The microstructure of La2CuO4Fx thin films prepared by pulsed laser ablation

Martin Jones, Gaoning Kong, Mark Aindow, Ian Gameson, John Abell, [No Value] [No Value], Peter Edwards

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Thin films of lanthanum cuprate were grown on SrTiO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition and made superconducting (T-c similar to 38 K) through the process of post-deposition fluorination using elemental fluorine. A microstructural analysis showed that the [110] zone of the film grows parallel to the [(1) over bar 00] zone of the SrTiO3 substrate, reducing the lattice mismatch from 37.5% to 2.4%. At the film-substrate interface there is an intermediate layer 3-4 nm thick and twin-related grains emanate from this region. Stacking faults are present in the bulk of the film, with misoriented subgrains present at the deposit surface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3309-3316
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


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