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ACS Nano. 2011 Oct 25;5(10):7967-71. doi: 10.1021/nn202477n. Epub 2011 Sep 14.

Atomic-scale visualization of initial growth of homoepitaxial SrTiO₃ thin film on an atomically ordered substrate.

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WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577, Japan.

Abstract

The initial homoepitaxial growth of SrTiO(3) on a (√13 × √13)-R33.7° SrTiO(3)(001) substrate surface, which can be prepared under oxide growth conditions, is atomically resolved by scanning tunneling microscopy. The identical (√13 × √13) atomic structure is clearly visualized on the deposited SrTiO(3) film surface as well as on the substrate. This result indicates the transfer of the topmost Ti-rich (√13 × √13) structure to the film surface and atomic-scale coherent epitaxy at the film/substrate interface. Such atomically ordered SrTiO(3) substrates can be applied to the fabrication of atom-by-atom controlled oxide epitaxial films and heterostructures.

PMID:
21905666
DOI:
10.1021/nn202477n

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