SrTiO3, SrTi0.99Nd0.01O3 and Sr0.99Nd0.01TiO3 thin films were synthesized by pulsed laser deposition at 700 °C
on different substrates (silica, R-sapphire, (100) LaAlO3 and (100) MgO). The influence of Nd3+ substitution into the A
and B sites of SrTiO3 perovskite on film growth was studied. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (θ–2θ, θ-
and θ-scans), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV–Vis spectroscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. All of
the films exhibited a (h00) orientation and high-quality epitaxial growth on LaAlOθ. The films grown on MgO, with the
exception of the SrTiNd0.01O3 film, also exhibited a (h00) orientation. The polycrystallinity of the SrTi0.99Nd0.01O3 film
may be related to the increased lattice distortion when Ti4+ was replaced with Nd3+. A polycrystalline growth was
observed for all of the films deposited on silica and R-sapphire, as expected. The Raman results showed that Nd doping
led to an increase in the short-range disorder. The morphology strongly depended on the nature of the substrate and on Nd
doping, specially in the case of SrTi0.99Nd0.01O3.
Keywords: Epitaxial growth, Field emission-scanning electron microscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, Nd doping,
perovskite, pulsed laser deposition, SrTiO3, thin films, UV-Vis spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction.
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Published on: 27 November, 2013
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