Nanoscale domain engineering in SrRuO3 thin films

We investigate nanoscale domain engineering via epitaxial coupling in a set of SrRuO3/PbTiO3/SrRuO3 heterostructures epitaxially grown on (110)o-oriented DyScO3 sub- strates. The SrRuO3 layer thickness is kept at 55 unit cells, whereas the PbTiO3 layer is grown to thicknesses of 23, 45 and 90 unit cells. Through a combination of atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction and high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy studies, we find that above a certain critical thickness of the ferroelectric layer, the large structural distortions associ- ated with the ferroelastic domains propagate through the top SrRuO3 layer, locally modifying the orientation of the orthorhombic SrRuO3 and creating a modulated structure that extends beyond the ferroelectric layer boundaries.

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    • 10.1063/5.0167553
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    thin films, transmission electron microscopy, ferroelectric materials, heterostructures, strain measurement, crystal lattices, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, magnetism, phase transitions
Publication date18/07/2023
Retention date13/10/2033
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  • Lichtensteiger, Céline
  • Su, Chia-Ping
  • Gaponenko, Iaroslav orcid
  • Hadjimichael, Marios
  • Tovaglieri, Ludovica
  • Paruch, Patrycja
  • Gloter, Alexandre
  • Triscone, Jean-Marc
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