The interface effects on the metal-insulator transition (MIT) of strained V O2 ultrathin films grown epitaxially on Ti O2 (001) single crystal substrate were investigated. Varying the surface conditions of Ti O2 substrate, such as the roughness and the surface reconstructions, produced the remarkable changes in the MIT events of V O2 thin films, including the transition temperature and the abruptness. The presence of the surface reconstructions was found to be detrimental for applying effectively strain effects due to the strain relaxation in the c axis of V O2 thin films. The abrupt MIT in strained V O2 thin films, deposited on the substrate without such detrimental surface reconstructions, was successfully maintained down to around 5 nm film thickness.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)