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Title: Reversible modulation of electric transport properties by oxygen absorption and releasing on Nb:SrTiO{sub 3} surface

Pt Schottky contacts on (001)-orientated Nb-doped SrTiO{sub 3} (NSTO) in both ambient air and vacuum were investigated by the conductive atomic force microscope. The co-existed TiO{sub 2} and SrO termination layers were identified on the terrace-structured NSTO surface, where the former possessed a higher forward current than the latter. In ambient air, the barrier height of Pt/NSTO Schottky junction exhibited periodical variation with cyclic terrace plane and step sites, whereas it became homogeneous in ambient vacuum. We suggested that the oxygen absorption and releasing of surface dangling bonds were the origin for reversible changes in transport properties, which indicates a feasible approach for the surface modulation and band structure tailoring of NSTO based heterojunctions.
Authors:
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  1. Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics and Institute of Physics, Chinese Academic of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22402591
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; AIR; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; DOPED MATERIALS; HETEROJUNCTIONS; OXYGEN; PERIODICITY; STRONTIUM OXIDES; STRONTIUM TITANATES; SURFACES; TITANIUM OXIDES