Faceting of a growing crystal surface by surface diffusion

T. V. Savina*, A. A. Golovin, Stephen H Davis, A. A. Nepomnyashchy, Peter W Voorhees

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The formation of faceted pyramidal structures caused by strongly anisotropic surface tension and driven by the surface-diffusion mechanism in the case when the crystal is growing, was investigated. The faceting of 1 + 1 and 2 + 1 crystal surfaces were studied analytically which were described by nonlinear evolution equations. It was found that the dynamics of the pyramidal structures after their formation strongly depends on the deposition rate and was similar to the dynamics in case of a 1 + 1 model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number021606
Pages (from-to)216061-2160616
Number of pages1944556
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number2 1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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