Self-ordering mechanism of nanocluster-chain on the functional vicinal surfaces

TitleSelf-ordering mechanism of nanocluster-chain on the functional vicinal surfaces
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWan, J-F, Carter, WCraig
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume95
Issue25
Date Published2009/12/21/
Abstract

An energy model of nanoclusters-chain self-organized on the functional vicinal surfaces is established to investigate the self-ordering processes, which provides a promising and challenging nanomaterial-design method by means of the energy minimum principle and entropy change principle. The cluster-chain structure can be predicted through controlling the linear coverage of nanoclusters (P(M)) and the step width (L). The different interactions including the steps and terraces will perform a positive influence on the self-ordering due to their long-range forces. (C) 2009 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3276067]