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  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.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Research|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2001|