We report the fabrication of BiFeO3/BiCrO3(111) artificial superlattices with 1/1 stacking in a layer-by-layer growth mode on atomically flat SrTiO3(111) surfaces. While BiFeO3 and BiCrO3 are antiferromagnets having Fe-O-Fe and Cr-O-Cr bonds, these superlattices contain Fe-O-Cr bonds, in which ferromagnetic interaction is expected. Magnetization measurements at 300 K revealed that the magnetic moment per transition metal ion was 1.7 μB, suggesting ferromagnetic spin order. Ferroelectric behavior at room temperature was confirmed by an analysis using a scanning non-linear dielectric microscope.
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