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Islands, Mounds and Atoms


Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Thomas Michely, Joachim Krug
    Pages 1-11
  3. Thomas Michely, Joachim Krug
    Pages 13-59
  4. Thomas Michely, Joachim Krug
    Pages 61-119
  5. Thomas Michely, Joachim Krug
    Pages 121-226
  6. Thomas Michely, Joachim Krug
    Pages 227-252
  7. Thomas Michely, Joachim Krug
    Pages 253-286
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-314

About this book


Crystal growth far from thermodynamic equilibrium is nothing but homoepitaxy - thin film growth on a crystalline substrate of the same material. Because of the absence of misfit effects, homoepitaxy is an ideal playground to study growth kinetics in its pure form. Despite its conceptual simplicity, homoepitaxy gives rise to a wide range of patterns. This book explains the formation of such patterns in terms of elementary atomic processes, using the well-studied Pt/Pt(111) system as a reference point and a large number of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy images for visualization. Topics include surface diffusion, nucleation theory, island shapes, mound formation and coarsening, and layer-by-layer growth. A separate chapter is dedicated to describing the main experimental and theoretical methods. The text is aimed at physicists with an interest in growth kinetics, surface scientists, graduate students, and practitioners of thin film deposition.


Atomistic diffusion processes Epitaxial growth Epitaxy Growth kinetics Scanning tunneling microscopy Surfaces crystal diffraction microscopy morphology simulation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.I. Physikalisches InstitutAachenGermany
  2. 2.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität Duisburg-Essen, Standort EssenEssen

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