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Open Access item Effects of microstructures on mesoscopic morphological transitions in deposition growth models

Authors:Sánchez, Pedro A.
Sintes, Tomàs
Piro, Oreste
Cartwright, Julyan H. E.
Keywords:Non-equilibrium growth, Physical vapour deposition, Mesoscopic morphologies, Structure zone model
Issue Date:Dec-2009
Publisher:Royal Society (Great Britain)
Citation:Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - A
Abstract:We study the influence of competing microstructure symmetries on the emergence of different morphologies during the growth by vapour deposition of thin solid films. We perform extensive numerical simulations with a minimal model that includes different microstructures, as well as thermal surface diffusion, to compute the corresponding structure zone model (SZM) and analyse, with statistical physics techniques, the details of transitional morphologies at border zones. We show that the maximum coordination number of the underlying microstructure provides a classification of the statistics of the transitional morphologies at the border between zones I (porous structures) and II (columnar faceted structures) of the SZM.
Description:11 pages, 4 figures.-- Published online 7 October 2009.
Publisher version (URL):http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2009.0311
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