TITLE

Thickness dependence of surface roughness and transport properties of La[sub 2/3]Ca[sub 1/3]MnO[sub 3] epitaxial thin films

AUTHOR(S)
Bibes, M.; Balcells, Ll.; Valencia, S.; Sena, S.; Martínez, B.; Fontcuberta, J.; Nadolski, S.; Wojcik, M.; Jedryka, E.
PUB. DATE
June 2001
SOURCE
Journal of Applied Physics;6/1/2001, Vol. 89 Issue 11, p6686
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this work, we report on the impact of distinct growth parameters that affect the roughness and surface morphology of La[sub 2/3]Ca[sub 1/3]MnO[sub 3] epitaxial thin films grown by rf sputtering, namely, the film thickness and the deposition temperature. Data for films with thicknesses ranging from 2.4 to 108 nm will be presented. A correlation with transport measurements is also reported: whereas films thicker than 6 nm show the typical metal-to-insulator transition, the thinner film is insulating. The resistivity is strongly enhanced when decreasing film thickness. Nuclear magnetic resonance measurements have been used to monitor the relative concentration of the localized Mn[sup 4+] and delocalized Mn[sup 3+/4+] states. It is found that the relative intensity of the delocalized Mn[sup 3+/4+] configuration (I[sup 3+/4+]) progressively lowers when reducing film thickness. Of significance could be the observation that I[sup 3+/4+] remains finite for the thicknesses co! rresponding to insulating films, thus suggesting that an electrically inhomogeneous state is formed in a region close to the interface with the substrate. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
4712372

 

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