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Title: Band alignment of epitaxial SrTiO 3 thin films with (LaAlO 3) 0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO 6) 0.7 (001)

SrTiO 3 (STO) epitaxial thin films and heterostructures are of considerable interest due to the wide range of functionalities they exhibit. The alloy perovskite (LaAlO 3) 0.3-(Sr 2AlTaO 6) 0.7 (LSAT) is commonly used as a substrate for these material structures due to its structural compatibility. However, surprisingly little is known about the electronic properties of the STO/LSAT interface despite its potentially important role in affecting the overall electronic structure of system. We examine the band alignment of STO/LSAT heterostructures using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for epitaxial STO films deposited using two different molecular beam epitaxy approaches. Here, we find that the valence band offset ranges from +0.2(1) eV to -0.2(1) eV depending on surface conditions for the film and substrate. From these results we extract a conduction band offset from -2.4(1) eV to -2.8(1) eV, indicating that the conduction band edge is more deeply bound in STO and that LSAT will not act as a sink or trap for electrons in the supported film or multilayer.
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  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951; APPLAB; 48341; KC0203020
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830; 10122
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 107; Journal Issue: 13; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL)
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Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; epitaxial; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
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OSTI ID: 1229681