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Thermodynamic conditions during growth determine the magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial thin-films of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3

AuthorsVila-Fungueiriño, J. M.; Santiso, José ; Rivadulla, F.
KeywordsFerromagnetic resonance
Magnetic anisotropy
Thin-film deposition
Issue Date2016
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
CitationJournal of Physics D - Applied Physics 49(31): 315001 (2016)
AbstractThe suitability of a particular material for use in magnetic devices is determined by the process of magnetization reversal/relaxation, which in turn depends on the magnetic anisotropy. Therefore, designing new ways to control magnetic anisotropy in technologically important materials is highly desirable. Here we show that magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial thin-films of half-metallic ferromagnet LaSrMnO (LSMO) is determined by the proximity to thermodynamic equilibrium conditions during growth. We performed a series of x-ray diffraction and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) experiments in two different sets of samples: the first corresponds to LSMO thin-films deposited under tensile strain on (0 0 1) SrTiO by pulsed laser deposition (PLD; far from thermodynamic equilibrium); the second were deposited by a slow chemical solution deposition (CSD) method, under quasi-equilibrium conditions. Thin films prepared by PLD show fourfold in-plane magnetic anisotropy, with an overimposed uniaxial term. However, the uniaxial anisotropy is completely suppressed in the CSD films. This change is due to a different rotation pattern of MnO octahedra to accommodate epitaxial strain, which depends not only on the amplitude of tensile stress imposed by the STO substrate, but also on the growth conditions. Our results demonstrate that the nature and magnitude of the magnetic anisotropy in LSMO can be tuned by the thermodynamic parameters during thin-film deposition.
Descriptionet al.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/31/315001
e-issn: 1361-6463
issn: 0022-3727
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