Tuning Ferromagnetism at Interfaces between Insulating Perovskite Oxides

Nirmal Ganguli, Paul J. Kelly

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We use density functional theory calculations to show that the LaAlO 3 |SrTiO 3 interface between insulating perovskite oxides is borderline in satisfying the Stoner criterion for itinerant ferromagnetism and explore other oxide combinations with a view to satisfying it more amply. The larger lattice parameter of a LaScO 3 |BaTiO 3 interface is found to be less favorable than the greater interface distortion of LaAlO 3 |CaTiO 3 . Compared to LaAlO 3 |SrTiO 3 , the latter is predicted to exhibit robust magnetism with a larger saturation moment and a higher Curie temperature. Our results provide support for a “two phase” picture of coexistent superconductivity and ferromagnetism
Original languageEnglish
Article number127201
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical review letters
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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