Molecular beam epitaxy of ferromagnetic γ′-Fe4N thin films on LaAlO3(1 0 0), SrTiO3(1 0 0) and MgO(1 0 0) substrates

Keita Ito, Geun Hyoung Lee, Hiro Akinaga, Takashi Suemasu

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We have attempted to grow a-axis-oriented γ′-Fe4N epitaxial films with smooth surfaces at around 400 °C on LaAlO 3(LAO)(1 0 0), SrTiO3(STO)(1 0 0) and MgO(1 0 0) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy using solid Fe and a radio-frequency NH3 plasma as the Fe and N sources, respectively. The lattice mismatch of these substrates to γ′-Fe4N is 0%, 3% and 11%, respectively. Epitaxial growth of γ′-Fe4N films was successfully achieved on the STO(1 0 0) and LAO(1 0 0) substrates. It was found from reflection high-energy electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction that the a-axis orientation of γ′-Fe4N was degraded with increasing lattice mismatch. High-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy measurements showed that amorphous AlO layers were present at the γ′-Fe4N/LAO interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 1


  • A3. Molecular beam epitaxy
  • B2. LaAlO
  • B2. MgO
  • B2. SrTiO
  • B2. γ′-FeN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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