Kinetic surface patterning in two-particle models of epitaxial growth

Alberto Pimpinelli, Arnaud Videcoq, Masha Vladimirova

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The spontaneous patterning of epitaxially growing surfaces is studied in the framework of two-species models of step flow, designed to describe epitaxial deposition in complex systems as compound semiconductors MBE, MOVPE and HVPE. Self-organisation follows from step-edge potential energy barriers, as well as from the coupling of the diffusing species at the crystal surface. The characteristic length-scales of surface patterns such as ridges and step bunches are investigated with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, and analytic estimations as a functions of growth parameters are proposed. The present analysis can be considered as an efficient tool for guiding the experimental control of surface patterning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Surface Science
StatePublished - May 15 2001


  • Epitaxial growth
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Two-particle models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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