Thin film morphology: Equilibrium between clusters and uniform layers at non-zero temperatures

M. Zinke-Allmang, Leonard C Feldman, M. H. Grabow

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A common form of thin film growth involves clustering on either a bare substrate (Volmer-Weber growth) or on an initial uniform layer (Stranski-Krastanov growth). In this paper we show that at non-zero temperature the clusters must be accompanied by an additional, temperature dependent, adsorbed layer which forms a uniform background in the Volmer-Weber case and adds to the temperature independent component in the Stranski-Krastanov case.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSurface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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