Ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) and antiferromagnetic La0.33Ca0.67MnO3 (LCMO) layers were grown on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates by the pulsed laser deposition technique. LSMO films had rougher surfaces and larger grain sizes than LCMO films. Fully strained bilayers, in which each layer was as thin as 10nm, were prepared by changing their stacking sequences, i.e. LSMO/LCMO/STO and LCMO/LSMO/STO. The former had higher TC (350 K) than the latter (300 K), and exchange bias effects were only observed in the former bilayers. This revealed that microstructures could play an important role in the transport and magnetic properties of manganese oxide thin films.
- A. Magnetic films and multilayers
- B. Epitaxy
- D. Electronic transport