We investigate the interfacial structure of PbZr0.20Ti0.80O3 (PZT)/La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO)/SrTiO3 heterostructures by combining low-magnification transmission electron microscopy imaging and spectroscopy techniques with high-resolution spherical-aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging, geometrical phase analysis, and spectroscopy results. For certain thickness regimes, the interface between PZT and LSMO is found to have a significant density of planar defects at the interface. Both A-site cation (Pb) diffusivity and highly inhomogeneous local strains are observed at the boundaries of the defect areas. It is proposed that Pb is incorporated as PbO Ruddlesden–Popper planar fault within the LSMO. These results underline the importance of chemical fluctuations caused by long-range strain fields associated with defect cores.
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Apr 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)