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Towards Two-Dimensional Metallic Behavior at LaAlO 3 / SrTiO 3 Interfaces

Abstract : Using a low-temperature conductive-tip atomic force microscope in cross-section geometry we have characterized the local transport properties of the metallic electron gas that forms at the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. At low temperature, we find that the carriers do not spread away from the interface but are confined within ∼10  nm, just like at room temperature. Simulations taking into account both the large temperature and electric-field dependence of the permittivity of SrTiO3 predict a confinement over a few nm for sheet carrier densities larger than ∼6×1013  cm−2. We discuss the experimental and simulations results in terms of a multiband carrier system. Remarkably, the Fermi wavelength estimated from Hall measurements is ∼16  nm, indicating that the electron gas in on the verge of two dimensionality.
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O. Copie, V. Garcia, C. Bödefeld, C. Carretero, M. Bibes, et al.. Towards Two-Dimensional Metallic Behavior at LaAlO 3 / SrTiO 3 Interfaces. Physical Review Letters, 2009, 102 (21), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.216804⟩. ⟨hal-02347589⟩



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