The realization of epitaxial heterostructures involving ferroelectric (FE) and ferromagnetic (FM) materials is one of the possible routes towards the realization of devices exploiting sizable magnetoelectric effects. In this paper we demonstrate the epitaxial growth of Fe on BaTiO3(001) as this system represents a prototypical example of interface between well known FE and FM materials with bcc and perovskite structure respectively, both with Curie temperature well above 300 K. Fe grows on BaTiO3 with 45° rotation of its cubic lattice with respect to that of the substrate in order to reduce the lattice mismatch. Negligible interdiffusion of Ba and Ti cations or Fe atoms is found by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, while a sizable Fe oxidation occurs within an interfacial layer with thicknesses thinner than 3 nm.
30 Jun 2011
Volume: 519 Issue: 17 Pages: 5804-5807
Thin Solid Films