Large refractive index in BiFeO3-BiCoO3 epitaxial films

Hiromi Shima, Ken Nishida, Takashi Yamamoto, Toshiyasu Tadokoro, Koichi Tsutsumi, Michio Suzuki, Hiroshi Naganuma

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Rhombohedral (R-) and tetragonal (T-) Bi(Fe,Co)O3 (BFCO) films were epitaxially grown on the SrTiO3 (100) substrates, and the optical properties of the BFCO films were evaluated by spectroscopic ellipsometry. It was revealed that the refractive indexes of R- and T-BFCO epitaxial films were 2.93 and 2.86 at wavelength of 600 nm, and 2.65 and 2.59 at 1550 nm, respectively, which are comparable to the pure BiFeO3. The refractive index of the R-BFCO film was totally larger than that of the T-BFCO film; it might be caused by structural strain and local symmetry breaking. It was confirmed that the extinction coefficients of both films were almost zero at wavelengths larger than 600 nm. In addition, the optical band gaps of the R- and T-BFCO films were estimated to be 2.78 and 2.75 eV, respectively. It can expect that the BFCO film has a possibility to use optical-magnetic field sensor working at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17A914
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 7

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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