Colloquium: Cluster growth on surfaces: Densities, size distributions, and morphologies

Autor(en): Einax, Mario
Dieterich, Wolfgang
Maass, Philipp 
Stichwörter: CRITICAL ISLAND SIZE; CRYSTAL-SURFACES; DIFFUSION; EPITAXIAL-GROWTH; MAGNETIC-ANISOTROPY; METAL GROWTH; MICROSCOPIC VIEW; NUCLEATION; Physics; Physics, Multidisciplinary; STEP-EDGE BARRIERS; THIN-FILM GROWTH
Erscheinungsdatum: 2013
Herausgeber: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Journal: REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS
Volumen: 85
Ausgabe: 3
Startseite: 921
Seitenende: 939
Zusammenfassung: 
Understanding and control of cluster and thin-film growth on solid surfaces is a subject of intensive research to develop nanomaterials with new physical properties. In this Colloquium a review of basic theoretical concepts to describe submonolayer growth kinetics under nonequilibrium conditions is given. It is shown how these concepts can be extended and further developed to treat self-organized cluster formation in material systems of current interest, such as nanoalloys and molecular clusters in organic thin-film growth. The presentation is focused on ideal flat surfaces to limit the scope and to discuss key ideas in a transparent way. Open experimental and theoretical challenges are pointed out.
ISSN: 00346861
DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.85.921

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