Epitaxial growth of iridate pyrochlore Nd2Ir2O7 films

J. C. Gallagher, B. D. Esser, R. Morrow, S. R. Dunsiger, R. E. A. Williams, P. M. Woodward, D. W. McComb, F. Y. Yang

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Epitaxial films of the pyrochlore Nd2Ir2O7 have been grown on (111)-oriented yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrates by off-axis sputtering followed by post-growth annealing. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results demonstrate phase-pure epitaxial growth of the pyrochlore films on YSZ. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) investigation of an Nd2Ir2O7 film with a short post-annealing provides insight into the mechanism for crystallization of Nd2Ir2O7 during the post-annealing process. STEM images reveal clear pyrochlore ordering of Nd and Ir in the films. The epitaxial relationship between the YSZ and Nd2Ir2O7 is observed clearly while some interfacial regions show a thin region with polycrystalline Ir nanocrystals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22282
Number of pages7
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

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