Highly (100)-oriented electrically conductive LaNiO3δ (LNO) thin film with perovskite-type structure was deposited on Si(100) substrates by rf magnetron sputtering at substrate temperatures of 200, 300, 450, and 600°C with a series of 0%, 20%, 40%, and 60% oxygen partial pressures, respectively. The room temperature (RT) resistivity of LNO films decreases with decreasing substrate temperature at a fixed oxygen partial pressure and with increasing oxygen partial pressure at a fixed substrate temperature. The lowest RT resistivity of as-sputtered LNO thin films was about 5.3×104Ωcm. This value could be as low as 1.55×104Ωcm by postprocessing called high oxygen-pressure processing at 8MPa and is comparable to the lowest one, 1.5×104Ωcm, of epitaxial LNO thin film deposited on lattice-matched SrTiO3, LaAlO3, or sapphire single-crystal substrates.

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