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Nanoscale crystal imperfection-induced characterization changes of manganite nanolayers with various crystallographic textures

Yuan-Chang Liang*, Hua Zhong and Wen-Kai Liao

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Institute of Materials Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224, Taiwan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:345  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-345

Published: 6 August 2013

Abstract

(La,Sr)MnO3 (LSMO) nanolayers with various crystallographic textures were grown on the sapphire substrate with and without In2O3 epitaxial buffering. The LSMO nanolayer with In2O3 epitaxial buffering has a (110) preferred orientation. However, the nanolayer without buffering shows a highly (100)-oriented texture. Detailed microstructure analyses show that the LSMO nanolayer with In2O3 epitaxial buffering has a high degree of nanoscale disordered regions (such as subgrain boundaries and incoherent heterointerfaces) in the film. These structural inhomogeneities caused a low degree of ferromagnetic ordering in LSMO with In2O3 epitaxial buffering, which leads to a lower saturation magnetization value and Curie temperature, and higher coercivity and resistivity.

Keywords:
Crystallographic texture; Manganite; Epitaxy; Magnetic properties; Buffering