The growth of two-dimensional oxide films with accurate control of their structural and electronic properties is considered challenging for engineering nanotechnological applications. We address here the particular case of MgO ultrathin films grown on Ni (100), a system for which neither crystallization nor extended surface ordering has been established previously in the monolayer range. Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Auger Electron Spectroscopy, we report on experiments showing MgO monolayer (ML) epitaxy on a ferromagnetic nickel surface, down to the limit of atomic thickness. Alternate steps of Mg ML deposition, O2 gas exposure, and ultrahigh vacuum thermal treatment enable the production of a textured film of ordered MgO nano-domains. This study could open interesting prospects for controlled epitaxy of ultrathin oxide films with a high magneto-resistance ratio on ferromagnetic substrates, enabling improvement in high-efficiency spintronics and magnetic tunnel junction devices.
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Research Article| November 22 2017
MgO monolayer epitaxy on Ni (100)
A. Hemeryck ;
B. Sarpi, M. Putero, A. Hemeryck, S. Vizzini; MgO monolayer epitaxy on Ni (100). Appl. Phys. Lett. 20 November 2017; 111 (21): 211604. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5000119
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