Proximity effects across oxide-interfaces of superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet hybrid heterostructure

C. L. Prajapat, Surendra Singh, D. Bhattacharya, G. Ravikumar, S. Basu, S. Mattauch, Jian Guo Zheng, T. Aoki, Amitesh Paul*

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A case study of electron tunneling or charge-transfer-driven orbital ordering in superconductor (SC)-ferromagnet (FM) interfaces has been conducted in heteroepitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 (YBCO)/La 0.67 Sr 0.33 MnO 3 (LSMO) multilayers interleaved with and without an insulating SrTiO 3 (STO) layer between YBCO and LSMO. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism experiments revealed anti-parallel alignment of Mn magnetic moments and induced Cu magnetic moments in a YBCO/LSMO multilayer. As compared to an isolated LSMO layer, the YBCO/LSMO multilayer displayed a (50%) weaker Mn magnetic signal, which is related to the usual proximity effect. It was a surprise that a similar proximity effect was also observed in a YBCO/STO/LSMO multilayer, however, the Mn signal was reduced by 20%. This reduced magnetic moment of Mn was further verified by depth sensitive polarized neutron reflectivity. Electron energy loss spectroscopy experiment showed the evidence of Ti magnetic polarization at the interfaces of the YBCO/STO/LSMO multilayer. This crossover magnetization is due to a transfer of interface electrons that migrate from Ti (4+)−δ to Mn at the STO/LSMO interface and to Cu 2+ at the STO/YBCO interface, with hybridization via O 2p orbitals. So charge-transfer driven orbital ordering is the mechanism responsible for the observed proximity effect and Mn-Cu anti-parallel coupling in YBCO/STO/LSMO. This work provides an effective pathway in understanding the aspect of long range proximity effect and consequent orbital degeneracy parameter in magnetic coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3732
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


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