Spin-polarized quasiparticle injection effect in MOCVD-grown YBa 2Cu 3O 7/SrTiO 3/La 1- xSr xMnO 3 heterostructures
Metal oxide heterostructures consisting of the ferromagnetic La 1- xSr xMnO 3 ( x≈0.3) underlayer, thin ( d≅5-10 nm) SrTiO 3 barrier layer and YBa 2Cu 3O 7 cap layer were grown on single crystal LaAlO 3 (1 0 0) substrates at 825°C under oxygen pressure of about 200 Pa by single source pulsed injection MOCVD method. The technological conditions were optimized in order to improve crystallinity and surface quality of the constituent layers. Wet etching was applied to form tape-like superconducting films for investigation of both longitudinal and transverse electrical transport in the heterostructures. Significant suppression of supercurrent has been found by injecting tunneling spin-polarized current from the underlying FM layer.