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Title
Optimized fabrication of high-quality thin films considering all essential characteristics
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Abstract
In this paper, an overview of the fabrication and properties of high-quality La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) thin films is given. A high-quality LSMO film combines a smooth surface morphology with a large magnetization and a small residual resistivity, while avoiding precipitates and surface segregation. In the literature, typically only a few of these issues are adressed. We therefore present a thorough characterization of our films, which were grown by pulsed laser deposition. The films were characterized with reflection high energy electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, magnetization and transport measurements, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy. The films have a saturation magnetization of 4.0 µB/Mn, a Curie temperature of 350 K and a residual resistivity of 60 µΩ cm. These results indicate that high-quality films, combining both large magnetization and small residual resistivity, were realized. A comparison between different samples presented in the literature shows that focussing on a single property is insufficient for the optimization of the deposition process. For high-quality films, all properties have to be adressed. For LSMO devices, the thin-film quality is crucial for the device performance. Therefore, this research is important for the application of LSMO in devices.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of physics: D: applied physics. - London
Publication
London : 2011
ISSN
0022-3727
Volume/pages
44:20(2011), p. 205001,1-205001,9
Article Reference
205001
ISI
000290150900001
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 16.06.2011
Last edited 04.11.2017
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