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Generalized Muller-Kern formula for equilibrium thickness of a wetting layer with respect to the dependence of the surface energy of island facets on the thickness of the 2D layer K. A. Lozovoy, A. P. Kokhanenko, A. V. Voytsekhovskii

By: Lozovoy, Kirill AContributor(s): Kokhanenko, Andrey P | Voytsekhovskiy, Alexander V | Томский государственный университет Радиофизический факультет Кафедра квантовой электроники и фотоники | Томский государственный университет Сибирский физико-технический институт Научные подразделения СФТИMaterial type: ArticleArticleSubject(s): германий | кремний | Мюллера-Керна формула | гетероструктуры | квантовые точки | молекулярно-лучевая эпитаксияGenre/Form: статьи в журналах Online resources: Click here to access online In: Physical chemistry chemical physics Vol. 17, № 44. P. 30052-30056Abstract: Experimental results indicate a particular importance of such a value as the equilibrium thickness of the wetting layer during epitaxial growth according to the Stranski–Krastanow mechanism in systems with a lattice mismatch. In this paper the change in free energy during the transition of atoms from the wetting layer to the island in such systems is considered. Recent experimental results also show that the surface energy of the island's facets depends upon the thickness of the deposited material. So, in this paper the equilibrium thickness of the wetting layer, at which transition from 2D to 3D growth becomes energetically favorable, is calculated with the assumption that the specific energy of the island's facets depends upon the wetting layer thickness. In this approximation a new generalized Muller–Kern formula is obtained. As an illustration of the proposed method, an example of a numerical calculation according to the new formula for the material system of germanium on a silicon (001) surface is given. The result for the found equilibrium thickness of the wetting layer is rather unexpected since it differs from the value obtained in the bounds of the traditional Muller–Kern model.
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Experimental results indicate a particular importance of such a value as the equilibrium thickness of the wetting layer during epitaxial growth according to the Stranski–Krastanow mechanism in systems with a lattice mismatch. In this paper the change in free energy during the transition of atoms from the wetting layer to the island in such systems is considered. Recent experimental results also show that the surface energy of the island's facets depends upon the thickness of the deposited material. So, in this paper the equilibrium thickness of the wetting layer, at which transition from 2D to 3D growth becomes energetically favorable, is calculated with the assumption that the specific energy of the island's facets depends upon the wetting layer thickness. In this approximation a new generalized Muller–Kern formula is obtained. As an illustration of the proposed method, an example of a numerical calculation according to the new formula for the material system of germanium on a silicon (001) surface is given. The result for the found equilibrium thickness of the wetting layer is rather unexpected since it differs from the value obtained in the bounds of the traditional Muller–Kern model.

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