanik, Tanmoy; Hsieh, Cheng-Chih; Rai, Amritesh; Banerjee, Sanjay K

    2015-04-28

    Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), vibrating sample magnetometry, and other physical property measurements are used to investigate the structure, morphology, magnetic, and magnetotransport properties of (001)-oriented Cr2Te3 thin films grown on Al2O3(0001) and Si(111)-(7×7) surfaces by molecular beam epitaxy. Streaky RHEED patterns indicate flat smooth film growth on both substrates. STM studies show the hexagonal arrangements of surface atoms. Determination of the lattice parameter from the atomically resolved STM image is consistent with the bulk crystal structures. Magnetic measurements show the film is ferromagnetic, having a Curie temperature of about 180 K, and a spin glass-like behavior was observed below 35 K. Magnetotransport measurements show the metallic nature of the film with a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy along the c-axis.

  14. Low-damping sub-10-nm thin films of lutetium iron garnet grown by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Jermain, C. L.; Paik, H.; Aradhya, S. V.; Buhrman, R. A.; Schlom, D. G.; Ralph, D. C.

    2016-11-01

    We analyze the structural and magnetic characteristics of (111)-oriented lutetium iron garnet (Lu3Fe5O12) films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy, for films as thin as 2.8 nm. Thickness-dependent measurements of the in- and out-of-plane ferromagnetic resonance allow us to quantify the effects of two-magnon scattering, along with the surface anisotropy and the saturation magnetization. We achieve effective damping coefficients of 11.1 (9 )×10-4 for 5.3 nm films and 32 (3 )×10-4 for 2.8 nm films, among the lowest values reported to date for any insulating ferrimagnetic sample of comparable thickness.

  15. Atomic layer epitaxy of group 4 materials: Surface processes, thin films, devices and their characterization

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    Davis, Robert F.; Bedair, Salah; El-Masry, Nadina; Glass, Jeffrey T.

    1993-12-01

    Atomic layer epitaxy of monocrystalline Beta-SiC on Si(100) and alpha (6H)-SiC(0001) substrates has been accomplished at 850 C by alternating the supplies of Si2H6, C2H4, and atomic hydrogen without the use of a carbonizing step. Conformal deposition of SiC has been demonstrated within trenches etched into Si(100) wafers. P-type films have also been achieved using Al as a dopant. Devices including HBT's with Beta-SiC emitters have been designed. Hydrogen plasma cleaning of SiC surfaces has been studied. XPS has shown that this process effectively removes C-O, C-F and C-H bonding at the surface. Temperature programmed desorption has been used to look at the amount of subsurface hydrogen generated during plasma cleaning. The diamond precursors of chlorinated methylsilanes and the substrate of Si(100) were subjected to bias enhanced high-frequency CVD. No difference in diamond nucleation density between the precursors was observed. An interface structure of single crystal CeO2/Si(111) grown by laser ablation has been investigated. An interfacial reaction occurred between these phases during deposition which resulted in the formation of an oxygen deficient amorphous (a) CeOx layer and an SiO2 layer. Post annealing in O2 caused the disappearance of the a-CeOx and the regrowth of crystalline CeO2.

  16. Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films

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    Zhu, L. J.; Nie, S. H.; Xiong, P.; Schlottmann, P.; Zhao, J. H.

    2016-01-01

    The orbital two-channel Kondo effect displaying exotic non-Fermi liquid behaviour arises in the intricate scenario of two conduction electrons compensating a pseudo-spin-1/2 impurity of two-level system. Despite extensive efforts for several decades, no material system has been clearly identified to exhibit all three transport regimes characteristic of the two-channel Kondo effect in the same sample, leaving the interpretation of the experimental results a subject of debate. Here we present a transport study suggestive of a robust orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films, as evidenced by a magnetic field-independent resistivity upturn with a clear transition from logarithmic- to square-root temperature dependence and deviation from it in three distinct temperature regimes. Our results also provide an experimental indication of the presence of two-channel Kondo physics in a ferromagnet, pointing to considerable robustness of the orbital two-channel Kondo effect even in the presence of spin polarization of the conduction electrons. PMID:26905518

  17. Dynamic layer rearrangement during growth of layered oxide films by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Lee, J H; Luo, G; Tung, I C; Chang, S H; Luo, Z; Malshe, M; Gadre, M; Bhattacharya, A; Nakhmanson, S M; Eastman, J A; Hong, H; Jellinek, J; Morgan, D; Fong, D D; Freeland, J W

    2014-09-01

    The A(n+1)B(n)O(3n+1) Ruddlesden-Popper homologous series offers a wide variety of functionalities including dielectric, ferroelectric, magnetic and catalytic properties. Unfortunately, the synthesis of such layered oxides has been a major challenge owing to the occurrence of growth defects that result in poor materials behaviour in the higher-order members. To understand the fundamental physics of layered oxide growth, we have developed an oxide molecular beam epitaxy system with in situ synchrotron X-ray scattering capability. We present results demonstrating that layered oxide films can dynamically rearrange during growth, leading to structures that are highly unexpected on the basis of the intended layer sequencing. Theoretical calculations indicate that rearrangement can occur in many layered oxide systems and suggest a general approach that may be essential for the construction of metastable Ruddlesden-Popper phases. We demonstrate the utility of the new-found growth strategy by performing the first atomically controlled synthesis of single-crystalline La3Ni2O7.

  18. Electronic structure, surface doping, and optical response in epitaxial WSe2 thin films

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    Zhang, Yi; Ugeda, Miguel M.; Jin, Chenhao; ...

    2016-03-14

    High quality WSe2 films have been grown on bilayer graphene (BLG) with layer-by-layer control of thickness using molecular beam epitaxy. The combination of angle-resolved photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, and optical absorption measurements reveal the atomic and electronic structures evolution and optical response of WSe2/BLG. We observe that a bilayer of WSe2 is a direct bandgap semiconductor, when integrated in a BLG-based heterostructure, thus shifting the direct–indirect band gap crossover to trilayer WSe2. In the monolayer limit, WSe2 shows a spin-splitting of 475 meV in the valence band at the K point, the largest value observed among all the MX2 (Mmore » = Mo, W; X = S, Se) materials. The exciton binding energy of monolayer-WSe2/BLG is found to be 0.21 eV, a value that is orders of magnitude larger than that of conventional three-dimensional semiconductors, yet small as compared to other two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogennides (TMDCs) semiconductors. Lastly, our finding regarding the overall modification of the electronic structure by an alkali metal surface electron doping opens a route to further control the electronic properties of TMDCs.« less

  19. Large linear magnetoresistance in heavily-doped Nb:SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films.

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    Jin, Hyunwoo; Lee, Keundong; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Kim, Jin-Sang; Cheong, Byung-Ki; Park, Bae Ho; Yoon, Sungwon; Suh, B J; Kim, Changyoung; Seo, S S A; Lee, Suyoun

    2016-10-05

    Interaction between electrons has long been a focused topic in condensed-matter physics since it has led to the discoveries of astonishing phenomena, for example, high-Tc superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) in strongly-correlated materials. In the study of strongly-correlated perovskite oxides, Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Nb:SrTiO3) has been a workhorse not only as a conducting substrate, but also as a host possessing high carrier mobility. In this work, we report the observations of large linear magnetoresistance (LMR) and the metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) induced by magnetic field in heavily-doped Nb:STO (SrNb0.2Ti0.8O3) epitaxial thin films. These phenomena are associated with the interplay between the large classical MR due to high carrier mobility and the electronic localization effect due to strong spin-orbit coupling, implying that heavily Nb-doped Sr(Nb0.2Ti0.8)O3 is promising for the application in spintronic devices.

  20. Large linear magnetoresistance in heavily-doped Nb:SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Jin, Hyunwoo; Lee, Keundong; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Kim, Jin-Sang; Cheong, Byung-Ki; Park, Bae Ho; Yoon, Sungwon; Suh, B. J.; Kim, Changyoung; Seo, S. S. A.; Lee, Suyoun

    2016-10-01

    Interaction between electrons has long been a focused topic in condensed-matter physics since it has led to the discoveries of astonishing phenomena, for example, high-Tc superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) in strongly-correlated materials. In the study of strongly-correlated perovskite oxides, Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Nb:SrTiO3) has been a workhorse not only as a conducting substrate, but also as a host possessing high carrier mobility. In this work, we report the observations of large linear magnetoresistance (LMR) and the metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) induced by magnetic field in heavily-doped Nb:STO (SrNb0.2Ti0.8O3) epitaxial thin films. These phenomena are associated with the interplay between the large classical MR due to high carrier mobility and the electronic localization effect due to strong spin-orbit coupling, implying that heavily Nb-doped Sr(Nb0.2Ti0.8)O3 is promising for the application in spintronic devices.

  1. Electronic Structure, Surface Doping, and Optical Response in Epitaxial WSe2 Thin Films.

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    Zhang, Yi; Ugeda, Miguel M; Jin, Chenhao; Shi, Su-Fei; Bradley, Aaron J; Martín-Recio, Ana; Ryu, Hyejin; Kim, Jonghwan; Tang, Shujie; Kim, Yeongkwan; Zhou, Bo; Hwang, Choongyu; Chen, Yulin; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael F; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Mo, Sung-Kwan

    2016-04-13

    High quality WSe2 films have been grown on bilayer graphene (BLG) with layer-by-layer control of thickness using molecular beam epitaxy. The combination of angle-resolved photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, and optical absorption measurements reveal the atomic and electronic structures evolution and optical response of WSe2/BLG. We observe that a bilayer of WSe2 is a direct bandgap semiconductor, when integrated in a BLG-based heterostructure, thus shifting the direct-indirect band gap crossover to trilayer WSe2. In the monolayer limit, WSe2 shows a spin-splitting of 475 meV in the valence band at the K point, the largest value observed among all the MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se) materials. The exciton binding energy of monolayer-WSe2/BLG is found to be 0.21 eV, a value that is orders of magnitude larger than that of conventional three-dimensional semiconductors, yet small as compared to other two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogennides (TMDCs) semiconductors. Finally, our finding regarding the overall modification of the electronic structure by an alkali metal surface electron doping opens a route to further control the electronic properties of TMDCs.

  2. Magnetic and magnetoelastic properties of epitaxial SmFe2 thin film.

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    de la Fuente, C; Arnaudas, J I; Ciria, M; del Moral, A; Dufour, C; Dumesnil, K

    2010-02-03

    We report on magnetic and magnetoelastic measurements for a 5000 Å (110) SmFe(2) thin film, which was successfully analyzed by means of a point charge model for describing the effect of the epitaxial growth in this kind of system. Some of the main conclusions of the Mössbauer and magnetoelastic results and the new magnetization results up to 5 T allow us to get a full description of the crystal electric field, exchange, and magnetoelastic behavior in this compound. So, new single-ion parameters are obtained for the crystal field interaction of samarium ions, A(4)(r(4)) = +755 K/ion and A(6)(r(6)) = -180 K/ion, and new single-ion magnetoelastic coupling B(γ,2) is approximately equal -200 MPa and B(ε,2) is approximately equal MPa, which represent the tetragonal and the in-plane shear deformations, respectively. Moreover, the new thermal behavior of the samarium magnetic moment, the exchange coupling parameter, and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the iron sublattice are obtained too. From these, the softening of the spin reorientation transition with respect to the bulk case could be accounted for.

  3. Electronic structure, surface doping, and optical response in epitaxial WSe2 thin films

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    Zhang, Yi; Ugeda, Miguel M.; Jin, Chenhao; Shi, Su -Fei; Bradley, Aaron J.; Martin-Recio, Ana; Ryu, Hyejin; Kim, Jonghwan; Tang, Shujie; Kim, Yeongkwan; Zhou, Bo; Hwang, Choongyu; Chen, Yulin; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael F.; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi -Xun; Mo, Sung -Kwan

    2016-03-14

    High quality WSe2 films have been grown on bilayer graphene (BLG) with layer-by-layer control of thickness using molecular beam epitaxy. The combination of angle-resolved photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, and optical absorption measurements reveal the atomic and electronic structures evolution and optical response of WSe2/BLG. We observe that a bilayer of WSe2 is a direct bandgap semiconductor, when integrated in a BLG-based heterostructure, thus shifting the direct–indirect band gap crossover to trilayer WSe2. In the monolayer limit, WSe2 shows a spin-splitting of 475 meV in the valence band at the K point, the largest value observed among all the MX2 (M = Mo, W; X = S, Se) materials. The exciton binding energy of monolayer-WSe2/BLG is found to be 0.21 eV, a value that is orders of magnitude larger than that of conventional three-dimensional semiconductors, yet small as compared to other two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogennides (TMDCs) semiconductors. Lastly, our finding regarding the overall modification of the electronic structure by an alkali metal surface electron doping opens a route to further control the electronic properties of TMDCs.

  4. Kinetic modelling of epitaxial film growth with up- and downward step barriers

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    Leal, F. F.; Oliveira, T. J.; Ferreira, S. C.

    2011-09-01

    The formation of three-dimensional structures during the epitaxial growth of films is associated with the reflection of diffusing particles in descending terraces due to the presence of the so-called Ehrlich-Schwoebel (ES) barrier. We generalize this concept in a solid-on-solid growth model, in which a barrier dependent on the particle coordination (number of lateral bonds) exists whenever the particle performs an interlayer diffusion. The rules do not distinguish explicitly if the particle is executing a descending or an ascending interlayer diffusion. We show that the usual model, with a step barrier in descending steps, produces spurious, columnar and highly unstable morphologies if the growth temperature is varied in a usual range of mound formation experiments. Our model generates well-behaved mounded morphologies for the same ES barriers that produce anomalous morphologies in the standard model. Moreover, mounds are also obtained when the step barrier has an equal value for all particles independently of whether they are free or bonded. Kinetic roughening is observed at long times, when the surface roughness w and the characteristic length ξ scale as w ~ tβ and ξ ~ tζ, where β≈0.31 and ζ≈0.22, independently of the growth temperature.

  5. Orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films

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    Zhu, L. J.; Nie, S. H.; Xiong, P.; ...

    2016-02-24

    The orbital two-channel Kondo effect displaying exotic non-Fermi liquid behaviour arises in the intricate scenario of two conduction electrons compensating a pseudo-spin-1/2 impurity of two-level system. Despite extensive efforts for several decades, no material system has been clearly identified to exhibit all three transport regimes characteristic of the two-channel Kondo effect in the same sample, leaving the interpretation of the experimental results a subject of debate. Here we present a transport study suggestive of a robust orbital two-channel Kondo effect in epitaxial ferromagnetic L10-MnAl films, as evidenced by a magnetic field-independent resistivity upturn with a clear transition from logarithmic- tomore » square-root temperature dependence and deviation from it in three distinct temperature regimes. Lastly, our results also provide an experimental indication of the presence of two-channel Kondo physics in a ferromagnet, pointing to considerable robustness of the orbital two-channel Kondo effect even in the presence of spin polarization of the conduction electrons.« less

  6. Large linear magnetoresistance in heavily-doped Nb:SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Jin, Hyunwoo; Lee, Keundong; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Kim, Jin-Sang; Cheong, Byung-ki; Park, Bae Ho; Yoon, Sungwon; Suh, B. J.; Kim, Changyoung; Seo, S. S. A.; Lee, Suyoun

    2016-01-01

    Interaction between electrons has long been a focused topic in condensed-matter physics since it has led to the discoveries of astonishing phenomena, for example, high-Tc superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) in strongly-correlated materials. In the study of strongly-correlated perovskite oxides, Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Nb:SrTiO3) has been a workhorse not only as a conducting substrate, but also as a host possessing high carrier mobility. In this work, we report the observations of large linear magnetoresistance (LMR) and the metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) induced by magnetic field in heavily-doped Nb:STO (SrNb0.2Ti0.8O3) epitaxial thin films. These phenomena are associated with the interplay between the large classical MR due to high carrier mobility and the electronic localization effect due to strong spin-orbit coupling, implying that heavily Nb-doped Sr(Nb0.2Ti0.8)O3 is promising for the application in spintronic devices. PMID:27703222

  7. Long Range Ferromagnetic Order in LaCoO3-δ epitaxial films due to the interplay of epitaxial strain and oxygen vacancy ordering

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    Mehta, Virat; Biskup, Nevenko; Arenholz, E; Varela del Arco, Maria; Suzuki, Yuri

    2015-04-23

    We demonstrate that a combination of electronic structure modification and oxygen vacancy ordering can stabilize a long-range ferromagnetic ground state in epitaxial LaCoO3 thin films. Highest saturation magnetization values are found in the thin films in tension on SrTiO3 and (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3 substrates and the lowest values are found in thin films in compression on LaAlO3. Electron microscopy reveals oxygen vacancy ordering to varying degrees in all samples, although samples with the highest magnetization are the most defective. Element-specific x-ray absorption techniques reveal the presence of high spin Co2+ and Co3+ as well as low spin Co3+ in different proportions depending on the strain state. The interactions among the high spin Co ions and the oxygen vacancy superstructure are correlated with the stabilization of the long-range ferromagnetic order.

  8. Saturation magnetization and perpendicular anisotropy of Fe/GaAs(110) epitaxial films studied by the extraordinary hall effect

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    Riggs, K. T.; Dan Dahlberg, E.; Prinz, G. A.

    1988-05-01

    The magnetic field dependence of the extraordinary Hall effect (EHE) has been used to determine the sum of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and the saturation magnetization of thin (5-20 nm) Fe films. The films were grown on (110) surfaces of GaAs by molecular beam epitaxy. The free surface of the films was not protected thereby allowing an iron oxide layer to form upon removal from the MBE apparatus. The relation between the film thickness and the sum of the perpendicular anisotropy energy and the saturation magnetization was compared to that determined in a previous study which relied on ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) to measure the same quantity. The FMR study measured both oxide covered films and also films with a protective overcoating of Al to prevent oxidation. It is found that the data from the EHE are not in agreement with the FMR data taken on the iron oxide covered films but instead are in agreement with the FMR data of the protected or nonoxidized films. In addition a determination of the surface anisotropy energy can be made by subtracting the magnetization data measured on overcoated films from the sum determined by the EHE analysis. In this case there is no indication of a large surface anisotropy energy making the perpendicular direction an easy axis.

  9. Influence of pulsed nanosecond volume discharge in atmospheric-pressure air on the electrical characteristics of MCT epitaxial films

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    Grigoryev, Denis V.; Voitsekhovskii, Alexandr V.; Lozovoy, Kirill A.; Nesmelov, Sergey N.; Dzyadukh, Stanislav M.; Tarasenko, Viktor F.; Shulepov, Michail A.; Dvoretskii, Sergei A.

    2015-12-01

    The purpose of this paper was investigating the effect of volume nanosecond discharge in air at atmospheric pressure on the electro-physical properties of the HgCdTe (MCT) epitaxial films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Hall measurements of electro-physical parameters of MCT samples after irradiation have shown that there is a layer of epitaxial films exhibiting n-type conductivity that is formed in the near-surface area. After more than 600 pulses of influence parameters and thickness of the resulting n-layer is such that the measured field dependence of Hall coefficient corresponds to the material of n-type conductivity. Also it is shown that the impact of the discharge leads to significant changes in electro-physical characteristics of MIS structures. This fact is demonstrated by increase in density of positive fixed charge, change in the hysteresis type of the capacitance-voltage characteristic, an increase in density of surface states. The preliminary results show that it is possible to use such actions in the development of technologies of the controlled change in the properties of MCT.

  10. Strain tuning of electronic structure in Bi4Ti3O12-LaCoO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Choi, Woo Seok; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-05-08

    In this study, we investigated the crystal and electronic structures of ferroelectric Bi4Ti3O12 single-crystalline thin films site-specifically substituted with LaCoO3 (LCO). The epitaxial films were grown by pulsed laser epitaxy on NdGaO3 and SrTiO3 substrates to vary the degree of strain. With increasing the LCO substitution, we observed a systematic increase in the c-axis lattice constant of the Aurivillius phase related with the modification of pseudo-orthorhombic unit cells. These compositional and structural changes resulted in a systematic decrease in the band gap, i.e., the optical transition energy between the oxygen 2p and transition-metal 3d states, based on a spectroscopic ellipsometrymore » study. In particular, the Co 3d state seems to largely overlap with the Ti t2g state, decreasing the band gap. Interestingly, the applied tensile strain facilitates the band-gap narrowing, demonstrating that epitaxial strain is a useful tool to tune the electronic structure of ferroelectric transition-metal oxides.« less

  11. Changes in the electro-physical properties of MCT epitaxial films affected by a plasma volume discharge induced by an avalanche beam in atmospheric-pressure air

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    Grigoryev, D. V.; Voitsekhovskii, A. V.; Lozovoy, K. A.; Tarasenko, V. F.; Shulepov, M. A.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper the influence of the plasma volume discharge of nanosecond duration formed in a non-uniform electric field at atmospheric pressure on samples of epitaxial films HgCdTe (MCT) films are discussed. The experimental data show that the action of pulses of nanosecond volume discharge in air at atmospheric pressure leads to changes in the electrophysical properties of MCT epitaxial films due to formation of a near-surface high- conductivity layer of the n-type conduction. The preliminary results show that it is possible to use such actions in the development of technologies for the controlled change of the properties of MCT.

  12. Strain-relaxation and critical thickness of epitaxial La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 films

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    Meyer, Tricia L; Jiang, Lu; Park, Sungkyun; ...

    2015-12-08

    We report the thickness-dependent strain-relaxation behavior and the associated impacts upon the superconductivity in epitaxial La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 films grown on different substrates, which provide a range of strain. We have found that the critical thickness for the onset of superconductivity in La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 films is associated with the finite thickness effect and epitaxial strain. In particular, thin films with tensile strain greater than ~0.25% revealed no superconductivity. We attribute this phenomenon to the inherent formation of oxygen vacancies that can be minimized via strain relaxation.

  13. Interrelation of epitaxial strain and oxygen deficiency in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3-δ thin films

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    Kawashima, K.; Logvenov, G.; Christiani, G.; Habermeier, H.-U.

    2015-03-01

    The interrelation between the epitaxial strain and oxygen deficiency in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3-δ thin films was studied in terms of structural and functional properties. The films with a thickness of 1000 Å were prepared using a PLD system equipped with a RHEED facility and a pyrometric film temperature control. The epitaxial strain and the oxygen deficiency in the samples were systematically modified using three different substrates: SrTiO3, (LaAlO3)0.3-(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 and LaSrAlO4, and four different oxygen pressures during film growth ranging from 0.27 mbar to 0.1 mbar. It could be demonstrated that the oxygen incorporation depends on the epitaxial strain: oxygen vacancies were induced to accommodate tensile strain whereas the compressive strain suppressed the generation of oxygen vacancies.

  14. Effects of substrate temperature and Cu underlayer thickness on the formation of SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial thin films

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

    2010-05-15

    SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial thin films were prepared on Cu(111) underlayers heteroepitaxially grown on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) single-crystal substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The effects of substrate temperature and Cu underlayer thickness on the crystallographic properties of SmCo{sub 5}(0001) epitaxial films were investigated. The Cu atoms of underlayer diffuse into the SmCo{sub 5} film and substitute the Co sites in SmCo{sub 5} structure forming an alloy compound of Sm(Co,Cu){sub 5}. The ordered phase formation is enhanced with increasing the substrate temperature and with increasing the Cu underlayer thickness. The Cu atom diffusion into the SmCo{sub 5} film is assisting the formation of Sm(Co,Cu){sub 5} ordered phase.

  15. Growth study of nonpolar Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O epitaxial films on a-plane bulk ZnO by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Laumer, Bernhard; Schuster, Fabian; Stutzmann, Martin; Bergmaier, Andreas; Dollinger, Guenther; Vogel, Stephen; Gries, Katharina I.; Volz, Kerstin; Eickhoff, Martin

    2012-09-17

    Nonpolar Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O epitaxial films were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on a-plane ZnO substrates. A smooth surface morphology was accomplished under oxygen-rich growth conditions. The benefits of the use of ZnO substrates on the structural properties are reflected by a low-density of threading dislocations. Furthermore, no indications for the generation of basal plane stacking faults are found. The pseudomorphic growth on a-plane ZnO substrates efficiently locks the epitaxial Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O films to the wurtzite structure up to x = 0.25. The Mg concentration is not constant and increases with larger thickness. The optical properties reflect the influence of alloy disorder.

  16. Accurate determination of optical bandgap and lattice parameters of Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O epitaxial films (0{<=}x{<=}0.3) grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on a-plane sapphire

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    Laumer, Bernhard; Schuster, Fabian; Stutzmann, Martin; Bergmaier, Andreas; Dollinger, Guenther; Eickhoff, Martin

    2013-06-21

    Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O epitaxial films with Mg concentrations 0{<=}x{<=}0.3 were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on a-plane sapphire substrates. Precise determination of the Mg concentration x was performed by elastic recoil detection analysis. The bandgap energy was extracted from absorption measurements with high accuracy taking electron-hole interaction and exciton-phonon complexes into account. From these results a linear relationship between bandgap energy and Mg concentration is established for x{<=}0.3. Due to alloy disorder, the increase of the photoluminescence emission energy with Mg concentration is less pronounced. An analysis of the lattice parameters reveals that the epitaxial films grow biaxially strained on a-plane sapphire.

  17. Electrical properties of Sb-doped epitaxial SnO2 thin films prepared using excimer-laser-assisted metal-organic deposition

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    Tsuchiya, Tetsuo; Nakajima, Tomohiko; Shinoda, Kentaro

    2013-12-01

    Excimer-laser-assisted metal-organic deposition (ELAMOD) was used to prepare Sb-doped epitaxial (001) SnO2 thin films on (001) TiO2 substrates at room temperature. The effects of laser fluence, the number of shots with the laser, and Sb content on the electrical properties such as resistivity, carrier concentration, and carrier mobility of the films were investigated. The resistivity of the Sb-doped epitaxial (001) SnO2 thin film prepared using an ArF laser was lower than that of the film prepared using a KrF laser. The van der Pauw method was used to measure the resistivity, carrier concentration, and carrier mobility of the Sb-doped epitaxial (001) SnO2 thin films in order to determine the effect of Sb content on the electrical resistivity of the films. The lowest resistivity obtained for the Sb-doped epitaxial (001) SnO2 thin films prepared using ELAMOD with the ArF laser and 2 % Sb content was 2.5 × 10-3 Ω cm. The difference between the optimal Sb concentrations and resistivities of the films produced using either ELAMOD or conventional thermal MOD was discussed.

  18. Structural and ferroelectric properties of epitaxial BaZr x Ti1-x O3 thin films

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    Engelhardt, S.; Mietschke, M.; Molin, C.; Gebhardt, S.; Fähler, S.; Nielsch, K.; Hühne, R.

    2016-12-01

    Epitaxial BaZr x Ti1-x O3 (BZTO) thin films with Zr contents of x  =  0, x  =  0.12 and x  =  0.2 were grown by pulsed laser deposition on (0 0 1)-oriented single crystalline SrTiO3 substrates utilizing an additional conducting SrRuO3 buffer layer. It was found that the oxygen pressure during the deposition {{p}{{\\text{O}2}}} heavily influences the lattice constants and the microstructure of BZTO. A low {{p}{{\\text{O}2}}} of 0.01 mbar gives rise to a significant tetragonal distortion. Texture measurements reveal that an undisturbed epitaxial growth is only achieved for BZTO films prepared in 0.01 mbar oxygen. In contrast, the formation of twins was observed for higher {{p}{{\\text{O}2}}} . A detailed microstructural analysis indicates that the sample preparation in low {{p}{{\\text{O}2}}} prevents a preferential growth of columnar grains within the BZTO layers and leads to smoother film surfaces. BZTO thin films deposited with optimized deposition parameters show characteristic ferroelectric polarization behavior. The saturation polarization at room temperature declines with increasing Zr content and the characteristic ferroelectric hysteresis diminishes. Temperature-depended measurements of the relative permittivity reveal the existence of a broad transition range and a significant shift of the phase transition temperature to lower values for increasing Zr content.

  19. 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.

  20. Growth and Structural Study of Epitaxial NaMnF3 Thin Films on SrTiO3

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    Kc, Amit; Johnson, Trent; Borisov, Pavel; Lederman, David

    2015-03-01

    Perovskite fluorides (ABF3) exhibit many interesting phenomena, e.g. dipolar and magnetic long-range order superconductivity, as well as magnetoelectric coupling. Recently, G. C. Garcia-Castro et al. predicted that orthorhombically distorted Pnma NaMnF3 perovskite should have a particularly soft ferroelectric mode, and is expected to demonstrate ferroelectric order regardless of elastic strain, despite the competing antiferrodistortive instability. Thus, in combination with weak ferromagnetic order, this material is expected to be multiferroic1. Here, we report the growth of epitaxial NaMnF3 thin films on SrTiO3(100) single crystal substrates via Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). Structural qualities of the films were studied as a function of the substrate temperature and film thickness by the techniques of X-ray diffraction (XRD), in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The best films were smooth single phase NaMnF3, grown with four in-plane and two out-of-plane twin domains.

  1. Single-crystal cubic boron nitride thin films grown by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Hirama, Kazuyuki Taniyasu, Yoshitaka; Karimoto, Shin-ichi; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2014-03-03

    We investigated the formation of cubic boron nitride (c-BN) thin films on diamond (001) and (111) substrates by ion-beam-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The metastable c-BN (sp{sup 3}-bonded BN) phase can be epitaxially grown as a result of the interplay between competitive phase formation and selective etching. We show that a proper adjustment of acceleration voltage for N{sub 2}{sup +} and Ar{sup +} ions is a key to selectively discriminate non-sp{sup 3} BN phases. At low acceleration voltage values, the sp{sup 2}-bonded BN is dominantly formed, while at high acceleration voltages, etching dominates irrespective of the bonding characteristics of BN.

  2. Polarization rotation associated critical phenomena in epitaxial PbTiO3 thin films near room temperature

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    Ma, Wenhui

    2016-04-01

    Strain-driven and temperature-driven monoclinic-orthorhombic phase transition in epitaxial PbTiO3 exhibit similar behavior under electric field, i.e., polarization discontinuity is reduced at the first-order ferroelectric-ferroelectric transition whose latent heat vanishes at a critical point. Due to critical phenomena the energy barrier for polarization rotation significantly diminishes, and hence thermodynamic response functions tend to diverge in the induced monoclinic states. Phenomenological calculations show that dielectric and piezoelectric properties are highly tunable by in-plane strain and electric field, and large electromechanical response may occur in epitaxial PbTiO3 thin films at room temperature. Phenomenological calculations show that large electrocaloric responsivity can also be expected at room temperature by manipulating the phase transition.

  3. Strain induced ferromagnetism in epitaxial Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films integrated on Si(001)

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    Punugupati, Sandhyarani Narayan, Jagdish; Hunte, Frank

    2014-09-29

    We report on the epitaxial growth and magnetic properties of antiferromagnetic and magnetoelectric (ME) Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films deposited on cubic yttria stabilized zirconia (c-YSZ)/Si(001) using pulsed laser deposition. The X-ray diffraction (2ϴ and Φ) and TEM characterizations confirm that the films were grown epitaxially. The Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) growth on YSZ(001) occurs with twin domains. There are four domains of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} with in-plane rotation of 30° or 150° from each other about the [0001] growth direction. The epitaxial relation between the layers is given as [001]Si ‖ [001]YSZ ‖ [0001]Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and [100]Si ǁ [100]YSZ ǁ [101{sup ¯}0] Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} or [112{sup ¯}0] Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Though the bulk Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} is an antiferromagnetic with T{sub N} = 307 K, we found that the films exhibit ferromagnetic like hysteresis loops with high saturation and finite coercive field up to 400 K. The thickness dependent magnetizations together with oxygen annealing results suggest that the ferromagnetism (FM) is due to oxygen related defects whose concentration is controlled by strain present in the films. This FM, in addition to the intrinsic magneto-electric properties of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, opens the door to relevant spintronics applications.

  4. Influence of complex impact of the picosecond electron beam and volume discharge in atmospheric-pressure air on the electronic properties of MCT epitaxial films surface

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    Grigoryev, Denis V.; Novikov, Vadim A.; Bezrodnyy, Dmitriy A.; Tarasenko, Viktor F.; Shulepov, Michail A.; Dvoretskii, Sergei A.

    2015-12-01

    In the present report we studied the distribution of surface potential of the HgCdTe epitaxial films grown by molecular beam epitaxy after the impact of picosecond electron beam and volume discharge in atmospheric-pressure air. The surface potential distribution was studied by the Kelvin Force Probe Microscopy. The experimental data obtained for the variation of the contact potential difference (ΔCPD) between the V-defect and the main matrix of the epitaxial film. The investigation of the origin epitaxial films show that variation of the spatial distribution of surface potential in the V-defect region can be related to the variation of the material composition. The experimental data obtained for the irradiated samples show that the mean value of ΔCPD for the original surface differs from the one for the irradiated surface for 55 eV. At the same time the mean value of ΔCPD changes its sign indicating that the original surface of the epitaxial HgCdTe film predominantly contains the grains with increased cadmium content while after the irradiation the grains possess an increased content of mercury. Therefore, during the irradiation process a decrease of the mercury content in the near-surface region of the semiconductor takes place resulting in the alteration of the electrophysical properties in the films near-surface region.

  5. Low-temperature atomic layer epitaxy of AlN ultrathin films by layer-by-layer, in-situ atomic layer annealing

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    Shih, Huan-Yu; Lee, Wei-Hao; Kao, Wei-Chung; Chuang, Yung-Chuan; Lin, Ray-Ming; Lin, Hsin-Chih; Shiojiri, Makoto; Chen, Miin-Jang

    2017-01-01

    Low-temperature epitaxial growth of AlN ultrathin films was realized by atomic layer deposition (ALD) together with the layer-by-layer, in-situ atomic layer annealing (ALA), instead of a high growth temperature which is needed in conventional epitaxial growth techniques. By applying the ALA with the Ar plasma treatment in each ALD cycle, the AlN thin film was converted dramatically from the amorphous phase to a single-crystalline epitaxial layer, at a low deposition temperature of 300 °C. The energy transferred from plasma not only provides the crystallization energy but also enhances the migration of adatoms and the removal of ligands, which significantly improve the crystallinity of the epitaxial layer. The X-ray diffraction reveals that the full width at half-maximum of the AlN (0002) rocking curve is only 144 arcsec in the AlN ultrathin epilayer with a thickness of only a few tens of nm. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy also indicates the high-quality single-crystal hexagonal phase of the AlN epitaxial layer on the sapphire substrate. The result opens a window for further extension of the ALD applications from amorphous thin films to the high-quality low-temperature atomic layer epitaxy, which can be exploited in a variety of fields and applications in the near future. PMID:28045075

  6. Low-temperature atomic layer epitaxy of AlN ultrathin films by layer-by-layer, in-situ atomic layer annealing

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    Shih, Huan-Yu; Lee, Wei-Hao; Kao, Wei-Chung; Chuang, Yung-Chuan; Lin, Ray-Ming; Lin, Hsin-Chih; Shiojiri, Makoto; Chen, Miin-Jang

    2017-01-01

    Low-temperature epitaxial growth of AlN ultrathin films was realized by atomic layer deposition (ALD) together with the layer-by-layer, in-situ atomic layer annealing (ALA), instead of a high growth temperature which is needed in conventional epitaxial growth techniques. By applying the ALA with the Ar plasma treatment in each ALD cycle, the AlN thin film was converted dramatically from the amorphous phase to a single-crystalline epitaxial layer, at a low deposition temperature of 300 °C. The energy transferred from plasma not only provides the crystallization energy but also enhances the migration of adatoms and the removal of ligands, which significantly improve the crystallinity of the epitaxial layer. The X-ray diffraction reveals that the full width at half-maximum of the AlN (0002) rocking curve is only 144 arcsec in the AlN ultrathin epilayer with a thickness of only a few tens of nm. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy also indicates the high-quality single-crystal hexagonal phase of the AlN epitaxial layer on the sapphire substrate. The result opens a window for further extension of the ALD applications from amorphous thin films to the high-quality low-temperature atomic layer epitaxy, which can be exploited in a variety of fields and applications in the near future.

  7. Role of native defects in nitrogen flux dependent carrier concentration of InN films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Tangi, Malleswararao; Kuyyalil, Jithesh; Shivaprasad, S. M.

    2012-10-01

    We address the carrier concentration, strain, and bandgap issue of InN films grown on c-sapphire at different N-flux by molecular beam epitaxy using x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We demonstrate that the strain in InN films arises due to point defects like nitrogen interstitials and nitrogen antisites. We report minimal biaxial strain due to relaxed growth morphology and a minimal hydrostatic strain arising due to interstitial nitrogen atoms being partially compensated by nitrogen antisites. We find that the variation in absorption edge can be attributed to defect induced carrier concentration and that nitrogen interstitials and nitrogen antisites act as donors that yield the respective absorption edge and Moss-Burstein shift. Our studies are a step towards the ability to form low carrier concentration strain-relaxed films and to determine the intrinsic band gap value for this technologically important material.

  8. Light emission and magnetic properties of aluminum films grown on SrTiO3 by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, Y. J.; Zhou, W. Q.; Meng, M.; Wu, S. X.; Li, S. W.

    2016-06-01

    Aluminum films were grown on SrTiO3 (100) substrates using a plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy system. We found that the intensity of defect emission coming through the Al films was enhanced to two fold. Although the surface plasmon energy is far from the defect emission, off-resonance enhancement is still possible from Al/SrTiO3. Moreover, the samples with Al films exhibits ferromagnetism, with wasp-waist hysteresis loops and exchange bias effects. The ferromagnetism may be attributed to the charge transfer between Al and the SrTiO3 matrix. This work is valuable in developing SrTiO3 which is a promising material used in optical and magnetic related application.

  9. Correlation of nanochemistry and electrical properties in HfO2 films grown by metalorganic molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Moon, Tae-Hyoung; Ham, Moon-Ho; Myoung, Jae-Min

    2005-03-01

    We present the annealing effects on nanochemistry and electrical properties in HfO2 dielectrics grown by metalorganic molecular-beam epitaxy. After the postannealing treatment of HfO2 films in the temperature range of 600-800°C, the thicknesses and chemical states of the films were examined by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. By comparing the line shapes of core-level spectra for the samples with different annealing temperatures, the concentrations of SiO and Hf-silicate with high dielectric constant are found to be highest for HfO2 film annealed at 700°C. This result supports that the accumulation capacitance of the sample annealed at 700°C is not deteriorated in spite of a steep increase in interfacial layer thickness compared with that of the sample annealed at 600°C.

  10. Magnetism of epitaxial Tb films on W(110) studied by spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy

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    Prieto, J. E.; Chen, Gong; Schmid, A. K.; de la Figuera, J.

    2016-11-01

    Thin epitaxial films of Tb metal were grown on a clean W(110) substrate in ultrahigh vacuum and studied in situ by low-energy electron microscopy. Annealed films present magnetic contrast in spin-polarized low-energy electron microscopy. The energy dependence of the electron reflectivity was determined and a maximum value of its spin asymmetry of about 1% was measured. The magnetization direction of the Tb films is in-plane. Upon raising the temperature, no change in the domain distribution is observed, while the asymmetry in the electron reflectivity decreases when approaching the critical temperature, following a power law ˜(1-T /TC) β with a critical exponent β of 0.39.

  11. Ge doping of β-Ga2O3 films grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ahmadi, Elaheh; Koksaldi, Onur S.; Kaun, Stephen W.; Oshima, Yuichi; Short, Dane B.; Mishra, Umesh K.; Speck, James S.

    2017-04-01

    The Ge doping of β-Ga2O3(010) films was investigated using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy as the growth method. The dependences of the amount of Ge incorporated on the substrate temperature, Ge-cell temperature, and growth regime were studied by secondary ion mass spectrometry. The electron concentration and mobility were investigated using Van der Pauw Hall patterns. Hall measurement confirmed that Ge acts as an n-dopant in β-Ga2O3(010) films. These results were compared with similar films doped by Sn. The Hall data showed an improved electron mobility for the same electron concentration when Ge is used instead of Sn as the dopant.

  12. Electronic Degeneracy and Intrinsic Magnetic Properties of EpitaxialNb: SrTiO3 Thin Films Controlled by Defects.

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    Sarantopoulos, A; Ferreiro-Vila, E; Pardo, V; Magén, C; Aguirre, M H; Rivadulla, F

    2015-10-16

    We report thermoelectric power experiments in e-doped thin films of SrTiO3 (STO) which demonstrate that the electronic band degeneracy can be lifted through defect management during growth. We show that even small amounts of cationic vacancies, combined with epitaxial stress, produce a homogeneous tetragonal distortion of the films, resulting in a Kondo-like resistance upturn at low temperature, large anisotropic magnetoresistance, and nonlinear Hall effect. Ab initio calculations confirm a different occupation of each band depending on the degree of tetragonal distortion. The phenomenology reported in this Letter for tetragonally distorted e-doped STO thin films, is similar to that observed in LaAlO3/STO interfaces and magnetic STO quantum wells.

  13. Electronic Degeneracy and Intrinsic Magnetic Properties of EpitaxialNb : SrTiO3 Thin Films Controlled by Defects

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    Sarantopoulos, A.; Ferreiro-Vila, E.; Pardo, V.; Magén, C.; Aguirre, M. H.; Rivadulla, F.

    2015-10-01

    We report thermoelectric power experiments in e -doped thin films of SrTiO3 (STO) which demonstrate that the electronic band degeneracy can be lifted through defect management during growth. We show that even small amounts of cationic vacancies, combined with epitaxial stress, produce a homogeneous tetragonal distortion of the films, resulting in a Kondo-like resistance upturn at low temperature, large anisotropic magnetoresistance, and nonlinear Hall effect. Ab initio calculations confirm a different occupation of each band depending on the degree of tetragonal distortion. The phenomenology reported in this Letter for tetragonally distorted e -doped STO thin films, is similar to that observed in LaAlO3 /STO interfaces and magnetic STO quantum wells.

  14. Gas Sensing Properties of Epitaxial LaBaCo2O5.5+δ Thin Films

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    Liu, M.; Ren, S. P.; Zhang, R. Y.; Xue, Z. Y.; Ma, C. R.; Yin, M. L.; Xu, X.; Bao, S. Y.; Chen, C. L.

    2015-01-01

    Chemical reactivity and stability of highly epitaxial mixed-conductive LaBaCo2O5.5+δ (LBCO) thin films on (001) LaAlO3 (LAO) single-crystalline substrates, fabricated by using pulsed laser deposition system, were systematically investigated. Microstructure studies from x-ray diffraction indicate that the films are c-axis oriented with the interface relationship of [100]LBCO//[100]LAO and (001)LBCO//(001)LAO. LBCO thin films can detect the ethanol vapor concentration as low as 10ppm and the response of LBCO thin film to various ethanol vapor concentrations is very reliable and reproducible with the switch between air and ethanol vapor. Moreover, the fast response of the LBCO thin film, as the p-type gas sensor, is better than some n-type oxide semiconductor thin films and comparable with some nanorods and nanowires. These findings indicate that the LBCO thin films have great potential for the development of gas sensors in reducing/oxidizing environments. PMID:26146369

  15. Strain-controlled easy axis orientation of epitaxial CoFe2O4 films by He implantation

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Wong, Antony T.; Rus, Stefania F.; Ward, Thomas Z.

    2015-03-01

    Heteroepitaxial strain engineering is an essential tool in the strongly correlated systems for investigating fundamental coupling effects and for more practical control of thin film properties. Here, we use strain doping by He implantation as an alternative technique to control thin film functionalities. We demonstrate the tuning of the magnetic anisotropy of CoFe2O4 (CFO) films through He implantation. Compressively strained thin films of CFO are grown coherently on MgO substrates and show pronounced out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy. Successive doping of the CFO films with He using a commercial ion gun results in an expansion of the out-of-plane lattice parameter while maintaining in-plane epitaxial lock to the substrate. We observe a continuous rotation of the magnetic easy axis towards the film plane with increasing unit cell tetragonality. The results are in agreement with the strain-induced change of the magnetic anisotropy due to the large negative magnetostriction of CFO and demonstrate that strain doping via He implantation is an elegant path to tune desired characteristics of transition metal oxide thin films. This work was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division.

  16. Ultrafast carrier dynamics and the role of grain boundaries in polycrystalline silicon thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Titova, Lyubov V.; Cocker, Tyler L.; Xu, Sijia; Baribeau, Jean-Marc; Wu, Xiaohua; Lockwood, David J.; Hegmann, Frank A.

    2016-10-01

    We have used time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to study microscopic photoconductivity and ultrafast photoexcited carrier dynamics in thin, pure, non-hydrogenated silicon films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on quartz substrates at temperatures ranging from 335 °C to 572 °C. By controlling the growth temperature, thin silicon films ranging from completely amorphous to polycrystalline with minimal amorphous phase can be achieved. Film morphology, in turn, determines its photoconductive properties: in the amorphous phase, carriers are trapped in bandtail states on sub-picosecond time scales, while the carriers excited in crystalline grains remain free for tens of picoseconds. We also find that in polycrystalline silicon the photoexcited carrier mobility is carrier-density-dependent, with higher carrier densities mitigating the effects of grain boundaries on inter-grain transport. In a film grown at the highest temperature of 572 °C, the morphology changes along the growth direction from polycrystalline with needles of single crystals in the bulk of the film to small crystallites interspersed with amorphous silicon at the top of the film. Depth profiling using different excitation wavelengths shows corresponding differences in the photoconductivity: the photoexcited carrier lifetime and mobility are higher in the first 100-150 nm from the substrate, suggesting that thinner, low-temperature grown polycrystalline silicon films are preferable for photovoltaic applications.

  17. X-ray diffraction and ellipsometric studies of zinc sulfide thin films grown by atomic layer epitaxy

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    Oikkonen, Markku

    1988-05-01

    The microstructure of ZnS thin films grown by atomic layer epitaxy (ALE) is investigated using X-ray diffraction and a single-line technique. Crystal structure, preferred orientation, crystallinity, crystallite size, crystallite size distribution, and microstrain are determined. Complex refractive indexes of the films are determined in the wavelength range 400 to 600 nm using spectroscopic ellipsometry. A two-layer model is employed, where the uppermost layer takes into account the surface roughness. Density of ZnS thin films is determined using ellipsometry and He(+)-ion backscattering spectrometry. In the first tens of nanometers of an ALE ZnS thin film the crystallinity and void content strongly depend on the substrate properties. Most of the films were grown on soda glass. It is found that after the bottom layer, at the distances from 50 to 100 nm to 300 to 400 nm from the substrate the crystallinity is good, crystallites are large, the specific orientation is strong, the void content is low, and the optical properties resemble those of bulk ZnS. At distances larger than 300 to 400 nm the surface roughness and the void content in the upper parts of the film increase because of the more and more randomly packed large crystallites. Substrate temperature and source materials affect the growth of all parts of the films.

  18. High-Tc and high-Jc SmFeAs(O,F) films on fluoride substrates grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ueda, Shinya; Takeda, Soichiro; Takano, Shiro; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Naito, Michio

    2011-12-01

    Superconducting thin films of SmFeAs(O,F) were prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on fluoride substrates. In our process, F-free SmFeAsO films were grown first, and F was subsequently introduced to the films by diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3. By this simple process, record high Tc, namely, Tcon (Tcend) = 57.8 K (56.4 K) was obtained in a film on CaF2. Furthermore, the films on CaF2 showed high critical current density over 1 MA/cm2 in the self-field at 5 K. The correlation between superconductivity and epitaxial strain in SmFeAs(O,F) films is discussed.

  19. High-T{sub c} and high-J{sub c} SmFeAs(O,F) films on fluoride substrates grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ueda, Shinya; Takeda, Soichiro; Takano, Shiro; Naito, Michio; Yamamoto, Akiyasu

    2011-12-05

    Superconducting thin films of SmFeAs(O,F) were prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on fluoride substrates. In our process, F-free SmFeAsO films were grown first, and F was subsequently introduced to the films by diffusion from an overlayer of SmF{sub 3}. By this simple process, record high T{sub c}, namely, T{sub c}{sup on} (T{sub c}{sup end}) = 57.8 K (56.4 K) was obtained in a film on CaF{sub 2}. Furthermore, the films on CaF{sub 2} showed high critical current density over 1 MA/cm{sup 2} in the self-field at 5 K. The correlation between superconductivity and epitaxial strain in SmFeAs(O,F) films is discussed.

  20. Effect of in-plane tensile strain in (100)/(001)-oriented epitaxial PbTiO3 films on their phase transition temperature and tetragonal distortion

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    Nakashima, Takaaki; Ichinose, Daichi; Ehara, Yoshitaka; Shimizu, Takao; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Yamada, Tomoaki; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2017-03-01

    (100)/(001)-oriented epitaxial lead titanate (PbTiO3) films with various thicknesses were grown on (100) KTaO3 substrates by pulsed metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The change of crystal structure with film thickness and deposition temperature was investigated. The paraelectric phase of 50 and 1000 nm-thick films had a tensile strain of 0.5% and almost 0% at 700 °C, respectively. The phase change temperature from the paraelectric phase to the ferroelectric phase, the Curie temperature (Tc), increased with the in-plane strain of the paraelectric phase; that is, Tc increased with decreasing film thickness. In contrast, room-temperature tetragonal distortion decreased as the film became thinner. This study reveals the effect of in-plane tensile strain in (100)/(001)-oriented epitaxial PbTiO3 films with higher Tc and smaller tetragonal distortion at room temperature.