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Controlling Magnetization Vector Depth Profiles of La0.7Sr0.3CoO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 Exchange Spring Bilayers via Interface Reconstruction.

  • Author(s): Kane, Alexander M
  • Chiu, I-Ting
  • Ahlm, Nolan J
  • Chopdekar, Rajesh V
  • N'Diaye, Alpha T
  • Arenholz, Elke
  • Mehta, Apurva
  • Lauter, Valeria
  • Takamura, Yayoi
  • et al.
Abstract

The La0.7Sr0.3CoO3-δ/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3-δ (LSCO/LSMO) bilayer system is an ideal perovskite oxide platform for investigating interface reconstruction and its effect on their magnetic properties. Previous studies have shown that LSCO can separate into magnetic sublayers, which possess distinct trends as the total LSCO thickness increases. In this study, we used polarized neutron reflectometry to quantify changes in the magnetic and chemical depth profiles, and it confirms the formation of ∼12 Å-thick interfacial LSCO and LSMO layers, characterized by a decreased nuclear scattering length density compared to the bulk of the layers. This decrease is attributed to the combined effects of oxygen vacancy formation and interfacial charge transfer, which lead to magnetically active Co2+ ions with ionic radii larger than the Co3+/Co4+ ions typically found in bulk LSCO or single-layer films. The interfacial magnetization values, as well as Co2+ ion and oxygen vacancy concentrations, depend strongly on the LSCO layer thickness. These results highlight the sensitive interplay of the cation valence states, oxygen vacancy concentration, and magnetization at interfaces in perovskite oxide multilayers, demonstrating the potential to tune their functional properties via careful design of their structure.

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