Coupling Charge and Topological Reconstructions at Polar Oxide Interfaces

T. C. van Thiel, W. Brzezicki, C. Autieri, J. R. Hortensius, D. Afanasiev, N. Gauquelin, D. Jannis, N. Janssen, D. J. Groenendijk, J. Fatermans, S. Van Aert, J. Verbeeck (+2 others)
2021 Physical Review Letters  
In oxide heterostructures, different materials are integrated into a single artificial crystal, resulting in a breaking of inversion symmetry across the heterointerfaces. A notable example is the interface between polar and nonpolar materials, where valence discontinuities lead to otherwise inaccessible charge and spin states. This approach paved the way for the discovery of numerous unconventional properties absent in the bulk constituents. However, control of the geometric structure of the
more » ... ctronic wave functions in correlated oxides remains an open challenge. Here, we create heterostructures consisting of ultrathin SrRuO_{3}, an itinerant ferromagnet hosting momentum-space sources of Berry curvature, and LaAlO_{3}, a polar wide-band-gap insulator. Transmission electron microscopy reveals an atomically sharp LaO/RuO_{2}/SrO interface configuration, leading to excess charge being pinned near the LaAlO_{3}/SrRuO_{3} interface. We demonstrate through magneto-optical characterization, theoretical calculations and transport measurements that the real-space charge reconstruction drives a reorganization of the topological charges in the band structure, thereby modifying the momentum-space Berry curvature in SrRuO_{3}. Our results illustrate how the topological and magnetic features of oxides can be manipulated by engineering charge discontinuities at oxide interfaces.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.127.127202 pmid:34597094 fatcat:u2f3urtm5bgk3dpjhij6lvkvqi