© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Interfaces between (110) and (111)SrTiO3 (STO) single crystalline substrates and amorphous oxide layers, LaAlO3 (a-LAO), Y:ZrO2 (a-YSZ), and SrTiO3 (a-STO) become conducting above a critical thickness tc. Here we show that tc for a-LAO does not depend on the substrate orientation, i.e. tc (a-LAO/(110)STO) ≈ tc(a-LAO/(111)STO) interfaces, whereas it strongly depends on the composition of the amorphous oxide: tc(a-LAO/(110)STO) < tc(a-YSZ/(110)STO) < tc(a-STO/(110)STO). It is concluded that the formation of oxygen vacancies in amorphous-type interfaces is mainly determined by the oxygen affinity of the deposited metal ions, rather than orientation-dependent enthalpy vacancy formation and diffusion. Scanning transmission microscopy characterization of amorphous and crystalline LAO/STO(110) interfaces shows much higher amount of oxygen vacancies in the former, providing experimental evidence of the distinct mechanism of conduction in these interfaces.
- LaAlO /SrTiO 3 3
- Oxide interfaces
- Oxygen vacancies
Scigaj, M., Gázquez, J., Varela, M., Fontcuberta, J., Herranz, G., & Sánchez, F. (2015). Conducting interfaces between amorphous oxide layers and SrTiO<inf>3</inf>(110) and SrTiO<inf>3</inf>(111). Solid State Ionics, 281, 68-72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssi.2015.09.002