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Title: Effect of silver doping on the surface of La5/8Ca3/8MnO3 epitaxial films

Thin film manganese oxides (manganites) display remarkable properties such as colossal magnetoresistance and charge ordered phases, and became a focal point of research in the past two decades owing to potential applications ranging from oxide spintronics to resistive switching-based memories. LaxCa1-xMnO3 (LCMO), a widely studied manganite, is known to substantially improve its transport properties when doped with Ag. However, despite the abundance of studies on LCMO, the effect of silver on the surface structure is unknown. Here, through in-situ methods, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is performed on La5/8Ca3/8MnO3 films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Films doped by silver, as confirmed by in-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), display large-scale reconstructions, interpreted as being of type ( 10 10)R18.4 , while films lacking silver display a ( 2 2)R45 reconstruction that may be associated with a surface charge-ordered state. It is posited that the possible cause of the varied reconstructions is due to a vacancy ordering on top of the existing ( 2 2)R45 reconstruction. These studies highlight the influence of Ag on the surface structure, and therefore a route towards modifying the surface properties of manganites.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 10
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Manganites; STM; PLD; In-Situ Imaging; Reconstructions; Silver Doping