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Title: Coherent Stranski-Krastanov growth in 1+1 dimensions with anharmonic interactions: An equilibrium study
Author: Korutcheva, E.
Turiel Martínez, Antonio M.
Markov, I.
Keywords: Superfícies (Física)
Interfícies (Ciències físiques)
Pel·lícules fines
Interfaces (Physical sciences)
Surfaces (Physics)
Thin films
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: The American Physical Society
Abstract: The formation of coherently strained three-dimensional (3D) islands on top of the wetting layer in the Stranski-Krastanov mode of growth is considered in a model in 1 + 1 dimensions accounting for the anharmonicity and nonconvexity of the real interatomic forces. It is shown that coherent 3D islands can be expected to form in compressed rather than expanded overlayers beyond a critical lattice misfit. In expanded overlayers the classical Stranski-Krastanov growth is expected to occur because the misfit dislocations can become energetically favored at smaller island sizes. The thermodynamic reason for coherent 3D islanding is incomplete wetting owing to the weaker adhesion of the edge atoms. Monolayer height islands with a critical size appear as necessary precursors of the 3D islands. This explains the experimentally observed narrow size distribution of the 3D islands. The 2D-3D transformation takes place by consecutive rearrangements of mono- to bilayer, bi- to trilayer islands, etc., after the corresponding critical sizes have been exceeded. The rearrangements are initiated by nucleation events, each one needing to overcome a lower energetic barrier than the one before. The model is in good qualitative agreement with available experimental observations.
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It is part of: Physical Review B, 2000, vol. 61, núm. 24, p. 16890-16901
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ISSN: 0163-1829
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