Iron vacancy ordered γ-Fe2O3(001) epitaxial films: The crystal structure and electrical resistivity

Hideto Yanagihara, Manabu Hasegawa, Eiji Kita, Yusuke Wakabayashi, Hiroshi Sawa, Kiiti Siratori

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We report the structural characterization and transport properties of highly-ordered epitaxial γ-Fe2O3 thin films grown by a pure ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy method. X ray diffraction (XRD) measurements at a synchrotron facility indicated that the composition of films was close to that of γ-Fe2O3 with Fe vacancy only occurring at octahedral sites of a spinel. We revealed that the crystal symmetry was reduced from a cubic, giving rise to extra superlattice reflections along the c* axis and this showed good agreement with a tetragonal structure with c ≲ 3a. We succeeded in determining the position of vacancy sites as well as the unit cell by comparing the XRD results with calculated reflection patterns for plausible vacancy ordered models. The temperature dependent resistivity of the vacancy ordered γ-Fe2O3 was several orders higher than that of Fe3O4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054708
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2006 May 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Maghemite
  • Ozone beam
  • Resistivity
  • Vacancy ordering
  • γ-FeO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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