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Significant Reduction of the Dead Layers by the Strain Release in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 Heterostructures

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posted on 2022-08-19, 15:40 authored by Yongda Chen, Xiao Yuan, Siqi Shan, Chong Zhang, Ruxin Liu, Xu Zhang, Wenzhuo Zhuang, Yequan Chen, Yongbing Xu, Rong Zhang, Xuefeng Wang
Great efforts have been devoted to exploring the emergent phenomena occurring in heterostructures of correlated oxides. However, the presence of both magnetic and electrical dead layers in functional oxide films generally obstructs the device functionalization and miniaturization. Here, we demonstrate an effective strategy to significantly reduce the thickness of dead layers in a prototypical correlated oxide system, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) grown on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates, via strain engineering by inserting a Sr3Al2O6 buffer layer with a different thickness at heterointerfaces. In this way, the thicknesses of the magnetic and electrical dead layers of LSMO films on the LAO substrates notably decrease from 8 to 4 unit cells and from 13 to 9 unit cells, respectively. Our results provide a convenient method to minimize or even eliminate the dead layers of correlated oxides through the interfacial strain engineering, which has potential applications in nanoscale oxide spintronic devices.