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Title: Physics of Ultrathin Films and Heterostructures of Rare-Earth Nickelates

Abstract

The electronic structure of transition metal oxides featuring correlated electrons can be rationalized within the Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen framework. Following a brief description of the present paradigms of electronic behavior, we focus on the physics of rare-earth nickelates as an archetype of complexity emerging within the charge transfer regime. The intriguing prospect of realizing the physics of high-Tc cuprates through heterostructuring resulted in a massive endeavor to epitaxially stabilize these materials in ultrathin form. A plethora of new phenomena unfolded in such artificial structures due to the effect of epitaxial strain, quantum confinement, and interfacial charge transfer. Here we review the present status of artificial rare-earth nickelates in an effort to uncover the interconnection between the electronic and magnetic behavior and the underlying crystal structure. Here, we conclude by discussing future directions to disentangle the puzzle regarding the origin of the metal-insulator transition, the role of oxygen holes, and the true nature of the antiferromagnetic spin configuration in the ultrathin limit.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (United States)
  2. S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, Kolkata (India)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  4. Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)
  5. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source; U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Research Office (ARO); USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1399119
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Annual Review of Materials Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 46; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1531-7331
Publisher:
Annual Reviews
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; correlated electrons; charge ordering; complex oxide heterostructures; metal-insulator transition; orbital engineering

Citation Formats

Middey, Srimanta, Chakhalian, J., Mahadevan, P., Freeland, J. W., Millis, Andrew J., and Sarma, D. D. Physics of Ultrathin Films and Heterostructures of Rare-Earth Nickelates. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1146/annurev-matsci-070115-032057.
Middey, Srimanta, Chakhalian, J., Mahadevan, P., Freeland, J. W., Millis, Andrew J., & Sarma, D. D. Physics of Ultrathin Films and Heterostructures of Rare-Earth Nickelates. United States. doi:10.1146/annurev-matsci-070115-032057.
Middey, Srimanta, Chakhalian, J., Mahadevan, P., Freeland, J. W., Millis, Andrew J., and Sarma, D. D. Wed . "Physics of Ultrathin Films and Heterostructures of Rare-Earth Nickelates". United States. doi:10.1146/annurev-matsci-070115-032057. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1399119.
@article{osti_1399119,
title = {Physics of Ultrathin Films and Heterostructures of Rare-Earth Nickelates},
author = {Middey, Srimanta and Chakhalian, J. and Mahadevan, P. and Freeland, J. W. and Millis, Andrew J. and Sarma, D. D.},
abstractNote = {The electronic structure of transition metal oxides featuring correlated electrons can be rationalized within the Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen framework. Following a brief description of the present paradigms of electronic behavior, we focus on the physics of rare-earth nickelates as an archetype of complexity emerging within the charge transfer regime. The intriguing prospect of realizing the physics of high-Tc cuprates through heterostructuring resulted in a massive endeavor to epitaxially stabilize these materials in ultrathin form. A plethora of new phenomena unfolded in such artificial structures due to the effect of epitaxial strain, quantum confinement, and interfacial charge transfer. Here we review the present status of artificial rare-earth nickelates in an effort to uncover the interconnection between the electronic and magnetic behavior and the underlying crystal structure. Here, we conclude by discussing future directions to disentangle the puzzle regarding the origin of the metal-insulator transition, the role of oxygen holes, and the true nature of the antiferromagnetic spin configuration in the ultrathin limit.},
doi = {10.1146/annurev-matsci-070115-032057},
journal = {Annual Review of Materials Research},
number = 1,
volume = 46,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {4}
}

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