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Use of Ga_2O_3[100] monocrystals as substrates for the synthesis of GaFeO_3 thin films

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Abad, S. and Vásquez, G. Cristian and Vines, L. and Ranchal Sánchez, Rocío (2020) Use of Ga_2O_3[100] monocrystals as substrates for the synthesis of GaFeO_3 thin films. Materials letters, 261 . ISSN 0167-577X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2019.126949


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The aim of this work is to explore the use of thermal oxidation for the synthesis of GaFeO_3 (GFO) thin films, by employing ex situ annealed samples comprised of sputtered Fe_72Ga_28 layers deposited on top of Ga_2O_3 [1 0 0] monocrystals. To avoid Ga evaporation, Fe_72Ga_28 were capped with 60 nm-thick Mo. No surface damaged was observed when annealed between 200 degrees C and 400 degrees C. Indications of GFO formation have been obtained by X-ray diffractometry in samples with a FeGa thickness of 560 nm annealed at 300 degrees C and 400 degrees C. The hysteresis loops exhibit a coercive field close to the reported value for GFO when annealed at 400 degrees C. All the experimental results encourage the application of this growth routine to synthetize high quality GFO thin films.


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We thank CAI Difraccion de rayos-X of UCM for X-ray diffractometry measurements, and ICTS-ISOM (UPM) for using some of its facilities. This work has been financially supported through the projects MAT2015-66888-C3-3-R of the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad of Spain (MINECO), and RTI2018-097895B-C43 of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovacion y Universidades of Spain. The Research Council of Norway is also acknowledged for the financial support to the FUNDAMeNT project (No. 251131), and the Norwegian Micro- and Nano-Fabrication Facility, NorFab project (No. 245963/F50).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Magnetoelectricity; GaFeO3; Annealing; Structural properties; Magnetic properties
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:59199
Deposited On:20 Feb 2020 12:52
Last Modified:20 Feb 2020 12:52

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