Volume 63, Number 1, July 2003
|Page(s)||14 - 20|
|Published online||01 June 2003|
Simulation of wetting-layer and island formation in heteroepitaxial growth
Sonderforschungsbereich 410, Institut für Theoretische Physik Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg - Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 5 May 2003
We investigate various phenomena of strained heteroepitaxial growth. To this end, we study a model in 1+1 dimension by means of off-lattice kinetic Monte Carlo simulations. We observe the appearance of strain-induced mounds upon a wetting layer, i.e. Stranski-Krastanov growth. The transition from 2d to 3d islands occurs at a critical layer thickness and its dependence on the growth parameters is studied quantitatively. We find that for large enough deposition rates the layer thickness as well as the size and density of islands depend on the misfit between substrate and adsorbate, only.
PACS: 07.05.Tp – Computer modeling and simulation / 68.55.Ac – Nucleation and growth: microscopic aspects / 81.10.Aj – Theory and models of crystal growth; physics of crystal growth, crystal morphology and orientation
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