Growth facets of SrIrO 3 thin films and single crystals

Abstract : The crystallographic orientation of SrIrO3 surfaces is decisive for the occurrence of topological surface states. We show from density functional theory computations that (001) and (110) free surfaces have comparable energies, and, correspondingly, we experimentally observe that single micro-crystals exhibit both facet orientations. These surfaces are found to relax over typically the length of one oxygen octahedron, defining a structural critical thickness for thin films. A reconstruction of the electronic density associated to tilts of the oxygen octahedra is observed. At the opposite, thin films have invariably been reported to grow along the (110) direction. We show that the interfacial energy associated to the oxygen octahedra distortion for epitaxy is likely at the origin of this specific feature, and propose leads to induce (001) SrIrO3 growth.
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L. Fruchter, V. Brouet, F. Brisset, H. Moutaabbid, Y. Klein. Growth facets of SrIrO 3 thin films and single crystals. CrystEngComm, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019, 21 (25), pp.3822-3828. ⟨10.1039/C9CE00535H⟩. ⟨hal-02322662⟩

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