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Thermodynamic conditions during growth determine the magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial thin-films of La₀.₇ Sr₀.₃MnO₃
Vila-Fungueiriño, J.M. (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica e Materiais Moleculares)
Bui, Cong Tinh (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica e Materiais Moleculares)
Rivas Murias, B. (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica e Materiais Moleculares)
Winkler, Elin (Centro Atómico Bariloche)
Milano, J. (Centro Atómico Bariloche)
Santiso, José (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia)
Rivadulla, Francisco (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica e Materiais Moleculares)

Date: 2016
Abstract: The suitability of a particular material for use in magnetic devices is determined by the process of magnetization reversal/relaxation, which in turn depends on the magnetic anisotropy. Therefore, designing new ways to control magnetic anisotropy in technologically important materials is highly desirable. Here we show that magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial thin-films of half-metallic ferromagnet La₀. ₇ Sr₀. ₃MnO₃ (LSMO) is determined by the proximity to thermodynamic equilibrium conditions during growth. We performed a series of x-ray diffraction and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) experiments in two different sets of samples: the first corresponds to LSMO thin-films deposited under tensile strain on (0 0 1) SrTiO₃ by pulsed laser deposition (PLD; far from thermodynamic equilibrium); the second were deposited by a slow chemical solution deposition (CSD) method, under quasi-equilibrium conditions. Thin films prepared by PLD show fourfold in-plane magnetic anisotropy, with an overimposed uniaxial term. However, the uniaxial anisotropy is completely suppressed in the CSD films. This change is due to a different rotation pattern of MnO₆ octahedra to accommodate epitaxial strain, which depends not only on the amplitude of tensile stress imposed by the STO substrate, but also on the growth conditions. Our results demonstrate that the nature and magnitude of the magnetic anisotropy in LSMO can be tuned by the thermodynamic parameters during thin-film deposition.
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció EC/FP7/259082
Note: Número d'acord de subvenció MINECO/MAT2013-44673-R
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Language: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; acceptedVersion
Published in: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Vol. 49, Issue 31 (August 2016) , art. 315001, ISSN 1361-6463

DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/31/315001


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