A set of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO-STO) interfaces has been probed by x-ray photoemission spectroscopy in order to contrast and compare the effects of LAO overlayer thickness and of the growth conditions on the electronic properties of these heterostructures. These effects are tracked by considering the band offset and the density of Ti+3 states, respectively. It is shown that the dominant effects on the local electronic properties are determined by the O2 partial pressure during the growth. In particular, a low PO2 yields Ti+3 states with higher density and lower binding energy compared to the sample grown at high PO2 or to the bare STO reference sample. Band-offset effects are all below about 0.7 eV, but a careful analysis of Ti 2p and Sr 3d peaks shows that valence-band offsets can be at the origin of the observed peak width. In particular, the largest offset is shown by the conducting sample, which displays the largest Ti 2p and Sr 3d peak widths. © 2013 American Physical Society.
|Rivista||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2013|