Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version



PHYSICAL REVIEW B 96, 045113 (2017).

DOI: : 10.1103/PhysRevB.96.045113


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Two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at oxide interfaces have been a topic of intensive research due to their high carrier mobility and strong confinement. Additionally, strong correlations in the oxide materials can give rise to new and interesting physics, such as magnetism and metal-insulator transitions at the interface. Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, we demonstrate the presence of a highly spin-polarized 2DEG at the interface between the Mott insulator GdTiO3 and a band insulator SrTiO3. The strong correlations in the dopant cause ferromagnetic alignment of the interface Ti atoms and result in a fully spin-polarized 2DEG. The 2DEG consists of two types of carriers distinguished by their orbital character. The majority of the interface charge is strongly localized on the Ti dxy orbitals at the interface and a smaller fraction resides on the delocalized Ti dxz,yz states.