Applied Physics Letters
Epitaxial La0.67Ca0.33MnO3:SrTiO3 (LCMO:STO) composite thin films have been grown on single crystal LaAlO3(001) substrates by a cost effective polymer-assisted deposition method. Both x-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy confirm the growth of epitaxial films with an epitaxial relationship between the films and the substrates as (002)film||(002)sub and film||sub. The transport property measurement shows that the STO phase significantly increases the resistivity and enhances the magnetoresistance (MR) effect of LCMO and moves the metal-insulator transition to lower temperatures. For example, the MR values measured at magnetic fields of 0 and 3 T are −44.6% at 255 K for LCMO, −94.2% at 125 K for LCMO:3% STO, and −99.4% at 100 K for LCMO:5% STO, respectively.
Copyright (2012) American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 082403 (2012) and may be found at http://apl.aip.org/resource/1/applab/v100/i8/p082403_s1.
L. Fei et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 082403 (2012).