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Issue 30, 2012
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Controlling the initial growth behavior of SrTiO3 films by interposing Al2O3 layers between the film and the Ru substrate

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Abstract

The effects of thin Al2O3 layers interposed between atomic layer deposited SrTiO3 (STO) films and Ru substrates on the growth and properties of STO films were examined. Although a 3–4 nm thick TiO2 barrier layer was necessary to completely suppress the oxygen diffusion from the underlying Ru(O) layer, which could result in uncontrolled excessive Sr incorporation into the film, a 2–3 nm thick Al2O3 barrier layer was sufficient to achieve the saturated oxygen blocking effect. Therefore, only a 0.4 nm thick Al2O3 layer could effectively suppress uncontrollable initial excessive incorporation of Sr, and a 1 nm thick Al2O3 layer had a blocking effect that was equivalent to that of a 3 nm thick TiO2 layer. STO films were crystallized in situ by the assistance of crystallized 2–3 nm thick STO seed layers that were pre-deposited and annealed. The bulk dielectric constant of STO calculated by the slope of equivalent oxide thickness vs. physical thickness was 173 on the 1 nm thick Al2O3/Ru substrate. However, further research is necessary to reduce the adverse contribution of the interfacial layers to achieve a scaling of the equivalent oxide thickness to ≪0.5 nm.

Graphical abstract: Controlling the initial growth behavior of SrTiO3 films by interposing Al2O3 layers between the film and the Ru substrate

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Submitted
27 Mar 2012
Accepted
03 Jun 2012
First published
07 Jun 2012

J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 15037-15044
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Paper

Controlling the initial growth behavior of SrTiO3 films by interposing Al2O3 layers between the film and the Ru substrate

W. Lee, J. H. Han, S. W. Lee, S. Han, W. J. Jeon and C. S. Hwang, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 15037
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM31897K

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