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Title: Mechanisms of charge transfer and redistribution in LaAlO 3/SrTiO3 revealed by high-energy optical conductivity
Authors: Asmara, T.C.
Annadi, A.
Santoso, I.
Gogoi, P.K.
Kotlov, A.
Omer, H.M.
Motapothula, M.
Breese, M.B.H. 
Rübhausen, M.
Venkatesan, T. 
Rusydi, A.
Issue Date: 14-Apr-2014
Citation: Asmara, T.C., Annadi, A., Santoso, I., Gogoi, P.K., Kotlov, A., Omer, H.M., Motapothula, M., Breese, M.B.H., Rübhausen, M., Venkatesan, T., Ariando, Rusydi, A. (2014-04-14). Mechanisms of charge transfer and redistribution in LaAlO 3/SrTiO3 revealed by high-energy optical conductivity. Nature Communications 5 : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In condensed matter physics the quasi two-dimensional electron gas at the interface of two different insulators, polar LaAlO3 on nonpolar SrTiO3 (LaAlO3/SrTiO3) is a spectacular and surprising observation. This phenomenon is LaAlO3 film thickness dependent and may be explained by the polarization catastrophe model, in which a charge transfer of 0.5e- from the LaAlO3 film into the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is expected. Here we show that in conducting samples (Z4 unit cells of LaAlO3) there is indeed a B0.5e- transfer from LaAlO3 into the LaAlO 3/SrTiO3 interface by studying the optical conductivity in a broad energy range (0.5-35 eV). Surprisingly, in insulating samples (≤ unit cells of LaAlO3) a redistribution of charges within the polar LaAlO3 sublayers (from AlO2 to LaO) as large as B0.5e is observed, with no charge transfer into the interface. Hence, our results reveal the different mechanisms for the polarization catastrophe compensation in insulating and conducting LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.
Source Title: Nature Communications
ISSN: 20411723
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4663
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