Interfaces play a crucial role in the study of novel phenomena emerging at heterostructures comprising metals and functional oxides. In this work, we consider Cr/BaTiO3 heterostructures grown on Nb:SrTiO3 (0 0 1) substrates. Chromium thin films with 2 nm nominal thickness are deposited by molecular beam epitaxy on the BaTiO3 layer, and subsequently annealed in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 800 K to 970 K, and finally exposed to 10−7 torr of molecular oxygen for 300 s. Highly ordered films are obtained for each of this condition, ranging from metallic Cr to insulating Cr2O3 with tetragonal structure. Quite unexpectedly, an intermediate – fully ordered – case exists, with the co-presence of Cr and Cr2O3 compounds, each one with its proper crystal orientation. These results show the opportunity of controlling the metal/oxide state of crystalline Cr films grown onto the ferroelectric template BaTiO3/Nb:SrTiO3.

Epitaxy and controlled oxidation of chromium ultrathin films on ferroelectric BaTiO3 templates

Asa M.;Rinaldi C.;Nessi L.;Chrastina D.;Petti D.;Albisetti E.;Bertacco R.;Cantoni M.
2021

Abstract

Interfaces play a crucial role in the study of novel phenomena emerging at heterostructures comprising metals and functional oxides. In this work, we consider Cr/BaTiO3 heterostructures grown on Nb:SrTiO3 (0 0 1) substrates. Chromium thin films with 2 nm nominal thickness are deposited by molecular beam epitaxy on the BaTiO3 layer, and subsequently annealed in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 800 K to 970 K, and finally exposed to 10−7 torr of molecular oxygen for 300 s. Highly ordered films are obtained for each of this condition, ranging from metallic Cr to insulating Cr2O3 with tetragonal structure. Quite unexpectedly, an intermediate – fully ordered – case exists, with the co-presence of Cr and Cr2O3 compounds, each one with its proper crystal orientation. These results show the opportunity of controlling the metal/oxide state of crystalline Cr films grown onto the ferroelectric template BaTiO3/Nb:SrTiO3.
A1. Crystal structure
A1. Low dimensional structures
A2. Single crystal growth
A3. Molecular beam epitaxy
B1. Metals
B1. Oxides
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