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Using resonant x-ray spectroscopies combined with density functional calculations, we find an asymmetric biaxial strain-induced d-orbital response in ultrathin films of the correlated metal LaNiO3 which are not accessible in the bulk. The sign of the misfit strain governs the stability of an octahedral "breathing" distortion, which, in turn, produces an(More)
We investigate structural coupling of the MnO6 octahedra across a film/substrate interface and the resultant changes of the physical properties of ultrathin La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO) films. In order to isolate the effect of interfacial MnO6 octahedral behavior from that of epitaxial strain, LSMO films are grown on substrates with different symmetry and similar(More)
The rich functionalities in the ABO3 perovskite oxides originate, at least in part, from the ability of the corner-connected BO6 octahedral network to host a large variety of cations through distortions and rotations. Characterizing these rotations, which have significant impact on both fundamental aspects of materials behavior and possible applications,(More)
Control of atomic structure, namely the topology of the corner-connected metal-oxygen octahedra, has emerged as an important route to tune the functional properties at oxide interfaces. Here we investigate isovalent manganite superlattices (SLs), [(La(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO(3))n/(Eu(0.7)Sr(0.3)MnO(3))n] × m, as a route to spatial control over electronic bandwidth(More)
One synthetic modality for materials discovery proceeds by forming mixtures of two or more compounds. In transition metal oxides (TMOs), chemical substitution often obeys Vegard's principle, and the resulting structure and properties of the derived phase follow from its components. A change in the assembly of the components into a digital nanostructure,(More)
Babak Anasori, Martin Dahlqvist, Joseph Halim, Eun Ju Moon, Jun Lu, Brian C. Hosler, Elad N. Caspi, Steven J. May, Lars Hultman, Per Eklund, Johanna Rosén and Michel W. Barsoum, Experimental and theoretical characterization of ordered MAX phases Mo2TiAlC2 and Mo2Ti2AlC3, 2015, Journal of Applied Physics, (118), 9, 094304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4929640(More)
We demonstrate the existence of quantized "bulk" plasmons in ultrathin magnesium films on Si(111) by analyzing plasmon-loss satellites in core-level photoemission spectra, recorded as a function of the film thickness d. Remarkably, the plasmon energy is shown to vary as 1/d2 all the way down to three atomic layers. The loss spectra are dominated by the n=1(More)
While the synthesis of ABO3 perovskite films has enabled new strategies to control the functionality of this material class, the chemistries that have been realized in thin film form constitute only a fraction of those accessible to bulk chemists. Here, we report the synthesis of oxyfluoride films, where the incorporation of F may provide a new means to(More)
La0.3 Sr0.7 FeO3-δ films undergo dramatic changes in electronic and optical properties due to reversible oxygen loss induced by low-temperature heating. This mechanism to control the functional properties may serve as a platform for new devices or sensors in which external stimuli are used to dynamically control the composition of complex oxide(More)
Ga adsorption on the Si(112) surface results in the formation of pseudomorphic Ga atom chains. Compressive strain in these atom chains is relieved via creation of adatom vacancies and their self-organization into meandering vacancy lines. The average spacing between these line defects can be controlled, within limits, by adjusting the chemical potential mu(More)