Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Physical Review B
Diffusion-mediated nucleation and growth of islands during deposition occurs essentially irreversibly in a variety of systems. We provide a scaling theory for the full island-size distribution, both with the ratio of surface diffusion to deposition rates and with time. Scaling functions and exponents are determined by simulation and explained analytically by an unconventional rate-equation analysis. Experimental tests for theoretical predictions are discussed, including the scaling of superlattice beam profiles for diffraction studies of heteroepitaxial systems.
American Physical Society
Bartelt, M. C.; Tringides, Michael C.; and Evans, James W., "Island-size scaling in surface deposition processes" (1993). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 395.