Eric Breckenfeld

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The combination of epitaxial strain and defect engineering facilitates the tuning of the transition temperature of BaTiO3 to >800 °C. Advances in thin-film deposition enable the utilization of both the electric and elastic dipoles of defects to extend the epitaxial strain to new levels, inducing unprecedented functionality and temperature stability in(More)
Sr2Ti7O14, a new phase, is synthesized by leveraging the innate chemical and thermo-dynamic instabilities in the SrTiO3-TiO2 system and non-equilibrium growth techniques. The chemical composition, epitaxial relationships, and orientation play roles in the formation of this novel layered phase, which, in turn, possesses unusual charge ordering,(More)
Next-generation devices will rely on exotic functional properties not found in traditional systems. One class of materials of particular interest for applications are those possessing metal-to-insulator transitions (MITs). In this work, we probe the relationship between variations in the growth process, subsequent variations in cation stoichiometry, and the(More)
Epitaxial VO2/TiO2 thin film heterostructures were grown on (100) (m-cut) Al2O3 substrates via pulsed laser deposition. We have demonstrated the ability to reduce the semiconductor-metal transition (SMT) temperature of VO2 to ∼44 °C while retaining a 4 order of magnitude SMT using the TiO2 buffer layer. A combination of electrical transport and X-ray(More)
We are developing a novel computer simulation game based on authentic engineering practices to give first-year engineering undergraduates a more complete and accurate understanding of the engineering profession. The game is student-focused in that it is tailored to the newest generation of engineering students who are more computer literate, electronically(More)
Over the past decade, there has been much development of non-lithographic methods(1-3) for printing metallic inks or other functional materials. Many of these processes such as inkjet(3) and laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT)(4) have become increasingly popular as interest in printable electronics and maskless patterning has grown. These additive(More)
VO2 is a promising material for reconfigurable photonic devices due to the ultrafast changes in electronic and optical properties associated with its dielectric-to-metal phase transition. Based on a fiber-optic, pump-probe setup at 1550 nm wavelength window, and by varying the pump-pulse duration, we show that the material phase transition is primarily(More)
We demonstrate a link between the growth process, the stoichiometry of LaAlO(3), and the interfacial electrical properties of LaAlO(3)/SrTiO(3) heterointerfaces. Varying the relative La:Al cation stoichiometry by a few atomic percent in films grown at 1×10(-3) Torr results in a 2 and 7 order-of-magnitude change in the 300 and 2 K sheet resistance,(More)
We report intense, narrow line-width, surface chemisorption-activated and reversible ultraviolet (UV) photoluminescence from radiative recombination of the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) with photoexcited holes at LaAlO3/SrTiO3. The switchable luminescence arises from an electron transfer-driven modification of the electronic structure via(More)
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