Atomic-scale identification of novel planar defect phases in heteroepitaxial YBa2Cu3O7−δ thin films Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We have discovered two novel types of planar defects that appear in heteroepitaxial YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{7-\delta}$ (YBCO123) thin films, grown by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) either with or without a La$_{2/3}$Ca$_{1/3}$MnO$_3$ (LCMO) overlayer, using the combination of high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) imaging and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) mapping for unambiguous identification. These planar lattice defects are based on the intergrowth of either a BaO plane between two CuO chains or multiple Y-O layers between two CuO$_2$ planes, resulting in non-stoichiometric layer sequences that could directly impact the high-$T_c$ superconductivity.

publication date

  • May 2018