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The indirect effect of oxygen background gas on the La/Al ratio during the growth of LaAlO3 (LAO) films by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is analyzed, in a pressure range between 10−3 and 10−1 mbar. We resort to two complementary investigation methods: Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and spectrally resolved, time-gated imaging of the laser plume. The first technique allows us to analyze the stoichiometry of the deposited films, and the latter allows us to analyze the plume expansion phase of the PLD process by collecting chemically resolved two-dimensional images of the relevant atomic/molecular species. The comparison between the results obtained by the two techniques allows us to highlight the role of the plume-gas interaction in affecting cations stoichiometry. Our results indicate that, in the considered pressure range, the background oxygen pressure affects the cations stoichiometry of the LAO …
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Publication date: 
14 Dec 2016

A Sambri, Amit Khare, S Mirabella, E Di Gennaro, Akif Safeen, F Di Capua, L Campajola, U Scotti di Uccio, S Amoruso, F Miletto Granozio

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Volume: 120 Issue: 22 Pages: 225306
Journal of Applied Physics