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Oxygen incorporation effects in annealed epitaxial La(1-x)SrxMnO3 thin films

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This paper presents our results regarding oxygen incorporation effects in epitaxial La(1-x)SrxMnO3 thin films, deposited on SrTiO3 (001) single crystal substrates, by annealing in different gas mixtures of argon and oxygen. A particular emphasis is placed on the correlation of structural properties with the magnetic properties of the films, Curie temperature, and coercive field. In this sense, we demonstrate that the evolution of the diffuse part of the ω-scans performed on the films are due to oxygen excess in the film lattice, which creates cationic vacancies within the films. Also, we show that two regimes of oxygen incorporation in the films exist, one in which the films evolve toward a single phase and oxygen stoichiometry is recovered, and a second one dominated by oxygen over-doping effects. In order to support our study, XPS measurements were performed, from which we have evaluated the Mn3+/Mn4+ ionic ratio.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:109 ,  Issue: 12 )