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Title: Fabricating superconducting interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films

Realization of a fully metallic two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at the interface between artificially grown LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films has been an exciting challenge. Here we present for the first time the successful realization of a superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films. Our results highlight the importance of two factors—the growth temperature and the SrTiO{sub 3} termination. We use local friction force microscopy and transport measurements to determine that in normal growth conditions the absence of a robust metallic state at low temperature in the artificially grown LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interface is due to the nanoscale SrO segregation occurring on the SrTiO{sub 3} film surface during the growth and the associated defects in the SrTiO{sub 3} film. By adopting an extremely high SrTiO{sub 3} growth temperature, we demonstrate a way to realize metallic, down to the lowest temperature, and superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between LaAlO{sub 3} layers and artificially grown SrTiO{sub 3} thin films. This study paves the way to the realization of functional LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} superlattices and/or artificial LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} interfaces on other substrates.
Authors:
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  1. DPMC, University of Geneva, 24 Quai Ernest Ansermet, 1211 Geneva (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22269575
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: APL Materials; Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: (c) 2014 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ALUMINATES; DEFECTS; ELECTRON GAS; INTERFACES; LANTHANUM COMPOUNDS; LAYERS; MICROSCOPY; NANOSTRUCTURES; SEGREGATION; STRONTIUM OXIDES; STRONTIUM TITANATES; SUBSTRATES; SUPERCONDUCTORS; SUPERLATTICES; THIN FILMS