The combination of advanced thin film deposition techniques and epitaxy can be used to make materials of great scientific and/or technological significance that are not achievable by other means. In this spirit we are studying deposition and properties of a variety of materials including the half-metallic ferromagnet CrO2, Sr and Ca ruthenates, the copper oxide CuO (related to the high Tc superconductors), and the two-dimensional superconductor TiO x.
Reference: Growth of the Cr oxides via activated oxygen reactive molecular beam epitaxy: Comparison of the Mo and W oxides, N.J.C. Ingle, R.H. Hammond, and M.R. Beasley, J. Appl. Phys. 89. 4631 (2001).