Model for columnar microstructure of thin solid films

Seth Lichter*, Jyhmin Chen

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A theory for columnar microstructure is presented. Column orientation is predicted, and the tangent rule is shown to be an approximate special case of a more general relationship. Results also predict that columns occur only at low substrate temperature. All of these results agree with experimental data. In addition, a relationship is found between column width and mean square diffusion length. The theory substantiates the empirical suggestion that adatom mobility is an important parameter governing column development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1396-1399
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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