"Ultrathin Epitaxial Barrier Layer to Avoid Thermally Induced Phase Transformation in Oxide Heterostructures"

David J. Baek: Di Lu, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y. Hwang, and Lena F. Kourkoutis; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12/22/16.

Additional Authors: Di Lu, Yasuyuki Hikita, Harold Y. Hwang, and Lena F. Kourkoutis

Abstract:

Incorporating oxides with radically different physical and chemical properties into heterostructures offers tantalizing possibilities to derive new functions and structures. Recently, we have fabricated freestanding 2D oxide membranes using the water-soluble perovskite Sr3Al2O6 as a sacrificial buffer layer. Here, with atomic-resolution spectroscopic imaging, we observe that direct growth of oxide thin films on Sr3Al2O6 can cause complete phase transformation of the buffer layer, rendering it water-insoluble. More importantly, we demonstrate that an ultrathin SrTiO3 layer can be employed as an effective barrier to preserve Sr3Al2O6 during subsequent growth, thus allowing its integration in a wider range of oxide heterostructures.