Influence of edge diffusion on the growth mode on vicinal surfaces

C. Ratsch, J. Garcia, R. E. Caflisch

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Growth on vicinal surfaces typically occurs via nucleation and growth of islands or via step flow. In this letter, we present computational results based on an island dynamics model that employs the level-set technique that study the transition between these two competing mechanisms. Our results demonstrate that the rate of diffusion of atoms along step edges is an additional parameter that controls the competition between these mechanisms. We make suggestions about how one might be able to exploit these results experimentally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number141901
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 3 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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