Oxygen Engineering; a Tool for Property Manipulation

J Kurian

Abstract


Oxides which forms the vast majority among the materials of the earth’s outer crust, are an important class of materials. They harbour materials with a wide span of properties which could be exploited for many technological applications. Oxides have complex crystal structure compared to metals or semiconductors. Oxygen plays a very important role in the determination of the properties of the oxide materials. Controlling the oxygen content or ‘oxygen engineering’ could result in manipulating the properties of a oxide material and key to that is the use of innovative synthesis technique like reactive molecular beam epitaxy. One would expect our electronic devices to be loaded with more and more oxide materials in the near future to achieve devices with superior performance and added functionalities in the decades to come. It will not be surprising even to think of an all oxide devices making its way to the electronics industry as research on oxide materials develops further.

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