Epitaxial La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) ferromagnetic thin films were coherently grown on NdGaO3 (NGO) substrates with different crystal orientations of the surface plane. On the (110)o- and (001)o-oriented substrates, the film grows in the (001)pc orientation, and on the (100)o-, (010)o-, and (112)o-oriented substrates the film is (011)pc oriented (we will use subindices o and pc for the orthorhombic and pseudocubic crystal structures, respectively). The lattice parameters and pseudocube angles of the deformed LSMO pseudocube have been determined from x-ray diffraction measurements. The in-plane magnetic easy and hard directions of these films have been determined from the dependence of the remnant magnetization on the angle of the in-plane applied field. For all substrate orientations there is a strong in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, determined by the crystal directions of the substrate surface. The easy and hard magnetic-anisotropy directions are explained consistently by the (bulk) inverse magnetostriction model, except for the film on NGO (112)o.
|Journal||Physical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|