Facet-Facet Barrier on Surfaces: Proposal and Experimental Validation

Hanchen Huang*, C. H. Woo, H. L. Wei, S. J. Liu, Xixiang Zhang, M. Altman, E. G. Wang

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Surface processing is generally kinetics limited. Migration barriers, both on flat surfaces and near steps, therefore are of crucial importance, In this paper, we describe a kinetic barrier that separates two neighboring facets on surfaces. The contrast of this concept relative to the conventional Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier is shown through molecular dynamics/statics calculations on copper and aluminum. The effects of this new kinetic barrier are demonstrated through lattice Monte Carlo simulations. The predicted effects are in direct correspondence with validation experiments on copper and silver thin films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-371
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventMorphological and Compositional Evolution of Thin Films - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Dec 2 2002Dec 5 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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