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Magnetotransport properties of metal/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

Author(s): Vaz, Diogo Alexandre Castro

Date: 2015

Persistent ID: http://hdl.handle.net/10362/16401

Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Interfaces; Perovskite; Oxides; Metals; Critical thickness; LaAlO3; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia dos Materiais; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia dos Materiais; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Engenharia dos Materiais


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The quasi two-dimensional electron gas (q2DEG) hosted in the interface of an epitaxially grown lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) thin film with a TiO2-termi-nated strontium titanate (SrTiO3) substrate (001) has been massively studied in the last few years. The confinement of mobile electrons to within a few nanome-ters from the interface, superconductive behavior at low temperatures and elec-tron mobility exceeding 1000 cm2/(V.s) make this system an interesting candi-date to explore the physics of spin injection and transport. However, due to the critical thickness for conduction of 4 unit cells (uc) of LaAlO3, a high tunneling resistance hampers electrical access to the q2DEG, preventing proper injection of spin polarized current. Recently, our group found that depositing a thin overlayer of Co on LaAlO3 reduces the critical thickness, enabling conduction with only 1 uc of LaAlO3. Two scenarios arise to explain this phenomenon: a pinning of the Fermi level in the metal, inducing charge transfer in the SrTiO3; the creation of oxygen vacancies at the interface between LaAlO3 and the metal, leading to an n-type doping of the SrTiO3. In this dissertation, we will report on magnetotransport of metal/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (metal: Ti, Ta, Co, Py, Au, Pt, Pd) heterostructures with 2 uc of LaAlO3 studied at low temperatures (2 K) and high magnetic fields (9 T). We have analyzed the transport properties of the gas, namely, the carrier concen-tration, mobility and magnetotransport regime and we will discuss the results in the light of the two scenarios mentioned above.

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Bibes, Manuel; Martins, Rodrigo
Contributor(s) Vaz, Diogo Alexandre Castro
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