Strain screening by mobile oxygen vacancies in SrTiO3

Yongsam Kim; Disa, Ankit S.; Babakol, Timur E.; Brock, Joel D.
June 2010
Applied Physics Letters;6/21/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 25, p251901
Academic Journal
Recently, Freedman et al. [Phys. Rev. B 80, 064108 (2009)] calculated the elastic dipole tensor for several types of point defects in SrTiO3 and showed that it is nearly traceless for oxygen vacancies. Thus, mobile oxygen vacancies are predicted to screen elastic strain fields. Here, we report detailed diffuse x-ray scattering measurements of bulk SrTiO3 crystals prepared with controlled oxygen vacancy distributions. We verify the traceless nature of the elastic dipole tensor of an oxygen vacancy and demonstrate both correlations between oxygen vacancies and elastic strain screening by oxygen vacancies.


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