Atomically defined rare earth scandate crystal surfaces

Josée E. Kleibeuker, Gertjan Koster, Wolter Siemons, David Dubbink, Bouwe Kuiper, Jeroen L. Blok, Chan-Ho Yang, Jayakanth Ravichandran, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Johan E. ten Elshof, Dave H.A. Blank, Guus Rijnders

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The fabrication of well-defined, atomically sharp substrate surfaces over a wide range of lattice parameters is reported, which is crucial for atomically regulated epitaxial growth of complex oxide heterostructures. By applying a framework for controlled selective wet etching of complex oxides on the stable rare-earth scandates (REScO3), a pseudocubic = 0.394 – 0.404 nm, the large chemical sensitivity of REScO3 to basic solutions is exploited, which results in reproducible, single-terminated surfaces. Time-of-flight mass-spectroscopy measurements show that after wet etching the surfaces are predominantly ScO2 -terminated. Moreover, the morphology study of SrRuO3 thin-film growth gives no evidence for mixed termination. Therefore, it is concluded that the REScO3 surfaces are completely ScO2-terminated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3490-3496
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced functional materials
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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