The recent discovery of superconductivity in nickel-oxide systems has been the result of a decades-long search and has sparked great excitement, as well as numerous experimental and theoretical studies that aim to understand these systems further . So far, superconducting nickel-oxides have been stabilised in thin-film form. This is done by depositing a perovskite rare-earth nickelate RNiO3 (R = Nd, Pr, La) hole-doped with Sr or Ca, and reducing it to the infinite-layer phase using a soft chemistry process called topotactic reduction [2,3].
In Geneva, we synthesise rare-earth nickelate thin films and heterostructures using off-axis RF magnetron sputtering and we research novel ways to dope these systems. Benefiting from fruitful international collaborations, we use topotactic reduction to reach the infinite-layer phase and study the electronic properties of this phase.
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Claribel Dominguez, Marios Hadjimichael, Adrien Waelchli, Lucia Varbaro