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Antiferromagnetic and xy ferro-orbital order in insulating SrRuO3 thin films with SrO termination
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 28, no 42, 426004Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By means of first-principles calculations we study the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of SrRuO3 surface for the SrO termination. We find that the RuO6 octahedra and the structure of the SrO layers at the surface are strongly modified as well as the Ru-O-Ru bond angles. We find in the thin films a d(xy) ferro-orbital order. The d(xy) orbital becomes the lowest in energy as in other quasitwodimensional ruthenates. Such structural rearrangement, together with a band reduction, leads to a modification of the magnetic properties. We compare the Jahn-Teller effect between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases. We show that an insulating G-type antiferromagnetic phase takes place in SrRuO3 thin films, substituting the metallic phase experimentally found in every bulk Sr-ruthenates. The single layer SrRuO3 presents many similarities with the Ca2RuO4 low temperature phase, these similarities disappear with a larger number of layers. A study of the ground state of the as function of the number of layers is presented, the competition between bandwidth and Coulomb repulsion determines the ground state. We propose the disorder as responsible for the exchange bias effect observed.

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2016. Vol. 28, no 42, 426004
Keyword [en]
magnetism, surface, correlated oxides, exchange bias, ultrathin films, metal insulator transition
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Condensed Matter Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306240DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/28/42/426004ISI: 000384133700002PubMedID: 27588503OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-306240DiVA: diva2:1040329
Carl Tryggers foundation , CTS 12:419 13:413
Available from: 2016-10-27 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2016-10-27Bibliographically approved

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