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Ti diffusion in La-doped SrTiO3 single crystals
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 06:20 authored by Karsten GoemannKarsten Goemann, Borchardt, G, Anissa GoemannAnissa Goemann, Maus-Friedrichs, W, Baumann, H
Titanium tracer diffusivities were determined in donor doped SrTiO 3 at temperatures between 1573 and 1673 K in synthetic air. La-doped SrTiO3 single crystals cut in the three crystal orientations (100), (110), and (111), were used. After annealing, the well known formation of SrO islands is observed. Their number and size increase with the La content supporting the model that under oxidizing conditions the dopant is compensated by Sr vacancies. Tracer sources of 49Ti or 50Ti were applied by ion implantation. The resulting depth profiles were measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The bulk Ti tracer diffusivity is found to be several orders of magnitude lower than the O diffusivity and also the La and Nd diffusivities reported recently. In contrast to La, the Ti tracer profile broadening shows largely ideal behaviour. As even long term annealing (several weeks) of weakly doped SrTiO3 does not lead to significant tracer migration, the Ti diffusion seems to be enhanced by the presence of the donor induced Sr vacancies. Although microscopic investigations undertaken on the same samples show strong differences in the surface reconstruction depending on the crystal orientation, no orientation dependence of the Ti diffusivity is observed.
Publication titlePhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
PublisherRoyal Soc Chemistry
Place of publicationCambridge, England