Heteroepitaxial growth behavior of SrRuO 3/SrTiO 3(001) by pulsed laser deposition

Sang Sub Kim, Tae Yeon Seong, Hyun Seung Kim, Jung Ho Je

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Heteroepitaxial growth behavior of SrRuO 3/SrTiO 3(001) thin films during early stages by pulsed laser deposition was investigated using synchrotron x-ray scattering, atomic force microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. We find that three-dimensional (3D) SrRuO 3(110) islands of ∼1500 Å in diameter grow at an initial stage of growth (30 Å in thickness), in contrast to the two-dimensional layer growth previously reported in thick (3000 Å) films by off-axis sputtering. Interestingly, the 3D islands are coherently strained to the substrate, possessing a very narrow mosaic distribution of 0.007° half width at half maximum. On top of the existing well-aligned islands, poorly aligned 3D islands of much smaller sizes progressively grow, reducing the interfacial strain while maintaining the small surface roughness of 9 Å up to the film thickness of 420 Å.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4820-4824
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 15
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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