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Scientific output

Real time monitoring of ferroelectricity during oxide heterostructures growth.

Gabriele De Luca1, Nives Strkalj1, Sebastian Manz1, Corinne Bouillet2, Manfred Fiebig1 and Morgan Trassin1

1 Department of Materials, ETH Zürich, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 4, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland

2 Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg – CNRS UMR 7504, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex 2, France


We demonstrate the full access in observation and engineering of the amplitude and orientation of polarization in ferroelectric multilayers for two prominent ferroelectrics, BaTiO3 and BiFeO3 during the pulsed laser deposition process. We track in situ the evolving polar states using optical second harmonic generation (ISHG) combined with reflection high energy electron diffraction monitoring (RHEED).
We detect in real time the thin film critical thickness for the emergence of the polar state and we probe its evolution with the deposition time with a single unit cell accuracy. We follow the buildup and the bulk like saturation of the unit cell polarization in these important ferroelectrics. The role of polarization anisotropy and domains formation are detailed.

Using a combination of epitaxial strain engineering and surface termination control, we design and probe ferroelectric heterostructures with user defined polarization configuration. The unprecedented degree of freedom brought by this non invasive tool in tracking and controlling polarization is only one possible route towards a novel class of oxide-electronic devices. Going beyond proper ferroelectricity, ISHG may be employed to track electronic states, phase transitions and many other functional oxide-heterostructure correlations.

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Room Temperature Pulsed Laser Deposition of Yttrium Iron Garnet and Annealing in an Argon Atmosphere

Christoph Hauser, Christian Eisenschmidt, Tim Richter, Alexander Müller, Hakan Deniz, and Georg Schmidt

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Physik, Halle, Germany

Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) is the prominent material in the field of spintronics and magnonics, due to its ultra low damping and very narrow linewidth in ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). Its insulating properties make it useful as a spin injector in spin pumping experiments. Thins films of YIG are mostly grown by high temperature pulsed laser deposition. We are able to grow nanometer thin films at room temperature, which result in an amorphous layer. These layers are then annealed in a quartz oven under pure oxygen or argon atmosphere at ambient pressure. For both atmospheres the films crystallize and become fully epitaxial with respect to the substrate without any visible defects. The saturation magnetizations are comparable to literature with no significant difference for the annealing atmospheres. In ferromagnetic resonance our method achieves the lowest damping (α = 6•10-5) and the smallest linewidth (1.3Oe) for nanometer thin layers. For deposition in an argon atmosphere and annealing in oxygen, the layers show low quality, so apparently oxygen during deposition is essential for a good layer quality. When the layers are annealed in vacuum, the magnetic properties are completely lost and the chemical structure of the YIG changes. We can thus state that a gas atmosphere during annealing is necessary for a high layer quality but we were not able to measure a significant difference in the layer properties when changing the annealing atmosphere from oxygen to argon.

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Unraveling the enhanced Oxygen Vacancy Formation in Complex Oxides during Annealing and Growth

Felix V.E. Hensling, Chencheng Xu, Felix Gunkel & Regina Dittmann

Peter Grünberg Institut, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich,Germany
RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Electronic Materials, Aachen, Germany

The reduction of oxides during annealing and growth in low pressure pulsed laser deposition (PLD) processes is a widely known problem. We hence investigate the influence of mere annealing and of growth in PLD systems to shed light on the reasons behind the reduction of perovskites. When comparing the existing literature regarding the reduction of the perovskite model material SrTiO3 (STO) it is conspicuous that one finds different oxygen pressures required to achieve reduction for vacuum annealing and for chemically controlled reducing atmospheres. The unraveling of this discrepancy is of high interest for low pressure PLD of thin films heterostructures to gain further understanding of the reduction of the STO. For thermal annealing, our results prove the attached measurement devices (mass spectrometer/ cold cathode gauge (CC)) to be primarily responsible for the reduction of STO in the deposition chamber by shifting the thermodynamic equilibrium to a more reducing atmosphere. We investigated the impact of our findings on the PLD growth at low pressure for LaAlO3/SrTiO3. During deposition the reduction triggered by the presence of the laser plume dominates and the impact of the measurement devices plays a minor role. During post annealing a complete reoxidization of samples is inhibited by an insufficient supply of oxygen.

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