S. Estandía, N. Dix, M.F. Chisholm, I. Fina, and F. Sánchez
Crystal Growth & Design 20, 3801 (2020)
Epitaxial ferroelectric HfO2 films are the most suitable to investigate intrinsic properties of the material and for prototyping emerging devices. Ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2(111) films were epitaxially stabilized on La2/3Sr1/3MnO3(001) electrodes. This epitaxy, considering the symmetry dissimilarity and the huge lattice mismatch, is not compatible with conventional mechanisms of epitaxy. To gain insight into the epitaxy mechanism, scanning transmission electron microscopy characterization of the interface was performed, revealing arrays of dislocations with short periodicities. These observed periodicities agree with those expected for domain matching epitaxy, indicating that this unconventional mechanism could be the prevailing factor in the stabilization of ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 with (111) orientation in the epitaxial Hf0.5Zr0.5O2(111)/La2/3Sr1/3MnO3(001) heterostructure.
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