Quantum and field effects of oxide heterostructures

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The interface between two materials can show radically different properties than either of the bulk parent materials. This is not the least true for oxide interfaces, which can display multiple physical functionalities thus making them ideal for the realisation of so-called multi-plexed devices. In these multi-plexed devices, several inputs aretranslated into several outputs through the multiple physical functionalities.A highly prominent example of such an oxide interface is the one between LaAlOand SrTiO3. Although both LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 in the bulk are electrically insulating and non-magnetic, their interface nonetheless shows attractive properties such as metallic conductivity, superconductivity and ferro magnetism.This thesis will provide an extensive review of the literature concerning the interface metal found in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 as well as in other SrTiO3-based hetero structures. Through this review, several open questions will be revealed, which constitute the scientific aims of this thesis. These open questions will subsequently be addressed though the work presented in the articles that were published during the course of this Ph.D. study.In the review of these published articles, the important aspects of sample preparation will initially be covered. Here, the growth of amorphous-LaAlO3 on SrTiO3 will be addressed in a modified pulsed laser deposition setup. This is followed by an investigation of two high-electron mobility interfaces in SrTiO3-based heterostructures. Specifically, these interfaces are the ones between CaZrO3/SrTiO3 and amorphous-LaAlO3/(La, Sr)MnO3/SrTiO3. The sample preparation section is ended by outlininga patterning strategy for the high-electron mobility interface at amorphous-LaAlO3/(La, Sr)MnO3/SrTiO3. Subsequently, the effects of electrostatic gating is studied in two different SrTiO3-based heterostructures. Here, it is shown that the interface between amorphous-LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 is superconducting with a larger critical transition temperature than that in LaAlO3/SrTiO3. For γ-Al2O3/SrTiO3 it is shown that non-volatile bipolar resistance switching is possible with a gradual tuning of the interface conductivity. Finally, the so-called quantum Hall effect is demonstrated at the interface between amorphous-LaAlO3/(La, Sr)MnO3/SrTiO3. The manifestation of the quantum Hall effect reveals that the interface conductivity is comprised of several subbands conducting in parallel.An outlook will be provided at the end of the thesis judging the research as well as development of oxide electronics and multi-plexed devices.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRoskilde
PublisherDepartment of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark
Number of pages175
ISBN (Print)978-87-92986-50-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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