Morphological symmetry breaking during epitaxial growth at grazing incidence

Journal Article (Journal Article)

It is shown that, in submonolayer growth at off-normal incidence, even much less than 1% of transfer from the condensation energy of the deposited atoms into adatom motion is sufficient to induce a net adatom current from the illuminated edge of a two-dimensional island to the other edges, thereby breaking the island symmetry. Such a symmetry breaking phenomenon is most pronounced for deposition at grazing incidence. Comparison between our theoretical predictions and existing experimental results confirms the general validity of the model.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhong, J; Wang, E; Niu, Q; Zhang, Z

Published Date

  • April 24, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 17

Start / End Page

  • 3895 - 3898

PubMed ID

  • 11019233

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.84.3895


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States