Polarity and Spin-Orbit Coupling Induced Strong Interfacial Exchange Coupling: An Asymmetric Charge Transfer in Iridate-Manganite Heterostructure.

Author(s) Yu, T.; Deng, B.; Zhou, L.; Chen, P.; Liu, Q.; Wang, C.; Ning, X.; Zhou, J.; Bian, Z.; Luo, Z.; Qiu, C.; Shi, X.Q.; He, H.
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2019 Nov 27

Charge transfer is of particular importance in manipulating the interface physics in transition-metal oxide heterostructures. In this work, we have fabricated epitaxial bilayers composed of polar 3d LaMnO and nonpolar 5d SrIrO. Systematic magnetic measurements reveal an unexpectedly large exchange bias effect in the bilayer, together with a dramatic enhancement of the coercivity of LaMnO. Based on first-principle calculations and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements, such a strong interfacial magnetic coupling is found closely associated with the polar nature of LaMnO and the strong spin-orbit interaction in SrIrO, which collectively drive an asymmetric interfacial charge transfer and lead to the emergence of an interfacial reentrant spin/superspin glass state. Our study provides a new insight into the charge transfer in transition-metal oxide heterostructures and offers a novel means to tune the interfacial exchange coupling for a variety of device applications.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.9b14641
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019;11(47):4483744843.

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