The periodic arrangement of equimolar two cations in the corundum structure produces the ilmenite-type and LiNbO3-type orderings. The phase (polymorphism) control is one of the important topics in solid-state chemistry. Using a pulsed-laser deposition technique, we examined the formation of MnSnO3 films as a function of oxygen gas pressure. Under the optimal low oxygen gas pressure, c-axis oriented single-crystalline films of the ilmenite-type MnSnO3 were synthesized on Al2O3 (0001). We found that, with an increase of oxygen gas pressure, x-ray diffraction peaks characteristic of the ilmenite-type ordering disappeared and the c-axis length approached that of the LiNbO3-type MnSnO3 while the crystal structure retained basic features of corundum derivatives. The optical bandgap measurement revealed the decrease of bandgap in the LiNbO3-type (or disordered corundum-type) MnSnO3. The thin-film approach can add a new degree of freedom in the control of structural and physical properties in corundum-derivative oxides.
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