Chemical stability and transport properties of ultrathin La1.2 Sr1.8 Mn2 O7 Ruddlesden-Popper films

M. Matvejeff, K. Yoshimatsu, H. Kumigashira, M. Oshima, M. Lippmaa

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Epitaxial La1.2 Sr1.8 Mn2 O7 films with n=2 Ruddlesden-Popper structure were grown on SrTiO3 (001) substrates. Decomposition through water intercalation led to the disappearance of the metal-insulator transition in samples exposed to ambient atmosphere. Crystal damage was limited to the surface layer only, demonstrating the anisotropic nature of the water intercalation process. By protecting films with a SrTiO3 capping layer, the metal-insulator transition persisted down to 2.5 unit cell thick films. In thinner films, we propose a mechanism related to the loss of interlayer ferromagnetic order in favor of in-plane antiferromagnetism as a reason for the loss of the metallic state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152110
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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