Long-range electronic reconstruction to a dxz,yz-dominated Fermi surface below the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

Abstract

Low dimensionality, broken symmetry and easily-modulated carrier concentrations provoke novel electronic phase emergence at oxide interfaces. However, the spatial extent of such reconstructions - i.e. the interfacial "depth" - remains unclear. Examining LaAlO₃/SrTiO₃ heterostructures at previously unexplored carrier densities n(2D) ≥ 6.9 × 10(14) cm(-2), we observe a Shubnikov-de Haas effect for small in-plane fields, characteristic of an anisotropic 3D Fermi surface with preferential dxz,yz orbital occupancy extending over at least 100 nm perpendicular to the interface. Quantum oscillations from the 3D Fermi surface of bulk doped SrTiO₃ emerge simultaneously at higher n(2D). We distinguish three areas in doped perovskite heterostructures: narrow (<20 nm) 2D interfaces housing superconductivity and/or other emergent phases, electronically isotropic regions far (>120 nm) from the interface and new intermediate zones where interfacial proximity renormalises the electronic structure relative to the bulk.

DOI: 10.1038/srep05338

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@inproceedings{Petrovi2014LongrangeER, title={Long-range electronic reconstruction to a dxz,yz-dominated Fermi surface below the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface}, author={A. P. Petrovi{\'c} and A. Par{\'e} and T. R. Paudel and K. Lee and S. Holmes and C. H. W. Barnes and A. David and T. Wu and E. Y. Tsymbal and C. Panagopoulos}, booktitle={Scientific reports}, year={2014} }