date:Univ Neuchatel, Inst Phys, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland; IBM Corp, Zurich Res Lab, Res, CH-8803 Ruschlikon, Switzerland
LaTiO3.5 is a layered compound made up of four LaTiO3 units: two regular perovskite units stacked between two distorted units that share an additional oxygen layer. In a single-crystalline thin film the (100) plane can be aligned parallel to the substrate surface, i.e., the additional oxygen layers are inserted parallel to the substrate surface. A detailed structural characterization reveals planar defects originating from substrate surface steps. These results, in combination with the in situ reflection high-energy electron-diffraction observations, suggest an oxidation mechanism using such antiphase boundaries as oxidation paths.