Laboratory for Epitaxial Nanostructures on Silicon and Spintronics

Affiliated Institutions

Franco Cicacci

Full professor


tel:Como: +39 031 332 7308
fax:Como: +39 031 332 7617
address:Politecnico di Milano
Polo di Como
Via Anzani 42
22100 Como
office:Via Anzani 1.07

Franco Ciccacci


Main Research Interest


  1. C. Zucchetti, A. Marchionni, M. Bollani, F. Ciccacci, M. Finazzi, and F. Bottegoni: Electric field modulation of spin transport, APL Materials 10, 011102 (2022).
  2. F. Bottegoni, C. Zucchetti, G. Isella, M. Bollani, M. Finazzi, and F. Ciccacci: Spin-charge interconversion in heterostructures based on group-IV semiconductors, La Rivista del Nuovo Cimento 43, 45 (2020).
  3. F. Bottegoni, M. Celebrano, M. Bollani, P. Biagioni, G. Isella, F. Ciccacci, and M. Finazzi: Spin voltage generation through optical excitation of complementary spin populations, Nature Mater. 13, 790 (2014).
  4. A. Ferrari, F. Bottegoni, G. Isella, S. Cecchi, D. Chrastina, M. Finazzi, and F. Ciccacci: Spin-polarized photoemission from SiGe heterostructures, AIP Conf. Proc. 1566, 315 (2013).
  5. F. Bottegoni, A. Ferrari, G. Isella, M. Finazzi, and F. Ciccacci: Experimental evaluation of the spin-Hall conductivity in Si-doped GaAs, Phys. Rev. B 88, 121201(R) (2013).
  6. A. Ferrari, F. Bottegoni, G. Isella, S. Cecchi, and F. Ciccacci: Epitaxial Si1-xGex alloys studied by spin-polarized photoemission, Phys. Rev. B 88, 115209 (2013).
  7. A. Ferrari, F. Bottegoni, S. Cecchi, G. Isella, and F. Ciccacci: Optical spin orientation in group-IV heterostructures, J. Appl. Phys. 113, 17C504 (2013).
  8. F. Bottegoni, A. Ferrari, S. Cecchi, M. Finazzi, F. Ciccacci, and G. Isella: Photoinduced inverse spin Hall effect in Pt/Ge(001) at room temperature, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 152411 (2013).
  9. G. Isella, F. Bottegoni, S. Cecchi, A. Ferrari, F. Ciccacci, F. Pezzoli, A. Giorgioni, E. Gatti, E. Grilli, M. Guzzi, C. Lange, N. S. Köster, R. Woscholski, S. Chatterjee, D. Trivedi, P. Li, Y. Song, , and H. Dery: Optical spin orientation in SiGe heterostructures, ECS Transactions 50, 831 (2013).
  10. E. V. Canesi, M. Binda, A. Abate, S. Guarnera, L. Moretti, V. D'Innocenzo, R. S. S. Kumar, C. Bertarelli, A. Abrusci, H. Snaith, A. Calloni, A. Brambilla, F. Ciccacci, S. Aghion, F. Moia, R. Ferragut, C. Melis, G. Malloci, A. Mattoni, G. Lanzani, and A. Petrozza: The effect of selective interactions at the interface of polymer--oxide hybrid solar cells, Energy Environ. Sci. 5, 9068 (2012).
  11. M. Cantoni, R. Bertacco, A. Brambelli, M. Finazzi, L. Duò, F. Ciccacci, A. Verdini, L. Floreano, A. Morgante, M. Passoni, C. S. Casari, and A. Le Bassi: Fe nanoparticles on ZnSe: Reversible temperature dependence of the surface barrier potential, Phys. Rev. B 85, 155456 (2012).
  12. G. Bussetti, M. Riva, A. Picone, A. Brambilla, L. Duò, M. Finazzi, and F. Ciccacci: Martensitic transition during Ni growth on Fe(001): evidence of a precursor phase, New J. Phys. 14, 053048 (2012).
  13. A. Calloni, A. Ferrari, A. Brambilla, F. Ciccacci, and L. Duò: Growth of stoichiometric TiO2 thin films on Au(100) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy, Thin Solid Films 518, 2466 (2009).
  14. F. Bottegoni, A. Ferrari, G. Isella, M. Finazzi, and F. Ciccacci: Enhanced orbital mixing in the valence band of strained germanium, Phys. Rev. B 85, 245312 (2012).
  15. F. Pezzoli, F. Bottegoni, D. Trivedi, F. Ciccacci, A. Giorgioni, P. Li, S. Cecchi, E. Grilli, Y. Song, M. Guzzi, H. Dery, and G. Isella: Optical spin injection and spin lifetime in Ge heterostructures, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 156603 (2012).
  16. F. Bottegoni, A. Ferrari, G. Isella, S. Cecchi, M. Marcon, D. Chrastina, G. Trezzi, and F. Ciccacci: Ge/SiGe heterostructures as emitters of polarized electrons, J. Appl. Phys. 111, 063916 (2012).
  17. S. Cecchi, F. Bottegoni, A. Ferrari, D. Chrastina, G. Isella, and F. Ciccacci: Spin polarized photoemission from strained Ge epilayers grown by low-energy plasma-enhanced CVD (LEPECVD).In IEEE 8th Int. Conf. Group IV Photonics, 83--85 (2011).
  18. G. Isella, F. Bottegoni, F. Pezzoli, S. Cecchi, E. Gatti, D. Chrastina, E. Grilli, M. Guzzi, and F. Ciccacci: Optical spin injection in SiGe heterostructures.In H.-J. M. Drouhin, J.-E. Wegrowe, and M. Razeghi (eds.), Spintronics IV, volume Proc. SPIE 8100, 810007 (2011).
  19. F. Bottegoni, G. Isella, S. Cecchi, and F. Ciccacci: Spin polarized photoemission from strained Ge epilayers, Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 242107 (2011).
  20. S. Brivio, C. Magen, A. A. Sidorenko, D. Petti, M. Cantoni, M. Finazzi, F. Ciccacci, R. De Renzi, M. Varela, S. Picozzi, and R. Bertacco: Effects of Au nanoparticles on the magnetic and transport properties of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 ultrathin layers, Phys. Rev. B 81, 094410 (2010).
  21. M. Cantoni, R. Bertacco, A. Brambilla, and F. Ciccacci: Photon- and electron-induced surface voltage in electron spectroscopies on ZnSe(0 0 1), J. Electron Spectrosc. 173, 84 (2009).
  22. A. Cattoni, D. Petti, S. Brivio, M. Cantoni, R. Bertacco, and F. Ciccacci: MgO/Fe(001) and MgO/Fe(001)-p(1×1)O interfaces for magnetic tunnel junctions: A comparative study, Phys. Rev. B 80, 104437 (2009).
  23. A. Cattoni, R. Bertacco, M. Cantoni, F. Ciccacci, H. von Kaenel, and G. J. Norga: Impact of O2 exposure on surface crystallinity of clean and Ba terminated Ge(1 0 0) surfaces, Appl. Surf. Sci. 254, 2720 (2008).
  24. D. Petti, R. Bertacco, S. Brivio, M. Cantoni, A. Cattoni, and F. Ciccacci: X-ray photoemission study of the Au/La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 interface formation, J. Appl. Phys. 103, 044903 (2008).
  25. R. Bertacco, A. Tagliaferri, M. Riva, L. Signorini, M. Cantoni, A. Cattoni, F. Ciccacci, B. A. Davidson, F. Maccherozzi, I. Vobornik, and G. Panaccione: Surface electronic and magnetic properties of La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 thin films with extended metallicity above the Curie temperature, Phys. Rev. B 78, 035448 (2008).
  26. S. Brivio, M. Cantoni, D. Petti, A. Cattoni, R. Bertacco, M. Finazzi, F. Ciccacci, A. Sidorenko, G. Allodi, M. Ghidini, and R. de Renzi: Decrease of the Curie temperature in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin films induced by Au capping, Mat. Sci. Eng. B 144, 93 (2007).
  27. R. Bertacco, S. Brivio, M. Cantoni, A. Cattoni, D. Petti, M. Finazzi, F. Ciccacci, A. A. Sidorenko, M. Ghidini, G. Allodi, and R. De Renzi: Proximity effects induced by a gold layer on La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin films, Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 102506 (2007).
  28. S. Picozzi, C. Ma, Z. Yang, R. Bertacco, M. Cantoni, A. Cattoni, D. Petti, S. Brivio, and F. Ciccacci: Oxygen vacancies and induced changes in the electronic and magnetic structures of La0.66Sr0.33MnO3: A combined ab initio and photoemission study, Phys. Rev. B 75, 094418 (2007).
  29. M. Cantoni, M. Riva, G. Isella, R. Bertacco, and F. Ciccacci: Ultrathin Fe films on single-crystal and virtual Ge(001) substrates: Towards the control of magnetic properties, Appl. Surf. Sci. 252, 5304 (2006).
  30. M. Cantoni, M. Riva, R. Bertacco, and F. Ciccacci: Uniaxial magnetic anisotropies in Fe films on single crystal and virtual Ge(001) substrates studied with spin polarized inverse photoemission and MOKE, Phys. Rev. B 74, 134415 (2006).
  31. A. Cattoni, R. Bertacco, M. Riva, M. Cantoni, F. Ciccacci, H. von Känel, and G. J. Norga: Effect of Ba termination layer on chemical and electrical passivation of Ge (100) surfaces, Mat. Sci. Semicond. Process. 9, 701 (2006).
  32. R. Bertacco, M. Riva, M. Cantoni, L. Signorini, and F. Ciccacci: Epitaxial La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 thin films with metallic behavior above the Curie temperature, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 252502 (2005).
  33. M. Bowen, A. Barthélémy, M. Bibes, E. Jacquet, J.-P. Contour, A. Fert, F. Ciccacci, L. Duò, and R. Bertacco: Spin-polarized tunneling spectroscopy in tunnel junctions with half-metallic electrodes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 137203 (2005).
  34. A. Brambilla, P. Biagioni, M. Portalupi, M. Zani, M. Finazzi, L. Duò, P. Vavassori, R. Bertacco, and F. Ciccacci: Magnetization reversal properties of Fe/NiO/Fe(001) trilayers, Phys. Rev. B 72, 174402 (2005).
  35. M. Cantoni, M. Riva, G. Isella, R. Bertacco, and F. Ciccacci: Fe thin films grown on single-crystal and virtual Ge(001) substrates, J. Appl. Phys. 97, 093906 (2005).
  36. F. Ciccacci, S. De Rossi, E. Pelucchi, and A. Tagliaferri: Spin-resolved electron spectroscopy with highly polarized sources: Inverse photoemission from ferromagnets, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 68, 1841 (1997).
  37. S. De Rossi, A. Tagliaferri, and F. Ciccacci: Spin polarization of Ag/Fe(100) quantum well empty states, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 157--158, 287 (1996).
  38. F. Ciccacci, G. Chiaia, and P. Lenisa: Cs and NF3 coadsorption on GaAs(100) and GaAs0.62P0.38(100) for photocathodes preparation, Surf. Sci. 269--270, 920 (1992).
  39. F. Ciccacci: Unknown title.In G. Fasol, A. Fasolino, and P. Lugli (eds.), Spectroscopy of Semiconductor Microstructures, volume 206 of NATO Science Series: B, 317-- (1989).
  40. F. Ciccacci, H.-J. Drouhin, C. Hermann, R. Houdré, and G. Lampel: Spin-polarized photoemission from AlGaAs/GaAs heterojunction: A convenient highly polarized electron source, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 632 (1989).
  41. F. Ciccacci, H.-J. Drouhin, C. Hermann, R. Houdré, G. Lampel, and F. Alexandre: Energy and spin polarization analysis of near band gap photoemission in AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures, Solid State Electron. 31, 489 (1988).
  42. F. Ciccacci, E. Molinari, and N. E. Christensen: GaAs/AlAs monolayer superlattices: A new candidate for a highly spin-polarized electron source, Solid State Commun. 62, 1 (1987).
  43. F. Ciccacci, S. F. Alvarado, and S. Valeri: Spin-polarized photoelectron emission study of AlxGa1-xAs alloys grown by molecular beam epitaxy, J. Appl. Phys. 53, 4395 (1982).
  44. S. F. Alvarado, F. Ciccacci, and M. Campagna: GaAs-AlxGa1-xAs superlattices as sources of polarized photoelectrons, Appl. Phys. Lett. 39, 615 (1981).


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