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Interplay of point defects, biaxial strain, and thermal conductivity in homoepitaxial SrTiO3 thin films

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Wiedigen, S. ; University of Göttingen, Institute of Materials Physics, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany ; Kramer, T. ; Feuchter, M. ; Knorr, I.
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Separating out effects of point defects and lattice strain on thermal conductivity is essential for improvement of thermoelectric properties of SrTiO3. We study relations between defects generated during deposition, induced lattice strain, and their impact on thermal conductivity κ in homoepitaxial SrTiO3 films prepared by ion-beam sputtering. Lowering the deposition temperature gives rise to lattice expansion by enhancement of point defect density which increases the hardness of the films. Due to a fully coherent substrate-film interface, the lattice misfit induces a large biaxial strain. However, we can show that the temperature dependence of κ is mainly sensitive on the defect concentration.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:100 ,  Issue: 6 )