Equilibrium Stranski-Krastanow and Volmer-Weber models

D. B. Abraham, C. M. Newman

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An equilibrium random surface model in 3d is defined which includes versions of both the Stranski-Krastanow and Volmer-Weber models of crystal surface morphology. In a limiting case, the model reduces to one studied previously in a different context for which exact results are available in part of the phase diagram, including the critical temperature, the associated specific heat singularity and the geometrical character of the transition. Through a connection to the 2d Ising model, there is a natural association with the Schramm-Loewner evolution that has also been observed experimentally in a nonequilibrium deposition setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16002
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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