Band offsets and density of Ti3+ states probed by x-ray photoemission o LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerfaces and their LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 bulk precursors

G. Drera, G. Salvinelli, Alexander Brinkman, Mark Huijben, Gertjan Koster, H. Hilgenkamp, Augustinus J.H.M. Rijnders, D. Visentin, L. Sangaletti

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Abstract

A set of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO-STO) interfaces has been probed by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy in order to contrast and compare the effects of LAO overlayer thickness and of the growth conditions on the electronic properties of these heterostructures. These effects are tracked by considering the band offset and the density of Ti+3 states, respectively. It is shown that the dominant effects on the local electronic properties are determined by the O2 partial pressure during the growth. In particular, a low PO2 yields Ti+3 states with higher density and lower binding energy compared to the sample grown at high PO2 or to the bare STO reference sample. Band-offset effects are all below about 0.7 eV, but a careful analysis of Ti 2p and Sr 3d peaks shows that valence-band offsets can be at the origin of the observed peak width. In particular, the largest offset is shown by the conducting sample, which displays the largest Ti 2p and Sr 3d peak widths
Original languageEnglish
Article number075435
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical review B: Condensed matter and materials physics
Volume87
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • IR-86927
  • METIS-297196

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