Applied Physics A

, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 427–431 | Cite as

Tuning the growth orientation of NiFe2O4 films by appropriate underlayer selection

  • U. Lüders
  • M. Bibes
  • J.F. Bobo
  • J. Fontcuberta


We have grown NiFe2O4 thin films on (001)-oriented SrTiO3 and (001)-oriented Pt underlayers. Although these two templates present a similar lattice mismatch with NiFe2O4 (about -6%), the ferrite grows cube-on-cube with a (001) orientation on SrTiO3 and (111)-textured on Pt, with four different in-plane variants. This evidences that the interface energy between NiFe2O4 and Pt or SrTiO3 is the key parameter ruling the film texture, while the elastic energy appears as a second-order factor. We compare the structural and magnetic properties of these two films and discuss possible applications of our findings.


Thin Film Ferrite Magnetic Property Operating Procedure Electronic Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Lüders
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Bibes
    • 3
    • 4
  • J.F. Bobo
    • 2
  • J. Fontcuberta
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, CSICCampus de la UABBellaterraSpain
  2. 2.LPMC-FRE2686ToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-ThalesOrsayFrance
  4. 4.Institut d’Electronique FondamentaleUniversité Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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