Columnar growth in thin films

A. Mazor, D. J. Srolovitz, P. S. Hagan, B. G. Bukiet

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A theory for the growth of columnar microstructures in thin films is presented. The zone-I to zone-II transition temperature is predicted. The surface morphology and the columnar grain structure are obtained both analytically and numerically, and the scaling behavior of the columnar grain size with film thickness is derived. Monte Carlo simulations are used to follow the evolution of the three-dimensional zone-II microsctuctures and to account for the formation of film texture. These results agree with experimental observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-427
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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