Epitaxial cuprate superconductor/ferroelectric heterostructures

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Science, Volume 252, Number 5008, p.944-946 (1991)


Thin-film heterostructures of Bi4Ti3O 12/Bi2Sr2CuO6+x have been grown on single crystals of SrTiO3, LaAlO3, and MgAl 2O4 by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction studies show the presence of c-axis orientation only; Rutherford backscattering experiments show the composition to be close to the nominal stoichiometry. The films are ferroelectric and exhibit a symmetric hysteresis loop. The remanent polarization was 1.0 microcoulomb per square centimeter, and the coercive field was 2.0 × 105 volts per centimeter. Similar results were obtained with YBa2Cu3O7-x and Bi 2Sr2CaCu2O8+x, and single-crystal Bi2Sr2CuO6+x as the bottom electrodes. These films look promising for use as novel, lattice-matched, epitaxial ferroelectronic film/electrode heterostructures in nonvolatile memory applications.


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