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Stabilizing new bismuth compounds in thin film form

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 November 2016

Aiping Chen*
Affiliation:
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA
Honghui Zhou
Affiliation:
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NSF Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695, USA
Yuanyuan Zhu
Affiliation:
Physical & Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington 99352, USA
Leigang Li
Affiliation:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Wenrui Zhang
Affiliation:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
Jagdish Narayan
Affiliation:
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NSF Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695, USA
Haiyan Wang
Affiliation:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA; and School of Materials Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Quanxi Jia*
Affiliation:
Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, USA
*
a)Address all correspondence to these authors. e-mail: apchen@lanl.gov
b)e-mail: qxjia@lanl.gov
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Abstract

Growth of unexpected phases from a composite target of BiFeO3:BiMnO3 and/or BiFeO3:BiCrO3 has been explored using pulsed laser deposition. The Bi2FeMnO6 tetragonal phase can be grown directly on SrTiO3 (STO) substrate, while two phases (S1 and S2) were found to grow on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates with narrow growth windows. However, introducing a thin CeO2 buffer layer effectively broadens the growth window for the pure S1 phase, regardless of the substrate. Moreover, we discovered two new phases (X1 and X2) when growing on STO substrates using a BiFeO3:BiCrO3 target. Pure X2 phase can be obtained on CeO2-buffered STO and LAO substrates. This work demonstrates that some unexpected phases can be stabilized in a thin film form by using composite perovskite BiRO3 (R = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) targets. Furthermore, it also indicates that CeO2 can serve as a general template for the growth of bismuth compounds with potential room-temperature multiferroicity.

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