Interface-driven magnetic anisotropy in relaxed La0.7Sr0.3CrO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3heterostructures on MgO

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We investigate the structural and magnetic properties of La 0.7 Sr 0.3 CrO 3 (LSCO) / La 0.7 Sr 0.3 MnO 3 (LSMO) heterostructures grown on (001)-oriented MgO by molecular beam epitaxy. Due to the large film-substrate lattice mismatch, strain relaxation is found to occur within the first 2-3 unit cells (uc) of the film as evidenced by reflection high energy electron diffraction and high-resolution synchrotron x-ray reciprocal space mapping. We find that the presence of the LSCO spacer and capping layers leads to ferromagnetism in ultra-thin LSMO layers with thicknesses of the order of 2 uc with the magnetic easy axis oriented in the film plane. Net magnetic moments of 1.4 and 2.4 μ B / Mn are measured for (2 uc LSCO/2 uc LSMO) and (2 uc LSCO/4 uc LSMO) superlattices, respectively, by superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry. The effective magnetic anisotropy of the relaxed (2 uc LSCO/4 uc LSMO) heterostructure is found to be an order of magnitude higher than bulk LSMO highlighting the critical role of interfacial interactions in tuning magnetic anisotropy at complex oxide interfaces.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koohfar, S; Ozbek, Y; Bland, H; Zhang, Z; Kumah, DP

Published Date

  • February 7, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 129 / 5

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-7550

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/5.0033236

Citation Source

  • Scopus