Publications

2019
A. M. R. V. L. Monteiro, et al., “Band inversion driven by electronic correlations at the (111) ${\mathrm{LaAlO}}_{3}/{\mathrm{SrTiO}}_{3}$ interface”, Phys. Rev. B, vol. 99, p. 201102, 2019. Website
S. Gariglio, Caviglia, A. D., Triscone, J. - M., and Gabay, M., “A spin-orbit playground: surfaces and interfaces of transition metal oxides”, REPORTS ON PROGRESS IN PHYSICS, vol. 82, p. 012501, 2019.Abstract
Within the last twenty years, the status of the spin-orbit interaction has evolved from that of a simple atomic contribution to a key effect that modifies the electronic band structure of materials. It is regarded as one of the basic ingredients for spintronics, locking together charge and spin degrees of freedom and recently it is instrumental in promoting a new class of compounds, the topological insulators. In this review, we present the current status of the research on the spin-orbit coupling in transition metal oxides, discussing the case of two semiconducting compounds, SrTiO3 and KTaO3, and the properties of surface and interfaces based on these. We conclude with the investigation of topological effects predicted to occur in different complex oxides.
2017
D. J. Groenendijk, et al., “Spin-Orbit Semimetal SrIrO3 in the Two-Dimensional Limit”, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, vol. 119, p. 256403, 2017.Abstract
We investigate the thickness-dependent electronic properties of ultrathin SrIrO3 and discover a transition from a semimetallic to a correlated insulating state below 4 unit cells. Low-temperature magnetoconductance measurements show that spin fluctuations in the semimetallic state are significantly enhanced while approaching the transition point. The electronic properties are further studied by scanning tunneling spectroscopy, showing that 4 unit cell SrIrO(3)d is on the verge of a gap opening. Our density functional theory calculations reproduce the critical thickness of the transition and show that the opening of a gap in ultrathin SrIrO3 requires antiferromagnetic order.