Separation of the strain and finite size effect on the ferromagnetic properties of La_{0.5}Sr_{0.5}CoO_3 thin films

Research paper by Changkun Xie, J. I. Budnick, B. O. Wells, J. C. Woicik

Indexed on: 29 Aug '07Published on: 29 Aug '07Published in: Physics - Materials Science


The ferromagnetic properties of epitaxial La$_{0.5}$Sr$_{0.5}$CoO$_3$ thin films have been studied. The magnetic transition is affected by both strain and finite thickness. We have used a series of films of different thickness and on different substrates in order to quantitatively determine the change in Curie temperature contributed by each effect. The phase diagram of T$_C$ versus in-plane strain suggests that the ferromagnetic transition temperature is suppressed by tensile strain and enhanced by compressive strain. The general method of separating strain and finite thickness effects should be applicable to any ordering phase transition in thin films.