Substrate coherency driven octahedral rotations in perovskite oxide films

James M. Rondinelli, Nicola A. Spaldin

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We perform first-principles density-functional calculations to explore the role of substrate proximity effects on the octahedral rotation patterns in perovskite oxide superlattices. With cubic perovskite SrFeO3 as our model film and tetragonal SrTiO3 as the substrate, we show that in most cases the substrate octahedral rotation patterns propagate into the film across the heterointerface. We also identify elastic boundary conditions for which the enforced structural coherence induces atomic displacement patterns that are not found in the bulk phase diagram of either individual constituent. We suggest that such substrate coherency-induced octahedral texturing of thin film oxides is a promising approach for tuning the electronic structure of functional oxide thin films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113402
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 2 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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