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Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures$
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Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, Elbio R. A. Dagotto, Chang-Beom Eom, and Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584123.001.0001

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Synthesis of epitaxial multiferroic oxide thin films

Synthesis of epitaxial multiferroic oxide thin films

(p.73) 3 Synthesis of epitaxial multiferroic oxide thin films
Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures

Thomas Tybell

Chang-Beom Eom

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the synthesis of epitaxial multiferroic oxide thin films based on the possibilities offered by substrate engineering. Multiferroic oxides exhibit strong structure-property coupling, making them susceptible to epitaxy as pathway to device both the microscopic and macroscopic structure, and hence properties. The substrate is thus a fundamental starting point that enables control of crystalline structure, including distortions, orientation, and structural domains. The role of the substrate is examined, and a short overview of available substrates including possible surface terminations is given. Examples are chosen in order to convey how substrate surface termination, crystallographic orientation, and strain can be used to tailor functional properties. The use of vicinal surfaces is also carefully assessed. SrRuO3 and BiFeO3 are used as model systems to convey that a combination of strain engineering and vicinal substrates opens for epitaxial multiferroic oxide thin films with engineered properties.

Keywords:   epitaxy, substrate, strain, vicinal surfaces, domains, SrRuO3, BiFeO3

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