Epitaxial anatase thin films were fabricated on lattice-matched (-0.2%) LaAIO3 (001) substrates in the layer-by-layer fashion by laser molecular-beam epitaxy. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope show the films to exhibit high crystallinity and atomically defined interfaces. By virtue of the adoption of LaAIO3 substrate, which is transparent to photoexcitation of TiO2, optical band gaps could be determined to be 3.3 eV at room temperature. A photoluminescence band due to recombination of self-trapped excitons was observed at 5 K to give the peak maximum at 2.2 eV. As a result of the high degree of orientation of the epitaxial films, anisotropic optical absorption was clearly observed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)