Suppression of octahedral tilts and associated changes in electronic properties at epitaxial oxide heterostructure interfaces

A. Y. Borisevich, H. J. Chang, M. Huijben, M. P. Oxley, S. Okamoto, M. K. Niranjan, J. D. Burton, E. Y. Tsymbal, Ying-hao Chu, P. Yu, R. Ramesh, S. V. Kalinin, S. J. Pennycook

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Abstract

Epitaxial oxide interfaces with broken translational symmetry have emerged as a central paradigm behind the novel behaviors of oxide superlattices. Here, we use scanning transmission electron microscopy to demonstrate a direct, quantitative unit-cell-by-unit-cell mapping of lattice parameters and oxygen octahedral rotations across the BiFeO3-La0.7Sr 0.3MnO3 interface to elucidate how the change of crystal symmetry is accommodated. Combined with low-loss electron energy loss spectroscopy imaging, we demonstrate a mesoscopic antiferrodistortive phase transition near the interface in BiFeO3 and elucidate associated changes in electronic properties in a thin layer directly adjacent to the interface.

Original languageEnglish
Article number087204
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume105
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Aug 2010

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