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Conductivity enhancement of ultrathin LaNiO3 films in superlattices

  • Author(s): Stemmer, Susanne
  • et al.

The resistance of superlattices composed of bilayers of ultrathin 4 unit cells of LaNiO3 and 3 unit cells of insulating SrTiO3 is explored as a function of temperature and the number of bilayers. All superlattices with more than one bilayer are metallic, whereas a single bilayer is insulating. Two possible interpretations of the electrical characteristics of the superlattices are discussed. The first model involves conduction in parallel-connected layers, whereas the second model assumes coupling of layers, each of which is near the percolation threshold for a metal-insulator transition.

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