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Probing Individual Layers in Functional Oxide Multilayers by Wavelength-Dependent Raman Scattering

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  • Jens Kreisel,

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    1. Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique, Grenoble INP, CNRS, Minatec, 3, Parvis Louis Néel, 38016 Grenoble, France
    2. Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
    3. Science and Analysis of Materials, CRP Gabriel Lippmann, 41, Rue du Brill, 4422 Belvaux, Luxembourg
    • Laboratoire des Matériaux et du Génie Physique, Grenoble INP, CNRS, Minatec, 3, Parvis Louis Néel, 38016 Grenoble, France.
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  • Mads C. Weber,

    1. Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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  • Nico Dix,

    1. Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB–CSIC), Campus UAB, Bellaterra 08193, Spain
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  • Florencio Sánchez,

    1. Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB–CSIC), Campus UAB, Bellaterra 08193, Spain
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  • Pamela. A. Thomas,

    1. Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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  • Josep Fontcuberta

    1. Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB–CSIC), Campus UAB, Bellaterra 08193, Spain
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Abstract

The integration of functional oxides on silicon requires the use of complex heterostructures involving oxides of which the structure and properties strongly depend on the strain state and strain-mediated interface coupling. The experimental observation of strain-related effects of the individual components remains challenging. Here, a Raman scattering investigation of complex multilayer BaTiO3/LaNiO3/CeO2/YSZ thin-film structures on silicon is reported. It is shown that the Raman signature of the multilayers differs significantly for three different laser wavelengths (633, 442, and 325 nm). The results demonstrate that Raman scattering at various wavelengths allows both the identification of the individual layers of functional oxide multilayers and monitoring of their strain state. It is shown that all of the layers are strained with respect to the bulk reference samples, and that strain induces a new crystal structure in the embedded LaNiO3. Based on this, it is demonstrated that Raman scattering at various wavelengths offers a well-adapted, non-destructive probe for the investigation of strain and structure changes, even in complex thin-film heterostructures.

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