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Oxide heterostructures

Atoms on the move

The epitaxial growth of oxide heterostructures is generally thought to occur in a deterministic fashion. Recent results on the Ruddlesden–Popper phases show this is not always the case, and that a dynamic rearrangement of the layers during growth can spring up surprises.

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Figure 1: Ruddlesden–Popper phases, An+1BnO3n+1, where A and B are cations, and O an oxygen anion.


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Rijnders, G. Atoms on the move. Nature Mater 13, 844–845 (2014).

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