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Analytic Formulations For One-Dimensional Decay Of Rectangular Homoepitaxial Islands During Coarsening On Anisotropic Fcc (110) Surfaces, Chi-Jen Wang, Yong Han, Holly L. Walen, Selena M. Russell, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans Jan 2013

Analytic Formulations For One-Dimensional Decay Of Rectangular Homoepitaxial Islands During Coarsening On Anisotropic Fcc (110) Surfaces, Chi-Jen Wang, Yong Han, Holly L. Walen, Selena M. Russell, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Submonolayer homoepitaxial fcc (110) systems display behavior reflecting strong anisotropy at lower temperatures, including one-dimensional decay during Ostwald ripening of rectangular islands maintaining constant width in the 〈001〉 direction. To appropriately describe this behavior, we first develop a refined continuum Burton-Cabrera-Frank formalism, which accounts for a lack of equilibration of island shape and importantly also for inhibited incorporation of adatoms at almost-faceted 〈1̄10〉 island edges through effective kinetic coefficients. This formalism is shown to describe accurately the adatom diffusion fluxes between islands and thus island evolution for a complex experimental island configuration, as confirmed by matching results ...


From Initial To Late Stages Of Epitaxial Thin Film Growth: Stm Analysis And Atomistic Or Coarsegrained Modeling, James W. Evans, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Maozhi Li, K. J. Caspersen, Dapeng Jing, Anthony R. Layson, C. R. Stoldt, T. Duguet, Patricia A. Thiel Aug 2010

From Initial To Late Stages Of Epitaxial Thin Film Growth: Stm Analysis And Atomistic Or Coarsegrained Modeling, James W. Evans, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Maozhi Li, K. J. Caspersen, Dapeng Jing, Anthony R. Layson, C. R. Stoldt, T. Duguet, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Epitaxial thin film growth by vapor deposition or molecular beam epitaxy under ultra‐high vacuum conditions generally occurs in two stages: (i) nucleation and growth of well‐separated islands on the substrate; (ii) subsequent formation of a thicker continuous film with possible kinetic roughening. For homoepitaxial growth, two‐dimensional (2D) monolayer islands are formed during submonolayer deposition. Typically, the presence of a step‐edge barrier inhibits downward transport and leads to the formation of mounds (multilayer stacks of 2D islands) during multilayer growth. For heteroepitaxial growth, islands formed in the initial stages of deposition sometimes have a 2D monolayer structure ...


Variation Of Growth Morphology With Chemical Composition Of Terraces: Ag On A Twofold Surface Of A Decagonal Al-Cu-Co Quasicrystal, T. Duguet, Barış Ünal, Yong Han, James W. Evans, J. Ledieu, Cynthia J. Jenks, J.-M. Dubois, V. Fournée, Patricia A. Thiel Jan 2010

Variation Of Growth Morphology With Chemical Composition Of Terraces: Ag On A Twofold Surface Of A Decagonal Al-Cu-Co Quasicrystal, T. Duguet, Barış Ünal, Yong Han, James W. Evans, J. Ledieu, Cynthia J. Jenks, J.-M. Dubois, V. Fournée, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Publications

Growth of Ag thin films on the twofold surface of a decagonal Al-Cu-Co quasicrystal is characterized by scanning tunneling microscopy, at different temperatures, and for coverages ranging from submonolayer to 11 monolayers. From prior work, three types of clean surface terraces are known to exist. By correlation with a bulk structural model, the major difference between them lies in their transition-metal (TM) content, two being aluminum-rich (0 and 15 at. % TM) and one being TM-rich (40–50 at. % TM). The present article focuses on understanding the difference between Ag film morphologies on these terminations, in terms of their chemical content ...


Nanoscale “Quantum” Islands On Metal Substrates: Microscopy Studies And Electronic Structure Analyses, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Dapeng Jing, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans Jan 2010

Nanoscale “Quantum” Islands On Metal Substrates: Microscopy Studies And Electronic Structure Analyses, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Dapeng Jing, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Confinement of electrons can occur in metal islands or in continuous films grown heteroepitaxially upon a substrate of a different metal or on a metallic alloy. Associated quantum size effects (QSE) can produce a significant height-dependence of the surface free energy for nanoscale thicknesses of up to 10–20 layers. This may suffice to induce height selection during film growth. Scanning STM analysis has revealed remarkable flat-topped or mesa-like island and film morphologies in various systems. We discuss in detail observations of QSE and associated film growth behavior for Pb/Cu(111), Ag/Fe(100), and Cu/fcc-Fe/Cu(100 ...


Adsorbate-Enhanced Transport Of Metals On Metal Surfaces: Oxygen And Sulfur On Coinage Metals, Patricia A. Thiel, Mingmin Shen, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jan 2010

Adsorbate-Enhanced Transport Of Metals On Metal Surfaces: Oxygen And Sulfur On Coinage Metals, Patricia A. Thiel, Mingmin Shen, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Coarsening (i.e., ripening) of single-atom-high, metal homoepitaxial islands provides a useful window on the mechanism and kinetics of mass transport at metal surfaces. This article focuses on this type of coarsening on the surfaces of coinage metals (Cu, Ag, Au), both clean and with an adsorbed chalcogen (O, S) present. For the clean surfaces, three aspects are summarized: (1) the balance between the two major mechanisms—Ostwald ripening (the most commonly anticipated mechanism) and Smoluchowski ripening—and how that balance depends on island size; (2) the nature of the mass transport agents, which are metal adatoms in almost all ...


Formation And Coarsening Of Ag(110) Bilayer Islands On Nial(110): Stm Analysis And Atomistic Lattice-Gas Modeling, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Dapeng Jing, Feili Qin, Cynthia J. Jenks, Da-Jiang Liu, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans Jan 2010

Formation And Coarsening Of Ag(110) Bilayer Islands On Nial(110): Stm Analysis And Atomistic Lattice-Gas Modeling, Yong Han, Barış Ünal, Dapeng Jing, Feili Qin, Cynthia J. Jenks, Da-Jiang Liu, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Scanning tunneling microscopy analysis of the initial stages of film growth during deposition of Ag on NiAl(110) reveals facile formation of bilayer Ag(110) islands at temperatures of 130 K and above. Annealing subsequent to deposition at 130 K induces coarsening of the bilayer island distribution. The thermodynamic driving force for bilayer island formation reflects a lower relative surface energy for films of even layer thicknesses. This feature derives from quantum size effects due to electron confinement in the Ag film. The kinetics of island formation and relaxation is controlled by terrace and edge-diffusion barriers, detachment barriers, interlayer diffusion ...


Temperature Dependence Of Island Growth Shapes During Submonolayer Deposition Of Ag On Ag(111), Eric Cox, Maozhi Li, Po-Wen Chung, C. Ghosh, T. S. Rahman, Cynthia J. Jenks, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel Jan 2005

Temperature Dependence Of Island Growth Shapes During Submonolayer Deposition Of Ag On Ag(111), Eric Cox, Maozhi Li, Po-Wen Chung, C. Ghosh, T. S. Rahman, Cynthia J. Jenks, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel

Chemistry Publications

Growth shapes of Ag islands formed on Ag(111) during submonolayer deposition at different temperatures were studied with scanning tunneling microscopy, and analyzed via kinetic Monte Carlo simulation of a suitable atomistic lattice-gas model. Distinct shape transitions can be observed, from dendrites with triangular envelopes at low temperatures (below 140 K) to more isotropic fat fractal islands at intermediate temperatures, and then to distorted hexagonal shapes with longer Bsteps and shorter A steps at higher temperatures (above 170 K). In contrast, the equilibrium island shapes in this system are almost perfect hexagons displaying a near-sixfold symmetry. Modeling reveals that the ...


Evolution Of Two-Dimensional Wormlike Nanoclusters On Metal Surfaces, Woei Wu Pai, John F. Wendelken, C. R. Stoldt, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu Apr 2001

Evolution Of Two-Dimensional Wormlike Nanoclusters On Metal Surfaces, Woei Wu Pai, John F. Wendelken, C. R. Stoldt, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans, Da-Jiang Liu

Chemistry Publications

A pinch-off phenomenon is discovered in the evolution of 2D wormlike nanoclusters formed in homoepitaxial adlayers. This feature is shown to distinguish mass transport via periphery diffusion from other mechanisms. Continuum modeling of such evolution accurately describes experimental observations, particularly if one incorporates the anisotropy in step-edge line tension.