Atomically flat SrO-terminated SrTiO3(001) substrate

Bachelet, R.; Sánchez, F.; Palomares, F. J.; Ocal, C.; Fontcuberta, J.
October 2009
Applied Physics Letters;10/5/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 14, p141915
Academic Journal
We show that atomically flat single SrO-terminated SrTiO3(001) substrates can be obtained through simple high-temperature treatment. Amplitude-modulation atomic force microscopy with phase-lag analysis and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, have been used to demonstrate that the ratio between the two chemical terminations can be tailored by choosing the annealing time. Moreover, the progressive SrO surface enrichment (up to 100%) is accompanied by a self-assembly process which results in the spatial separation at the nanoscale of both chemical terminations. We further demonstrate that this opens a interesting avenue for selective chemical reaction and growth of oxide nanostructures.


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