Correlations between oxygen octahedral distortions and magnetic and transport properties in strained La0.5 Sr0.5Co O3 thin films

Yooun Heo, Daisuke Kan, Masato Anada, Yusuke Wakabayashi, Hiroo Tajiri, Yuichi Shimakawa

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Abstract

We quantitatively evaluated oxygen octahedral distortions in epitaxial thin films of the itinerant ferromagnet, La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 (LSCO), and investigated their impact on strucure-property relationships. The compressively strained film on a LaAlO3 substrate has a lower electrical resistivity and higher ferromagnetic transition temperature than the tensilely strained film on a La0.30Sr0.70Al0.65Ta0.35O3 substrate. The magnetic anisotropy is also found to depend on the type of strain, with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy induced in the compressively strained film and in-plane magnetization seen in the tensilely strained film. Our synchrotron x-ray-diffraction measurements and quantitative analysis reveal distinct oxygen octahedral distortions accommodated in these films and show that the out-of-plane and in-plane Co-O bond lengths of the compressively strained film are comparable to the in-plane and out-of-plane bond lengths of the tensilely strained film. These results indicate that the bond-length changes in LSCO modify hybridization between Co 3d and O2p orbitals, leading to the strain-dependent properties. These results highlight the significant role of octahedral distortions for structure-property relationships in the strained LSCO films.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174420
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume99
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 21
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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