Frontiers in the Growth of Complex Oxide Thin Films: Past, Present, and Future of Hybrid MBE

Matthew Brahlek, Arnab Sen Gupta, Jason Lapano, Joseph Roth, Hai Tian Zhang, Lei Zhang, Ryan Haislmaier, Roman Engel-Herbert

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Driven by an ever-expanding interest in new material systems with new functionality, the growth of atomic-scale electronic materials by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) has evolved continuously since the 1950s. Here, a new MBE technique called hybrid-MBE (hMBE) is reviewed that has been proven a powerful approach for tackling the challenge of growing high-quality, multicomponent complex oxides, specifically the ABO3 perovskites. The goal of this work is to (1) discuss the development of hMBE in a historical context, (2) review the advantageous surface kinetics and chemistry that enable the self-regulated growth of ABO3 perovskites, (3) layout the key components and technical challenges associated with hMBE, (4) review the status of the field and the materials that have been successfully grown by hMBE which demonstrate its general applicability, and (5) discuss the future of hMBE in regards to technical innovations and expansion into new material classes, which are aimed at expanding into industrial realm and at tackling new scientific endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1702772
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 28 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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