Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1308.0967 (Julia A. Mundy et al.)

Hetero-epitaxial EuO Interfaces Studied by Analytic Electron Microscopy    [PDF]

Julia A. Mundy, Daniel Hodash, Alexander Melville, Rainer Held, Thomas Mairoser, David A. Muller, Lena F. Kourkoutis, Andreas Schmehl, Darrell G. Schlom
With nearly complete spin polarization, the ferromagnetic semiconductor europium monoxide could enable next-generation spintronic devices by providing efficient ohmic spin injection into silicon. Spin injection is greatly affected by the quality of the interface between the injector and silicon. Here, we use atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with electron energy loss spectroscopy to directly image and chemically characterize a series of EuO|Si and EuO|YAlO3 interfaces fabricated using different growth conditions. We identify the presence of europium silicides and regions of disorder at the EuO|Si interfaces, imperfections that could significantly reduce spin injection efficiencies via spin-flip scattering.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0967

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