Niobium oxide thin films have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on SrTiO3 (STO) (111) and (La0.18Sr0.82)(Al0.59Ta0.41)O3 (LSAT) (111) substrates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirmed the formation of high quality films with coherent interfaces. Films grown with higher oxygen pressure on STO (111) resulted in a (110)-oriented NbO2 phase with a distorted rutile structure, which can be described as body-centered tetragonal. The a lattice parameter of NbO2 was determined to be ∼13.8 Å in good agreement with neutron diffraction results published in the literature. Films grown on LSAT (111) at lower oxygen pressure produced the NbO phase with a defective rock salt cubic structure. The NbO lattice parameter was determined to be a ≈ 4.26 Å. The film phase/structure identification from TEM was in good agreement with in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements that confirmed the dioxide and monoxide phases, respectively. The atomic structure of the NbO2/STO and NbO/LSAT interfaces was determined based on comparisons between high-resolution electron micrographs and image simulations.
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