Growth of multidimensional superlattices using step array templates: Evolution of the terrace size distribution

H. J. Gossmann, F. W. Sinden, Leonard C Feldman

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The process of step-mediated growth in molecular beam epitaxy, where deposited atoms move along surface terraces until they eventually bind at a surface step, is currently being explored as a mechanism for forming two-dimensional periodic structures. To succeed, such schemes require a periodic step distribution, i.e., uniform terrace lengths. A model, based on step-mediated growth, is presented, which yields an analytical derivation of the approach to uniform terrace lengths on a stepped surface, given a terrace length distribution of finite width at the outset. The results show that the approach to uniform terrace lengths with increasing deposition is quite slow. The width of the terrace length distribution varies approximately as the inverse fourth root of the deposited coverage. This will only occur if the atoms attach themselves predominately at the up-step of each terrace. Otherwise, the width of the terrace length distribution will grow without bounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3516-3519
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 1990



  • Analytical solution
  • Deposition
  • Film growth
  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • Superlattices
  • Surface structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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