Interface Local Magnetic Moment and Its Near Periodic Modulation in Oxide SrRuO₃| LaAlO₃ Heterojunctions: An Ab Initio Investigation

Karthikeyan, R and Niranjan, Manish K (2018) Interface Local Magnetic Moment and Its Near Periodic Modulation in Oxide SrRuO₃| LaAlO₃ Heterojunctions: An Ab Initio Investigation. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (99). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0018-9464

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Abstract

Using density functional theory, the interface local magnetic moment and its variation are explored in SrRuO₃|LaAlO₃|vacuum (001) heterostructures with increasing number of LaAlO₃ unit cells. The computed magnetic moment projected on interface planes is found to modulate nearly periodically as the number of LaAlO₃ unit cells is increased in SrRuO₃|LaAlO₃|vacuum structure. The magnetic moment localized at the interface RuO₂ plane shifts from a lower value of ~ 0.7 μB to a higher value of ~ 1.35 μB and changes by ~ 42% as LaAlO₃ changes from non-stoichiometric to stoichiometric with increase in its thickness. However, the magnitude shifts from higher to lower value as LaAlO₃ changes from stoichiometric to non-stoichiometric with further increase in thickness. The large variation and nearly periodic modulation of magnetic moment localized at the interface with increasing LaAlO₃ thickness arise due to spin-dependent screening of effective total charge of LaAlO₃ film by accumulated free carriers at the interface in heterostructure. The modulation of interface local magnetic moment using ultrathin LaAlO₃ film at the oxide heterointerfaces can be exploited as an additional functionality, in conjunction with those reported recently such as control of band alignment and enhancement of the electric conductivity at the interface.

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Niranjan, Manish KUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emergent phenomena, first-principle calculations, interfacial magnetism, oxide heterostructures
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 08:24
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 08:24
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4404
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1109/TMAG.2018.2848258
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0018-9464/
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